Archive | August 2014

København i Solskin~

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Copenhagen is beautiful in the sunshine!

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The Ny Carlsberg Glypotek Museum built in 1888 has a glorious winter garden.
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The architecture and design are stunning.
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I didn’t notice the swastika below until after taking this photo. I was appalled and Googled the explanation for this. It was reportedly the logo for the Carlsberg beer company that built the museum in the 1880’s having no connection to the Nazi swastika, instead representing good luck.
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The Glypotek has a world class collection of art. The Egyptian antiquities are remarkable. I will post some amazing wooden, painted art from 2700 BC soon!
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The museum has an substantial collection of impressionists, including three Van Gogh’s.
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The stunning blue Fredericks Church built of marble was founded in 1740.
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It’s interior dome is almost blinding in the summer sun!
We are leaving today for Finland and internet will be much more constrained. I will blog and catch up on your posts when possible!
Cheers to you from beautiful and sunny Solskin~

Bruxelles: Ville de Contraste~

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Brussels is a city of contrasts. Classical architecture and modern sculpture share the same streets. Consider this outdoor piece for example. What do you make of it?
(Warning: parental guidance, this post contains graphic depiction of the nude human form).
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Nearby is The Palace of Justice, the largest building constructed in the 19th century, at 260,000 square feet.
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It contains Belgium’s highest court and is considered an example of “Assyro-Babylonian” architecture.

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Leaving this impressive building, one walks down the street approaching the police department, where this person is on display on the street in a store window.
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It took me some time to figure out if this was a living person. I thought I saw her blink when taking the photo and was disquieted by the drain in the corner giving the piece a surreal, exposed, autopsy feeling. I wanted to give the woman a blanket as it was cold. Some children came upon this at the same time as I and they seemed very quiet. Turns out it’s a bronze by an artist named John de Andrea who seems to make a life study of “realistic” naked women. Interesting dude……Interesting city of contrasts.
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There are fascinating rooftops.
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Over the top gilded royal palaces.
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And remember, it is Belgium, so you are always guaranteed fabulous chocolate!
Cheers to you from mind, and waist, expanding Bruxelles!

Mélange de Brugge~

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It is time to say goodbye to peaceful Brugge. (Please click to enlarge).

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Brugge seems to be the land that crime, strife and stress forgot.
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The windmills on the perimeter of the old city were built in 1770.
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They can be toured, but few tourists did while we were there, which is a shame because they are mechanical works of wonder and a challenge to safely climb!
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Although the tourist center is crowded with day visitors, the city empties out in the early evening.
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Even in the middle of the day, the streets a few blocks away from the tourist center are mostly empty.
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Brugge is full of beautiful old cathedrals,
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and charming old homes built on the canals.
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Cheers to you & farewell to beautiful Brugge~

Reflecting Brugge!

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(PLease click to enlarge). Excited about what I’m seeing and had to fire off some pics to you even though it is late~

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Brugge is best at close of day when all the tourists leave.
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The tourist boats are quiet and the sun begins to go to bed.
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The canals get still,

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reflecting Brugge.
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At dusk it’s hard to see where water starts and land begins.

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At night the swans come out,

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to swim with fairies.
Cheers to you from Brugge at dusk~

Love Locks of The Rhine~

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We have just arrived, jet-lagged, in Cologne, Germany. The Cologne Cathedral is on beautiful display outside our hotel window. It is stunning at sunset.
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The Hohenzollern Bridge over The Rhine River leads into the old city. Every inch of the bridge fencing on one side is covered with hundreds of thousands of “love locks!”
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Lovers place these locks on the bridge swearing ever-lasting love and toss the keys into the Rhine.
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We are traveling and I will be blogging as we go. Please understand that I will not be able to follow and comment on your posts as much as I would like. I will check in though, whenever I can.
Until then, cheers to you from beautiful Cologne Germany~

Tattered~

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Madam Butterfly,
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drawn by sweetly scented flowers,

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bearing scars of battles won.
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Bees drink the nectar too,
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and the garden hums,
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with the thrum of life.
Cheers to you from The Holler garden~

The Banks of the Yellow Sea~

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“This is the land the sunset washes,
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These are the banks of the Yellow Sea;
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Where it rose, or whither it rushes,
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These are the western mystery!” Emily Dickinson
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We get some nice sunsets at The Holler.
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Probably due to the sun setting over the ocean and the lack of ambient light pollution.
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Reflection off Holler windows.
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Of course the sun puts on a beautiful sky show for us everywhere!
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Shining path Mid- Atlantic.
Cheers to you from our yellow sea~