" massive blocks of yellow sandstone "
is a common sedimentary rock formed by the consolidation and compaction of sand and held together by a natural cement, such as silica, quartz, haematite and clay minerals. It can vary in colour from yellow or red to grey or brown. Sandstone is widely used either as a primary building material or as a facing stone, over other construction.
" Baltic caviare, plover's eggs "
Consisting of processed, salted, non-fertilized sturgeon eggs, caviar
is commercially marketed worldwide as a delicacy and is eaten as a garnish or a spread.
is any shore bird of the family Charadriidae,
typically having a round head, straight bill, and large pointed wings. Up to the beginning of the 19th
century, plovers' eggs were considered a delicacy; they were generally eaten hard-boiled, as border for mayonnaise salads, or dished up on a rice-stand and garnished with aspic jelly.
" larks' tongues in aspic "
are birds of the family Alaudidae, having a sustained, melodious song. Larks have historically been considered wholesome, delicate, and light game. Lark's tongues were particularly highly valued. In modern times, shrinking habitats made lark meat rare and hard to come by, though it can still be found in restaurants in Italy and elsewhere in Southern Europe.
Aspic is a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatine made from a meat stock or consommé.
" check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa "
The Leaning Tower of Pisa - Credit: Marshaü
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. Although intended to stand vertically, the tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction.
The tower was built in three stages over a period of about 177 years. In May 2008, after the removal of 70 tons of earth, engineers announced that the Tower had been stabilized so that it had stopped moving for the first time in its history. They declared it would be stable for at least 200 years. It leans to the southwest.
" Victorian Mansion in the Gothic Style "
The Gothic Revival
(also referred to as Victorian Gothic or Neo-Gothic) is an architectural movement which began in the 1740s in England. It rapidly grew in popularity in the early nineteenth century, when increasingly serious and learned admirers of neo-Gothic styles sought to revive medieval forms in contrast to the classical styles prevalent at the time.
The revived Gothic style was not limited to architecture, but was also adopted in the decorative arts. A.W.N. Pugin, John Ruskin and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc were among the promoters of Gothic Revival.
" peacocks and wallabies were decoratively scattered "
is a male peafowl, distinguished by its crested head, brilliant blue or green plumage, and long modified back feathers that are marked with iridescent eyelike spots and that can be spread in a fanlike form.
is any of the marsupials of the genus Wallabia
and related genera, of Australia and adjacent islands, related to the kangaroos but generally smaller and often having a colourful coat.
" richly woven carpets from Persia "
The Persian carpet
is an essential part of Persian art and culture. Carpet-weaving dates back to ancient Persia
(modern day Iran). Wool is the most common material for carpets but cotton is frequently used for the foundation of city and workshop carpets. Silk carpets are less common than wool carpets since silk is more expensive and less durable; they tend to increase in value with age and they are often displayed on the wall like tapestries rather than being used as floor coverings.
" the first speeches in the Grand Salon "
A Grand Salon is a large room, such as a drawing room or hall, used for receiving and entertaining guests.