One of the best time about visiting Paris is the wonderful architecture. Here the beautiful cupola of the Galeries Lafeyette, a shopping store in the fashion district. I love the beautiful lines, gorgeous detail, it is hard to believe that it is department store, with cloths, watches, bedding, and just like other department stores there is a food court on the top floor.
Through the passage Richelieu to the Louve, Paris France
We were walking to the Louve, this wasn’t our first visit, but it was the first time through the Passage Richelieu, and the sunlight off the glass pyramid was beautiful the shadows creating a graphic on the floor. The juxtaposition of old stone passage, with the modern glass pyramid, and another old building behind it, gives a sense of walking around Paris where old and new architecture sit so comfortably together.
one year ago today I eas talking about my visit to the, then, newly opened Calgary Peace Bridge! This weekend looks like it is going to be another great weekend to wander the pathways of Calgary, maybe we will see you out there.
The Cathedral of Royal Saint Mary(Santa María la Real), a 15th century Gothic Catholic Pilgrimage Church has many beautiful features. We visited the lovely Cathedral in September when walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. I could spend hours photographing the details. Just off the main temple, a beautiful stone carved staircase topped by a magnificent dome.
we spent yesterday wondering the pedestrian streets of Burgos, and to visit the Burgos Cathedral. A Gothic Cathedral with many revisions, redesigned and expansions. The details are amazing. I got a creak in my neck from looking up at the beautiful vaulted arches, doomed ceilings, and relief sculpture and paintings. Here are a few details I captured
Early evening, and the setting sun shining on the Burgos Cathedral, Burgos Spain
cherub faces, one small part of a beautiful painting, Burgos Cathedral
Madonna ad child, relief sculpture, Burgos Cathedral
Bath Abbey, considered one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in southwest England. We visited a couple of years ago, and I was struck by the height of the column, the large stain glass window at the end of the of the tall clerestory, and the beautiful vaulted ceiling with fan-shaped columns.
Formerly a Benedictine monastery founded in the 7th century, it later became an Anglian parish church, it was rebuilt in the 12 century and restored in the 16th century. It is amazing to see such beautiful architecture, repeatedly restored and cared for over the centuries, and through the generations. Coming from Calgary Canada where everything is new, or if it isn’t new it is tore down to make way for new, it is stunning to sit in such a building an image the people that built or work on it or passed through it’s doors, and the changes in the world that have happened while it has been standing.
El Drac de Gaudí at Finca Güell , great balconies designed by Gaudi, I wonder if what the neighbors would think if I was so inspired that I added one of these fascinating balconies to my 2nd floor window? I love them, but they might not be quite right in suburban Calgary!
Brunelleschi’s dome a proud centerpiece in the history of Florence, and a place that many study in their art history and architecture classes. A Unesco World Heritage site located in the Piazza del Duomo.
The Cathedral Church of Florence Italy, and the cathedral complex are located in the Piazza del Duomo, and is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site. The day we were in Florence was a very cool and windy November day, we had only a few short hours to tour the site before heading to Pisa, it is definitely on my list of places to revisit.