Archive for July 2016

Valhalla: A Hall of Fame with a German Twist

Germany has a Hall of Fame.  This is something I never knew until I went on a river cruise earlier in the summer.  On the Danube River, we passed the imposing building that looked like the Parthenon in Athens.  The day before, we visited  the monument to German nationalism, the Niederwald, and were told that... Read more »

The Niederwald, a German Monument I Never Heard of is Unexpected Art.

The Niederwald, a German Monument I Never Heard of is Unexpected Art.
Cruising the Rhine River in Germany,  our ship passed group of imposing sculptures high above the River.  Although it was quite a distance away, we could tell that it was really big.  Later that day, visiting the town of Rudesheim, I had the opportunity to see it close up. A leisurely ride on a gondola... Read more »

The Rock Church and Churches on Steriods, Unexpected Art in Eastern Europe.

The Rock Church and Churches on Steriods, Unexpected Art in Eastern Europe.
There were many surprises on my river cruise through Europe–one was the  Orthodox Churches I saw in Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.  I am familiar with Eastern Orthodox Churches in the United States, but in Eastern Europe, Orthodox churches were on steroids. Every  surface in these churches was covered with paintings, walls, ceilings, porches, and some... Read more »
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Unexpected Art on a European River Cruise? Start with doors.

Unexpected Art on a European River Cruise? Start with doors.
One week back from a month in Europe, cruising the rivers of Europe. Now that I have recovered from jet lag which seems to get worse every time I fly, I will write about what I found in places along the Rhine, Main, Main-Danube Canal and the Danube.  This trip had a lot of surprises,... Read more »