FROM PAULA: It’s time for another Traces of the Past theme and this month it shall be in colour. Peeking through bleak and bare trees and nature’s monochrome there is a beautiful Neogothic Parish church of Bled. Not one’s typical view of that enchanting Slovenian town, but the one I thought you might enjoy. For once I decided to show you an example from not so distant past as this church was built in the early 20th century. You have a week to post your entries for this photo challenge. In the meantime I wish you a happy Thursday and a great weekend!

The old boardwalk at Coney Island is a favorite place for me. I’ve been going there since I was a child. It has been set on  the coast of Brooklyn on the Atlantic Ocean for close to 150 years — pretty old for an amusement park.

My mother — and Garry’s mother — went there when they were children and again as young adults with friends. It has always been a place to play, whether you are five or 90. And Nathan’s still has the best hot dogs in the world. Yes, I know you can buy them in the grocery store, but the ones they grill on the boardwalk taste different. The ones you eat at Coney Island taste like ocean and salty winds off the sea.

Coney Island boardwalk

And now, a few of the old rides that are still available. Hurricane Sandy, ten years ago (more?) almost killed off the park, but they brought it back with new rides and redid the boardwalk, too.

The various rides have come and gone, but the boardwalk has remained. After nearly disappearing during Hurricane Sandy, has been improved. In fact, the destruction wrought by the hurricane actually forced “the powers that be” to fix the place up. It is much classier now than it was, almost like it was back in the 1930s when it was “the Disneyland” of the north.

These are older pictures, from 9 or 10 years ago.

The Cyclone — Almost 100 years old and still the scariest roller coaster I’ve been on. Not the biggest, but definitely the most terrifying.

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Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. From that last photo i’d say you don’t really need a brain scan.

    If you had one once that’s the exact moment it left the building!!! 🙂

    Self- preservation is about the strongest instinct the brain possesses. 😉

    Hoping you had a good day out anyways, and that all is well with you both.


        1. Not so much braver as dumber. My back REALLY didn’t like them at all and the Cyclone got pretty rough in the afternoon when the rails were hot from the sun. We went to Busch Gardens a year or two later and did two of their big coasters, but that was the last of it. Garry said he was pretty sure that was “it” for him and I had to agree. It was past “it” for me.

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