“In the first years of the 20th century, Duke Peter of Oldenburg, a
Russian aristocrat, built a palace (above) and a hotel in Gagra, and put
Gagra on the map as a holiday destination for the wealthy. Both
buildings were designed in art nouveau style, though many of the
finishing touches have since disappeared from the dilapidated edifice.
The Soviet government nationalized the palace built by Duke Peter and
converted it into the Hotel Chaika (Seagull), which maintained the air
of an aristocratic refuge. However, during the war between the Abkhaz
and Georgians, the Chaika was looted and has never been repaired.“ - Photos & text from this Wired article
Two examples of 17th century Rococo ormulo ornament style, caracterized by
heavy gilding to the walls and ceiling, of such richness and opulence that it marks an unique beauty. The first is the Ballroom of Queluz National Palace, in Portugal, built in 1760 by Jean Baptiste Robillon. The second is the Hall of Mirrors from Amalienburg, a small hunting lodge of Nymphemburg Palace in Germany, constructed in 1734 by François de Cuvilliés.
the beautiful special edition of The Night Circus with the beautiful Mafra Library!
11 years ago I visited this beautiful place, the Palace of Mafra but back then we weren’t allowed to take any sort of photos. I was a sad 14 year old because it was amazing, especially that library, and I couldn’t take pictures! This year I went back there and this time I could take pics! :D So yeah, I killed my thirst for pics :P AND OF COURSE I COULDN’T MISS A CHANCE TO TAKE PHOTOS OF MY COPY OF THE NIGHT CIRCUS WITH THE LIBRARY AS A BACKDROP!
Sokka is one of those starfish people in bed. The guy can take up one of the huge beds in the Fire Nation palace all by himself (somehow). like he just fills up all available space. But he’s not the kind of starfish person that kicks other people off of the bed or steals the sheets (okay maybe sometimes that, but who doesn’t at least once in their life). anyways, Sokka tends to kind of just include whoever is sharing his bed space with him. he’s the ultimate sleep cuddler.
Zuko, on the other hand, is very stiff and confined when he sleeps. actually, that’s a little bit of a lie because as soon as the nightmares start (and they come most nights, have been coming since his mom left) he starts moving around, bunching up the sheets and curling into a little ball and he wakes up with a sore back and a cramped neck a lot.
Sokka helps with that. he doesn’t even fully wake up most of the time, just sort of grunts and rolls over and onto Zuko, or curls around him and pulls him against his body. on the nights where even that doesn’t help, he wakes up as soon as Zuko leaves the bed and waits for him. sometimes, if Zuko is feeling up to it they play Pai Sho together or Sokka will tell Zuko old Water Tribe stories about the stars and the moon. they do that until the sun rises and chases the nightmares away.
Chen Shu (陳書, 1660–1736), female Chinese painter during the early Qing dynasty. She was born in Xiuzhou (now Jiaxing) and was also known by the courtesy name Nanlou and her literary names “Shangyuan Dizi” and “Nanlou Laoren”. Apart from her artistic works, she was also known as the mother of Qing statesman and poet Qian Chenqun (zh:钱陈群). After the early death of her husband, Chen raised her son by herself. When the latter became a prominent statesman in the court of the Qianlong Emperor, he introduced the emperor to his mother’s paintings. Through this avenue she became favored by Qianlong, and many of her works were featured in the imperial collection (today in both the Palace Museum in Beijing and the National Palace Museum in Taipei). Chen painted figures, landscapes, and flower-and-bird paintings.
I love how Izumi says the Fire Nation has spent too much time on “nonsense wars”. It makes me think that somewhere, deep in the Fire Nation royal palace, there is a sign that says, “It has been 74 years since our last nonsense.”