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Video: Fire Dance in Tzahal Square, Jerusalem

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 1, 2013

 
 

I was in the middle of posting the Jerusalem Light Festival photos when I got side-tracked by a weekend trip to Manchester and Dublin. This woman dancing with a burning hoop was not part of the Light Festival but she was performing in Tsahal Square at the same time. I thought she was quite good and was glad I could get a video of the whole routine.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

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Last of the Dublin Photos

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 18, 2013

Dublin

By now you’re probably glad I was only in Dublin for seven hours. Imagine if I’d been there for seven weeks! (You don’t have to imagine it. I went berserk in Italy….) Here are a few photos that didn’t fit into the rest of the “theme” postings. A guy tuning his dulcimer on Grafton Street. I’m so sorry there wasn’t time to go back to hear him play! I love the dulcimer when it’s played well.

This bleak, classical structure was the Irish Houses of Parliament, built by the English in 1729. The Irish Parliament was dissolved in 1801 and the building is now owned by the Bank of Ireland.

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Side street off the Grafton Street pedestrian mall.

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Sign outside a shop in Temple Bar.

Dublin

Dublin

It really is a curved street! A very short curved street.

Dublin

Not sure what this building is but it made a cool reflection.

Dublin

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Dublin’s O’Connell Street

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 17, 2013

Dublin

O’Connell Street is Dublin’s main thoroughfare. Although it’s only half a kilometer long, it is an impressive boulevard with monuments and shops. It’s been through some ups and downs, especially during the 1970s and 80s, but the Dublin City Council began to implement a concerted plan to redevelop the area in 2002, restoring a lot of its fine old architecture. I didn’t have very long to explore O’Connell Street–just a quick run up and down its length–but I managed to get a few shots. The square above was taken at the end of O’Connell Street, where O’Connell Bridge begins.

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Jim Larkin, an early 20th century labour leader, with a pair of shoes over one arm.

Dublin

I had to follow this girl for quite a distance in order to get a shot of her matching green flower decorations.

Dublin

The Spire of Dublin, aka the Knitting Needle, is the world’s highest sculpture (121.2 m or 397.6 ft). Its official name is the Monument of Light. At night it is illuminated at the top and at its base.

Dublin

Dublin

What great sweaters! They’re perfect–Aran on the left and Shetland lace on the right. These women were resting on a bench on the central median of O’Connell and I happened to see them on my way back to the center of town.

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O’Connell monument with the Spire of Dublin in the background.

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Angel at the base of the O’Connell monument. No special reason for photographing her. I just liked the angle of the light.

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Videos: Dublin Street Performers

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 10, 2013

Dublin

These break-dancers on Grafton Street were really good! A video captures a lot more than a still photograph can, but I was glad to get the shot of the guy balancing on his head.

 

Penny-whistle player, also on Grafton Sreet.

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OK, the first band in the video clip is on a stage, so they aren’t exactly street performers, but the performance was in a public square.

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Trinity College, Dublin

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 9, 2013

Trinity College, Dublin

If you only have seven hours to spend in Dublin, Trinity College is likely to be on the to-do list. The weather in Dublin changes very quickly. The photo above was taken during a rare moment of sunshine. This is the main entrance of the college, facing College Green.

Trinity College was founded in 1592, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. It was originally a Protestant enclave, and as late as 1970, Roman Catholics were forbidden (by the church, not the university) to attend without a letter of permission from their bishop. Catholics started attending the university quite early, although rules barring them from professorships and scholarships were not lifted until 1873.

Trinity College, Dublin

The Old Library houses the Book of Kells. There was quite a long line waiting to get in. (I didn’t get any photos — too dark.)

Trinity College, Dublin

The Campanile (bell tower) stands at one end of Parliament Square. Tradition holds that a student who walks underneath the Campanile while the bell tolls will fail his or her exams.

Trinity College, Dublin

The bronze sculpture below, in front of the Berkeley Library building, is Amaldo Pomodoro’s Sphere within Sphere. Last February it was yarn-bombed.

Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College, Dublin

Public Theatre building, on the right side of Parliament Square. The Old Library is visible on the left side of the photo below:

Trinity College, Dublin

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Dublin Snapshots

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013

Dublin

This memorable statue is Molly Malone, wheeling her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow. People line up to be photographed with her. I was very impressed by the mother’s fiery red hair colour (no idea whether it’s real). We spent about 8 hours in Dublin, flying in and out in one day.

Below: Ha’penny Bridge, built in 1816 over the River Liffey. Its official name is the Liffey Bridge, although its original name was the Wellington Bridge. It was nicknamed the Ha’penny Bride because that was the toll for crossing it.

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Tired leprechaun about to remove his head.

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Ireland’s first parliament building, now a Bank of Ireland.

Dublin

In 2012, Ireland ranked fourth in beer consumption world-wide.

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Lots of tourist junk sold everywhere.

Dublin

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Manchester Craft and Design Center

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013

Manchester

The Manchester Craft and Design Center is housed in a renovated Victorian fish and poultry market, about 10 minutes’ walk from the Arndale Center. It contains two floors of artists’ studios and a small café. I didn’t buy anything. I just walked around and took a few photos. Much cheaper. :-)

Manchester

Glass mosaic studio.

Manchester

Studio interior. There was a work room on the left and a display room on the right. The box compartments hold small cards decorated with buttons.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

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Manchester Wall Art

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 3, 2013

Manchester

I know I’ve been neglecting my blog somewhat, although I have been taking pictures! I got derailed by changing jobs within the company and by more travel. I had to go to Utrecht again for a marathon 36-hour work session (I managed 5 hours of sleep in the middle) and I went to Manchester last weekend for a family-related visit. The Utrecht trip was my last sojourn as a technical writer. I’m currently retraining as an Integration and Testing Engineer. The move was approved today. :-)

Manchester was cold and wet, like Israel in February. I was in the Northern Quarter neighbourhood for a couple hours and took these photos of wall art. The stairs in the first photo had bikes wired to the railing.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

 

Steel tree sculpture by David Hyde, on the Afflecks Arcade, Oldham Street, Manchester.

Manchester

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Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013: Sand Animation and Ghosts

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 24, 2013

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Sheli Ben Nun creates sand animation on a light box in the open Cardo. Her movements are graceful and almost choreographed, with music by Sussita in the background. This particular animation depicted the story of King David and Bathsheva. I noticed  that this year’s festival had very few live performers. The sand animation was one of the most interesting performances I’ve seen at this festival. I will post a short video later.

The photo above was taken with a telephoto from the railing above the open Cardo.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

The photos below show “The Other Side,” by AVS. The trail in the Christian Quarter was transformed into a ghost town with music and videos playing at several stops. It was a challenge to photograph because the images are dark and move quite quickly.

Below, a jazz trio plays above a doorway. Every few bars they turn into skeletons and continue to play.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

A violin-playing ghost is projected onto a stone wall. Interesting textures.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

An organist plays Bach in the doorway of a building.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Dark, shadowy figures, with a broomstick-riding witch darting across the facade of the building.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Alley of waltzing ghosts projected onto white drapes. This was very tricky to photograph because there were so many competing light sources. It’s a pity that the chandeliers were not lit. Also a pity that they didn’t use a longer clip. Hearing only the first line of “Libiamo” from La Traviata over and over, as you walk down the long street, becomes irritating.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

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Super Moon over Maale Adumim

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 23, 2013

Supermoon over Maale Adumim

Although I had a tripod with me, this was taken by hand, braced against a fence, as I was sprinting to get to lower ground. It was a bit hazy when the moon cleared the horizon, so the moon wasn’t very impressive (moon too dark, sky too light). Next time I’ll try to photograph from a lower point so that I can get the moon clearing some buildings when it’s brighter. Unfortunately, I don’t live near the Taj Mahal or Acropolis, so the foreground will probably be apartment buildings.

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