Thursday, July 02, 2015

BACK TO SOFIA

SOFIA, BULGARIA - JULY 2011

My first time in Bulgaria was in 2006. Five years later, I went back actually to have an exactily equal programme. So the biggest interest of the next posts will be to check the differences, if any...

"VITOSHA BOULEVARD - With a view to Mount Vitosha, on the way to the Boyana Residence"

"BOYANA RESIDENCE is a governmental residence located 8km south from the centre of Sofia. Surrounded by a large park at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, the building was constructed in 1974 and has hosted a number of high-ranking guests – royals, heads of states and me... :-) According to the publicity, «the complex welcomes individual guests as well as organised groups who are taking part in international conferences, seminars, congresses and workshops, providing superb conditions for meetings as well as sports and business tourism. The vast park is excellently maintained, providing unique recreation and walks among magnificent water cascades, lakes and rare flora species». The latter I can confirm, as I always walked my one hour morning tour in the gorgeous park...

"ROOM 226 - A bit dated. Old style...

"RISING SUN"

"VIEWS - From my roon and from my chair at the Conference"

"CITY PARK - In my first visit to Sofia, I stayed at the Grand Hotel Sofia. My first post at the former Blogtrotter - Welcome to the Balkans - showed basically how were in 2006 the buildings you are going to see next"

"FOUNTAIN & THEATRE -

"AROUND THE PARK -

"ST. NICHOLAS

"ST. NICHOLAS -

"SAINT SOFIA-

SAINT SOFIA - INTERIOR

"NEVSKI -

"VIEWS OF NEVSKI -

"NEVSKI INTERIOR -

Saturday, April 25, 2015

LONDON STOPOVER

LONDON- JULY 2011

On the way to Sofia, Bulgaria, a short stopover in London, one year before the Olympic Games...

"RIAS BAJAS - Airplanes from Lisbon to London sometimes take the west cost of Potugal. When the weather is fine, a wonderful view of the Rias Bajas in Galicia is available..."

"PATERNOSTER PLAZA - Views of Saint Paul's Cathedral from the Paternoster Plaza"

"WEST FRONT - According to Wikipedia, «for the Renaissance architect designing the west front of a large church or cathedral, the universal problem was how to use a facade to unite the high central nave with the lower aisles in a visually harmonious whole. [...] Wren's solution was to employ a Classical portico, [...] but rising through two storeys, and supported on paired columns. The remarkable feature here is that the lower storey of this portico extends to the full width of the aisles, while the upper section defines the nave that lies behind it. The gaps between the upper stage of the portico and the towers on either side are bridged by a narrow section of wall with an arch-topped window»"

"AROUND ST. PAUL'S"

"LONDON SKIES - Usually grey..."

"TATE MODERN - Preparing to cross Millennium Bridge. Not alone..."

"MIRÓ - Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside. So we have to stay only with what was shown outside."

"SOMETIMES THE SUN..."

"PUNCH & JUDY - A nice balcony for a beer at the end of the day in Covent Garden"

"PEOPLE - Always lots of people in London"

"TRAFALGAR SQUARE - Preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games"

"NELSON - Definitely turned his back to the show..."

"STROLLING AROUND"

"DRIVING ON THE RIGHT..."

Saturday, April 04, 2015

HISTORIC VALENCIA

VALENCIA - MAY 2011
"SERRANOS TOWERS - Built in 1392, it was one of the twelve medieval gates, and the main entrance to the city. Initially built with a defensive function, it also served as a prison for nobels, from 1586 until 1887"
"BRIDGE - PONT DELS SERRANS - Rebuilt in 1518, it is the second oldest bridge in Valencia after the Pont de la Trinitat"
"SANTA MONICA CHURCH"
"BUILDINGS OF VALENCIA"
"OUR LADY'S PLACE - With the Turia fountain and the Miguelet on the right, the Bell Tower of the Cathedral"
"REGIONAL PARLIAMENT AND CATHEDRAL - The Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Saint Mary's Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic church. It was consecrated in 1238 by the Archbishop of Tarragona, who was the first bishop of Valencia after the Reconquista. Basically Gothic, it also contains Romanesque, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical elements"
"SAINT CATALINA CHURCH TOWER"
"CHURCHES AND PALACES - Baslica of Our Lady of the Forsaken, cathedral and palaces"
"QUEEN'S PLACE AND MARKETS"
"THE SILK EXCHANGE - LONJA DE LA SEDA - Built between 1482 and 1548, the UNESCO considered it as a World Heritage Site in 1996 since "the site is of outstanding universal value as it is a wholly exceptional example of a secular building in late Gothic style, which dramatically illustrates the power and wealth of one of the great Mediterranean mercantile cities"
"SILK EXCHANGE - Outside and inside"
"JUANES CHURCH, MARKET, UNIVERSITY & MUSEUM"
"CITY HALL"
2BUILDINGS - Around City Hall Square"
"SPANISH REVOLUTION - 15-M Movement, Indignants Movement or Take the Square is the name given to a series of demonstrations whose origin can be traced to social networks such as Real Democracy NOW or Youth Without a Future among other civilian digital platforms... The protests started on May 15, 2011 with an initial call in 58 Spanish cities, including Valencia"
"VALENCIA FROM AIR"