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It was already dark when we walked down the street of cobble stones, with tall stone walls like canyon on both sides. We wandered alone down deserted streets and alleys of the Dubrovnik old town.We discovered the best time for a stroll through Dubrovnik’s Old Town is after dark. We passed by deserted shop windows which looked very different at day time.The Dubrovnik old town at night is as beautiful as it is during the day.We glided down Dubrovnik’s main street, the Stradun and  strolled past churches and shops closed up tight for the night. The shop windows were very appealing.As we reached the end of the Stradun, we  turned to the square on our right and discovered this elegant Rector’s Palace which was  the seat of power in the old city-state of Dubrovnik.This beautiful building is a harmonious mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. The original palace was modeled after the Roman imperial palace, with some influences from Venetian palaces. There were two gun powder explosions in the 15th century and an earthquake in the 17th century which destroyed part of the palace. The existing building was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century.The central portico features beautiful archways and a second story mezzanine. The most beautiful part is the portico with the open ceiling and archways.Further stroll brought us to the nearby beautiful Luza square where we  found the Church of St. Blaise, who is  Dubrovnik’s patron saint. St. Blaise was also the protector of the Independent Republic of Ragusa. The church is easily recognizable by the statue of the city’s patron, St. Blaise on its top! This 18th century Baroque church is one of the most recognizable Dubrovnik attractions.Our empty stomachs reminded that we still did not have our dinner yet and we should be looking for a suitable restaurant.This restaurant by the side of the alley looked inviting but at this time of the night, it was all full.This restaurant really looked nice and it was blissful just to sit here and have alfresco dinning while gazing at the beautiful buildings nearby with the nights on.After dinner, we walked our way back  to the hotel along the hilly driveway with roadside lights guiding our way.When we reached our hotel. it was already late and we collapsed onto the comfortable seats by the pool while others opted for an evening swim.We were happy that we were given another fine and blissful day and an enjoyable evening!Can never forget the colors of Dubrovnik – the blue sky, the azure Adriatic sea water, the terracotta roofs, the green island offshore, just to name a few.Dubrovnik reminds of me of the interesting fortresses, the walls, the churches, the houses, the beach etc.Some of the images, however, appear to be even more interesting in B&W.This image was captured while walking up the walls of Dubrovnik – lots of terracotta roofs, the blue sea and the green island – all underneath an arch!We always started the day first having our breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant. What a wonderful experience is to sip your coffee/ tea while gazing at the panoramic view of Dubrovnik, with the sea breeze gently caressing your face!There were also some quiet moments for reflection as one saw the bell tower against the serene sea and quiet hills as background; while the roofs showed an ever repeating pattern of tiles.After walking one complete round of the Dubrovnik walls, we took a rest nearby a seaside fortress. The sun was setting and your eyes gaze out peacefully on the horizon.By this time, we were all hungry and scouting around to look for a restaurant for dinner!After dinner we walked back to our hotel – a place we have breakfast, a bath and some sleep. Some took the opportunity of having a swim in the beautiful swimming pool, while I walked around the hotel and took a couple of the photos.These B&W photos show the celebrities who have been staying in the hotel.I am sure you will recognize some of them.Some of them are conductors, pianists,  film stars, members of the royal family.So, it was just another day in Dubrovnik which we will never forget!I am happy to see that Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Black and White.I have been playing around converting the photo below taken in Bostwana from color to B&W. The original photo was very interesting but I think the B&W is not in any way inferior.I came across a blog post which suggests that we should not preset a camera to B&W when we want B&W photos; but rather do a post processing on it. His other advice includes taking it on a grey day when the light is soft and use the lowest ISO.I have some slides which were taken 20+ years ago and they have become decolored.  Converting to B&W seem to be a good way of keeping the photos interesting.The photo below was taken in 1985 at Brighton Beach. I have shown it before but I couldn’t help showing it again as a B&W in a collection.Another photo taken in the same year is the Stlker castle in Scotland below. Like the other one, it become decolored and I think this is the best way of rescuing it.The photo below of the pyramid in Cairo, Egypt was taken in year 2000. Again, it has become decolored. B&W gives this a different mood.My picture of Istanbul, Turkey taken on a cruise when the sun was setting was almost monotonic, with a purple taint. The converted picture below seems only have changed the picture from pink to B&W.Some of the pictures below are taken in more recent years. I can never forgot the difficult climb up the Wu Yi mountains, China when the sky was grey and misty. The photo below of mysterious mountain with a pavilion and tourists climbing up like (white) ants has implanted deeply in my mind.The picture of West Lake, China below was taken last Winter. Post processing it to B&W does not make a big difference to the image as the picture was almost grey in  color when taken.Back to the West. The picture below was taken in Dubrovnik, Croatia last May. It gives a different feel than the usual picture of red roofs to the houses.Still on the same subject of Dubrovnik, the B&W picture below shows a close up version of the individual houses or structures in that picturesque area.The picture of Trakai, Latvia has always been shown in color. The picture below is my attempt to show it in B&W, giving it a special character.How can I forget the beautiful Langkawai, Malaysia with the sun just rising and a boat lying on the shore . . . . .I like both colors and B&W. Although, in the real world, it would be nice if many controversial issues would just be in Black or White so people do not have to fight over various shades of grey. Maybe, I should set up an opinion poll to see whether you like Colors or B&W!Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.Join 11,891 other followers



alternative music show on Ireland's digital station RTÉ 2xm June 27, 2012 by Dr Rock Magic 1 Comment As an avid festival goer I was impressed hearing Body & Soul director Avril Stanley speak to us on the radio show about the inspiration behind and ethos at the heart of her festival creation. Until then my experience of what Body & Soul do had been limited to their area at Electric Picnic, for the previous two years I had been Glastonbury bound while others marveled at the delights of the stand alone Body & Soul Festival in Ballinlough Castle Co. Westmeath.Spirits and expectations were high as we made our way across the midlands on Friday evening. The rain had abated by the time we arrived on site, allowing us time to set up a reasonably dry camp and we were bopping through the woods like kiddy school kids by nightfall. The €25 Friday night add-on option made a three night weekender affordable and the late night woodland revelry was the perfect showcase of what we could expect for the rest of the festival.Django Django and myself prior to their Mainstage gig at Body & Soul 2012By Saturday afternoon it was clear that the persistent rain was no match for the festival-wide ebullient spirit. Cathal Ely and Reid brought the Upstage to life and across at the mainstage The Herbaliser worked the crowd with their tightly wound brass laden funk. Django Django made their second Irish festival appearance and now with their universally plauded debut album familiar to all, the psychedelic popsters charmed the partisan crowd with ease.Most people, myself included made their way back to the campsite before dark to dress for the masquerade ball beneath the stars. The festival wide fancy dress party was lovingly embraced by all and the night was blessed with enthusiasm and colour. I caught most of Villagers bold set of mainly new material, and although the sound did not project as well as it might have had, the band pulled off the near impossible task of maintaining the attention of a festival crowd with previously unheard tunes.Spiritualized opened with a wall of feedback and with zero crowd interaction still impressed this by now casual fan with their contrarily uplifting downbeat gospel rock, the title track of their Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space 1997 masterpiece being a particular highlight. Lee Fields & The Expressions may have been unknown to many before last weekend but the golden voiced dapper soul master and his red hot band were the perfect choice to close the mainstage at 2am. This was just one example of the thought put into the festival lineup and in particular the running order.The joyous sound of The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra wafted across the festival site at 11am on Sunday morning. By 1pm Tieranniesaur brought both the sunshine and their irresistible DIY disco funk to the Mainstage. Hollie Cook, (daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook) may have also been unknown to many but her natural stage presence and tropical pop/ reggae good-time vibes soon had the capacity afternoon crowd in the palm of her hand. I was busy interviewing Miss Cook while Kormac’s Big Band worked the  mainstage crowd to festival fever pitch. St. Vincent who until now had I had paid little heed to, dived into the crowd early in her set, her PJ Harvey meets Bjork vibe definitely a winner.From here it was a dash and grab between the Upstage for New Jackson and Emika and then back to the Mainstage for Little Dragon. What I heard of the latter was hampered by dodgy sound and technical problems, although some who caught the entire set say Little Dragon remained a highlight. With the ubiquitous single Midnight City and its accompanying album Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, M83 seem to have come into their own in the past twelve months. Previous live reviews had suggested that the band were at the top of their game, but even expectations fell short of the majestic aural spectacle that reigned on Sunday night. The French kings of cool must surely have been equally impressed by the rapturous response from their Irish audience.Danish electro rockers WhoMadeWho pummeled the now ecstatic crowd into blissful submission with flair and finesse. Donal Dineen closed the show on the Mainstage before most made their way back to the Upstage for a loved up boogie festival finale John Talabot DJ set. After three days and nights of dancing and partying we rounded off our weekend at 4am Monday morning in a steaming hot tub in the woodland paradise. Walking back to my tent at 6am while others partied on, my body and soul now aglow, I recalled having a similar feeling after my first Glastonbury experience. Body & Soul = Festival magic. Filed under Live Reviews Tagged with body & soul 2012 review, body & soul festival 2012 review, body & soul review, body and soul 2012, body and soul 2012 review, body and soul festival, body and soul festival 2012 review, body and soul festival review, body and soul review





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