pondelok, 29. decembra 2014

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Ponte de Lima is located in

the  southern bank of the Lima, 

a small river with sources in Spain...




One of the oldest towns in Portugal 

(founded on 4 March 1125),

 It was historically significant as 

a Roman settlement in the road


from Braga to Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, 

and the first place in Portugal getting a municipal charter.







nedeľa, 23. novembra 2014

Lone Tree of Lake Wanaka - New Zealand




Lake Wanaka lies at the heart of the Otago Lakes 

in the lower South Island of New Zealand 

and was formed by glacial erosion during the last ice age, 

more than 10,000 years ago


piatok, 21. novembra 2014

Christmas market in Bratislava



For many Bratislava citizens,

 the opening of the city’s annual Christmas market

 is the true beginning of the holiday season







Christmas market starts on November 23






reflection in a shopping window

nedeľa, 16. novembra 2014

TOP OF SLOVAKIA - GALANTA






Galanta 

the town situated on the south of Slovakia, 

is linked with one of the branches 

of the aristocratic Magyar Esterházy family. 


The family left the two important historical 

buildings – the Renaissance Manor House 

(from the 17th century) and the Neo-Gothic 

Manor House (from the year 1860).



The Neo-Gothic Manor House in Galanta 

was built in 1633 by brothers 

Daniel and Paul Esterházy 

as a renaissance fortress. 


In 1736 it was rebuilt in the baroque style. 

Its present-day look is the result 

of the vast reconstruction done 

by Joseph Esterházy, who was inspired 

by the romantic English Gothic style.




(Unfortunately now closed 
and abandoned 
- waiting for his reconstruction)


streda, 12. novembra 2014

SAGRADA FAMILIA




The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is a work 
on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 
from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). 

At the end of 1883 Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, 
a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. 
Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea. 

The building is in the centre of Barcelona, and over the years 
it has become one of the most universal signs of identity of the city and the country.

Dubie Bacino originally shared

štvrtok, 30. októbra 2014

CHATEAU DE CHANTILY




CHATEAU DE CHANTILY
(Musée Condé)







CHATEAU DE CHANTILY is dramatically set
between water and elegant gardens.
It was built around 1560 by Anne de Montmorency






It's the houses France's finest
collection of paintings outside
de Louvre


pondelok, 27. októbra 2014

DID YOU KNOW?



NIMES, FRANCE






Nîmes is often referred to

 as the French Rome










The amphitheatre dates 

from the end of the 2nd century AD 

and there  24 000 spectators could sit

(the Coliseum in Rome held 80,000)


Nîmes is a city in the region  of southern France. 
It is the capital of the Gard department. 
The city has a rich history, dating back 
to the Roman Empire  
 Several famous monuments are in Nîmes, 
such as the Nîmes Arena and the Maison Carrée... 



streda, 22. októbra 2014

sobota, 18. októbra 2014

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BUDAPEST

is the capital and the largest 

city of HUNGARY

and one of the largest cities

in the European Union 


piatok, 19. septembra 2014

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For many, it feels like summer 


 already wanes...



But it's still summer



Large cafe with patio area 


enjoying wonderful views 


across the lake.





Enjoying some quiet time 


at the lake  with my camera









Have a nice weekend

utorok, 16. septembra 2014

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 Bojnice Castle


The gem of Bojnice is the ”fairy-tale” 

Bojnický zámok Castle, 

one of the most visited and most beautiful

 castles not only in Slovakia, but also in central Europe.

The Castle stands on a large travertine 

monticule on the site of medieval castle 

from the 11th century. 

In the past, the most famous 

Hungarian noble families owned
 
it and the last of them was the family of Pálfi. 

Count Ján Pálfi had the structure 

reconstructed by the architect J. Hubert 

from Budapest at the end of the 19th century 

following the pattern of romantic 

castles of the Loire in central France.

 

í.

streda, 27. augusta 2014

Bratislava


If you would like to know more about 

Bratislava 

please follow this virtual tour of the city ...


So, where can we start?












nedeľa, 24. augusta 2014

piatok, 8. augusta 2014

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Everyone has their special magical place.

For some, it’s Disneyland. 

For others, it’s a secluded beach in the 

tropics.

For me, it’s the city of Florence.






Taken in summer 2013







Weekend Reflections

štvrtok, 31. júla 2014

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ALHAMBRA






ALHAMBRA is a palace and fortress complex 

located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain 






It was originally constructed as a small 

fortress in 889 and then largely ignored 

until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt 

in the mid-11th century by the 

Moorish  king Mohammed ben AL-AHMAR 





piatok, 25. júla 2014

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Sur le pont d’Avignon

On y danse, on y danse

Sur le pont d’Avignon

On y danse tout en rond






On the bridge of Avignon

They are dancing, they are dancing,

On the bridge of Avignon

They are dancing all around.



utorok, 15. júla 2014

The lavender fields - Provence





The lavender fields of Senanque Abbey.

Founded by Cistercian monks, 

they are a working abbey 

specializing in the husbandry 

of French lavender and bee-keeping...














piatok, 11. júla 2014

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Recently taken in Marseille, France...






This giant mirrored canopy called
the  Port Vieux Pavilion  
was designed by Christopher Jobson 
on March 5, 2013.



The pavilion measures nearly 150 feet (46 meters) long 
and is made of highly polished stainless steel 
meant to reflect people and the surrounding environment 
of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbor