Treetuesday picture - Blausee in Switzerland

My tree tuesday picture of this week was taken in 2010 near the Blausee (Blue Lake)
in Switzerland.

own picture - Blausee

Although the Blausee has its own history i liked the legend very much.

Once upon a time there was a maid who lived close by the lake. She fell in love
with a shepherd. The two shared romantic moments near the lake under the 

Unfortunately the shepherd fell of a cliff and died. The maid took a boat and
rowed to the middle of the lake to mourn her loss. One morning, her parents
saw that the boat of their daughter had sunk with the maid on the bottom of 
the lake.

Since then the lake changed its colour into a deep blue shade, the same colour
of the eyes of the maid. 

I really hope you enjoyed the pictures and the short story. The Blausee really is
a hidden gem near Kandersteg in the Berner Oberland Region in Switzerland.

Of course, I'd like to wish you all a very good Tuesday!

own picture

Today in History - October 21st. 1898 - Birth of Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta

October 21st. 1898 marks the birth of Prince
Amedeo Umberto Isabella Luigi Filippo Maria Giuseppe di Savoia-Aosta.
He was born in Turin (northern Italy).

Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta - Source picture: Wikipedia

His parents were Prince Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd. Duke of Aosta, and
Princess Hélène of Orléans.
His grandfather was King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.

Prince Amedeo received his education in Oxford (United Kingdom). There
he cultivated British mannerisms and he also spoke Oxford English.

During World War I, Prince Amedeo entered the Italian army. He fought
with the artillery. However in 1921 he left the army and traveled widely in

On July 4th. 1931, by the death of his father, Prince Amedeo became
Duke of Aosta.

In 1932 he entered the Italian Air Forces and became a pilot.

When Italy declared war on the United Kingdom and France on
June 10th 1940, the Duke of Aosta became commander of the Italian
forces in what is known as the East African Campaign of World War II.

In 1941 the Italian forces were defeated by the British troups.
Prince Amedeo died on March 3rd.1942 in Nairobi (Kenya).

Prince Amedeo and his wife - Source picture: Wikipedia


Prince Amedeo married on November 5th. 1927 Princess Anne of Orléans,
who was his first cousin. They had 2 daughters:

Princess Margherita, who married Robert, Archduke of Austria. They are
the parents of inter alia Archduke Lorenz, who married Princess Astrid of

Princess Maria Christina, who married Prince Casimir of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
They also had children.

For me this was again an interesting piece of Italian history with another link
to the Belgian Royal family.

Today in History - October 20th. 1538 - Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino (Italy)

Francesco Maria della Rovere was born on March 22nd. 1490 in Senigallia,
capital of the Duchy of Urbino (now located in Italy).

Francesco Maria della Rovere - Source picture: Wikipedia

His parents were Giovanni della Rovere and Giovanna da Montalto.
He was a nephew of Giuliano della Rovere, who became Pope Julius II.

Guidobaldo I of Urbino had no children and he called Francesco at court
and named him as heir for the duchy in 1504. In 1508 Guidobaldo died and
Francesco became the new duke of Urbino. With the help of Pope Julius II
he could conquer the duchy.

In 1508 Francesco Maria della Rovere married a noble called:
Eleonora Gonzaga. They had 5 children.

When Pope Julius II died, Francesco lost a great support. In 1516 he was
excommunicated by the new Pope Leo X and had to leave Urbino.
However Francesco could return to his duchy in 1521 due to the death of
Pope Leo X.

On October 20th. 1538 he was poisoned and died in Pesaro. 

Happy Sunday picture - Porta Nigra -Trier - Germany

My Happy Sunday picture was taken last year in Trier (Germany).
As one of the most famous Roman buildings, the Porta Nigra can count
on many visitors.

 own picture - Trier - Porta Nigra

This grand building was built in grey sandstone between 186 and 200 BC.
It was a part of the four city gates, which stood at each side of the roughly
rectangular Roman city.  

Today the monument, including the upper floors, is open for public. 
Since 1996 it is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with 
other monuments and buildings in Trier.

Trier façade - own picture

I liked the Porta Nigra, the city of Trier and the Moselle region in Germany
 very much. It is certainly worth a visit. I wish you all a very happy Sunday
and a good start of the brand new week!

Today in History - October 18th. 1141 - Leopold, Duke of Bavaria

Leopold was born in 1108 as one of the younger sons of Markgrave
Leopold III, the Holy.

Leopold IV, Duke of Bavaria - Source picture: Wikipedia

Through his mother, Agnes, he was related to the House of Hohenstaufen. 

Hohenstaufen was a dynasty of German monarchs in the Middle Ages reigning
between 1138 and 1254.

Leopold died unexpected on October 18th. 1141 at the Niederaltaich Abbey
in Bavaria. He was succeeded by his brother Henry.

Leopold IV of Bavaria, King Konrad III, Hadmar I of Kuenring
Source picture: Wikipedia