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The Pantheon in Rome

  The Pantheon was an ancient building that was declared sacred, and now is a church. As a Roman Catholic church, the official Italian name is Santa Maria ad Martyres (Latin Sancta Maria ad Martyres). This building in Rome is colloquially referred to as La Rotonda. The Pantheon begun under Emperor Trajan around 114 AD […]

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
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Three days in Salzburg, Austria

We knocked on the door of this darling bed and breakfast “Landhaus Bachmann”. A friendly lady, which happened to be the host, opened the door and let us stay for a couple nights. Also it is recommended to make reservations, we sometimes stop at places that have a sign “Zimmer frei” (accommodation). We got a […]

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Noah's Arc, Austria
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Straw (Stroh) Sculptures

You’ll see the most incredible things besides the beautiful mountain peaks We ran into this “Arche Noah” (Ark) made out of straw. I believe it was a school project of kids from this small town near Berchtesgaden

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The Colosseum in Rome

After an overnight stay in Orvieto, Umbria we rode several hours into Rome with our tour bus. Arriving about 4 pm, we had some free time. Getting together with some fellow travelers we walked from our hotel to the Colosseum to see it by night. It paid off, what a wonderful sight. Get your Rome […]

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Sankt Gilgen, Wolfgangssee

Sankt Gilgen lies at the picturesque Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang). Here it is easy to leave everyday life behind – use the numerous water sports or relax in peace at one of the sunny and idyllic beaches right on the lake.

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Orvieto, Northern Italy

We booked a trip to Rome with a Bus tour. Most of these Tours are leaving from major German cities, generally near the train station or Bahnhof. Our adventure started in Würzburg with a ride to Rome. The route took us through the beautiful Tuscany, and further South to the Umbria, where we stopped for a […]

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Allgemein
Germany
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Ceiling Paintings or Fresco

The ceiling painting is like its counterpart on vertical surfaces, the wall painting, known since ancient times.

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Germany
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„Lüftmalerei“ or Facade painting

These Facade paintings are very prevalent in Southern Bavaria and Austria. It is said the origin of Lüftmalerei comes from the home of the facade painter Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792) from Oberammergau, Zum Lüftl. The Lüftlmalerei is a popular version of the Trompe-l’œil * (illusory) from the Baroque and imitates architectural elements. Imbedded are, as in […]

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Germany
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The Krampus Folklore

The Krampus is an Alpine custom, a frightening figure of the Advent (beginning of December). While accompanying Saint Nicholas, Nicholas presents good children, and the naughty ones are punished by Krampus, the evil counterpart. By the middle of the twentieth century, this aspect of Krampus was much more accentuated as a scared-faced, black-faced freak who […]

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is a town on the western shore of Lake Hallstatt in the Austrian Salzkammergut. It has 16th-century cobble stone streets and alpine-style houses built at the mountain with cafes’, shops and restaurants with lake view With the Salzbergbahn you can reach the Salzwelten, a 2000 year old former salt mine with an underground salt […]

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