Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ABC Wednesday - M - Mosaics - Archaeological Park - Pafos - Cyprus

Entrance to the World Heritage Site of  Pafos Archaeological Park 
A visit to Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is such a treat. An unspoilt site left as natural as possible means that in addition to the archaeology and the beautiful mosaics you have the bonus of being surrounded by the beauty of mother nature. Amidst the stunning surroundings one can also enjoy the bird life and the wild flowers.  

I visited Pafos in February and have chosen to share a few photos of the Mosaics for the letter M for ABC Wednesday  today taken during my visit to Pafos Archaeological Park 

The Kato Pafos archaeological site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 and the aim was to protect and maintain these wonderful remains which are from prehistoric times to the middle ages, although most are dating from the Roman period. The mosaics are from the floors of four Roman villas.  They are very impressive, my photos do not do them justice but hopefully you will find them interesting.  

If you enjoyed my post about the Mosaics today maybe you will consider following Travel Tales as I will return to the Pafos Archaeological Park in a future post.

I am sharing this post with  ABC Wednesday 

I have often taken part in this meme over the last few years. 

This is the first time I have posted this meme on Travel Tales, a new home for all photos that I would have previously shared on LindyLouMac's World in Photos

The following links may be informative if you are interested in reading more about the Archaeological Park of Pafos.  The photos are all my own and the text used is with thanks to my own copy of DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Cyprus

Wikipedia   Pafos Archaeological Park    Trip Advisor Reviews  PDF Guide to Park

Friday, March 31, 2017

Faces On Friday - The Fat Policeman - Budapest - Hungary

On a recent visit to Budapest, I had ample opportunity to take lots of photos that I will be sharing on Travel Tales in the coming weeks.

As Budapest has many street sculptures I thought I would start by sharing one for Faces On Friday this week.  This bronze statue of a police officer from over a hundred years ago, stands on the corner of Zrinyi Utca and October 6th Utca, as if he was directing traffic. Superstition says that you should rub his belly for good luck and his hat for luck in love, of course I did both!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Faces On Friday - Bangor Pier - Bangor - Wales

As a follow up from my Bangor Pier post I am publishing the people I captured in my photos on the pier that  November day in 2016 for Faces On Friday.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bangor Pier - Bangor - Wales

Four of the following photos appeared on LindyLouMac's World in Photos for ABC Wednesday for the letter I featuring the ironwork.  It was because of interest in this post that I decided to publish a fuller post with more photos here on Travel Tales. My visit to Bangor was in the Autumn of 2016, the season probably obvious from clues in the photos! 

I have included here a brief history of  Bangor Pier courtesy of  Website - The Pier where you can read the full article.

'Bangor pier was designed by Westminster based JJ Webster and was built for a total of £14,475. The pier was completed in 1896, and was opened to the public on May 14th.Once construction had finished pier was 1550 feet (470m) long. The amazing length of the pier made it the ninth longest in England and Wales.

The pier was built mainly of steel and iron columns; the decking was wooden and had covered kiosks at regular intervals along its length. At the end of the pier a boat landing stage was constructed, this was initially linked to a narrow gauge railway link for baggage carrying. After careful thought and planning the railway link was removed not long after it was built.

In 1971 it was decided that the pier was no longer safe for the public to use and it was closed. The arfon borough council took ownership and in 1974 decided demolition was the only answer. The local council put in an objection and gained a preservation order. The preservation order made the pier a grade 2 listed building. The listed status helped the seaside pier considerably as it was considered one of the finest 3 piers in Britain at the time.

Later on in 1975 the local council bought the pier for a mere one pence, the next task was raising funds for the repairs. The fund rising took a total of seven years to complete. Later on down the line, after the funding was in place the rebuild of the pier took a further six years to finish off.

The project was helped considerably by the national heritage memorial fund. On the 7th May 1988 the seaside pier was reopened to the public'.

However by 2011 more expensive renovations were needed, the timeline of which can be read on The National Piers Society Website.   Thankfully the Pier remains open and is looked after by Bangor Council. 

If you are interested in learning more about this historic pier, the links below where I researched my information are worth visiting.

The photographs are all my own as always. The videos I have shared courtesy of You Tube are both from last year and are well worth watching if you have a few minutes to spare.

Trip Advisor - Bangor Pier     Bangor Pier    National Piers Society    YouTube