winter haiku d’hiver – the silk road = le chemin soyeux the silk road wends towards the orient in frosty light le chemin soyeux s’en va vers l’orient – lumière glacée Richard Vallance The Silk Road was the long distance route silk and fine textile traders followed from Italy and Europe to China from the 14th. century onward. Le Chemin soyeux était la route à longue distance que les marchands suivaient à partir du quatorzième siècle de l’Italie et de l’Europe jusqu’à la Chine.
Photos of our vacation in Europe: Prague – the loveliest city in Europe! A These photos speak for themselves. Prague was Mozart's favourite city. No Wonder! Click on each photo to ENLARGE:
Wait until you see the photos of Prague in the next two posts! Richard
Great Photos to Welcome us back home to Canada from our grand tour of central Europe! After spending almost a whole month in Europe (25 days), starting first with Budapest, Hungary for 3 days, then continuing on to Vienna, Austria for 5 days, thence to Prague, the Czech Republic for a week, and finally on to Warsaw, Poland for our last 9 days, we are finally back home here in Canada, though as you can all well imagine, not without mixed emotions. It goes without saying that this was such an exciting vacation, visiting so many astonishingly beautiful locales, we must both miss Europe terribly, all the more so considering that we added side trips to 3 more magnificent cities, Salzburg and Krakow for Louis-Dominique and Gdansk for myself. What a totally unanticipated and unimaginably rewarding dream come true! Words simply cannot express our profound joy at visiting so many famous European cities, all of which date from the cradle of European, hence, Western, civilization. While even photos cannot adequately express the profound spiritual impact these amazing venues had on us, they can at least offer you all a glimmer of the fantastic experiences that await you should you ever decide to do a grand tour of central & Eastern Europe yourself. Beginning with this post, I shall be posting 4 of my finest photos for each of the 6 cities we visited, from the approx. 6,000 (!) I took during our voyage. You are going to love them! So let us start with Budapest, Hungary: Click each photo to ENLARGE it: 1. Budapest Parliament Florentine cupola:
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5. Budapest cathedral frieze: Ego sum via veritas et vita = I am the way, the truth and the life.
6. Danube River with Budapest Chain Bridge from our night cruise boat:
Vacation in Europe: magnificent photos of Budapest! Click to ENLARGE:
Parliament Buildings on the Danube: