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THEME DAY—ARCHITECTURE: A PILLAR OF FIRE BY NIGHT, OF CLOUD BY DAY (Part 6)

By Yvonne Blackwood~

We started this series of articles about lighthouses by stating: “A unique structure seen in countries with rugged coastlines is a lighthouse. Tourists are always fascinated with lighthouses for a number of reasons, one being that they are always off and away from the general population; there is a mystique about them. Certain questions come to mind when you gaze upon them. Why are they standing in specific locations? Who maintains them and when? Does anyone live in them? How many lives have they helped to save? In addition, novels and movies have featured lighthouses, adding to their intrigue.”

We will wrap up the series with a unique group of lighthouses, too numerous to write about independently. The Thousand Islands consist of an archipelago of a group of over 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River. They stretch for about 50 miles (80 km), and straddle the border of the United States and Canada. There are numerous lighthouses throughout the Thousand Islands; some even provide accommodations. On a visit to the area, I took photographs of many of these lighthouses. Some seem identical, while others vary in sizes and shapes.

There are facilities on the Thousand Islands, that allow freshwater shipwreck diving, an offshoot of the many wrecks that are lying at the bottom of the seaway. It is small wonder then that so many lighthouses were constructed in the area.

Verse nine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Lighthouse,” sums up our sentiment regarding lighthouses.

Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same,
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,

Shines on that inextinguishable light!

Lighthouse on 1000 Island
Lighthouse on 1000 Island

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse on 1000 Island

 

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THEME DAY: ARCHITECTURE—A PILLAR OF FIRE BY NIGHT, OF CLOUD BY DAY (Part 3)

By Yvonne Blackwood~

The words “Martha’s Vineyard” conjures up affluence, fun, and the Kennedys. I recall reading somewhere that this place is the playground of the Kennedys. Of course, the Kennedy compound is not far away in Hyannis Port, on Cape Cod. I had always wanted to see and experience “The Vineyard.”  Besides, we can all remember that John Kennedy Jr. and his wife died while he was flying his private plane from NY to Martha’s Vineyard in 1999.

I had an opportunity to visit “The Vineyard” when I embarked on a New England cruise in 2013 which ended in Boston. Since my best friend from high school lives in Boston, I arranged to spend two extra days with her. “How about a day trip to the famous Martha’s Vineyard,” I asked. (Who knows, maybe we would run into a Kennedy!)  My friend, being the lovely person that she is, acquiesced to the request.

On a sunny day in May, two other friends joined us; we piled into my friend’s car and drove to the docks. We boarded a ferry with the big, bold “Martha’s Vineyard’s Ferry” written across the top, and headed into deep waters.  A ferry is the only way to get to the Vineyard unless you travel by plane or private boat. From the ferry the landscape was picturesque, and the waters fairly calm.

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard is divided into six towns, and although we did not visit all the towns, we spent a delightful day going from one place to another by shuttle buses or by walking. We spent time in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs which is known for its gingerbread cottages. We explored the quaint little shops, ate ice-cream while sitting on park benches, and dined at a crowded, rustic restaurant.

In Edgartown I spotted a gorgeous lighthouse. Standing off and away from the shops and houses, The Edgartown Lighthouse intrigued me. You can walk up to it. Why was it standing in that particular spot? It appeared clean and well-kept. Who maintains it?

The Edgartown Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard
The Edgartown Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard

Built in 1828, on a small man-made island in the harbour, The Edgarton Lighthouse was constructed a quarter mile from shore. At first the only way to get to the lighthouse was by boat, but later a foot bridge was built. The original structure was replaced in 1938. Sand eventually filled in the area between the island and the mainland, so the current lighthouse stands on shore. There are five lighthouses on Martha’s Vineyard.

Tell us about your favourite lighthouse.

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Theme Day-Architecture: STUNG BY THE BEE!

By Yvonne Blackwood

During my travels across the globe, I have seen numerous imposing buildings and monuments; so many, it is difficult to determine which one has impressed me the most, or left me with a lasting feeling of awe. Looking through my photographs, I’ve concluded that The Beehive is one of the most fascinating pieces of architecture I have seen.

New Zealand Wellington The Beehive

The Beehive stands in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital located on the North Island’s most southern point. It is the name given to the Executive Wing of New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings. Built in stages between 1969 and 1979, the Beehive has ten floors, and is one of Wellington’s best-known landmarks, and the most recognizable buildings in the country.

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