Above Me Are the Alps

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My dear Friends,

Above me are the Alps and I found the way to get to them. I have never thought that I might be lack of right words to describe my feelings…but the time I saw them I couldn’t whisper a sound. I felt that mountains live in me, they are my vital part, I cannot live without them. John Muir said “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” Lord Byron could not resist the beauty of Alps, so do I…

My thoughts are not gathered yet, I am like that castle in the center of the most beautiful and I am ready for a plunge…

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Have a wonderful and inspiring week!

Love you all,

Yours Writer

 

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PhotoThoughts Abroad: ZAKOPANE

Poland is the neighbor country to the west of Kyiv which influence has spread all over. A long border line separates nation’s minds and makes them feel strangers. What does it mean being Ukrainian? Or being Polish? Can you look for the meaning in your vocabulary? Certainly not. However, you will find the meaning for the “citizenship” and that is what exactly important. Belonging to the Planet, World, and Universe. We need to be part of something, always, as loneliness can kill us. That is why I refuse to accept borders between countries, language barriers and mind blockades. I would like to get as close as possibly to life without any of them and understand why we still remain different mentally and so identical physically. There is a strong wish to inhale this beautiful city and print it in my soul!

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PhotoThought 1: Main Scenes

Welcome to Zakopane

I hope you are not tired of my postcards yet (I see your little cunning grimaces). I am not tired of designing them for you in some crazy hope that one day you might need them. It is also a terrific way to gather several photos at once and create a new common picture. The same as assembling a puzzle. Every piece takes its right place. And you look at the entire picture differently, right? The same when I look at the picture above. This is the collective image of Polish city called Zakopane. A very nice city situated in the southern part of Poland almost at the border between Slovakia and Poland attracts every hiker’s attention. You will find there so many routes to walk and so many breathtaking views to capture. In my postcard I decided to focus on little details such as local parks, monuments, and houses. They do not belong to the main attractions, however, they represent local habits and traditions better. Seeing these scenes brings me closer to Polish culture and people. I am eager to catch its specific mountain atmosphere. Air is different here; nature is different as well as atmosphere. It is a typical mountain city where tourism is the most popular occupation. A number of hotels, villas, cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops goes off scale. It is a real tourist resort crowded most of the time. However, there are some narrow streets that can draw the curtain and let you peep through secret hole. Then you are lucky to observe a completely different picture!

 

PhotoThought 2: Mountains 

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Only mountains can be better than the mountains.  This is the love from the first breathe. Air in the mountains is fresh and intoxicating.  

It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.’ (Ruskin Bond) 

And you would not like to escape from them, you prefer staying there forever, just to look at them endlessly. Here there is no time, no distance, no hurry, only they and I. There is almost intimate bond between us. This is a teaser for you, my little Friends, as I made a lot of pictures about mountains and so many breathtaking views.  Be patient!

PhotoThought 3: Countryside 

Zakopane walks

In this postcard I am particularly fond of two goats: white and black. Aren’t they look cute? A couple or two family members. They seem to be curious about me and my camera. I can’t stand not taking a snap of them.  I suppose they suit the entire atmosphere perfectly…

 I saw rivers, small houses, fields and gardens. This city is very different from any mountain city in Ukraine. It is visible that people here live much better. While sitting in the local cafe I saw Polish happy faces and felt a bit envy. Please forgive me for being too honest with you, but I wish I could see my Ukrainians the same happy and free one day. Surely, my country is not that hopeless and if everyone does its best it can be really changed for the better, however, it will be a long way. And I would not like to wait so much. Unfortunately, I am a realist as well and see not too much positive. In fact people, my Ukrainians, do surprise me every day with their indifference and rudeness. Even worse, they make me also being indifferent and rude…and that scares me the most!

PhotoThought 4: Houses

How about sit comfortably in these red chairs and enjoy the…houses? I confess I have never seen such a gorgeous and unusual style. These houses drew my attention at once. I could not go by without shooting them. And those windows with colorful flowers and designed yards. Owners prove they are skillful at design. They are proud of beautifully decorated yards. As you may see almost all houses are wooden, a distinctive sign of the mountain region. It brings us back in time: when people could not afford themselves anything better than a humble wooden house. They made their houses from wood found in forests. There were too many forests at those times. On the contrary, nowadays these mansions are a privilege for people with impressive bank accounts. I would not refuse to settle in one of them and you? Just imagine a romantic scene near your fireplace…hmm…I bet you won’t refuse!

Houses in Zakopane

And now tell me something interesting about the city where you live. I am hungry for your comments, impressions and stories. Only one problem – this time I cannot promise you any reward, since your writer was not so successful recently. In my heart I would like to present you something every time you share with me your wonderful story, but I have no good sponsor or investor…yet.

In case you have no good idea what to present your friends or you need to find something special for somebody, here is the link to my designs available for you: 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/22497628-kocham-polske?asc=u&p=classic-tee&ref=artist_shop_grid

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Also if you like any of my postcards design, but in your head you imagine your own photos in them, please let me know and I will design for you.  I am also eager to help to design some special card for any special occasion. Give me a hint in the comment or in twitter ann021814 (facebook Ann AnRo) and I’ll contact you as soon as possible! 

Stay in tune! To be continued…

Happy weekend, my little Friends!

Yours Ann

P.S. As I was writing this post world has gone crazy… I have friends from France and I am in deep grief with them. One day France, the other night Turkey…I am lack of appropriate words…just a wish for all of us not to loose being wisdom!

Magyarorszag Mysteries with Ann

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It is Easter in my country and for all Orthodox Christians, so “Happy Easter” for whose who celebrate and for those who not “Happy Monday”, I hope day is not too busy for you!

I again took my camera and went for a journey to my mysterious Hungary! You have already read  one of my first posts devoted to this fabulous country and found out a lot. Now I introduce you my new film about some unknown and not typical places in Miskolc, one of the Hungarian industrial cities, which is the third biggest one!

Magyarorszag or Hungary (in English) is the unknown little country situated in Western Europe. I bet not too many of you have even heard about it. Thus, this is a unique and exclusive chance  to visit it with me. I think it can be interesting and funny as well. We will walk among nature and enjoy its most beautiful places. Also we will play football, catch fish and have a drink! Aren’t you intrigued? Then click on the link below…

Don’t forget to share your opinion and invite me to your favorite place! I will bring my camera, deal?

From Kyiv With Love (Episode 2)

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Mikhail Bulgakov, author of the famous Master and Margarita, who was born in Kyiv, said about Ukrainian capital and one of the oldest cities in Europe: “There is no more beautiful city in the world than Kyiv“. And he was right. If you look at this photo above, what do you see? I can tell you honestly that it seems to me that this is not that Kyiv, which I get used to. No, certainly, not. My fantastic photo-expert Nicki-Ticki with its technological super power has transformed this city into something too unbelievable. Doesn’t it looks like some American city? Exactly…but we are not in USA (unfortunately), we are in the center of Ukraine, its capital – Kyiv. However, Kyiv cannot exist without its river Dnipro. Would not you like a dive? Yeah, I know in the beginning of November, last autumn month, it is not wisdom. Though sometimes I hear news that some young girls or boys make attempts (and even did it) to commit a suicide by diving into this endless blue over an unrequited love. It is a sad fact, of course. I wish an unrequited love could not find place on our Planet. Life is too short. Folk, I kindly ask you – do not fell in love with wrong people, is it possible to arrange? For my sake!

Bridge Through Dnipro

Dnipro is the largest river in Ukraine and the third largest in Europe. From the dawn of history the Dnipro has been closely bound up with the life of Ukrainian people. It is the ‘holy river’ of Ukraine and its artery. Dnipro was known as the Borysthenes to the ancient Greeks and Romans.  It became an important route in medieval times, when it became part of the Varangian route between the Baltic Sea and Byzantium across the Black Sea. Nowadays it is an important route from work to home and back 334 days per year for most of Ukrainians(31 day usually they stay at home for vacation).

Car Bridge

Dnipro divides Kyiv into two banks: right and left. The right part of the city is so-called business and elite center. People who can afford living on the right bank of the river are quite rich. I think that there is not so many of them. Approximately 10%, I already see your faces, yes, yes, my dear ones, 90% of the population, let’s say, is not that rich. 10% of oligarchs just control almost everything and they “care” about other people. They do not let us relax and this is good, since life is a constant motion. Usual Ukrainians cannot go for pension sooner and they should work till they can, I suppose this “wisdom” 10% increases our working life, which is and indubious boost for so many people. What can they do without it? Sitting at home and knitting socks, they will die from boredom.

Dnipro Dock

It has its own dock where many yachts hang out. We are definitely not in Venice, so boats are pretty small and not so popular here, but if you would like to go for a boat trip along the river it can be organized. Any caprice for your money! What’s more have you ever seen river locks? No, this can’t happen! Then, today is your lucky chance! You are lucky Luke or Beth or …what’s your name? Dnipro has several locks and one of them brings you directly to Kyiv Sea (well, not natural, but artificial), so bring your swimming suits! We are going to have fun at Kyiv beaches in November, can you believe it?

Dnipro Beaches

Aha, as I see this couple has already had fun and now they are standing almost at the beach (not exactly, why they did not wear swimming suits?) and enjoy each other. Isn’t it romantic? Just look at them! I know I had no right to peep at my camera hole and capture them, but, hey, they look so good together. This November river breeze (a bit chilly, but not so spicy) evoked some warm feelings in their hearts and they hugged each other in pleasure. Or not so romantic variant – they are pretty cold and would like to warm themselves up. It is up to you to choose! Honestly, I find this man more handsome than that woman.  Although his hairdresser was not in his bad mood last time. Hey, dude, you need a better one! Ok, ok, I know I like criticizing people, including myself, but this is because I love them all! And I love you too! Oh, I am in such love mood today. Is there is something in the air? Some love gases….ha-ha!

Ukrainian Couple

Coming back to serious! Ann tried to be funny.

Locks on the river are pound locks,  a type used almost exclusively on canals and rivers.Unfortunately, I did not make a picture of this lock, but you know writers, they can describe everything in the most fruitful way. Yep, we are the word magicians, so where my magical mouse and keyboard. Here we go…

Our boat passes through the second and oldest lock during the day and it is quite an experience for you  who rushed on desk with cameras, and locals who stood above the lock watching and waving.  Ships enter a lock through “hanging gates” into the pound with gates at the other end. Once in the pound, “hanging gates” are closed and the water level is either raised or lowered to river level. The end gates are then opened and we slowly sail out onto the river again. Did you imagine? Hope I covered it well! I highly recommend you to come and experience it. As it is said it is better to see once than to hear a thousand times”.

Little Islands

I like this shot so much. Just take a look at these colors as if painted by a very gifted artist.

When evening comes, Kyiv turns into a magical, romantic place lit up by old-fashioned street lamps, architectural lighting and even a touch of neon. Looking over the city in the evening, at its murmuring fountains, gleaming monuments, and the reflective dark waters of the Dnipro, makes me feel relaxed. This evening photo is not of the best quality since my Nicki-Ticki did not have his friend Trip and at his disposal was his owner hands, shaking ones…so sorry! Sunset was so bright that almost blinded me. In this picture you can see one of “sleeping” districts of our big city. Buildings here are high, most of them have more than 20 stores and elevators always in need for repair. Local habitants get used to do sport every day, upstairs and downstairs. In case you see Ukrainians with muscular legs you know what’s behind it!

Blur Sunset

It seems I can talk endlessly about Kyiv, but you are too tired now. Tell me honestly it is too difficult to read my long posts! I wish I could compose shorter sentences. Brevity is the soul of wit. But that’s not about me. The less people think, the more they talk – THAT is exactly about me! Have fun! Happy Thursday! I had such fun with you, Folks!

To be continued (Didn’t you expect?).

Yours Ann

P.S. Do not forget to criticize me!