U is for … Up or Under
How often do you look up?
Up at trees, at statues, sculptures, architecture. Not just looking from a distance.
Are you aware of the features above when you walk under a bridge?
In Greenwich, London, it is possible to walk underneath the historical “tea clipper” ship
The Cutty Sark. It is a fascinating and unusual perspective after touring the upper decks.
How often are you aware of the small details under your feet?
In Maastricht, Netherlands, we noticed small brass cobblestone sized plaques on the pavement. They are memorials to victims of the Holocaust, called “stolpersteine” in German and “struikelstenen” in Dutch. This is an ongoing venture with over 50,000 such plaques laid in 20 countries in Europe, making it the world’s largest memorial project.
The plaques simply state … Here Lived … Born … Murdered …