The Weekly Travel Postcard – Botanical Garden in Powsin, Warsaw, Poland.

Powsin Botanical Garden, Warsaw, Poland

Botanical Garden in Powsin, Warsaw, Poland.

I am presently traveling in Europe and have just visited beautiful Botanical Garden in Powsin, Warsaw, Poland. The exact name in Polish is: “Ogród Botaniczny PAN w Powsinie”.

At this time of the year many roses are in full bloom. I was quite impress with the roses collection they have. There was great variety of roses looking not only beautiful, but also very healthy.

For more information about this garden please check out this page.

I am sorry for writing here less often, but while traveling I don’t always have access to the Internet.

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding some of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles and postcards soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

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The Weekly Travel Postcard – a Car Show in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

 

One of the pictures I have taken recently during a car show in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. July, 2017.

One of the pictures I have taken recently during a car show in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. July, 2017.

They have many fancy looking cars presented during this show. I have many more pictures and perhaps I will show you some of them in one of my future posts.

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding some of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles and postcards soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

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  1. Bird Kingdom – an Aviary in Niagara Falls, Canada.
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  5. Lake Garda, Italy.
  6. Gardens of Versailles, France.
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  8. Giardino Sigurtà” in Northern Italy – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  9. Niagara Parks Botanical Garden – part 1 – on my Vibrant Garden blog.

Bird Kingdom – World’s Largest Indoor Aviary – Niagara Falls, Canada.

The Weekly Travel Postcard – Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls.

Inside view on the Bird Kingdom Aviary in Niagara Falls, Canada

An inside view on the Bird Kingdom Aviary in Niagara Falls, Canada

 

We have visited this interesting place last year during the summer of 2016. I am not sure it is indeed  “the World’s Largest Indoor Aviary”, as they claim, but if you are in Niagara Falls and like tropical and other birds, it is certainly worth visiting.

I like the design of the building, which looks inside like the old temple lost in a jangle. The structure is Javanese House from the 1800s, which is one of the kind in North America. Most of the tropical birds inside are free to fly within the structure

Only some smaller birds – lorikeet parrots, are in the enclosure called Lorikeet Landing where then can also fly, but this area  is separated from the rest. For an additional fee and under the supervision of the aviary’s staff, adults and children can feed the birds, and if they are lucky, birds might land on their arms, head or shoulders. It looked like fun, especially for children.

Here is another picture from this place and below you can see the display presenting pictures of the birds in this aviary. The display was pretty long so I was not able to take the photo of the whole poster.

Bird Kingdom - Aviary, Niagara Falls, Canada.

Bird Kingdom – Aviary, Niagara Falls, Canada.

 

The poster presenting some of the birds in the aviary, Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, Canada.

The poster presenting some of the birds in the aviary, Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, Canada.

Beside the above mentioned areas, there are a few other displays behind glass, like in a zoo, presenting some other animals like bats, owls and turtles. From this area, particularly interesting for me was seeing small baths feeding on fruits.

So next time you are visiting Niagara and you like to almost feel like transported to the tropics, visit this interesting place and be surrounded by exotic, clourful tropical birds. It is a particularly good outing for a rainy day or if you are in Niagara Falls  in winter.

Here is Bird Kingdom website with more information to help you plan your trip.

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding some of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles and postcards soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

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  3. Visiting Parco Civico Villa Ciani, Lugano, Switzerland – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  4. Lake Garda, Italy.
  5. Gardens of Versailles, France.
  6. Gadens of Spiazzi village – an article on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  7. Giardino Sigurtà” in Northern Italy – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  8. Niagara Parks Botanical Garden – part 1 – on my Vibrant Garden blog.

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A View From the Way to Sacro Monte di Varallo, Italy.

The Weekly Travel Postcard – Sacro Monte di Varallo, Italy.

A view from the Way to Sacro Monte di Varallo, Italy. You can see river Sesia flowing at the bottom of the mountain.

A view from the Way to Sacro Monte di Varallo, Italy. You can see river Sesia flowing at the bottom of the mountain

Here is an amazing view from the way to Sacro Monte di Varallo (Sacred Mountain of Varallo), in Italy. It is a very beautiful place I have visited a few years ago. At the top of the Sacro Monte is a sanctuary with a magnificent view on the surrounding mountains and the town of Varallo Sesia in the province of Piedmont, in northern Italy.

This religious complex founded in XVth century (1491) by Franciscan Bernardino Caimi is the oldest so called “Sacro Monte” and was the inspiration for creating many similar places of devotion.

It is situated on a natural terrace on side of Monte Tre Croci (the mountain of 3 crosses), at the altitude of  600 m above sea level and 150 m above the old town of  Varallo.

Beside the main church there are many smaller chapels displaying live-size figures depicting the last days of life on Earth, passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The figures are really well done with very natural facial expressions and lots of details. I am attaching one sample depicting Jesus Christ falling under the cross.

Jesus Christ falling under the cross, Sacro Monte di Varallo, Italy.

Jesus Christ falling under the cross, Sacro Monte di Varallo, Italy.

I will probably write more about this place in the future.

I am just getting ready for my travel to Europe and will try to keep this blog going as long as I will have access to the Internet. Stay tuned and subscribe to my Light Vision blog so you won’t miss future updates.

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding some of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles and postcards soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

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  1. Milan , Italy.
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  4. Lake Garda, Italy.
  5. Gardens of Versailles, France.
  6. Gadens of Spiazzi village – an article on my Vibrant Garden blog.
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Canada Day and Canada’s 150 Birthday Celebration – A Weekly Travel Postcard.

A Weekly Travel Postcard – Canada Day  and Canada’s 150-th Birthday.

A sand sculptures of 2 beavers commemorating Canada's 150 Birthday, Oshawa, Durham region, Ontario, Canada, 2017.

A sand sculptures of 2 beavers commemorating Canada’s 150 Birthday, Oshawa, Durham region, Ontario, Canada, 2017.

This year we were celebrating not only Canada Day, but also Canada’s 150 Birthday. There were lots of events organized to commemorate it, some special discounts offers and no entry fees to access Canada’s National Park during the whole year.

We have celebrated it by visiting our local park, inviting guests for a party and looking at fireworks in the evening of July 1st. While walking in the Lakeview Park in Oshawa, Durham Region (GTA – Greater Toronto Area) we have discovered these two beavers’ sand sculpture to commemorate Canada’s 150 Birthday.  I think the beavers holding Canada’s flag look quite cute.

Happy Canada Day and 150 Canada’s Birthday!!!

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding some of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles and postcards soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

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A Weekly Travel Postcard – Another View from Locarno, Italy.

A Weekly Travel Postcard – Another View on Lake Maggiore, Locarno Area.

Lake Maggiore, Locarno area, Italy.

Lake Maggiore, Locarno area, Italy.

Here is another view on Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore) in Italy. You can also see my other postcard from this place in my previous post. I will write more about my stay there, to stay tuned and subscribe /follow my blog, so you won’t miss future updates. While in this area, we have visited very interesting place unique to XV century culture of this region – Sacro Monte – an original looking sanctuary with life-size figures.

I am sorry I write here less often, but I am very busy at the moment getting ready for my trip to Europe. I will try to write much more once there, if only I will be able to connect to the Internet.

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding most of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

You May Also Like to Read:

  1. Milan , Italy.
  2. Mantua – the Sleeping Beauty.
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  4. Lake Garda, Italy.
  5. Gardens of Versailles, France.
  6. Gadens of Spiazzi village – an article on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  7. Giardino Sigurtà” in Northern Italy – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  8. Niagara Parks Botanical Garden – part 1 – on my Vibrant Garden blog.

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A Weekly Travel Postcard – Locarno, Northern Italy.

A Weekly Travel Postcard – Locarno, Italy.

Locarno in northern Italy.

Locarno in northern Italy.

Here is my Weekly Travel Postcard for you from Locarno in northern Italy. I will be writing more about Locarno area soon so stay tuned by following/subscribing to my blog.

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding most of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

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  5. Lake Garda, Italy.
  6. Gardens of Versailles, France.
  7. Gadens of Spiazzi village – an article on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  8. Giardino Sigurtà” in Northern Italy – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
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A Weekly Travel Postcard – Parma Area, Northern Italy.

A Weekly Travel Postcard from the Province of Piacenza, Italy.

A house in Parma area, province of Piacenza in Northern Italy.

A house in Parma area, province of Piacenza in Northern Italy.

Today I would like to present to you as a Weekly Travel Postcard one of my pictures taken in a little village close to Parma, in the province of Piacenza in Northern Italy.  It is located pretty close to the Certosa di Pavia I have already told you about in my previous article.

I have noticed this interesting looking house, typical to this region, during our evening walk from the hotel where we have stayed overnight. The houses here are mostly build from brick and some natural stones. As you can see even a fence was constructed in the same way. The roof is made of reddish-orange clay tiles, as most of the roofs in Italy. There are grapes growing in a sunny spot in the garden and some red hollyhocks along the fence. Climbing roses would be typical to this area, as well as wisteria. I thought it was a nice, charming house and I took a picture.

It is a very quiet area with lots of fields around and just a few houses. Many of them have beautiful flowers, blooming trees and shrubs in the garden and in front of the house.

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding most of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

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Certosa di Pavia Monastery Complex in Northern Italy.

Tourists approaching the church in Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

Tourists approaching the church in Certosa di Pavia Complex, Italy.

As I have already mentioned to you in my recent weekly postcard, when I was in Italy a few years ago, I have also visited beautiful old monastery Certosa di Pavia. It is a monastery and church complex in northern Italy located near a small town with the same name, 8 km north of Pavia and about the same distance from the capital of Lombardy region, Milan (Milano).

Approaching the Certosa di Pavia complex from the main entrance. Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

Approaching the Certosa di Pavia complex from the main entrance. Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

My Impressions from Visiting this Church and Monastery.

I was quite impressed with the sophisticated beauty of this church and monastery area and particularly by very elaborate church facade and general design of the complex, including 2 beautiful cloisters. The inside of the church is also very elegant and I especially liked the Gothic design of the church structure, as well as impressive Renaissance style tombs with life size marble figures, which almost looked as they were just asleep.

Certosa di Pavia, front of the church. Northern Italy.

Certosa di Pavia, front of the church. Northern Italy.

Unfortunately the monk who let us into the church didn’t allow us to take any pictures inside. I found it very strange since photography is allowed in most of Italian churches which often contain even much greater works of art. Besides a lot of art in this church was made of stone, so I don’t think it could be harmed by being photographed.  Of course because pictures were not allowed, I have not enjoyed visiting this church as much as I could. I am sorry I can not show you any pictures of interior of this building to encourage you to visit it as well.

Tourists admiring front of the church in Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

Tourists admiring front of the church in Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

Luckily taking pictures was permitted once we have exited the church and proceeded to admire two nearby beautiful cloister areas, as well as visited a sample cell of a monk. The cloisters are really beautiful with a view onto the church, where we have admired additional arches rising along its structure. It was also interesting to see how monks once lived. Each one of them had a separate simple room with basic furniture. I like the interesting design of a folding table with when folded back was covering several shelves inside a solid wall. Each cell had a fireplace to keep the occupants warm during colder part of the year. If front of each cell was a small garden where monks were growing a variety of vegetables, medicinal herbs and fruits, or could just enjoy the nature and meditate.

Details of the front of the church, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

Details of the front of the church, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

After leaving the cloisters, we went to visit a store run by monks from this monastery, located in one of buildings within the complex. They were selling there some souvenirs, including herbs and herbal liquors. I have purchased one of them which was supposed to be good as aperitif for a digestion. I have tried some Italian “apperitivo” also called “amaro” or “amaretto” before and they were very good, but the one I have purchased there was so bitter I was not able to drink more than about 1/2 teaspoon. It still have it as a curiosity from this trip and let some brave guest try it if they like to experience it. Perhaps it is good for the liver and digestion, but I wish the monk who has sold it to me would worn me about its so bitter taste. It would be a good idea to let visitors taste the herbal liquors first, so they could buy what they were looking for. Some more friendly attitude of the monks towards tourist would certainly help with sales and attracting more visitors to this beautiful religious complex.

One of the building in the complex where the giftstore is located. Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

One of the building in the complex where the giftstore is located. Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

The History of this Religious Complex.

The main entrance to the church, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

The main entrance to the church, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

The building of Certosa di Pavia religious complex was initiated in 1396 when the lord and the first Duke of nearby Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, has commissioned its building to the architect Marco Solari, who was also a chief of the works of the amazing Milan Cathedral (Duomo of Milan). 

Details of the front of the church, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

Details of the front of the church, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

Gian Galeazzo Visconti has chosen this location as Visconti’s family mausoleum, to be placed inside the church. The complex was located on the border of a big hunting area belonging to the Visconti family. Certosa di Pavia is one of the largest monasteries in Italy and probably one of the most beautiful. The church initially designed by Marco Solari in Gothic style, was later redesigned, in then wildly spread in Italy, Renaissance style and finally consecrated about 100 years later in May, 1497After Marco Solari, 2 other Solari’s family architects have worked on the church redesigning it in Renaissance style – Marco’s son – Giovanni Solari directed the work on the church from 1428 to 1462, and he was followed by his son – Guiniforte Solari. Giovanni Solari also had another son – Francesco, who also was an architect.  After the architects from Solari family, Giovanni Antonio Amadeo continued directing the work on the church. He was Francesco’s Solari’s student.  The lower part of the facade was finally completed about 10 years after the consecration of the church – in 1507.

A view on one of the cloisters and side of the church, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

A view on one of the cloisters and side of the church, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

It is interesting that the monks from Carthusians order (founded by St. Bruno), who were placed in the monastery and were taking care of the church, had a contract with Visconti in which they have promised not only to take a good care of the complex, but also use part of the revenue from the lands they obtained from Duke to improve it. They kept their promise and over the centuries have worked not only on maintaining it but have also added many works of art.

A details from cloister area, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

A details from cloister area, Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

Later the church and monastery was in the possession of Austria, various monks orders and Italian State.  Carthusians have lost it when in 1782 Emperor Jospeh II of Austria was taking possession of many monasteries in Italy and expelled the Carthusians from the complex. In 1784 the monastery and the church was in the hands of the Cistercians order and then under care of the Carmelites from 1789. They were there for about 20 years, when in 1810 the monastery was closed till finally the Carthusians got it back about 33 years later in 1843, so almost after 60 years from the time they were expelled.

Angel with swan and dolphins fountains in one of the cloisters area, Cetosa di Pavia, Italy.

Angel with swan and dolphins fountains in one of the cloisters area, Cetosa di Pavia, Italy.

In about next 23 years they have lost it again since in 1866 Italian State has declared the complex a National Monument and sequestrated it. In the meantime some Benedictines monks lived there till 1880. Currently the monks living in the monastery are from Cistercians order and they are there since the 1960s.

The Copyright Info.

Old lavatory in one of the cloisters area. Certosa di Pavia, Italy

Old lavatory in one of the cloisters area. Certosa di Pavia, Italy.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding most of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles soon, so please subscribe to this blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

Inside of a monk's cell with cleverly designed folding table and fireplace on the side to keep occupants warm. Certosa di Pavia monastery, Italy.

Inside of a monk’s cell with cleverly designed folding table and fireplace on the side to keep occupants warm. Certosa di Pavia monastery, Italy.

 

A view from one of the cloisters area, Certosa di Pavia religious complex, northern Italy.

A view from one of the cloisters area, Certosa di Pavia religious complex, northern Italy.

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  3. Visiting Parco Civico Villa Ciani, Lugano, Switzerland – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  4. Lake Garda, Italy.
  5. Gardens of Versailles, France.
  6. Gadens of Spiazzi village – an article on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  7. Giardino Sigurtà” in Northern Italy – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
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Weekly Travel Postcard – Lake Maggiore, Italy.

Weekly Travel Postcard – Lake Maggiore, Italy.

A view on Lake Maggiore, in northern Italy.

A view on Lake Maggiore, in northern Italy.

Here is my Weekly Travel Postcard – Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore) in Italy. I was in this area almost 3 years ago and it is really great looking place perfect for summer vacation. You can enjoy there a variety of sports, hiking and exploring the nearby towns admiring monuments, shopping, or just relaxing walking along the lake and seating in numerous restaurant, bars and cafes.  I will write more about this place to stay tuned and subscribe to/follow my blog, so you won’t miss future updates.

The Copyright Info.

All photographs presented on this blog are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk. If you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me. I will be adding most of the pictures posted here to my Light Vision website, where you can license images or buy them as prints.  I will be posting more articles soon, so please remember to subscribe to my blog to be notified about future updates. Thank you.

You May Also Like to Read:

  1. Milan , Italy.
  2. Mantua – the Sleeping Beauty.
  3. Visiting Parco Civico Villa Ciani, Lugano, Switzerland – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  4. Lake Garda, Italy.
  5. Gardens of Versailles, France.
  6. Gadens of Spiazzi village – an article on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  7. Giardino Sigurtà” in Northern Italy – on my Vibrant Garden blog.
  8. Niagara Parks Botanical Garden – part 1 – on my Vibrant Garden blog.

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