When I arrived in Milan, IT to visit my friend Anna this is what she greeted me with! A large jug of Italian wine...within 2hrs. of being in Italy I had more wine than I could dream of LOL. It is typical of Italians to have big jugs of home made wine like this that they get from some one local that makes it. My friend gets it from a guy who lives on the same block as her........now that's a nice Italian benefit hahaha.
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This is the famous Sacre Coeur in Montmartre in Paris. This area is filled with artists and spectacular views. It has a lot of character and charm. If in Paris you must go!
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, "Basilica of the Sacred Heart", pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), a Roman Catholic basilica, is a popular landmark in Paris, France, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
This is a gorgeous view in the early morning from a chalet in Bourg Saint Pierre, Switzerland. A very small village in Switzerland just before you cross into Italy. The mountains are breath taking.
Bourg-Saint-Pierre (German name: St. Petersburg) is a municipality in the district of Entremont in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The village of Bourg-Saint-Pierre lies at the foot of the Grand Combin.
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In Paris how can you possibly not think about food? If I was on a diet Paris is the last place I would want to be. There is something tempting around every corner. Tarts, bread, creme brulee and more. I couldn't help but take this picture of this gorgeous bread at a stand on the street.
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I was so happy when this night shot of Notre Dame in Paris turned out. I've never been that great at getting night shots, but I was happy enough with this one to show it off. Obviously when visiting Paris, Notre Dame is a must see. It never ceases to amaze me. Absolutely stunning architecture.
Notre Dame de Paris ('Our Lady of Paris' in French) is a Gothic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the cathedral of the Catholic archdiocese of Paris: that is, it is the church that contains the "cathedra", or official chair, of the Archbishop of Paris, André Cardinal Vingt-Trois. Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. It was restored and saved from destruction by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, one of France's most famous architects. The name Notre Dame means "Our Lady" in French, and is frequently used in the names of Catholic church buildings in Francophone countries.
Notre Dame de Paris was one of the first Gothic cathedrals, and its construction spanned the Gothic period. Its sculptures and stained glass show the heavy influence of naturalism, unlike that of earlier Romanesque architecture.
Notre Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress (arched exterior supports). The building was not originally designed to include the flying buttresses around the choir and nave. After the construction began and the thinner walls (popularized in the Gothic style) grew ever higher, stress fractures began to occur as the walls pushed outward. In response, the cathedral's architects built supports around the outside walls, and later additions continued the pattern.
The cathedral suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution in the 1790s, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. During the 19th century, an extensive restoration project was completed, returning the cathedral to its previous state.Technorati Tags: notre dame, paris, france, europe, photos, european
Well it's hard not to recognize this. The famous Roman Coliseum. When in Rome you really can't miss it. It is a sight to see in person and an amazing piece of history. Of course I had to feature at least one photo of it from my trip to Rome.
The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). The name "Amphitheatrum Flavium" derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and its breakthrough achievements in earthquake engineering. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession around the various levels of the amphitheatre.
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This is another one of my prized photos I took in Italy. The sky was amazing and the soft subtle tones gave this photo an A+ for me LOL. There's also an ominous feel to it that is mysterious to me. Florence is a gorgeous and very photogenic city.
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This is a visit the the Marche de Passy located in the 16th arrondissment in Paris. I was lucky that the hosts of the room I was renting extended their hospitality by taking me on a tour of the market by letting me tag along on their weekend shopping. I had a fabulous time. This link Marche de Passy gives you a little more info and some more pictures of the market. I absolutely loved it.
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I couldn't pass up the opportunity to snap this shot while walking along in Venice. The lighting and colors were just perfect. It was a kodak moment you could say. I have many more photos of Venice, but wanted to share this one first as I just think it is a beautiful picture.
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This video was taken in Grand Place Square in Brussels. It is one of the prettiest town squares in Europe and all of the World.
I stayed in a small town called Spiazzo with friends and this is a walk we took right behind their house. Spiazzo is a small town not far from Trento. Absolutely gorgeous.
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Spiazzo is a comune (municipality) in the province of Trento in the Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located about 30 km west of Trento. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,164 and an area of 70.6 km².
Belgian waffles or as I discovered in Brussels that they are also called Brussels waffles. There's a reason why these are so famous! They are delicious!
The Belgian waffles, or Brussels waffle, is prepared with a yeast-leavened batter. It is generally, but not always, lighter, thicker, and crispier and has larger pockets compared to other waffle varieties. In Belgium, it is served warm by street vendors, dusted with confectioner's sugar, and sometimes topped with whipped cream or chocolate spread. In America, it is served in the same ways the American waffle is served. Belgian waffles were introduced to America by restaurateur Maurice Vermersch, who sold his Brussels waffles under the name "Bel-Gem Waffles" at New York's 1964 World's Fair.
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This is Luzern, Switzerland. Out of all of the towns in Switzerland I really liked this one best.
Lucerne (German: Luzern (help·info)) is a city in Switzerland. It is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and seat of the district with the same name. With a population of 57,890, Lucerne is the most populous city in Central Switzerland and a focal point of the region. The city's agglomeration consists of 17 municipalities in three cantons with an overall population of nearly 200,000.
Due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee), within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne is traditionally considered first and foremost as a tourist destination. One of the city's famous landmarks is Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge first built in the 14th century.Technorati Tags: luzern, switzerland, travel, traveling, europe, vacation, photo
This is Grimsel Pass in Switzerland
Grimsel Pass (German: Grimselpass) (el. 2165 m.) is a Swiss high mountain pass between the valley of the Rhone River in the canton of Valais and the Haslital (upper valley of the Aar river) in the canton of Bern.switzerland, grimsel pass, photos, travel, traveling, alps
What's a photos of Europe blog without at least one shot of the Eiffel Tower at night. Always such a gorgeous site.
The Eiffel Tower (French: Tour Eiffel, /tuʀ ɛfɛl/) is an iron tower built during 1887-1889 on the Champ de Mars beside the Seine River in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of France and is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris. More than 200,000,000 people have visited the tower since its construction in 1889, including 6,719,200 in 2006, making it the most visited paid monument in the world. Including the 24 m (79 ft) antenna, the structure is 324 m (1,063 ft) high (since 2000), which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building.
At the time of completion in 1889, it was the world's tallest tower — a title it retained until 1930 when New York City's Chrysler Building (319 m — 1,047 ft tall) was completed. The tower is now the fifth-tallest structure in France and the tallest structure in Paris, with the second-tallest being the Tour Montparnasse (210 m, 689 ft). The Tour AXA will be taller still after renovation (225.11 m, 738.36 ft), but it is not actually within Paris, being in the nearby suburb of La Défense.Technorati Tags: travel, photos, paris, france, eiffel, tower
This is Altdorf, Switzerland where the famous story of William Tell took place. William Tell, who originally hailed from Bürglen, was known as an expert marksman with the crossbow. At the time, the Habsburg emperors of Austria were seeking to dominate Uri. Hermann Gessler, the newly appointed Austrian Vogt of Altdorf, raised a pole in the village's central square, hanged his hat on top of it, and demanded that all the local townsfolk bow before the hat. But Tell passed by the hat without bowing to it, and he was arrested. He received the punishment of being forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son, Walter, or else both would be executed. Tell had been promised freedom if he successfully shot the apple.
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Dancers in brussels these guys were GREAT!!
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Almost in Altdorf, Switzerland
This photo was taken on a drive from Switzerland to Aosta, Italy
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