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8 places to visit in BEAUTIFUL BATH
Something about the combination of magnificent Georgian architecture, rolling hills landscape, historic Roman baths and a pretty 13th century Abbey that is pure elegance has me returning for my fourth visit… my favourite places to visit when in Bath Somerset England
old Royal Naval College Greenwich LONDON
Maritime Greenwich is a World UNESCO Heritage Site – since 1997 – The ensemble of buildings at Greenwich, an outlying district of London, and the park in which they are set, symbolize English artistic and scientific endeavour in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Queen’s House (by Inigo Jones) was the first Palladian building…
Gardens of all sizes on the West Side of Vancouver – from professionally landscaped to the sweat and tears of the homeowner, they all have the passion for the garden and it is a pleasure to view them.
mid century MODERN homes YVR
West Coast Modern – Is both how the building situates on the landscape and how the interiors relate to nature – connecting to the environment…
1930s MILANO villa necchi campiglio
selected leading Milan Architect Piero Portaluppi (1888-1967) who was already building several residences in the neighbourhood. With a distinctive career in architecture, city planning, decorative arts, restoration, exhibition display as well as writing and teaching. Portaluppi was well established and considered brilliant and creative.
As a longtime fan of Fornasetti’s work, I could not visit Milan without a visit to Fornasetti HQ and Showroom on Courso Venezia. Bold, whimsical and distinctive – Fornasetti’s work has held appeal since the 1980’s and in 2013 an Exhibit titled “100 Years of Practical Madness” was held at the Milan Triennale Design Museum…
MILAN poldi pezzoli MUSEO
his former private Palazzo from the 17th century, now Museo, is located on Via Manzoni, Milan (near Teatro alla Scala) is the private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1822-1879) who was the last heir of the possessions of two prominent families.
MILAN bagatti valsecchi
Villa Bagatti Valsecchi. A mansion located between Via Gesu and Via Santo Spirito in Milan, Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi’s extraordinary collections showcasing their love for the past and the Italian Renaissance
lingyen MOUNTAIN temple
Buddist Temple in Richmond, BC – an off shoot of Lingyen Shen Monastery Taiwan. Ling Yen Mountain Temple built 1996, in the Chinese Palatial Style. View inside the inner Courtyard. The Six Goals of Lingyen Mountain Temple, located in the front office/library 15′ Gilded Buddha – activities prevented us from entering this main hall of…
WHISTLER audain art museum
Nestled in the forest next to the Fitzsimmons River facing Blackcomb Way, the Audain Art Museum is a worthy visit next time you are on the mountain.
1913 private VANCOUVER club
A beauty of architecture on Hastings – designed by architects Sharp and Thompson in the style of London’s Victorian Gentleman’s Club and the front facade seems unchanged since built in 1913. The Vancouver Club was formed in 1889 and was a private gentleman’s club. There were many private clubs at this time – early days…
arthur ERICKSON architecture west van
Arthur Charles Erickson (1924-2009) – Vancouver Architect and urban planner – internationally known for his futuristic designs and commercial architecture – Monteverdi Estates in West Vancouver was one of his lesser known residential works – a series of 20 unique detached units of 2000 – 3000 sq’ on seven acres – designed to sensitively preserve…
cozy contentment – Autumn arrives bringing more HYGGE
All of these simple enjoyments in life are encompassed in the Danish concept of HYGGE (pronounce hoo-ga) which does not have a direct translation to one word but rather a broader feeling of contentment and well being. It is an important part of Danish culture and national identity.
SKEDANS haida gwaii
Skedans Haida Village, Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
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