Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Globes and Clocks in Kunstkammer Wien

Image of Kunstkammer Wien - golden globe and clock.
Kunstkammer Wien - golden globe.
The Kunstkammer of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna has a special section dedicated to globes and clocks.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lonely House in Byblos, Lebanon

A lonely house near Byblos Castle in North Lebanon.

House in Byblos (Jbail) , Lebanon.
A lonely house in Byblos (Jbail), Lebanon.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Madonna and Child

Picture of madonna and child in the Kunstkammer of Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.
Madonna and child
Krumauer Madonna

This wooden statue of Madonna and a child is from around 1390 -1400. The Madonna comes from Ceský Krumlov (Krumau) in southern Bohemia.

Kunstkammer, Kunsthistorisches Museum
Vienna, Austria.

Shot with iPhone

Gold Candlesticks

Candlesticks in Kunstkammer Wien. Vienna, Austria.
Kunstkammer Wien
Four gold candlesticks.

These candlesticks, made of solid gold, are part of the Habsburgs' collection of art objects and curiosities.

Kunstkammer Wien.
Kunsthistorisches MuseumVienna, Austria.

Shot with iPhone.

Austrian Landscape

Austrian Landscape - vineyard and a hill. Baden bei Wien / Gumpoldskirchen, Niederösterreich, Austria.

Austrian Landscape

Vineyard in Austria

Picture of vineyard in Austria.

Austrian vineyard. These vineyards stretch for several kilometers between the towns of Baden bei Wien and Gumpoldskirchen in Niederösterreich, Austria. Shot with iPhone and edited for Instagram.

Cellini Saliera

Cellini Saliera in Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.
Cellini Salt Cellar. Kunstkammer Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.
The Cellini Saliera is one of the many precious objects in Kunstkammer Wien (Art Room Vienna) of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

The Cellini Saliera is a gold table sculture created by the Italian goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini.

Saliera is the Italian word for salt cellar. It was made in 1543 for king Francis I of France who was a generous patron of the arts. The Saliera was given as a gift by Charles IX of France to Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol.

The Cellini Saliera was part of the Habsburg art collection at Castle Ambras but it was moved to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna in the 19th century.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Baden bei Wien by Night

Baden bei Wien, Austria: Pestsäule or Plague Column erected in 1713.
Baden bei Wien, Austria: View of the Plague Column in the town square. IPhone image.
Night in Baden bei Wien, Niederösterreich, Austria.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Walk in the Kurpark of Baden bei Wien

Picture of Kurpark or Spa Park in Baden bei Wien, Austria.
Kurpark. Baden bei Wien, Austria.
Pictures from a recent trip to Austria...

I visited Baden bei Wien and took my iPhone for a walk in the local Kurpark. Kurpark is German for Spa Park.

Baden bei Wien - Kurpark

Views of Undinebrunnen / Undine Fountain in Kurpark Baden 

Baden bei Wien, Austria 

Image of Baden bei Wien - Kurpark - Undine Fountain

Typical Italy

Lancia, Lancia, Lancia ...

Street in the old town of Bergamo (Citta Alta).

Picture of a street in Bergamo Citta Alta.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bergamo Cathedral

Bergamo Cathedral, Duomo di Bergamo or Cattedrale di Sant'Alessandro in Italian, is located in the heart of the old town (citta alta). The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Alexander of Bergamo, patron saint of the city. Nowadays the cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Bergamo.

Image of Bergamo Cathedral.
A golden statue of Saint Alexander decorates the top of Bergamo Cathedral. Bergamo, Italy 2013.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Prisoner's View

View of Bergamo's Citta Alta (Old Town) from one of the windows of the Clock Tower in Piazza Vecchia.

Image of Bergamo from the Clock Tower in Piazza Vecchia.
Prisoner's View

Espresso Italiano

Image of espresso in Italy
Espresso in Italy
Espresso is definitely one of the most successful symbols of Made in Italy.

Italians take their Espresso extremely seriously. Did you know there is even an Italian Espresso National Institute?

Autumn Leaves

If I can let you go as trees let go
Their leaves, so casually, one by one,
If I can come to know what they do know,
That fall is the release, the consummation,
Then fear of time and the uncertain fruit
Would not distemper the great lucid skies
This strangest autumn, mellow and acute.
If I can take the dark with open eyes
And call it seasonal, not harsh or strange
(For love itself may need a time of sleep),
And, treelike, stand unmoved before the change,
Lose what I lose to keep what I can keep,
The strong root still alive under the snow,
Love will endure -- if I can let you go. 

by May Sarton, 1978

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bergamo Market

International food and craft market in the center of Bergamo. Bergamo, October 2013.

Image of food and craft market in the center of Bergamo, Italy.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Citta Alta Bergamo

The Old Town of Bergamo (Citta Alta)

Bergamo Cathedral (Duomo), Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Cappella Colleoni seen from the top of Bergamo's Big Bell Tower.

Image of Bergamo Cathedral (Duomo), Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Cappella Colleoni seen from the top of Bergamo's Big Bell Tower.

Polenta Bergamo

Image of polenta cakes in a shop window in Bergamo, Italy.
Polenta cakes in a shop window. Bergamo, Italy.
One of the local specialties, you should definitely try in Bergamo, is polenta e osei.

Polenta e Osei is Bergamo's signature cake. It is a yellow mound-shaped cake topped with sweet marzipan and chocolate birds.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Off to Bergamo

At Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ).  It is tiny. The Ryanair flight to Milan-Bergamo is one of the only two flights departing from Groningen today.

Picture of the terminal. Groningen Airport Eelde.
Passenger terminal. Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ).

Theater Sneek

The characteristic building of Theater Sneek. The building is 23 meters high. In the evening, the theater is lighted in different color depending on the genre of the performance - white for theater show, orange for ballet, blue for musical ...

The building of theater Sneek. Sneek, the Netherlands.
The theater building in Sneek, Friesland.

Views of Appingedam

Picture of an old house in Appingedam, Groningen.
Old house - Appingedam, the Netherlands.
Views of Appingedam, north Groningen, the Netherlands.


Views of the Damsterdiep in Appingedam, Groningen.

Damsterdiep is a waterway in the north of the Netherlands. It is 27 km long and connects the city of Groningen with Delfzijl. The waterway eventually flows into the Eems river.

Picture of the Damsterdiep in Appingedam, Groningen.
The Damsterdiep runs right through the center of the old town of Appingedam.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Hanging Kitchens in Appingedam

Picture of the hanging kitchens in Appingedam, Groningen.
The hanging kitchens in Appingedam are not one of the seven wonders of the world but definitely worth seeing, if you are visiting Groningen.

In case you are not familiar with Dutch geography, Groningen is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands. Appingedam lies at about 30 km to the northeast of the capital city of the province - Groningen.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Water Tower of Sneek

Picture of the water tower in Sneek, Friesland.
With a height of 44 m, the water tower in Sneek is one of the town's highest structures.
The water tower, watertoren in Dutch, is one of the most characteristic buildings in Sneek. It can be spotted from many parts of the town.

Autumn in Sneek

Picture of a colorful house in the center of Sneek, the Netherlands.
Some autumn images from Sneek. Shot with Sony Nex-7. I discovered this place by chance and decided to shoot it from several angles.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Humble Beginnings of C&A

Statue of a peddler selling a piece of cloth to a peasant woman in Sneek.
Nowadays C&A is a major clothing and footwear retailer operating hundreds of stores across Europe, Mexico, Brazil and China. However, it all started in the small town of Sneek in Friesland, a province in the north of the Netherlands.

In the early 19th century, the two German brothers Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer traveled each year to Friesland to sell textile and linen to the local farmers. In 1841, they established their first business in Sneek and called it C&A Brenninkmeijer. The company logo has changed since then but still contains the initials of the two brothers Clemens and August.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Colors of Autumn

Autumn views from Sneek, Friesland, the Netherlands.

Picture of colorful houses in the Frisian town of Sneek.
Colorful houses in the center of Sneek

A beautiful day in Hannover, Germany

A beautiful day in Hannover, Germany. With a population of more than half a million, Hannover is the largest city and the capital of the German state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). The city skyline is dominated by the tower of the Marktkirche (Market Church). The Marktkirche is a huge Lutheran church which is located at the heart of the Old Town.

Picture of the Marktkirche tower in Hannover, Germany.
View of the Marktkirche tower in the center of Hannover.