Hello lovely people,
I'm back home again! It's always nice to come home again after a long absence, and good to sleep in your own bed again too.
We've had a wonderful trip. I will be posting photos as soon as I have transferred them to my computer. As you know, blogging from my iPad was not a success as Blogger could not find my photos on my appliance.
I'm joining Virginia at Rocking your World Friday and Annie at A Stitch In Time and today is all about what has made us smile, so let's start with my postcards. This first one is from Germany. From Bremen to be precise. It features the bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians from a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The statue was made by Gerhard Marcks and was erected in 1953.
Do you know the story? In the story, a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster (or hen), all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one, they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there ("Something better than death we can find anywhere"). Contrary to the story's title the characters never arrive in Bremen, as they succeed in tricking and scaring off a band of robbers, capturing their spoils, and moving into their house.The other card I received this week is this:
It is an ornate mantle piece from the Villa Ephrussi de Rothshield in Cap Ferrar on the Cote d'Azur.
Wikipedia writes this:
The villa was designed by the French architect Aaron Messiah, and constructed between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild (1864–1934) .
A member of the Rothschild banking family and the wife of the banker Baron Maurice de Ephrussi, Béatrice de Rothschild built her rose-colored villa on a promontory on the isthmus of Cap Ferrat overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, Old Master paintings, sculptures, objets d'art, and assembled an extensive collection of rare porcelain. The gardens are classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.
On her death in 1934, the Baroness donated the property and its collections to the Académie des Beaux Arts division of the Institut de France and it is now open to the public.
On the home front, we have moved to the ground floor flat. Our house is built on 4 floors and we live on the 3rd floor because of the spectacular views. But it is very hot in the summer as we have large panorama windows. So hubby has spent the last two years turning the ground floor into a purpose built, wheel chair friendly flat where we can live when we no longer are able to manage those stairs. We noticed it was much cooler, so we decided to move there for the summer. The flat has no terrace but is has a delightful patio:
That's it from me. Let me finish with some funnies:
You know how much I love street art. Here are some 'Before and after' street decorations. (I have not been able to discover who the artist is.)
Have a giggle, keep smiling,