Enjoying Villa Nova


Sometimes making photos may be pure fun as it was for me on a late Summer afternoon in Villa Nova (Warsaw, July 2017)

Villa Nova or in Polish Wilanow is one of Warsaw quarters, originally a village where John III Sobieski (the one who commandeered the battle of Vienna >>>) build his summer residence. The palace with an extensive park, rebuilt and reconstructed after the war struggles is still the very centre of this part of the city.  It is told to be a nobility house, an Italian garden villa and a French palace in the style of Louis XIV all in one.

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On a bike on Holland’s shore

After a Saturday short city break in Bruges, on Sunday I decided to go with some friends local in Brussels on a short trip to Holland. We spent around seven hours there biking alongside the shore. We started somewhere close to the Dutch-Belgian border where we rented the bikes and rode around 60 km there and back making short stops to take pictures and a one hour stop for lunch. We admired the landscape, the nature but also ships calling in to the port of Antwerp. Below some photo impressions.


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Still on half timbered houses in Northern France

Half-timbering technique was a popular method to build houses in medieval and early modern times in Northern Europe (Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany / Prussia, parts of France and Switzerland). Houses were constructed by means of first timber framing of walls. The space between polls and planks was later filled in with other building material like stone, bricks, etc. In medieval cities to provide more housing space in houses built alongside narrow streets, many houses were constructed with overhangs of upper floors over the ground floor (called jetties).

The streets of historical towns in Northern France are a mixture of different architecture styles, sometimes well-preserved from the past, sometimes rebuilt after fires or war damage. On pictures above you can see three main characteristics: grey sand stone bricks,  slate roofs that sometimes cover also part of facades at upper floors and half-timbered walls with timber frames painted mostly in blue, red and green.

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