A stop at the Stockholm Public Library on our bicycle tour of the city. Designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund and completed in 1928. This is Sweden’s first public library to apply the concept of open bookshelves. Now it became possible to find and retrieve a book without needing to ask the librarian. It was […]
The Vasa Museet, above, and the Moderna Museet / Arkitecktur Museet below. The cloudy and unseasonably cool weather provided a perfect day for all three. The ship in the Vasa Museum was underwater, not far from where the museum stands now, for 300 years. The ship sailed 1300 meters on its maiden voyage before heeling […]
Stockholm for five days. We stayed in the SoFo district on Södermalm. Called so (Fo) because it is an area ‘south of Folkungagatan’ street but really it’s called that because it sounds like SoHo. Billed as one of the areas trendiest spots with galleries, shopping and restaurants.
Ah, the true reason for our visit to Venice. The 53rd Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, la Biennale di Venezia! The theme this year was Fare Mondi, or Making Worlds. We only had one day to see as much as possible so that meant spending our entire time at the Venezia Giardini complex. This garden complex contains […]
In sestriere Dorsoduro. “Dorsoduro is home to some of Venice’s oldest and most beautiful churches—San Sebastiano, I Carmini, and the stunning Santa Maria della Salute, a true jewel on the Grand Canal. And at the local squero you can see where gondolas are still made by hand as they have been for centuries. A short […]
Venice, Italy. It was about a seven hour train ride from Luzern, going through Arth-Goldau, Lugano and Milano. A very comfortable trip up to Milano. From Milano the scenery became very flat and redundant and it didn’t help that the air conditioning on the train was out. These were just some of the contributing factors […]
The German translation of this sign says, “If you happen to have a blue monkey attached to your leg you are officially forbidden from walking here.” I haven’t translated the fine print as to what would happen if you actually did walk through with a blue monkey on your leg but based on my casual […]
Rigi Kulm, trip number two. The first trip was day 359_july 09.2009 where we had all kinds of weather. This trip was dry for the duration but there were a lot of clouds in the sky. We were still offered the amazing views, though. That is the big difference between Rigi Kulm and Pilatus Kulm. […]
Ummm. Ali is in town. (Gotta love the four green beans and tomato on top.)
At the newly renovated Transportation Museum in Luzern. Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. This museum is absolutely amazing. So much to see and do, including an IMAX theater, Planetarium, and the Hans Erni Museum. The latter being a curious component but nonetheless worthwhile. Gigon/Guyer is responsible for the addition and renovation which reopened this early this year.