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Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2012’

Siena

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Siena is the city in Tuscany; its historic centre has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site and is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions. Built on three hills and surrounded by well preserved walls, Siena is filled  with fine examples of Gothic architecture. Throughout the centuries, inhabitants preserved city’s Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th …

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San Leo

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San Leo is a tiny, spectacular village  located about 135 km southeast of Bologna. Situated on a hilltop, 600 metres above sea level it has been occupied since Roman times. San Leo is listed as a ‘most beautiful village in Italy’ and it rightly deserves this title, a secluded place paved in stone and surrounded by a relaxing atmosphere. It overlooks the …

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Edfu

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Edfu is an ancient Egyptian temple located on the west bank of the river Nile. Temple of Horus dedicated to Horus, the falcon headed god, it was built during the reigns of six Ptolemies. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and best preserved preserved Temples in Egypt.  The state of the temples high preservation is due in part, to …

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Luxor

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Luxor is the city in the Upper Egypt and is has frequently been characterized as the world’s greatest open air museum as  the temple of Karnak and Luxor is situated there.  It was the capital of Egypt from the 12th dynasty (1991 BC) and reached its zenith during the New Kingdom. It was from here that Thutmose III planned his …

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Czocha

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Czocha Castle is a defensive castle in a Silesia region of Southern Poland. It is located in the picturesque and secluded area near the town of Lesna by picturesque Lake Leśniański and is one of the most beautiful castles in Poland.  Its construction was ordered by the king Wenceslav I of Bohemia in the 13th century. Later on it became a seat for knight …

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Aranjuez

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Aranjuez is a Royal town lying south of Madrid at the confluence of the Tagus and Jarama rivers. An old quarter, royal palaces, and gardens in perfect harmony between nature and man are main reasons for declarng it a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. The palace was intended as a spring and summer residence for the royal family …

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Burgos

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Burgos is a city in northern Spain by the river Arlanzón. Burgos is rich in ancient churches and convents and the three most interesting historic sites are the cathedral, with its chapel of the Condestables de Castilla, the monastery of Las Huelgas, and the monastery of Miraflores. The construction of Burgos cathedral was ordered by King Ferdinand III and started  in 1221 and continued …

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Grodziec

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The wooden castle was built in 1155, but  Polish king, Henryk I the Bearded replaced it with a brick one. The foundation of the castle church is attributed to Saint Hedwig. In the 14th and partially in the 15th centuries the castle was the property of the knightly family of Busewoy. It has changed hands many times and its history is …

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Ksiaz

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Książ  is a magnificent castle that was built in 1288-1292 under  Polish king, Bolko I the Strict. In the year 1509 the family of Hochberg bought the place and it stayed in their hands until 1941.  It is one of the biggest castles in Europe,  the third biggest in Poland and definately the biggest one in South Silesia. It is located on …

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Zakopane

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Zakopane is located in southern Poland near the border with Slovakia. It lies in a valley between the Tatra Mountains and Gubalowka Hill. It is a popular skiing resort with popular peaks of Kasprowy, Nosal and Gubalowka. Although Zakopane has long been a playground for Poles and travellers from Eastern Europe, only lately it has been  discovered by the rest of the …

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Crete

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Crete  is the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands. Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilisation and the earliest in Europe.  It has a 1,000 kilometer-long coastline dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas, plenty of  multitude of sandy beaches along the beautifully blue and warm Mediterranean Sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus and fertile …

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Oia, Santorini II

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This is the continuation of the previous post, as Oia  demands a bit more coverage. One would not really believe that in 1956 earthquake the village suffered badly. It may  never fully recovered, but it is still spectacular. Quieter than tourist-frenzied Fira, it’s streets are  filled with lovely little shops and cafes.  Here, in the spring, autumn or winter one can …

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Oia, Santorini

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Along the cliff of Oia (pronounced Ia), situated on the island of Santorini, some houses have been delved into the porous volcanic rock.  These unique houses visible from far combined with a fantastic  scenery create typically Greek views. The town is worldwide known for its picturesque architecture,with the elements of medieval Venetian houses. Adding to the charm of the town are  famous …

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Fira, Santorini

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Santorini or officially Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece’s mainland. Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon measures about 12 by 7 km and is surrounded by 300 m high, steep cliffs on three sides. Fira is …

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Krasiczyn

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Krasiczyn Castle  is a Renaissance building situated in the south eastern Poland. It is located on a lowland on the right bank of the river San. It is one of the greatest treasures of Renaissance-Mannerist architecture in Poland and one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. The construction of the castle started in 1580, initiated by a local nobleman Stanislaw Siecienski. This 16th century noblemen’s …

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Something fishy

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Powsin is a quiet neighbourhood of the Wilanów district of Warsaw.  It is well-known for its Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden was established in 1990. On its 30 hectares opened to the public, visitors can find almost 8000 different plant spices from various part of the world. Visiting the Garden is highly recommend for flower lovers because collections of roses …

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Portugal

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Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West and South and by Spain to the North and East. Portugal is among the 20 most visited countries in the world. Tourist hotspots in Portugal are Lisbon, Algarve and Madeira. The main tourist regions can be ordered as Lisbon and nearest area, …

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Cracow

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Kraków Cracow,or Krakow, is the second largest city in Poland. It is situated on the Vistula river in the south of Poland. The city dates back to the 7th century. The old town layout characterized by the rigid grid of perfectly orthogonal streets was ordered by Boloslaw the Chaste in 1257 . Its  Main Square, Rynek is one of the greatest in …

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Plitvice Lake

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Plitvice Lakes National Park  is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. 296.85 km2 of  breathtaking natural splendor becoming with it the largest among the eight  national parks of the country. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland …

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Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea coast, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik is is one of the most prominent tourist  destinations on the Adriatic. Also called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’,  was  an important Mediterranean sea power in medieval era. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667,  its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and …

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