Tag Archives: Christmas 2021

Winter: Lauterbrunnen In Alpine Switzerland (4K)

A Rainy Snowy Walk On Christmas Evening In Lauterbrunnen. Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. With its 72 thundering waterfalls, secluded valleys, colourful alpine meadows and lonely mountain inns, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland. Winter: The expansive ski regions of Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg and Mürren-Schilthorn are quickly reached by mountain railway. There are 45 transport facilities altogether in the Jungfrau region as well as 213 km of piste, fun parks, 100 km of winter hiking trails and 50 km of toboggan run. The Lauterbrunnen Valley also boasts plenty of cross-country ski trails.

Walks: Salford Quays In Manchester, England (4K)

Salford Quays is an area of SalfordGreater Manchester, England, near the end of the Manchester Ship Canal. Previously the site of Manchester Docks, it became one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the United Kingdom following the closure of the dockyards in 1982.

Christmas 2021 Walks: Milan In Northern Italy

Milan, a metropolis in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture. 

Walking Tour: Christmas Lights In Tokyo, Japan (4K)

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum). 

Date taken: December 20-22, 2021

Timeline:

0:00 Shinjuku Southern Terrace 新宿サザンテラス https://bit.ly/3pgZosE4:27 Tokyo Station 東京駅 https://bit.ly/3EnNod36:37 WHITE KITTE KITTE丸の内 https://bit.ly/32ozdHP7:11 Marunouchi Naka-dori 丸の内仲通り https://bit.ly/32moVYG9:58 Tokyo Midtown Hibiya 東京ミッドタウン日比谷 https://bit.ly/32sp7pe13:03 Omotesando 表参道 https://bit.ly/3mrwqEO15:23 Odaiba お台場 https://bit.ly/3ehJ3O217:44 Roppongi Hills 六本木ヒルズ https://bit.ly/3pkPypT20:34 Roppongi keyakizaka 六本木けやき坂通り https://bit.ly/3qnYjyO22:53 Tokyo Midtown 東京ミッドタウン https://bit.ly/3FmtTmz26:16 Ebisu Garden Place 恵比寿ガーデンプレイス https://bit.ly/3eka7fu27:21 Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー https://bit.ly/3Jb9Gm729:52 Oi Racecourse 大井競馬場 https://bit.ly/3mtbFZ832:36 Ginza 銀座 https://bit.ly/3ssJcqo38:18 Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho 東京ガーデンテラス紀尾井町 https://bit.ly/3srHC8g

Christmas Walks: Lucerne – Central Switzerland (4K)

During Advent, Franziskanerplatz is transformed into a town in miniature crammed with gaily decorated stalls resembling little timber houses.

Located in the heart of Lucerne’s Old Town, the Christmas Market creates a highly evocative seasonal atmosphere. Drawing visitors from near and far, the 70 or so festively decorated stalls offer a host of wares and special gift items.

While the grown-ups savour a wealth of food and drink offerings, the children make a beeline for the Christmas carousel to the appropriately seasonal music of brass ensembles and choirs. The air is laden with the spicy fragrance of punch and mulled wine. In Advent the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne region presents unforgettable events and a real sense of Christmas atmosphere. Enjoy anticipation with traditional Christmas events such as the Samichlausauszug (Father Christmas Procession), Klausjagen (Nicholas Chase), Sternsingen (Christmas Carolling) or atmospheric festive cruises on the lake.

Christmas Tours: The Elms In Newport, Rhode Island

The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry. In 1898, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d’Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris.

Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds’ collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades.

The elaborate Classical Revival gardens on the grounds were developed between 1907 and 1914. They include terraces displaying marble and bronze sculpture, a park of fine specimen trees and a lavish lower garden featuring marble pavilions, fountains, a sunken garden and carriage house and garage. These gardens were recently restored.

Mrs. Berwind died in 1922, and Mr. Berwind invited his sister, Julia, to become his hostess at his New York and Newport houses. Mr. Berwind died in 1936 and Miss Julia continued to summer at The Elms until her death in 1961, at which time the house and most of its contents were sold at public auction. The Preservation Society of Newport County purchased The Elms in 1962 and opened the house to the public. In 1996, The Elms was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Christmas: The Breakers In Newport, Rhode Island

A short tour of The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island in mid-December, 2021. The Breakers, which is owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County, is the “grandest of Newport’s summer ‘cottages,'” as the Preservation Society puts it on their website, and I personally thought it lived up to that.

The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial pre-eminence in turn-of-the-century America.

Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore’s grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843-1899), became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year.

Views: Christmas Lights In Montmartre, Paris (4K)

With its cobbled streets, stunning Basilica, artists, bistros … Montmartre is full of charm! Perched on the top of a small hill in the 18th arrondissement, the most famous Parisian district has lost none of its village atmosphere that appealed so much to the artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. A real melting pot of art and inspiration for the cinema, Montmartre still gives as much pleasure to those who stroll around it and figures high on the list for a stay in Paris.