Jack Frost is Jack Frost in France

Winter Wonderland in France

Château de La Rochepot, Commune of La Rochepot, Burgundy,France

Château de La Rochepot has gone through many changes over the centuries. Originally a 12th-century feudal castle of neo-Gothic-Burgundian style, it was rebuilt in the 15th century. During the French Revolution, it was seized and declared a national asset, and partially destroyed by vandals. Beginning in 1893 and for the next 26 years, it was meticulously restored to its 15th century roots; many of the roofs were covered with glazed burgundy tiles. The castle is located in the commune of La Rochepot, in the Burgundy region of France.

In 2013 and 2014, parts of the castle, annex buildings, vineyards and the park were given the status of a national monument.

Just as a side note:  We visited the chateau in February 2018.  I just found this information on Wikipedia on a recent happening involving the chateau.  In October 2018, the castle was seized by the French government after investigation into an alleged money laundering scheme by Dmytro Malynovskyi, a Ukrainian. Malynovski was arrested after an investigation into a corruption and money laundering scheme in which he purchased and lived in the castle after faking his own death.    And an interesting article from Bloomberg: Dead Ukrainian Found Living in Castle.

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Bridges

A Bridge to Nowhere

Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, Avignon, France

 

The Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, is a medieval bridge in Avignon, in southern France.  Originally a wooden bridge spanning the Rhone, the bridge was rebuilt in stone beginning in 1234. It had 22 stone arches when completed. The bridge was abandoned in the mid-17th century because the arches collapsed during floods. Today, only four arches and the gatehouse on the Avignon end of the bridge survive.

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Living in Orange Houses

Oozing Charm

Møllestien, Street of Charming, Painted Houses, Aarhus, Denmark

Møllestien (the mill lane) is an ancient street in the center of Aarhus, with origins dating back to the time of the Vikings.  Today’s Møllestien, with its small houses and cobblestone pavement, showcases 19th-century working class housing. It is regarded by many as the most beautiful street in Aarhus.  The area suffered a serious decline beginning in the 1920s, and by 1960 had become abandoned and derelict.  Plans to demolish the entire area were revised when artists and students renovated a short section of the street and painted the houses vibrant colors. Most of the existing houses were built between 1870 and 1885. Several of the houses can be rented by the night. Møllestien is in all the guidebooks. I found it a bit difficult to locate.

 

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Reflections

Mill Pond Reflections

Mill pond, Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark

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Circles

Capitol Circles

Interior, Dome, US Capitol, Washington, DC

The current dome on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, is the second dome to grace the structure. Designed by Thomas U. Walter, the dome was influenced by classical European domes; it replaced a wooded dome completed by Charles Bulfinch in 1824. Built between 1854 and 1865, the new dome was made of fireproof cast iron painted to look like stone.   Constantino Brumidi painted a fresco, The Apotheosis of Washington, on a platform above the interior dome’s oculus.

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Stairway to Nowhere

Preaching to the Choir

Pulpit, Refectory, Alcobaça Monastery, Portugal

The Alcobaça Monastery was built in a unique early Gothic style following the precepts of the Order of Cistercians, with clean lines and the absence of decoration except for column capitals. Alcobaça Monastery and church are the first of this style in Portugal, dating to the 13th century. Abbey monks ate in the refectory (dining room). During meals, one of the monks ascended the pulpit and read passages of the Bible.

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