For a while – Bodrum

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words: wait and hope.”  – Alexandre Dumas


“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.” ― Voltaire


“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison” ― Jane Austen, Persuasion


“Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful…” ― José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love



“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.” –  Oscar Wilde



“After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke


“I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.” ― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes


“Waiting is a means of acquiring patience.” – Adrian Thatcher


“Knowing someone isn’t coming back doesn’t mean you ever stop waiting” ― Toby Barlow


“For a while” is a phrase whose length can’t be measured.At least by the person who’s waiting.” ― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun




“When you create art, the world has to wait.” –  Will Smith

Waiting for the next Summer

“Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.” –  Randy Pausch

In response to The Daily Post – Photo Challenge – Waiting 

Flowers, Sun and Wonders – Bodrum’s Streets Structure


Bodrum  is a district and a port city in Muğla Province, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that checks the entry into the Gulf of Gökova, and is also the center of the eponymous district. The city was called Halicarnassusof Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 15th century, Bodrum Castle, overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archaeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year. The city had a population of 36,317 in 2012.

Bodrum was a quiet town of fishermen and sponge divers until the mid-20th century; although, as Mansur points out, the presence of a large community of bilingual Cretan Turks, coupled with the conditions of free trade and access with the islands of the Southern Dodecanese until 1935, made it less provincial. The fact that traditional agriculture was not a very rewarding activity in the rather dry peninsula also prevented the formation of a class of large landowners. Bodrum has no notable history of political or religious extremism either. A first nucleus of intellectuals started to form after the 1950s around the writer Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, who had first come here in exile two decades before and was charmed by the town to the point of adopting the pen name Halikarnas Balıkçısı (‘The Fisherman of Halicarnassus’). (Reference: Wikipedia)

In response to The Daily Post – Photo Challenge 

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Since opening in 1864, it has been a toll bridge; the income from which provides funds for its maintenance. The bridge is built to a design by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw, based on an earlier design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and contributed to by Sarah Guppy. It is a grade I listed building and forms part of the B3129 road.

The idea of building a bridge across the Avon Gorge originated in 1753. Original plans were for a stone bridge and later iterations were for a wrought iron structure. In 1831, an attempt to build Brunel’s design was halted by the Bristol riots, and the revised version of his designs was built after his death and completed in 1864. Although similar in size, the bridge towers are not identical in design, the Clifton tower having side cut-outs, the Leigh tower more pointed arches atop a 110-foot (34 m) red sandstone-clad abutment. Roller-mounted “saddles” at the top of each tower allow movement of the three independent wrought iron chains on each side when loads pass over the bridge. The bridge deck is suspended by 162 vertical wrought-iron rods in 81 matching pairs.

The Clifton Bridge Company initially managed the bridge under licence from a charitable trust. The trust subsequently purchased the company shares, completing this in 1949 and took over the running of the bridge using the income from tolls to pay for maintenance. The bridge is a distinctive landmark, used as a symbol of Bristol on postcards, promotional materials, and informational web sites. It was also used as a backdrop to several films and television advertising and programmes. It has also been the venue for significant cultural events such as the first modern bungee jump in 1979, the last ever Concorde flight in 2003 and a handover of the Olympic Torch relay in 2012. (Reference: Wikipedia)

This amazing bridge  has been so worth to view and made great  my day!

Live your beautiful Life! 

While there is Life, there is Hope! 

Clifton Observatory – Camera Obscura and Cave



Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura and Cave sits high up on The Downs and offers amazing  views from above the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Clifton Observatory, a former mill, was erected  with the permission of the Society of Merchant Venturers, as a windmill for corn in 1766 and later converted to the grinding of snuff, when it became known as ‘The Snuff Mill’. This was damaged by a fire on 30 October 1777, when the sails were left turning during a gale and caused the equipment to catch light. It was then derelict for 52 years until in 1828 William West, an artist, rented the old mill, for 5 shillings (25p) a year, as a studio.

In 1977, the Merchant Venturers sold the observatory to Honorbrook Inns. They were obliged to maintain public access to the camera obscura whose ownership was retained by the Merchant Venturers.

It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building  and is on the Buildings at Risk Register.  In February 2015 the Observatory was bought by Ian Johnson, a local Bristol-based entrepreneur, who was born in Clifton not far from the Observatory.

Camera obscura –   West installed telescopes and a camera obscura, which were used by artists of the Bristol School to draw the Avon Gorge and Leigh Woods on the opposite side.  Many examples of these paintings can be seen in Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. The pictures which originated from images within the camera obscura he called ‘photogenic drawing’ and were based on the work of William Fox Talbot.

A 5″ (13 cm) convex lens and sloping mirror were installed on the top of the tower; these project the panoramic view vertically downward into the darkened room below. Visitors view the true image (not a mirror image) on a fixed circular table 5 feet (1.5m) in diameter, with a concave metal surface, and turn the mirror by hand to change the direction of view.

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Cave – West also built a tunnel from the Observatory to St Vincent’s Cave (also known as Ghyston’s Cave or Giant’s Cave), which opens onto St Vincent’s Rocks on the cliff face, 250 feet (76 m) above the floor of the Avon gorge and 90 feet (27 m) below the cliff top. The tunnel which is 200 feet (61 m) long, took two years to build at a cost of £1300, and first opened to the public in 1837.

This cave was first mentioned as being a chapel in the year A.D. 305 and excavations, in which Romano-British   potteryhas been found, have revealed that it has been both a holy place and a place of refuge at various times in its history. Although the cave is in limestone, there are few formations in the natural passages. ( References- Wikipedia)

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Leicester, vânt, muzică și Amerindieni


“Sufletul n-ar avea curcubeul daca ochii n-ar avea lacrimi.”


Ajunsesem cu bine în Leicester după ce ne minunasem la propriu de toată splendoarea așezată printre colinele blânde, cu verdele pur care bucură ochii și întinerește inima, în goana autocarului  intre Nottingham și noul oraș ce aveam să-l descoperim.

Ne grăbeam spre o întâlnire și cu telefonul în mână ascultam atent vocea gravă  din aplicația ce îmi îndruma pașii, în timp ce îmi zgâiam ochii la înălțime pe zidurile clădirilor atât doar cât să citesc numele străzilor.

În gălăgia străzii am pierdut parte bună din explicațiile robotului, așa că ne cam învârtisem și rătăcisem o vreme.  Vântul bătea puternic, iar noi se pare  ca eram deja în leagănul imaginar al lui “unde ne-o duce vântul.”  Undeva în mijlocul unei piețe ce nu părea chiar așa aglomerată, am trecut razant, aproape să ne ciocnim  pe lângă un domn îmbrăcat ciudat.  Parcă chemată înapoi dintre toate vânturile ce ne legănau printre străzi, am privit plină de încântare și curiozitate la omul ce începea să își cânte atât de delicat muzica.

Am filmat  cu telefonul și nu am reușit să duc înregistrarea până la sfârșitul melodiei. Între timp lumea se oprise să asculte.  Ma impresionează toți artiștii străzii, în aceeași măsură, și este evident că nu aș avea timp să îmi opresc pașii și să-i ascult pe toți.   Sunt zile în care piețele par un spectacol viu de sunet,  arta, culoare, culturi.  Dar uneori în toată viteza cotidiană îmi golesc gândurile la capătul ideii de artă stradală, în timp ce le umplu cu toate gândurile bune așa încât să le transmit universalității, ca într-un cerc al bucuriei vieții.

Domnul din înregistrare mi-a amintit oarecum de copilărie, de Old Statterhand și Winnetou.  Purtată de vânt printre colțișoarele pline de bucurii ale aducerilor aminte.


“Calca usor primavara. Mama natura este insarcinata.”

“Nu poti trezi un om care pretinde ca doarme.”

“Nu judeca pe cineva pana nu ai umblat doua luni in mocasinii sai.”

“Nu mostenim pamantul de la inaintasi, pur si simplu il imprumutam de la copiii nostri.”

“Chiar si atunci cand cazi in nas, te misti tot inainte.”

“Daca un om este intelept ca un sarpe, isi poate permite sa fie inofensiv ca un porumbel.”

“Un deget nu poate ridica o piatra.”

“Nu schimba caii în mijlocul raului!”

“Nu lasa ca ieri sa foloseasca prea mult din astazi.”

 “Lunii nu ii este rusine de latratul cainilor.”

“Ziua si noaptea nu pot ramane impreuna.”

“Toti cei care mor sunt egali.” ( Proverbe amerindiene) Proverb-amerindian


  • Desi 64.000 de nativi Sioux au luptat in armata americana in timpul celui de al II-lea Razboi Mondial, numai 4 Medalii de Onoare au fost oferite acestei comunitati
  • Se estimeaza ca in momentul debarcarii lui Columb pe coasta Cubei, in 1492, in America de Nord traiau circa 60.000.000 de amerindieni. Ultimul recensamant arata ca, in prezent, numarul acestora se ridica la maxim 2,7 milioane.
  • Un scandal enorm a cuprins SUA in ianuarie 2008, atunci cand membrii comunitatii Sioux au cerut separarea de Statele Unite ale Americii si crearea Republicii indienilor Lakota (adevaratul nume al nativilor Sioux). Printre revendicarile acestora se numara si retrocedarea a nu mai putin de 24, 3 milioane de hectare de teren din circa cinci state americane.
  • Guvernul american finanteaza in prezent constructia celei mai mari sculpturi din lume care sa il infatiseze pe liderul Sioux, Crazy Horse. Sculptura este realizata in Dacota de Sud, dintr-un intreg munte, si se estimeaza ca in momentul finalizarii, aceasta va depasi ca dimensiuni sculpturile celor patru presedinti de la Muntele Rushmore
  • Obiceiul macabru de a scalpa victimele (taierea pielii de pe craniu), celebru printre amerindieni, se pare ca este o inventie spaniola. Conquistadorii ar fi platit mercenarii indieni dupa numarul de scalpuri colectate in timpul raidurilor. ( Sursa:  Descopera.Ro) 




Cu vântul în față, îmbrățișați de aroma amintirilor,  descifrand coduri istorice misterioase, într-un oraș britanic ce își leagă numele de regi și regine, aveam să învălui toate acestea într-o mantie multicoloră a realității. O realitate cu zile ploioase sau dimineți însorite, cu oameni obișnuiți, cu dorințe frumoase  pline de optimism. Într-un oraș multicultural, zâmbetul strălucește la fel pe fețele tuturor, în aceeași limbă, înțeleasă de toți.    Un Leicester cu   vânt, muzică,  si zâmbete luminoase.

City War Memorial, Nottingham


The City War Memorial, Nottingham is the main War Memorial for the City of Nottingham. 

The Memorial was designed by T. Wallis Gordon, Nottingham City Engineer and Surveyor.

The foundation stone was laid by Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), on 1 August 1923. Constructed of Portland stone, the gateway is 46 ft (14 m) high and 58 ft (18 m) long, the central arch is 27 ft (8.2 m) high and 16 ft (4.9 m) wide; the arches on either side are 20 ft (6.1 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) wide. The flanking colonnades, are 20 ft (6.1 m) high and 86 ft (26 m) long. The walls on either side extend the overall length to about 252 ft (77 m).

It was unveiled by Edmund Huntsman, Mayor of Nottingham, on 11 November 1927. The service of dedication was carried out by James Gordon, then Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Nottingham.

It was later adapted to commemorate those people who died in the Second World War.



City of Nottingham
In ever grateful Memory of the Men of Nottingham who gave their lives for their King and Country in the Great War. 1914 – 1918. Erected by their fellow Citizens
Vivit Post Funera Virtus




The Memorial Gardens, commemorating the dead of World War 1, are early 20th-century gardens laid out on land donated by Sir Jesse Boot. They lie on the Victoria Embankment of the River Trent and incorporate the city’s war memorial in the form of an arch and terrace.


The earthworks of Victoria Embankment were constructed between 1898 and 1901. The adjacent Meadows Recreation Ground was opened in May 1906. A further area of land was bought in 1920 by Sir Jesse Boot and donated to the Corporation of Nottingham to be preserved as open space and a memorial site in perpetuity. The Memorial Gardens were laid out by Mr J. Parker, the Superintendent of the Nottingham Public Parks Committee, and opened in 1927. ( Memorial Gardens











Vicar Water Country Park

Vicar Water is a small river in Nottinghamshire, England. It is a tributary of the River Maun, and runs through an area which was once the royal hunting ground of Clipstone Park. It gained its present name in the early nineteenth century, and was dammed in 1870, in order to make a trout fishery, which was used to stock the lakes at nearby Welbeck Abbey. Since the cessation of coal mining, much of it has been incorporated into a country park, and is a designated Local Nature Reserve.


The river joins the River Maun near Clipstone where there is a hunting lodge, built in 1164 and known to have been used by King John. The ruins are grade II-listed and a scheduled ancient monument.  The name of the river was Warmebroke at the time, and it was not called Vicar Water until the early nineteenth century. In  the seventeenth century, large tracts of land were given to the Duke of Newcastle and the Duke of Portland, and the river and its surroundings became part of the estate of the Duke of Portland. The 5th Duke of Portland constructed a dam across the river in the 1870s, to impound the water and create a lake. This was used as a trout fishery, from which the lakes at Welbeck Abbey were stocked. Records show that 600 fish were transferred for this purpose in 1873.

Thirty years later, the pool was a popular location for swimming and boating. It continued to be so during the First World War, when it was used by some of the 20,000 soldiers stationed nearby, and after the opening of Clipstone Colliery in 1922, numbers using the facilities were swelled by some of the 2,000 residents who moved into the purpose-built village of New Clipstone. Fishing also became popular, with the Duke awarding the fishing rights to the Clipstone Colliery Angling Club. Spoil tips from the mine gradually surrounded the lake and river, until tipping ceased in 1976. Nottinghamshire County Council then initiated a reclamation scheme, to transform the area into a country park. 25 acres (10 ha) of woodland were planted, and the park opened in 1982. Ten years later, ownership was transferred to the Newark and Sherwood District Council, and improvements were made using grants from Nottinghamshire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund. A part-time ranger was employed to manage the site in 1993, and this became a permanent post in 1999, when funding was received from the owners of Clipstone Colliery, RJB Mining.

The river starts at a series of small lakes, at the western edge of the country park. They occupy the site of a larger artificial lake, marked on the 1885 map as having three sluices into the main channel. T he river used to start before the lake, but this area has been affected by railway construction, and a large settling pond was built as part of the mine workings, where the stream once was. The river continues along the southern edge of Clipstone and the northern edge of the country park, to reach the “V”-shaped Vicar Pond, which is now a coarse fishery.  Below the pond, the course is crossed by several redundant railway bridges, once associated with the colliery, and the National Cycle Network Route 6 runs parallel to it. It runs northwards at this point, to reach King’s Clipstone, and the remains of the hunting lodge, to pass under the B6030 Mansfield Road, and join the River Maun. ( References: Wikipedia)



Surprise me September

There run  through the time

The river of dreams,

While looking  to mine 

All hours to mean.


There flew  through the space 

Nice smiles  from the hope, 

While looking for grace

Of the life to involve.


There comes in the mind

Bouquet of the choices

Which ask for a kind

Of  following  voices. 


Today may I count 

On what should  remember

While jumping the bound.

Surprise me September! 















Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

Pagan Pride

The Pagan Pride UK Parade and free  festival takes place annually on the first  Sunday in August in Central Nottingham.


Pagan Pride is a day of community and celebration,  beginning with a parade through the streets of the historic City of Nottingham to The Arboretum where a free  festival of live music, workshops, dance, arts, crafts, and networking opportunities – as well as hosting many stalls, food and a real ale bar.  There’s even an After Show Party at a local venue in the evening. 

Pagan Pride is a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, and funded solely from public donations and fundraising events.


Pagan Pride is a movement among the American Pagans to build a positive public image of Paganism. Local Pagan Pride groups sponsor “Pagan Pride Day” festivals, usually in public locations such as city parks or university campuses. The first recorded reference to “Pagan Pride” can be traced to 1992.

Live your beautiful life!

While there is life, there is hope!

Heaven on Earth – Hunza Valley




The Heaven on Earth, Hunza Valley, a region in the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of northernmost Pakistan, is renowned for its spectacular natural scenery of majestic mountains and glittering lakes.  And  for the beauty of its people. People who enjoy long life expectancy. 

The rough mountain terrain, clean air and water, an abundance of healthy organic foods like dried apricots and almonds, and relative isolation are believed to have blessed the locals with excellent health and long  lives. 




 Apart of these, Hunza is renewed for something else which is really great.  At least three-quarters of people in the Valley – and virtually all the youths of both genders ,  can read and write (in a country where about 55 percent of the population is literate, and millions of girls are essentially blocked from attending school). Almost every child in Hunza attends school up to at least the high school level, while many pursue higher studies at colleges in Pakistan and abroad.






Dawn, an English-language Pakistani daily, reported that one of the principal factors behind Hunza’s stupendous literacy figures traces back to the educational advocacy efforts of the Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah. In the early part of the 20th century, he persuaded the mirs [rulers] of Hunza state to educate their peoples. By 1946, 16 “Diamond Jubilee” schools were established in the Valley, followed by a decision from the Pakistani government to open up public schools in the Northern regions, including Hunza. In 1983, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, introduced The Academy, a high-quality school (including dormitory facilities) exclusively for girls in Hunza. By the early 1990s, the government created “community schools” in Hunza, including the Al-Amyn Model School in the village of Gulmit, which permitted the students’ families to participate in lessons.



Dawn noted two other major developments in regional education gains: the establishment of the Karakoram University in Gilgit, and the founding of organizations by the Aga Khan dynasty that encourage universal education, training and scholarships. The present Aga Khan has also financed local agricultural and other economic endeavors through the Aga Khan Development Network. “There seems to be urgency in terms of acquiring education,” wrote Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, director of the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore School of Economics, in an article in Dawn. “Parents in Hunza are convinced that the best thing they can do for their children is to help them get a good education. There is a growing interest in higher education for girls.”





Parents in Hunza encourage their daughters to gain an education and are even willing to send girls to all parts of Pakistan to obtain a quality degree. It is an approach that distinguishes Hunza from the rest of the Northern Areas.  Even more extraordinary, the importance of education in this Valley has raised the status of women to equality with men.  in Hunza (in stark contrast to virtually all other rural parts of Pakistan), women and girls stroll the bazaars after dusk without male relatives, and no one dares to bat even an eyelash at them, let alone stare sleazily and make risqué comments as is tradition elsewhere.  Women have also become an integral part  of the local economy, including those who weave Hunza’s famous handicrafts.



Now, hundreds of well-educated young Hunza residents are involved in IT centers, many of which are funded by foreign NGOs, studying e-marketing, e-accounting, content writing, programming, foreign exchange market trading and web design. It is hoped these courses will lead to gainful jobs, both online and offline.  Pakistan is a leader in online work, ranking fourth in skills on a list of 158 countries and third in total earnings. This alone speaks to the talent in the country.  Women are at the forefront of this surge. Online work is transforming the role of women across Pakistan and offering opportunities for them in IT and beyond.


Visitors to the stunningly beautiful valley, towered over by five snowcapped mountains, sometimes feel as if they are standing at the edge of the Earth — or, maybe, at the centre of it.

A once-vibrant tourism industry collapsed after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. 

As a model of moderate Islam, the idyllic valley has emerged as an oasis of tolerance, security and good schools.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth