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June 21, 2022

Curiosities of Europe !!

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Europe !!

On some of these, I have already done newer picture posts in my blog,fyi

The Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia of Barcelona,or ​​often nicknamed Seu in Catalan, the current cathedral, in Gothic style, was built between the 13C and 15C on the old Romanesque cathedral, itself built on a church dating from the Visigoth period in the same place as an earlier early Christian basilica, some remains of which are still visible in the basement, at the Barcelona History Museum.

Barcelona Cathedral Metropolitan Basilica of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels form a complex of three shopping passages covered along their entire length by glazing in arcades. They consist of: the Galerie de la Reine (from rue du Marché aux Herbes to rue des Bouchers), the Galerie du Roi (from rue des Bouchers to rue d’Arenberg), and the Galerie des Princes (from the King’s Gallery at rue des Dominicains).

Brussels galerie st hubert 1999

Rue des Bouchers is a street in Brussels, located right in the center, in the Grand-Place district. it concentrates a large number of restaurants such as the famous Chez Léon, specialist in “mussels and fries”, which occupies four adjoining houses (n° 18-20-22-24). It starts from rue Grétry and goes up, parallel to rue du Marché aux Herbes and rue de l’Écuyer, until it intersects the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert before joining rue de la Montagne. Rue des Bouchers is home to many buildings worthy of interest, including Baroque or Neo-Baroque houses.

Brussels rue Bouchers 1999

The Grand-Place of Brussels, world famous for its ornamental richness, it is bordered by the houses of the guilds, the town hall and the Maison du Roi. Victor Hugo considered it one of the most beautiful squares in the world The 19th century facades of the current square are not always an exact reflection of the constructions after 1695. Sometimes the restorers lack information Sometimes the original does not corresponds more to the ideas or the needs of the 19th century.

Brussels grand place tapis des fleurs hotel de ville 1999

The Palais de Justice of Brussels or courthouse is an imposing Greco-Roman-inspired eclectic-style building located in Brussels’ largest square, Place Poelaert. With a floor area of ​​26,000 m2, it is larger than St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome! The first Palace of Justice was established on the site of the former Jesuit church, Place de la Justice. Built in 1818-1823. The new courthouse first stone was laid on October 31, 1866 during the reign of Leopold II, and  was inaugurated on October 15, 1883 after the death of the architect Joseph Poelaert in the presence of King Leopold II.

Brussels palais de justice 1999

The Royal Palace of Brussels is located on Place des Palais. Born from the combination of four mansions built in the 18th century, Walckiers, Bender, Belgiojoso and Belle-Vue, it now houses the office of the King of the Belgians, who grants audiences and carries out his official activities there, as well as some Richly decorated reception rooms used for various annual events such as visits by Heads of State and Christmas concerts.

Brussels Royal palace 1999

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of British sovereigns. Located in London, the palace is both the venue for events relating to the royal family, the home of many visiting heads of state, and a major tourist attraction. Here Queen Guards parade!  

London buckingham palace queen guards parade

St. Paul’s Cathedral of London is the cathedral of the Church of England, Diocese of London. It was built after the old building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It crowns Ludgate Hill, the site of four sanctuaries before the present cathedral and is located in the City of London, the historic heart of the city that has become now London’s main business district.

London St Paul s cathedral

The Tower Bridge is a tilting bridge in London and notably allowing the passage of the Thames to motorized vehicles. It belongs to the class of suspension bridges and is made of granite for its facade, steel for its structure and concrete for its foundations. At the time of its construction, the Tower Bridge was the largest (246 meters in length and 65 meters in height) and the most sophisticated of the drawbridges ever built. The bridge is famous all over the world thanks to its very particular architecture, in neogothic style.

London tower bridge

Frankfurt’s Old Opera House is one of its most prestigious concert halls and the home of the Old Opera House in Frankfurt am Main.  The Old Opera House was almost completely destroyed by bombing in 1944 .A citizens’ initiative campaigned to collect funds from reconstruction after 1953 ,and the Opera was reopened on August 28, 1981, Today the Opera or Alte Oper consists of the Grosser Saal Hall (Great Hall), the Mozart-Saal, and other smaller halls , used for conventions. Because the new Frankfurt Opera House had already been built in 1951, the old opera house was designed for use as a concert hall from the start of its reconstruction. Today, it regularly hosts concerts and plays.

Frankfort opera house 2004

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to and within Europe. The wonders of Europe that still rings many nice memories to my mind on each stretch of meter I take on it. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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June 21, 2022

Curiosities of the Americas !! Part III

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of the Americas !!, Part III.

Aventura is conveniently located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, just east of I-95 in Florida USA. The northern boundary of the City is the Miami-Dade/Broward County line, the western boundary is the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), the eastern boundary is the intracoastal waterway and the southern boundary is NE 176th Street. One of our most memorable trip while living there was to go visit Pierre Books or official the Pierre International Bookstore at 18185 Biscayne Boulevard. Here we had our French language and many memorable moment with the owner Belgian born Vivianne Friedlich, and husband Pierre,  which my wife became very good friends and we had all the French movies transfer to the US system for dvd movies. Later once in France we heard the store was moved to Hollywood for better rental costs, and officially closed several years back,without hearing from Vivianne maybe she reads my posts and contact me! For info, the official city of Aventura on thing to dohttps://www.cityofaventura.com/309/Visitor-Information

Aventura Pierre books belgian pierre et vivienne

John Berkely “Peanuts” Taylor was the main name behind the wonderful Drumbeat Club in 1964. Years after the closing of these clubs, he would re-open The Drumbeat again at The Nassau Beach Hotel in 1975 and subsequently at its final location near the British Colonial Hotel downtown Nassau. West Bay street, which where I caught up with him, the club staying at a hotel just steps from the British Colonial which name escapes me next to the El Greco hotel is now, The British Colonial is also closed as all are unfortunately , here for the memories of always. For info. the Bahamas tourist office on Nassauhttps://www.bahamas.com/fr/islands/nassau-paradise-island 

Nassau

Nassau Drumbeat club night

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips in the Americas. The wonders of the Americas that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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June 21, 2022

Curiosities of the Americas !! Part II

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of the Americas !!, Part II.

Bogotá is the largest city and the capital of Colombia. This is where people from all over the country converge, so it is a diverse and multicultural city, at the crossroads of old and new. It is located at high altitude. La Candelaria, its cobblestone center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Teatro Colón performance hall and the 17C Church of San Francisco. Popular museums are also located here, such as the Botero Museum, displaying the art of Fernando Botero, and the Gold Museum, displaying pre-Columbian gold coins.. Memories forever of my trips here in the 1990’s.

Plaza Bolivar square in its center a statue of Simón Bolivar. Located in the historic center, La Candelaria, it hosts the Primada Cathedral, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and the Archdiocese , the City/Town Hall (Palace Liévano) built by the French architect Gaston Lelarge , the Courthouse and the National Capitol. The Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción was built between 1807 and 1823 on the very spot where three of the city’s former cathedrals were successively erected and demolished.

Bogota plaza de Bolivar et Cathedral

The city of Bogotà on the Plaza Bolivarhttps://bogota.gov.co/mi-ciudad/cultura-recreacion-y-deporte/lo-que-tu-no-sabias-de-la-plaza-de-bolivar-de-bogota

The Igreja Nossa Senhora das Dores  or the Our Lady of Sorrows Church located in the city of Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul. Located at Rua dos Andradas, 587. It is the oldest church in the city still standing. Its construction dragged on for a long time and the facade plan was modified while it was still under construction, showing today an eclectic style, but the interior is richly decorated with gilded carving in a late-Baroque style with neoclassical elements, in addition to having an important group of life-size baroque statues of Christ representing the cycle of the Passion The restoration work was completed in 2017, with the completion of the chancel. Ancient parietal paintings were discovered during the restoration.

Porto Alegre ch nossa senhora das Dores

The city prefect of Porto Alegre on its heritage : https://prefeitura.poa.br/gp/projetos/conheca-porto-alegre

The Parque Farroupilha or Farroupilha Park, better known as the Redenção Park or simply the Redenção, is the most traditional and popular park in Porto Alegre, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The place where the park is today was formerly called Varzea do Portão, a large marshy plain near the old gate of Vila de Porto Alegre. Of the park’s original 69 hectares, today 35.7 ha remain, with 45 monuments inside. On Sundays, the traditional Brique da Redenção is held in the park, with numerous stalls selling handicrafts, food and antiques. Parque Farroupilha is a place commonly holding popular demonstrations. My local friends took me here each time in the city sadly no time for more pictures.

Porto Alegre parque Farroupilha

The official Parque Redençâo or Farroupilhahttp://www.parqueredencao.com.br/

The Avenida Paulista is one of the largest and most famous avenues in the city of São Paulo. The avenue is bordered by the Tenente Siqueira Campos Park commonly known as “Trianon Park” and composed of trees and vegetation from the primary forest. It is also the main tourist, artistic, cultural and media center, bringing together television channels and radio stations. Real estate prices are the highest in Latin America, It was inaugurated on December 18, 1891, My favorite street used to stayed in the off of it Maksoud Plaza Hotel for many years my home in Sao Paulo ! And as the story goes not enough pictures in those days ! It is located in the Bela Vista neighborhood, the 3 km stretch of Avenida Paulista runs from Rua Treze de Maio to Rua da Consolação !

Sao Paulo avenida paulista

This is a hugely wonderful avenue and will just pinpoint some of the great sites of it. You can go up to Mirante do SESC a great way to get ready to explore Avenida Paulista from the top ,location : Avenida Paulista, 119 , The MASP, São Paulo Museum of Art, is among the main attractions on Avenida Paulista and also in the city of São Paulo. In the museum, names such as: Cândido Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Anita Malfatti, Rafael, Botticceli, Delacroix, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Degas, Cèzanne, Picasso, Modigliani, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Matisse and Chagall, among others stand out. Tops located at Avenida Paulista, 1578, The Fiesp Cultural Center offers visitors a very varied program between the art gallery, theater and mezzanine spaces. Location : Av. Paulista, 1313, The Itau Cultural presents a collection dedicated to the history of Brazil. Location : Av. Paulista, 149, The wonderful Casa das Rosas with gardens filled with roses, the house is a delight for all. Those who arrive there will be able to enjoy not only the green space and the elegant architecture , but also an inspiring cultural program, especially dedicated to poetry and literature, Location : Av. Paulista, 37, Cine Belas Artes / Petra Belas Artes dedicated to alternative and art films. Hidden on the corner of Av Paulista and Rua da Consolação, the art here is named: Villa-Lobos, Candido Portinari, Oscar Niemeyer, Aleijadinho, Mario de Andrade and Carmen Miranda. Off Av Paulista at Rua da Consolação, 2423, Along Avenida Paulista and nearby streets there are several options for those looking for culture in good theaters and concert halls can be found at the Gazeta Theater, Eva Herz Theater, Renaissante Theater, Frei Caneca Theater or Procopio Ferreira Theater, The Livraria Cultura is one of the few remaining mega stores dedicated to literature, art and culture. Location : Av. Paulista, 2073, Enjoy the Avenida Paulista !!

The Baths is a beach on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. The Baths is located about 1.9 km south of Spanish Town, at the southern end of the island, between Spring Bay and Devil’s Bay. The Baths is an area of unique geological formations and one of the main tourist destinations in the British Virgin Islands. The rocks form natural pools, tunnels, arches and panoramic caves open to the sea. The largest rocks are about 12 meters long. This is heavens and glad visited, many nice memories and stories here as went on a singles cruise many years ago. So happy to have found some pictures and do see my other posts on the BVI and Fantôme sailboat! 

Virgin Gorda bath outside

You’ll navigate through caves, across boulders, up small ladders, and through short tunnels until you finally reach Devil’s Bay. Once you get there you’re rewarded with a swim in a beautiful little bay. The Bitter End Yacht Club is gorgeous and many nice antics here with my then Canadian girlfriend from Vancouver…. Another spot and wonderful memory and an institution in the Virgin Gorda, BVI was the Hog Heaven. This little dive bar sits high up in the clouds and offers the most beautiful views of Virgin Gorda and the North Sound including the Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock. Wonderful memories forever and so glad to have it in my blog.

Virgin Gorda bath inside

The limited BVI tourist officehttps://www.bvitourism.fr/en/arriving-by-air/

The National Parks of BVI on Virgin Gorda:  https://www.bvinpt.org/the-baths

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips in the Americas. The wonders of the Americas that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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