Sunday, December 31, 2017

Jewish Town Hall

Clock with Hebrew numerals (letters), Židovská radnice (Jewish Town Hall), Josefov, Prague
Clock with Hebrew numerals (letters)
Židovská radnice (Jewish Town Hall), Josefov
Prague, September 2017

“The Jewish Town Hall (Czech: Židovská radnice) in Josefov, Prague, was constructed adjacent to the Old New Synagogue on the corner of Maiselova and Červená Ulice in 1586 in Renaissance style under the sponsorship of Mayor Mordechai Maisel. It acquired its Rococo facade in the 18th century. The building was the main meeting house of the local Jewish community but is currently closed to the public. It is perhaps best known for its two clocks, one on a tower with Roman numeral markings, the other, lower, has Hebrew numerals, which are the same as letters in the Hebrew alphabet. The Hebrew numerals begin with aleph and continue counterclockwise around the clock dial.” (Jewish Town Hall, Wikipedia)

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This is the last post of this blog. For the best part of ten years we have posted our daily photos, now it is time to stop, surely with some regrets. We wish to thank our faithful readers, they could always follow us on a similar Instagram account:

A few new posts will probably find their way to these pages now and then.

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Asleep by Fat Heat, Dunajská ulica, Staré Mesto, Bratislava
“Asleep” by Fat Heat, 2016
Dunajská ulica, Staré Mesto
Bratislava, September 2017

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Terrazza Mascagni

Terrazza Mascagni, Viale Italia, Livorno
Terrazza Mascagni
Viale Italia
Livorno, October 2015

“The Terrazza Mascagni is an elegant promenade by the sea with a wonderful view over the Tyrrhenian sea and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. It was built in the 1920's and named Terrazza Ciano after Costanzo Ciano, the local fascist leader and father of Galeazzo Ciano, who in 1930 married Mussolini's daughter Edda. After the war the name was aptly changed to honor Pietro Mascagni, the opera composer, but the old name stuck until the 1960's. As you can see this beautiful stretch of ‘lungomare’ (seafront) leads you to the rebuilt Gazebo and to the recently reopened Grand Hotel Palazzo. The Bagni Pancaldi Acquaviva, on the right in this photo, is a beach resort already famous in 19th century.” (Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno Daily Photo)

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lexington Street

Around the London Fashion Week 2016, Lexington Street, Soho, London
Around the London Fashion Week 2016
Lexington Street, Soho
London, September 2016

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Millennium Tower

Millennium Tower by Gustav Peichl, Boris Podrecca and Rudolf F. Weber, Handelskai, Brigittenau, Vienna
Millennium Tower by Gustav Peichl, Boris Podrecca and Rudolf F. Weber, 1999
Handelskai, Brigittenau
Vienna, September 2017

“The Millennium Tower is the second tallest building and fourth tallest structure in Austria at 171 metres (561 feet). The tower is located at Handelskai 94-96 in the Brigittenau 20th district in Vienna, Austria. An antenna mounted on top of the tower brings the architectural height to 202 metres (663 feet) but does not count to its overall height. Millennium Tower was designed by the architects Gustav Peichl, Boris Podrecca and Rudolf Weber. The tower has 51 floors, serves both commercial and residential purposes, and is the focal point of a complex known as ‘Millennium City’. It was completed in 1999 for the coming of the third millennium. The office tower has a gross floor area of 47,200 m2 (508,000 sq ft), of which 38,500 m2 (414,000 sq ft)is used as office space. The remaining area is to 2 levels are generally available and is used for a shopping center (Millennium City), restaurants and a multiplex cinema (UCI). The Millennium Tower was built in an extremely short construction time: Thanks to efficient organization of all work steps and modern building techniques have created an average of 2 ½ floors a week and the building completed in 1999.” (Millennium Tower, Wikipedia)

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Vintage Car

Vintage car outside Palazzo Budini Gattai, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence
Florence, October 2015

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Gyula Andrássy

Equestrian statue of Gyula Andrassy by György Zala, Hungarian Parliament Building, Kossuth Lajos ter, Budapest
Equestrian statue of Gyula Andrassy by György Zala
Hungarian Parliament Building
Kossuth Lajos ter
Budapest, September 2017

“A mounted statue of Count Gyula Andrássy, Hungary’s Prime Minister between 1867 and 1871, has been finally completed and inaugurated in front of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest’s Kossuth Square. The original 6.5-metre high bronze equestrian statue statue, the work of renowned Hungarian sculptor György Zala, was installed on the square in 1906 but it was demolished due to ideological reasons by the Communist authorities after 1945. The old-new monument was inaugurated by House Speaker László Kövér on Tuesday afternoon. ‘The reconstructed Andrássy statue will return to its original place in its former glory’, he said, noting that its inauguration completes the process of restoring the pre-1944 look of the Square. Andrássy saw politics as ‘the art of seizable opportunities’, Kövér said, adding that the emotion that motivated his policies was patriotism. Budapest Mayor István Tarlós said the inauguration of the statue ‘gives Andrássy the recognition he deserves.’” (Monument of Gyula Andrássy Inaugurated, Hungary Today)

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