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Flowers from IsraelFlowers from Israel…© Valorie Webster

We have just returned (very exhausted from the travel) after spending nearly a month in Israel and Greece. I looked through over 1000 images to find one to depict my feelings this morning. I decided on these flowers.

It takes me a while to sort through all the feelings I have after these trips, but today I want to say that I am grateful. We have so much in our country…some more than others, as in every country. Our worst days pale in comparison, however, to people who have lived their entire lives with religious wars, homes lost, all retirement funds stripped away and more. Yet, they continue…most with relative happiness.

If I write more blogs regarding this trip, there will be mixed emotions and differing opinions than you may have. That is okay. What I know, for myself, is that world travel points out all our differences…AND all our similarities.

Flowers seem to find a way to bloom everywhere! May we be at peace!

Thursday Doors – The Mouth of the Dragon

Would you enter this door?

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Outside of Vientiane, Laos, is a unique collection of statues and such called Buddha Park. This structure is meant to identify the world and its three levels with the tree of life extending from the top. You enter through the mouth of a demon. There’s an outer gallery with inner chambers on each floor. You can make your way all the way up to the roof, which affords a view of the entire park.

It was a bit of a gray day, which seems to add to the mood of this place and this structure, in particular!

Having recently returned from a trip to Laos and Cambodia, I have hopes of finding lots of interesting doors to post here on Thursday Doors from the thousands of pictures I took. Thanks to Norm for hosting!

 

Thursday Doors – September 15, 2016

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I only see one door, so I would guess it is the entrance. Glad they let us know!

Taken somewhere in New Mexico…exploring a bit of the southwest and exploring the possibility of owning an RV. That test passed for me, but failed for my husband!

Happy Trails and Happy Doorscursions…whatever mode of transportation you use!

Thanks goes to Norm for hosting!

Thursday Doors – May 19, 2016

Norm and his followers have a thing about doors! Check it out here.

My post for this week takes us to Canada again…a frigid, grey day along the Via Rail route between Vancouver and Toronto. I have been trying to research where we actually stopped, but you can see that it was, indeed, COLD!!!!

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As we had a chance to depart the train, most people donned their coats, hats, gloves and whatever they had to keep them warm….and went the opposite way I did. They were apparently more interested in a rushed walk about and some air outside the train. It seemed obvious to me that there was nothing of interest toward that little train station. There was one other person who had a camera and headed toward this deserted building. We were drawn to the curious and colorful, if old, artwork on this relic. I can only assume it is an old warehouse, long abandoned, but at some time painted with depictions of history of the area.

If you know me, you will understand that the very short…say 10 to 15 minute stop…was not long enough to explore this find, so I just snapped as many pictures as I could. I will admit that the temperature of well below zero degrees celsius was not an incentive to linger long!

I wonder about the people, the products, and the stories that could be told of this old gem!?!

PS – If you see this and can tell me where I was, that would be appreciated!!!

All images © Valorie Webster

 

Thursday Doors – May 5, 2016

Thanks to Norm for hosting Thursday Doors!

Last week I posted from Toronto and today is from the same city.

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Not a particularly imposing door, but still stately, I think.

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Another building that was preserved (well, at least the facade!) and now stands juxtaposed with very modern architecture. This always intrigues me!

Thanks for taking a look! Happy door chasing!

All images © Valorie Webster