Archive for the 'Architecture' Category

Austria, Innsbruck: Golden Roof, Innsbruck Austria

Monday, February 4th, 2019

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The Goldenes Dachl or Golden Roof (built around 1500) is a landmark and famous symbol in Old Town (Altstadt) Innsbruck, Austria. The edifice was built for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan.  It served as a royal box where the Emperor and his imperial entourage could sit and enjoy festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below. Since he did not wish to alienate the allies gained by his first marriage, to Maria of Burgundy, he had an image painted of himself on the balcony between the two women.The roof was decorated with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles.

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Liechtenstein, Vaduz: Stairway to Heaven?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

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Liechtenstein house or staircase?

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Switzerland, Lucerne: Time for Contemplation

Monday, January 28th, 2019

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Sometimes you just have to stop and look and think. This is on the Kapellbrücke, Chapel Bridge walk in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Switzerland, Lucerne: Lucerne Promenade

Monday, January 28th, 2019

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Different architectural styles line the riverside walk in Lucerne.

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Switzerland, Lucerne: Castle in Switzerland

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

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Finding castles in the air are lovely surprises as you look at views in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Switzerland, Lucerne: St. Peterskapelle (St. Peter’s Chapel)

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

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This ornate 18th-century church was built over a 12th-century predecessor.

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Switzerland, Lucerne: View from Kapellbrücke, Chapel Bridge

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

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The riverside promenade on the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne has pretty views. You can see St.Peterskapelle (St. Peter’s Chapel) in the background.

 

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Switzerland, Lucerne: Lion Monument in Lucerne

Monday, January 21st, 2019

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Gletschergarten Lowendenkmal is massive heartrending stone relief which was carved to remember the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution when defending Louis XVI. Swiss Guards were and are famous as brave sentries. Today, they still surround the Pope. When the revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, more than 800 were killed during the fighting, after surrender, or died in prison of their wounds. 300 lucky survived because they were with the detachment which King Louis XVI had sent to Normandy to escort grain convoys. Two surviving Swiss officers went on to become senior ranked guards for Napoleon.

In 1880, Mark Twain had this to say about it ” His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, the broken spear is sticking in his shoulder, his protecting paw rests upon the lilies of France. Vines hang down the cliff and wave in the wind, and a clear stream trickles from above and empties into a pond at the base, and in the smooth surface of the pond the lion is mirrored, among the water-lilies.

Around about are green trees and grass. The place is a sheltered, reposeful woodland nook, remote from noise and stir and confusion ­and all this is fitting, for lions do die in such places, and not on granite pedestals in public squares fenced with fancy iron railings. The Lion of Lucerne would be impressive anywhere, but nowhere so impressive as where he is.”

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France, Paris: Gustave Eiffel’s Tower

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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Gustave Eiffel had an apartment in the tower to entertain guests. And you too can be wined and dined there. There are 2 restaurants and then a champagne bar at the top. We totally enjoyed our entire dining and viewing experience at Alain Ducasse’s Jules Verne, which garnered one Michelin star. Though a set menu, it allows tourists to experience a “starred” moment in this famous city with less than sky high prices (but still expensive). Starting May 2019, it will be managed by three-star chef  Frédéric Anton. Guess we’ll have to go again!

 

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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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