Thursday, April 15, 2021

URUGUAY

One of my favorite trips to date was with my close man friend, Mistress Maddie's #1 Fan. He is an excellent travel companion, and we've shared many trips. If you know me well, you know that my trip to Buenos Aries is hands down my favorite trip to date. And we aren't ones to plan our day, we go with the flow once there. I was quite surprised one day when we ended up taking a hour long cruise across the Rio de la Planta,  to go see Colonia del Sacramento, located on the east coast of Uruguay. Whether it's to add more passport stamps or do a visa run...visitors flock to the tiny town. But I was also pleasantly surprised by just how quite it was...and very relaxing. The historic quarter rewards those with colorful facades, vine draped shops and eateries, and palm fringed walkways, set to a very old town, taking you back. One can easily lose track of time here. Originally founded by the Portuguese in the 1600's, the city passed between Portuguese and Spanish rule for decades, and a melting pot is apparent in the resulting architecture and food. Definitely enough to do for a day. Though I would go back to spend a few days, just to mill about. The lighthouse is it's most prevalent attraction. And for just $1 you can climb the 111 steps and soak in the city's views from atop. Auto enthusiast will be pleased at all the vinatge cars sitting about, some working, some not... like old VW'S.  old Fords and Hillmans. It almost rivals Havana. And the oldest structure is the Santisimo Sacramento Basilica, which was built in 1680. And the food? TASTY AND FABULOUS! Here are some favorites I didn't feature in my initial post.

I was almost heart broken to take the boat back to Argentina. The little town was so peaceful and beautiful, I didn't want to leave.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NEWPORT

Back in 2014 and 16 saw me in Newport,  Rhode Island. For me and most East Coasters, it's a fast and easy get away, one which I highly recommend. A great option right now considering the pandemic restriction of traveling aboard. Newport is so beautiful and a very chic town. The views are great off the coast, there is sailing, and if you love architecture, past times and mansions...then you'll love this town. My favorite was the  Marble House,  a Gilded Age mansion. Designed as a summer cottage for  William Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who gave it to his wife, Alva Vanderbilt for her 39th birthday. (I reeeeeallly need a rich man). The society architect Richard Morris Hunt,  was it's creator. It was unparalleled in opulence for an American house when it was completed in 1892. It's construction began in 1888. It is a Gilded mansion that has 50 rooms. If for sale today,  it would cost someone around $660 million for the house and land. What blew my mind in many of the  houses, was the level of detail and craftmanship. The house features more that just the white marble accents, which haven given it  it's name. There are marble sculptures that add a lot of interest to the house. The architecture and paintings on the ceiling were all hand painted. The designer included plenty of marble in the home in a variety of spaces. Yellow Siena was used inside the mansion in many places. It also features pink Numidian marble in the dinning room, which was very opulent. Alva had Parisian decorator, Jules Allard do the walls in the Numidian marble, and the rest of the room French style. The dinning chairs the family sat upon were of solid bronze, and then covered in gold leaf, and each weighed 75lbs. It took a footman to move them. The house featured a really cool kitchen, which we don't get to see often....that I suspect Ms Patmore would have loved. The home also featured other styles like Gothic Revival and Rococo design, which I'm fond of. Alva also had a Chinese Tea House built by the seaside, to par take of afternoon tea.


It's almost a shame we don't see good quality craftsmanship anymore. I suppose there are a few craftsmen who still have a very good skill set and take pride in their craft.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

NUREMBERG

Way back before my blog,  I dated a guy who was too many things. While he was memorable for quite a few nice things,  like having a smokin body, he was very fun. And not a stick in the mud. One of those memories was a trip to Nuremberg, which was my first trip abroad, well, at least off the North American continent.  I was blown away, in more then one way. Nuremberg had not been on my radar, but thought it sounded like a great visit.  Bavaria's second largest city,  and the unofficial capital of Franconia, is an energetic place where the nightlife is intense and the beer flows as free and as dark as it's coffee. It was definitely a memorable trip...and very alive with history and year round visitors. Nuremberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings, who kept their crown jewels here. It was stuffed with stunning scenery, and architectural wonders, in addition to being a magnet for artist. It unfortunately was also the place where Nazis held there fanatical and evil party rallies. The city was reduced to landfill before being rebuilt after it's bombing in 1945, but instead of taking it in the direction of a modern city, they choose to keep the city,  in it's trademark style it had, and restored it to it's former grandeur. I loved coming across all my pictures. But the one sight I really loved was St Sebaldus Church.

One of the city's oldest and most important churches...it has been soaring over the city since it's initial completion in 1275, making it the oldest structure I ever stepped into I believe. I really worry these places will collapse with my sinful dark acts!!! Maybe I shouldn't go see them? It has been added on to , but you'd never know. The last addition was in 1957.  The church was named after one the city's patron saints, a 8th century hermit and missionary. St Sebaldus has a formidable stone fa├žade, with twin towers capped by verdigris green spires. The interior was unexpectedly bright. The soaring columns support the high groin-vaulted ceiling which was jaw dropping. Beautiful stained glass windows, and art works hanging. But most surprising was the very ornate tomb of St Sebaldus, which survived the WWII bombings. The tomb is adored with figures ranging from religious personae, angels, mice and snails, and houses a silver casket that contains the bones of the churches eponymous saint. Of course the city's walls from the 12th century, are the medieval defensive mechanism surrounding the old city of Nuremberg which was also cool to see. The Nuremberg Castle and it's walls were meant to be one of Europe's most considerable defense systems. It too was cool to see, but I'll share those in another post. No doubt Nuremberg is a must see spot. I was pleasantly surprised. AND THE BEER!
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