The Golden Onion

The Golden Onion

As I wander the streets of Geneva, I saw this interesting structure in a very quiet neighborhood. Google says its a Russian Orthodox church built in 1866.

The Russian Church is designed in a Byzantine Moscovite style topped with colorful, golden onion domes. It is entered via a stately porch with Byzantine-style striped arches.

Bloody Red

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them. ”

– Clara Barton

In times of war, conflicts and natural disasters you can always see men and women with the emblem of Red Cross or Red Crescent (in Muslim countries) bravely attending to those in needs specially the wounded. The non-governmental organization is present in almost every country in the world.

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The International Red Cros and Red Crescent Headquarters in Geneva. The humanitarian foundation was founded by Swiss businessman Henry Dunant in 1919.
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The ICRC Museum and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems.

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Sculpture of politcal prisoners of war near the entrance of the museum.
The organization does not addresses only wartime or natural disasters but also the treatment of political prisoners and prisoners of war.

The King is Dead!

The King is Dead!

Game of Thrones is the tv series with the most unpredictable plot and it proved once again in its season 4 episode 2 – The Lion and The Rose.

So after 3 seasons finally the character I hated most in the series is now dead- the evil, cunning, loathesome & spolied brat sociopath King Joffrey of Houses of Baratheon and Lannister!

As I am watching him choking, my mind was telling me “no they will not let his character die”. I thought he will recover and when he stopped breathing with his eyes wide open I still waited for few seconds on what’s going to happen next. Its like I can’t believe it he was already dead!

For me, King Joffrey’s death was certainly the most satisfying part of the series. It’s’just that I want him to suffer more excruciating pain before his death and not to die that easily! I want him to die like what he did to Ned Starks and with his head in a stick for all to see! Hahaha!The revengeful me! lol!

Have a seat!

Have a seat!

“The broken chair” by sculptor artist Daniel Berset.
A work of art in wood done in 1997, symbolises the campaign against landmines.
The chair stands on only three legs. The chair stand 12 feet high. It is in front of United Nations Headquarter, Geneva

Checkmate!

Checkmate!

So this is how the Swiss people play chess! 🙂
@Parc des Bastions,Geneva

The Reformers

In the grounds of University of Geneva,in Parc des Bastions, you can find the Reformation Wall or Mur des Réformateurs . The University was founded by one of the well known reformers – Jean Calvin. The wall was constructed to commemorate his 400th birthday and the university’s 350th anniversary.

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The 325 feet long and and 30 feet high wall with 15 feet tall statues of four reformists at center of the wall.

William Farel – said to be the first to preach the Reformation in Geneva
John Calvin – the leader of the Reformation movement and spiritual father of Geneva
Theodore Beze – Calvin’s successor
John Knox – Scottish preacher, founder of Presbyterianism in Scotland
Behind the statues runs the motto shared by the Reformation: Post Tenebras Lux (“After Darkness, Light”)

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On the left and right sides of the four giant statues are the 3 meter tall statues of the reformists who carried the reformation across europe.

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Swiss Watch

Swiss Watch

“L’horloge fleurie” as the locals calls it, is a floral clock near the Geneva lake and Jardin Anglais. Flower arrangenments changes according to season. The clock tells time with Swiss precision as they say. 🙂

You were all missed!

Hello everyone! Í’m back! I missed everybody in the blogging world. I just got back from a short vacation. Hope everything is fine and well and you’re all doing okay 🙂

 

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The largest fountain in the world which spouts up to 140 meters high.

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Geneve’s most famous landmark – Jet déau.

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Bonjour! 🙂

Il Doumo Di Firenze

When I saw Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore at Piazza del Doumo in Florence I was so amazed how it looks. Its magnificient structure and style made me feel I’m a dwarf beside a giant. According to its history, the cathedral was started in 1296 and it took 140 years before its total completion as to what it is today.

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The exterior of the cathedral is in different shades of decorative green, white and pink large slabs of marble. There are three buildings in the piazza –  the basilica, the St. John baptistry and the Giotto’s campanille.

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The facade of the gothic cathedral and the Bell tower.

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The massive and ornate door of the doumo.

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The magnificent Renaissance brick dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. The conical roof was crowned with a gilt copper ball and cross. Visitors can climb up to the dome. You can see the extra ordinary panoramic view of the Florence up there just be prepared to climb the 463 steps.

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The Duomo and the beautiful city viewed from the heights of Piazzale Michelangelo.

Look Up!

Look Up!

“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”

-Bill Shankly

As I’m searching on my photo files , I saw this photo taken a year ago. This is the gold plated patterned dome ceiling of the luxurious Grand Hall of Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.