Tuesdays of Texture : Week 1 of 2017

Old St Nicholoas Church, Romerberg

Lutheran Church, Frankfurt

This is the church of St Nicholas in the main square in Frankfurt, which stands here since the middle of the 15th century.   During the bombings of the second World War, luckily the church only suffered minimal damage, and it is still used as a working church for the Lutheran congregation in Frankfurt.

img_7563

Right across the road from the St Nicholas church is this building, one of the original frame houses that also survived the bombings of World War 11.  We went on a walking tour of Frankfurt a few days after Christmas with a great company called Frankfurt on Foot, and our guide told us that an elderly man lives on the top floor of this building, and he was born in this building 95 years ago – imagine what he has seen from his window!

Linked to Tuesdays of Texture

 

Norm’s Thursday Doors : October 13, 2016

Convent, Kinsale

Old Convent door, Kinsale

This old abandoned door is part of the old convent in Kinsale, sadly now no longer a school but behind these doors there is a lot of activity and redevelopment going on.    The convent started originally in 1844 and was a school run by the Sisters of Mercy for almost 150 years, until it closed in the 1980s.

There is a lot of interesting information and old photos of the convent here on Abandoned Ireland, luckily the interiors were all photographed and documented before the developers moved in with their ‘wrecking balls’ – now there are a lot of modern houses and apartments going up behind these convent walls.     The exterior walls and old doors are being preserved, for now anyway, which is a good thing.

Check out more doors at Norm’s site here.

Tuesdays of Texture : The Glass Ceiling

HIbernian Club, St Stephen's Green, Dublin

This is the detail of one of the ceilings in the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club in Dublin, a beautiful building dating back to 1840.   This ceiling is in the card room, where our son recently got married, and the workmanship and the plasterwork make this a  spectacular room

Having fun in the Card Room

Having fun in the Card Room before the ceremony

Oh to live in such a place – you can read more about the club here, and its famous visitors over the years

 

Stephen's Green Hibernian Clun

Linked to Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture

 

The Liberty Statue in Budapest

The Liberty Statue in Budapest stands on the highest hill overlooking the city.   It is a 14m bronze statue of a lady holding a palm leaf, and is on a 26m pedestal, so can be seen from many parts of Budapest.

The statue itself has a bit of mixed history.   Initially, it was constructed in 1947 to commemorate the liberation of Hungary from the Nazi regime by the Soviets in WWII.  However, that was before Hungary realized that their “rescuers” had no intentions of leaving anytime soon, and that they (the Hungarians) had to endure the Communist ideology that the new bosses imposed.  The original inscription on the statue read :

“To the memory of the liberating Soviet heroes [erected by] the grateful Hungarian people [in] 1945”.

The Soviets finally left Hungary in 1991, Hungary went from Communist rule to democracy,  and the inscription on the statue now reads :

“To the memory of all those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom and success of Hungary”

Liberty Statue, Budapest

We Stand and Watch the World Sail By.

wp-1457290134989.jpg

My friend and I went for a Sunday stroll not too far from home, and on the way we passed an old ruin of a church, it’s called Templebreedy Church, or the Church of Bridget.   This church was built about 1779, and was used for about 150 years, and there had been a church on this site previously, for maybe another 100 years!

This was the view looking out one of the windows, sadly now without glass or window frame, and slowly returning to the earth.    In the foreground of the view is an old Celtic cross gravestone, probably at least 100 years old, and across the mouth of the harbour you can see Roches Point Lighthouse.   This lighthouse stands at the entrance to Cork Harbour, and a lighthouse was first established in this spot almost 200 years ago.

Just imagine, the people looking out this window would have seen many ships sailing to and from the Port of Cork and from Queenstown, later called Cobh.   Cobh was the last stop on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912, before she set sail for New York, and was also the place where the survivors of the Lusitania were brought to in May 1915, when the ship was sunk by a German torpedo not far from here during the First World War.

Let’s hope there were happier times too for the watchers at the window, like the little boats below that were out for a sailing lesson in the shelter of the harbour this morning!

Learning to sail in the calm waters

Learning to sail in the calm waters

 

 

Norm’s Thursday Doors : 3 March2016

Round Tower in Cloyne

Round Tower in Cloyne

In the town of Cloyne in East Cork, there is an old round tower dating back to about 560 A.D. when St. Colman founded a monastery in the town.   The door is set very high in the tower, as you can see, but fear not, there is conveniently a ladder to help you climb up!

IMG_5948

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors

Tuesdays of Texture :Week 6

Dom Kaiserdom, Worms

Dom Kaiserdom, Worms

This is part of the Cathedral of St Peter in Worms, Germany, also known as Worms Cathedral or Dom Kaiserdom.It is a very impressive building both on the inside and the outside, and when we were there a month ago, excavations were taking place on the outside, and as the Cathedral dates back to 614 AD I am sure there are many underground treasures to be found!

Linked to Tuesdays of Texture.

Roald Dahl’s Village

With it being the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, I think it’s time for another visit to this interesting village.

Retirement and beyond

On a recent trip to England, we went to visit some old friends who live near Great Missenden.   I must admit I had never heard of the place, but was pleasantly surprised to read that it was the village where Roald Dahl lived for 36 years (he is buried in the local cemetery), and it was here in the village that he wrote all of his childrens books, and many of them are set in and around the village.

With such an interesting place on our journey, we just had to go there, and I was only sorry that my grandchildren were not with me to enjoy the stroll around the village.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is on the High Street, we didn’t manage to go inside as it had closed for the day, but we got some leaflets and followed the village trail.

My first…

View original post 210 more words

The City Gate in all it’s Glory!

City Gate at the Bridge in Worms, Germany

City Gate at the Bridge in Worms, Germany

This is the old city gate over the Rhine at Worms, Germany.    It was built at the end of the 19th century, and still stands impressively.   The bridge at this point was destroyed during the second world war, to prevent the American troops from crossing over the Rhine on their march to Berlin.   The bridge was subsequently re-built and is now a motorway, such is progress!

Going on a Diet of Worms in Germany!

Don’t say yuk…its not as bad as it sounds!

If any of my readers remember their European History lessons, Worms is a town in southern Germany, made famous in 1521 when according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Martin Luther was called before the DIET (assembly) on charges of being a heretic because he happened to disagree with the Roman Catholic church, and published his own theses on the teachings.  He played a large part in the Protestant Reformation, and his followers became known as Lutherans.

Diet of Worms: meeting of the Diet (assembly) of the   Holy Roman Empire held at Worms, Germany, in 1521 that was made famous byMartin Luther’s appearance before it to respond to charges of heresy. Because of the confused political and religious situation of the time, Luther was called before the political authorities rather than before the pope or a council of the Roman Catholic church.

Pope  Leo X had condemned 41 propositions of Luther’s in June 1520, but he also had given Luther time to recant. Because Luther refused to recant, he was excommunicated on January 3, 1521. While the emperor should then have arrested and executed Luther, the intervention of Luther’s ruler, Elector Frederick III the Wise, brought the decision that he would appear for a hearing at the Diet.

IMG_5848

The Luther Monument in Worms, which we visited last week, is the largest Reformation monument in the world, with 9 statues, you can read about it in more detail here.

Here are some more pictures of the detail.

 

Previous Older Entries

violetonlineisonline

Violet Online sex dating relationships politics feminism world stuff love

Livonne Imagery

Awaken the Dreaming

Bantinginireland

Find out how you can eat fat and lose weight.

Balance

Everything in life is balance...

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

Take A Hike

Walks in Ireland | Hikes in Ireland

Real Tasty Pages

I like big books and I cannot lie!

helenebrennan

My paintings, photos and occasional written thoughts about my images. www.helene-brennan.com

Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Hello Cork

Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in - Robin Sloane

Note to Traveler

Life is in the little things.

The Nature of Things

A blog dedicated to flora, fauna and all the wonderful things in nature.

thefidgetyfoodie

not your average food & travel blog

Epices et Baobabs

a wandering foodie

Gimme The Recipe

Irish Food Blog - easy recipes , this blog is full of simple recipes & sometimes travel - by Irish Food Blogger Sheila Kiely

travelswithdiane Blog

It's a big beautiful world, let's get out there and explore it!

London Wlogger

Walking blogger exploring London's hidden gems, parks, bridges, landmarks, sights and history!

%d bloggers like this: