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Take the Stairs

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Ascend.  To get to the top, you have to work for it sometimes.  Take the stairs, the elevator is broken.

 

Hodgepodge of stuff

This week’s uploads are a hodgepodge of images that needed worked. They are mostly images that have been worked before but I wanted to revisit and give them new life. Enjoy! Feedback is always welcome. Be sure to sign up for email notices so you don’t miss anything!

 

Tuesday Trekkin’ Burlington

We’ve been having a hard time getting out of Knoxville the last few Tuesdays. It seems Tuesday has become errand day. Maybe after the holidays, we can get started up again. Today’s gallery is from the Burlington area of Knoxville, TN.

Burlington is east of downtown Knoxville. It is currently full of empty and run down buildings. But there are quiet a few people trying to rebuild it and bring new life and prosperity to the area.

Weekend Trek

It’s not a Tuesday Trek, but it was still a trek. I went to Kentucky for dinner with my family. Before I headed home the next day, my mom and I headed out to Nicholasville for breakfast. We had delicious breakfast at Cottage Cafe on the edge of town. My current wish is to find a place like this on our Tuesday Trek! The service was great, the food was awesome, and the atmosphere everything I wanted. They also have lunch and dinner. That menu looked pretty good as well.

After eating, we went downtown so I could take photos of the courthouse. The courthouse itself is Gothic in design and looks different from most courthouses. I walked around a bit but I wanted to get home, so I couldn’t get as many photos as I wanted. But I will be back!

 

Salty Transformations

The weekly photo challenge is transformation. While the original blog discusses weather and seasonal transformations, I decided to go in a different direction.

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The entrance to the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland. The mine opened in the 13th Century and worked continuously through 2007. It is now a tourist attraction where one walk down to 210 ft below ground on a very narrow stairwell.

When we were in Krakow, Poland, we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mines. The mines have been continuously active from the 13th century until 2007. I briefly discussed our trip to the mines in my Krakow post.  Here you can see some more of the mines and why it’s worth going down 400 stairs to get there.

The majority of the tunnels were lined with wood, but once in a while we would pass an area where we could see the salt seeping from the walls, creating a marble effect. Once in the mine, we started seeing sculptures and scenes carved from the salt by the miners themselves.

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The walls in the tunnels are covered with salt, creating a marble look.

Once large scene, carved in the 17th century, depicts the Princess of Kinga. Princess Kinga was reluctantly engaged to Bolesław V. The legend is that she flung her engagement ring into the Maramures salt mine in Hungary. From there, the ring made its way to Wieliczka, Poland where it was discovered in a lump of salt. Thus bringing salt mining to Wieliczka.

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The Janowice Chamber is a large sculpture dedicated to Kinga

Throughout the mines, there are scenes like this, just as old. But the most amazing is the Chapel of St. Kinga. It is a testament to the miners’ dedication to their Christian beliefs and acts as a working cathedral. They hold weekly Holy Services, sermons, weddings, etc in the large hall.

The mine is on Poland’s official National Historic Monuments registry. It is also a Unesco World Heritage site.  There are different routes you can take through the mines. There is a tourist route, a miner’s route, and a Pilgrim’s route. The Pilgrim’s route includes prayers in each chapel and a mass at the end of the tour.

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Chapel Salt Mine. A chapel inside the Wieliczka Salt Mines in Krakow, Poland.

Gifts for under $35!

Some great gift ideas for under $35.  Coffee mugs are great even if you only drink tea. There are pillows available for any decor.

Americana in Black and White

There is no Tuesday Trekkin’ this week since I was out of state for work last week. I decided instead to bless you with some black and white versions from previous travels.

All photos are available as prints here.