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Monday, October 6, 2008

Temple Tales - 6: Rococo Architecture in the heart of Bavaria

'Temple Tales' returns, this time with a look at Weiss Kirche (White Church), a classic small church in the middle of a meadow in the Bavarian countryside of Germany. The classic architecture of Bavaria is generally extremely ornate and exemplifies drama and grandeur. When this ornate 'Baroque' architecture is used with curves and shell-like structures, the architecture is termed 'Rococo' for a combination of the French Rocaille, or shell and the Italian Barocco, or baroque styles.

As you approach the Weiss Kirche, it looks like most of the churches in small-town Germany and shows nothing of the ornate sculptures it holds inside. Its only when you venture in that you're overwhelmed with the amount of rococo art.

The Church was built in 1746 AD and has an interesting story behind it as well. Apparently a carved figure of Jesus was dug up nearby in 1738 and it began crying real tears and the church was then built at this site. The church is today a UNESCO World heritage site. The large ceiling fresco depicts the Second Coming of Christ and the Last Judgment.

The Weiss Kirche is located in the area called Pfaffenwinkel between Munich and Fuessen. If you take the Romantic Road bust tour in Germany, this is a stop on the way and well worth it. You spend about 30 minutes here and there is a nice cafe nearby with delicious local food.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Arabian Days and Nights

This post has been a long time coming! We visited Dubai during the first week of July enroute to India. We came back to Houston on the first week of August and since then, I've been wanting to make this post - but after finally wading through all the 300+ photos I took in Dubai, here are some of the sights of Dubai.

Dubai can be distinctly divided into two parts: Old Dubai where the souqs are, and the general feel is like a typical Arabian city with mosques and bazaars galore. And then there is new Dubai, a showcase of the vibrant oil and tourism economy of Dubai and UAE. This side is represented by the skyscrapers, the hotels and the malls. Lets just say, in Dubai you can enjoy the best of both worlds!

Old Dubai:

Traditional Arabic architecture, Bastakia Quarters

Dhows bringing in goods to the souqs along the Dubai Creek

The Jumeirah Mosque

The ship of the desert

An interesting earthern lantern lights the desert camp

New Dubai:

The Wafi city mall has an Egytian theme

The Burj Dubai, soon to be the tallest building in the world

The medinat Jumeirah mall, themed on traditional souqs

The magnificent Burj-Al-Arab hotel

The Burj Dubai at night

As always, our travel blog contains more detailed travelogs about our visit. You can read about our Dubai visit here.