The engineering, carved arches supporting more carved arches, and layered colors of stone to such striking effect, just astounding. I've seen other pictures of it but having a good look now has been seeing it with new eyes. Thanks SO much.
Dr. Fumblefinger, Nice slideshow with great pics. We were in Venice in 2012 for 6 or 7 days and made an excursion to Burano as a day trip. The first thing we noticed was that tourism has reached the tiny island. There was a new docking station for the vaporetti and all sorts of kiosks selling the usual stuff. The first time we were there was in 2008 and it was a sleepy island that time seemed to forget. In fact, we came across four elderly ladies sitting on a bench gabbing and knitting. I...
Great memories, rbciao! I'd like to head back to Burano some day, maybe spend 2-3 days there, just kicking back and enjoying the ambiance. We were there in May and it was not at all heavily touristed at that time, though certainly the shops were there to lighten the load of your Euro heavy wallet! Their lace was truly beautiful and my wife just couldn't resist!
PHeymont, what happens, directionally speaking, when one reaches the other end of the bridge? In other words, where does it go from the end of what we can see? It appears to end, the bridge to nowhere, but I doubt Mr. Eiffel would be so impractical (although I suppose the building at the other end might have been put up after he left town). Do tell.
The far end of the bridge rests on the wall that is the riverbank at that point; you walk off the bridge, under the first floor of the building, and onto the street. I don't know whether the building was built after or before the bridge, but I'm guessing the building to possibly be older because by the time the bridge was built, there was a greater tendency to run a road along the water rather than back buildings directly onto it.
I love how the house builders of the one at the far end of the bridge, on the left, have accessed every square meter possible by building the enclosed balcony out on stilts. One cannot help but wonder, who owns the air?
Thanks for the note, Chatterbot2. Yes, Quebec is relatively under-touristed, especially when compared to Europe. If you want to visit a 400 year old European stype fortress, don't want to fly across the Atlantic, want to go to place where French is the dominant language, want great food and friendly folks, then Quebec City should be at the top of your travel list.
They may laugh, Chatterbot2, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that your fumbling attempts to speak their language melted their hearts. You were a valued guest, if not one of them, after trying.
Monsieur, vous êtes très gentil de le dire. I do try to make a stab at the local language wherever I travel. Around the world, people are amazingly patient with my mangling of their language. It does create good entertainment. Almost always, my puzzled efforts put people at ease. They are instantly willing to help "the poor confused thing".
I like your comparison: it's a feat that we take for granted, but at the time was astonishing. Actually, I'm not sure I really DO take the great cathedrals for granted, as I try to imagine their building without advanced mathematics or heavy lifting equipment.
Thanks for the heads up on that. There are few things I enjoy doing more in Europe than to spend a half day exploring a great cathedral! If people haven't read it yet, I'd highly recommend Ken Follett's great book, "The Pillars of the Earth" , a work of fiction set in Medieval times and focused on the building of these great churches.
Wow, a GREAT cathedral. And the quirky video at the end was a nice touch. I always was curiously fascinating by that song, especially the 'bringing me down' line you referred to. Some day I'd like to hear the story of your journey across the Atlantic on the QM2
June 18, 1964, James Brock, the manager of the Monsoon Motor Lodge ( now destroyed) pouring acid on demonstrators attempting to desegregate the pool Great Piece Jonathan L! One thing I wish St Augustine would do a better job is telling what role St Augustine played in the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King got arrested in St Augustine on June 11th 1964 after picketing. His charge was unlawful assembly and civil disobedience. Many people say events that summer helped sparked the Civil...
Thanks Travel Rob. In fact there are several info boards in and around Plaza de la Constitucion that do discuss the civil rights era history. Not just MLK's arrest, but more than one large demonstration that took place.
There are info boards at the beaches too but certain things they didn't preserve, like the Monsoon Motor Lodge, now a Hilton. Martin Luther King Ave, Downtown is one street named after Dr. King where he had marched.
The name Dewi is most famously borne by the patron saint of Wales, Saint David - Welsh: Dewi Sant, Road sign English and Welsh The other famous Dewi is one of three cartoon ducks. Hewy -Dewi and Louis.
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