and it leaves one unsatisfied.
— Lord Henry Wotton, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), 1891 (via his-name-was-writ-in-water)
The Romanovs and their palaces. Александровский дворец | Alexander Palace | Russia | Pushkin town (Tsarskoe Selo) | 24 kilometers (15 mi) south from the center of St. Petersburg.
The Alexander Palace was presented as a gift by Catherine the Great for her favorite grandson, Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich, the future emperor Alexander I of Russia on the occasion of his marriage to Grand Duchess Elizaveeta Alexeevna, born Princess Luise Marie Augusta of Baden. The palace construction was completed in May of 1796, and in June the Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich, his spouse and his court moved into the new Palace. The Palace in the classical style is considered to be the pearl among the creations of Quarenghi and one of the main masterpieces in the world. The art-critic I.E.Grabar wrote that “there are palaces bigger and more regal, but there is no palace which architecture is more beautiful”. In the center of the main northern façade is a magnificent Corinthian colonnade passage consisting of two rows of columns. In 1838 two sculptures were placed in front of the colonnade. A.S. Pushkin immortalized these sculptures in his poems. In the early XX century, during the reign of Nicholas II, the Alexander Palace was the main residence and a summer dacha for the Imperial Family, but it became a real home for the last Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna during the last 13 years of their reign. The Alexander Palace was the focus of court life: here are accepted after, celebrated the 300th anniversary of the House of Romanov and the 200th anniversary of Tsarskoye Selo. From this palace the family of Nicholas II was sent into exile in Tobolsk. (x) (x)
After seeing so many stories on the news about parents leaving their children in car, I can’t help but wonder how someone could leave their child ANYWHERE on accident.
I am not a mother; I have no children to call my own, but I still understand the value of a human life. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.
"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014).
Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player).
To Be Takei documentary official website.
- Mod Dawes Sr.
Finding someone worth waking up to is better than finding someone to sleep with.
Dresden in Sachsen, Eastern Germany became a city in 1206 and celebrated its 800th birthday in 2006. It was home to many Saxon kings, the most famous being August der Starke. They appertained to the family of the Wettiner and were closely related to other European royal families. Many buildings date from their reign and rich art collections are testimony of their extreme wealth. The last Saxon king abdicated in 1918. In 1945, the historical center of Dresden was 75% destroyed by Allied bombings. These events are deeply marked in the city’s history and are still remembered annually in processions and ceremonies. More than 30,000 people died in the bombings - the exact number is unknown. For many years the ruins and now the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche, with its donated gold cupola from the UK, acted as a call for peace among the nations of the earth. The historical center has been largely restored to its former glory, parts are still under reconstruction. Dresden gets 10 million tourists a year, mostly from other parts of Germany, but international tourism is growing, particularly from China and the USA, as Dresden is a convenient stop between Berlin and Prague. It lies in the former DDR (German Democratic Republic) and DDR architecture is still well visible. In the city center, the “Prager Straße” and the “Kulturpalast” are examples for classical DDR architecture. If you leave the center you will find a lot of apartment blocks, called “Plattenbau”, as they were and are typical for Eastern Europe of the Communist era.
Profile of Tsar Nicholas II
this is my linen closet, *shows you some towels*
and this is my lenin closet *shows you communist propaganda*
Night Watchman, 1875 by Carl Spitzweg (German, 1808—1885)
A disabled First World War veteran begging on the streets of Berlin, 1923 -