Thursday, December 18, 2014

More on Escalade 2014 - Daytime

Now, what's this?
 Hmmm... where do I put this???

If you read the earlier post, you would have come across how Genevians celebrate Escalade...
 Along with all that seriousness, there is also some other playful side to Escalade. And one of this was is below.
 In 1602, the Savoys tried to scale the walls. And so, this ladder best represents that.
 Well, we're going to have cannon firing... how cool is that?
 No guns. Just swords...
 And knifes...
 Feels like something straight out of the 3 Musketeers, doesn't it?

 "What do you think with this crowd?"

 I like how straight his feather is... :)
 Mummy and Andrew getting ready for that cannon to go off...
 "Right men, where do you think we should aim?"
Sadly, I took a video of it. So, no piccies of the cannon going off... 

Now, what's this?
 Marching band!

 Muskets here!
 "What are you looking at?"

 Pipers wanted part of the action too...

 Swiss flag flying high as well...

 Even the scouts wanted to get into the fun! Imagine putting cream(?) on someone blindly... not a very enjoyable facial session I can guess.
 Right, helmets and body armour on display
 Ooooooh. Handculfs, Noose... enough said.
 Now, this is how this is use...
 Formations used.

 Frescoes ... But not too sure what are they as we came across them after leaving the secret passsageway that is only opened once a year during this celebration...

 See what I mean about everyone joining the festivities?
 Not too sure what these geese have their role in...
 Roads are closed in the old town to allow these gentlemen on horseback to make their visits. It's certainly very reminiscent of the old times...

The End.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

St Peter's Cathedral and a preview of Escalade

Now, why is this person dressed in medieval clothes?

It's Escalade! See here for more details
"Nobody's looking... I'll just quickly throw this out of the window..."
Maidens anyone? Naaaaah... They are going around selling Lapel Pins.
Where shall we storm?
It's certainly a very festive atmosphere here that features 2 days of fun (Saturday & Sunday).
Now, what are these? Along with the Festivities of the Escalade, St Peter's Cathedral takes advantage of it's rich history since creation.

So below, is a booth explaning the tools and stones used to build it.
And when you have a huge building, how do you know which stone goes where?
Easy: You mark it!

So how big is it? It's huge and it dwarfs everything else around. Not too mention it's tall tower and spire.
We look very small don't we, Andrew?
Does this look like a door out of Harry Potter??? :)

15th Century Choir Stalls... But isn't this cute?
Pipe Organ at the back of the cathedral.
Any clues like in National Treasure?
Long nave... But huge, no?
Look at them massive doors.
Mummy, can I sit here?
In the 15th Century Choir Stalls, in the seats, you have these ... carved figures. It's so small this horizontal seat and these cute carved figures on each and every seat. And they are all different, seat to seat.
Whoooo... somebody's buried here. I'll leave it to you to Google this person. Hint: His name may seem very similiar to a group of riders in LOTR trilogy.
Now, what is this so colourful up in the ceiling?
Read this:
It's a really beautiful chapel with lovely and colourful stain glasses.

Mummy, Daddy: I think I can open these doors. Let me try!
Reminds us of those columns in Athens, but nowhere as large, but still huge nonetheless.
Under St Peters, is an archaelogical site.

Really reminds me of National Treasure.

Die you Savoy's!!!
The End.