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Night Photos on Quai d”Orsay and Quai de Voltaire

In late September a tour client and her friends invited me to their hotel down the street from the d’Orsay Museum for an after-dinner drink. I left about 9:45 pm to return home. It was a lovely, balmy night and instead of taking the metro home, I decided it was too lovely outside to go underground. I strolled along the Quai d”Orsay and Quai de Voltaire,  admiring the beautifully lit, grand buildings, and boats gliding on the Seine. I walked all the way to the Louvre, snapping photos along ...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Architecture, Gardens, Parks, Seine, Richard Nahem, Quai, Quai de Voltaire

Paris Doors Postcards

I am excited to launch a new series of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards with the Doors of Paris. Many of you have followed my Door of the Month blog posts over the years and have asked me when I would do a series of postcards.   The limited-edition series of Eye Prefer Paris Door Collection Postcards are available three different ways. 18 cards: 3 Red Doors, 3 Blue Doors, 3 Green Doors, 3 Wood Doors, 3 Iron Doors, and 3 Door Knockers.   Cost: $65- Free shipping   9 postcards: 3 Red D...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Richard Nahem, Red Doors, Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, Wood Doors, Green Doors, Iron Doors, Eye Prefer Paris Paris Door Collection

As important as the Taj Mahal? The Palestinian refugee camp seeking Unesco world heritage status

For 70 years, the ramshackle Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem has been a site of displacement. Why is this ‘heritage of exile’ not enough for Unesco to grant it the status it gives Macchu Picchu and Venice?The Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem doesn’t look much like your usual Unesco world heritage site. For a start, there are no souvenir stalls or swarms of trinket hawkers. Instead, cracked concrete walls covered with Arabic graffiti frame the entrance to a corner shop, where an old phot...
Tags: London, World news, Culture, Architecture, Unesco, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Heritage, United Nations, Refugees, Bethlehem, Macchu Picchu, Petti, Mosaic Rooms, Sandi Hilal

Le Philharmonie Paris Abstract Photos

 The architecture of Le Philharmonie, the recently built concert hall designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, located in the cultural complex La Villette, has always fascinated me. I am always at my most inspired after seeing great photo exhibitions, and after viewing the mind-blowing photos of Sebastião Salgado at  Le Philharmonie  in August, I explored the perimeter of the building on three different levels. I like the sharp angles and textures of the glass, cement, and metal and point...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Jean Nouvel, Sebastiao Salgado, Museums/Galleries/Exhibits, Richard Nahem, Le Philharmonie Paris Abstract Photos, Le Philharmonie

 Duomo di Milano [Author: Bryan]
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Italia, Bryan

The Roman Colosseum Has a Twin in Tunisia: Discover the Amphitheater of El Jem, One of the Best-Preserved Roman Ruins in the World

Image via Wikimedia Commons When Rome conquered Carthage in the Third Punic War (149-146 BC), the Republic renamed the region Africa, for Afri, a word the Berbers used for local people in present-day Tunisia. (The Arabic word for the region was Ifriqiya.) Thereafter would the Roman Empire have a stronghold in North Africa: Carthage, the capital of the African Province under Julius and Augustus Caesar and their successors. The province thrived. Second only to the city of Carthage in the region, ...
Tags: Facebook, College, Africa, History, Rome, Architecture, Unesco, Algeria, Republic, Tunisia, Pompeii, Tunis, North Africa, Atlas Obscura, Jem, Carthage

  Cattedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino Trani (BT) [Author: Bryan]
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Italia, Bryan, San Nicola Pellegrino Trani BT

Paris Rooftop Views: La Samaritaine, Hotel Le Fouquets, and Institut du Monde Arabe

Since you left so many positive comments and glowing reviews of my first Paris Rooftop Views blog from last month, I am bringing you a new series today.   Today I present a potpourri. First are the views from the fabulous suites at the Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet's Paris, just off the Champs E lysées, that I had the privilege of viewing last month on a tour of the gorgeous hotel suites. The views were from the top floors of the hotel which faced north on to the Champs Elysees and beyond...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Notre Dame, Seine, La Samaritaine, Institut du Monde Arabe, Seine River, Île Saint Louis, Richard Nahem, Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet, Paris Rooftop Views

Acquedotto di Vanvitelli

 Province of Caserta [Author: Bryan]
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Italia, Bryan, Vanvitelli, Caserta

360 Degree Virtual Tours of the Hagia Sophia

Last year, when Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an announced that Hagia Sophia would be reconverted into a mosque, he assured a concerned UNESCO that changes to the 1,500-year-old former cathedral-turned-mosque would have “no negative impact” on its status as World Heritage Site. “A state must make sure that no modification undermines the outstanding universal value of a site listed on its territory,” the world body has said. Claims to the contrary notwithstanding, the “universal val...
Tags: Travel, Art, Facebook, College, Turkey, History, Bbc, Architecture, Unesco, Khan Academy, Istanbul, Reuters, Sophia, Constantinople, Josh Jones, Hagia Sophia

Paris Rooftop Views: Tour Saint Jacques

I am christening a new photo series today, Rooftop Views. I have specifically chosen rooftop sites around Paris to take photos from. The first in the series is from Tour Saint Jacques, which is on the rue de Rivoli just by Chatelet.   The Saint Jacques Church was built at the end of the 12th century, funded in part by the butcher’s guild, and named Saint-Jacques de Boucherie/the church of the butchers. The old tower was replaced and rebuilt in 1522 and during the French Revolution the chu...
Tags: Travel, History, Architecture, Paris, Jacques, Châtelet, Richard Nahem, rue de Rivoli, Paris Rooftop Views, Jacques Church

Tiny New Zealand airport that tells Māori love story in running for global design award

Regional hub in New Plymouth – built on land seized from Māori in 1960 – is up against the likes of New York’s LaGuardia for Unesco’s Prix Versailles A tiny regional airport in New Zealand that weaves a Māori story of love and longing into its architecture is in the running for a prestigious design award, up against international heavyweights including New York’s LaGuardia.Unesco’s Prix Versailles recognises architecture that fosters a better interaction between economy and culture, and includes...
Tags: New York, Berlin, Architecture, Unesco, Asia Pacific, Air transport, New Zealand, Indigenous Peoples, Versailles, Maori, New Plymouth, New York LaGuardia, Philippines Continue, New York 's LaGuardia, Brandenburg Airport, LaGuardia Unesco

Loire Valley Château Week: Chateau La Ferté-Saint-Aubin

I am ending this series of Loire chateaux with La Ferté-Saint-Aubin. It’s my favorite of the three, not so much because of the chateau itself, although it’s beautiful, but because of the young, energetic owner, Lancelot Guyot (is that not the perfect name for an owner of a 17th century chateau?).   Before I say more about Lancelot, here’s a brief history of the chateau. Although there is a history of the family from the Middle Ages, the current chateau was constructed in the late 17th cen...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, France, History, Architecture, Louis XIV, Lancelot, Michel, Aubin, Richard Nahem, Loire Valley Château Week, Lancelot Guyot, Henri de Saint Nectaire, Jacques Guyot, Lancelot May, Chateau La Ferté Saint Aubin

Loire Valley Château Week : Château de Villesavin

Continuing with Loire Valley Château Week, today I am writing about Château de Villesavin, which is located on the Sologne region of the Loire on the Beuvron River. Originally a manor house was constructed on the site in the 14th century, but the present-day building was built by Jean La Breton, Lord of Villandry, (he also owned Chateau Villandry) who was the finance minister under the reign of King Francois I. Breton oversaw the construction of the extravagant Chateau de Chambord and taking ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, France, History, Architecture, Loire Valley, Loire, Lars, Richard Nahem, Loire Valley Château Week, Beuvron River, Jean La Breton Lord of Villandry, Francois I Breton, Véronique de Sparre, Marriage Museum, Château de Villesavin

Loire Valley Château Week: Château de Troussay

Dear Subscribers, my apologies if you received my last blog post twice in your email. I was testing out my new subscription delivery service with Feedblitz.  Last month when I was in the Loire Valley, I had the good fortune to visit three smaller, less known chateaux. I am writing about each one in a separate blog post this week and calling it Loire Valley Chateau Week.   The first chateau I visited was Château de Troussay, which has the distinction of being the smallest of the Loire c...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, France, Architecture, Loire Valley, Loire, Blois, Richard Nahem, Henri IV, Cheverny, Robert Bugy, Bugy, Blois Part, Christophe de Réméon, Maurice Delamarre de Monchaux, Isore Hurault de Vibraye

Sant' Oronzo of Ostuni

  [Author: Bryan]
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Italia, Bryan, Ostuni, Sant Oronzo

La Bourse de Commerce- Pinault Collection

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always admired La Bourse de Commerce, a stunning rotunda bordering Les Halles, but it remained a mystery, piquing my curiosity. What was this building before, why is this architectural wonder empty and not being used, and why don’t they put something fabulous in there?   All these questions were recently answered when La Bourse de Commerce opened in June this year.   The original structure, which was the wheat exchange of Paris, was erected from 1763 to...
Tags: Travel, New York, Architecture, Paris, Frank Gehry, Venice, Citroën, Guggenheim, Les Halles, Urs Fischer, Pritzker, Pinault, Tadao Ando, Balenciaga, David Hammons, Museums/Galleries/Exhibits

Paris Photos

Another group of photos taken around Paris. I had this up in Montmartre at a Vietnamese restaurant. It was as good as it looks. A typical view of the architecture in Montmartre. Just married at the Mairie. Good luck! This moss covered couch was seen in the window of a florist. I love Art Nouveau architecture. This building is rather spectacular!
Tags: Travel, Photos, Food, Architecture, Paris, Montmartre, Florist

Historic Summit Inn: Best Mountain Sunset Views in PA!

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Tags: Travel, History, Architecture, USA: Pennsylvania

Italy’s New UNESCO Sites in Padua, Bologna, and Tuscany

The 2021 UNESCO session raised Italy's number of World Heritage Sites to 58—the most of any country in the world.
Tags: Travel, Art, Architecture, Unesco, Italy, Bologna, Tuscany, World Heritage Sites, Padua, Italy News, Culture & Living, Padua Bologna

Padua’s Frescoes, Bologna’s Porticoes, and Montecatini Terme Are Italy’s Newest UNESCO Sites

The 2021 UNESCO session raised Italy's number of World Heritage Sites to 58—the most of any country in the world.
Tags: Travel, Art, Architecture, Unesco, Italy, Bologna, Tuscany, World Heritage Sites, Padua, Italy News, Culture & Living

Liverpool’s loss raises questions on the future of our cherished sites

Analysis: removal of world heritage status is a humiliating moment for Britain and the UK governmentThe threat has loomed over Liverpool for almost a decade. With every new building, crane and construction site that appeared on its historic waterfront, there was a growing inevitability that the city would be stripped of its prized world heritage status.Many believe the final nail in the coffin was the approval of Everton FC’s new £500m stadium at Bramley Moore-Dock. The 53,000-capacity venue wil...
Tags: UK, UK News, Architecture, Unesco, Britain, Liverpool, Heritage, Everton Fc, Bramley Moore Dock

Liverpool’s heritage is not under threat | Letter

Gavin Davenport, the chair of Merseyside Civic Society, responds to Unesco’s decision to strip the city of its world heritage statusRe the disappointing decision by Unesco to strip Liverpool of world heritage status (21 July), the value of Liverpool as a world heritage city goes far beyond the narrow encapsulation of the original citation. Heritage is about the life and utility of a historic city’s environment and must serve its citizenry. Having lived in Liverpool since before world heritage st...
Tags: Culture, Architecture, Unesco, Liverpool, Heritage, Gavin Davenport, Merseyside Civic Society

Liverpool has been vandalising its waterfront for a decade – it’s shocking Unesco didn’t act sooner | Oliver Wainwright

Losing world heritage status has shone a light on the city’s redevelopment from maritime metropolis to pound-shop Shanghai, plagued by allegations of bribery and corruptionUnesco strips Liverpool of its world heritage status“A certificate on the wall” is how Liverpool’s former mayor Joe Anderson used to describe the city’s Unesco world heritage status. The unbridled contempt he showed for his own city’s architectural heritage has now come to its logical conclusion: the certificate has ended up i...
Tags: UK News, Culture, Architecture, Unesco, Art and design, Liverpool, United Nations, Shanghai, Joe Anderson, Oliver Wainwright

Unesco strips Liverpool of its world heritage status

UN body says years of development have caused ‘irreversible loss’ to historic value of Victorian docksLiverpool has been stripped of its coveted world heritage status after Unesco blamed years of development for an “irreversible loss” to the historic value of its Victorian docks.The UN’s heritage body concluded at a meeting in China on Wednesday that the “outstanding universal value” of Liverpool’s waterfront had been destroyed by new buildings, including Everton football club’s new £500m stadiu...
Tags: China, UK News, Culture, Architecture, Unesco, Liverpool, Heritage, United Nations, Everton, Un


I visited yet another new museum in Paris, this one in the Bourse which was once the building for the stock market. It was bought by Pinault, a billionaire/collector and is full of his art collection, all modern. I am not a fan of modern art on the whole. Most of it seems sort of silly to me. I’m stuck in the past I guess. But I loved the building. I went there mainly to see the architecture. It’s a round building built on what used to be a palace for Catherine de Midici who once went up th...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Architecture, Paris, Modern Art, Pinault, Art Collection, Bourse Museum, Wax Sculptures, Catherine de Midici

Reopening of La Samaritaine

Now that Paris is fully open, including stores, museums, live theater, cinema, and restaurants and cafes, I am catching up on my to do list. In the past week I’ve been to a number of cultural events, exhibitions, and cafes, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.   Last Wednesday I visited the newly reopened La Samaritaine on rue de Rivoli, near the Louvre. Once the Art Nouveau jewel in the crown of Paris department stores, La Samaritaine was bought by the LVMH Group in 2001, and ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Fashion, Shopping, Architecture, Paris, Michelin, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Ernest, Sanaa, La Samaritaine, Maison Plisson, Richard Nahem, Eric Kayser

An Island

A short distance from Granville is the island of Chancey, really a part of the largest archepelago in Europe but with the really high and low tide in this area many of the islands are only visable at low tide. We took a ferry to visit the island and it was delightful. It’s very small with only 30 full time residents and there aren’t any cars so you just hear the birds and the occasional sound of a boat motor across the water. It was very calm and peaceful. A look at some of the many islands...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Water, Architecture, Island, Granville, Granite, Genet, Chancey, Chausey Island

Etretat Houses And Gardens

While I was preparing for the Lupin tour for Facebook, I snapped photos of the charming houses and gardens in Etretat. The climbing rosebushes were doing a great job of decorating the facades of the houses and the lush shrubs and bushes blanketed the front and side yards. I also loved the various materials and details of the houses such as thatched roofs, brick, and half-timber.   CLICK HERE to watch the Lupin 2 video from Etretat, in case you missed it.  ...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Facebook, Architecture, Gardens, Parks, Lupin, Richard Nahem

Return to the Luberon: La Tour d’Aigues and Mirabeau

After visiting the village of Ansouis, which I posted about yesterday, we went to La Tour d’Aigues. Outdoor cafes and restaurants had just reopened in France the week before, so we had lunch at a sweet outdoor café and enjoyed some fresh salads. Across the street from the café was the ruins of the Chateau La Tour d’Aigues, a Renaissance architectural wonder from the 16th century which was influenced by the triumphal arches of Roman Antiquity. The chateau has been repurposed since 1985 as a co...
Tags: Travel, France, Architecture, Luberon, Mirabeau, Richard Nahem, Ansouis, Jean de Florette

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