Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Georgia ( Sak"art"velo Respiblikis)

Georgia is one of those countries that charms every passenger. Mythic Caucasus, Jason and the Argonauts, the best wine in the world, fantastic pie cheese kańćapuri, Georgian language that does not look like any other, or a letter that reminds us of the SF movies of the civilizations on another planets.

Everything seems connected Georgia Soviet architecture in the cosmopolitan capital Tibilisi, which is shown in an episode of Star Trek. A unique meeting of Persia, the Ottoman and Russian empires, with preserved Georgian identity - has created a unique country that would, if not permanent political instability, was indeed a paradise for tourists. Georgia is a friendly country, rich in exotic, social, cultural, natural and gastronomic curiosities and temperamental Georgians are unrivaled hosts with a rich spirit of creativity and skilful orientation in the unenviable situation.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Attractions in the Palace Gardens

the Labyrinth

Reconstructed according to the original historical design, the Labyrinth invites you to come and discover its secrets. Over an area of 2,700 m2 there are fun and games for big and small: hopping and chiming games, a giant mirror kaleidoscope, mathematical puzzles to solve, etc. The Labyrinth is a place of playful relaxation and fun for visitors of all ages.
The Labyrinthikon Playground
Another highlight is the Labyrinthikon, designed by playground expert Grunter Beltzig, a playground for experimenting and romping for all generations -children and adults alike.

The Privy Garden and Garden Above the Cellar
Baroque horticultural art

The Privy Garden lies in front of the east facade of the palace and derives its German name from the apartments furnished for Crown  Prince Rudolf in 1870. the design were probably drawn up by the horticultural architect Louis Gervias. the upper part of the Garden over the Cellar was reconstructed according to a historical model dating from 1745/50. A remarkable feature is the broderie parterre decorated with different -colored types of sand and miniature topiarized trees arranged in a horseshoe. Take a stroll under the shady pergola and enjoy a magnificent view of this unique Baroque ensemble from the modern viewing platform.

Imperial view of Vienna

The Gloriette is the crowing architectural feature of the palace gardens. Fischer von Erlach s design had already included  belvedere, but not until 1775 that the early Classicist colonnaded Gloriette was built on the crest of the hill. External flights of steps lead up to a glazed central section which today houses the Cafe Gloriette. The flat roof serves as a viewing platform with an unrivalled panoramic view over the gardens, the palace and the city of Vienna.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sisi Museum-Imperial Museum

Sissi - Elisabeth Wittelsbach ( biograhy)
Sissi - Elisabeth Wittelsbach (1837 - 1898) Sissi was born as the daughter of Duke Maximilian and Duchess in Bavaria Louis. In 1853, she got to know her cousin Emporer Franz Joseph, who was going to marry Sissi's sister Helene. Franz Joseph fell in love with Sissi immediately and decided to marry instead of her sister. They are married, Elisabeth is 16 years. Love marriage did not work: Sisi was an independent girl and totally unprepared for a strict protocol in court, ambitious stepmother and busy husband, who fought against the revolutionary and separatist tendencies in the Habsburg Empire ... Viennese aristocracy was making fun of her and her mother in law Sophie took over control of their lives. Her children were taken from her and Sissi was barely allowed to see them, put her into a deep depression and illness. After two years of treatment and accommodation in Madeira, Corfu and Bavaria, Sissi returns with a new confidence in Vienna.

 She decided to take control of political affairs, and soon the interest in Hungary, a very troubled neighbor Austria. In 1867 she was crowned Queen of Hungary. Sissi was obsessed with her beauty and her perfect figure and care for your body, resulting in anorexia. Her very liberal ideas, her call for a republic structure and her effort for the poor and troublesome made her very popular with the Austrian people. 1870 has decided to withdraw from public life and tried to live a life of private individuals. On the 10th September, while walking through Geneva, she was killed by a young Italian anarchist.

Sisi Museum - Myth and Reality

The six rooms of the Sisi Museum explore the personality and life of this unusual empress.
The main focus is the private aspects of Elisabeth"s life, as revealed in her poetry wich allows us a direct insight into her personality: her rebellion against court ceremonial and her romantic, melancholy versifying.
Ceaselessly trying to escape from herself , the empress traveled incessantly, finally meeting a tragic end when she was assassinated in Geneva. Highlights include numerous objects connected with Elisabeth: a copy of the dress she wore at the ball given before her wending, the most famous portraitist   of the beautiful empress as well her jewelery. Further exhibits include the parasols  and fans owned by the reclusive empress, a partial reconstruction of the luxuriously appointed imperial saloon car, and empress death mask.

The imperial Apartments
the private surroundigs of the Habsbourg
The Hofbourg was residence of the Habsbourg dynasty for over 600 years. The magnificent Emperor Staircase leads up to the 19 state and privet rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and empress Elisabeth. Restored over the past few years and furnished on historical authentic principles, these rooms convey the private atmosphere of the imperial couple s residential apartments. The imperial Apartments thus testfy not only to the stately splendor of the Habsbourg monarchy but also to the personal history of their occupation.

Highlights of the tour include the emperor s audience chamber, his study and bedroom. In adjoining apartments of the empress you will see her bedroom-cum-sitting room and the dress room in which the empress preformed her daily programme of gyimnastic. Recently the emprress bathroom has been opened to visitros for the first time.