Friday, April 29, 2011

Caravan Palace - Suzy

This music is like the nectar of gods ........ And believe me !!!!!

Writers’ homes: a moveable feast in architecture


Wealthy, fashionable, well-educated people of old money occupied the fictionalized “West Egg” community in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  Now the home that is said to have inspired the mansion of the novel’s Tom and Daisy Buchanan in New York’s Long Island village of Sands Point is about to be razed for the construction of five $10 million homes.

According to Yahoo Real Estate, the 25-room mansion is one of the remaining Sands Point homes that are going down to make room for new money dwellings.
I thought this apocryphal novel and its inspirational home would mark the perfect occasion to view the homes of other famed American writers and the architecture that framed their imaginations. The designs vary widely, except that most of the homes share a spacious quality.
Across the Caribbean and into the trees
hemingway finca vigia
Hemingway loved La Finca Vigia in Cuba’s San Francisco de Paula. He loved the open air designs and adjacent dock to the sea and his boat the Pilar that pulled against the moorings. He loved the palms that stood sentry to the whitewashed walls and thick wooden door. He loved to fill the house with books and the wood furniture, and the library was rich with leopard skins and lion skulls he had gathered in the first light of an African morning.  (See the finca photos at the Hemingway Society.)
The architecture of Rowan Oak
rowan oak_faulkner
William Faulkner’s house at the end of an august drive of hackberry trees stands shimmering in the same august and lifeless air that cloaked the Mississippi countryside when slaves pushed their carts and pigeons strutted like majorettes in the fluid, smeared dawn-light beginning another peremptory false spring during the feud between northern brothers and Confederate sons.
The Edinburgh villa of J.K. Rowling..........
read the whole story ........... HERE .

Nebojša Tower: a monument of Greek-Serbian friendship in Belgrade


The renovated Nebojsa Tower, a place of martyrdom of Rigas Feraios by the Turks in Belgrade launched the President of the Greek Republic Karolos Papoulias, together with Serbian President Boris Tadic.

The restoration of Nebojša tower began in June of 2009. The plan provides the creation of four levels, inside, which one will be a permanent, museum-exhibition space, dedicated to the work and the action of Rigas Feraios-Velestinlis. Outside the tower a semi outdoor area with a capacity of 500 people will be constructed, which will be as a Greek-Serbian cultural center and hosts exhibitions, lectures, musical concerts and other events.

The total project cost will be approximately 1.8 million euro, of which the Greek state, through the International Development Cooperation Department (Hellenic Aid), will pay 1,380,000 euro and the remaining amount will be payed by the City of Belgrade.
In fact that it was the first defensive fort, since it was outside the basic defensive walls of the fortress of Belgrade, name Nebojša in Serbian language means fearless.
In its history it was destroyed many times but was always rebuilt. In 1739, when Belgrade fell to the Turks, the tower was converted into a prison, a place of torture.
In November of 1797, Austrian authorities arrested Rigas Feraios-Velestinlis in Trieste and along with seven other companions, delivered to the Pasha of Belgrade. Rigas and his companions were detained about seven months in prison in Nebojša tower and in June of 1798, Turks strangled them and their dead bodies were thrown in Danube.

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