The everyday monuments we live in and travel through around the world

The everyday monuments we live in and travel through around the world


Everyday I walk from Grand Central terminal in Manhattan to my job which is 20 blocks away. I live Grand Central However, every morning as the work masses muddle through on a few cups of coffee there are many bright-eyed tourists milling about taking photos. They take photos of the grandiose terminal. They take photos of the big terminal screen. They take photos of the curmudgeon New Yorkers speed-walking their way to their hundredth meeting of the week.  Occasional I stop to marvel at the terminal to take in what others see and that perhaps I take for granted everyday. I am embedded day in and day out in a lived and traveled through monument.


Here are some other monuments I have come across that were either grand places in which to congregate and live one’s daily life or that have become a modern-day monument to our hectic minute-by-minute living.


There is, of course, Times Square, which recently was noted as being the happiest place in the United States as per the happy tweets emanating from therein. I remember a time when the Square was seedy, filled with porn shops and musicians of the streets. Nowadays, it has been sanitized almost to the point of being a second Disney world. Times Square thus stands as a monument to the passage of time and changes in what is considered acceptable. Ultimately, it stands as a monument to gentrification.


Time Square-the other side of Grand Central

Time Square-the other side of Grand Central


There is then the Roman Colosseum. Another place for people watching in the days of yore.  As a spectator, I took photos of the other tourists. The Colosseum, and most of Rome, serves as a monument to remember the glorious past and architectural grandeur and advancements.


The tourists are now the spectators

The tourists are now the spectators

Furthermore, how about the Parthenon, in Greece? It has survived centuries and is in the midst of being repaired. What happened to its former glory?

The parthenon

The Parthenon


Lastly, here is one that will not often come up on the lists of many. Here is the bridge in downtown Willemstad in Curacao. It bridges two different worlds and serves as a monument to a place that remains quaint and transports tourists to a different sensibility.



Monuments can be those very things we take for granted everyday but in which we are deeply embedded. Monuments can be those grand architectural feats that remind us of our capacity to create and innovate.


Inspired by the weekly photo challenge of monuments

Other photos regarding monuments:

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4 replies »

  1. Oh, I love this post. I, too, get caught up in my day-to-day, and when I find the occasion (or someone presents me with the occasion) to really step back and view things from a fresh perspective, it changes my whole day. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Nice take on the Monument theme! I find your photograph of The Colosseum very intriguing, with its view of the former underground, rather than the usual one of rows and rows of seating, assuming I’m thinking of the right place, never having been there.

    If you want to see the glory of the Parthenon, you have to go to Nashville, TN where a complete replica has been built, including the immense statue of Athena inside, and two 7.5 ton doors that can be easily pushed open. I understand there is a museum there, although I don’t believe it was there when I lived in Nashville many years ago.

    Meanwhile, you’re welcome to come and see what my take on the theme is:

    • thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. yes, you are correct about the Colosseum photo! :-) Ah, nashville, I have been there but missed their replica. I will have to check that out next time I am there. thanks for your link, with the new changes to the daily prompt site, it has been a bit difficult seeing the other posts for this photo challenge. Cemeteries can indeed have such majestic monuments.

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