A Story Of Glory

ART Dive Into The World Of The Blaschkas

Unbelievable what these Bohemian glassmakers created … IT’S A MAN-MADE WONDER, what father & son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Bohemien Czechs and glass artists, between 1822 and 1939 produced. I had no idea that they even existed, and that there are about 5000 of their unbelievable figurines are still „alive“ all over the globe and … Continue reading »

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HUMOUR You Love Pie Throwing?

There is a celebrated movie that ends all pie throwing movies …In 1927! The 19 minute long picture, called „The Battle of the Century“, was lost for 88 years, except the important sequence, but an almost undamaged reel was discovered in 2015. Well, two minutes are still missing, unfortunately. But now you can enjoy what … Continue reading »

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CITIES How New York was made …

„Gangsters & Gold Diggers“ by Jerome Charyn tells it!WHAT AN ENTERTAINING BOOK! I discovered it late, since Jerome Charyn wrote it in 2004 already: „Gangsters & Gold Diggers“. It’s by far the most amusing and surprising story of Broadway, and therefore of New York, written as a clever readers menu: in about 20 biographies of … Continue reading »

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ARCHITECTURE No Styrofoam In The Windows!

Don’t make a mistake when you visit very old churches … YES, I MADE THE MISTAKE! Visiting churches which were built between the years 500 and 1200 in Nor- thern Spain, Southern France and Italy, I couldn’t identify with what material the romanic and gothic windows were filled. Glass? Definitely not! Dirty or blind glass? … Continue reading »

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DISCOVERIES I Found An Oasis in Paris …

Well, it’s a cemetery – but a totally unexpected one! I TELL YOU: FOR HALF A CENTURY I VISIT PARIS, but I never came across the Cimetiere de Picpus. I didn’t hear anything about it, it was in none of my guidebooks, no Parisien ever told me about it (not even the all-knowing Mary Blume), I stumbled … Continue reading »

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NOBILITY 1000 Years In The Same Chateau …

Look & read what I discovered in Southern France! THIS STORY HAS TWO ASPECTS, and both are incredible! North of Nimes I came through the small town of Uzes, saw an enormous fortress with 60 m / 180 feet high towers in the center, noble flag flying from the top, went through the immense portal, … Continue reading »

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EXPLORATION Antarctica – A Billionaire’s Hobby

Meet Frederik D. A. Paulsen, a giant in many fields ANVENTURING BILLIONAIRES ARE RARE, real ones. There are a few, mainly flying high and ballooning (like Richard Branson). Most of them finance expedition, insist on being called „participants“ and later pinning the success (if there is one) on their lapel. Not so Frederik D. A. … Continue reading »

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MUSIC The Oldest Opera House – Like New …

Freshly restored, the San Carlo in Naples is a gift to mankind FIRST THE SUPERLATIVS: The „San Carlo“ is, unbelievable, THE OLDEST OPERA HOUSE IN THE WORLD! And was for ages with 3300 seats the biggest! And until the 19th century more important than the Scala in Milan! It opened on the 4th of November … Continue reading »

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EQUIPMENT The Knife, A Man Has to Have …

It’s terribly expensive, terribly nice – and made of a Meteorite! I HAVE SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT MANY TIMES – but I didn’t realize it!  Because it was too strange to comprehend. A weapon forged with metal of which METEORITES are made? I probably even read the word „Meteorite“ but make the connection with the … Continue reading »

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MUSEUMS What A Treasure Trove in Beyrouth!

A visit to the wonderful National Museum in Lebanon … WHAT A CLEVER MUSEUM, filled with treasures from 8000 years, but presenting them close to you and with ample space! That’s unique: From outside a huge temple, inside just an enormous hall with a circumferential gallery. The objects not separated from the visitors, you can … Continue reading »

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