Patrik Wennberg and the Moonhouse #2.28 expedition to the Mediterranian reached Pompeii in Italy on July 20. A meeting between examples of extraordinary architecture.
Om July 31, 2013, Ulla Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #2.22 to the Palma Cathedral La Seu on Mallorca. La Seu is an impressive building in many ways:
It is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but finished only in 1601.
Congratulations Ulla on your successful expedition and fair winds on your coming adventures.
The Window of Oportunity to visit Venus is rapidly diminishing! Populär Astronomi reports that Observatoriemuseet, The Stockholm Observatory Museum will close down by the end of the year and no longer be accessible to the public. The Observatory is home to the Venus model of the Sweden Solar system and it is yet unclear what will happen to it. In addition to the exhibition that tells the story of observations in the faclilities dating back to the 18th century, the museum has hosted a series of lectures, available to the public on various scientific subjects. Both the exhibition and the lectures will be sorely missed.
In ”The Planets” challenge the Expedition sets out to explore the planets of the solar system. The plan is to explore the Moonhouse on the planets in visual representations, physically in the Sweden Solar System and, finally, in situ on the actual planets. The Sweden Solar System (SSS) is the worlds largest planetarium stretching over the length of Sweden with The Ericsson Globe Area as a scale model of the Sun and the Terminator Shock in Kiruna.
A part of the execution of this plan is to survey the SSS and it was when surveying the planets i Stockholm that the planet Venus was found missing from its named location at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). An enquirey into the mystery revealed that the model had acutually been stolen. According to Gösta Gahm, retired but active astronomer, it is possible that the model (image below) was assumed to be made from copper and stolen for is metal value. The model was in fact made from clay, which would likely have made the thieves very dissapointed, as the value of clay is significanlty less than that of copper. At that time, the expedition was relieved to find out that there was actually an over population of Venuses in SSS with a second model residing at the Observatory Museum.
With Venus becoming inaccessible at the end of the year, be sure to expect a Moonhouse expedition heading this way shortly.
This report from the Independence Day Expedition reaches us from Mike Morrison in the USA:
Last week the Crimson Tide house accompanied me and my wife to Gulf Shores, AL to celebrate the 4th of July. For the US this date represents our independence from Great Britain. Normally we have huge fireworks displays along with plenty to eat and drink, however this year Mother Nature did not play along:) So no pictures with fireworks unfortunately.
Image 5907 was taken on a dock looking out over Bon Secour Bay on July 2nd, the crane in the background would not come into focus.
Image 5913 is of the house floating on a lily pad in the lagoon on July 3rd.
Image 5904 was taken on July 4th.
Images 5950, 5963, and 5964 were taken on July 3rd at Fort Morgan, possibly the southern most point of the state of Alabama. This fort has been used in many of our nation’s domestic conflicts (a polite way of saying many cannons were fired from this place 🙂
Image 5986 was taken on July 5th at a place called Lulu’s. She is the sister of singer Jimmy Buffett. No margaritas for the house but plenty of fried okra and pot roast quesadilla and beer, obviously.
Here at HQ we particularly appreciate the picture with the Moonhouse together with the United States Flag. It stimulates thoughts on a level words are incapable of. It is art. Moonhouse belongs everywhere, everywhen, to everyone and to none.
Congratulations Mike to your novel and successful expedition and the beautiful imagery and thank you for highlighting this valuable aspect. Fair winds on your coming adventures.
We wanted to catch Rome at its best and have the benefit of the morning light and thus we set out to start our expedition early. By 7:15 am we had finished breakfast and checked out from the hotel Moonhouses #1.4”, #2.3 and I. We were on an important mission this warm summer morning in Rome. We were setting out on an expedition to the Colosseum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the third to be explored by a Moonhouse Expedition. From the hotel close to Rome Termini, the central station in Rome, it was supposedly a 25 minute walk to the Colosseum and Forum Romanum.
The path of the most successful expedition is, as any seasoned explorer knows, never the simplest, or even the suggested. Exploring is all about making unexpected choices and going where no house has gone before and the best place for a house is not necessarily what is considered when a path is suggested to you as an explorer. So, instead of taking the main road this expedition ventured down the back streets of a down town Italian capital busy readying itself to welcome the world to another day in its long history. Every turn in the road or exit from the main road was assumed to lead to hidden treasure in the form of unexpected and exotic settings to explorer with the Moonhouses.
At one place along the trail the expedition chose to divert the path through an ancient tunnel thought the (what should be trademarked) Roman combination of reinvented ruins and explored along the way. Among the settings explored were the overgrowth on old an old building where the Moonhouse made itself well at home on the grapevine as it were.
Amidst the exploring of the roman milieus suddenly the expedition found itself on a little hill right next to and overlooking the objective of this expedition, the Colosseum. Removed from the visitors from the four corners of the world milled around the landmark building below, the expedition was free to explore the relation to the Colosseum on the hill.
At a first glance the Colosseum and the Moonhouse may not appear to have much in common but there are connections, of course when you look for them. Both are designed to stand out their surroundings and to make a mark in people’s minds. Red houses with white corners have housed generations of swedes and still do while the Colosseum was once designed to house the Romans for a bit of fun and games. The Colosseum is not exceedingly dramatically coloured as is the Moonhouse but it does have a distinct Moon colour.
The connections may be academic but the pictures in the Roman early morning are unconditionally beautiful and dramatic as are the pictures from the following expedition leg to the Forum Romanum. After Forum Romanum the expedition added a leg to the monument over Vittorio Emanuele II, the king that united Italy at the turn of the previous century.
This expedition marks another accomplishement in the challenge to bring the Moonhouse Expedition to the seven wonders of the world and earns Emil Vinterhav a place in the Moonhouse Explorers Hall of Fame.
Fredrik Zeybrandt and Moonhouse #2.4 sees Rafael Nadal being defeated by Steve Darcis at Wimbledon on June 24, 2013.
The short accompanying message says it all:
Wimbledon! Matchen där Nadal förlorade.
Wimbledon! The game where Nadal lost.
Congratulations Fredrik on your successful expedition and fair winds for your coming adventures.
The MoonHouse in the Middle East June 2013.
What could be a better stopover for the Moon House than the House of Stars, the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. There it could indulge in the light of fire as well as enjoy the company of stars. On its visit to Jerusalem it touched base with Al Aqsa which lent some golden glory and spiritual power for the onward journey.
This report from Jerusalem and Bethlehem reached the Moonhouse Expedition HQ a few days ago. John-Olof Vinterhav brought the house to so many places at once when he brought it to the Holy Land; Into history, religion, politics and more.
The Church of nativity and the Dome of rock are two of the places on Earth that are considered closest to heaven, if in a metaphysical sense. The Church of Nativity stands on the very place where Christians believe that Jesus Christ was born and the Dome of the Rock enshrines the place where Jews believe that God tested Abraham and Muslims believe that the Profet Muhammed ascended into heaven. (Correct me if I am wrong here.)
In this sense it is even more symbolic that the house only sees the Dome of the Rock in a distance as we have yet to reach the Moon.
We congratulate John-Olof Vinterhav on his successful expedition and wish him fair winds on his coming adventures.
John Olof has now passed Moonhouse #2.23 to Daniel Ahlberg for a road trip expedition to California and we take the opportunity to wish fair winds to Daniel on his expedition.
Michael Danielsson reports from a historical motor home expedition. Here we see house #2.32 on the bonnet of his Rosengart 1928 on May 24, 2013. As we can see it is a home blessed with a guardian angel.
Congratualtions Michael to your successful expedition. We look forward to hearing from your coming adventures.