Hagia Sophia/Ayasofya


In MB’s last post, he challenged followers to identify the church in the pic that he posted. Blogger Tina (Travels & Trifles blog) thought it was the Ayasofya in Istanbul which is top of her bucket list to visit. But she was incorrect! MB encouraged her to go visit, however, as MB has done on a number of occasions. So, to whet Tina’s appetite before she travels, MB offers one of his Hagia Sophia (English) (Ayasofya in Turkish) pics below. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Treasure Hunt


Thanks to Tina for her Treasure Hunt challenge. Click HERE to view Tina’s offerings from her past travels around the globe. Well worth doing so. Some really stunning shots on view. Read More

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Narrow


Thanks to Amy for the narrow challenge.

Tuesday just past was the annual Sports Day public holiday in Qatar.

MB took a spin out to the company labour accommodation complex with his camera to see what all the Indian and Nepalese workforce were getting up to. The Basketball & Volleyball attracted a lot of participation and interest but it was the tug-o’-war that had the crowd screaming from the second the ‘start’ whistle was blown. The atmosphere was crazy and reminded MB of similar events back home in summer village festivals.

Who would ever have thought that tug-o’-war could unite the world?!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – The Future


Thanks to AC for her Future challenge; well worth a look. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Capitals


Thanks to Viveka for the Capital challenge.

There was MB, wandering around the streets of Budapest, when he happened across an Irish pub.

To enter or not; that was the question.

There are not many cities, capital or otherwise, that are not hosts to one or more Irish pubs. MB remembers spending some time in Berlin a few short years after the wall came down and the city was an ocean of tower cranes as the old went down and the new went up. The city was awash at that time with Irish and UK construction workers, chasing the high salaries that comes with large scale construction activity and scarce human resources.

And when said resources landed in town, the immediate port of call was the Oscar Wilde or the Molly Malone or the James Joyce or some other Irish pub, to make contact with the Irish network. MB saw the same in his days in other abodes. When one seeks ‘working construction’ the Irish Pub is the employment agency of choice for those in the know.

Shot from MB’s wanderings in Budapest:

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