Posts Tagged With: Architecture

HOTSPOTS The Stalowa in Warsaw …

I say: Go there! Some say: Oh no, it’s bloody dangerous!! THE STALOWA IS NOT A SMALL STREET IN POLAND’S CAPITAL. It was an ugly thing in communist times, the center of the steel district (stalow = steel). But – the Germans didn’t destroy the Stalowa in World War II, therefore Roman Polanski filmed „The … 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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ARCHTECTURE Mudejar Is Weird …

Look closer at the pseudo-arabic style in Beirut – and Majorca! ISN’T IT STRANGE? When „Orientalism“ became the fashion of the European „Salons“, in the second half of the 19th century, rich people copied (or imported) what gave them a feeling of Harun & Harem, of Oasis & Odalisks, of Beduins & Baclava. Even empe- … Continue reading »

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NIGHTCLUBS If You Ever Come To … (No. 75)

… Beirut, you shouldn’t miss the „B018“!It’s the nightclub, say Naomi Campbell and Gianna Nannini. The location is Quarantaine, 18 km north of Beirut and one of the worst quarters of the civil war in Lebanon. The club lies deep in the earth, the seats resemble coffins and the experts have come to the conclusion that … Continue reading »

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HOTELS The Nice Advice … (No. 74)

When in Le Havre, look for the „Oscar“When the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died in 2012 with 105 years, the globe mourned and his buildings got the definite glory of uniqueness. And then they opened the hotel „Oscar“ in the French Atlantic harbour of Le Havre! A pure jewel of 50s nostalgia, offering a view … Continue reading »

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TRAVEL In Praise of … Kishi Island (No. 37)

Be fast, go to Lake Onega in Russia, have a look at these churches … Kizhi or Kishi Island is located on this lake in Karelia (near Finland). There you find two large wooden churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell-tower. The island is only 4 m or 12 … Continue reading »

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BUILDINGS A Story of Glory … (No. 32)

Dou you know the biggest house? And the second biggest?I confess: I had no idea. The palace of the Sultan of Brunei? No, The biggest house in the world is the Pentagon in Washington. Oh yes, that wasn’t too difficult. But the second biggest house? A million dollar question nobody can answer.  It’s the Palace of … Continue reading »

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HOTELS The Nice Advice … (No. 58)

Looking for a hotel in England? Book a World WonderIt’s a provocation, this „Balancing Barn“ of Alain de Botton near Walberswick in Suffolk. A mesmerising long silver structure, hanging off the edge of a slope. The Barn is part of a non-profit venture, called „Living Architecture“. De Botton wants as many people as possible to … Continue reading »

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