Photo du Jour: Saint Duje Cathedral & Spring Blooms – Split, Croatia

Tower of Split Croatia's St. Duje Cathedral, with pink spring blossoms

A branch of blossoms heralds spring’s return in seaside Split – Croatia’s second largest city. In the background is the city’s famous Sveti Duje /Saint Dominus Cathedral.

Yesterday, we spent a delightful day exploring Split (more posts to come soon), which is home to Emperor Diocletian’s incredible palace complex, which was built in the 4th century as his retirement home.

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Photo du Jour: The Impish Canines of Trogir, Croatia

During the early morning hours, the streets of Trogir belong to the city’s canine residents. The dogs (known as pas in Croatian) roam the network of narrow streets in the old town, going about their business in a carefree manner. Many are leash-less and solo, out for an adventure in the ancient town.

While out photographing last week, I rounded a corner and encountered this scruffy fellow.  He paused, as if I’d just caught him in the midst of a mischievous act, posed for the camera, and then trotted over to say hi, before making his rounds in the neighborhood.

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Photo du Jour: Living on the Edge – Trogir, Croatia

 

When it comes to heights, I’m a bit of an acrophobe. When I went to the Blarney Castle – determined to kiss the famed stone that endows the kisser with the gift of gab – it took a strange Irish man, my husband-to-be, and my future father-in-law ten minutes to coax me to smooch the stone.

Unlike me, this photogenic feline (or mačka in Croatian) is indeed no scaredy cat! For a few minutes, I watched from down below, trying to coax her away from the roof of a stone building she was sunning on. Fortunately, she didn’t jump to the shutter, which was precariously blowing in the breeze.

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Photo du Jour: A Bejeweled Horse – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 

The magic of Angkor Wat and magnificent Cambodian temples like Ta Prohm and  Bayon is all in the details: richly-carved female devata and apsara bas-relief figures, a visiting Buddhist monk clad in a tangerine-colored robe spotted amid the grey structures, a handsome horse wearing a bejeweled bridle in Angkor Wat’s fore.

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Photo du Jour: Hello, Sunshine! – Udine, Italy

sunshine clock face in udine italy copy

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” -Victor Hugo

A glimmering sunshine greets passersby from the clock tower of the Loggia di San Giovanni. The graceful, 16th-century structure commands a prime spot on the Piazza della Libertà, in UdineItaly. I was lucky enough to explore the elegant city in Italy’s Friuli region one spring ago, while my husband attended class not far from Venice. La dolce vita indeed!

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Photography & text © by Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

 

Photo du Jour: Coffee Crybaby – Oberammergau, Germany

An image of a grumpy baby adorns the wall of a bakery in Oberammergau, Germany, enticing customers with the establishment’s promise of a tasty cup of joe. The poster reads: “Still tired? Here, you’ll find really good coffee.”

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Photo du Jour: Saved by a Superhero in San Francisco

Superhero directs traffic in San Francisco

During a recent jaunt to San Francisco, we were attempting to cross the street when a hurried driver came rushing into the crosswalk. In a scene out of a comic book, our hero stopped traffic — much to the chagrin of the motorist. :)

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