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  • The Charming City of Valencia, The Charming City of Valencia, Spain

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      Although it is not as famous as the big cities Madrid or Barcelona, Valencia doesn’t have anything to envy them. This picturesque city conserves its original charm, especially in the Old neighborhood where its Roman and Arabian influences are highly visible.

      This city situated in the cost of the South East of Spain has the perfect weather during the whole year. One of the best areas to visit is the neighborhood of ‘El Carmen’. There you can find the oldest buildings in the city, such as ‘The Central Market’ is one of the largest markets in Europe which was built between 1914 and 1928.

      Albufera

      Other representative buildings are ‘The Silk Exchange’ and ‘Plaza Redonda’. The first one was originally used for trading silk and it is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is characteristic of the late Gothic Architecture style, reflecting the ‘Golden Valencian Century’. Plaza Redonda is trading square that was built in 1840.

      In El Carmen, it is possible to find the best places to eat the traditional Paella and to taste the some of the best ‘tapas’ of Valencia. One of the best ways to live the city it is to stay in an apartment in ‘El Carmen’ and become a part of this charming neighborhood. If you are interested in finding a nice apartment in the city center click here.

      The ‘City of Arts and Science’ is an architectural enclave formed by different buildings such as the Science Museum Principe Felipe, the Oceanographic or the Hemispheric where it is possible to enjoy culture in a fun way. This is very recommendable for families with kids.

       

      Another touristic attraction that visitants can’t miss is the Natural park of L’Albufera. This large lagoon contains a huge biodiversity with a large amount of flora and fauna in danger of extinction. I recommend taking a bike from the city center to the pier of the town ‘El Saler’ and then do a boat trip to see the amazing sunset that takes place there. Once there, the town of ‘El palmar’ is a very recommendable visit. 

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  • What are the Places to visit i What are the Places to visit in Paris

    • From: EveParis
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      Paris one of the most romantic cities in the world has been luring people across the world with its historical charms .The great structures built depicts the engineering prowess of French. The beautiful city of the world is divided into 20 Arrondissements for administrative convenience. The famous destinations in Paris, Eiffel towers, louvre museum, Notre Dame, Pantheon … are situated in the first eight arrondisements of the city.

      People visit the city of lights, for its artistic and historical attractions and come back again and again because one can never seem to take it all in. Whether you wish to visit the Paris city for the art galleries, beautiful gardens, or to take a boat cruise down the Seine River, you will never be disappointed. With the major development in the tourism sector, Paris apartment vacation rentals have become the best accommodation centres in the tourism industry.

      Many people may not be able to afford to stay in the five star hotels or some luxurious hotels. But with luxury Paris vacation rentals, everyone who loves visiting new places can afford easily.

      The top best places to be seen in Paris are :

      Eiffel Tower

      The Eiffel Tower - an iconic structure of the world in Paris can be seen from any corner of the city. Make sure to visit this tower if you are in Paris. Originally the tallest structure in the world the Eiffel Tower stands 1063 feet (or 324 meters) tall, built between 1887 and 1889. It isn't simply just a building in Paris, France, it depicts the French artistic talent. Frequently throughout history, some of the best artists in the world are French. Getting into Paris apartment vacation rentals to visit Paris makes you feel like a Parisian.

      Lourve

      The Louvre art museum in 1st Arrondissement of Paris city is the most attractive tourist location and worlds largest museum with a collection of thousands of objects. The museum contains a rare collection of world class art forms. Initially, it was a fortress built for protecting Paris from external threat in 12th century A.D. by King Philippe Auguste. Later, with major reconstructions carried out by subsequent kings, it was modified to a luxurious palace. After the French revolution in 1793 the Palace was renovated to the museum and made open to public.

      The museum displays world famous artist Leonardo DA Vinci’s "Mona Lisa” can be viewed just staying a close to the museum in Paris apartment rental vacations. The pyramid glass structure stands in the courtyard was built in 1988 as part of the renovation plan Grand Lourve started in 1983. The historical significance of the museum have had always been a favorite destination for art lovers and tourists around the world. It is estimated that around 8 million people visit the museum every year.

      Arc De Triumphe

      Arc De Triumph commemorates war heroes of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. Unfortunately the work was halted due to invasion and unusual circumstances. Inside the walls of this historical monument 555 military general names are inscribed who died in Napoleon and French wars. This historic centre in 1st Arrondisement communicates the struggle and heroic efforts of French soldiers with the visitors.

      Less Halles

      Less Halles traditional market served the needs of trade for more than 800 years in Paris, was dismantled due to over congestion in the city. To fill the gap created by the central market and avoid the congestion Forum des Halles a huge shopping mall was built with the underground Chatelet - Les Halles, metro station. The shopping mall opening area has a hallow garden with sculptures, fountains and Mosaic art forms which acts a tourist and shopping place for the new visitors. Over seven hundred thousand, commute through this metro station.

      Tuileries Garden

      Tuileries Garden the most famous and old gardens of France, where most of Parisians visit with their families to spend their leisure time in the evenings. This garden was built in 1564, but was made open to public in 1667 and after French revolution it was declared as a public park.

      Chateau of Versailles

      The Palace of Versailles known as Château de Versailles was built under many kings reign, the famous Louis Xiv has showed much interest in it. The great piece of architecture and brilliant interior designing, with 700 rooms, 1250 fireplaces, 67 staircases, 2000 windows and 1800 acres of beautiful gardens this seems like a heaven on earth. Once the home to the King which was converted into the museum. Restrooms are available for tourists, if not you can look for luxurious Paris vacation rentals where you can enjoy the feel of being locals and experience the taste of famous French dishes.

      Notre Dame Cathedral

      Notre Dame Cathedral a fine example of gothic architecture. It is one of the most awe inspiring sites in Europe with its stained glass, statues, dramatic towers, and spire to be found in the heart of Paris city itself. It took over hundred years to complete construction of the Cathedral. It is one of the famous religious centres in Paris.

      Musee D'Orsay

      The famous Musee D'Orsay developed from a railway station in Paris was opened to the public from 1986. Now it is the repository of paintings and famous artworks. There are around 1000 pieces of art in its collection and 12000 photographs on display. Luxurious Paris vacation rentals near the museum saves your journey time allows you to see arts from the nouveau era and slightly and many art forms.

      To visit the best places in the romantic city of France one need not spend much money on costly five star hotels. One can easily visit all the place by staying in luxurious Paris vacation rentals, which gives the great experience to mingle with the local culture and taste.

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  • A trip to WeiZhou Island A trip to WeiZhou Island

    • From: j123456
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      Although it looked like a cloudy day today in BeiHai city, the weather got better after we had arrived at Weizhou Island by water. One hour later, we reached the destination. We spent three days and three nights there. At about 5 clock in the afternoon on the twenty second of November, we landed on the island and at 5 pm on the 25th, we left. In the three days on the island, we sleep till waking up each day, sometimes stroll around nice scenic spots, are in a daze for a little bit, walk for a while, have a bike ride, pick up shell, and walk the dog. What is important is that we had fresh seafood to eat. What a leisurely and comfortable vacation. 
          About the accommodation on the island, it seems that we didn’t have many choices but Youth Hostel called ZhuZai Ba is our only choice and since we all know about hostels, we then made the decision to stay. Spending a night at a fisherman’s family was never considered, because we know nothing about its environment and something like that. We contacted with the boss there on the Internet to reserve a room, but since we were not sure on which date we would land on the island, we just made an oral contract with him. Anyway, “since it’s in a dull season, there are rooms anytime” the boss said. Having bought sea passage tickets, we started out.
          The ship having arrived at the dock, we met up with the rider of the tricycle and got on. After a while, we began officially landing on the island.
          After that, it’s when the sun goes down. Putting down our luggage in the hostel, we rushed out. Across a road, it’s a beach and we saw the sunset on the WeiZhou Island.
          Afterwards, dinner had been reserved in advance, before we had dinner together. The younger sister of the boss AHong is charge of cooking meal for us. She went to the market , bought some seafood like fish and crab and cooked for us. Her cooking skill was so good, with the GuangDong style, that we liked it very much and ate all. Since she has a good cooking skill, we decided to stay here for the rest of the days.
      in the morning of the following day, we had steamed bun with soya-bean milk and went to the market to buy some seafood. After that, we give it to AHong to cook it for us. For each meal, it’s different . crab is stemmed or sometimes fried with yolk or green onion. For fish, it’s stemmed sometimes and some other time braised in soy sauce. Shell is stemmed or sometimes fried. If we go out to have a fun and are late for buying food, we can give her a call to ask her to do it for us. At night, we reserved a seafood barbecue as our night snack and it’s so delicious.
          Moreover, There are about ten thousand residents living on the WeiZhou Island with one fifth of believers, where there are two churches, the catholic church and the chapel of Our Lady. Church is the symbol of missionaries.
      The chapel of Our Lady of France is a small typical church with the gothic style of Europe, with three floors of a square bell tower in front engraved with the three words Chapel of Our Lady, and an oblong house of god and two floors of a small building behind the tower. And perhaps because of the small-sized church located at a remote place, few people go there.
          The symbolic church on the island is the catholic church, which is already a scenic spot where there were so many people inside without tranquility and holy, and a few of buses parking by there. Finally we met up with our team group, and took some photos and left before the next group of people came.
           The church with a hundred years history, a gothic architecture in the renaissance of France was built with the corallites on the island, composed of the church, Men and women monastery, hospital, priest building, and mother and baby room.
          The Volcano Park is an important scenic spot on the island where there is a lighthouse guiding the way of the fishing-boat. Standing under the lighthouse, we can see the whole view of the South Bay.
         The Crocodile Mountain Park is where marine abrasion and volcanic lava often happen. Walking along the sea, we can see the pelelith. On that morning, the weather was bad, very cloudy. I ran into a group of children who was sketching a beautiful view.
         Located in the east, The Sesame Beach is also called the Colorful Beach, where it’s optimum to watch the sunrise. It got famous because of its white and black sand. And we can also catch some crabs in the evening.
         It’s really an unforgettable experience.

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  • Weekend in Bangalore - Mysore Weekend in Bangalore - Mysore

    • From: lilydembowski
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      I planned a full day trip for Sunday to visit Mysore.  We left the hotel a little after 6:30 in the morning to get a head start.

      Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka after Bangalore.  It is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of the state capital Bangalore with population of more than 880,000.

      Our fist stop is the Jamia Masjid, a mosque in Srinagar, in the middle of the old city.  We didn't go inside the mosque but only walked around and outside.  Our next stop was The Ranganatha Swamy Temple.  The temple has fort like walls and an intricately carved Gopura in Vijayanagar style of architecture, a mixture of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles. The main entrance has Chaturvimsati (four) pillars has the cravings of the 24 forms of Vishnu.

      Then we visited the St. Philomena's Church, a Roman Catholic Church built in AD 1840.  The twin towers of the church stand at 175 feet in a gothic design with stained glass windows.  Next stop was the Chamundi Hills.  The hill is 3,489 ft above sea levels and is only 12 km from Mysore city center.  The drive up the hill was fun with lots of turns and our driver was going fast with confidence (I had the seatbelt on).  On top of the hill, there are great views of the city below.

      The last stop and highlight of the trip is the Mysore palace, the Maharaja's Palace.  The palace was designed by an English Architect named Henry Irwin and it was surprising only built between 1897-1912.  It was a huge palace and a very grand one.  I can only imagine what it was like living in it.  Unfortunately no picture is allowed inside the palace but I did take this picture from the outside with the big cloud on the sky.  Soon after this picture, the sky opened up and downpour the rain.

      Maharaja's Palace (Mysore Palace)

      The way home was a long drive with traffic not moving.  We left the Palace around 5:30 and didn't get back to the hotel until past 11.  We were so hungary and tired that we needed to stop for a quick late night snack at A2B, a very popular restaurant chain that serves very affordable and good south indian food.  My first meal in a local Indian restaurant that's not in a hotel and I really enjoyed.

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  • Lovely and serene, Segovia Cat Lovely and serene, Segovia Cathedral

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      Interior of the beautiful Gothic cathedral in Segovia.

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  • Wanderlust Tales-Regensburg, G Wanderlust Tales-Regensburg, Germany

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      ………Regensburg, Germany

       

      I threw a jacket in my bag. It was hot in Munich, but I knew we’d experience cool weather and snow on Zugspitz, Germany’s highest mountain peak.

       

      At the train station we found our connection to Garmisch-Partenkirchen was closed for repair. Fortunately, we had purchased a “Lander Pass” ticket, good for any destination in Bavaria today. Following a DB agent’s recommendation, we put “Plan B” into effect and headed about 1 ½ hours north to Regensburg

       

      Generally I like to research an area before allocating precious vacation days to a destination but traveling on a whim in the past has rewarded me with some fond travel experiences. Still, we had woken this morning expecting the magnificence of the Alps and it would take something pretty special to satisfy us today. Spires of St. Peter's and Wurstküche

       

      It was love at first sight. Walking through the medieval city center, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site, it’s not difficult to comprehend the fact that Regensburg has been inhabited for about 2000 years. Virtually untouched during the war, The Old Town Hall, the Porta Praetoria, and the majestic Gothic beauty of St. Peter’s Cathedral, helped our imaginations turn back the clock to another century.

       

      ArrivinHistorische Wurstkuche, Regensburgg at the Historische Wurstküche, a sausage kitchen that has reportedly been operating for about 900 years, we greedily devoured little finger sausages, smeared in grainy mustard and tucked into hard rolls. In front of us the Danube River’s rapid waters carried river-cruise passengers under the 12th century Old Stone Bridge and behind us the spires of St. Peter’s Cathedral jutted up through the smoke of the kitchen’s beech-wood charcoal fire.Sausage eaters in Regensburg

       

      A light drizzle started to fall as we reluctantly headed back toward the train station. The discovery of this period-perfect little city center just confirmed for me that an “unplanned” travel agenda can be one of the most rewarding.

       

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  • An Inconvenient Storm An Inconvenient Storm

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      In my younger days I was mesmerized by photos in text books of Mont Saint Michel, a Gothic-style Benedictine Abbey, built between the 11th and 16th centuries, dedicated to the archangel St Michael, a Wonder of the Western World that was built on a rocky tidal island in Normandy, France.

      A short time ago following my retirement I planned a trip to France and of course on the top of my list after visiting the Normandy beaches, was a pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel as others have done since 708 A.D.

      By rental car with impatient fervor I made the trek from the D-Day Beaches. Finally from over ten miles away I could see the famous silhouette of the abbey rising to heaven before me.

      I nervously approached the parking area which stood across the road from the Abbey. I jumped out of my car, camera in hand to take my first excited photos. But before the first snap, suddenly from what seemed like from out of no where appeared one of the worst thunder storms of my life. I jumped back into the car and sat camera in hand for what seemed like ages as the wind and rain rocked the car back and forth.

      Finally it stopped and I ran like a little kid down the long causeway leading to the island and Mt Saint Michel. I was approximately 30 yards from the entrance gate when another storm broke out. I made a mad dash to the gate but with just a few more yards to go a torrential cold rain suddenly pelted down like bullets in a scene from Saving Private Ryan.

      So to make a long story short my visit that I thought about in my dreams for many years and hoped to take wondrous photos of turned out to be a stormy day in Normandy.

      Still one of the neatest places I have ever visited. I would love to go back some day and see it with blue skies, birds singing and a bright sun shinny day.

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  • Let's Explore Knights in Shini Let's Explore Knights in Shining Armor and Tales of Princess Castles...Bečov nad Teplou

    • From: evbk
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      Not to sound like a broken record, but... I LOVE castles.  It's time to squeeze in as many castle visits as possible before they close for the - gasp! - winter (oh the disdain I have for that season).

       

      Today I'm feeling like a trip to Bečov nad Teplou, the Gothic castle above the steep valley of the river Teplá.

       

        In the 13th-century the Lords of Osek founded the castle Bečov nad Teplou (130 km from Prague) on a cliff over a provincial route for its protection and collecting duties.  

       

       

       

      The castle reached its peak in the late 15th-century, when it belonged to the Pluh family of Rabštejn, who were engaged in gold, silver and tin mining.  The Pluh family connected two older parts of the castle and later built a new residential palace in the Renaissance style there.  The Thirty Years' War brought an end to tin prosperity and in 1648, the Swedish army damaged the castle and occupied it.  The most valuable part of the castle is the Chapel of the Visitation of Our Lady from the year 1400 - with original frescoes depicting 17 Biblical motives.

       

      Chapel of the Visitation of Our Lady 

       

      In the 18th-century, on the site of the former fortifications above the castle moat, a Baroque chateau with an octagonal tower was built.  The tower houses state rooms, a library and fountains.  In the 19th-century, the castle was connected with the chateau into one complex, and a beautiful complex it is! 

       

       

       

       

       

      I love the color combination...there is just something about pink and yellow that makes me ...happy.

       

      The interiors were renovated in the Romantic style by architect Josef Zitek.  There are valuable collections of paintings and tapestries from the property of Belgian Beaufort-Spontin family, who bought Bečov in 1813.

       

      Architect Josef Zitek

       

      On most, if not all castle tours, you see this sign:

       

      But some rules are meant to be broken, no?

      So with flash off and camera silenced and hidden from the tour guide's view, let's proceed...

       

      Library

       

       

      The view from the library...overlooking the village of Bečov

       

      Another view from the library

       

       

      I fell in love with these girly chairs... 

       

      ...and these pink walls!

       

       

       

      The castle grounds are spectacular - let's take a walk around...


      View of the mansion (pink) with the Pluh's Palace behind it (yellow)

       

       

       

       

       

      Burning coal on a chilly day...

       

      A chata in the distance...

       

       

       

      The garden replaced the original moat...the building beyond is the Burgrave's residence

       

       

      The dark gray sky was a pretty contrast to the lightness of the buildings 

       

       

      The Keep

      The central portion of the site was guarded by the circular keep, the last refuge of the castle's owners.  This tower had to be dramatically lowered in 1623 due to its poor condition.  In the 19th century, its preserved 6-meter-high portion was transformed into an observation gallery

       

       

      The largest part of the gardens is situated on the place of the former castle moat and brewery.  The garden is divided into six terraces that are interconnected by balustraded staircases, thereby forming an exceptionally picturesque space.  You can see why this castle is the site of many weddings.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      View of the valley and the river Teplá

       

       

       

       

      Bečov offers a viewing of the reliquary of St. Moor, which was bought by Alfred de Beaufort for 2,500 francs.  He had it restored and brought it to Bečov.  At the end of WWII, the Beauforts, active collaborators with the Nazi regime, left the chateau in a hurry.  The reliquary was hidden under the floor of the castle chapel for 40 years.  In 1985, the reliquary was discovered, surrounded by bottles of wine and cognac - would love to have a taste of that!

       

      Reliquary of St. Moor

       

      The town of Bečov was founded by the magnates of Czech princes from the noble family of Hrabišice at the beginning of the 13th century...shall we take a look around?

       

       

       

       

       

      Iron work exhibit

       

       

       

       

      It wasn't until July 15, 1996, that the castle of Bečov was opened to the public after many years of building and renovation work.  It sits proudly overlooking the town.

       

       

       A very difficult place to resist is the local pekařství... 

       

       

       

      My favorite - koláč 

       

      Why don't we sample a little bit of everything!

       

      Hope you enjoyed your trip to Bečov nad Teplou!  

       

       Address:  Státní hrad a zámek Bečov nad Teplou 

      364 64 Bečov nad Teplou


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  • How was your experience for Pr How was your experience for Prague?

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      Prague Castle

      Prague Castle dates back more than 1100 years, the earliest traces of the castle dating back to 870AD. The castle was built on request of Prince Borivoj, one of the first recognized rulers of the Czech Republic. Originally, the castle was made from timber and soil, but throughout the ages has evolved into the largest medieval architectural sites in Europe.

       

      St Vitus Cathedral

      St Vitus Cathedral is commonly known as the most important Church in the whole of the Czech Republic. Here is the Archbishop of Prague is seated, and is where the country’s biggest and most famous figures are buried, making it an extremely interesting visit for history lovers. The gothic architecture makes this place truly emphatic, and is a must for anyone who appreciates beautiful buildings


      The Loreto

      The Loreto was built in 1626, at the request of Katerina of Lobkowicz, in an attempt to bring Catholicism back into society. Since then it has been a popular venue for pilgrimage, and with its undeniable beauty and host of over 300 bells which chime on the hour, this is truly one of the jewels of Prague.

      Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum

      This area is called Josefov, named after the emperor Josef II, a person who is thought to have dramatically changed and improved the way of life for the Jewish people of Prague.

       

      It may sound like a city of contrasts, but Prague’s timeless magic lies in its ability to blend the old with the new. Empires have risen and fallen, old gods have been replaced with new ones, but Prague remains. Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and if you have not visited Italy, the capital is a great place to start your Prague holiday.

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  • Symmetry Symmetry

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      The columns in the Abbey at Mont-Saint Michel in France.  One of the most amazing sites in France to visit.  Breathtaking from a distance and to actually tour the Abbey was most rewarding.  Worth a trip to view the Abbey at night with all the lights as well.

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  • Gothic Arches at Reims Cathedr Gothic Arches at Reims Cathedral

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  • Notre Dame de Paris Along The Notre Dame de Paris Along The River Seine

    • From: biglannie
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      On a Paris, France boat tour, you can get a glimpse of some of the city’s most mythical spots, such as Notre Dame de Paris, which is arguably the most stunning Gothic cathedral in the world—and is undoubtedly the most famous.

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  • Portrait of Manarola Portrait of Manarola

    • From: biglannie
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      Manarola, The Cinque Terre Italy, has very old origins. It was founded by the inhabitants of the probably Roman settlement of Volastra. Its name derives from the Latin "Manium arula", that means a small altar dedicated to the “Mani”, Roman gods of the house.
      Manarola is characterized by tower houses defending the village. The town is located on a sharp promontory of dark rock, and it is structured around the course, now covered, of the Groppo brook. The square is situated on the higher part of the village. Here we find the 1338 parish church in Gothic style, the oratory and the bell tower. Among the houses, stands the white pyramid of cement, a sign for the sailors.

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  • Notre Dame de Paris Notre Dame de Paris

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      Notre Dame de Paris, Our Lady of Paris, also known as Notre Dame Cathedral, is a Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral located in Paris, France

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  • ‎"There is evidently no more f ‎"There is evidently no more fairytale a castle in the Czech Republic than Bouzov"

    • From: evbk
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      The woodland at Litovel is over looked by the romantic castle Bouzov

       

      I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again, and I'll probably say it a hundred times more...I love castles.  In the Czech Republic you can spend every day of the year visiting one and you still won't see them all.  Splendid!

       

      Today let's visit a castle that has been called a "fairytale" castle and a "true medieval" castle...today let's visit Bouzov.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Bouzov Castle is an early 14th-century fortress first mentioned in 1317.  Since the middle of the 14th-century until 1695 the castle has changed hands many times.  In 1695, Bouzov was obtained by an order of German knights, but they didn't take proper care of it over the next 200 years.  It wasn't until the order of Grand Master Archduke Eugenius that radical reconstruction took place between the years 1896 and 1901.  

       

      Bouzov at the beginning of the 19th century

       

      Bouzov today

       

      Bouzov's present appearance was only given to it at the turn of the 20th-century, but despite this, it is still known to many people as a true medieval castle.  The new structure, representing the late German gothic style, abounds in projections, little towers, as well as other unusual elements.  Because of Bouzov's fairytale-like structure, it has been used in many films and fairytales such as ArabelaPrincess Fantaghiro, and the story of Princess Jasnenka and the Flying Shoemaker.

       

       

      Bouzov's a fun castle to visit because it truly brings you back to a time long ago...

      The smell of gunpowder hangs in the air and the boom of cannons can be heard throughout.  The castle's entertainment complex offers you a chance to try your hand at archery and view the 15-meter high Trojan horse, apparently the largest construction of its kind in the world.

       

      Magnificent interior

       

       

       

      Bouzov Castle is situated in Bouzov, a village and municipality in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic.  It lies approximately 28 km (17 miles) northwest of Olomouc and 183 km (114 miles) east of Prague.

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      Westminster on the thames in london, england

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