After visiting the Museum of Cham Sculpture we moved on to see still more sculpture. These statues were, however, not nearly as old. In fact, we visited one of the many Marble Statue Shops in the area. I’m sorry, but I can’t remember the name of the business now. There are many of these shops, stemming from the proximity to The Marble Mountains, though I believe that the marble is now sourced from elsewhere.
Many of the statues would have looked good in our English gardens, and would have been good value at the prices asked. Sadly, that sort of excess baggage would have been out of the question on our return flights. Of course, they offered to ship their products to the UK for a fee, which would have rather reduced their ‘good value’. Never mind, I took a few photos instead.
I also took a few of the marble textures and some ‘work in progress’.
We certainly crammed a lot into this day so far. We haven’t had lunch yet. Our journey to Hoi An continues after lunch, initially with a visit to a silk making factory. Please come back to have a look.
En route to Hoi An, we passed through Da Nang, where we visited the Museum of Cham Sculpture. It was too crowded to get good photographs. Though nothing special, the following photos serve to give an idea of the content of this museum.
A little more information on Champa Art can be found here.
The journey to Hoi An will continue in the next post of this series. Please come back and have a look.
Our departure from Hue, to Hoi An saw the first real rain of our tour. This was a shame, as the views from the coach on the way to our first stop at Lang Co could have been spectacular. I have included a few photos, but all they show is how bad the weather was for this part of the trip.
When we stopped for coffee at Lang Co, the rain stopped and we were entertained by a programme of palm tree demolition. Not sure why they were being pulled down but it may have been to do with building a stronger sea wall. After this, as we left the area, we were able to see rather more clearly some of the fishing structures that the Lang Co area is known for.
As we approached Da Nang we passed the rather grim apartment block shown in the last photo. Most of these shots were grabbed through the coach windows so are not of very good quality.
The next post in this series will cover the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. Please come back and have a look.
I feel so bad about failing to complete my posts about our trip to Vietnam in 2008. As I said in my last post on Vietnam, it is becoming increasingly difficult to remember all of the detail about the trip. Now that I have worked out how to add ‘galleries’ to posts, this opens the opportunity for me to present some of my photographs with only a few words about the particular area being visited. Hopefully, this will allow me to complete to story of the tour, albeit not with the detail that I originally intended. Maybe, if recollections come to me in the future, I will be able to revisit some images again, with a bit more detail.
Let me continue the tour then. While we were in Hue we also visited the Citadel of Hue Imperial City. Most of the photos in this gallery are from that visit, with a couple from our lunch break and a couple more from the Perfume River when we returned to the hotel.
I do intend to continue this tour, probably using this ‘gallery’ format and minimal narrative. I hope you can still enjoy the images.
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I’ve now found a way to export images from Lightroom directly to the WordPress Media Library. I have done this with the ‘Dossier de Presse‘ Plugin. Previously, all my images were held on Flickr and I couldn’t work out how to do it from there. Although I can foresee some chaos and confusion ahead, I should now be able to present some galleries and, who knows, maybe some slide shows within my posts.
This post is just an experiment to prove to myself that it works. I’m sorry if you have seen the images before.
I think what took me about these rocks, was their similarity to some of the slate found in Pembrokeshire, Wales, where we had recently enjoyed a short holiday. I haven’t really captured the rather wild elements of the weather that can be found here, even though it was quite breezy. If you look closely though, just to the left of the couple on the rocks, you will spot that the image is a little blurred. It wasn’t a camera problem. It was actually a mist caused by the spray blowing off the crests of the surf. Honest!
Maybe I will manage to get a few more images from Pembrokeshire posted soon. One, of St Davids Cathedral can be found here.
More images of Maine can be found under Recent Posts or by using the search button.
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I have a few moments spare today, so would like to post another image from our recent trip to Maine.
We had a welcome opportunity to head out for the day, a little further up the coast from Freeport, to Camden. As we left Freeport, the weather was fine but as we approached Camden, the first spots of rain appeared on the windscreen. As we arrived, the rain became steady so it was time for a coffee (or should I say ‘another coffee’). I drank a lot of coffee whilst in Maine! Thankfully, we had remembered an umbrella, so we took a stroll around the harbour.
There are quite a few ‘windjammers’ based in Camden, offering cruises from a couple of hours in the local area, up to a week or more. I found it quite difficult to get good shots of them, partly because of where they were moored and accessible vantage points, and partly because of the rain and very poor light. This shot of the ‘Mary Day’ was taken from under the ‘brolly’ and I have taken the liberty of using Photomatix to spice it up a bit. I hope it has worked.
Some other images of Maine can be found under Recent Posts, or by searching. Thank you for visiting and please come back.
While we were in Maine last month, I didn’t actually manage to do very much photography, at least when compared with other visits. I expect that I can find a few shots that I quite like though, and will try to show them over the coming months.
Here are a couple from Winslow Park, Freeport. Winslow Park has the beach which my granddaughters frequent whenever the weather is good.
A couple more shots from this year’s visit to Maine can be found here.
No, not at Portland Bill in Dorset. This one is at Portland Head in Maine, USA.
We have been away from home quite a bit recently and I have fallen well behind in both blogging and following the posts of those that I follow. I’m sorry for this and hopefully I will be more active from now.
Our last trip was to Maine, to visit our oldest son where lives with his family. Whilst there we took an outing to Fort Williams Park, just south of Portland, ME, and it was here that I snapped these shots of the Portland Head Light.
This lighthouse claims to be the oldest on the coast of Maine, entering use in January, 1791. There are some great views over Casco Bay from this headland and it is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
I’m sorry that I’m not posting, reading or commenting much at the moment, but I am enjoying a brief visit to Pembrokeshire to get over suffering my first septuagenarian birthday. Suddenly I feel very old!
This shot is just to prove that am still here and taking photographs. Hopefully for a bit longer.
St Davids Cathedral
St Davids Cathedral in B&W,
Take your pick between the colour and monochrome versions.
There is no O2 mobile reception here and the internet connection at our accommodation is very slow. The break is great though.