“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
For this challenge, I chose to share things that struck me as fascinating (different from your normal environment) or that raised questions for me about the eclectic tchotchke we collect when we travel; the places we see; and the memories that linger of foreign lands – far and near.
The famous Bayeux Tapestry above is made of linen embroidered with colored wool yarn, and is about 230 feet long showcasing fifty scenes with Latin captions. It depicts events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings (wiki). It was made in the 1070s and disappeared for a while then rediscovered in 1729. When I saw it at the Bayeux Museum, it took my breath away.
At one of the temples we visited in Japan, there was the huge heart and sign above, an area to write about your love hopes and wishes, and then a place to hang them up for the heavens to bless you. The energy was light and uplifting and I enjoyed being there as people buzzed about writing and giggling with each other…
“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling
If we are to take Kipling’s words to heart, then nothing beats the smell of local french cuisine at an early morning market…. the soothing, incense filled air at a Kyoto temple, or try smelling the sweet, fresh air on a stroll in one Stockholm’s finest, tucked away neighborhoods. As I considered this one, food came to mind and, of course, language. Sarah Jessica Parker was on a Coke can in Japan (years ago) and I thought it was kinda interesting… and saved a can. More below!
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton
Since Halloween is upon us, I thought the first photo above would give us something to smile about. It speaks to Chesterton’s quote too. One of my daughters studies/speaks Japanese and reads the local Japan newspaper at college; so I borrowed the Halloween page. The remaining two shots are pretty clear. There are stories attached to them but I’ll save them for another day. What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Foreign to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! Have an awesome weekend!
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience!
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I will list some when Zemanta offers them up! I added a few from WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Foreign – also below. ***
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign. While foreign (rightly so) often brings up images of things outside of your own nation, it can also apply to things outside of or different from your normal environment, or even something which is out of place in general. I’m sure you’ll be able to find some great examples of this My photo is from a recent trip to Bulgaria, where my inability to understand Cyrillic characters was one of the things which made *me* feel foreign. Share a picture which means FOREIGN to you!
Positive Motivation Tip: Follow the calling of your heart and see the world… How we treat others begins in our homes and our thoughts… Seeing the world clarifies it. Keep an open mind.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.
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