Inspiration: “Rodica” by Nicolae Grigorescu

"Rodica" by Nicolae Grigorescu.
“Rodica” by Nicolae Grigorescu.

Romanian artists don’t get their fair-share one the world art-scene, but in The Art Bog they do!

“Rodica” by Nicolae Grigorescu was created between 1878 and 1885.

Grigorescu was a Romanian artist. “Rodica” can be found in La Galeria de Artă Contemporană a Muzeului Național de Artă al României.

There is a metro station in Bucharest named after Grigorescu:

Nicolae Grigorescu is a metro station in Bucharest. It is named after the Romanian painter Nicolae Grigorescu, and shares this name with the nearby boulevard, Bd. Nicolae Grigorescu. Before 1990, it was known as Leontin Sălăjan, after a Communist Army General.

Hanging Out on the Loggia of San Marco Basilica

Loggia of San Marco Basilica
Loggia of San Marco

The loggia, at the foot of the Campanile, is the architectural element that more than any other condenses the celebrative character of the new organisation of the centre of St. Mark’s implemented by the church’s Director of Works Jacopo Sansovino.
Built between 1537 and 1549 to Sansovino’s plan, in 1569 it was turned into a sentry post for dockyard workers during the sessions of the Upper Council.
The rich front elevation with three great arches and composite order columns of classical inspiration, overflowing with decorative beauty, makes the balcony Sansovino’s least architectonic work which, more than any other, transmits that feature of the splendid and the picturesque proper to the Venetian environment. In the four niches Sansovino placed the bronze statues of Minerva, Apollo, Mercury and Peace. The marble reliefs with allegorical depictions are the work of his pupils: Venice as Justice (centre), The Island of Cyprus (right) and The Island of Candia (left). Source: San Marco Basilica.

Juliet’s House in Verona, Italy

Juliet's House in Verona, Italy.
The balcony on the side of Juliet’s House in Verona, Italy.

As testified by the coat of arms on the internal arch-way of the court-yard, this house belonged to the “Dal Cappello” or “Cappelletti”. The building, dating back to the 13th and renovated in the last century, features the balcony where Romeo promised his beloved Juliet eternal love in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

Juliet's House in Verona, Italy.
The sculpture of Juliet attracts a lot of attention.

Young couples are still very moved by the right of this house and unmarried people touch Juliet’s statue (a kind of good-luck ritual) in the hope of finding the love of their life.

Juliet's House in Verona, Italy.
Heading through a small tunnel toward’s Juliet’s house.

How many hopes and desires has this court-yard witnessed over the ages?

Juliet's House in Verona, Italy.
Thousands of people have left their mark on this wall.

The interior of the house can be visited and you can stand on Juliet’s balcony and re-live the “ high-light” of the earthly life, as well as admire the furniture and the beautiful velvet costumes worn by the actors in the Metro Goldwyn Meyer’s colossal “ Romeo and Juliet”. Source: Verona Tourism.

Juliet's House in Verona, Italy.

Beautiful but Cloudy Views from Schilthorn

The edge of Schilthorn.
The edge of Schilthorn.

Schilthorn’s summit is within the municipality of Lauterbrunnen, although the western slopes are within the municipality of Reichenbach im Kandertal. Both municipalities are in the canton of Bern.

007 logo on Schilthorn observatory
007 logo on Schilthorn observatory

The summit has a panoramic view which spans from the Titlis, Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, over the Bernese Alps and the Jura mountains up to the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest. Mont Blanc is also just visible.

Cloud shrouded view from Schilthorn
Cloud shrouded view from Schilthorn

To get to the Schilthorn from the valley floor, a series of cable cars must be taken. The cable cars begin in Stechelberg leaving to Gimmelwald and then onto Mürren. From Mürren another cable car is taken to Birg, which is the final change before the Schilthorn. This cable airway is the longest and was the most technically challenging airway to be built. The other way up is to take the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp and a train to Mürren, from where the cable car must be taken. Between Birg and the summit, the cable car passes over Grauseeli, a small lake.

People on the edge of Schilthor
People on the edge of Schilthorn

It is also possible to hike to the peak, along the myriad of small, but well-marked paths to the top. The hike to the top takes roughly five hours from Gimmelwald for a fit walker. Source: Wikipedia.