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"

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SANTIAGO CALATRAVA'S VALENCIA

VALENCIA - MAY 2011
"JARDIN DEL TURIA - In October 1957, the Turia River flooded Valencia and more than four hundred 400 people died. The city decided that the river could no longer go through the middle of town and created the park, which is the largest urban park in Spain"
"PALAU DE LA MUSICA" - The Valencia Concert Hall, situated on the old bed of the river Turia, was constructed in 1987. It is one of the buildings of the vanguard architecture movement in the city amd has a glass enclosure that looks out on the gardens and allows one to watch the fountains that have been designed to spout to the beat of the music heard from the Palau"
"PALAU DE LES ARTS REINA SOFIA - Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts, the opera house and cultural centre, opened on October 8, 2005. Designed by the Valencia-born architect Santiago Calatrava, it is 75m high, which makes it the tallest opera house in the world"
"PALAU DE LES ARTS - Inside the 14 stories above ground and the three stories below ground, four auditoriums may be found: The Main Hall (seats 1,700 people), the Auditorium (seats 1,500 people), the Aula Magistral (seats 400 people) and the Martí i Soler Theatre (also seats 400)"
"QUEEN SOFIA PALACE OF ARTS" - An amazing building"
"PALAU DE LES ARTS AND BRIDGES - The roads come closer to the building..."
"HEMISPHERIC - An Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium, it resembles a giant eye, known as the "eye of knowledge". It was the first building of the city of arts and sciences to be completed in 1998"
"HEMISPHRERIC - Aka the Apple mouse..."
"AMIDST THE CALATRAVAS"
"PRINCE FILIPE SCIENCE MUSEUM"
"THE SCIENCE MUSEUM"
"AGORA - A multifunctional space eighty meters tall and occupying more than 5000 sq metres. It may seat more than 6000 people"
"AGORA AND OCEANOGRAFIC - The largest marine park in Europe, with a surface of 111,000 square metres and a water capacity of 42,000,000 litres"
"THE ALHAMBRA TOWERS BY CRISTÓBAL GABARRÓN"