Travel Theme: Architecture

This weeks Travel Theme set by Ailsa is Architecture. I don’t very often take part in these weekly challenges but just occasionally the subject jumps out at me and I jump in with my contribution.

The diversity of architecture through time and place is absolutely mind bogling. This is such a broad subject that to do it justice would take eons and far more blog posts than we could possibly dedicate to it in one week.

But here’s my look through time at a few magnificent architectural examples, all amazing in their own way.

The Minoan Palace at Knossos, Crete, that was abandoned around 1200BC.

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Pompeii- destoyed in 79AD during the eruption of Mt Vesuvius.

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The Colosseum – the Flavian amphitheatre in Rome that took 10 years to build between AD70 – AD80

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The Louvre Palace, built in the late 12th century as a fortress seen through the modern glass pyramid erected in 1969.

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The Duomo, Baptistry & Campanile built in Florence between 1296 – 1436.

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The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, built as a circular library in the mid 18th century.

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Beehive Cottage, a thatched Cottage in Swan Green near Lyndhurst, Hampshire built around 1833.

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La Tour Eiffel, built in Paris in 1889 for the World’s Fair.

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Flinders St Station, Melbourne, the first railway station in an Australian city, built in 1909.

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The Thyangboche Monastery, Nepal. Originally built in 1916 but rebuilt in 1989 after it was destroyed by fire.

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Australia on Collins, an Art Deco style shopping precinct facing Collins St in Melbourne.

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Paris in July: Paris on an angle

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I’ve always loved Paris and have been lucky enough to visit there three times. The first was many, many years ago with two very young daughters and a husband (now ex) in tow. We were travelling round Europe in a campervan and we had a ball. Somehow as we drove into Paris we managed to run straight into the Arc de Triomphe, well, not literally but you know what I mean. Stressful or what? Now I’m not sure whose fault it was that the said husband ended up having to negotiate the organised chaos that is the traffic around that monument, but as the navigator I feel that, at this late stage, I should possibly bear some responsibility. I think we missed the turn off to the Bois de Boulogne at the previous roundabout. Anyway he did an amazing job while I closed my eyes and eventually we made our way back to the Bois de Boulogne and the camp site.

That was in March, the second time I visited it was late September and finally two years ago I was there in July. Although Paris in summer is wonderful unfortunately it is also full to brimming with tourists!

Whatever time of the year you visit though, the architecture in this city is amazing. Whether it’s the Notre-Dame Cathedral, that Gothic masterpiece with its Gallery of Kings and its gargoyles, the nineteenth century Eiffel Tower with its 1200 pieces fitting neatly together or the modern glass pyramid of the Louvre, you can’t help but be in awe.

Pictures of these Paris landmarks are easily recognisable but would you pick them from these photos? I’ve also thrown in a couple of photos of Paris buildings taken from a slightly different angle – they’re probably easily recognisable as Paris but just a different perspective. What’s your favourite Paris building?

How many of those 1200 pieces can you count here?

 

Yes, it’s part of the pyramid.

 

You probably got this one of Notre-Dame

 

The hanging gardens of …… no, not Babylon!

 

View from above.