Category: Behind The Photo

Behind The Photo: Brooklyn Bridge Hike

So tired!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Brooklyn Bridge Hike

I know, not the best picture, but bear with me, there is a story here! It was several years ago during my first visit to NYC. I was young and ready to go! And go I did! After getting off my flight and dropping my things off at my friend’s place where I was staying in Brooklyn, we walked all around lower Manhattan. Tired and exhausted, we thought it would be a good idea to hike across the entirety of the Brooklyn Bridge. How far/ hard could it be?? We learned pretty quickly what we had decided to undertake, but we were determined! Also, the view! Unfortunately I hadn’t thought to bring a tripod with me and balancing my camera precariously on the edge as cars zoomed by underneath didn’t seem like a great idea. So, I am left with this blurry memento of the time I thought that hiking across the Brooklyn Bridge at night was a good idea.

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Behind The Photo: Snow!

First time!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Snow!

This one is a little more personal. Before my trip to Tennessee back in January, this Florida born-and-raised girl, had never seen snow before! Crazy right? So, when we stopped at a rest area up in the mountains and I saw this thin smattering of icy-white fluffiness I had to get out and play with it. I’m sure people thought I was a crazy person. Who gets excited at an inch of snow at a rest area? Well, this girl sure did! Fortunately I got to see much more later on on the trip, where I didn’t look like an escaped asylum patient playing in it.

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Behind The Photo: Caryatids

Not The Real Ones

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Caryatids at the Acropolis

The Caryatids that support the roof of the Erechtheion porch at the Acropolis in Athens are certainly unique. But, they aren’t the real deal. To see the real ancient ladies you’ll have to visit a museum nearby, and one a little further away. Five of the original six are on display in the Acropolis Museum and have undergone a recent restoration. The sixth however, is located faraway in the British Museum. How did it end up there? Well, back in the day, early 1800s days, a man named Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and British ambassador removed the statue along with other parts of the Parthenon and took them back to England. He later sold it and his collection, known as the Elgin Marbles, to the British government to help pay off debt. And so, there they remain with some controversy, in England. A lone Caryatid separated from her sisters.

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Behind The Photo: Queen’s Chamber, Versailles

Audience stays behind here

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Queen’s Chamber, Versailles

Life as a royal was not always easy. Especially if you liked your privacy. When I went to the Palace of Versailles, I wondered why the King’s and Queen’s chambers had a railing separating the rooms. Well, some research later I found out about a strange ceremony called the levée. It was basically a ceremony at the beginning of the day where people would gather to watch the King or Queen rise and get ready for the day and even help them get dressed. The railing was to separate the public from the private areas. The whole thing sounds like a nightmare to me! I would not like to wake up to an audience, that’s for sure!

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Behind The Photo: Arc de Triomphe

So Many Cars!!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Arc de Triomphe

Everyone has seen the famous Arc de Triomphe, even if they don’t know the name of it. It’s one of the most recognizable monuments in Paris. But what many people might not know is that it is in the middle of a massive roundabout. A pretty hectic one at that. So you may be wondering, how do you get to the other side? No, you don’t play a real-life version of Frogger. (I mean, you can if you want that type of thrill…) There is actually a tunnel that goes under the crazy traffic so you can safely reach the other side and look at the architectural marvel.

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Behind The Photo: Amsterdam Sinking

Why so crooked__

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Amsterdam Sinking

Amsterdam is a beautiful city, but if you spend any amount of time looking at the buildings, something seems, well… off. Now, I’m not saying that the builders were partaking in the local, let’s say delicacies, but I’m not saying they weren’t either. In all seriousness though, Amsterdam and pretty much most, if not all of the Netherlands, has been fighting an ongoing battle with Poseidon for centuries. The buildings in Amsterdam were actually built on thousands of wooden poles so that they didn’t sink down into the soft soil. But, like most things, it isn’t perfect and some buildings settled, or sunk a little bit, giving the city a charming, off kilter look.

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Behind The Photo: Hameau de la Reine

Don't let it fool you!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Hameau de la Reine

Today’s subject is the Hameau de la Reine at the Palace of Versailles in France. When I visited a couple years ago, I had no idea this even existed. I’d heard of the palace’s extensive gardens, but not this! If you are not on the up and up like I was, the Hameau de la Reine, or the Queen’s Hamlet, is a fake medieval village constructed by the famous Queen Marie Antoinette as a way to escape the daily rigors of royal life. (If only that was my only problem!) Her little getaway was populated with hired peasants and farmers and the Queen even dressed down to blend in. It was a simpler life, for her anyway. Of course it would be simpler if you didn’t actually have to deal with being poor, but I digress… Multiple cottages were built to look rustic, but the interiors definitely didn’t match the outsides, many just as fancy as the palace itself. As you can probably guess, this didn’t go over well with the actual peasants of the time. And well, I think we all know what became of Marie Antoinette…

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