Architecture Suisse

This Alpine nation has designed exquisitely within their mountains for centuries. The traditional wooden farm and rural structures are dotted throughout Vals along with cows tucked next to the “chalets” or “alpine cabins” to create that country feel. The foundations of the structures are usually made of stone or cement, and built into the downhill side of a slope with numerous windows for viewing the astounding countryside.

Architect Peter Zumthor built The Therme Vals a wonderful hotel and spa over thermal springs in the Graubünden Canton in Switzerland. The idea was to create a cave or quarry like structure into the natural surroundings of the hillside using locally quarried Valser Quarzite slabs.

Traverse stylishly throughout the countryside,
Kathleen

Art & Architecture of Greece

The Propylaea is a monumental gateway in ancient Greek architecture, and this photo was the corner entrance upon entering the Acropolis.

After Rome our team spent a few days in Athens checking out the Museum of Cycladic Art, the National Archaeological Museum along with hiking the Acropolis citadel to the Parthenon, then back down to the Acropolis Museum to view the antiquities on display and to have a most delicious lunch in their unique restaurant.

Amazon on horseback, perhaps the queen Antiope and the Caryatids from the Erechtheion porticos on the south side of the porch The six sculpted Korai {maidens} supported the roof, but after years of being exposed to pollution and thieves, one was taken by Lord Elgin to the British Museum and the remaining five are being preserved in the Acropolis Museum.

Bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon found in the sea of Cape Artemision in northern Euboea. The god is shown in stride, extending his left arm…..absolutely gorgeous!!!!
Chapel of Saint George Lycabetus {1834}- Lykavittos is the highest hill in Athens, and is visible from the entire city. The view is spectacular.

Enjoy,
K