Throwback Thursday: moated castle

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Monochrome Madness 3-20

610_8949-t_wThis is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

This week, we have a theme again. It’s “road”.

Several kinds of road came up to my mind, when I read the theme. Several kinds of road images, too. But, here we are in a monochrome challenge. I don’t want to simply have an image converted to bw. I want an image, that ‘works’ in monochrome.

This image is taken in the old fortress of Corfu Town last year. Last week my travel series on Corfu ended. In case, you missed it, have a look. It’s a very nice greek island.


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The new castle of Corfu Town

610_8837_wI guess, you might have expected this weeks topic, when being a regular reader of my blog. Last week I introduced you to the old castle, thus I focus on the new castle this week. Don’t get me wrong. Although, this castle is called the new one, it’s also old. But, it’s newer than the old one.

It’s located ‘behind’ the old town and above the harbor. So, the old town is located between two big, old castles. When walking up, to the castle, don’t forget to turn around. You will have a fantastic view over the old town and the old castle in the back. You also have a good sight overt harbor and the huge cruise ships.

There’s also a small entry fee for adults (minors are free). But, you can use the ticked as a voucher for a drink at the exit. We were up there in the late afternoon, when the setting sun was about to paint the old town golden. Unfortunately, there were lots of clouds that day and it was our last evening. So, there wasn’t a change to postpone the visit. But, after waiting a while I got the image of the old town in the right light. Pew!

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610_7351-e_wToday, I take you on a trip to the north-western coast for visiting an old castle built by the Venetian Republic many centuries ago when Corfu was part of their state.

It way uphill ist very steep, but well paved. At the foothill you can find a tiny parking lot and a restaurant. I wasn’t in the restaurant, because we have had another plan for that day.

Just in case, you plan to climb up to the castle, I’d recommend taking enough water with you. There is no option to get some (expect in the restaurant). But, it’s really worth climbing up to the castle, you have a wonderful sight over the cliffs and the sea. The air smells like a fresh pizza from all the wild herbs.

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Monochrome Tuesday: Cochem



btw. click on the photo to see it in a bigger size

Cochem is a town at the river Mosel. Above the town, you can find an old castle: Reichsburg Cochem.

The term Reichsburg (empire castle) is from the medieval Holy Roman Empire, a time, where the imperator has had to move around in his empire constantly to control and to govern it.

This castle was founded in the late 12th or early 13th century and reconstructed in the mid 17th century. Thus it is a good example for the neo-gothic architecture style.

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Monochrome Madness 2-17


This week’s Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness is a themed post again, and the theme is “K” – simply the letter “K”.

While there are so many words in english, starting with a k, I didn’t get an idea for this week’s posts. You know, I’m currently developing my photos taken on Corfu. And, certainly some of them will be developed in monochrome. Thus, I picked this photo showing a big part of the old town of Corfu town. You might ask me, why I mix up “C” and “K”. Sorry, I don’t! Although, the town is well-known as ‘Corfu town’, it’s not their real name! The town and the island as well are named Κέρκυρα (= Kérkyra).

Here you can see the ‘new’ castle at the foot of the hill, the mediterranean sea, the tower of Ekklisia Agios Spiridon in the middle and the hills of Albany on the opposite side of the sea.

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