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US: Seattle, WA – Chihuly Garden and Glass Building

Cheerful giant glass sunflowers decorate the outside of the famous Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle. If you like these, wait till you see what’s inside. And don’t miss the garden.

US: Seattle, WA – Hall of Glass Chandeliers

Look up when you walk through this corridor at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle, WA. You can pick the colored chandelier of your dreams.

US: Seattle, WA – Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, WA

Bushes don’t get as beautiful as this Dave Chihuly glass one in Seattle WA . 

US: Seattle, WA – Out of Space Chihuly Globe

Look carefully into the center of this Dale Chihuly Glass Globe and you can see a reflection of the Seattle Space Needle.

 

US: Seattle, WA – Dave Chihuly Garden

In Seattle, these flowers never die as they have been created by Dave Chihuly and made out of glass. To us they are just as pretty as real ones.

US: Seattle, WA – Chihuly Grows Into a Space Needle

In the Chihuly Glass Garden in Seattle, WA, if you look at it in just the right way, you can see a glass sculpture morph into the Seattle Space Needle.

US: Seattle, WA – Glasshouse and Glasshouse Sculpture

The centerpiece of the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, WA, is the glasshouse. Dale Chihuly dreamed of having a space like this to present a sculpture. His inspiration came from two favorite glass buildings, the Ste. Chapelle in Paris and the Crystal Palace in London. The intensely colorful fluted flowers which change hues from morning to night, he calls the Persians.

Switzerland, Lucerne: Lion Monument in Lucerne

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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.”

France, Paris: Favorite French Patisserie

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Finding desserts without chocolate in them is often a challenge. Finding this delectable patisserie made up of apricots, caramel crunch, cookie and loads of whipped cream is my dream dessert. I actually ate it for dinner!

France, Paris: Paris Juggler

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One of the things we love about travel is the unexpected sights. Walking to our hotel we came across this brave juggler. He is either very smart because he has a captured audience who get to watch him juggle on the crosswalk of a traffic light or he is very dumb because he could get run over.