February 16, 2017
Liberty Puzzles World Tour - Europe
Take a world tour with Liberty Puzzles! We work hard over here to find great pictures to turn in to puzzles for you, sometimes it takes us all over the globe! Hop aboard the Cunard Line and join us on the Liberty Puzzles World Tour, first stop -- Europe.
Starting in Germany we visit the picturesque Castle Neuschwanstein. The Castle Neuschwanstein is a neo-romanticist palace built in the 19th Century by King Ludwig II in the Bavarian Alps. With upward of 1.5 million visitors annually, it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. During World War II the Nazis used the castle as an art repository, primarily for items stolen from France.
Next we will be traveling to Switzerland, where we visit the scenic Swiss mountains and the city of Davos. Davos is nestled in the mountain tops of East Switzerland. During the era of late 1800's, Davos was a destination for speed skating. Many international championships were held here, and many world records were set, beginning with Peder Østlund who set four records in 1898. The only European Bandy Championship was held in the town in 1913. Subsequently, Davos became a famous ski resort. The painting Davos in the Winter by post-impressionist artist, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was created in 1923 and depicts the city of Davos between snow covered mountains in spectacular color.
The next stop in Switzerland is the southern city of Lugano. The watercolor Lugano, Switzerland by contemporary artist Linnea Pergola pictures the city on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano, surrounded by mountains. The lake itself is shown bustling with activity and the city’s main square, Piazza della Riforma is in lovely colorful splendor.
Moving south across the border to Italy our next destination is the historic Piazza San Marco. This classical painting from 1744 by Canaletto, captures the day to day lives of the Italians during that time. Canaletto painted many angles of Piazza San Marco, this painting is of the Saint Mark's Basilica with carts and shoppers out in the Piazza and the Giovanni Antonio Canal in the background.
While in Italy we will also be visiting the historic City of Florence. The full name for this map from the Liberty Puzzles map collection is View of the City of Florence from the low wall of the Prato de' Padri di San Francesco al Monte, and was created by Florence artist Valerio Spada circa 1650. This is a rare and beautiful view of the city of Florence low wall lawn and San Francesco al Monte, the church situated just below today's Piazzale Michelangelo. Featuring pastoral scenes, behind stands the panorama of Florence, in which towers the Brunelleschi's Dome of Florence Cathedral.
This puzzle is by far our largest offering, measuring 15.75" x 44" and 1,534 pieces. At nearly four feet long, it will not fit on most puzzle boards. Our puzzle designer Lynon Aksamit has outdone himself on this one, with over 200 themed and Florence-related whimsy pieces.
Leaving Italy we now head to the French Riviera, set between the mountains and the Mediterranean, Menton is the last town on the French Riviera before the Italian border. This vintage travel poster highlights the splendid blue waters of the Côte d'Azur and the soft ochre houses that spill down the hillside to the sea.
Of course no trip to France would be complete without visiting Paris, the famous French city of Lights. Home to many historical and world changing events over the years, modern Paris is a city of love, inspiration, art and fashion. This contemporary watercolor titled April in Paris by Linnea Pergola depicts the Paris canal over looked by the Moulin Rouge and topped in the center with the lofy Eiffel Tower.
Crossing the English Channel we will stop by the famous Piccadilly Circus in the UK. Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 it connects Regent Street with Piccadilly. Created in 2008 by contemporary artist Francis Farmer, this painting depicts the historic roundabout of London's West End in the City of Westminster complete with an iconic London red double decker bus.
We will conclude our European Tour at St Andrews in Scotland, location of The Open Championship, the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. This vintage poster illustrates St. Andrews appropriate reputation as the "Home of the Ancient and Royal Game”. The sport of golf was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 15th century.
Thank you for joining us on part one of the Liberty Puzzles World Tour, in the next edition we will be visiting Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands, highlighting more of our international puzzles.
Sit long, talk much!