As Lonely Planet explains it, “Jūrmala (pronounced yoor-muh-lah) is a long string of townships with Prussian-style villas, each unique in shape and decor,” and is “the Baltic’s version of the French Riviera”. In other words, it’s a beach resort area (near Riga). Click here for my photos of it! The two main touristy towns are Majori and Dzintari, but my photos are of Majori & Dubulti (I’ll explain why in a second). (more…)
St. Peter & Paul Church, “a treasure trove of sparkling white stucco sculptures of real and mythical people, animals and plants, with touches of gilt, paintings and statues. The decoration was done by Italian sculptors between 1675 and 1704” (Lonely Planet). Since it’s a “whopping” 2.5 km (that’s 1.55 miles) from the center of Vilnius, many tourists don’t bother to see this church, which is a huge shame and their loss. I know I’ve already posted a billion pretty European church photos, and just did that, in fact, for Vilnius (see previous post), but I swear this one is just jaw-dropping. That’s why it gets its own album. I literally get the shudders just looking at these photos and remembering. All photos taken in July of 2008.
This album is the sixth of seven devoted to my October 2006 Romania trip. It’s a very simple one: Just some photos of the painted walls and ceiling and stained glass at the Palace of Culture [tripadvisor] [europeupclose blogpost] in Târgu Mureș [wikipedia].
The town’s name in Hungarian is Marosvásárhely. (more…)
The luxurious Crystal Cathedral in Gardena, California. [[Click here to see the rest of the photos.]]. Note: Technically, it’s the “Christ Cathedral” now, because Robert Schuller filed for bankruptcy and sold it to the Catholic church for $57.5 million, but it was the Crystal Cathedral when these photos were taken (in September 2011).