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winter haiku d’hiver – this waterfall = cette chute d’eau

this waterfall
frozen solid in time –
our ice cathedral

icicle waterfall

cette chute d’eau
congelée dans le temps –
cathédrale de glace

Richard Vallance


senryu – Lorenzo the Great = Lorenzo le Grand

Lorenzo the Great
saviour of Florence
and the world entire

lorenzo the great senryu 620

Lorenzo le Grand
sauveur de Florence
et du monde entier

Richard Vallance

The actual title for Lorenzo is Lorenzo the Magnificent, but this does not fit into a senryu. The church illustrated here is la chiesa santa croce firenze orari. Christ has more than one face.

Le titre réel de Lorenzo, c’est Lorenzo le Magnifique, mais ce titre est trop long pour un senryu. L’église illustrée, c’est la chiesa santa croce firenze orari. Le Christ possède plus qu’un seul visage.


winter haiku in Mycenaean Linear B, ancient Greek, English and French, snow on the summit, with the English version below and all of the other languages on the haiku image of the mountain and the church:

snow on the summit
of a Cretan mountain −
a church

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Richard Vallance

REPOST from 2017


Great Photos to Welcome us back home to Canada from our grand tour of central Europe!

After spending almost a whole month in Europe (25 days), starting first with Budapest, Hungary for 3 days, then continuing on to Vienna, Austria for 5 days, thence to Prague, the Czech Republic for a week, and finally on to Warsaw, Poland for our last 9 days, we are finally back home here in Canada, though as you can all well imagine, not without mixed emotions.  It goes without saying that this was such an exciting vacation, visiting so many astonishingly beautiful locales, we must both miss Europe terribly, all  the more so considering that we added side trips to 3 more magnificent cities, Salzburg and Krakow for Louis-Dominique and Gdansk for myself. What a totally unanticipated and unimaginably rewarding dream come true! Words simply cannot express our profound joy at visiting so many famous European cities, all of which date from the cradle of European, hence, Western, civilization.

While even photos cannot adequately express the profound spiritual impact these amazing venues had on us, they can at least offer you all a glimmer of the fantastic experiences that await you should you ever decide to do a grand tour of central & Eastern Europe yourself. Beginning with this post, I shall be posting 4 of my finest photos for each of the 6 cities we visited, from the approx. 6,000 (!) I took during our voyage. You are going to love them!

So let us start with Budapest, Hungary: Click each photo to ENLARGE it:

1. Budapest Parliament Florentine cupola:
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2. Budapest Parliament by night:
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3. Saint Matthias church with location and detail of weather vane:
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4. Budapest Museum frieze:
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5. Budapest cathedral frieze: Ego sum via veritas et vita = I am the way, the truth and the life.
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6. Danube River with Budapest Chain Bridge from our night cruise boat:
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