If you’re curious about the state of Connecticut, here are a few short interesting facts that just might hook you on checking out our awesome state!
OMG… this place is absolutely amazing. I haven’t been yet, but I plan on going sometime in the next few years… to Prague. Some of the most beautiful architecture and art EVER.
Prague (Praha), Czech Republic #4:
Close-up of Prague Castle- St. Vitus Cathedral:
It is the biggest cathedral in Czech Republic, the Seat of Archibishop of Prague, and where saints and members of the royal family are entombed, with coronations held until 1836. It is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. My favorites include John of Nepomuk’s tomb in all of its baroque splendor/putti explosion as well as the St Wenceslas Chapel, which was created in the 14th century by Charles IV. And of course the stained glass window by Alphonse Mucha!
Venice (Venezia), Italy #4:
Basilica Di Santa Maria della Salute:
I didn’t get to do too much “Venice” sightseeing when I was there for the Biennale, since I was too wrapped up chasing down contemporary art across the city during the week, but this was one of the more memorable churches from my visit— It was built in seventeenth century, designed by the architect Baldassare Longhena in the Baroque style. It was built to honor Virgin Mary as an architectural response to the on-going plague sweeping the city.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.
Chris Hayes on how Romney broke the rules of the debate, and why it matters:
I thought the moment of the oil drilling, that debate to me was a key moment. The reason was this. Mitt Romney asked the president a direct question numerous times, kept interrupting him, “Isn’t it true? Isn’t it true? Didn’t it go down?” Now the rules for the debate, that we all got leaked, number five, subsection E: “The candidates may not ask each other direct questions during any of the four debates.”
Now, at a certain level, who cares, right? Who cares? Here’s why I care. The theme of the last ten years of this country is the people at the top have felt the rules don’t apply to them. And you send your people to sit down and negotiate a set of rules, and 20 minutes into it you throw it out the window. And everything we’ve seen, from the financial crisis to everything else that’s happened in this country, has been about the oligarchs and the ruling class and the people at the top feeling that they are not a party to the social contract. So some stupid little contract that was negotiated by your people, you don’t worry about.