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Gaudi in Zakopane?

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I saw this strange building on the main road into Zakopane, and it really interested me. It looks exactly what Guidi would have built if he was an artist in Zakopane instead of in Barcelona. I love the way the two architectural styles are so seamlessly blended in this building.

If you want to find out more about the house (and are willing to read Polish or at least use Google translate), here is an interesting interview.

By the way, they say that the best camera is the one in your hand. I shot this with my phone and the processed it in Photomatix afterwards.

Cape Town Club – down in the cellars

There are some wonderful old buildings in Cape Town, and the Cape Town Club is no exception. If you go down into the basement there is a lovely old dark bar, complete with old carpets and period furniture – I am convinced the furniture was modern when the bar was originally built! This is where you go to watch magic. In fact the Cape Town Magic Club meet here (which is where I first found the bar). It is a lovely old building with some beautiful furniture inside.

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Old bar (and rather well stocked) bar

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Velvet cushioned chairs

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The side room

Watch this space to see some more pics of the Cape Town Club.

Update: the Cape Town Magic Club now meet at Truth Coffee – still in the city bowl.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus was build in 161 AD, and is still used as a theatre today. That probably makes it one of the oldest theatre in the world. The oldest is the Theatre of Dionysius – right next door, If you walk to the top of the Acropolis you will see a wonderful view of the theatre.

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Karlskirche dome

It is not often you get to see the dome of a church from upfront. If you visit Karlskirche in Vienna you can do just that. They have built a scaffolding platform right all the ay to the top of the church, If you go up in a rickety lift and them climb about 3 fights of stairs, you can admire the artwork and architectural detail from close up (just don’t look down).

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The scaffolding to the top

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The dome from close up

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Some of the Biblical scenes from up close

It is a wonderful experience, so give yourself some time for the climb.

This is the same church in which we listened to Mozart’s Requiem a few days later.

Ekklisia Isodia Theotokou, Aegina

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This church doesn’t look very impressive from the outside, but it is beautiful, cool and quiet on the inside. You are welcome to come into the cool inside, sit on one of the beautifully carved chairs, and enjoy a few minutes quiet inside this lovely church.

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The lovely chandelier inside the church

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View of the facade – not much to see but beautiful inside

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