Notre Dame Cathedral - Built for the masses to understand the word of God

The Gothic cathedral was a liber pauperum, a "poor people's book", covered with sculpture vividly illustrating biblical stories, for the vast majority of parishioners who were illiterate. To add to the effect, all of the sculpture on the façades was originally painted and gilded. The tympanum over the central portal on the west facade, facing the square, vividly illustrates the Last Judgement, with figures of sinners being led off to hell, and good Christians taken to heaven. The sculpture of the right portal shows the coronation of the Virgin Mary, and the left portal shows the lives of saints who were important to Parisians, particularly Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary.

The construction of Notre-Dame began between March 24 and April 25, 1163, with the laying of the cornerstone in the presence of King Louis VII and Pope Alexander III. Four phases of construction followed, mostly under bishops Maurice de Sully and Eudes de Sully (not related to Maurice).

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Indian Spring Festival

Happy Holi

Holi is a Hindu spring festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent, celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent, also known as the "festival of colours" or the "festival of love".

The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun. It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on first evening of the festival and the following day is called Holi. In different parts of the country it is known with different names.

The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi being the festival of colours is actually a day worth rejoicing. Holi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated in every part of India with utmost joy and enthusiasm. The ritual starts by lighting…

Wine Glossary: A-E

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Wine Glossary - A
Acidity - A naturally occurring component of every wine; the level of perceived sharpness; a key element to a wine's longevity; a leading determinant of balance.

Alcohol - The end product of fermentation; technically ethyl alcohol resulting from the interaction of natural grape sugars and yeast; generally above 12.5 percent in dry table wines.

Alsace - A highly regarded wine region in eastern France renowned for dry and sweet wines made from Riesling, Gewuerztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and others.

Amarone - A succulent higher-alcohol red wine hailing from the Veneto region in northern Italy; made primarily from Corvina grapes dried on racks before pressing.

AOC - Appellation diOrigine Controlee, a French term for a denominated, governed wine region such as Margaux or Nuits-St.-Georges.

Aroma - A scent thatis a component of the bouquet or nose; i.e. cherry is an aromatic component of a fruity bouquet.

AVA - American Viticultural Area; a denomi…

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Wine, A Super Drink

Wine, a super drink, full of antioxidants that may prevent illness and flush your body of toxins. Wine has also been a product with claims to strengthen your bones and your heart. Not to mention the atonement it absolves as it is served every Sunday at the altar.
I have been drinking wine for many years, not just for its acquaintance with a healthy lifestyle, but because I do like the many flavors of red wine. The Mayo Clinic has done research connecting resveratrol as a ‘key ingredient’ to the reduction of blood clotting by decreased inflammation of the blood vessels’ lining. Albeit there are many additional studies needed to determine the effect of the polyphenol antioxidant resveratrol on health. Resveratrol is found on the skin of grapes, and yes, the skin of both red and white grapes. The reason that red wine commands more of the attention connects with the extended length of time that the skin of the red grapes are fermented. In theory you could drink grape juice and get the sa…

Must see wineries in the Texas Hill Country

Wine Road 290
Visit a countryside reminiscent of the wine growing regions of central Italy and the Rhone Valley in France. Our Wine Road 290 is an association of Texas wineries along US Highway 290 on either side of Fredericksburg, Texas (see map below). The wine, ambience and experience at each winery is unique and affords visitors a perfect wine getaway. A weekend getaway provides ample time to stop by most of our member wineries, sample wines and enjoy the vines and vistas!

1851 Vineyards

4.0 Cellars

Becker Vineyards

Carter Creek

Chisholm Trail Winery

Fiesta Winery 290

Fredericksburg Winery

Grape Creek Vineyards

Heath Sparkling Wines

Hilmy Cellars

Hye Meadow Winery

Lost Draw Cellars

Messina Hof

Narrow Path

Pedernales Cellars

Ron Yates

Texas Heritage Vineyard

Texas Hills Vineyard

Woodrose Winery