The Imperial Kaysersberg, France

June 6, 2013

Kaysersberg Alsace France

Translating in German as the Emperor’s Mountain, Kaysersberg’s illustrious name matches its equally regal wines. Often considered the most beautiful city in the Alsace wine route, Kaysersberg’s wino legacy dates all the way back to the 1500s, when Hungarians brought the first vines to the region.

The Most Serene Republic Of San Marino

June 1, 2013

San Marino Italy

Look out West; this microstate claims to have nearly 1500 years on most constitutions and thus is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world. It’s certainly not the largest, though; as of 2012 the republic boasted a population of around 32,000.

Gdańsk At Night

May 20, 2013

Gdańsk Poland

Despite its characteristically frigid temperatures, this Baltic Coast beaut certainly appears warm and inviting in this photo.

The Technicolor Town Of Burano, Italy

May 19, 2013

Burano Italy

Popular among artists for obvious reasons, this northern Italian island gets its multicolored streets thanks to a system stemming from the golden age of the area’s development. In other words, if you want to paint your home here, you must send a request to the government who will respond by making notice of the permitted colors on that specific lot.

The Red Ball Project Hits Paris

May 15, 2013

The time to talk about the elephant in the room has ceased, at least to artist Kurt Perschke. It’s time to talk–or as Perschke hopes–wonder about the large red ball directly in your path. By the playful placing of a bold, exaggerated ball on every day street corners, Perschke hopes to tap into the part of our brain that ponders the unreasonable and beyond belief–a part of the mind that far too often grows dusty with age.

Says Perschke in his statement, “On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it. It opens a doorway to imagine what if? As Red Ball travels around the world people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of imagination. I have witnessed it across continents, diverse age spans, cultures, and languages, always issuing an invitation. That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the Red Ball Project.”

Nine European Kings, One Funeral

May 12, 2013
Nine European Kings 1910

Source: Wikimedia

From Wikipedia: The Nine Sovereigns at Windsor for the funeral of King Edward VII. Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire, King George I of The Hellenes (Greece) and King Albert I of the Belgians (Belgium). Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King-Emperor George V of the Great Britain and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.