Sunday, July 26, 2015

La Langa del Barolo

Looking at Barolo from La Morra
The Langhe ( Langa in Piedmont ) is a historical region of Piedmont, located between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, neighbor with other historical regions of Piedmont, namely the Monferrato and Roero and consists of a large hill system defined by the rivers Tanaro, Belbo, Bormida Millesimo and Bormida di Spigno.

As one can see from the photo, this is wine country.   Barolo is considered to be one of leading wines produced here.  Barolo wine is described as having a "Garnet red color with orange reflections, the nose is intense and persistent, or with assets olfactory exceptionally complex, which tends to favor, depending on the state of evolution, fruity and floral notes like violet and vanilla or tertiary notes such as tar and spices.  In the mouth, the components "hard" (acidity, tannins, salts ) are nicely balanced by the "soft" ( alcohols and sugar alcohols ), with an exceptional intensity and persistence that make Barolo wine powerful, elegant and full of personality."

I have been living in Cherasco about 20 minutes away Barolo.  I have to admit that I feel very fortunate to live in such a great place.
Towards Novello from La Morra

Castello dei Marchesi Falletti - Barolo

View of the Tanaro and the Lange in the distance from the terrace of my residence
What I enjoy the most here is the ability to walk down the country road passing through open spaces, groves of nocciola and vigneti, completely out of time with urbanity and out of step with pretention. This is a place not only rooted in tradition, but grounded in quality. 



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Altstadt Goslar

Salian Emperor Henry I founded Goslar in the 10th century after the discovery of silver deposits in the nearby Rammelsberg. The wealth derived from silver mining brought Goslar the status of an Imperial City, which attracted the interest of the Holy Roman Emperor.
The medieval Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz Goslar) was built in the 11th century and became a summer residence for the emperors, especially Henry III of Germany who visited his favourite palace about twenty times. Henry's heart is found in St. Ulrich's Chapel in the Kaiserpfaltz.
There are many interesting structures in the city.  As a romantic medievalist of sorts, I found walking around completely immersing and thoroughly enjoyable.
Marktkirche
Großes Heiliges Kreuz
The building Großes Heiliges Kreuz was in 1254 as a hospice built and offered needy, the infirm and orphans , as well as pilgrims and other travelers passing through a night's lodging and food supply.
Zwinger
Rathaus
From Turm of Markkirche
Glockenspiel
Marktbrunnen

Kaiserpfalz Goslar

The Goslar Imperial Palace is the largest, oldest and best preserved secular building of the 11th century in Germany.
Exterior of Chapel of St. Ulrich
A critical eye may discern the reconstruction elements, though the extant fabric represents a genuine puzzle of overlapping interpretations of origin.
Back of Chapel of St. Ulrich
Kaiserhaus

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rammelsberg

The Rammelsberg is a 635 m high hill south of the town of Goslar in Lower Saxony . Contained within is a mine that after 1,000 years almost continuous ore extraction was closed in 1988.  Since 1992, it is part of visitors' mine Rammelsberg for UNESCO - World Heritage Site .

The Maltermeisterturm is the oldest Tagesanlage of the Rammelsberg and - probably - even in Germany. It was built in 1500 on a heap on the slope of the Rammelsberg. Initially, the tower was used to monitor the pits, from 1578 it was used as an Anläuteturm.
Since the mid-18th century, the Maltermeister lived in the tower. He administered the mining operation, centered on the measuring system of the MalternHence the name of the tower originated.
The museum is outstanding.  It contains a vast wealth of technical details and artifacts that relate to the industrial and cultural history of this unique place.  The exhibition area is underground and quite atmospheric, and the collection so extensive that one can feel a bit lost.  
At one point  I was completely alone, and it was a strange sensation as it was nearly closing time and eerily quiet and I even became paranoid that the doors would be shut and I would be trapped inside.  
A dark mine can have a sinister, even hellish, aura.  And being trapped underground ranks among the most frightening things that I can imagine.  Miners are a unique type of man.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Arken

Arken Museum of Modern Art is an art museum of contemporary art located in Ishøj , and was inaugurated on 15th March 1996 , as part of Culture 96 
The challenging, maritime building fits in line with the museum's name, ARK, to the location of an artificial landscaped beach park. 
The museum was expanded in 2008 and in 2009 by the architectural firm CF Møller and now comprises 13,500 m2.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tietgenkollegiet

Tietgenkollegiet (English: Tietgen Student Hall), named for Danish financier C. F. Tietgen (1829-1891), is a student residence built in new district Ørestad close to the centre of Copenhagen.
The building has a conspicuous circular shape, inspired by traditional southern Chinese Hakka architecture, and is designed by Danish architects Lundgaard & Tranberg in 2006. The design has won it a RIBA European Award.
The campus of the IT University of Copenhagen is architecturally impressive.  


Kvarterhuset

Kvarterhuset in Jemtelandsgade 3 on Amagerbro in Copenhagen is a cultural center in Copenhagen Municipality 
The complex consists of an old industrial building designed by Georg EW Moller and built by master builder Christian Peder Berg Vienna in 1880 for the use of LP Holm Leaf Factories .

Operaen

Opera at Holmen in Copenhagen is Denmark's national opera. It was opened by the Queen on the 15th January 2005 . It was designed by architect Henning Larsen and has Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller as a promoter, builder and patron.

The construction of the Opera has aroused debate about aesthetics , both in view of the location and the house's exterior. Recently it has emerged that the architect Henning Larsen thought of going from job due to disagreements between him and the giver, A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene FormaalThe discrepancies between the two sides has focused primarily on the design of the facade of the Opera at the harbor, where Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller insisted on inserting steel beams within Henning Larsen Architects proposed glass facade. The large glass facade with the large steel band has subsequently coined the nicknames "grille" and "toaster"

The extreme cantilever on the canopy is certainly dramatic.  The location on the harbor is perfect, even though it prevents easy access for concert attendees.

Rosenborg Slot

Rosenborg Castle (DanishRosenborg Slot) is a renaissance castle located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 and is an example of Christian IV's many architectural projects.

Of special interest is an exhibition of the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia located in the castle.






Sunday, August 31, 2014

Grundtvigs Kirke

Grundtvig's Church (or Grundtvigskirken ) at Bispebjerg in Copenhagen was built in memory of the priest, the poet and public educator NFS Grundtvig .
First through two idea competitions in 1912 and 1913 the builder Peder Vilhelm Jensen Klint originated the idea of a church in commemoration of Grundtvig.
The monumental design at the top of Bispebjerg is inspired by Gothic and European cathedrals . At the same time the church also  reflects the medieval , Sealand village . In the proportions had to be found allusions to Plato's metaphysics , so that the "right target" reflects the divine and true.
 Almost everything in the church is based on bricks , approximately 5 million of them, but they are many places cut into a specific shape and hand-polished to produce a silky sheen