Friday, October 24, 2014

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Statistics behind Šmalčič Organic Farm:  (1) Each year 500,000 hectares convert to organic in the European Union; (2) 5.4% of the European Union's agricultural land is devoted to organic; (3) the annual growth rate of organic in the European Union is approaching 10%. (One hectare equals about 2.5 acres.) [2008]

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Welcome to the Celtic fringe of the British Isles. In Glasgow, as in Dublin, lamp poles are shaped like shepherd's crooks, symbols of each city's patron saint. Let St. Mungo's staff shed some light on the founding of Glasgow:  "Here is the bird that never flew. Here is the tree that never grew. Here is the bell that never rang. Here is the fish that never swam." [2004]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Gothic. 'Glasgow Cathedral': High Kirk ay Glasgee. Church of Scotland (Presbyterian). Formerly, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Scotland. Inside is the tomb of St. Mungo, patron saint of Scotland. [2004]

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Toledo, Spain

Gothic. Toledo Cathedral: Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo. Seat of an Archbishop and the Primate of Spain. Inside is the tomb of Alphonso VII, the first to use the title Emperor of All Spain. [2009]

Monday, October 20, 2014

Zagreb, Croatia

Gothic. Zagreb Cathedral: Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja. Roman Catholic. Seat of an archbishop. Inside are the oldest stained glass windows in Croatia. [2008]

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chartres, France

Gothic. Chartres Cathedral:  Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. Roman Catholic. Seat of a bishop. Inside is the Sancta Camisa, the sacred robe worn by Mother Mary when her Son was born. [2005]

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Agra, India

The Moghul Empire was at its height in the middle of the 17th century. What does the world today remember about the Mogul Empire? Only one thing: the Taj Mahal, a perfect architectural creation, here viewed through a perfect Moghul arch. The arts, and perhaps only the arts, allow civilizations to brag across centuries. [2011]