Have you ever wondered from where and how the legend of Santa Claus and his eight flying reindeers came to be? There are many legends throughout history that celebrate a benevolent being that travelled by night bearing gifts for those in need, and this is the story of one of those legends that became part of the Santa Claus we celebrate today. The story begins in the northern regions of Europe. Long before Christianity spread throughout the world, pagan rituals and customs were prevalent throughout the lands, and there was the supreme Odin whose arrival was long awaited by the inhabitants of early Germanic Tribes and Scandinavia. Odin was the father of all the gods and ruler of Asgard in Norse Mythology, and was depicted as a tall, old man with a white beard and almost always wearing a red cloak. He rode the skies and the seas on his fast white eight-legged horse whilst carrying his never missing spear in his hand, and accompanied by his two black ravens which kept him informed about n…
We all love art, and we all love Europe, so I hope you'll enjoy the following list.
01. Austria - The Kiss, Gustav Klimt, 1908.
02. Belarus - The Fiddler, Marc Chagall, 1913.
03. Belgium - The Son of Man, René Magritte, 1964. 04. Bosnia & Herzegovina - Mountain Landscape, Karlo Mijić, 1924. 05. Bulgaria - Rachenitsa Dance, Ivan Mrkvička, 1894. 06. Croatia - Roman Woman Playing A Lute, Vjekoslav Karas, 1845-47. 07. Cyprus - Cyclist in a Landscape, Stelios Votsis, 2005. 08. Czech Republic - The Absinthe Drinker, Viktor Oliva, 1901. 09. Denmark - The Little Mermaid, Edvard Eriksen, 1913. 10. Estonia - Half Nude in Striped Skirt, Adamson-Eric, Year Unknown. 11. France - Impression Sunrise, Claude Mon
Among all the other architectural wonders that there are to admire, I got really interested in fountains. As an architecture newbie, I decided to make this collection of the most striking fountains from around Europe. 1. Water Boat Fountain, Valencia, Spain The image above is a cleverly designed fountain sprinkling water out of its man-made pores. Located in Valencia; it is known simply as Water Boat Fountain by visitors and locals alike. 2. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is located in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona. The fountain was constructed in 1929, and it was designed by Carles Buïgas. 3. Swarovski Fountain, Wattens, Austria
It is quite surprising that more attention is not given to the breathtaking Swarovski Crystal Head Fountain in Austria. It is honestly one of the most intriguing and unusual displays in the world. The glass covered, giant outdoor water feature is built directly into a hillside. 4. Charybdis Vortex Fountain, Sea…