Monastery of Arkadi in Rethymno, Crete, Greece
The Arkadi Monastery is one of the most famous and beloved Orthodox monasteries in Crete, Greece, being located at only 23 kilometres in the southeast of the Rethymnon town. The Arkadi Monastery is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The monastery occupies an important role in the history of Crete; from here it starts the momentum towards gaining the independence of the island that was under the authority of the Ottoman Empire for more than two centuries. In 1866, the Arkadi monastery was used as a place of refuge by the Cretan rebels. The Arkadi Monastery was one of the biggest cultural centres during the Renaissance. Located 30 kilometres southwest of Rethymno, the Arkadi monastery is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The monastery is linked to some memorable events that occurred during the times when the island was fighting the Turks attacks. In the reflector’s door there still are visible traces of bullets, an old cypress in the courtyard of the monastery still keeps the bullet encrusted and the windmill was turned into a charnel house in which are preserved skulls of those who perished in the bloody slaughter. The Arkadi Monastery is a unique tourist attraction in Crete. This is the place of a true Greek tragedy and the walls of the monastery remained as a testimony of a tumultuous period in history. In 1866 the inhabitants of Crete were under Turkish rule, but they decided to rebel. During the riots, more than 900 people, mostly women and children, found refuge in the monastery. Turks began a siege of the Arkadi Monastery. After three days, the invaders managed to break the Greek defence and to penetrate the gates of the worship place. This is the moment when one of the most tragic events in the history of Crete happened. The people sheltered in the monastery refused to be taken captive and they burned the gunpowder barrels, blowing up the building. Thus perished nearly 1,000 Cretans as well as numerous Turks and the Arkadi Monastery, dating from the twelfth century was severely damaged. In 1870, only four years after the tragedy, the monastery was restored and today is considered to be a symbol of the struggle for freedom of the inhabitants of Crete.
Crete, Greece
Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) in Prague
Charles Bridge over the Vltava River is surely one of the most beautiful places in Prague. It is the oldest bridge in the city, built between XIV and XV centuries, linking the banks of the river. Embellished with statues and lamps, the bridge forms together with the gothic towers at each end a breath-taking historical monument. There is no better place in Prague for an evening walk. The construction of the Charles Bridge began in 1357 and it was completed in the early XV century. It has 515 meters long and 9.50 meters wide, it has 16 pillars (with heights between 16 and 23 meters) and the paving is 13 meters above the Vltava River. Charles Bridge is decorated with 30 statues on both parapets. Most of them were placed there between 1706 and 1714. The first cross was placed on the Charles Bridge in the XIV century. The Bruncvik statue was placed there before 1503, but only its pedestal is exposed there. The statue is in the National Museum Lapidary and on the bridge there is a replica that’s exposed. The oldest preserved statue is the statue of St. John of Nepomulk from 1683 and the newest one is the statue of St. Cyril and St. Methodius from 1928. Charles Bridge in Prague manages to attract thousands of tourists, captivated by that magical moment, as if lost in time. It may happen due to its venerable and noisy history, to the gallery of saints keep here to eternity or maybe due to the unique view that we can admire in the direction of the Prague Castle. Whatever the reasons why the Charles Bridge in Prague is so appreciated and admired, tourists along with locals love to walk or idle along the wide sidewalks of hundreds of years, giving to the Czech capital that unique character that we can enjoy every day.
Prague, Czech Republic
Place de la Concorde, Paris
Place de la Concorde is the largest public square in Paris and separates the Tuileries gardens from the Champs-Elysees Boulevard. It was originally called Louis XV Market and in the middle it was placed an equestrian statue of Louis XV. The market has the shape of an octagon; its construction began in 1754 and it was completed in 1763. A period after its construction, the market has served as a meeting place for participants in the bloodiest revolution in the history of France. After revolutionaries seized power, they renamed it The Revolution Square and replaced the statue of King Louis XV with a guillotine. Between 1793 and 1795, over 1300 people were beheaded, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Danton and Robespierre. The name of Place de la Concorde symbolises the end of an era of suffering and the hope for a better future. The Obelisk of Luxor, a pink granite monolith was given to France in 1829 by the viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet Ali and replaced the guillotine from the Place de la Concorde. The building, which used to mark the entrance in the Amon temple has over 3300 years old and it is decorated with hieroglyphs representing the power of the Pharaohs Ramesses II and III. The obelisk that was brought in 1833 weighs 230 tons and has 22.83 meters. Having survived more than 33 centuries, the obelisk has suffered most damage in the last half of the last century due to exposure to pollution from exhaust fumes. The obelisk is a monument with four inscribed surfaces forming a pyramid to the top. Egyptians rose them by two and they were associated with sunlight which grew in thickness when approaching the ground. In each corner of the octagon forming the market there are statues representing the French cities: Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nantes, Brest and Rouen. In the south-east of the market, the Concorde Bridge passes over the Seine towards the Bourbon Palace where the National Assembly is located. Near the Obelisk, in the Tuileries gardens you can find the Orangerie Museum.
Paris, France
Great Lounge Terrasse with swimming pool
At the top of a Gym building in Malasana, Gymage is a great conversion of a rooftop, offering food and drinks; At night the place is very nice with the lightings, swimming pool and surroundings; Very nice place for tapas and drinks;
Madrid, Spain
Great concept place, bars and restaurants in an old theater
Platea is a great place to spend an evening, between having diner or good cocktails. It is a former theater that was very wisely transformed into a place with a mix of restaurants and bars; On the ground floors, you have a mix of kiosks offering a variety of food : Spanish, Peruvian, Italian, French, Asian,... all in good quality; In addition, you have too cocktail bars; On the 1st floor you have a seated restaurant offering international food with a good quality price ratio. On the 2nd floor a cocktail bar which does really good cocktails. A very nice atmosphere with a mix of live and DJ musics depending on the nights, but at an acceptable level allowing you to speak with your friends; You definitly need to book before going to the 1st floor restaurant otherwise you will have low chance to get a table; Great Place with Great Atmosphere
Madrid, Spain
Hotel Paradise Blue, Albena, Bulgaria
Blue Paradise Hotel ***** with a sea view is located in the central part of Albena, on the Black Sea beach. Blue Paradise 5 star hotel in Albena is the new pearl of the resort and is located right in the center, on the beach. Blue Paradise Hotel in Albena resort is a new construction of 5 *, located in the central part of the resort, which will open its doors in the early summer of 2017. Blue Paradise promises its tourists quality services and facilities, modern and comfortable rooms, a-la-carte restaurants, buffet with exceptional dishes from pure organic products and bars. For a peaceful and relaxing stay, Paradise Blue ***** offers its tourists a Spa & Wellness Centre with unique and innovative treatment programs and an outdoor pool with a wonderful view to the Black Sea. Paradise Blue 5 * provides 233 rooms and 1-bedroom apartments spread over 9 floors. All the rooms have a modern and elegant design endowed with: flat screen TV, cable TV, safe-deposit box, telephone, Internet access, minibar, air conditioning, bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer and balcony. Paradise Blue 5 * offers tourists the following services and facilities: reception, lobby bar, pool bar, main buffet restaurant, a-la-carte restaurant, pool bar, terrace, night club, spa with unique and innovative treatment programs, indoor pool, outdoor pool with stunning sea views, swimming pool for children with water attractions, fitness center, kids club, Internet, conference hall with 500 seats, room service, laundry and ironing, Rent-a-car, exchange office, hairdresser, underground parking. The proximity of the beach, modern design, latest technologies, generous pools, a la carte restaurant and the main restaurant with dishes from organic products or the night bar are only some of the reasons why Paradise Blue from Albena will soon become the most sought after hotel for tourists who want a seaside holiday with style and refinement.
Albena, Bulgaria
Square Rynek Glowny - Krakow, Poland
The main Market Square in Krakow is one of the largest medieval squares in the world. It is located in the old city center and is surrounded by several tourist attractions really worth seeing. The best-known urban area of Krakow, the Rynek Glowny market dates from the thirteenth century and it was built for commercial purposes. The square is located in the old city center, surrounded by numerous palaces, churches and other historical buildings. With an area of 40,000 square meters, it is the largest medieval square in Europe. Since it is very lively throughout the year, it is ranked as the best European public space. Rynek Glowny is a spacious square surrounded by historic houses, palaces and churches. The center of the market is dominated by the Sukiennice, rebuilt in 1555 in the Renaissance style with a beautiful attic decorated with carved masks. On the side of Sukiennice is the City Hall Tower, on the other side the Church St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert) from the tenth century and the Adam Mickiewicz Monument from 1898. Above the square stands the Gothic tower of Basilica of St. Mary. The main function of the Central Market was commerce. After the city was destroyed by the Mongol invasions in 1241, the main square was rebuilt in 1257 and its commercial role was extended by granting the Magdeburg rights to the city by the Prince of Krakow, Boleslaus I of Poland.
Kraków, Poland
Tsarevo - Bulgaria
Tsarevo is a town as beautiful as all others that are situated between sea and mountains, and thanks to this it has some therapeutic benefits for the body, especially the lungs. From Tsarevo you can see the Papiya peak with an altitude that barely exceeds 500 meters, but that's not really important because just on top you can find the ruins of an ancient fortress. At first glance you might think that Tsarevo is a small town where locals do not really have much to do and the 6,000 people who live here seem to reinforce this idea. However the town is a real economic center with many places where you can buy souvenirs, clothes and everything that you need for living and a hospital as well. Tsarevo is a town as beautiful as all others that are situated between sea and mountains, and thanks to this it has some therapeutic benefits for the body, especially the lungs. From Tsarevo you can see the Papiya peak with an altitude that barely exceeds 500 meters, but that's not really important because just on top you can find the ruins of an ancient fortress. At first glance you might think that Tsarevo is a small town where locals do not really have much to do and the 6,000 people who live here seem to reinforce this idea. However the town is a real economic center with many places where you can buy souvenirs, clothes and everything that you need for living and a hospital as well. Tsarevo is a complex holiday destination because it offers both sea and mountains. Once you get here it would be a shame not to spend some time in the forests present here. Moreover this mountain known under the name of Stradzha is a real history book because if we take into consideration the impressive number of caves where we can see and explore traces of some ancient civilisations we realise how boundless our history is until present. A very well-known tradition in this area which delights every tourist are those dances that take place in the village of Bulgari on every special occasion, holidays, at the opening of festivals etc.
Tsarevo, Bulgaria
Europa Park - Rust
Europa Park is the largest amusement park in Germany, the second greatest in Europe attraction- wise after Disneyland. Located in the south of Germany, bordering Switzerland and France, Europa-Park gathers on an area of ​​85 ha, 13 European thematic areas offering to tourists more than 100 attractions, varied shows, theatre performances, cinema as well as a wide gastronomic variety. It is located near the city of Freiburg at only 40 km and 160 km away from Stuttgart, in the town of Rust. This German amusement park has as global theme the idea of ​​a united Europe. Therefore, it was built on thematic areas specific to some regions and countries on the European continent bringing together common goals and values. Here, Europe is not just a point on the map; it becomes alive with each visitor. There are many attractions, it depends only in which "national zone" of the park you are located. The main attractions are the two roller-coasters: Silver Star and the new Catapult Coaster (2009). If Silver Star, the largest and tallest roller-coaster in Europe - which falls into the void with a speed of 130 km / hour - will not raise to the maximum the level of adrenaline, then surely the new Catapult Coaster that reaches a breath-taking speed in less than 2.5 sec, making three 360 degrees turns and the highest looping - will take your breath away! The park is divided into several areas, including 26 miniature representations - attractions, which include a miniature of the Berlin Wall, windmills from Holland, Fiord Rafting from the Scandinavian Peninsula, the space station Mir and many other miniature tourist attractions from Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Switzerland, England, Russia, Holland, Scandinavia, Portugal, Austria and Spain. Each of them have their own area in the park with specific attractions, traditional food and specific style. The tourists that are passionate about films and cinema will find here a 4D cinema - "Magic Cinema". Choco land is the attraction that will make you discover the chocolate production process, Adventure Land offers some classic recreational facilities, namely roller-coaster, carousels, trains, karts and an area dedicated to children, Children's World.
Rust, Germany
Cedar Point - Ohio
Spend the day at Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world. Plan your trip to the best amusement park in Ohio! Sandusky city where the amusement park is located was founded in 1817 and it is famous for the many opportunities to spend time. The sandy beaches and the sunset views in Sandusky made it the most popular tourist destination in Ohio. If your idea of fun includes a huge roller-coaster, then here's the perfect choice for you! Cedar Point is the second oldest theme park in the US. Cedar Point was founded in 1870 and it is the second oldest in the world after Lake Compounce, Bristol, Connecticut. Known as the "roller-coaster" capital of the world, this amusement park holds the record for most of the roller-coaster machines, 17 in total. Apart from being the largest amusement park in the world in the last thirteen years, Cedar Point from Sandusky, Ohio was voted as the most adventurous amusement park in the world. For those who are not crazy about such kind of fun, there is a petting farm, live shows, golf, carting, etc. The land has an area of 147.3 hectares. It is the only park in the world with a roller-coaster, the highest having 128 meters. Adult tickets cost 45.99 USD and 19.99 USD for children. The total value of the investment in this park is up to two billion dollars. Cedar Point is the perfect place for anyone; if you’re cheerful or shy, if you like adventure or you're afraid of the unknown then this amusement park is the best place to discover the world seen only in movies. Cedar Point is the American dream that you have to live!
Sandusky, United States
Borobudur Temple at sunrise - Java, Indonesia
Borobudur Temple, located 42 km northwest of the Javanese province, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It is built in the shape of a pyramid with a square base of 118 m length. Borobudur was considered a "kumagara" (a covered structure) and agreed to be dwelling on Sakyamuni Buddha when he was in his mother's womb. The temple’s founders wanted Buddha's teachings to be represented visually. At the same time, it wanted to suggest this power of Sakyamuni through the building structure. Borobudur temple founders' intention was expressing the cosmic and all-powerful essence of Buddha. The Borobudur name comes from the Sanskrit words "Vihara Buddha Uhr" and that means Buddhist monastery on the hill (height). The temple is built in six square terraces, placed on the bottom and on top of these there are three circular terraces that lead to the top. Seen from above, it appears as a giant mandala of Borobudur. Paintings on the temple are long extinct, but it is said that stone was painted in white or yellow gold to seize the sun. From the main entrance, in the east, the pilgrims were surrounding the temple clockwise, on the corridors of the terraces, to the top, where the main monument stupa was. The walls in the corridors have beautiful relief work, totalling 1,460 panels with narrative sculptures, covering 1900 square meters and 1212 panels carved with Buddhist doctrines and aspects of life from 1,000 years ago in Java, covering 600 m side. The carved corridors have an approximate length of 2,500 meters, totalling about one million carved plaques. Some Buddhists say that this monument is a "gigantic book" illustrating Buddha Sakyamuni’s life and his principles.
Jawa, Indonesia
Great Barrier Reef - Australia's Great Natural Wonder
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, comprising about 3,000 reefs and 300 islands stretching along the 2600 km and covering an area of 344 400 km². The reef is located in the Coral Sea, near the coast of Queensland, in northeast Australia. The area occupied by the reefs is greater than the UK and Ireland’s together. Since 1981 is part of UNESCO. Situated in the north-eastern part, near the region of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef provides a colourful and exciting spectacle of coloured coral and more than 10,000 unique marine species (6000 species of crustaceans, molluscs, turtles, dolphins). For scientists, for lovers of the aquatic life, for photographers, for amateur divers, fishermen or for any tourist, the Great Barrier Reef is a place of dreams. Animal, mineral and vegetable, all in one. The reef life is seasonal: October, November and December are the months with the active mating underwater life; from January to May is a kindergarten invading waters around the reefs; June to September is the season of fishing delicacies. The Great Barrier Reef disappears little by little every day, and despite the fact that scientists were waiting for a regeneration of it, now they got to say that if this miracle of nature was a person, then that person would be a "clinically dead patient ".
Queensland, Australia
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