Named for Achilles, the 1891 Achilleion Palace was built for Austro-Hungarian Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria (‘Sisi’) as a classically Greek-inspired summer residence until her 1898 assassination by an Italian anarchist. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II owned it (1907) until it became a 1919 spoil of war for Greece. It served as school, hospital & headquarters from 1914 on. Restored in 1962, it was a casino & setting for a 1981 James Bond film. The landscape, foliage, architecture and art studies are accompanied by Johann C. Bach’s lively Quartet in B-flat Major (Rondo), performed by the Quartetto Gelato.
The bowstring arch design of Cambridge Canada’s 1931 heritage Grand River Galt Main Street bridge is emblematic of Ontario’s Grand River valley. Colourful close-ups with scenic landscapes.. Don Drews
In 1973, Kitchener’s stately 1924 city hall was demolished for urban renewal. In 1995, the clock tower was restored near the park’s east entrance, becoming a beloved city emblem. Don Drews