A list of my Google-Earth Posts (2010)
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Expand it by clicking on the +/- signs. To open it on the map check-mark the little square boxes. - The post's front page also shows readers's comments and the number of downloads since the last revision.
You can now read the the content of the place markers either on the map or from their list on the left menue. Before closing GE you may save the post to “My Places” for another reading. - You can also save the post from there to a suitable folder on your hard disc.
More posts can be found by searching the Google-Earth bbs-community for “RWFG” . - For some of the newer travellougues, which I have not posted on GE-bbs, the kmz-file will pop up automatically.
Highlit titles have been reprogrammed to correct for the BGColor glitch in GE-Version 220.127.116.1101 (January 2012)
The Life and Travels of Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890)
Richard Francis Burton was the Victorian adventurer per excellence: a linguist with a conversational command of 39 languages, a daring and often reckless explorer with an acute sense for the people and cultures he came in contact with, a writer of voluminous tomes of travel reports from the expeditions he undertook in India, Arabia, East and West Africa and North and South America. An expert on the female and male brothels of the Punjab, and an intiated Persian Sufi, and last not least the translator of "One-Thousand and One Nights" and the "Perfumed Gardens". - A universal genius – but a poor topographer. This post tries to reconstruct his erratic travels from his and his wife's notebooks
Aurel Stein's Expeditions to Chinese Turkestan
This post presents the three expeditions of Mark Aurel Stein to Serindia (Chinese Turkestan) 1900-1916.
Following Xuang Zang's Travels to the West (627-643), Sven Hedin's exploratory routes (1893-1908) and at times parallel with the German archeologists Albert von LeCoq and Albert Grünwedel (1901-1911), Stein explored the ancient cites in the Taklamakan basin. He brought a superior knowledge of indiology, ancient languages, and archeology to bear on his subject, which made his explorations of the area scentifically most fruitful. His discovery in 1906 and acquisition in Dunhuang of thousands of hidden manuscripts in a dozen of languages and scripts made him famous in the West and an ever-lasting villain in China. (Nov 2010)
Photographs of S.M. Prokudin-Gorskii
The photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) offer a vivid portrait of a lost world--the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution. His subjects ranged from the medieval churches and monasteries of old Russia, to the railroads and factories of an emerging industrial power, to the daily life and work of Russia's diverse population.
In the early 1900s Prokudin-Gorskii formulated an ambitious plan for a photographic survey of the Russian Empire that won the support of Tsar Nicholas II. Between 1909-1912, and again in 1915, he completed surveys of eleven regions, traveling in a specially equipped railroad car provided by the Ministry of Transportation. (Sep 2010)
Tsvetavea Past and Present
Marina Tsvetaeva is, among her contemporaries Mayakovsky, Blok, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, and Pasternak, arguably the most prolific and now recognized as the greatest Russian poet of the 20th-century. I encountered Tsveteva on one of my sojourns as a physicist in Moscow in the 1980s. Fascinated by Tsvetaeva's reductive use of Russian - for the sake of its rhythm she plays a disturbingly cerebral game with the language, deconstructing (her word) Russian like few others - I spent several weeks translating one of her poems. This was in the 1980s, during the time when Tsvetaeva was belatedly rehabilitated in the USSR. I have now returned to translate 75 of her poems and added an extended biography available on my website. This post shows the many places where she lived and adds more and newer pictures. (August 17, 2010)
Glories of Rome
An illustrated history of the monuments of Rome from Aneas' founding of the city, the Etruscan and Roman antiquities, to the churches and their mosaics and frescos culminating in the restored Sistine Chapel.
I added the major museums, the airport, and a plan of the Metro for the modern day visitor. (August 18, 2010)
and Churches of Old Rus'
Photos and descriptions of the churches and icons of medieval Russia, many my own photographs. A truly wonderous world of unearthly beauty. This GE file alo exists as an HTML file on my website (March 10, 2010)
Chihuly's Work Around the World.
The Post has been archived
Over four decades Dale Chihuly has created an unparalled series of revolutionary glass forms and novel glass blowing techniques. No piece is like any other. A phantastic cornucopia of great beauty. The placemarkers show his work in situ. Special emphasis is placed on his two great exhibitions “Chihuly over Venice” and “Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem”. (Jan 8, 2010)
of my Silesian Childhood
Place markers, photos and stories from 1931 to 1946 (2009, Not Posted in GE)
Hedin I, “Through Asia” (1893-1897)
Sven Hedin's four-year-long expedition from Orenburg toTashkent, through the Pamirs to Kashgar, the Taklamakan and Lobnor, the northern Tibetan Plateau, Kokonor-Qinghai Hu, Xining, Ningjia, ending in Peking/Beijing. With selectioons from his expedition diary and numerous drawings and photos by the author. Since my German youth, one of my favorite travel writers. (July 31,2009)
China – The Expoding Art Scene 2009
This tutorial describes the work of 68 representative contemporary Chinese artists and their work, painters, sculptors, performance and installation artists.
My information is derived from the internet, which allowed me to update the material to the present, and to include a number of interesting videos by and about the painters. All entries are meticulously referenced with links to the original articles, which extend my pages and are worthwile to pursue for a better understanding. -
I resisted the temptation of describing the art. It is often abrasive, and I am not an art critic. Instead I quoted the opinions of other, perhaps better experts. However, I do provide a three-star system to make finding interesting artists in this large list easier. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information. (July 11, 2009)
and Her People (1983/87)
In 1983 and again in 1987 with my wife I spent all together 14 weeks exploring China on my own. Since then China has changed so much that these photos may seem out of date. But it is its people and its villages which comprise China's Beauty. They have not changed that much. This collection may be nostalgic, it is still relevant. See for yourself. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information.
(Nov 19, 2008)
Life and Times of Hieronymus Bosch 1450-1516
Hieronymus Bosch has been a conundrum for five hunderd years: Notorious because of his unrelenting denunciations of the Church, he is still occasionally considered a Christian moralist. Thoroughly familiar with obscure Hebrew texts, he was a child of the Gothic at the dawn of the Northern Renaissance. None of his paintings are dated and for that reason have in the past been arranged in various haphazard chronological orders according to the hunches of the professionals.
During the past 20 years Peter Klein has produced a scientific chronology of Bosch's panels by dendrochonological analysis of their oak planks. For the first time we can read Bosch's paintings - I suggest from Right to Left(!) - like an autobiography of his life. This poses many textural difficulties, but serves to demystify much of Bosch's work. To show this "new Bosch" is the objective of this post. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information. (April 12, 2009)
Travels of Ibn Battuta (1325-1353)
While Marco Polo became famous through his “Il Millione”, Ibn Battuta's “Rihla” had been almost forgotten when it was rediscovered in the 19th century. Yet his account of his 29-years of travel are far superior to Marco Polo's in the acuteness of its observations and in the extent of his journeys to the Near East,. Mecca, India, the Maldives, Ceylon and China. Spiced with priceless descriptions of the many women he marries - he is a Moslem and a qadi, an Islamic scholar, to boot. The place markers are filled with excerpts from the Rihla, illustrated by many photos. An HTML version can befound on my website. (June 16, 2009)
*****The Erratic Life of Levcadio Hearn
Once upon a time, in the early years of the 20th century Lafcadio Hearn's romantic articles in Harpers Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly were avidly read in the West. No longer. This is a shame: He may have only been a second rate novelist, and he knew that, but his journalistic oevre contains a number of very lively, sometimes wildly poetic descriptions of natural phenomena, landscapes, and events, even people which are still highly readable and enjoyable.
Born from a love relationship on the island of Levkas to a Greek mother and an Irish army surgeon. He died in Tokyo in 1904 as Koizumi Yakumo: A much honored Japanese citizen with a Japanese name, he had acquired a Japanese wife and 3 children; a lecturer of English literature at Tokyo Imperial and Waseda Universities and a member of two academies. In fact, to this very day he is remembered as a national hero, almost a saint in Japan in honor of his having saved Japanese folklore and culture from destruction during the critical end of the 19th century.
In between those years he lived a most erratic, unsteady life. Haunted by his restlessness and a fickle fate from Greece to Ireland and England to Cincinnati and New Orleans in America, the West Indies, and finally as a reporter for Harpers Magazine to Japan - from where he never returned to the West. Yet on all these places he put a lasting mark. This essay also appears on my website. (March 9, 2009)
Poetry of Andalucia
Behind the charms of Andalucia, its landscapes and towns, its monuments, mesquites and water gardens lies - only dimly perceived - its Poetry, the soul of an exceptional symbiosis of three cultures, Arabic, Jewish and Christian.
Very few of us are able to read Arabic. A slightly greater number read Sephardic Hebrew. The ordinary reader has to depend on translations - and most of these are flat-footed and uninspiring. One reason is that formal Arabic poetry, from which derives all Andalusian and Mozarabic lyrics of the 9th to 14th century, uses highly stereo-typed images that are alien to our Western sensibilities: gazelles, the rosy cheeks amd pearly teeth of the beloved, and other metaphors which are repeated again and again. The Andalusian poets and especially the Sephardic ones are, as Raimond Scheindlin writes, in love with Beauty, some of them with God in the Sufic sense, very few with a real person, may it be a woman or a man.
*****The Architecture of of Frank Gehry
By 2000 Frank Gehry had become one of the most celebrated and sought-after architects in the world. In 1989, he had been honoured with the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Fourteen honorary doctorates had been bestowed on him. His Guggenheim Museum in Balbao (1995) had not only become the acclaimed building for the 21st-century but also an unqualified financial success for the owners. The town of Bilbao, an industrial nonentity in the Basque Country had suddenly turned into the tourist destination of Northern Spain.
It had not always been that way. Thirty years earlier he, an unknown, had peddled his cardboard furniture to a perplexed world. His private residence (1978), a shack-like reconstruction under corrugated zink-cladding wrapped with chicken-wire fence, had jarred the burghers of its plush, middle-class neighborhood in Santa Monica, CA. The architecture critics thought it was a joke and labled him the “King of Deconstructivism. Which an angered Gehry “vehemently denied. He emphasized that his style was a manifestation of our chaotic times. He let himself be persuaded to design a social housing project in Frankfurt, Germany (1994); which ironiously led to a number of odd-shaped projects in Central Europe. Still, a critic called his "Dancing House"; in Prague (1995) a "crushed-coke bottle".
****History of Islamic Architecture
This richly illustrated History of Islamic Architecture is a survey of 170 sites placemarked on Google Earth. It brings together the poetry of the Alhambra in Spain, Sinan's mosques in Ottoman Istanbul, the monumental architecture of Timurid Samarkand, Safavid Isfahan, and innumerable buildings in between.
The emphasis is on the architecture of these buildings - mosques, medresas, takkiyas, and tombs - and not necessarily on their religeous importance to Moslems. Because of the magnitude of this project the choice of the selection is my own, based on architectural importance and available text and photographs - including my own. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information. An HTML version on my website.
History of Indian Art and Architecture
Few cultures have as long a history of their artistic expression as India and even fewer have shown a comparable resilience: Over five millenia India has successively absorbed the creative impulses of the Indus Valley Civilization, the Indio-European and Vedic tribes, of the Greeks who followed Alexander of Macedonia, Kushans, Parthians, Mongols, and.Turks and melded them into a syncretic artistic idiom which eventually even turned 400 years of Islamic influence into an thoroughly Indian product: When we think of India today, it is the Taj Mahal and 1001-Nights that come to mind. The essay also appears on my website. (122'874 downloads in March 2010!)
of Romanesque Architecture
The objective of this Post is to present an illustrated survey of 'Romanesque' architecture which brings together over 250 churches and cathedrals from the earliest beginnings of Christian architecture to the Gothic. Each example is illustrated with the best images I could find.
****Bavarian Baroque Churches - Ballrooms for Angels
Their History, their Architects, their Beauty. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information.
Atlas of Eurasia
Dedicated to Heinrich Kiepert, professor of Geography in Berlin, the inventor of the historical map – and my great-grandfather. - This is a large, unique, and complex post - spanning 3 million years of man's development!
I added an entirely new first chapter on Early Man which lets you admire the skulls of our Ur-Ancestors and their spectacular cave paintings.
The next 3 chapters present such diverse subjects as the Indo-European Languages, medieval Judaism, and Greco-Buddhist art in Ghandara and the Swat. The last chapter deals with the early Chinese military and Buddhist expeditions westwards, and a map displaying the journeys of European Explorers in the 19th century from Sir Aurel Stein and Sven Hedin to such Romantics as Alexandra David-Neel and Nicholas Roerich.
(5283 downloads, Mach 2010)
- History, Art, and People
Profusely illustrated this post attempts the impossible: to show the people of Georgia, the magnificent landscape, the art of the Old Georgia, and its history all in the limited space of GE..
The long and often tragic history of Iberia-Georgia is described in six short pieces augmented with corresponding maps from Wikipedia. But my pride are almost 50 rare historical photographs from the Ermakov Archive in Tbilisi, to which I had access for a few years between 1977 and 1989. These images show Georgia and her people between 1860 and 1912. A treasure trove of never ending curiosity. - These historical photos are hidden in the posts. The conventional historian will have to wander all over the country in search of them - and in the process discover many things:, extensive art-historical information on the churches and frescoes of the Old Georgia, the people, and the landscape. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information.
Places of the Kathmandu Valley
The Kathmandu Valley, fully overlooked by moutaineers and climbers, is a wonderful place for hikes, long and short -- hills, fields, and small villages -- the high mountains are far to the north. It is also one of the most sacred places on the Subcontinent. The entire Valley is, in the Tibetan Buddhist sense, a "beyul", a sacred retreat for all harrassed human beings. The Valley is one large Madala, and its power places are arranged in geometrical patterns.
and Festivals in Ladakh and Zangskar
Ladakh is the only Tibetan Buddhist area which did not come under Chinese rule. Because of the vegaries of the Empire of the British-Raj in the 19th century, it has remained in India. Despite its Buddhist population it is officially part of the Indian province of Jammu and (Moslem) Kashmir. Since the 13th century it was neither under the authority of the Eastern Tibetan government in Lhasa. Yet the first (9th cent) and second (11th cent) Buddhification of eastern Tibet passed along the caravan routes of Ladakh and left its exquisite traces in Alchi and elsewhere. - This essay also appears on my website split into two pieces.
Places of Tibetan Buddhism
This Post contains an annotated collection of Tibetan Buddhist places in Tibet, Kham, Amdo, Qinghai, Ladakh and Zangskar, the Mustang, Buryatia, and a few places in China, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and Mongolia. My interst lies primarily in the artistic aspects of Buddhism. For this reason I also included archeological sites in Gandhara, Swat, and Bactria, which are of art historical importance to Buddhism in general. To illustrate the flow of these artistic impulses I include a map of 'The Silk Roads Before 1200 AD' which I have posted under this name separately.
*****Frescoes and Painters of Tuscany
This essay presents the history of fresco painting in Renaissance Tuscany, Italy. It is profusely illustrated and includes critical biographies for many artist. One of my most popular posts.: 43'315 downloads (November 11, 2007) A different version of this essay is found on my website.
Mani, Greece, Towers and Byzantine Churches
John Chapman's Guide to the Mani transferred onto Google-Earth and augmented with numerous additional places from Peter Greenhalgh's diaries.
Around Mount Athos 1979, Greece (Travelogue)
Mount Athos is no ordinary mountain. It is the holiest domain of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Mediterranean. It is also somewhat of an anachroism of European history. Founded in 963, it is an Ecclesiastical Republic. - The oldest, chartered autonomous republic in modern times, with a constitution granted by the Byzantine Emperor John I Tsimiskis in 970. An elected Synode of four monks governs its internal affairs. There are 20 medieval monasteries and uncounted monastic establishments strewn across the mountainous spine of the peninsula. - For Men Only!!! - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information. This appears also as part of a general picture essay on my website.
Istanbul and Anatolia by Public Bus 1990 (Travelogue)
This post describes an illustrated, self-guided tour (April-May 1990) of Istanbul, the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey around Antalya, and Eastern Anatolia - using the excellent, safe and comfortable Turkish public bus system - and occasionally a rental car. The map shows the routes in green (bus) and turquoise (planes), and the (cheap) overnight stays along the road.
Such a tour requires only a little courage and costs pennies compared to tours offered by travel offices. As a reward this mode of travel gives an insight into the people of Turkey and its many ethnic groups not available in any other way. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information. A slightly different version of this essay can be found on my website.
France 1993 (Travelogue)
In search of Ronanesque Architecture: A trip from Burgundy to the Mediterranean Coast and back along the Route Napoleon. This travelouge has never been posted the kms-file will pop up directly. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information.
Kailas -Tibet - A Journey to the End of the World 1995
Pictures, tales and all kinds of information from a 3000-km trek to the far western end of Tibet. Starting from the monasteries around Lhasa to Sakya, across the endless expanses of the High Plateau to sacred Mount Kailas and its Lakes, and on to Tirtapuri and the lost city of Tsaparang. Four weeks with Toyota Landcruisers on unimaginably bad roads. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information.
Italy and Sicily 2002 (Travellogue)
Our trip by car from Rome along the Thyrrhenian coast, around Sicily and back with many beautiful photos of Greek temples, Roman mosaics, and Normanesque churches. This travelouge has never been posted the kms-file will pop up directly. - This essay also appears on my website in HTML format without the geographical information.
on Naxos Island - Greece
Naxos is the largest of the Cycladic Islands. An ideal place for hiking, and bathing: miles-long sand beaches on its western coast, a busy, restless harbor, excellent connections to its neighbors, 5 hours by boat from Piraeus, an airport, hotels, restaurants and pensions of every description. Come in September, Naxos is crowded in August. The interior of the island is mountainous with lovely valleys in between. The sea seems often far away. Greece in a nutshell.
on Amorgos Island – Greece
Amorgos is the eastern-most island of the Greek Cyclades. The island forms an alongated southwest to northeast mountain spine with numerous most beautiful hikes. It is far from the touristic islands of the Cyclades, has only one tourist hotel for larger groups and has remained in an original pristine state. One of the paradises on this earth. The above GE-imgage shows the many hikes described in the post.