Tuesday, 19 September 2017

FEATURED POST 11 ... 'KAREEM'S PLACE, BEQUIA' SVG


TrailSpots continues to feature all-time popular posts.  Feature Post 11 ... 'Kareem's Place ...' is up next!

Read an extract from the post, then go find it @ ... http://www.trailspots.com/2015/03/kareems-place-bequia-adpost-2.html.  
Kareem started his trade at the age of ten years.  He had owned many aquariums which also provided inspiration, when he was not in the sea. He paints flowers, landscapes and seascapes and he obviously has a strong preference for the latter.  
 Here is a preview of Bertino Doyle aka Kareem, and his art.  




 The featured post 'Kareem's Place ...' can also be found in the side-bar FP section, along with several earlier FPs!  Check them out!     


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Sunday, 17 September 2017

AS CANADA CELEBRATES ...


TrailSpots(T-Spots!) has been sharing spot-pics of events in Ottawa as Canada celebrates 150 ...
#TrailSpots
See ... http://www.trailspots.com/2017/07/the-giant-machines-in-ottawa-les.html 
and
http://www.trailspots.com/2017/07/the-giant-machines-in-ottawa-les_31.html

Here we share two sculptures from the 'Canada Mosaic 150', on display at Jarques Cartier Park, in Quebec, just next door to Ottawa.

The first is a topiary of puffins. The puffin is the official bird of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1992.   They are also known as sea parrots due to their unique coloring patterns.

Topiary of puffins @ Canada Mosiac 150, Jacques Cartier Park - #CanadaMosiac150


This second topiary is an image of Glen Gould's piano.  Glen Gould (1932 -1982) was a famous Canadian classical pianist who was celebrated for his modern interpretations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.  

Topiary of Glen Gould's piano @ Jarques Cartier Park - #CanadaMosiac150


The huge topiary display is a horticultural event show-casing the art of mosaic-culture, blended with a range of iconic Canadian features. 
It is a whole year of celebration! 


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Monday, 28 August 2017

'PIC-BACKS': TWO LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

The archive always offers something on the browse.  Just enough to create a pleasant flash-back mini-post on an earlier trail.

If you love light-houses, then these two and their surroundings might hit a spot!
In fact, I'll definitely be adding more lighthouses to future trails!
Lighthouses ... full of history and mystery!

First up!  North Base Lighthouse in Grand Turk, TCI, with its natural limestone environs and perfect ocean/sky views ...










Second up!  The Toco Lighthouse, Trinidad, with its new tech look and 360 views ...  










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KEEP UP WITH THE 'TRAILSPOTS' GROUP ...

Just in case you have not checked it out as yet, you're welcome to keep up with and join the 'TrailSpots' FB group @
https://www.facebook.com/groups/154498328439619/

Here're a couple more pics of places you'll see on the trail ...

Pigeons and street art in Ottawa
 
Greeting Pumpkin, the island dog on Gaspar Grande ...

CARIFESTA XIII shop @ Grand Market, Barbados
Welcome to Petite Martinique
'TrailSpots' group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/154498328439619/


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Friday, 18 August 2017

TRAILSPOTS SUPPORTS CARIFESTA XIII, 2017 IN BARBADOS


TrailSpots (T-Spots!) supports CARIFESTA XIII, 2017 in Barbados!
If you happen to be there, over the next ten days, catch as many events as you can!  It's going to be a grand display of all artistic things Caribbean!  






All this and more!  We will post some highlights! 

For more information, visit ...
https://www.facebook.com/carifestabarbados/
and
http://www.carifesta.net/


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

JOIN THE NEW TRAILSPOTS PUBLIC GROUP ON FACEBOOK!


Join the brand new TrailSpots public group on Facebook.

We're expanding the travel blog-space @ www.trailspot.com and we're also inviting you to feature your photos that involve charitable community causes, via your local and/or world trails.

One of your spot pics might be selected and featured as the group cover photo for a short while; we change it often!  

This first member cover photo was one of several photos submitted by Deraj J.   He was on a mission to an Amerindian village, along the Corentyne River in Guyana. The Corentyne River separates Guyana from Suriname.


A man on his way to work via the Corentyne River, Guyana.  
Current photo cover courtesy Deraj J.


Setting up tent in Siparuta Village, Guyana

Check us out ... and bring along a worthy community cause from your trails and travels, if you can! See more on the TrailSpots FB group page!
Come on over! Check us out! Join the trail @
https://www.facebook.com/groups/154498328439619/


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Monday, 31 July 2017

THE GIANT MACHINES IN OTTAWA ... LES MACHINES GIANTES À OTTAWA 2


The giant machines ... the spider and the dragon, create fantastic street theater in the city of Ottawa!

As Canada celebrates 150 yrs. as a Confederation, the giant machines got on the move, creating theater on the streets of the city.
Take a peek at the dragon at rest and on the move ...

Here, we see the dragon parked outside City Hall.  Then it got moving along Elgin St., surrounded by huge crowds of Canadians and tourists.

The night theater was even better as the roaming dragon 'blew smoke' along the way!   The air was thick with excitement ... and screams!  
It's a year-long celebration!

All photos by 'Trailspots', 2017




The giant dragon machine parked in front of City Hall, Ottawa

 ... parked in front of City Hall, Ottawa

Dragon on the move by day on Elgin St...

The crowd awaits on Wellington St.;  Parliament Buildings nearby ...

Dragon on the move by night on Wellington St.!


Cameras everywhere!


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Sunday, 30 July 2017

THE GIANT MACHINES IN OTTAWA ... LES MACHINES GIANTES À OTTAWA 1



The giant machines ... the spider and the dragon, create fantastic street theater in the city of Ottawa!
Here's a peek at the spider!

As Canada celebrates 150 yrs. as a Confederation, the giant machines are set to move along the streets, creating theater in the city.

Here, the mega-ton spider is ready to 'crawl' down the walls of the Notre-Dame Catholic Basilica, after which it will roam the city streets and 'confront' the dragon!
It's a year-long celebration!

All photos by 'TrailSpots', 2017

La machine araignée ... the spider machine!


The giant machine spider perched on the walls of the Notre-Dame Catholic Basilica, Ottawa

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

CUBA ON THE SPOT, PART 2 ... A Pic Tour With J-E!


We continue with Part 2 of the pic tour of Cuba with J-E, as promised.  
Connect to Part 1 @  http://www.trailspots.com/2017/07/cuba-on-spot-part-1-pic-tour-with-j-e.html
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Photos have a way of speaking for themselves, leaving the viewer with many opportunities to see and interpret through their own experiential lenses.  


Tourist attraction: Old-fashioned camera, Parque Central, Havana 


Black & white photo of J-E taken with the old-fashioned camera (negative and positive)

This is no less the case on our pic tour because each photo seems to hold so many known and unknown stories.  A photo-essay of sorts ... written on the faces of Cubans going about their daily activities in their homes and on the streets; carved in the buildings with their historical designs; painted on walls that display the works of street artists; signed by the eye-catching and famous vintage Cuban cars.


Cuban friends

Truck delivering goods, San Rafael

Street vendors like these are everywhere selling delicious vanilla & guava jam biscuits,
empanadas(patties) ... everything is home-made!


Community car repair

Prado Skate Park, Havana:  Here the young & old can be seen on skate-boards,
roller-blades and bicycles ... all together!
For readers who might have a deeper interest in Cuban architecture (and as stated @ insightCuba.com), Havana has been described as 'one of the most architecturally diverse cities in the world'.  Such influences came from the colonial and baroque period, the neo-classical period and at the turn of the 20th century, influences from art nouveau, art deco and eclectic design. 
A few of these, still bearing the unmistakable signs of former 'glory days', have been captured in both Part 1 & 2.  There is also a particularly interesting artifact in this post. Look for it!


Various architectural influences line the streets of Havana 

 Hotel Inglaterra, Old Havana - the oldest hotel in Cuba, dating back to 1844;
 built in the neoclassic style of the colonial Spanish era; colorful history of ownership




El Malecon, Havana



Antique cash register in a pharmacy

Street Art in Cien Fuego



Street Art in Cien Fuego

Nothing beats the 'feet-on-the-ground' experience; up close and personal.  All the more reason to extend many thanks to J-E for this pictorial share of a whirlwind vacation in Cuba. 


J-E looks right at home!



 One of the famous vintage Cuban cars

No doubt, Cuba is once again in the midst of a period of transition. A visit in another few years might yield new vistas.  Yet, it is unlikely that any transformation will erase its remarkable history. Many things will still be unmistakably present. 


Crossing Cuba ...
  
Thanks for the tour J-E!  You shall return! 
All photographs credited to Joyce-Elena Browne, 2017.


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