December 23, 2008

Fountain in Innsbruck

a fountain just past the train station in Innsbruck

There's something about fountains that I just adore... I can't really pinpoint it, but I'm always drawn to them! I love the dragons holding the shields and flags in this fountain. I also love how softly the water was flowing from the fountain, which you can really see when you enlarge the picture. 

December 15, 2008


a street in Vienna, Austria

I was browsing through my photos of Austria, and this one caught my eye. I'm really missing Europe right now, and this made me smile, so I thought I would share it with you! I don't remember walking down this street, but I wish I had because I would have loved to have seen more of the building with the rounded corners! Oh well, there's always next time... :)

November 22, 2008

Государственный Исторический музей

State Historical Museum, Moscow Russia

The State Historical Museum (Государственный Исторический музей) is my second favorite building on Red Square. My favorite, of course, is St. Basil's. The museum was built between 1875-1881, and opened in 1894. While this building was not demolished during the Soviet regime, like the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was, its beautiful interior was painted and plastered over. The building went through major restoration in the late 1990s,
and is now restored to its original state. The interior is as beautiful as the exterior.
What I love the most about the exterior is how it looks as if it's covered in snow -
even in August, when this photo was taken!

November 18, 2008

Olympia Eissport Zentrum

Ice Skating Rink in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics.
This rink is still used for skating and hockey events, and many future Olympic hopefuls train there as well. I think that the building fits so well into the beautiful mountain landscape with its weathered exterior. It must look fantastic when the mountains are covered in snow!

November 11, 2008


Kunstevo Train Station

Кунцево (Kuntsevo) is a train stop that I would pass on the way to my Metro station.
I love the building - it certainly stands out!

November 8, 2008

Храм Христа Спасителя

Храм Христа Спасителя, Moscow Russia

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was the first church I saw in Moscow.
It's huge, and beautiful! The original church was completed 1860, but unfortunately it didn't even stand to be 100 years old. Stalin had it demolished in 1931 so that he could build a monument honoring Communism. That was never built, but the site sat empty until it was turned into the world's largest swimming pool. Luckily, it was decided that a church was much more important than a swimming pool! This new church was completed in 2000.
The bridge I'm standing on while taking this picture is a new addition, and quite an excellent one, I might add! It allows for people to be able to take photos like this one :)

October 31, 2008

Think Pink! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Please take a minute to check out Pennies in Action
It only takes a penny to make a difference!

This charity supports research for more than just a cure -
we're supporting a program that is working to develop a vaccine to prevent breast cancer!

October 26, 2008

New York City

I know, I know - this isn't Europe! But I was sorting through all of the photos on my computer today and came across this one of New York City, and I like it so much that I decided to post it! I took this from my car (don't worry, traffic was terrible so I wasn't actually moving) and I love how it turned out slanted. Completely unintentional - but I think that sometimes accidental pictures turn out better than planned ones!

October 25, 2008


lovely houses on the shore of the Traunsee Lake

This picture was taken in Gmunden, Austria. We spent the day at the Traunsee Lake. It was beautiful there. The lake was surrounded by houses like these. My favorite house in this picture is the yellow one on the bottom left.

October 21, 2008

St. Basil's

looking up at St. Basil's Cathedral

I absolutely adore this church! This is taken from the side facing GUM, the huge shopping mall that spans almost one whole side of Red Square. I like this picture because it shows the differences in each tower. I also love how blue the sky was that day, and how the sun was shining so brightly. It highlighted the church beautifully!

October 18, 2008

West Chester, Pennsylvania

old firehouse in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

Here's a bonus shot from America! West Chester is a fun little town, lots of little shops and restaurants, and some interesting buildings too! This is the old firehouse, which has now been turned into a restaurant. Below is a picture of the door that caught my eye.

This is such a beautiful door!

October 17, 2008

Vienna from the Riesenrad

just a pretty view of Vienna :)

Vienna's Prater, in the 2nd district just outside of the city center, is a wonderful park.
We stopped to take a ride on the Riesenrad (ferris wheel). It's the one that was shown in the 1987 Bond movie The Living Daylights :)

The views from the wheel are simply amazing! The gondolas are quite spacious, and we were lucky to only share ours with 2 other people! I think I took 50 photos just from this one time around on the ferris wheel! This is a shot taken on our descent, about halfway, if I remember correctly. Click on the picture to make it larger so you can truly see the beauty of this scene!

October 15, 2008


mountains in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Being nestled somewhere in the mountains is definitely my ideal vacation. The crisp, fresh mountain air, and the opportunity to take pictures like this is all I need !
I have yet to visit the mountains in the winter, and I would love to go back to Garmisch to re-take all of these pictures with the mountains covered in snow!

October 13, 2008

Воздвиженка улица

Воздвиженка улица, Москва

Воздвиженка улица (Vozdvizhenka Street) was the first street I explored in Moscow. I love the contrast of this picture, the old and new is apparent in both the buildings and the cars! The yellow building on the left originally belonged to the Sheremetyevs, and it was built in the 1790s. The gray building on the right is the Kremlin Hospital, and it was built in 1930.
140 years certainly makes a difference in architectural style!

October 12, 2008

Kärntner Strasse

Kärntner Strasse, Vienna

Kärntner Strasse (Kaernter Street) is a famous shopping street in Vienna.
This street is also home to the State Opera and St. Stephan's Cathedral (pictures of those to come later). This particular segment of the street is pedestrian only, so it makes for a very enjoyable walk!
There's a little bit of everything there - try to see how many familiar things you can spot in this picture!

October 10, 2008

Добро пожаловать и Москву!

This was taken just after I got off of the plane in Moscow.
It's at the top of the stairs before you go through the fun that is passport control :-)
My advice - fly in at 5:00am. There's no one there so you don't get stuck in any lines!

October 8, 2008

More from Bad Ischl

View of the Danube in Bad Ischl, Austria

Water, everywhere!
The ground was wet, the fountain was running, and the Danube was flowing very rapidly!
Even though the weather was dreary and gray, and it was July and we were all wearing turtlenecks and jackets, being able to take pictures like this make the weather tolerable!

October 6, 2008

Дом педагогической книги

Moscow, Russia

This is another treasure I found on one my aimless walks through Moscow.
I love the window here! The photo doesn't really show it, but it's a fairly large window.
By the way, the top sign says "rent" and the bottom says "house of pedagogical books".

October 5, 2008

View of Linz

view of Linz from Pöstlingberg

We took a trip here to ride of the famous Pöstlingbergbahn, Europe's steepest tram.
It was closed for the day, so we drove up halfway and parked, then walked the rest of the way.
It certainly is steep! But it was worth it, because I got to see this beautiful view of Linz!

October 4, 2008

Building Details

I found this building as I was just walking around and exploring Moscow.
I love the details - everything is so intricate!

October 3, 2008

Schloß Weinberg

Schloß Weinberg, Oberösterreich (Upper Austria)

This was taken on one of the many little day trips I took to various regions of Upper Austria. Schloss Weinberg (Weinberg Castle) was built in the 17th century. If I remember correctly, some of the rooms have been turned into classrooms.
That would be a fun place to attend school!

October 2, 2008

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow

This is one of Stalin's 'Seven Sisters' buildings. This was the only one I managed to see on my trip. It certainly is an impressive building when you see it up close. I've got some great pictures of the building up close that I will post another time!

October 1, 2008

Pink Building in Linz

Linz, Austria

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I chose this pink building in Linz.
Many buildings in Austria were pink, but this is the only one I took a picture of!
And if you're wondering - yes, those are palm trees... I wasn't aware that Austria had palm trees either!

September 25, 2008

Yummy Restaurant in Germany

Germany - restaurant in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

I spent a week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. It's a beautiful little town nestled in the mountains.
This was one of the restaurants I ate dinner at. They had delicious food, and the only type of beer I actually liked! I don't remember what it was, but I think it was a beer they brewed themselves...?
And to prove how obsessed I am with architecture - I decided to eat here because I liked the building! =)

September 17, 2008

Fountain near the Kremlin

fountain in Alexandrovsky Sad, Moscow

This fountain is in Alexandrovksy Sad (Alexander's Garden) located outside of the Krelmin adjacent to Red Square. In the upper right corner of the picture, you can see one of the gates to the Kremlin.
As you can see, this is a popular place in the summer. Children play in the fountains to stay cool,
and I took the opportunity to splash around a bit as well!

September 6, 2008

Austrian Countryside

somewhere in the Austrian countryside...

I thought I would honor my last post of the summer with a summer-y photograph.
This is somewhere in the Austrian countryside. We were driving, and decided to stop to pick flowers.
My friends picked the flowers while I wandered around and took photographs!

August 29, 2008

St. Nicholas on Bersenevka

St. Nicholas Church on the Bersenevka Embankment, Moscow

This little gem of a church stole my heart!

I found this completely by accident. I was standing on the bridge taking some panoramic shots of the Kremlin, when I happened to notice something shiny and gold through the trees. I knew it would be a church, but I never imagined I would find this!
It's so beautiful, but it's hidden away like a treasure...
The top picture was taken exactly a year ago, August 29, 2007!

August 25, 2008

street in Innsbruck

Innsbruck, Austria

There is so much to look at in this photo - the tourists, the ornate details of the building on the left, the old look of the building at the end of the street, and the multitude of colors everywhere!
It was a gorgeous, sunny day in July when I took this shot, and I think that you can see that in the photo! Innsbruck proved to be quite photogenic - even though I only spend a few hours there, I have over a hundred pictures. I'll share more of them later!

August 20, 2008

Галерея Ильи Глазунова

Галерея Ильи Глазунова - Ilia Glazunova Gallery - Moscow, Russia

This is an art gallery in Moscow. I just LOVE the color of the building!
It took me quite a few attempts to photograph this without losing the color.
There are many colorful buildings throught Europe,
but this is the only one I've seen painted in such a bright shade of blue!

August 14, 2008

street in Bad Ischl

Bad Ischl, Austria

It's a rainy day here, so I thought I would post a rainy day picture!
This is a street in Bad Ischl, Austria. It's a small town in Upper Austria.
It has a very old world feel, and was a wonderful place to spend an afternoon just relaxing and walking around.

August 6, 2008

Resurrection Gate and Iberian Chapel

the Resurrection Gate and the Iberian Chapel - Red Square, Moscow

This is sadly not the original gate nor chapel, they were knocked down by Stalin in 1931.
In 1996, this new gate was built as an exact replica of the old one.
If you enlarge the picture, look through the left side of the gate - it's a little peek at Saint Basil's!
This was the first view I had of Saint Basil's, and I must admit I spent a good
5 minutes just standing there in awe before I entered Red Square to take a closer look!

July 26, 2008


Salzburg - old meets new

This was taken near Getreidegasse, the expensive shopping alley in Salzburg.
The elements of this picture span many centuries -
Hohensalzburg Fortress (top)- 1077, airport signs - 1990something...
Now there's a bit of a difference!

July 21, 2008

View of the Kremlin

view of the Kremlin and a little bit of Saint Basil's - Moscow, Russia

I like this picture because it's one of the only ones I took that
shows the Kremlin AND Saint Basil's. It's also not shot from
a traditional angle, but it's my favorite distance shot I took.
Oh, and look at the pretty clouds!

July 19, 2008

Driefaltigkeitssäule Monument

Driefaltigkeitssäule Monument in the Linzer Hauptzplatz - Linz, Austria

This monument is in the main square of downtown Linz.
It was built in 1723, and the square itself dates back to 1230.
Most weekends in the summer there's a concert or exhibit held there.
In the winter it's home to the Christmas Market.
This was the first picture I took of Linz!

July 16, 2008

Stay Tuned...

There aren't many pictures yet, but there will be soon!
Keep your eyes peeled...

July 14, 2008

Собор Василия Блаженного #1

St. Basil's Cathedral - Moscow

This is the first of many photos to come of St. Basil's Cathedral.
I dreamt of seeing this since I was a little girl,
and needless to say, it didn't disappoint.
It was even more beautful in person than these photos can possibly show.

July 11, 2008

First Post!

This is my first post, so I decided to put up my first picture of Moscow to go with it!

This picture was taken with my cell phone, from inside my friend's car. It was my first glimpse of Red Square and the Kremlin. This was a very exciting moment for me. I wish that I had brought my camera with me that day, but at least I had my phone to capture the moment.

Many, many, many more pictures of these buildings will follow this one. And I certainly had my camera ready for them!

I hope that everyone will enjoy looking through my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!