More of Milan

Just found the draft for this post, and thought I should put it out. I was probably waiting to write something clever or meaningful about these photos, but I’m not holding my breath for that to happen. I love Milan. Such gorgeous architecture – so many charming neighbourhoods. Our visit last year was special because we had a personal guide/youngest daughter living in the city. Any destination is better when you can hang out with a “local”, don’t you think?Duomo Galleria door knocker door detail church bridge over canal

weekly photo challenge – one shot, two ways

Here’s my take on this week’s weekly photo challenge from the Daily Post. When you take as many photos as I tend to, it’s easy to find a variety of views on the same subject. All of these photos were taken in Vienna, Austria in June.building exterior decoration, Vienna vertical bldg. alternate view of church ceiling detail, Vienna beautiful church ceiling, Vienna building soffit detail, Vienna building soffit detail, ViennaThose last 2 are pretty similar – maybe I just turned the camera a little, but I thought they looked rather different. It’s been a slow week for blogging because I’ve been busy in the studio. More on that later.

St. Stephen’s Church

We recently spent a week in a hotel on the Stephansplatz, neighbors with St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It was fantastic being able to enjoy the architecture from various viewpoints and be close enough to visit whenever I felt like it! Here are some of  my favorite photos:

exterior of St. Stephen's St. Stephen's exterior looking towards organ interior view - St. Stephen's Church, Vienna, Austria stairs and pulpit carving detail interior view - St. Stephen's Church, Vienna, Austria interior metal fence interior view - St. Stephen's Church, Vienna, Austria interior view - St. Stephen's Church, Vienna, Austria chancel area - St. Stephen's Church, Vienna, Austria interior view - St. Stephen's Church, Vienna, Austria organ loftWe took the elevator up the north tower where the Cathedral’s famous bell, the Pummerin, hangs. It’s one of the largest bells in the world and was originally made from melted down cannon balls. It’s very special and only rings for very special occasions, like New Year’s. We also climbed over 300 stairs to reach the top of the south tower to catch a different view. It was worth the effort!church bell, Pummerinroof view of St. Stephen's St. Stephen's tile roof bird roof tile pattern tile crest on roof, St. Stephen's tile roof pattern

I thought the tile work was rather magnificent, and I’m glad that I didn’t have to do it.

churches that amaze

Even though I am not a religious person, I am totally impressed by the architecture and grandeur of old churches. I cannot walk past a church without trying the door to see if I can check the interior. Here are some of my Vienna finds, starting with St. Peter’s Church. This was just down the street from our hotel. Notice the advertising on the front of the building – it seems sponsorship is a necessary evil that helps to finance upkeep and restoration. I don’t like it but it beats having the church fall into disrepair.

Peterskirche St. Peter's interior St. Peter's ceiling St. Peter's Church organ at St. Peter's Church St. Peter's Church interior St. Peter's Church pewNext we visited the Church of Saint Mary of the Angels (locally called the Capuchin Church). It was lovely in its simplicity, and the incredible craftsmanship is inspiring.

Capuchin Church Capuchin Church interior tile floor, Capuchin ChurchThe next incredible church is Kirche der Barmherzigen, or Mercy Church St. John the Baptist. I love that you don’t have any idea of what to expect when you enter a church. They can look quite plain on the outside and surprise you once you step inside. Look at this fine example. (We were fortunate to hear a choir rehearsal – such a treat.)

Mercy Church, Vienna Mercy Church interior Mercy Church interior choir at Mercy Church

I have one more magnificent church to share, but I think it deserves its own post. Be sure to check out my other Vienna posts: Vienna first impressions and More of Vienna.