The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

What started out as a structural blunder turned out to be the pride and joy of Pisa (partly reposted). It’s always nice to reminisce about bygone experiences, and especially when the Norwegian winter is lurking around every corner and seems everlasting. Last year the family lived in Pisa, Italy, and we had the magnificent bell tower of marble five minutes away from our home. (There were taken a few pictures … Continue reading

The Cinque Terre Experience – oh Sweet Memories

Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare

Winter has mercilessly arrived to the northern part of the world, and in lack of time and opportunity to emigrate to warmer places, we must try to find comfort in our golden memories from previous trips. Here is a short, but sweet, movie from one of our trips to the fabulous Cinque Terre in Italy. Enjoy! [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ISv7MlmVmc&feature=player_detailpage] … Continue reading

Harpa, the Great Concert Hall of Reykjavik

Modern Architecture; Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland

“Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music” Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling In 2011, the modern day cathedral, or rather the new concert hall of Reykjavik, was finished. The planning and building process, which took about a decade, was nearly stopped in 2007 due to the financial crisis. Thankfully the state of Iceland stepped up and made sure the project was completed by replacing the bankrupt … Continue reading

Architecture & the Love of Imperfection

Oldwrinkledhand

The imperfect has a certain charm to it. A rugged brick wall, faded paint, buildings that have visible defects – not because no one cares, but because time has done its thing and left its mark. It stands as a testimony to the history of the building, as well as to the people who have shared their lives within its walls. It has not been discarded and demolished, but continues … Continue reading

2 Architectural Masterpieces of Milan

Milan Central Railway Station

Milano Centrale Taking a train to Milan one day this summer gave us a welcome change from the typical Medieval architecture of Tuscany. The first sight that met us was the Milano Centrale, one of the grandest railway stations of Europe. It was designed and redesigned over several decades in the period from 1860 until its final completion in 1931. The result is an ambiguous architectural style, with elements from … Continue reading

Siena (part two): the Magnificent Cathedral – a Head-Bowing Experience

Siena´s Gothic Cathedral

First impressions matter, and buying a ticket naturally comes before seeing the attraction. At the gothic cathedral in Siena the ticket boots are ridiculously low, and if you want to buy a ticket you must bow your head down and order it through a little hole. Whoever designed this ticket boot did a terrible job! Unless, off course, the point actually was to set the mood for the head-bowing experience … Continue reading

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