Initially walking around Utrecht and Amsterdam I felt like I was in some sort of amusement park. The architecture just kind of had the look of being a little too storybook, if you know what I mean. Then I was told why they appeared that way. One reason is that the windows on many Dutch buildings are designed to get smaller as the building gets higher giving the illusion that the structures are taller than they actually are. Another reason is that Dutch staircases tend to be rater steep and narrow making it difficult to heft furniture up to the top floors. So the buildings lean outward slightly and many homes have a beam hanging from the top over the street with a pulley at the end to hoist heavy things into the house. Clever, but it messes with your head a little if you’re not used to it.
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While the exterior of the Palacio Real was impressive, I enjoyed the interior more but photos inside were not permitted. What amazed me was the amount of decorative detail in each room, I could have spent hours staring at the tapestries woven with gold and silver threads, or the inlaid wood floors, the floor mosaics, and statuary; I could definitely do without the porcelain room, I mean I appreciate the artistry but, um, it seemed like a big bathroom. I suppose lots of money allows one to do silly things with porcelain.
Guadi was simply amazing. To translate his visions into such awesome structures. Yet another place I could’ve spent at least one full day admiring; I’m almost certain I would have gotten lost in the details and been able to ignore the throngs of people. Truly amazing, gorgeous structure.
Being that I have to return to work tomorrow I thought I’d revisit the pictures from my favorite stop on our journey; Florence. I could’ve easily spent several more days there on my own, but alas, I couldn’t really abandon the students for whom I was partially responsible. The architecture, art, and history of Florence was palpable and pervasive. As with most places we visited there were a lot of people there, but for me at least the energy enshrined in the buildings and statues of Florence masked the throngs of people. I couldn’t believe how many important and noteworthy people in world history had at one time or another lived and/or worked there. It was exciting, as a geography teacher, for me to see the statues of Amerigo Vespucci and Galileo Galilei and moving to see in real life Michelangelo’s work throughout our visit. Many of the statues appeared as if they could step down of their pedestals at any moment. Every opportunity I had to ditch our group, yet keep them in sight, I’d dart off to snap a few pictures. The gallery below includes some of those, I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
This was one of the many places I wanted to stay and explore longer. I was stunned an amazed by the architecture and craftsmanship especially in the cathedral. The gargoyles on the outside were a little creepy, but they were balanced by the beautiful stained glass windows. It was really difficult to get photos without people, or the random car, but I managed to take a few. I think the place is normally a little crowded, but apparently Marilyn Manson was going to be putting on a show there that evening so there were a few extra peeps walking around. Anyway, enjoy 🙂
On the day we visited Assisi I was feeling a little under the weather so I only took a few shots. Assisi is a beautiful walled city with lots of narrow streets and passageways to explore and is surrounded by a gorgeous landscape which people associate with this region of Italy.
One of the interior courtyards reminded me of others I had seen like the cathedral in Toldeo. I really enjoy the arches and stonework.
As with many of the centuries old treasures we visited reminders of how far we have progressed (insert sarcasm here) were not hard to find.
This is my favorite shot from that day: