London . Paris . Switzerland . 2009

Some of my favourite sights from my trip to Europe.


 Buckingham Palace in London.

Buckingham Palace in London.

 Street lamps along banks of the Seine River in Paris.

Street lamps along banks of the Seine River in Paris.

 View from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

View from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

 Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris or Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris or Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

 A city of romance and culture surrounded by countless skyscrapers high against the skyline

A city of romance and culture surrounded by countless skyscrapers high against the skyline

 Rock Dove on Street Lamp . Paris

Rock Dove on Street Lamp . Paris

 Carved Marble Statue . Palace of Versailles.

Carved Marble Statue . Palace of Versailles.

 The Coronation of Napoleon is painted by Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon's official painter. This 10 x 6 metre tall painting seen in the Palace of Versailles is actually a replica. The actual painting is exhibited in the Louvre.

The Coronation of Napoleon is painted by Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon's official painter. This 10 x 6 metre tall painting seen in the Palace of Versailles is actually a replica. The actual painting is exhibited in the Louvre.

 Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum

 Jungfraujoch . Switzerland - The highest peak in Europe

Jungfraujoch . Switzerland - The highest peak in Europe

 The Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps

 Tram ride to Jungfraujoch

Tram ride to Jungfraujoch

 The Lion of Lucerne actually has a very amusing history. Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen commissioned this monument by asking Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen to design the sculpture. However, it is said that Pfyffer hid the truth that he didn't have enough money to pay Thorvaldsen. When the artist learned about it, he decided to show his disgust by altering the monument but out of respect for the soldiers it was built for, he left the Lion intact. Instead, he purposely altered the alcove of the lion into the shape of a Pig. Apparently, no one noticed the Pig until it was completed and it stands there today - a reminder of the artist's disdain.

The Lion of Lucerne actually has a very amusing history. Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen commissioned this monument by asking Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen to design the sculpture. However, it is said that Pfyffer hid the truth that he didn't have enough money to pay Thorvaldsen. When the artist learned about it, he decided to show his disgust by altering the monument but out of respect for the soldiers it was built for, he left the Lion intact. Instead, he purposely altered the alcove of the lion into the shape of a Pig. Apparently, no one noticed the Pig until it was completed and it stands there today - a reminder of the artist's disdain.

 Seagull . Interlaken

Seagull . Interlaken


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