Views. Everybody loves them! There is something special about seeing a landscape from above, admiring how small and model-like it looks. And, cities are no exception. Whenever you visit a city, it’s always a challenge to try and find the best view to get that ‘wow’ feeling, to snap away at photos and gaze below to […]
Okay, I’ve been home for over three months now so it’s about time I wrote my final New Zealand post! On our last full day in New Zealand, we decided to actually stay in Auckland. It also turned out to be the only day of our entire stay that we had rain! Oh well We […]
When burials in central Moscow were banned after the 1771 plague, the Donskoy Monastery became a graveyard for the nobility, and it is littered with elaborate tombs and chapels.
Seven Orthodox cemeteries were established around the city, and the Donskoy Cemetery became the most prestigious. Among the great families that began to use the cemetery were the princes Golitsyn and Zubov, who built private chapels – the Alexander Svirsky Church and the Archangel Church respectively – within the grounds of the monastery.
The monastery’s hospital became the city’s first crematorium, and a branch of the Shchusev Architectural Museum was established at the monastery to house (in semi-secret) sculptures and ornaments from destroyed churches.
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Recently we had an unusual request from a customer who wanted a map of Australia for her local swimming pool. Members of the pool have set themselves various challenges over the years, initially to swim lengths the equivalent distance of around Great Britain, and then more recently to see how far south they could get. Recently, they had clocked up the distance equivalent to reaching landfall in Australia, and this season they are going to see how far they can get around Australia! Hence the map to plot their achievements! What an incentive for regular swimmers at Wivey Pool! We wish them every luck with clocking up the lengths this year, and celebrating the pools 90th birthday in 2017.
London has many bridges crossing the Thames, but this is one of the most loved. It took eight years to construct and opened officially on 30 June 1894. Some of London’s bridges have undergone massive change and, for some, frequent replacement. But Tower Bridge continues to be proud of both its design and its technology. […]
The outboard motor thundered and kicked up a fountain of spray as it propelled us between rows of water palms, their luxuriant fronds aglow in the early morning light. Just one and a half hours outside Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi and the largest city in eastern Indonesia, we were cruising a placid […]
London has a great collection of grand buildings, famous bridges and other urban objects that delight tourists and residents alike, but there’s quite a few impressive structures that haven’t made it to 2016. Here is a map of a London that you can’t see. The premise is simple – it shows some of London’s distinctive…