Thursday, 17 July 2008

Oradour sur Glane

Pictures from the Village of Martyrs at Oradour sur Glane in Limousin, France.

The village was razed by the SS Division "Das Reich" on June 10th, 1944. 642 people were killed and only 11 managed to escape. 328 buildings were destroyed and after the war then President de Gaulle ordered that the town should be preserved as a memorial to those who perished and to remind us all of the horrors of war.

A stark reminder as you enter the village of martyrs

Commemorative plaque in Oradour sur Glane

Only the exterior walls remain to tell the tale

The charred remains of a car

The road to nowhere

The remains of a pram lie in the church at Oradour sur Glane

Remains of a barn at Oradour sur Glane, Limousin, France

Not a sound to be heard

Time for a moment's reflection

For the full set of pictures of Oradour sur Glane go to Flickr.

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

One of the most picturesque chateaus in the Loire Valley in France.

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau reflected in the moat

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Copenhagen again - Denmark, pt. III

Here are some more pictures from Copenhagen, showing the modernist Knippelsbro bridge and the National Bank designed by Arne Jacobsen as his last major work before his death in 1971. It didn't open until 1978. The second picture is of the largest new build in Copenhagen, the Opera House which opened a few years ago and was built using a large grant from the A.P. Møller Foundation. The building was designed by Henning Larsen, another of the great Danish architects. The third, and final, picture in this batch shows the Danish flag, Dannebrog, over the Sixtus Battery at the entry to the harbour. This is the official Danish flag, which all others must copy.

Knippelsbro with the Danish National Bank in the background

Knippelsbro - Modernist bridge design and the Danish National Bank in the background

Copenhagen Opera House

Copenhagen opera house as seen from the water

The official Dannebrog flag at the Sixtus Battery

Denmark, 2008, travel, Europe, holiday, vacation 238

Copenhagen Pictures - Denmark, pt. II

As promised here are now some pictures from Copenhagen. As always, you can see them in bigger sizes by clicking on the photos. Hope you enjoy them!

Vor Frelser Kirke (Church of Our Saviour)

Vor Frelser Kirke (Church of Our Saviour) - tower detail

Frederikskirken/Marmorkirken (the Marble Church) as seen from Amaliehaven through Amalienborg Castle

Frederikskirken/Marmorkirken seen through Amalienborg Palace from Amaliehaven

Boats at Christianshavn

Boats in Christianshavn, Copenhagen