Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Two days in Vienna, Austria

My most memorable event in Vienna, capital of Austria, was a visit to the Schonbrunn Palace. Amidst the opulence of the palace rooms lay the death mask of a young man clutching his pet bird, a crested lark. This bird lover was the son of Napolean who conquered Vienna twice. The only legitimate son of Napolean with Marie Louise.

Sadly I could not take a photograph as photography is prohibited inside the palace.

Vienna has, however, a lot to offer and the slide show below is but a teaser!



Villach, Austria

I visited Villach, Austria in Sep 2006 to present a paper at the ICL(Interactive Computer-aided Learning) conference organized by the Carinthia Tech Institute. These are the memories I cherish from the conference. Villach is a small town in Austria situated on the banks of the Drau river. My impressions at Villach at the link



Venice, melting pot of modern art.

The Peggy Guggenheim collection, the open air installations at Lido, art and photoexhibitions at every nook and corner- that is Venice for you.



Jewish Ghetto, Venice

'Getto' in Venetian dialect signifies the casting of molten bronze in a foundry. In 1516, the Senate of the Venetian Republic decreed that the Jewish community should be confined within the restricted bounds of a single island, which had formerly housed such foundries. Here are my impressions about the ghetto in Venice



Venezians are pet lovers!

Being an animal lover myself, I enjoy photographing pets on my travels. Here are quite a few I noticed in Venice. Pets are part of the way of life in Venice. A major part of Venice is out of bounds for cars and one finds that pets accompany their owners going about their daily life.

Here is the slideshow

Monday, September 15, 2008

Murano Glass, Venice

Venice is famous for its colourful glasswork. In the 13th century, all glassworks in Venice were transferred to Murano, an island not far from the City. The blazing furnaces, open fires and vats of molten glass were perceived as a threat to the City and hence the transfer.
Here is a photostory of how I experienced Murano glass.



Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Venice is sinking!

Venice, which rests on millions of wooden piles pounded into marshy ground, has sunk by about seven centimetres a century for the past 1,000 years.
(According to a study done in 2000 and reported by CNN)
The earth's natural underground water supplies acted as a cushion that helped slow the city's sinking.

Venice and its lagoon was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1987.

The Italian government is spending 4.5bn euro (£2.9bn) on a controversial project to build floodgates across the entrance to the lagoon in which the city stands in an effort to keep the sea at bay.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Venice, Italy

Venice always makes us feel it is there for each one of us alone; the lenses of a thousand photographers will never succeed in capturing exactly what we see....