Rules of Architecture

"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds." (Gilbert K. Chesterton)

Clifford's Tower, as is commonly referred to the now-ruinous keep of the medieval Norman castle in York. [England, June 2015]


"Green Douro terraced vineyards, sustain vigorous passions of people that producing their land of dreams and charms." (António Barroso)

Arnelas village, in the margins of Douro, one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula.
[Portugal, May 2015]

Team Work

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." (Vince Lombardi)

A peculiar way to transport some of the popular Henri Willig cheese in Amsterdam.
[The Netherlands, October 2014]


"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." (Albert Einstein)

Taken in The Deep, in the city of Hull.
[England, March 2011]

Divine Mirrors

”Horses are like 'divine mirrors’, they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that." (Allan Hamilton)

Photograph taken in the city of Rome. [Italy, April 2015]

In Greece

"In Greece wise men speak and fools decide." (George Santayana)

Taken in Corfu, the second largest of the Ionian Islands. [Greece, June 2014]


"Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too." (Marcus Aurelius)

A tribute to Amenhotep III, at the entrance of Luxor, city characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum". [Egypt, August 2010]


"The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose." (Edward Coke)

Guimarães Castle, associated with the origins of the Portuguese nation.
[Portugal, May 2015]


"Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor." (Ernest Hemingway)

A view from the top of Málaga, the second most populous city of Andalusia and the southernmost large city in Europe. [Spain, August 2014]

Leaking Boat

"Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks." (Warren Buffett)

At the entrance of Buthrotum archeological site located on a hill overlooking the Vivari Channel and part of the Butrint National Park. [Albania, June 2014]


"The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe." (Alan Watts)

Mosque of Mohammed Ali, one of the landmarks of Cairo, the largest city in the Middle-East and second-largest in Africa. [Egypt, August 2010]


"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


“You must either conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

The Triumph of Achilles, a detail at the entrance of Achilleion Palace, in the island of Corfu.
[Greece, June 2014]


"From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us." (Napoleon Bonaparte)

Giza Necropolis archaeological site, on the outskirts of Cairo. [Egypt, August 2010]


"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls."
(Joseph Campbell)

Graffiti found in a Sheffield road, not far from home.


"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep;
I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."
(Alexander the Great)

Picture taken at Sheffield city centre. Just as a curiousity, Sheffield is the third largest English district by population.

To Dare

"The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore."
(Dale Carnegie)

Image taken at Victoria Quays, in Sheffield.

Old Trees

"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit." (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Image taken in Graves Park, in Sheffield.


"Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull." (H.L. Mencken)

Bulls in Graves Park, in Sheffield.

Self Knowledge

"Know yourself and you'll know the gods and the universe." (Socrates)

Mercury pointing to the skies, on top of Lyceum Theatre, in Sheffield.

Far Horizon

"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road." (Dag Hammarskjold)

This sunset was recorded on the road between Luxor and Cairo.
[Egypt, August 2010]

Righteous Character

"A lively intelligence is no good if is not serving a righteous character, a watch is not perfect when it works fast, but when it works right." (Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues)

Tower of Big Ben, London, England.


"God builds His temple in our heart, not on the ruins of churches and religions." (Ralph Emerson)

Roman Temple of Évora (UNESCO World Heritage), in Alentejo region.
[Portugal, August 2009]


"Human's natures are similar but their habits keep them appart." (Confucius)

"Another Place", one hundred cast-iron men facing the ocean in Crosby Beach, not far from Liverpool. This is another masterpiece by the acclaimed artist
Antony Gormley.
[England, October 2009]


"Nobody ever could develop the faculties of intelligence if, at least, not interim moments of loneliness in his life." (Thomas Quincey)

Fountain in Peace Gardens, in front of Sheffield City Council.

Cause - Effect

Man will never invent anything simpler or more beautiful than a manifestation of nature. Given the cause, nature has the effect on the way soon as it can be produced. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Hyacinths in the gardens of Eden Project, Cornwall. [England, June 2009]


"Do not just take the steps that will take you one day to your objective... every step you do must to be a goal in itself, while it takes you forward."
(Johann Goethe)

Reasons of Pride

Not despising beauties found in other countries, Portugal offers truly magnificent sceneries like this one... sites that show the uniqueness of a people with a culture, history and unique traditions... reasons of pride for all Portuguese people...

In the picture a Rabelo boat, moored on one of the margins of Douro River, on Gaia side. These are the boats traditionally used to transport Port wine. [Portugal, April 2009]


"Perfect love should be like a rotifer: die in a sunbeam, to reborn in a drop of dew".
(Paolo Mantegazza)

A photo taken in a visit to the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield.


"The meaning of the things is not the stuff itself... it is our attitude with regard to it. (Antoine De Saint Exupéry)

Image taken in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.


"There are opinions that come and die like the leaves of trees, others, however, have a duration of marble and the world." (Marquis of Maricá)

Roche Abbey, ruins of the monument located near Maltby in Yorkshire.
[England, March 2009]


"The whole nature is a divine harmony, wonderful symphony that invites all creatures to monitor its development and progress". (Tsai Chih Chung)

Image taken in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.


"The beautiful things don't die: they become another beauty." (Balley Ardrich)

One of the many species that can be found in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.


"It is preferable to bear the ills we have than fly to those we not know." (William Shakespeare)

Near the entrance of Peak Cavern, known as
The Devils Arse.
[England, July 2010]


"The esteem is based always on any principle and we esteem nobody when we try to esteem all the world." (Jean Molière)

One of the statues erected in the gardens of
Chatsworth House, located in Peak District.
[England, July 2010]

White Houses

And I am sharp as steel with discontent;
But I possess the courage and the grace
To bear my anger proudly and unbent.
The pavement slabs burn loose beneath my feet,
A chafing savage, down the decent street;
And passion rends my vitals as I pass,
Where boldly shines your shuttered door of glass.
Oh, I must search for wisdom every hour,
Deep in my wrathful bosom sore and raw,
And find in it the superhuman power
To hold me to the letter of your law!
Oh, I must keep my heart inviolate
Against the potent poison of your hate.
(Poem by Claude McKay)

Typical White Farmhouses from Alentejo.
[Portugal, August 2009]

No harbor nor beaches...

"Let us love! Let us enjoy the fleeting hours! Man has no harbor, the time has no beaches, time's running and we passed." (Alphonse de Lamartine)

Taken in Alteirinhos, one of many beaches located in the Alentejan Coast.
[Portugal, August 2009]


"Curiosity is more important than knowledge." (Albert Einstein)

Curious looks about the work of the cartoonist with hands of genius. Moment registered in a walking trip around Vilamoura marina, in the Algarve.
[Portugal, August 2008]
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