Our Blue Danube Intermezzo with More Lies About Vienna

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The whole of Vienna is built on a foundation of lies The Danube does not really flow through the city (and is neither beautiful or even blue), Vienna’s Imperial splendour belies the reality of being the capital of a small-ish country in Eastern Central Europe; a good portion of her much famed architecture is essentially just “icing sugar” that was pasted on uninspired pseudo-classicist structures. When you talk to the Viennese, it won’t be long

Our Blue Danube Intermezzo with More Lies About Vienna

Want a City Walk to See the Old London Wall?

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Underneath and between the City’s futuristic skyscrapers, a 2000 year old structure is still weaving its way I suspect that some of you may have heard about the Berlin Wall. I also believe that far fewer will be aware that London has a wall, too – which was equally the product of a foreign invasion and which has played a similarly important part in its host city’s history.

There

Want a City Walk to See the Old London Wall?

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Berlin’s Tempelhof airport has been turned into a paradise for cyclists, windsurfers, wild birds, crazy golfers, baseball fans – and walkers Hiking, in a certain way, is like listening to popular music – because, let’s face it, most hikes do not really offer anything strikingly original like something you have never seen before, but rather rearrange familiar motifs: trees, meadows, wooded hills, a river, a lake, views of farms and distant church steeples.

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Modernist Architecture in London – Part 2

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Themed Walks in London A walk through the “Florence of the 21st Century” The City of London is where most of the capital’s truly iconic works of modernist architecture are concentrated, but West London, too, has many fine new buildings.

The big difference is this: while London’s business district provides a homogeneous context of brashness – big and high “cathedrals of capitalism” vying with each other and encouraging the construction of ever bigger

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 2

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 1

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Themed Walks in London A walk through Skyscraper National Park: the world’s most exciting collection of modern architectural masterpieces There are many good reasons to visit London: for its world-class theatres, its magnificent pubs, or to pay a visit to the Queen. Here is another one: the town’s unique collection of modern architecture.

This has not always been so. Until fairly recently, say the mid 1980s, there were not

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 1

The Ugly Face of Italian Fascist Architecture

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The Foro Italico in the north of Rome manages to combine the ludicrous with the appalling It is found in the north of Rome and is, in a way, the most incredible thing I have ever seen. Imagine a monument constructed by the Nazis for the glorification of Adolf Hitler and his achievements that for some reason survived WWII – only to be integrated, a few years after, into the building complex of a prestigious

The Ugly Face of Italian Fascist Architecture

The Beauties of Fascist Architecture in Rome

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A walk through the EUR district demonstrates that bad governments can have amazingly good taste. Rome is one of the few cities in the world that have never been entirely redone – unlike Paris and London, for example, both very old cities, too (although not quite as old as Rome) which today consist largely of 19th century townscapes with some older and some newer buildings thrown in.

Rome, conversely, is much more of

The Beauties of Fascist Architecture in Rome

The Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

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Things to See in Germany Stumbling Upon the Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

Bad Oeynhausen has many things for easy hikers to enjoy – a river, a canal and lakes for a waterside walk, a forest with a deer enclosure and a park that is stuffed with classicist monuments.

And what’s more, to complement and contrast all those magnificent spa town temples and palaces, their arcades and Doric columns, the townscape even features a

The Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

Castles And Palaces In Europe

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Visiting Castles and Palaces in Europe

One of the pleasures of hiking, as I said recently, is the joy of discovering different types of European churches – and of learning to distinguish between the different architectural styles.

Virtually every village has at least one old church, and in many places, churches are the only old buildings around. Residential buildings in past centuries were often made of wood or straw, and all

Castles And Palaces In Europe

The Churches Of Europe

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Churches – Europe is so full of them because, for centuries, they were the focal points of community life, much like football and baseball stadiums are in the modern world. If you go hiking a lot in Europe, pay attention to the architecture and see if you can you pick out the different styles of the Churches of Europe

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The Churches Of Europe