Saturday, 5 October 2019

Welland Canal. March 27 to 30, 2019

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Not long after the Welland Canal opened for the season I spent the day in Port Colborne, on Lake Erie, to photograph ships.  Does it get any better?
Algoma Transport upbound above Bridge 21, Welland Canal.

Cement Carrier NACC Argonaut also above Bridge 21 heading out to Lake Erie.

Above:  Canadian Coast guard buoy depot above Lock 8.
 Retired cement carriers English River and Paul H Townsend at the Marine Recycling Corporation scrapyard in Port Colborne.  More on this company, click here.

Algoma Equinox.

Followed by sister-ship G3 Marquis.

Another cement carrier; Sea Eagle II.

Iver Bright downbound below Lock 2.

Above:  Ice on the bulbous bow, must have come from Lake Erie or the southern approaches to Lock 8.

Former USCGC Bramble downbound toward Lock 7.
A new owner was hoping to take the ship through the NorthWest Passage to highlight its trip through the Passage in 1957. 
The Bramble was a museum ship at the Bean dock in Port huron for several years.
More on the ship here.

Gosh, it even has a buoy on deck.

A few days later...
CSL Tadoussac upbound above Lock 1.

John D Leitch being manoeuvered from the drydock in Port Weller, just above Lock 1.
With assistance from the tugs Ocean A Gauthier & Ocean A Simard.
Below:  Ocean A Gauthier.
More on Groupe Ocean towing services here.
Below:  Ocean A Simard.
Below:  Still the most distinctive ship on the Great Lakes.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

2020 Calendar - Paul Beesley

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Lisbon, Portugal. April 26, 2019. Part 2

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Because we arrived a day early in Lisbon we were able to spend more time the next day seeing the sights.

Below:  Louise & I went off in different directions to explore.  These are some of the photos we took.

Lisbon is very hilly and there are lots of tiny streets winding hither and yon.
There are pleasant surprises around every turn.

Below:  Sign outside the Santa Engracia church.

Above:  An attempt to be artsy.
Below:  hang 'em wherever you can.

Above:  Looking up.
Below:  View from part way up the hill with a ship dominating the horizon.

Above:  Driveway or road?  It is a road, but this person parked there.

Above:  Yum.  Bacon.  But mostly fish.  Bacalao (Cod).
A guide to Portugal's favourite fish here.
Below:  Sometimes the road from A to B is long and convoluted.  Small passageways have been built over time to reduce that distance.  When you follow one of these you never know where you will pop out.

Above:  Modernity intrudes.  As it does nearly everywhere these days.
Artists are everywhere as well.

I asked this woman if she minded be photographed.

Tram tracks.  They somehow squeeze these things onto some very narrow passageways.
Lisbon has a great public transit system.  One pass will get you on trams, buses, subway, funicular and ferries (except one - of course we tried to use our pass on that one).
Below:  One of the many trams.
More on the trams here.

Above:  Sao Vicente de Fora.
It means "Monastery of St Vincent Outside the Walls"
 More here.
Below:  Construction is omnipresent.
Trams are limited to the lower part of the city.
Tram 28 is the 'most famous'.  That means it is often jammed with tourists.  It's more pleasant to take a different tram to experience the ride, then walk along the Tram 28 route.
More on Tram 28 here.
Above:  Opera House.  Not.
"sociedade de instruccas e beneficencia a voz do operario"
Rough translation:  "Society of Instruction and Beneficence the Voice of the Worker."

Below:  A Thinker.

You never know what you will find.

Above:  In Canada they would be sitting in a Tims, discussing the Leafs or the weather.
So much to see.

Above:  Image of a person holding a Carnation in recognition of the Carnation Revolution.
At the time of this revolution I worked in St John's, Newfoundland.  The Portuguese White Fleet were in town and when news of the successful overthrow of the government was received the White Fleet sailors had one huge celebration.
More on the White Fleet here.
Bimbo is the diminutive of the Italian word for little boy "bambino".
 Above:  Bimbo Bakeries is a Mexican multinational.
Its brands include Nutella and Sara Lee.
The bear icon is named Bimbo.
Hey, it's on the internet so it must be true!
Above:  Elevador de Santa Justa is an old wrought iron lift, from 1902.  It takes you between Baixa and Bairro Alto.  Plus you can hang around at the top and enjoy the view.
Below:  I did not risk a Euro to confirm this claim.  Not many people exiting seemed to be overly excited about their experience.
Other people's photos from inside here.
 Below:  "Danger!"
Above:  "For your safety do not pass the fence!"
I think the drawing is way more effective than the wording.
Above:  One of the many small eating establishments.  Some of these are well hidden and are found quite by accident.
Later that same day.
The few passengers who had done the trans-Atlantic cruise had departed.  A new crowd joined and the ship sailed away, bound for Madeira and the Canary Islands.

Cristo Rei.
Lisbon's statue of Christ.  More here.
Fear not, intrepid armchair explorer, we return to Lisbon in a week and spend five days there.  That means lots more photos!