Although updating this for the first time in two weeks is one of them, so technically I have one down already. This is more of a random update than anything else, while I am planning on going travelling again sometime this year (Greece in the summer) until then, I’m not sure how I can write a travel blog without doing any travelling…so I may change the name, which would be a shame as I like this one. In the next few weeks I may be moving house, which is travelling of a sort I suppose.
While I am not travelling however, and am instead staying firmly in one place, that is no reason for nothing to happen. Over the next few weeks, I may be trying out some recipes on here (I have a whole book of recipes, about half of which I’ve never tried, so that should be interesting) and book or film reviews. As I am currently reading Cloud Atlas, which I haven’t even finished and already think is brilliant. SO the next post will be more entertaining than this one, for now wish me luck on doing te other fifteen things I should do by Monday!
Swiss guards used to serve in the royal household of France, and were considered extremely loyal. During the revolution the palace at Versailles was stormed by revolutionaries, and King Louis xvi and Marie Antoinette managed to escape, but their household guard did not know this, so carried on fighting off the revolutionaries to save a King and Queen who were not there. More than six hundred of the swiss guard were killed in the fighting, which is why the lion has been stabbed in the back and is dying from his wound. Underneath – you can’t make it out in my picture – is written “To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss”.
The monument was designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen, who apparently was not paid properly by the Swiss for creating the monument, so made the outline resemble a pig if you look very closely – one of the lion’s ears, and also it’s tail is curly – as his way of getting back at them. Although due to my amazing photgraphic skills, that may be hard to tell from the picture.
It’s not that late is it? Surely it’s fine until you at least reach double figures, anway as I am now back in the land of computers my camera likes. Have some pictures of Europe!
Arc de Triomphe
winodw of Notre Dame cathedral
Moulin Rouge! nuff said.
lion sculpture in Switzerland
Medusa statue in Florence
Pisa. Leaning Tower of. This is really the only thing in the town of Pisa.
Hanging out. Best name for a sculpture ever? I think so.
There are some others I want to put up, and some that I will elaborate on such as the above picture, which is a Swiss sculpture by David Cerny (who painted a tank pink) entitled Hanging Out, it is supposedly Sigmund Freud hanging out of a window. And the story behind the lion sculpture also in Switzerland. But I think this is enough pictures of buildings for now!