Where is your favourite hidden gem? 💎
Im sure you’re the same as me - I have a number of favourite places for a variety of reasons. The few that not everyone knows about are even better don’t you think? 🤗
For proximity and that view 😍 Cremorne Point is up there with one of my absolute favourites - with a backdrop of the whole city, how could you not love it?
It’s never overcrowded (unless it’s NYE🥳) even with McCallumn Pool in the summer overlooking the Harbour Bridge.
Other Sydney faves are Balmoral, Redleaf Beach in Double Bay and Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park (anywhere with water 💦)
I’d love to know what your favourite places are, especially if they are hidden gems that I can add to my list of places to check out 👇🏽
Today we invite you to one of the oldest towns of Zakarpattia province of Ukraine – Khust, starting its history with the XI century construction of a fortress, built to protect the salt trail. Ruins of the fortress destroyed by Tatars (1242) and later by other invaders can be still seen on the hill, but today, thanks to a photo from @olha.shevchuk, we want to talk more about historical buildings those still stand, and St.Elizabeth Cathedral on the photo is one of those buildings. Believed to be originally built around XIII-XIV centuries, as a Catholic, the church has been re-built in stone, with Gothic elements added. Also it was fortified by the surrounding defensive walls, in order to strengthen the defensive potential of Khust Castle, located atop of the hill, from down the valley.
In XVI, with protestant community gradually dominating in Khust, the former Catholic Cathedral has become a Reformist Church. One of the saddest consequences of this transformation was whitewashing of former Catholic frescoes in the interior, now partially restored. Unlike great many abandoned old churches in Ukraine, St. Elizabeth’s is in a very good condition these days. Its high bell tower with a gallery and graceful wooden spire on the top was reconstructed in XVIII and then again in XIX century. 🏰
Don't miss it when in Khust!
Welcome to Ukraine! -
Snap this pic with the arch in the back 'cause ya boi look angelic af 😇🤣 The thing I enjoy most about famous churches and monastery often times ends up being the cloisters and the courtyards instead of the church proper.
The inside of Westminster Abbey is indeed grand, but it's full of people, it's noisy, and you feel like herded cattle.
And then you stumble upon the cloister area, with a serene courtyard in the middle. People ignore it because they walk past it to get the gift shop and the bathrooms.
The cloister was my favorite part of Westminster Abbey. It's my favorite because it gave me a feeling of what I feel a church should provide: a place of calm, comfort, and meditative introspection.
It's also a big plus that it's not crowded, and the photo op here is that much better!
The last of the golden leaves are falling. Soon they’ll be gone. This pretty leaf blew into the house when I opened the front door so it had to be captured.
Of course every time I open the door many many leaves float in! There’s officially more leaves in my hallway that on the trees outside 🍂🙈🍁🧡
In other news.... it’s Thursday! Which is so almost the weekend... which is as good a reason as any to be happy 🌿