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Ponta de Sao Lourenco

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Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern part of Madeira is a Nature Reserve with wonderful panoramic views of the Atlantic. This peninsula is made of some spectacular volcanic rock formations and it differs widely from the rest of the island. Many unusual species of plants are found here, Ice Plant, Everlasting, Cardoon and many more. Down the cliff is a secluded …

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Alhambra II

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In my previous post I have written about history of Alhambra, here I will point some highlights of the place. The Hall of the Embassadors with its colossal ceiling is a masterpiece of carpentry depicting the seven heavens of Moslem paradise; it was used for royal audiences and court ceremonies.  The Royal baths are amazing in shape and the galleries above were …

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Alhambra I

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Spain’s Alhambra palace has inspired travellers for centuries, it is really a palatial city defended by a magnificent network of walls and towers. The name Alhambra comes from Arabic, meaning “crimson castle”. The fortress had existed here since the 9th century. The construction of the palaces called “The Old Royal” dates back to the 14th century. Two great kings contributed to this …

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Polish Gems

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There are coutless fascinating palaces in Poland. Some of them are museums with lavish collections of furniture, pictures, porcelain, arms and armour, some taken over by the state were turn into government offices, agricultural institutions and  colleges. Quite a few of them were turned into hotels. There is also a percentage of them privately owned and not open to the public. There are about 2,800 …

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Ponta Delgada

On the Madeira island’s north coast, overlooking the crystal clear Atlantic ocean is quiet Ponta Delgada town. It is located east of São Vicente and is the smallest parish in population and density in the area. This peaceful and charming area is in fact  the birthplace of the Madeiran writer Horácio Bento de Gouveia. The land of Ponta Delgada is made up of …

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Polish Manor Houses

Big or small, old or new, Polish manor houses or, as they are called in Polish, Polskie Dworki, are very characteristic. They were built in the countryside and according to the sarmatism ideology, they were their little castles, their own universe, away from the towns. The vast majority of such countryside manors were made of wood.  The noble class accounted for a substantial percentage  …

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