Travel theme: Architecture

Fresh from my visit to the architectural playground of Seattle’s Central Library, I’m looking through some of the more interesting architecture I’ve found along the way on my travels. There was the intricately ornate Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de La Merced in Antigua, Guatemala.

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de La Merced, guatemala, antigua, architecture, latin america, travel, ailsa prideaux-mooney

The view of towers surrounding New York’s 9/11 Memorial, still under construction at the time of my visit, will stay with me forever.

Clouds appear to drift through the partially constructed buildings

I’ll never forget my surprise at seeing the soaring interior of the Franciscan Monastery of Mount St. Sepulchre on the outskirts of Washington DC.

old byzantium monastery catacombs washington dc franciscan

Last but not least, the warm and cosy facade of Bewley’s coffee shop on Dublin‘s Grafton Street, all decked out for the holidays. It is still one of my favourite places to snuggle up with a cup of coffee.

Grafton Street facade

If you would like to build upon this theme and join in this week’s travel photo challenge (everyone’s welcome), here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Architecture
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS – I’m in the process of changing over to a new website host but will give you all a heads up when the changeover happens. If you’re following via email there won’t be a change but if you’re following via WordPress you will need to sign up for email or RSS.

Looking forward to seeing what you construct for this week’s theme.

xxx Ailsa

“I call architecture frozen music.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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165 Responses to Travel theme: Architecture

  1. suzie81 says:

    I couldn’t be more excitied about this!!!

  2. Oh Lordy, where to begin? And thanks for the 9/11 monument. It’s a goody.

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  4. Rusha Sams says:

    Lovely photos on this theme! Love the picture of the 9/11 monument — I haven’t been to the site in quite some time, so this helps me visualize what’s going on. http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

    • ailsapm says:

      They’re much further along now, Rusha, my photo was taken last time I was in New York, which was almost a year ago. Love your slow boat! xxx

  5. Hi Ailsa, beautiful architecture you found and captured!
    Here’s my contribution, a trip back in time:
    http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/travel-theme-architecture/
    Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  7. suej says:

    Oh, great theme, Ailsa…very apposite as I had just posted on an architectural theme, so updated it to include it in this challenge! here goes http://suejudd.com/2013/08/09/dresdens-miracle-in-stone/

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  9. Ben says:

    I was torn between a few ideas on this topic. Ended up with the contrasting styles in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand

    http://pathsunwritten.com/2013/08/09/travel-theme-architecture/

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  11. Ese' s Voice says:

    The first one is really interesting and beautiful, Ailsa! well, all of them are but I am drawn the most to the 1st.
    Here’ re my samples of architecture: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/travel-theme-architecture/

  12. travtrails says:

    My take on your theme .. http://travtrails.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/cascading-tears.
    I am in New York at present.

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  15. Angie says:

    Hi, Ailsa! Wonderful pictures you’ve got here. Here’s mine http://momentsinyourlife.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/travel-theme-architecture/

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  19. masadiso79 says:

    Nice collection of photographs Ailsa! My photographs are from four different areas in Greece, all having unique architectural features. Here’s my entry: http://goomfh.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/travel-theme-architecture/

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  23. loganbruin says:

    Are you building up to something?
    That last one does seem to be a perfect Irish representation of an “oriental” cafe.
    I went mostly old school: http://loganbruin.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/travel-theme-architecture/

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  25. restlessjo says:

    Fantastic shots, as ever, Ailsa. Think big 🙂 and beautiful 🙂 and you’ve got it!

  26. Gorgeous shots. Must look for that Franciscan Monastery next time near DC. Thanks for the heads-up on that

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  29. Heyjude says:

    Architecture is one of my favourite subjects to photograph. Here is my entry:
    http://smallbluegreenurbanicity.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/travel-theme-architecture/
    Jude xx

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  31. Amazing architecture! And that is one great looking cafe! Nice work, Ailsa. 😉

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  33. Great library and beautiful temple! I’m joining in and enjoying the bevy of beautiful pics: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/architecture-two-ways/

  34. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa, Great photo challenge- here’s my first series. Regards Peet
    http://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/architecture-a-travel-theme-pont-du-gard/

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  36. Good theme! Love the photograph from Antigua. Here is my first thought.
    http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2013/08/09/8-9-13-travel-theme-architecture/

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  38. Anne Camille says:

    Oh, I could go crazy selecting photos to fit the theme “Architecture”! But, I restrained myself and only posted two — and a third bonus shot that fits with the other two, but doesn’t really fit the Architecture theme. (Maybe “architectural detail”?) http://wp.me/p1tzBV-282
    Loved your shots in the preceding post on the library. Reading it reminded me that I’ve never taken photographs of the pretty amazing library in my own town. I need to do that some day. 🙂

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  40. Alien Shores says:

    Hi Ailsa – here is my post for Architecture….. as an Architect myself, it’s difficult to stop at 5
    https://alienshores52.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/travel-theme-architecture/

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  42. Great theme, Ailsa! Here is some ancient architecture from Turkey. The walls and tower have been made into part of a modern restaurant, full of mystery:

    http://lonnalisawilliams.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/ancient-turkish-towers/

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