Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, about 200km southwest of its more famous neighbour, Mauritius. A French overseas department, Reunion is an island of stunning natural beauty. In addition, inhabited by a mix of French, Creole and Asian people, the island is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Above all, it’s an island of colour! LOTS of colour. Here are sixteen photos portraying the colours of Reunion Island.
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The Gooderham Building (or Flatiron Building) in Toronto is one of the city’s most loved icons. Many locals refer to it as the Grand Dame. This red-brick beauty was completed in 1892 and is located at the intersection of Front Street and Wellington Street, a short walk away from the famous St. Lawrence Market.
Read the accompanying post: “A Forest of Glass and Steel“.
The La Almudena Cathedral in Madrid (or if you prefer its full name: Santa María la Real de La Almudena) is situated directly opposite the Royal Palace. Strangely enough for a predominantly Catholic country, Madrid didn’t have a cathedral until La Almudena was completed in the 1990′s. The cathedral is a mix of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles. The interior, with its soaring columns and cavernous nave, is certainly impressive.
Read the accompanying post: “Ten Things To Do in Madrid“.
The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is one of the largest art galleries in North America, featuring more than 80,000 works of art from the 1st century to more contemporary pieces. The gallery has been renovated several times during its existence; the latest renovations were designed by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry (think Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao) who was born in Toronto. The artworks at the gallery, from Renaissance to Canadiana, were certainly impressive but the most striking features of the museum were, in my view, the gorgeous curves designed by Frank Gehry.
If you’re in Toronto, the AGO is absolutely a must-visit, if only to admire its gorgeous curves!
One of many great things to do in the Vatican City is to climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, that’s if you’re not afraid of narrow, curvy staircases! The view from the top of St. Peter’s Square and Rome is phenomenal!