Sanok Falk Architecture Musem

The Museum of Folk Architecture in Sanok, also known as the Ethnographic Park, is the first and the largest open-air museums in Poland. On display here are examples of architecture from the Russo-Polish border, that is in the south-eastern regions of today’s Poland: Bieszczady Mountains, Low Beskids, the Jasło and Sanok Dales, Ciężkowice and Dynów Foothills, as well as parts …

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Lublin is a thriving city with plenty of historical building, yet also some new, well design architecture. Krakowskie Przedmiescie, the representative street of Lublin, is the favourite place for entertainment for the town’s inhabitants and visitors. There are many coffee shops, artistic basement bars and restaurants to choose from. The first permanent settlements on the future site of Lublin were …

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Turkish Travels III

The expansive cuisine of Turkey goes way beyond kebabs. Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, a mixture of Central Asian, Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. As Turkey it such a large country, obviously its cuisine varies across the region. The cooking of Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, and rest of the Aegean region is characterised by the …

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Turkish Travels II

Travelling in Turkey it is visible in most of the town and mainly in the architecture, that Islam is the largest religion of Turkey. Although Turkey is officially a secular country with no official religion since the constitutional amendment in 1924, currently all public schools from elementary to high school hold mandatory religion classes which only focus on the Sunni …

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Turkish Travels I

Turkey is a massive country, with its smaller part in Southeastern Europe and its larger part in Western Asia. Its size is 783,562 km² and population reached 74 million. The history and geography is rich and varied. Modern Turkey is a relatively young republic, established upon the remains of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, but it is an ancient land, one …

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Saffron and Sumela Monasteries

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Deyrulzafaran monastery, also called Mor Hananyo or Saffron monastery, is seldom mentioned in mainstream tourism for Turkey but it is a must see while in the Mardin region. Dayro d-Mor Hananyo was founded in 493 by Mor Shlemon on the site of a sun worship temple that was converted into a citadel by the Romans. After the Romans withdrew from …

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A spectacular landscape of Cappadocia contain some of the most amazingly sculptured by nature, rocks. While geographic events were and are forming strange rock formations, during the historical period, humans had carried the signs of thousand years old civilizations with carving houses and churches within these earth pillars.  Rock-hewn sanctuaries full of Byzantine art, dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns …

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Balooning over Cappadocia

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Cappadocia is Turkey’s most visually striking region famed for its lunar landscape. The most interesting places are near Urgup, Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos and Mustafapaşa , where erosion has formed caves and famous fairy chimneys. Sculptured soft volcanic rock and historic painted cave churches are simply enchanting but flying at dawn above this incredible landscape is a must, as Cappadocia is …

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Mount Nemrut

Situated on the Arsameia antique road, Nemrut mount of 2206 meters in height, looms over the territory in the southeastern Turkey. It is notable for the group of large statues on the summit, which is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC.   King Antiochus I (who reigned over Commagene ) built here a pantheon, which can …

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Santorini Island

It may be a cliché statement, but Santorini is one of the most spectacular Greek islands. The traditional villages are mostly built on tall cliffs and offer a breathtaking view over the submerged volcano. The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption that took place 3600 years ago and obliterated …

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Fira, Santorini

The Greek island of Santorini and its capital, Fira offers spectacular views of the cliffs and predictably, pristine whitewashed buildings. It was only recently, that the capital of the island was moved from Pyrgos to Fira.  Fira perched on the edge of a cliff some 260m high offers not only superb panoramas over the submerged volcano but also the sheer …

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Oia, Santorini

Oia, (pronounced Ia) is the most famous of all villages of Santorini and possibly, the most beautiful village in a whole Greece. Santorini famed for its quiet life and fantastic sunsetis no doubt the most romantic and dramatic place. Thepicturesque village of Oia situated on top of an impressive cliff offers truly magnificent view over the volcano of Palia and …

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The island of Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, both in terms of area and population. It is a multifaceted place with a history that has stirred romantics for centuries.  The interior of the island is mountainous with some solitary cypresses and small forests of pine trees. Not much of the land is cultivated however some citrus fruit, wine grapes, vegetables …

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Rhodes Town

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Although the capital of Rhodes and the Dodecanese group is most famous since antiquity as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is the old city with its strong walls that attracts most interest. The entrance to Mandhráki harbour was supposedly straddled by the Colossus, an ancient statue of Apollo erected to …

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Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos in Greece, is a small, ancient village on the east coast of Rhodes with the magnificent Acropolis towering above it. The views as you arrive here are, whitewashed houses, ambling donkeys and car-free cobbled streets. The village has a preservation order, so in theory nothing can spoil its authentic look.  Lindos was founded by the Dorians, who arrived in …

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Kamieniec Castle

Kamieniec Castle in Odrzykoń, a beautiful ruin that towers over the south-eastern Poland is from the time of the king Casimir the Great. Originally it was the royal estate; later on it became the property of the Kamieniecki family. This fortified stronghold was built at the southern borders of the country to protect the area against attacks from Russia and Hungary. …

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Lanzarote II

Photographs in this part cover Yaiza, Timanfaya, Porto Caleo, Papagayo, Orzola, Mirador de Rio and Los Hervideros of this volcanic island. The moonscapes are most vivid in the island’s centre, while to the north there’s a gentle greenness. Lanzarote enjoys high temperatures, low rainfall and endless sunshine throughout the year. It is the easternmost island of Spain’s Canary Islands which …

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Lanzarote I

As with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is Volcanic in origin. It was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. The island emerged about 15 million years ago as product of the Canary hotspot. Due to the recent eruptions during the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear to be …

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Fuerteventura largest attractions are beaches and weather. Whether you like your beach life slow and sedentary or quick and crazy, Fuerteventura caters for all with its fantastic swathes of gold in the archipelago, no surprise that it attracts sun worshippers and water sports professionals alike. The name ‘Fuerteventura’ translates to ‘strong wind’ which is characteristic for the island. The island …

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Forest colours

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A few photographic memories from the trips to the Polish forests at the end of the last year, when trees started to loose their leaves but snow and frost has not yet got the tight grip of the trees and plants. All around Warsaw there are plenty of these little woodlands where one can always find some photogenic leaves and …

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The best of Marocco

This is the last blog of the Marocco series and I have saved the best of the places for it. I would recommend visiting all of them, Zagora, Taourirt, Taroudant, Quarzazate, Erfud, El-kelaa, Aït Benhaddou and last, but not least, Agadir. Zagora is a town in the valley of the Draa River in Souss-Massa-Drâa offering some interesting views. The well …

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Marocco by road

Morocco is as hypnotic as a snake-charmer’s flute and its varied qualities work magic the moment you land here.  Morocco is in many ways a country apart. It nestles on the north-western tip of Africa, and is separated from the rest of the continent by the Atlas Mountains and by the Sahara desert. It is the most westerly of the …

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Marrakesh is a major city in Morocco. The area was inhabited by Berber farmers from Neolithic times, but the city was founded in 1062 by Abu Bakr ibn Umar. Like many Moroccan cities it comprises an old fortified city, Medina, packed with vendors and stalls. You can find here thousands of foodstuffs, fabrics and handicrafts. The City is famous for …

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Niedzica Castle or as sometimes called, Dunajec Castle, is located in southern Poland atop an ancient hill of limestone. It was erected in the 14th century.  It stands at an altitude of 566 m, on a hill 300 m upstream from the Dunajec River mouth. The castle was an important centre of Polish-Hungarian relations since the 14th century. The fortress was renovated …

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Nisyros Island is situated in the Aegen Sea, between the islands of Kos and Tilos. Not a big island, some 3 kilometres by 4 kilometres is the most famous because of its caldera that was created 150,000 years ago. There were 3 separate eruptive stages during its creation, ranging from explosive and effusive andesitic eruptions to effusive and extrusive dacitic …

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Kos II

Kos is a very interesting island and offers to the visitors natural beauty and a lot of historical monuments. Places that can be seen in Kos I and Kos II blogs cover Zia, Sfakia, Plaka, Limnionas, Kefalos, Kava, Kardamena, Asklipieio and Antimacha. The most popular ancient sight in the island of Kos is Asklipieio. It is located some 4 kilometers …

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Kos I

Kos,  the Greek island lies in the group of the Dodecanese. It is 40 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide. According to the Greek mythology, Kos is the sacred land of Asclepius, the god of healing. On the island, there are many monuments from the prehistoric times. Kos was inhabited by Minoans,later on by Achaean, Dorians and Persians. Athenians who …

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Bodrum is a port city in Muğla Province, on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. Once it was a cozy fishing village with only a few thousand people, but for the last few decades, Bodrum has experienced a renaissance that has transformed this quiet community into one of Turkey’s most popular vacation hotspots.The …

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Sao Miguel, Azores

Azores archipelago is one of the few unspoilt paradises on the planet and is composed of vast plains and pastures and extensive mountains that are divided by deep valleys. Due to the positioning,  islands are  in constant contact with both the high pressure areas common to the North Atlantic and the constantly moving polar and tropical air masses. The island …

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Terceira, Azores

The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands. They are situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, some 1,500 km west of Lisbon. The exact date of discovery of the archipelago is unknown, but most probably the islands of Santa Maria and São Miguel were discovered in 1427 by the Portuguese navigator Diogo de Silves. There are nine major …

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Zakynthos III

Zakynthos famous Shipwreck Beach, also known as Smuggler’s Cove or Navagio Bay, is one of the most well-known beaches in Greece. It is about 6kms northwest of Alykes, just off the main road to Skinari. Getting there is a bit tricky, as the beach is hidden from the main road, but there is a dirt truck that leads you to …

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Zakynthos II

Zakynthos is not only sea and beaches; it has an interesting long historical and cultural background that can be explored at leisure during long warm summer months. There are some interesting homesteads, like Katari, where you can meet some local people and forget about holiday resorts. At Skinari you can find two interesting windmills, but there are also other places …

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Zakynthos I

Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, the third largest one. It has a thriving tourism industry and it is a producer of olive oil, grapevine, citruses and raisins. Northern and eastern shores are famed for their sandy beaches, quite packed with tourists in summer months. The largest resort Laganas has got a spectacular beach that stretches for …

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Szymbark and Bytów

One of my many trips this month took me to Szymbark and Bytów. Szymbark is very interesting place as there is an Open Air Museum, which boasts the world’s longest table and a house which has been built upside down, yes, you heard it right, upside down!!! , as well as a range of traditional food options and its own …

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Rogalin and Kórnik

Rogalin and Kórnik are two places that everybody should see. The residence in Rogalin is one of the major Polish residences erected in the 18th c. It owes its fame to the picturesque location, eventful history, intriguing architecture, and magnificent art collections. The palace in Rogalin is surrounded by the largest cluster of monumental 700 years old oak trees in …

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April’s Sun

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Spring is still not here, but at least some sun makes me want to pick up the camera and wnder to some interesting locations. On my recent trip I have visited Ostromecko, Bierzgłowski Castle and ruined manor house of Nawra. It is hard to believe that such a beautiful manor house as Nawra can still stand ruined and nobody wants …

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Gran Canaria

Camel rides, jeep safaris, adventure tours, sailing excursions, dolphin watching, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, parachuting as well as barbeques at Sioux City, all that is offered on Gran Canaria when you are tired of sightseeing! It may only be the Canaries’ third biggest island, but it truly has got a lot to offer. The golden sands of Maspalomas  in the …

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St. Petersburg

Founded in 1703 by Emperor Peter the Great as his “window on the West”, St. Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence.  This imperial capital is truly cosmopolitan and has amazing architecture.  The city’s high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife and an extraordinary history makes this Russian place possibly more interesting than Moscow.  Some of the great artists and writers …

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St. Petersburg’s cemeteries

It may be strange to write about the city and to start with the cemeteries, but there is no better place to learn about the history than these tranquil memorial parks containing the graves of the rich, the famous, the poor and the unknown. In St. Petersburg there are two famous cemeteries known as the Necropolis of Masters of Arts. …

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Kazan, or Kasan, is a city in Tatarstan, on the Volga River east of Moscow. Founded in 1401, the city became the capital of a powerful Tartar khanate only to be conquered by powerful Tsar Ivan IV in 1552. Mosque Qul-Sarif (the building with the nice blue domes) stands in the place of the previous Mosque demolished in 1552. It …

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Antonin Palace

Antonin palace is situated on the edge of the Barycz Valley Landscape Park, in the southern part of Greater Poland voivodeship. It is a unique wooden palace, made of larch. Designed by Frideric von Schinel for Duke Antoni Radziwill, it was built in 1824. It is situated amidst extensive woodland with old, majestic oaks and an English style garden. The …

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Moszna Revisited


There are some places that one wants to see not once, not twice but many times. German emperor Wilhelm II visited Moszna twice, so if it is good for emepror, it is good for me to revisit it!  Moszna Castle in Silesia region of Poland. The castle looks like a fairy tale castle with its tall 99 towers and neo-gothic decorated multiple …

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Jastarnia is is a small town on the Hel Peninsula on the Baltic Sea. For many decades it has been a popular Polish seaside resort and small fishing port. It is most famous for its sandy beach and impressive dunes; some of these dunes are as much as nine metres tall!  The first settlement was established here before 400 B.C., the first …

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Hel not Hell

The Hel Peninsula it is 36 km long sandy spit situated at the western part of Gdansk Bay at southern Baltic, in Poland. The Hel Spit is long and narrow land with 2 to 3 metres dunes. At some places reach the height of 13 m above sea level. Hel was the place where Polish Army held out the longest against …

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The Birża town was first mentioned in 1450. It is on the territory of Lithuania but in the past, Lithuania  and Poland was like one country. Lithuania formed an alliance and personal union with Poland in 1385 . The town of Birża was granted Magdeburg Rights in 1589. In 1575, as preparation for the castle’s construction, a dam was built on the Agluona …

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Kamieniec Zabkowicki

Kamieniec Ząbkowicki is a 19th century neo-Gothic castle, designed by the renowned architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel for the princess Marianne von Oranien-Nassau. Kamieniec Zabkowicki Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Poland . It is situated in Lower Silesia, in the village of Kamieniec Ząbkowicki. Although designed by Schinkel, but most of the time, the building of the …

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Ghostly Glogowek


There is nothing more exciting than a visit to a ruined, deserted castle! One of the very interesting one is Głogówek, in the south of Poland. Such  people as Beethoven, king Jan Kazimierz or Adam Urban Waleczny were guests here, so  it is worth to stop by, despite that now it is badly damaged and seemingly unloved by the present owners.  The exact …

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Funchal II

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One of the main  reasons why so many people visit the Madeira Island is because of its gardens and flowers. All Madeira Parks and Gardens have a big variety of flowers and trees blooming all year round. Botanical Gardens is the most famous tourist attraction; situated at Quinta do Bom Sucesso on a hillside, it provides wonderful views. The Manor house was …

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Funchal I

The Madeiran Archipelago was discovered in 1419 and soon after, the settlement started.  The City of Funchal is the capital of the Madeira. It is nestled in a natural amphitheatre, facing the Atlantic and adding to its beauty, is a backdrop of spectacular mountains. The name Funchal comes from the abundance of wild fennel. Located in the south of Madeira, the sunniest …

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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


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


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


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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Have you ever wanted to feel like a bird? Close to this feeling is possibly balooning. Suspended in the gondola, moving with the wind, especially above some fantastic location is an experience second to none. One of the trip that I would recommend to do is in Egypt, above Hatshepsut Temple. In one of my previous blogs I wrote about …

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In the village of Tokarnia, 20km from Kielce, is the 80-hectare Open-Air Museum of the Kielce Village. The skansen  or as it is called, the open-air museum of traditional architecture includes many structures complete with interiors. The museum is composed of  five sectors: small-town architecture, highlands, estate and farm, Swiętokrzyskie architecture and the local landscape. It was founded in 1976 and opened in …

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Hatshepsut Temple is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile. Hatshepsut’s chancellor and royal architect oversaw construction and most likely designed the temple. It is one of the most characteristic temples in the whole of Egypt, due to its design and decorations; it was built of limestone, not sandstone like most of the other funerary temples of …

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Past perfect


Time and wars change landscapes and architecture. Poland was always at the crossroads and mighty enemies trumpled the land, left beautiful buildings in ruins. Some of the buildings were too difficult to repair and were left to decay. Buttered and bruised, they still stand proudly. They remind us about the past, about what has been lost, but at the same …

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Baltic Sea


Summer or Winter, Autumn or Spring, Baltic Sea is the favourite location for holidays for Polish people. Golden sandy beaches, clean sea, albeit a bit cold, wonderful pine tree forests are perfect for the relaxation in any season. It also is rich in history, has  unspoiled nature ad generally has  safe environment. Some data to start with, the maximum depth …

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Ribeira Brava

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Ribeira Brava is one of the oldest settlements of the island of Madeira and is located along the southern coast, west of Câmara de Lobos. The access to the town since the construction of the two-lane motorway from Funchal is much easier than in the past.  This little colourful town boasts many street cafés and shops. Some think that  the name came from …

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Święcino is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Główczyce in in northern Poland. On September 17th, 1462 a decisive battle between the Polish army and the Knights of Teutonic Order took place nearby the village. The Teuton army lost around 1000 soldiers, including some 300 cavalrymen, while Polish army lost 100 soldiers. Such a spelndind win was a result of adopting a …

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Grutas Sao Vicente

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The caves of São Vicente is the largest known cave system on Madeira Island. These caves were opened to the public on 1 October 1996. They were formed by a volcanic eruption; the lava came down to the sea, the outer portion was exposed to lower temperatures and solidified rapidly, while inside, the lava continued to flow with many gases …

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Orthodox Church Architecture


Russian Orthodox churches have distinct and recognizable style among church architectures. As early as the fifth century, church plans varied from in every part of the world. Basilicas for example were long rectangular structures divided into aisles by columns with a semi-cylindrical apse at one end of the nave. The most dramatic feature of the church are domes. Russian domes have onion shape. The church …

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Cloud nine

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The forests and hills in Madeira are amazing, but what makes them very special is low clouds. One minute you can see clearly for miles, next the visibility drops to zero and driving is almost impossible. The well known place to go to see the amazing clouds is Pico do Arieiro, but not necessarily, as the weather may change very rapidly …

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Vladimir was one of the medieval capitals of Russia, and two of its famous and stunningly beautiful cathedrals are a World Heritage Site; these are the Golden Gates, Vladimir’s unofficial symbol, and the Assumption and St. Demetrius Cathedrals. The town is located in the heart of the historic Vladimir region some 180 kilometers northeast of Moscow, on the bank of the Klyazma River. It …

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Characterised by its small thatched  houses with sloping triangular rooftops, Santana is a beautiful village. The village is positioned on the North East coast of Madeira. These small houses built of natural stone and thatched with straw have served the locals for centuries. Used by farmers or fishermen, this small “A-framed” cottages are called palheiros. The cottages have thatched roofs and …

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Camara de Lobos

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Long, long time ago, there was a man called Winston Churchil. He lead Great Britain for most of the World War Two. He was a great statemen,  an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, but also an artist.  One day in January 1950 he arrived in Funchal and met with a very warm welcome. Churchill admired beautiful landscapes of …

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Llevadas walk

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If you enjoy walking, you will be spellbound by the unique experience of walks alongside Madeira Levadas which penetrate virtually every part of the mountainous terrain of Madeira. The paths are accompanied by a vital element; water and an ancient Forest from the tertiary era. “Levada” is a Portuguese word derived from the word “levar” – which means to carry and …

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Nubian Villages

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On any trip to Egypt, one should explore the simple and natural life of the very kind and hospitable Nubian people. Trips to the villages are organised by many travel companies. Some of the villages, like for example Siou and Koti are beautifully situated amid palm groves. Many of the houses are painted vivid blue or yellow. Some of them are …

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Ronda is situated in the Spanish province of Málaga and is surrounded by mountains giving it a magical character. The Guadalevin River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep El Tajo canyon.  The New Bridge is the symbol and soul of the city and it looks like from an adventure film, with picturesque houses leaning at the precipit. …

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Suzdal is a town situated northeast of Moscow, some 26 kilometers  from the city of Vladimir. It is situated on the Kamenka River, amongst the fertile plains called the “opoliye”.  Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in the north-eastern part of Russia and it forms part of the Golden Ring. The Golden Ring is recognized as the one of …

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Abu Simbel

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The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Nubia, in southern Egypt. The twin temples were carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II.  The temples are not only the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was a historic event. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their …

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Considered a place of wonders and revelations, the Holy Mount of Grabarka is considered to be the holiest location in Poland for Orthodox Christians. Orthodox Christians account for little more than one percent of Poland’s population of 38 million.   The site of the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord set picturesquely in the midst of a deep forest is also …

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Ciechanowiec Museum

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Museum of Agriculture in Ciechanowiec is an Open Air Village Museum. There are some 44 old wooden village architecture structures coming from the period of 18th to 20th century. This amazing skansen shows buildings mainly from Mazovia  and Podlasie regions. there are peasant cottages, large manor houses,  granaries, barns and working mills. The Museum presents also a collection related to general agriculture …

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River Nile II

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The history of Egypt is totally dominated by the River Nile. Not only all transportation in the past was by boat along the river but also the religion was closely connected with the river – it was believed that Gods travel by  barques, as well as the souls of the dead in the afterlife. Today the feluccas rarely have engines. …

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River Nile I

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The name Nile comes from the Greek “neilos”, which means valley. The mighty river Nile – it was by the banks of that river that one of the oldest civilizations in the world began, the ancient Egyptians lived and farmed along the Nile and sailed on it. The Nile is the longest river in the world (6,695 kilometers long). The source …

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Malbork II


From the previous post you can get some information about this mighty castle, while this one is dedicated to the celebrations that take place every year in July. Concerts, displays of knights battling and all things based on  a medieval theme makes this castle alive. One of the biggest show is the Siege of Malbork,  which combines the historic character of the …

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Malbork I


Malbork castle and the town (also called Marienburg) were named for the patron saint, the Virgin Mary of the Teutonic Order. The castle (under continuous construction for nearly 230 years) is one of the Europe’s largest Gothic fortress.  The whole complex is actually three castles in one. This massive medieval fortress was built by the river Nogeć and its red bricks are …

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Kolbuszowa is a small town in south-eastern Poland. The Folk Museum is lovely situated on the edge of town of Kolbuszowa. Most of the exhibits originate from the ancient Sandomierz Forest located in the fork of the Vistula and San riverse. The Skansen village is a perfect recreation of an old Polish villag.   All buildings are arranged as if  there were people …

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Rostov is one of the oldest towns in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Rostov is located on the shore of the Nero lake, 190 kilometers north of Moscow. While the official name of the town is Rostov, it is better known to Russians as Rostov Veliky ( Rostov the Great). This name is used to distinguish it …

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Bogolubovo, a settlement near Vladimir  was once the residence of the russian Princ Andrey Bogolubsky. The town was built between 1158 and 1165 by his order the mouth of the Nerl river. Its name means “God- loving” in Russian. Great Prince spent 17 years of his reign here before he was murdered in 1174. After his death, the down declined rapidly. Since 13th …

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Przecław Palace

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Complex of Castle and Park of Przeclaw is one of most precious historic places in Podkarpacie district of Poland. The Przecław Castle is situated on the Tarnow Plateau, just above Wisłoka River Valley. The castle belonged to Mikołaj Rej’s descendants, polish famous poet. Nowadays the castle houses a restaurant, guest rooms and a museum.  Originally, the castle was built in the first half …

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The Karnak Temple complex is a vast mix of temple, chapels and other buildings. It was known as the most secret place by the ancient Egyptians. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes and the main place of worship of god Amun. It is massive in size and the area of the sacred enclosure of Amon alone is 61 acres! …

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Kom Ombo

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Kom Ombo  an agricultural town in Egypt famous for its temple. The town is located on the river Nile, some 30 miles north of Aswan and it stood on an important crossroads between the caravan route from Nubia and trails from the gold mines in the eastern desert. The temple is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. Actually there are two …

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Toledo is a town in central Spain, 70 kilometres from Madrid. It is a fortress city with striking gates all around the city. The historic city centre sits on a craggy rock, which is almost completely encircled by a wide meander of the Tagus river. Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there …

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Zafra is a town situated in the province of Badajoz, in Spain. The town is also known as Little Seville. It is positioned at the foot of the rocky mountains of Sierra de Castellar. The town is dominated by the 15th-century Alcázar fortress that has a military appearance. Today it serves as the Parador of Zafra, the town’s most distinguished hotel. The medieval quarter …

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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


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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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  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


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


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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