Pisa

And here we are in Pisa, Rafael had to do the usual typical Pisa Tower pose.
It was very cute the way he was wanted to hold it right away! LOL
I dragged my “excited” family inside the Duomo, look at them so happy to be there!
At least they had a nice view no??
Wall of the Cemetery from the Baptistry
Marble Closeup!!
Rafael Closeup!!

Sienna

We arrived in Sienna on a beautiful sunny day. We headed toward the center of the town.
Our first stop was at the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Church.
We went inside and I was sneakie and took pictures. I wasn’t suppose to be doing that, (and got reminded about it by the nicest church caregiver ever… NOT!!) however it didn’t stopped me!
The front door was pretty interesting too!!
We went to the center of town and Rafael and Mutti climbed the tower.
Then we went around town and discovered some more!!
the next picture is one of my favorite from the day, I called it:
What do Italian men talk about while in front of a pretty car?
Bellisima Sienna

Abbazio di San Galfano

Driving for a short while along the SS73 southwest of Siena you will get to San Galgano Abbey which dates back to the 13th century. At present it is in very bad conditions yet what remains shows how magnificent it was in its Gothic splendour. The admission to the abbey, one of Italy’s most remarkable ones is free.
In Val d’Elsa the monks of Abbey San Galgano used to administer justice and keep
the books of the municipalities of Volterra and Siena. Therefore they were very
influential in building Siena’s Duomo and exercised authority over
between Siena and Volterra. Sir John Hawkwood pillaged valuables from the Abbazia San Galgano twice or
maybe more in the 1300s. Disrepair increased and in the 1500s the Cistercian
monks of the abbey were not as powerful and rich as centuries before. In the 18th century the bell tower and the ceiling vaults caved in.
Today the abbey has no roof but its stone and brick walls have survived
the centuries and keep watch of the landscape around. By the church are the vestiges of the monastery and cloisters where today a tourist office is housed (tel. 0577 75 67 38; open 10.30am-7pm Easter-Oct).
The abbey plays host to summer concerts which the

Accadema Musicale Chigiana supports.

At first the monks used to be housed in the Cappella di Monte Siepi which watches over the abbey later constructed by the Cistercian monks on a lower level. This minute and round Romanesque chapel was frescoed by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. His theme was San Galgano‘s life events. Unfortunately they are in quite bad conditions. San Galgano, to whom Saint Michael appeared, spent the last years of his life in here as if it was a hermitage. According to legends, the sword stuck on the floor meant that he would never surrender to earthly pleasures.

Mont Saint Michel

Another sweet video about one of the “World Wonders” (I know I am going to probably show my age here, but once upon a time, they used to have only 7)
Anyway, if you have ever wanted to visit, or just for the beauty and history of it… Here is a little video for you.
BTW, did you knew that Mt St Michel is always being argued over by the two region that are on each side of the Bay? Normandy or Brittany, they both claimed it at one time or another.

Historically speaking it was giving to Brittany Duchy in 867 by the King of the Franks. Then back again to Normandy in 933.
But the way I was explain when I was a young girl (true or not… I don’t think it is, but I thought it was kind of funny so here it is) The Mont is located at the mouth of the Couesnon River, it has “moving sand” (no not the kind that you see in Indiana Jones movie) . It is an island and depending of the tide, the river will change from East to West of the Month. If the river was East of the Island the Mont was part of the Brittany region, if it was West of the Mont then it was part of the Normandy region. (See… I think it is way more funny for a kid to remember that it was part of Brittany and Normandy like that!) 😉
But really it has so much more history… you need to go and visit it during your stay in France. It’s only about 4 hours from Paris so if you don’t have the time, you can do a day trip. (A very quick day trip)
But believe me, it is worth it. Every step is worth of the view the you will see from the Abbey. Every corner of the Abbey is beautiful.. Just a MUST on your list of place to visit.
Oh and below is another video with some beautiful view of the inside of the Abbey! Enjoy!!

Heiliger Sand (Jewish Cemetery) Worms

First published January 28 2009


 

 

 

 

I am (as some of you know) an avid photographer.


Because of this and the fact that I love architecture pictures, I am always looking for interesting place to take pictures of!
My good friend Diane got me hooked on cemetery. I was looking at some pictures of cemetery in Prague and found one not as far and maybe as interesting (even though the history isn’t the same)

So this morning, with fresh snow on the ground, I drove to Worms and with the help of my “handy dandy” GPS found what I was looking for the: Heiliger Sand it is one of the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe. The earliest tombstone that is still standing dates from 1076; the last burial was in 1940. Miraculously, the cemetery was not destroyed under the Third Reich. (WWII)

 

 

Here are a few of the pictures that I took this morning. Hope you like them.