They were so Young Yesterday!!

Today Frizz challenge is about “YYY”…

And I have thought about this pic I took thirteen years ago…It was in Arwad, a very small inhabitated island in Syria…

They were Young…May be happY…For sure innocent…

"Thirteen years ago..."

I wonder were they are now…

Even if they ARE at all…

Sixteen? Seventeen years old?…

I wonder what they have seen…

What they have done…

What they have lost…

The pic is a scan of a paper one…And I had written something on the back…

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

tread softly, because you tread on my dreams”

William Butler Yeats 

…Far Out In the Distance….

“I once tried standing up on my toes to see far out in the distance, but I found that I could see much farther by climbing to a high place”

Xun Zi

distance

Dana´s Café, on the road to Petra, Jordan.

This week Ailsa´s Travel Theme is “Distance”…Sometimes, we need to stop, to breath, and to take a distant point of view…May be to see what we have around and we are not able to admire,….May be just to rest …Because being in the midst of everything can blind our eyes, our souls and our hearts…

I raised my eyes upward…

I thought I was immersed in one of my dreams…

Then I raised my eyes upward from the grotte

And I realized the dream was still going on…

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The Treasury. Petra. Jordan.

In answer to Sonel´s Black and White Weekly  Challenge: ” Upward”

Cultures and Lights

When standing at home
or travelling around…
When reading a book
or just watching the dawn…
Open your mind and your arms…
Open your heart and your eyes…
Open yourself
to cultures and lights…
Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

In answer to Weekly Photo Challenge (Culture) and to Ailsa´s Challenge (Light)

IMPORTANT REMARK MADE BY ONE OF MY READERS…THANKS A LOT TO MIGUEL ANGEL…

Miguel Ángel Otero Soliño en 2013/04/28 en 22:32 dijo:Editar

I like your pictures, especially the first one both of them are good, but the first picture I think that is Suleymaniye mosque and the second one is the new mosque in Eminonu . I dont see the blue mosque in your pictures

It Is Not Just Another Bridge…

This week Ailsa´s challenge is about Bridges…
I have seen many beautiful bridges in my life…They have been built from Roman times to our contemporary decades..They can be lost in the outskirts of small Spanish villages, or packed with noisy traffic in big modern cities…
But this time I want to pay a tribute…
I want this one to be as well a bridge towards forgotten and suffering people…

I took this pic in 2000, with my manual camera, so I had to scan it…

Aleppo´s Citadel: one of the oldest continuously in habited cities in the World,  its access is granted by this stepped bridge carried by 8 arches.

Aleppo

Aleppo in Sepia

Go here and look for more wonderful bridges…

Photo Story Challenge: Letter “T”

This week I am a bit late for Frizz´s challenge: letter T….But here it is…..

TRANSLATION (lost in….)

No, I am not going to do any review of the film, do not worry….But it is about languages …

When one speaks a language, one realizes it is like a door open to another World, another culture, another history, another people in fact….And, then, we enjoy meeting these people, trying to practice their language, proud to understand and to be understood…We become more and more interested, and we read books and watch news in that new language…And that is why the language is alive!!!

Sometimes, we leave it aside and , slowly it becomes more and more difficult for us to be able to communicate, to remember words and meanings….

So, imagine me…I have been studying one for 6 months and stopped for summer holidays,

I do not have anybody to speak it to….

I stopped drawing it,  and I got rusty…..

I came back to it 2 weeks ago….

And now, honestly, while trying to do my homework…..

I realize I am lost in Translation!!!!!

My Egyptian Hieroglyphics

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Well, well…This week the challenge is about people, about the things they do everyday, without even thinking about it…This last point is what drove me towards the Old Jerusalem….Jerusalem is one of my favorite cities in the world…And the Old Jerusalem is just a crucible, a real melting pot…: muslims, jews, christians, tourists, locals, religious, atheists, men, women, children….

Everything and everybody cross daily their way and their lives over there..

.As an outsider, I realized how close they are, how do they share so many similar things, how do they walk through the same  paths…Without even thinking about it!!!

May be peace is not a chimera?

Hope you enjoy this as I did….