Archive for the 'Nature' Category

France, Paris: Bateau Mouche

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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On a bateau mouche ride on the Seine you get a duck’s eye view of the city going under all those famous bridges, like this one, the Pont St-Michel. FYI there are 37 of them.

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France, Paris: Guess Where I Am?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

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First visit to the Eiffel Tower.

 

 

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France, Paris: Close up and personal with Tsar Alexandre III

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

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The beauty of taking a Bateau Mouche ride on the Seine is the joy of going under so many famous bridges – and learning the history effortlessly as you go. This one is the Pont Alexandre III built between 1896 and 1900, the most ornate one and a Paris historical site. Four gilt-bronze statues of Fames watch over the Beaux-Arts style bridge. The exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses celebrate the Franco-Russian alliance enacted in 1892 by Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. In the same political spirit, the Trinity Bridge in Saint Petersburg was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the first stone was laid in August 1897 by French president Félix Faure .

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France, Paris: Do You See a Bride?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

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We thought we were taking a photo of a photo of a bride while on our Bateau Mouche ride on the Seine. However, when we examined the photo at home, we noticed the man in the left corner with his back to us. What do you think he was doing?

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Great Britain, London: Ravens Guarding the Tower of London

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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When you visit the Tower of London, you learn the superstition about why there always are ravens guarding it. Look for the raven master near the line to go in to the Crown Jewels. He’s happy to chat with you.

 

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Austria, Innsbruck: Musical Dancing Water under Crystal Clouds

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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Leave time for outdoor wows at Swarovski Crystal World, Austria. The Mirror Pool surrounded by Crystal Clouds was gorgeous in itself – and then the music started…..

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Austria, Innsbruck: What a Place to Take a Nap in the Sunshine

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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 Sometimes you just get overwhelmed by the expansive beauty and have to lay your head down to absorb it all.

 

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Austria, Innsbruck: Snowball Catch in August

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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Bring gloves along for the fabulous feeling of throwing snowballs in August. Ride the Nordkette cable car in Innsbruck to the end and frolic in the snow.

 

France, Paris: Notre Dame Cathedrale from the Seine

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Flying buttresses on the back of Notre Dame Cathedrale from the perspective on a Bateau Mouche.

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France, Paris: Arc de Triomphe

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

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Yup, the symbol of France is still there and still majestic. The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is situated at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. Etoile means star and that refers to the twelve avenues which radiate from the arch.
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in wars so it became the rallying point of French troops who paraded through it after successful military campaigns and for the annual Bastille Day Military Parade. After the interment of the Unknown Soldier from WWI, however, parades have avoided marching through the actual arch and go around its side, out of respect for the tomb and its symbolism. Both Hitler in 1940 and de Gaulle in 1944 observed this custom. After WWI, in an event captured on newsreels, Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane under the arch’s primary vault.

The bas relief shown in pic 2 represents Liberty under the figure of a winged woman pushing against the enemy invasion.

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