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Conwy Castle in the Rain

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 12, 2014

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Conwy Castle, in Conwy, Wales, was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1289. It is considered one of the best preserved and finest examples of military architecture of this period. Unfortunately, I don’t have any good photos of the castle from the outside, because it was raining heavily that morning (we were lucky that during our 10 days in the UK, we had only a half hour of heavy rain). Many of the towers have been strengthened and you can climb to the top.

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Conwy Castle was an integral part of the city walls and fortifications.

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Jerusalem Knights in the Old City, 2012

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 5, 2012

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

Last week we went to the Jerusalem Knights in the Old City festival. It was interesting to do once, but I’m not sure I would do it again. Imagine the crowds that you see at the annual Light Exhibit. Now imagine all those crowds on one trail instead of four. And many people in those crowds are pushing huge strollers through the narrow alleys of the Christian Quarter. If the exhibits and performances were more appealing for adults, it might be worth the crowds (or worth seeing at an earlier hour). However, papier mache dragons with growling and the soundtrack from “Lord of the Rings” are not appealing for adults. The dancing was cute, but the crowds were ten deep. I had to stand on a bench and shoot with a long lens to get these photos. So I’m glad I did it once but I wouldn’t bother to repeat the experience. The last performance is this Thursday (Nov. 8), 6-11 p.m.

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

The Venetian chamber group was very good. Unfortunately, they were tucked away in a distant alley in the Christian Quarter, so it was difficult to find a spot to listen to them.

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

Knights in the Old City, Jerusalem

Pretty tasteless. I only included this photo because of the t-shirt.

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Steampunk dragon near the Muristan.

Steampunk Dragon!

We didn’t hang around the Muristan square long enough to watch a whole show. It seemed to comprise knights and damsels pretending to be under siege and looking worried.

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The King’s Feast. Hundreds of people wandering around with cups of wine. No easy way to view the stage. There were a couple dancers performing but I couldn’t get close enough to shoot them.

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