New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prague

January 2, 2013 Traveller Comments off
New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prague (5/6)

Czechs are fireworks freaks. Prague belongs to the big cities where a New Year’s Eve fireworks is held. In last two years, the fireworks performance moved to the city center near the “Shooter’s Island” (Střelecký ostrov) and the Charles Bridge (Karlův most). The light effects were fired from a pontoon anchred on the Vltava river. Read more…

The Magic Prague Castle at Night

June 8, 2012 Traveller Comments off
Prague Castle: Hradcanske square

The Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Borivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty. It is considered to be the biggest castle in the world. More time ago, the Prague Castle was the site of the Kings of Bohemia and some Holy Roman Emperors. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are still kept here. Now, the Prague Castle serves as the official site of the presidents of Czech Republic. Enjoy the magic nighty atmosphere!  Read more…

Acropolis of Athens

September 24, 2011 Traveller Comments off
Acropolis of Athens: Panorama

Acropolis of Athens is the most known acropolis (citadel). The Acropolis itself is a 150 m high flat-topped rock. Most of the major temples on Acropolis were rebuilt under the leadership of Pericles during the Golden Age of Athens (460–430 BC) and until the end of the 5th century BC the Acropolis gained its final shape. Later, during the Roman period, the major part of buildings were repaired. After the Turkish conquest, the Acropolis hill was used by the Turkish army. In 1687, the Parthenon, which was being used as a gunpowder magazine, was hit by artillery fire and widely damaged. Read more…

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Honfleur, a picturesque old port in Normandy

September 19, 2011 Traveller Comments off
Honfleur: The Lieutenancy

Honfleur is an old port in Normandy, located at the estuary of Seine. It was a favourite place of many French artists, including the well known impressionists Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet. There are a lot of sighseeings in the city – the old Lieutenancy, the Saint-Catherine’s Church, Museum Eugène Boudin, Naval Museum. Read more…

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Belfry (Le Beffroi) in Mons

September 17, 2011 Traveller Comments off
Belfry - Le Beffroi and Park, Mons, Belgium

Le Beffroi (also called El Catiau by Montois, in English The Belfry) is a 87 m high bell tower. This tower is considered to be a symbol of Mons, Belgium. It has a 49 bells carillon. The Belfry was built in baroque style in 17th century (1661-1669) and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999. Read more…

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Mont-St-Michel, a Magic Island in Normandy

September 16, 2011 Traveller Comments off
Mont-St-Michel: A panoramic view

The tidal island Mont-St-Michel (in English St. Michael’s Mount) is located at the mouth of Couesnon River in Lower Normandy (France). Sometimes, it is attributed to the nearby Brittanny as well. The first chapel devoted to St. Michael was founded by bishop Aubert of Avranches in the 8th century. Later, the island was converted to a fortified abbey. In 1789, the abbey was closed and converted to a prison for about 90 years. Read more…

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