Gorlitz: Stunning in Saxony

For over half a century the delights of German Saxony remained hidden from a large part of the world due to it being part of the former East Germany. Since German reunification however, this lovely state in south east Germany is once again attracting visitors drawn there by its archecture, its craftwork and its traditions. … Continue reading Gorlitz: Stunning in Saxony

SILENT SUNDAY

It is always sad to see deserted villages and town and even though they are being given status by UNESCO, they still harbour a feeling of meloncholy. Fikardou Village - a Unesco Heritage Site in Cyprus There is no escaping the fact that young people will no longer work at back-breaking, low-paying jobs on farms, … Continue reading SILENT SUNDAY

Sculpture Saturday

Prior to taking a tour through the Vienna Woods I took a walk in the Stadt Park which is full of statues to musicians. Pride of place, of course, goes to the favourite son, Johann Strauss. Link to Mind Over Memory who hosts this challenge.

Sculpture Saturday

One day late Unknown in Salamanca They must have run out of plaques when they erected this sitting man statue on the walls in Salamanca but a student told me it was the writer Unomuno. It's not shown among the 20 most famous statues in that city of many statues, but I loved it. Link … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday

Germany’s Prettiest Town: Miltenberg on Main

It’s been a few years since I last visited the villages along the River Main in Germany but it was once a favourite driving holiday, especially in early spring when the flowers were in bloom and the street stalls were full of jewel coloured blooms, wrapped in flimsy coloured paper, just asking to be taken … Continue reading Germany’s Prettiest Town: Miltenberg on Main

Chichester: Art in the Cathedral

I am not a frequent visitor to churches and cathedrals but I make an exception for the 7thCentury Chichester Cathedral because it contains art that speaks to me.  The Cathedral is a classic Norman building with round arch windows and west facing twin towers and is the only English Cathedral with a surviving detached medieval … Continue reading Chichester: Art in the Cathedral

CESENATICO AND THE LEONARDO DA VINCI CANAL

It was here that I discovered that the canal that runs through the centre of the town, was designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Is there nothing he didn’t design?

POMPEII

Most people know about the tragedy that was Pompeii so it would be presumptuous of me to write a post on its history.  I will, therefore, content myself with posting some images I took when I was there in June last when I struggled in the heatwave and the crowds that had disembarked from the … Continue reading POMPEII

ROME – STILL ETERNAL

The Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre, a site originally developed in the 7th century BC from a marshy burial ground and which grew into the social, commercial and political hub of the Roman Empire. It was a handsome district of temples, basilicas and bustling public spaces which, with a little imagination, is easy to people with toga-clad inhabitants going about their business accompanied by their slaves.

SYRACUSE, SICILY

My recent trip to Syracuse gave me lots of material for posts but as I have written before about this Sicilian city I thought that this time I would hone in on the Archaeological Park of Neapolis which holds Syracuse's most important Greek and Roman remains.  The Park covers approximately 240 square metres and the … Continue reading SYRACUSE, SICILY