Wow! We can’t believe we’ve been blogging for 5 years. Over the years your feedback has been amazing and you’ve done a great job of letting us know what you enjoy. So without further ado, here are your top 10 favorite posts for the year.
1. Iceland’s Quaint Corrugated Construction: From Mundane to Marvelous. Our most popular post struck a surprising chord. Yep, that roulette effect. Iceland was our first exposure to such extensive use of architectural corrugated metal, and we were amazed and fascinated. It appears that we weren’t the only ones.
2. A Face-Off on the Façade: Riga’s Art Nouveau Masterpiece. This fabulous building is one of our favorites in the world, and because it’s so unique and creatively done, we were rooting for this post to get lots of hits – and it did.
3. Serbia: At the Crossroads of Europe’s Refugee Crisis. The refugee crisis in Europe was one of the most extensively covered news stories of the year, so it was no surprise that this post had so many views and comments. We talked long and hard about how to handle this post, and in the end, decided to write about what we observed, and to bring to light a few of the specific issues in Serbia. If this post raises awareness just a little bit we’ll be happy.
4. Religious Relics: A Hot Commodity in The Middle Ages. As writers, it’s fun to stray off the reservation now and then, and this post was exactly that. Every culture in every period of history has its oddball traditions, and we’re happy that the relic creep-factor appealed to lots of our readers as well.
5. Gurgling Gargoyles: Artfully Draining Water. Our blogging buddy and frequent commenter Chris said it best: “From little things big things grow.” Frequently, on the long road, serendipity plays a role. And an unplanned collection of gargoyle photos becomes a theme.
6. Skin-Eating Fish Gain A Foothold in Cambodia. We’re sure that like us, most bloggers struggle week after week to come up with interesting and unique post topics. And it’s pure mana from heaven when we bump into a sight or situation where our first thought is: “We absolutely MUST write a post about this.” Voila! Skin-eating fish.
7. Kotor, Montenegro: Meander Through Medieval Magic. Without a doubt, undiscovered places are becoming harder to find in the world. Kotor is far from undiscovered, but it may be off the radar for some travelers. Our hope is that this post will inspire a few folks to visit this lovely part of the Adriatic coast.
8. Upstarts and Ingrates: Art Nouveau in Subotica, Serbia. Simply put, for us, Art Nouveau architecture is so whimsical and creative, that it’s difficult not to write about. It will be a sad year when we don’t discover another colorful collection of Art Nouveau buildings.
9. Architecture Imitates Nature in the Land of Fire and Ice. One of James’ unofficial roles on the blog is as geological ambassador. And it warms the cockles of his heart and renews his faith in mankind to know that a geeky post about rocks and plate tectonics wormed its way into our top 10.
10. Capturing Hearts Across the Globe! It’s always pleasing when a Valentine’s Day post, that’s pure fun, shows up on our most popular list. We photographed hearts around the world – pure color and romance. Is there a better combination?
So it’s another year under the belt at Gallivance. We’d truly like to thank all our regular readers as well as the new folks who’ve decided to follow along. We wish all of you happy blogging and best wishes for a fabulous 2016.
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So, that’s it for us this year. Did we miss any of your personal faves? Just let us know!
Happy New Year,
Terri & James
10. Peter Hartree via Wikimedia Commons