Like Lisbon, Trieste has a big main square at the sea front. It’s not as big and impressive as Lisbon’s, but you get the idea. At the far side you see the City Hall, an actually pretty beautiful building, I think. Well, forget the tower for a moment (although you’ll see a few details of it), just look at the sheer amount of window area. Looks like steel has been used to stabilize the frame. Otherwise the windows would have to be smaller, I think.
Well, indeed, it was built between 1872 and 1875, says Wikipedia. Seems I could be right.
This window is in Trieste, Italy. We were there for a few days in May. Trieste is one of those cities near your home that you always fail to visit. They are too near for proper vacations and too far for a day trip. They have some sights, but they are not full of spectecular ones. There always seems to be a more luring place to go. Unless you go there. This time we went.
The old workshop of my father, a window with partially burnt paper behind, some scrap metal that he kept for … what reason?
Questions asked, the only source of answers forever gone.
Klagenfurt is always more foggy than Villach. At that morning, after I’d left my parents, the image matched my mood.
I took these images one morning in Klagenfurt while visiting my parents. The “birds” are stickers on a noise barrier in front of their house.
I remember how I showed the images to my father to cheer him up – and how I completely failed. At that time he had already fallen into depression. He couldn’t do what he wanted to do any more and, if I think of it, the glass wall must have felt like a prison wall to him.
It makes me sad.
And how does it look from the outside? Well, what did you expect? Gorgeous as well. In fact I can’t remember any other church with such beautifully gilded windows. But then, this may be due to my failing memory 😀
Let’s have some more of those gorgeous glass windows, shall we? In many cities in central Europe, glass windows have not survived World War II. This is especially true for most of Germany and Austria, but it’s also true for much of the occupied territories. It may also be true for parts of southern England. Aerial bombardments and glass windows make for a bad match.
I am not completely sure, but I think these windows are old. Prague has been occupied, but it was largely spared the bombings that devastated so many of our old cities.
You see it. Prague looks older than, for instance, Vienna, and it has a density of sights that is far greater. Yes, from communist times you have a lot of unpleasant architecture at the outskirts, but at the center it is extremely beautiful. By contrast, in Vienna you have regions at the center that had been hastily rebuilt after the war, and the architecture used was cheap as well. But that’s how it is and that’s why we have to be thankful for being able to live in peace. I’m quite sure the people in Aleppo would have loved it as well.
Saint Vitus Cathedral is not a particularly beautiful church. I mean, it’s big, it’s old, it’s impressive, but it is not all too different from other big gothic cathedrals.
Among the things that stand out are the beautiful windows.
Most of them seem to stem from the 19th and early 20th century, but nevertheless they are gorgeous. I’ve taken images of a few of them, and thanks to DxO I could even pull out some detail of the shadows, without cutting off any highlights and without drowning in noise.
Vtraba Garden is built into the steep side of a hill. Terraces are connected by stairs, and the whole ensemble is a microcosm of baroque taste.
There are few baroque gardens that I like. Most of them favor size and control of nature over actual beauty. Think of Versailles or Vienna’s Schönbrunn. This one’s the exception.
When you enter the garden, it is extremely steep and it looks very small. It’s a work of Art though. Each view is carefully designed, everything is controlled, but in a very playful way. When being in Prague, this is truely a place that must not be missed.
It won’t have escaped your attention, I was in Prague last year, and you can be sure there’s more to come.
Weather was much less than ideal, far from how beautiful it was in Lisbon the year before, but I still got away with a lot of material. I finally ended up with 104 processed images. I won’t strech them one per post until mid-summer, but I suppose we’ll need almost two months to wade through.