LIFE BEYOND TOURISM BLOG

December 10, 2010

Zakopane Style lands in California, USA

Hi bloggers,

do you remember Marta Norenberg’s article on Polish architectural Zakopane style!?? If not, check it out at this link because we have discovered that a brand-new Zakopane-styled-cottage is under construction in Sierra Nervadas in California (USA), 40 miles north of  Lake Tahoe! The place is called Grizzly Ranch.

On November 19th 2010, Paul R. Bolt commented on Marta’s article informing us about the project, as well as about its architectural connections with European carvings. As Paul explained: “we are utilizing this beautiful architectural style in an alpine project, a compound to be built in the high Sierra Mtns […]. The compound will be appropriately named Zakopane, and we will be incorporating European wood and stone carvings.” The team is travelling and reasearching among European and Asian architectural sites, in order to carefully reproduce the style’s details.

The project is currently in the final planning phases. Constuction of the first building will be starting on April 2011, and will consists of a 200 square meter Caretaker’s Cabin. Architectural style of the Tatras Mtns will be used; and an European-styled-wood carvings executed in the village of Jepara (Java, Indonesia) will be incorporated.  In addition, antique stone flooring from several temples in China, as well as stone carvings from several workshops in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China will be part of the decoration.
In Stage Two – Paul specifies – “we will construct a Main Hall of 600 square meters with grand stone fireplace, formal eating and kitchen areas, and multiple bunk room/sleeping areas for guests.”

Production is by “a world-class architectural firm from Bozeman, Montana, called Pearson Design Group. Larry Pearson and his team are perhaps the number one design team in North America, when it comes to log and stone.  Because of their involvement, the entire project will be promoted and printed in magazines and books around the world.”

Thank you Paul, we will certainly keep in touch throghout the process, and we are looking forward to see the final realization of the Grizzly Ranch!

Article by Alessandra Brignola

October 21, 2010

Solemn water in the hills

[By Marina Rogulina, Tomsk, Russia – Life Beyond Tourism University Delegates Program – September 2010]

All people all over the world, who like to travel, while preparing for their new trip, think about those places which they have not seen yet. We may open google research page and find there are a lot of information about all possible variants for your holidays, prices, comments, etc … One would choose vocations at the sea or visiting different magnificent well-known places in the world. As well, one can find the information about a small town in Altayskij region in Russia. The name of it is “Belokuriha”. According to the advertising prospects, you may have really nice time there, to visit different magnificent places, to have therapy if you need. But the most interesting thing is, in my opinion, the small fountain of solemn water. Unfortunately, there is not any word about it advertising prospects.
Every famous place has its own legends. The purpose of it is to attract the greatest number of tourists. But speaking about this small source of the “saint” water, I must say for sure, that it has really powerful influence on people. The main sense of this power is to cure people from different diseases, either moral or physic. Many people come here not only from the nearest villages, but also from other big cities. Once coming here, you may take a glass of water, just drink it or wash your face/hands with it. It would improve your health, and mood.

It is useful to drink this water for both children and adults. One more fact is that while drinking this water you may think about you wishes, dreams and they will fill with positive emotions and will come true soon.

This water source is called saint because Saint Seraphim gave it to people who were supposed to die soon: they were instead recovering after drinking this water. The source is situated at the bottom of the hill and nowadays people do everything to improve the access to this wonderful place.

 

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