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
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
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
On the green in the middle of the town stands a memorial to the last little chimney sweep to die here, and just a few miles away a lovely old pub is the site of the last hanging to take place. I’m in Newport, the main town on the Isle of Wight, sometimes referred to … Continue reading Newport, Isle of Wight, a Second Look
To London last week with the British Guild of Travel Writers for our Annual Summer Outing which this year included a visit to the Banqueting House in Whitehall, a tour on a Big London Bus and a Cruise on the River Thames with City Cruises, the boat that allows you to get off at any stop along the route. The open-top bus tour and the river cruise took place in blazing sunshine and although London sights are familiar, the landmarks and historic sites never fail to thrill.
The Banqueting House is the last surviving part of the Palace of Whitehall*. It was once the greatest palace of its time in Europe, almost totally destroyed by fire in 1698, but I knew nothing of its history until this visit.
© Historic Royal Palaces/Peter Li
A view of the great hall and its ceiling decorated with paintings by Sir Peter Paul Rubens…
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