Weird Stuff

Sometimes I just like to take photos of weird stuff…anything and everything that catches my eye..  as long as I find it interesting, it is fair game to be caught in my lens..

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Sometimes it’s just good for training your eye and practicing your composition, to just randomly shoot things with no plan.

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Other times..It’s just fun..

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Have a great day!  and Happy Travels!!


Train Graveyard – Ploeisti, Romania

Usually, while just out exploring a city, you come across some amazing sights and places.. One of these I recently encountered was behind the Ploeisti Train station..

Abandoned Trains

It seems, unlike other cities, they just store all the old railcars on discarded tracks adjacent to the platforms..

Graffiti on Old Train

Of course the cars are all locked, believe me, we searched… but unfortunately there was no way in.

Train Graveyard in Ploiesti

Still, the area was fun to explore and shoot..  It was the cap of a great day!

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Catedrala Sfantul loan Botezatorul – Ploeisti

Standing at the round-about formed by the intersections of Bulevardul Republicii ,Strada Carpati, and Strada Vasile Lupu is The “Catedrala Sfantul loan Botezatorul” dedicated to St. John “The Baptist”.


Although it was built recently, between the years 1923 and 1937, it is an impressive building with a central tower that reaches 60 meters in height.


It is easily reached, being in the center of town, by walking along any of the wide pedestrian paths, by bus or tram..

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Ploiesti, Romania – Exhibition Ongoing

As everyone who checks out my little blog (all 8 or so of you) KNOW.. I have been in Ploiesti, Romania as part of IN3’s group show.. so basically I took off from work and blogging for about 10 days..

Was it worth it? The venue – The Museum of Art was absolutely beautiful inside and out.

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The opening night ceremony was wonderful with art lovers from all over Europe stopping by.. I met and talked to a lot of people about my work – the whys? and the hows?

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I even got a write up in the local art paper .. 1st time ever..It was sweet. You can find the article here  <— CLICK


I may actuall do a solo show there in spring because the venue and the people were just so awesome..

Look for city and travel reviews of Ploiesti, Bucharest and Warsaw HERE in the next couple of days. Pictures of exhibition are HERE


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Next Exhibition – Ploiesti, Romania

Almost time to pack.. another adventure and group exhibit awaits..



Ploiesti, Romania at the Museum of Art.. another group show with IN3..


Actually taking a few extra days to explore Warsaw, Poland.. Bucharest and Ploiesti, Romania..

Burned (color)Looking forward to another great opening on August 19th.. If you are in Romania, feel free to stop by and meet me and a bunch of wonderful artists..

Prints being exhibited (above) are available here 

Happy Travels!!


St. Cyril’s Monastery – Kyiv, Ukraine

St. Cyril’s Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine is actually now a museum and a small church is all that remains of the original sprawling monastery atop the hill close to Dorohozhychi metro stop.. It’s a nice walk through Babi Yar park..and through the forest..

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The monastery was actually closed in the late 1700’s and transformed into a hospital and insane asylum.. It is now a part of the Sanctuary of St.Sophia’s and considered a place of historical value..  Much of the original structure was desmantled but the main church and belfry were preserved.


The inside of the church has lovely frescoes and paintings from the 12th century that have been well preserved.

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To get to St. Cyril’s, you can take trolley bus #12 from Dorohozhychi metro and it has a stop at the entrance to the complex.. or as mentioned, it is a lovely, albeit long, walk from the metro station.

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The basic entry fee is 20 uah for adults but be fore-warned, photographs are not allowed inside the church.. (Yes..I know.. I snuck a

Happy Travels!!

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Motsameta Monastery – Kutaisi, Georgia

Sitting on the side of a mountain a few kilometers from Kutaisi, is the Motsameta Monastery.  It was built by King Bagrati in the 11th century on the site of an old



church that had been destroyed by Arabs in the 8th century. Two brothers, Konstantine and David, the lords of the region,were murdered for refusing to convert to Islam..Their bodies were then thrown into the valley below.



Their recovered remains are interred here.. and are considered sacred..The name Motsameta means “martyr”..

DSC_0122 DSC_0136It’s a pretty place to visit..but be aware that most of the church is off-limits to foreigners, so other than the grounds and a few exteriors, there isn’t much to see..  It makes for a good side trip from the Gelati Monastery .. and the views from the parapets are awesome..

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Gelati Monastery – Kutaisi, Georgia

I had the opportunity to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site last fall.. It is located just a short ride from Kutaisi, Georgia.



The site has been neglected for ages and, when I visited in November of last year, reconstruction was underway …



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It is located about 10 km from the city. The easiest way to reach this wonderful example of ancient Georgian architecture is to negotiate a taxi.. There are buses, but they are infrequent and run on no set timetable..

When you visit Kutaisi, be sure to include this on your “must see” places to visit..

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Happy Travels!!

Shot(s) for the Day – Windows

Windows are the eyes to a buildings soul.. endless variety .. endless adornments

Contrast in French - Marseille

Contrast in French – Marseille

My 2nd favorite subject to shoot for pleasure..

Produce - Ivano-Frankovsk

Produce – Ivano-Frankovsk

Flowers on the Ledge

Flowers on the Ledge

Watching the world go by… time passing



Keep exploring … keep shooting… there is always something amazing

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Happy Travels!


Shot for the Day – Batumi Rental Bikes

Bicycles.. what a wonderful way to explore a city..  especially when they have these pretty green baskets.  The rental bikes in Batumi, Georgia all have these bright green  baskets which make carrying your stuff from place to place alot easier..

Batumi Bike Rental


Bikes are available from vendors along the beach and from the automated system BatumiVelo.. You can buy an automated card for the machines from the Tourist info centers.. The card is rechargeable with a minimum of 20 lari..

The bike paths are painted red and cover most of the city..but one of the prettiest is the 8km stretch along the beach to the Batumi Port..

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