The theme for this week’s WordPress.com Weekly Photo Challenge is Inside. The topic made me think about things we usually admire from the outside, but normally don’t see on the inside.
When I was nine or ten, I went to the Statue of Liberty, and my mom and I climbed the winding staircase inside Eiffel’s framework. So cool. My dad was a civil engineer like his dad before him, and Gustave Eiffel was an inspiration to them both. (At the end of WWI, my grandfather was actually able to stay in Europe to study briefly with Eiffel, who was then in his 80′s – an experience Grandpa always cherished.)
Of course, when we were last in Paris, my beloved and I went up inside the Eiffel Tower, and enjoyed walking down looking at the structure!
But the coolest statue/monument I’ve been inside is the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) of Kamakura in Japan. In 1998, we went to our first Olympic Games, in Nagano, Japan. We stayed for most of our trip with a friend and his family. They took us to see many wonderful sights during our trip, and on a rainy day, we traveled to see the Daibutsu, which is incredibly beautiful. The bronze statue was finished in 1252. It has survived earthquakes and floods, and has undergone repairs several times in the last century. It’s under 50 feet high, but knowing its historical and spiritual significance makes it larger than life.
The inside of the Great Buddha – the brown strips are repairs made in the 1960′s to support the neck:
That’s my “inside story.” To see what’s inside other bloggers’ entries for this challenge, click here.