Thursday’s Special: Of Light and Darkness

Notre Dame de Paris, one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, needs no particular introduction, and since this is my third post dedicated to it, I’ve decided to talk about music instead. This time I would like you to join me for a walk along Seine while listening to gothic, ethereal music by French neoclassical dark-wave group known as Dark Sanctuary. Click on the play button to hear Prelude from their album “De lumière et d’obscurité” (Of Light and Darkness).

Though disbanded in 2009, their legacy as one of the greatest bands in this musical style lives on.


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 **About Thursday’s Special: It is a ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.

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Black & White Sunday


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument


Though most of you might have expected to see another shot or edit of Eiffel Tower, I have decided to post a statue of my favourite French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. This statue is situated in front of the entrance to French Sorbonne in Paris.

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“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”

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Thursday’s Special: A Thing of Beauty

 


 

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 **About Thursday’s Special: It is a ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.

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AWAY ON BUSINESS

Dear blogger friends,

I am sorry I can’t see your comments and visit your blog till weekend as I will be away on a business trip.

I will post Thursday Special this Thursday since it is already scheduled, and will look at your entries during the weekend. I hope I will be able to visit you all soon.

See you soon!

The jewel of Veneto for Jo


Though I have already posted seven posts featuring Vicenza, Italy, I could not help sharing a few other peeks with you in the gallery below. The pics at the bottom of the post are my less favourite as I think they don’t do it justice, but I am sure they will tickle your imagination and leave you wondering, unless of course you have been lucky enough to visit the place yourselves.

The first night I came to Vicenza I was mesmerised by its magic and took a walk through its breathtaking historical centre to Piazza dei Signori with gorgeous Basilica Palladianavicenza piazza_Its remarkable Renaissance architecture owes its design to  great Andrea Palladio, one of the most influential architects in Western architecture whose works have “been valued for centuries as the quintessence of High Renaissance calm and harmony” (Watkin, D., A History of Western Architecture).

Vicenza revealed its glowing beauty on that not so crowded Monday night. Having to compete with very few tourists and passers-by I felt welcome and could not pass on the opportunity to take a pic at every corner. Beautifully lit and intriguing were its doors and niches, and I realised that a day and a half visit that I had planned was a serious miscalculation.

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 "Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom."

The following day took me to Monte Berico and a hazy sky over the city left me with a dull panoramic image, but on the same hill I found this treasure that you might have seen before :)Basilica Monte Berico-1_V1_BF_NN_pe_zadnjiA_1  

On my way down from Monte Berico I stopped by one of Palladian villas, La Rotonda (see the gallery at the bottom of the post) and that very afternoon the place I made sure not to miss was Teatro Olimpico, the most famous of the three still existing Italian Renaissance theatres. Remember its ceililng?

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The list of Palladio’s designs is so extensive that I am not sure I could memorise and much less visit all the heritage he left behind that spreads through the entire Veneto region. A few summers back I was lucky to spend a few hours at Bassano del Grappa where I found a bridge built according to his design.

Being a well of inspiration Vicenza has also appeared in other few “anonymous” shots on my blog and it is possible that it will appear again, but this is the last virtual tour I am taking through this marvel of a town. Its classification among UNESCO World Heritage Sites is undoubtedly a well deserved one.

I hope that Jo will join me for this stroll starting from Monte Berico showing a panoramic view of the town, with a stop by La Rotonda (supposedly the most famous of Palladian villas), then a decent back to the town’s centre to Piazza dei Signori for the last glimpse of Basilica Palladiana, and a walk to the town’s cathedral Duomo Santa Maria Annunciata followed by a dinner in a cosy restaurant facing its north portal.

I applogize for reposting the photos in the above paragraphs. Here follow some that you could not see on this blog before :)