The Designer of Today’s Ljubljana

The Designer of Today’s Ljubljana

Plecnik House. This is a bench Plecnik designed for guests. He had lots of visitors. Most of them never made it into the house but met with Plecnik in this room. Just as the room had an open roof (allowing rain, wind, snow to enter) this bench sits under the opening in the roof and is purposely built so that the seat leans outward and the person sitting in it slides forward forcing the guest to keep sliding back into the seat. Guests would always end up leaving.

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The Easter Uprising

The Easter Uprising

Everywhere we went in Dublin we saw references to these 7 men:  Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, P. H. Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett.

They were the signers of the Proclamation of the Republic. The Proclamation is the Irish version of our Declaration of Independence.  It brought to a head the problems the common people had experienced under nearly a 1000 years of foreign occupation.  The photograph was taken in the Dublin Castle.

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Edinburgh Royal Mile

Edinburgh Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is dense.  The buildings stacked side by side are as high as three or four stories facing the Royal Mile. The builders used the Royal Mile Street as their baseline and built down the hillside. We stepped through a narrow alley on the Royal Mile called a close and within 20 yards we had entered a small courtyard and could see the backs of the buildings facing the street.  The backs of the buildings were another story taller.   The other tenements surrounding the court yard could be as high as ten stories. 

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The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia

The commanding officer on the Britannia was always a flag officer, generally a Rear Admiral.   He sailed Britannia with a crew of 20 officers and 200 sailors.  The commander has his own mess, occasionally shared with senior officers or members of the royal family.  To be invited to the commander’s dinning table to share a meal was a huge honor.   The rest of the crew, in descending rank had their own private dining and relaxation sections, although the ranks below petty officers could only draw beer in their off hours while the higher ranks enjoyed a dram of hard liquor. The daily rum ration for all sailors was stopped in 1970 over concerns of drinking and operating machinery.  http://www.royalyatchbritannia.co.uk/eclusive-use/private-dinning/the-officers-wardroom-dinners

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Scotland, The Home of Bagpipes, Nessy and Golf

Scotland,  The Home of Bagpipes, Nessy and Golf

Not every country claims two flags.  The satire against a clear blue sky is the official flag of Scotland.  The Lion Rampant is the Royal Standard of the King or Queen of the Scots.  The raging lion is depicted on the Scottish royal coat of arms and is part of the Great Seal of Scotland.  The Lion Rampant dates back to King Richard I of England in the 12th century and shows a lion, the king of beasts, poised and ready for battle with legs and claws extended, ready for battle.   https://www.historic-uk.com/assets/Images/ScottishRoyalStandardLionRampant.jpg?1390900212

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Yellowstone

Yellowstone

There are two things that should be on a Yellowstone picture bucket list.  The first is Old Faithful.  The geyser is not one of the more spectacular in the park, but it is reliable, erupting between 21 and 23 times per day.  The data says the intervals between eruptions are 35 to 120 minutes, but the announcement in the Visitor Center said 1:18 pm plus or minus 10 minutes, and it started reliably at 1:22 pm. 

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The Crazy Horse Memorial

The Crazy Horse Memorial

The Fighting Stallions, a bronze sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski, are locked in battle in front of the museum, education center and gift shop at the Crazy Horse Memorial.  Standing in front of the sculpture you can see the tension and sense the fury as the two stallions engage in battle.  We do not know why they fight but we can feel the teeth as they rip into flesh and feel the sharp pain as their kicks land.  They appear so alive, I would not have been surprised to see them fall to the ground and roll away.

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Siena August 16 Race Update

Siena August 16 Race Update

Carlo Sanna riding to victory for the Onda (Wave) Contrade in the Siena, Tuscany, Italy Palio alla Tonda horse race on August 16.  This year the Onda (Wave) and Giraffa (Giraffe) Contrade will share the honors as the champion Contrade in Siena.

 

This photo was taken from the Dotemirates website.   Additional pictures of the August 16 race are available at Pictures are available at:  https://www.dotemirates.com/en/details/3801373?from=dot

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Siena’s Semiannual Contrade Horse Race

Siena’s Semiannual Contrade Horse Race

Sienese and tourists, up to 40,000 (although the crowd size was controlled for the July 2, 2017 race) gather in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy for the start of the Siena horse race.  The photo is from Siena’s Palio: Everything You Need to Know about il Palio di Siena by Silvia Donati June 20, 2016  https://selectitaly.com/blog/tuscany/sienas-palio-il-palio-di-siena/   https://i1.wp.com/selectitaly.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/palio-711295_1280.jpg?ssl=1

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I Fell In Love With Glastonbury

I Fell In Love With Glastonbury

The weather varied from misty to outright rain the afternoon we visited Glastonbury.   Not the most pleasant weather.  With a main street like this, filled with eclectic and eccentric shops offering a multitude of mystical and spiritual items how can you not have a fantastic day?  With it’s long history and present occupants the village itself has it’s own personality.

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Remembering, So We Never Forget

Remembering, So We Never Forget

During the German Blitz, St Paul’s Cathedral was a target.  Through the dedication of the English fire fighters who worked through the bombings every night, St. Paul’s came by relatively unscathed.  The only damage was a direct strike on the east end of the Cathedral behind the alter which destroyed the Apse.  This area was rebuilt as a dedication to the 28,000 Americans stationed in the United Kingdom in appreciation for their war efforts.  This stained glass window includes the American Eagle with North American flora and fauna, salutes to all 48 states, and portraits of famous Americans (George Washington).

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The British Museum What an Experience

The British Museum What an Experience

The tomb of King Arbinas built between 390 and 370 BCE was moved to England in the mid 1800s.  It is called the Nereid Monument because of the life size female figures in wind blown togas dancing on sea creatures including dolphins, cuttlefish, and possibly a seagull, giving the archeologists enough evidence to call them sea-nymphs, though that is a Greek term and they probably should be called Eleyana for their Lycian heritage.   

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It Is All In The Size

It Is All In The Size

Apparently everyone (well at least the Italian residents) hate the Victor Emmanuel Monument.  It is too big, too gaudy, too imposing and called everything from the wedding cake to ….. Actually the Monument Victor Emanuel II is not that bad.  It is big.  And kind of sprawling but it has a lot of steps for people to enjoy. You have to back up until almost falling down the steps to get the guards, the tomb and flames for the unknown soldier in a picture.

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Castello di Vezio and the church Chiesa di Saint Antonio Abate di Vezio

Castello di Vezio and the church Chiesa di Saint Antonio Abate di Vezio

The Chiesa di Saint Antonio Abate di Vezio church is very plain as you walk past it toward the castle.  Take a moment to step inside.  While the church is not very big, the quality and scope of interior is impressive. The different styles of frescos on the right hand wall and the stained glass over the entrance is worth your visit.

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