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10 Best Napa: Amorosa Castle

10 Best Napa: Amorosa Castle

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Castello di Amorosa is a winery located near Calistoga, California. First opening its doors to the public in April 2007, it is the pet project of 4th…moreCastello di Amorosa is a winery located near Calistoga, California. First opening its doors to the public in April 2007, it is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui who also owns and operates the V. Sattui Winery named after his great-grandfather who originally established a winery in San Francisco in 1885. The castle interiors, which include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground, cover approximately 121,000 square feet. Among many other features it has: a moat; a drawbridge; defensive towers; an interior courtyard; a torture chamber; a chapel/church; a knights' chamber; and a 72 by 30 feet great hall with a 22-foot -high coffered ceiling. The torture chamber has an authentic 300-year-old iron maiden which Sattui states he bought for $13,000 in Pienza, Italy, a replica rack, prison chambers and other torture devices. The great hall features frescoes painted by two Italian artists who took about a year and a half to complete and showcases a 500 year old fireplace. The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle. less

Cana of Galilee

Cana of Galilee

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Among Christians and other students of the New Testament, Cana is best known as the place where, according to the Fourth Gospel, Jesus performed his …moreAmong Christians and other students of the New Testament, Cana is best known as the place where, according to the Fourth Gospel, Jesus performed his first public miracle, the turning of a large quantity of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11) when the wine provided by the bridegroom had run out. Although none of the synoptic gospels records the event, mainstream Christian tradition holds that this is the first public miracle of Jesus.However in John's gospel it has considerable symbolic importance: it is the first of the seven miraculous "signs" by which Jesus's divine status is attested, and around which the gospel is structured. It is still a matter of discussion among theologians whether the story talks of an actual material transformation of water into wine, or is a spiritual allegory. The commemoration of the miracle of the wine is traditionally fixed at Kefer-Kenna (also known as Kefr Kana and Kfar-Cana), about 5km north-east of Nazareth on the road to Tiberias. Here the Franciscans, relying on the testimony of early pilgrims including St Jerome, established themselves in 1641. And here streetside vendors sell Cana wine. The Franciscan Church at Cana was built in the early 1900. less

Nazareth: Church of the Annunciation

Nazareth: Church of the Annunciation

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The church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. The current church is a two-stor…moreThe church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. The current church is a two-story building constructed in 1969 over the site of an earlier Byzantine-era and then Crusader-era church. Inside, the lower level contains the Grotto of the Annunciation, believed by many Christians to be the remains of the original childhood home of Mary. Another Christian tradition asserts that the Church of St Joseph in Nazareth is built over the carpentry workshop of the husband of the Virgin Mary. Excavations conducted in 1955 tell us much about Nazareth at the time of Jesus. They show that Nazareth was a small agricultural village of between 200 and 400 people living in 35 homes spread over ten acres. The village's growth was hindered by its poor water supply. They further show that Nazareth was small and insignificant. less

Jericho: Monastery of Temptation

Jericho: Monastery of Temptation

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Jericho is a Palestinian city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank and is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.…moreJericho is a Palestinian city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank and is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of more than 20 successive settlements in Jericho, the first of which dates back 11,000 years (9000 BCE) almost to the very beginning of the Holocene epoch of the Earth's history. One of Jericho’s primary sources of income is Christian tourism. A cable car takes Christian pilgrims up the hill to the Mount of Temptation. The Monastery of the Temptation sitting on a cliff overlooking the city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley is built upon the summit of the Mount of Temptation, rising 350 meters above sea level. For centuries the monks have lived in the caves that dot the mountain of Temptation. less

Jerusalem: Garden of Gethsemane

Jerusalem: Garden of Gethsemane

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The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church designed by Italian architect Antonio Barluz…moreThe Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church designed by Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi in the 1920's and is located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. The Garden of Gethsemane is at the foot of the Mount of Olives. According to the Gospels on the night of His betrayal our Lord left the city of Jerusalem and crossed through the Kidron Valley and into the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36; John 18:1). This was a favorite spot of Jesus and where he spent his last night. The name "Gethsemane" is derived from the Hebrew words "Gat", which means "a place for pressing" and "Shemanim", which means "oils." the Garden of Gethsemane was where olives from the Mount of Olives were pressed into oil. According to the Gospels after the Last Supper, Jesus came to this garden with his disciples to pray and to let himself be arrested (John 18:2-12), thus setting in motion the events that led to his crucifixion the next day. There are eight olive trees in this garden that may be at least 2,000 - 3,000 years old. They still bear fruit. If they are not the actual trees in the area where Jesus prayed, then they could conceivably have been young saplings when Jesus came here.(Matt. 26:36; Mark 14:32; John 18:1). less

Jerusalem: Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosque

Al Aqsa Mosque is a mosque that includes the Dome of the Rock. It is Islam's third-holiest site after the Kaaba in Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque in…moreAl Aqsa Mosque is a mosque that includes the Dome of the Rock. It is Islam's third-holiest site after the Kaaba in Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina (both in Saudi Arabia). Al-Aqsa is part of 180,000 square yard compound occupying one-sixth of the walled area of the Old City of Jerusalem The Dome of the Rock is in the centre of the greater Muslim shrine, known as the Haram ash Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), which Muslims believe commemorates Muhammad's miraculous Night Journey into heaven. The site's significance stems from religious traditions regarding the rock, known as the Foundation Stone, at its heart. The Foundation Stone and its surroundings is the holiest site in Judaism. Just as Muslims pray towards the Kaaba at Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, Jews pray towards the raised platform on which the Dome of the Rock stands. Jews have traditionally regarded the location of the stone as the holiest spot on Earth, the site of the Holy of Holies during the Temple Period. The most propitious site for Jewish prayer is the spot that is nearest the Foundation Stone. Because Muslim authorities refused to permit Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, the custom developed of praying near the Western Wall, since it was the site nearest to the Foundation Stone, or on the Mount of Olives facing the site of the Temple. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. less

Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa

Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa

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The Via Dolorosa (Latin,"Way of Grief" or "Way of Suffering") is a street, in two parts, within the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path th…moreThe Via Dolorosa (Latin,"Way of Grief" or "Way of Suffering") is a street, in two parts, within the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to his crucifixion. The winding route from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre — a distance of about 600 metres (2,000 feet) — is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage. The current route has been established since the 18th century, replacing various earlier versions. It is today marked by nine Stations of the Cross; there have been fourteen stations since the late 15th century, with the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. less

Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity

Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity

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The Church of the Nativity is a basilica located in Bethlehem, Palestinian territories, and is considered to be the oldest continuously operating Chr…moreThe Church of the Nativity is a basilica located in Bethlehem, Palestinian territories, and is considered to be the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world. The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena over the site that is still traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. The Church of the Nativity site's original basilica was completed in 339 AD and destroyed by fire during the Samaritan Revolts in the sixth century AD. A new basilica was built 565 AD by the Byzantine Empire, restoring the architectural tone of the original. The site has had numerous additions since this second construction, including its prominent bell towers. Due to its cultural and geographical history, the site holds a prominent religious significance to those of both the Christian and Muslim faiths. The site of the Church of the Nativity is a World Heritage Site, and was the first to be listed under Palestine by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The site is also on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The church is administered jointly by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic authorities. All three traditions maintain monastic communities on the site The structure of the site. of the Church of the Nativity is a combination of two churches and a crypt beneath—the Grotto of the Nativity where tradition states that Jesus of Nazareth was born and a fourteen-point silver star, beneath the altar in the Grotto marks the traditional spot believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. less

Jerusalem: Wailing Wall

Jerusalem: Wailing Wall

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The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is a remnant…moreThe Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple's courtyard, and is arguably the most sacred site recognized by the Jewish faith outside of the Temple Mount itself. Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, commonly believed to have been constructed around 19 BCE by Herod the Great, but recent excavations indicate that the works were not finished during Herod's lifetime. The remaining layers were added from the 7th century onwards. The Western Wall refers not only to the exposed section facing a large plaza in the Jewish Quarter, but also to the sections concealed behind structures running along the whole length of the Temple Mount, such as the Little Western Wall–a 25 ft (8 m) section in the Muslim Quarter. It has been a site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for centuries. In Judaism, the Western Wall is venerated as the sole remnant of the Holy Temple. It has become a place of pilgrimage for Jews, as it is the closest permitted accessible site to the holiest spot in Judaism, namely the Even ha-shetiya or Foundation Stone, which lies on the Temple Mount. According to one rabbinic opinion, Jews may not set foot upon the Temple Mount and doing so is a sin punishable by Kareth. While almost all historians and archaeologists and some rabbinical authorities believe that the rocky outcrop in the Dome of the Rock is the Foundation Stone, some rabbis say it is located directly opposite the exposed section of the Western Wall, near the El-kas fountain. This spot was the site of the Holy of Holies when the Temple stood. The Wailing Wall is part of the old city of Jerusalem and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. less

Jerusalem: Chapel of the Last Supper

Jerusalem: Chapel of the Last Supper

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The Cenacle (from Latin cenaculum), is the site of The Last Supper. In Christian tradition, based on Acts 1:13, the "Upper Room" was not only the s…moreThe Cenacle (from Latin cenaculum), is the site of The Last Supper. In Christian tradition, based on Acts 1:13, the "Upper Room" was not only the site of the Last Supper, but the usual place where the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem, and according to the Catholic Encyclopedia "the first Christian church". Thus the Cenacle is considered the site where many other events described in the New Testament took place. The early history of the Cenacle site is uncertain. The original building was a synagogue later probably used by Jewish Christians. less

Jerusalem : Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem : Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old…moreThe Church of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The site is venerated as Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus was crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre). The church has been a paramount – and for many Christians the most important – pilgrimage destination since at least the 4th century, as the purported site of the resurrection of Jesus. Today it also serves as the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, while control of the building is shared between several Christian churches and secular entities in complicated arrangements essentially unchanged for centuries. Today, the church is home to Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. Anglican and Protestant Christians have no permanent presence in the church and some regard the alternative Garden Tomb, elsewhere in Jerusalem, as the true place of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection. On the south side of the altar is a stairway climbing to Calvary (Golgotha), traditionally regarded as the site of Jesus' crucifixion and the most lavishly decorated part of the church. The main altar there belongs to the Greek Orthodox, which contains The Rock of Calvary (12th Station of the Cross). The rock can be seen under glass on both sides of the altar, and beneath the altar there is a hole said to be the place where the cross was raised. Due to the significance of this, it is the most visited site in the Holy Sepulchre. The Roman Catholics (Franciscans) have an altar to the side, The Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross (11th Station of the Cross). On the left of the altar, towards the Eastern Orthodox chapel, there is a statue of Mary, believed to be working wonders (the 13th Station of the Cross, where Jesus' body was removed from the cross and given to his family). Beneath the Calvary and the two chapels there, on the main floor, there is The Chapel of Adam. According to tradition, Jesus was crucified over the place where Adam's skull was buried. The Rock of Calvary is seen cracked through a window on the altar wall, the crack traditionally being said to be caused by the earthquake that occurred when Jesus died on the cross, and being said by more critical scholars to be the result of quarrying against a natural flaw in the rock. Just inside the entrance is The Stone of Anointing, also known as The Stone of Unction, which tradition claims to be the spot where Jesus' body was prepared for burial by Joseph of Arimathea. However, this tradition is only attested since the crusader era, and the present stone was only added in the 1810 reconstruction. The Rotunda is located beneath the larger of the church's two domes. In the centre of the Rotunda is the chapel called The Edicule, which contains the Holy Sepulchre itself. The Edicule has two rooms. The first one holds The Angel's Stone, a fragment of the stone believed to have sealed the tomb after Jesus' burial. The second one is the tomb itself. Under the status quo, the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Armenian Apostolic Churches all have rights to the interior of the tomb. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage site. less

Jerusalem: Church of the Pater Noster

Jerusalem: Church of the Pater Noster

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The Church of the Pater Noster, is a partially reconstructed Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives, north of the Tombs of the Prophet…moreThe Church of the Pater Noster, is a partially reconstructed Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives, north of the Tombs of the Prophets, in Jerusalem. It stands on the traditional site of Christ's teaching of the Lord's Prayer. (Luke 11:2-4) Emperor Constantine built a church over a cave here in 4th century, and this has been partially reconstructed. Plaques in the cloister bear the Lord's Prayer in 62 different languages. The church is unroofed and has steps that lead into a grotto where some Christians believe that Jesus revealed to his disciples his prophesy of the destruction of Jerusalem and the second coming. Unfortunately the cave containing the grotto partially collapsed when it was discovered in 1910. The church is located in the At-Tur district of Jerusalem which has a population of about 18,000 mostly Muslim Arabs, with a small Christian minority. less

Jerusalem Chapel of the Ascension

Jerusalem Chapel of the Ascension

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The Chapel of the Ascension is a shrine located on the Mount of Olives, in the At-Tur district of Jerusalem. Part of a larger complex consisting fir…moreThe Chapel of the Ascension is a shrine located on the Mount of Olives, in the At-Tur district of Jerusalem. Part of a larger complex consisting first of a Christian church and monastery, then an Islamic mosque, it is located on a site the faithful traditionally believe to be the earthly spot where Jesus ascended into Heaven forty days after his resurrection. It houses a slab of stone believed to contain one of his footprints. The grounds also contain a burial crypt near the chapel that is revered by three separate monotheistic religions, although opinion differs on the occupant. Jews believe it contains the 7th-century BC prophet Huldah, Christians believe it to be the tomb of the 5th-century saint Pelagia; while Muslims maintain that the 8th-century holy woman Rabi'a al-Adawiya is buried there. less

Samburu Intrepids Lodge

Samburu Intrepids Lodge

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Samburu Intrepids is a luxury tented camp and a lush oasis on the banks of the great Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve. The lodge is perman…more Samburu Intrepids is a luxury tented camp and a lush oasis on the banks of the great Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve. The lodge is permanently cooled by the river breeze and the forest. The luxury tented camp sits on raised decks overlooking the brown river where the elephants sometimes make an appearance or the crocodiles come out to lounge by the river’s banks. Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Lolokowe Mountain and hills spreading in every horizon. Its life lung is the Usao Nyiro River coursing through its craggy terrain full of stone, thorn bush and the forked doum palms. In this arid zone where water is scarce and the land baked by the eternal sun, herds of elephants and the big cats roam the plains with the Samburu special - the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long necked antelope and the gerenuk. Also watch: Samburu Wildlife less

Aleppo

Aleppo

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Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world perhaps as early as the 6th millennium BC.The city's significance in history h…moreAleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world perhaps as early as the 6th millennium BC.The city's significance in history has been its location at the end of the Silk Road, which passed through central Asia and Mesopotamia. When the Suez Canal was inaugurated in 1869, trade was diverted to sea and Aleppo began its slow decline. At the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, Aleppo ceded its northern hinterland to modern Turkeyl. Then in the 1940s it lost its main access to the sea, Antioch and Alexandretta (Iskenderun), also to Turkey. Finally, the isolation of Syria in the past few decades further exacerbated the situation, although perhaps it is this very decline that has helped to preserve the old city of Aleppo, its medieval architecture and traditional heritage. Until recently, Aleppo had been experiencing a noticeable revival and was slowly returning to the spotlight. It recently won the title of the "Islamic Capital of Culture 2006", and has also witnessed a wave of successful restorations of its historic landmarks. The most significant historic buildings of the ancient city include: The Citadel, a large fortress built atop a huge, partially artificial mound rising 50 m above the city, dates back to the first millennium BC. the great Umayyad mosque, and the extraordinary souqs . The old city of Aleppo has been named a Unesco World Heritage site. less

A trip along Venice amazing Grand Canal

A trip along Venice amazing Grand Canal

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The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date to 13th to the 18th century and demonstrate the welfare and a…moreThe banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date to 13th to the 18th century and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos: this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon. Amongst the many are the Palazzi Barbaro, Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Dario, Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo and to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Pure magic. (Music "Barcarolle" thanks to the genius of Jacques Offenbach) less

Venice pidgeons outnumber tourists

Venice pidgeons outnumber tourists

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St Mark's Square is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as "the Piazza". The Piazzetta (the 'little Piazz…more St Mark's Square is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as "the Piazza". The Piazzetta (the 'little Piazza') is an extension of the Piazza towards the lagoon in its south east corner. The two spaces together form the social, religious and political centre of Venice. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices and the cooing of pidgeons prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic. Venice and its lagoons are a Unesco World Heritage Site. less

Hong Kong nights

Hong Kong nights

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The lack of space caused demand for denser constructions, which developed the city to a centre for modern architecture and the world's most vertical…more The lack of space caused demand for denser constructions, which developed the city to a centre for modern architecture and the world's most vertical city. The density of the living space and the vibrant life of a city that like New York never sleeps makes its night scenery one of the most visually spectacular in the world. less

Oahu

Oahu

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O'ahu is the third largest island in the Hawaiian chain and home to some of the most famous and photographed sites in Hawaii. It is flanked by the wo…moreO'ahu is the third largest island in the Hawaiian chain and home to some of the most famous and photographed sites in Hawaii. It is flanked by the world-famous Diamond Head and the East Coast Cliffs. Hanauma, the "Curved" bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967. Waiki Beach is Hawaiian for "Sprouting Water". This is one of the most famous beaches in the world. The two mile stretch of white sand coast is fronted by hotels and tourist facilities. This historic 15-block district is reported to be the oldest "Chinatown" in the United States, dating back 120 years. The Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour commemorates the USS Arizona destroyed during the attack and the death of its 1,177 her crew. On the Eastern side of the island are great endless beaches like Kuhloa Beach Park and Waimanalo Beach. Haleiwa was established by missionaries in 1832. In 1899 with the building of the Haleiwa Hotel and the O'ahu Railroad, the town began to grow and thrive. Today, this quaint town is a mecca for surfers. There is the Haleiwa Surf Museum and Strong Current Shop that specializes in longboards and surfboards designed by North Shore legends, Dick Brewer and Mike Diffenderfer. less

London essentials

London essentials

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A quick tour of the iconic: Big Ben, House of Parliament,Westminster Abbey,St. Paul's Cathedral and the London Bridge.

Istanbul

Istanbul

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Istanbul biggest draw remains its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sultan Ahmed Mosque is popularly known as th…moreIstanbul biggest draw remains its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sultan Ahmed Mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. At its lower levels and at every pier, the interior of the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles in more than fifty different tulip designs. Dolmabahçe Palace, located in the Beşiktaş district on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935. Topkapi Palace was the Sultan's residence during Ottoman's times. Construction began in 1459, ordered by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Byzantine Constantinople. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. At its peak, the palace was home to as many as 4,000 people, The Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Bazaar is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in Fatih, in the neighborhood of Eminönü and is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The building itself is part of the külliye of Yeni Mosque, and rents from the shops within was intended to help pay for the upkeep of the mosque. The structure was designed by the chief court architect Koca Kasım Ağa, but completed by architect Mustafa in 1660. less

Edinborough, a Unesco city

Edinborough, a Unesco city

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The Old and New Town districts are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting some thirteen million visitors a year. As a centre of the 18th century A…moreThe Old and New Town districts are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting some thirteen million visitors a year. As a centre of the 18th century Age of Enlightment Edinburgh was nicknamed "Athens of the North", also earning the soubriquet Auld Reekie for its belching chimneys and insanitary living conditions. Historic Edinburgh is divided by Princes Street Gardens, reclaimed in the early 19th century from boggy land that was once a finger of the loch. To one side Edinburgh Castle perches on its volcanic crag, with the Old Town trailing down the ridge. The medieval plan is preserved and many buildings date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Royal Mile leads away from the castle. There are market squares and squares surrounding major structures such as St.Giles Cathedral, begun in the 12th century. The Law Courts, Mc Ewan Hall, Surgeons Hall and Royal Museum of Scotland are also noteworthy. The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the Monarch of the United Kingdom in Scotland. The palace stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle. Holyrood Palace is the setting for state ceremonies and official entertaining. Holyrood Abbey was founded by David I, King of Scots, in 1128, and Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 15th century. Queen Elizabeth II spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies. less

Comrie, historic Scottish jewel

Comrie, historic Scottish jewel

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Comrie is a historic conservation village, recognised for its outstanding beauty and history. In 79AD the Roman General Agricola chose what are now …moreComrie is a historic conservation village, recognised for its outstanding beauty and history. In 79AD the Roman General Agricola chose what are now the outskirts of Comrie as the site to build a fort and temporary marching camp, because of the area's strategic position on the southern fringe of the Highlands. The fort is one of the line of so-called "Glen blocking" forts and includes the legionary fortress of Inchtuthil. Huntingtower is medieval in origin. it played host to royalty: twice to Mary Queen of Scots and once to her son James VI, who was held against his will there for ten months in 1582 during the episode known as the Ruthven Raid. Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone - also known as the Stone of Destiny. Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in the crown of Scotland. Dating back to 1450, Falkland Palace is the only Royal Palace in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. Also features a beautiful garden and the oldest Royal Tennis Court in Britain which was built fin 1539 for James V. less

Bodrum

Bodrum

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Bodrum is a port city, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, .It has a vibrant touri…moreBodrum is a port city, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, .It has a vibrant tourist economy and the harbour is an international yachting center. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbour and the marina. less

Balgonie and its Scottish castle

Balgonie and its Scottish castle

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The coaltown of Balgonie is a former mining and weaving village founded in the 18th century. It is situated in south-central Fife in Scotland. T…moreThe coaltown of Balgonie is a former mining and weaving village founded in the 18th century. It is situated in south-central Fife in Scotland. Today it is famous because of its remarkable lived in Balgonie castle. The name Balgonie means "settlement of the smiths" and derives from a form of Gaelic used in Fife between 900 and 1200AD.The first recorded Lairds were the Sibbalds. The oldest part of the castle is the Great Tower, built by Sir Thomas Sibbald of Balgonie, the King's Treasurer, around 1360. The present Laird of Balgonie has beautifully restored a great part of the castle, and will treat the visitor to a most interesting tour of the property. Raymond Morris is also a retired heraldic painter and wood carver, and examples of his work can be admired all through the castle. A group of rescued pet deer hounds complement this atmosphere of times gone by. less

Tartus and Arwad

Tartus and Arwad

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Tartus goes back to the 2nd millennium BC. The Crusaders occupied it in the 12th century, called it Tortosa and made it an important center of the…more Tartus goes back to the 2nd millennium BC. The Crusaders occupied it in the 12th century, called it Tortosa and made it an important center of the Crusades. Today it is an important commercial and military port. Tartus is the last Russian military base outside the former Soviet Union. Arwad is the only inhabited island in Syria. and is located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Tartus, The island was settled in the early 2nd millennium BC by the Phoenicians. Its inhabitants are mentioned in the early lists of Genesis and Ezekiel. During the later part of the 13th century, the Crusades built a fortress on the island which was used as a or staging area for battle. less

Oban and Kilmartin

Oban and Kilmartin

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Oban is a resort town within the Argyll council area of Scotland. It is also known as "The Gateway to the Isles" Kilmartin, near Oban is one of …moreOban is a resort town within the Argyll council area of Scotland. It is also known as "The Gateway to the Isles" Kilmartin, near Oban is one of the greatest archeological sites in Britain. Over 5000 years of human history can be traced across the Kilmartin valley. At least 350 ancient monuments, of which 150 are prehistoric, lie within six miles of the quiet village of Kilmartin. Of particular interest are the earlier prehistoric monuments: chambered cairns, round cairns, cists, standing stones and rock carvings. less

Maui

Maui

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Maui has been voted “Best Island” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for seventeen years. With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’…moreMaui has been voted “Best Island” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for seventeen years. With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach. Fronting Kaanapali’s hotels and resorts, this former retreat for the royalty of Maui is now a popular getaway for the world. Until permanently moving to Honolulu, Lahaina was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. In the 19th century, Lahaina was the center of the global whaling industry with many sailing ships anchored in at its waterfront; today a score of pleasure craft make their home there. Lahaina's Front Street has been ranked one of the "Top Ten Greatest Streets" by the American Planning Association. Kīpahulu is a village in the Hāna district of Maui, Hawaiʻi. It is a sustainable farm community located in a remote area in the southeast part of Maui. Kipahulu Park boasts great trails and the ʻOheʻo Pools, often called the "Seven Sacred Pools". less

Ephesus, Turkey. A Unesco city

Ephesus, Turkey. A Unesco city

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Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province. It was …moreEphesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from emperor Theodosius I, the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils, see Council of Ephesus. It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard. Ephesus has been estimated to be in the range of 400,000 to 500,000 inhabitants in the year 100, making it the largest city in Roman Asia and of the day. Ephesus was at its peak during the 1st and 2nd century AD. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (Diana),[21] who had her chief shrine there, the Library of Celsus, and its theatre, which was capable of holding 25,000 spectators.[22] This open-air theater was used initially for drama, but during later Roman times gladiatorial combats were also held on its stage, with the first archaeological evidence of a gladiator graveyard found in May 2007.[23] The population of Ephesus also had several major bath complexes, built at various points while the city was under Roman rule. The city had one of the most advanced aqueduct systems in the ancient world, with multiple aqueducts of various sizes to supply different areas of the city, including 4 major aqueducts. They fed a multiple set of water mills, one of which has been identified as a sawmill for marble. Ephesus is a Unesco World Heritage Site. less

Tripoli, ancient city of Lebanon

Tripoli, ancient city of Lebanon

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Tripoli, Lebanon's second city, is a large port town situated on a coastal plain between the Mediterranean Sea and Lebanon's interior mountain range.…moreTripoli, Lebanon's second city, is a large port town situated on a coastal plain between the Mediterranean Sea and Lebanon's interior mountain range. Atop the first hill, sits the Citadel of Tripoli, a Fatimid structure that dates to the 1100's and offers stunning views over the city in every direction. less

Sidon

Sidon

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Sidon is a coastal city on the Mediterranean and one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. Sidon had many conquerors: Assyrians, Babylonians,…moreSidon is a coastal city on the Mediterranean and one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. Sidon had many conquerors: Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and finally Romans. Herod the Great visited Sidon. Both Jesus and Saint Paul are said to have visited it too . The city was eventually conquered by the Arabs and then by the Ottoman Turks. The Castle de la Mer was built by the Crusaders in the 12th Century. less

Palmyra

Palmyra

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Palmyra was an ancient city in central Syria located in an oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus and of the most important cultural cen…morePalmyra was an ancient city in central Syria located in an oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus and of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. First mentioned in the archives of Mari in the 2nd millennium BC, Palmyra was an established caravan oasis when it came under Roman control in the mid-first century AD as part of the Roman province of Syria. It grew steadily in importance as a city on the trade route linking Persia, India and China with the Roman Empire, marking the crossroads of several civilisations in the ancient world. A grand, colonnaded street of 1100 metres' length forms the monumental axis of the city, which together with secondary colonnaded cross streets links the major public monuments including the Temple of Ba'al, Diocletian's Camp, the Agora, Theatre, other temples and urban quarters. The Arab castle built 1,000 years after the Romans overlooks the town. less

Florence in Winter

Florence in Winter

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With much less tourists to contend with, visiting Florence in the winter season has its rewards. No line to Museums and the weather can be balmy too.

Damascus: historic city, part 2

Damascus: historic city, part 2

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The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. It is considered the fourth-ho…moreThe Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. It is considered the fourth-holiest place in Islam. After the Arab conquest of Damascus in 634, the mosque was built on the site of a Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist. The mosque holds a shrine which today may still contain the head of John the Baptist, honored as a prophet by both Christians and Muslims alike, and is believed to be the place where Isa (Jesus) will return at the End of Days. The tomb of Saladin stands in a small garden adjoining the north wall of the mosque and holds the resting place and grave of the medieval Kurdish Ayyubid Sultan Saladin. The mausoleum was built in 1196, three years after the death of Saladin. Al-Adiliyah Madrasa, a madrasah or religious school founded in 1215 by Sultan Al-Adil I. He was buried in the school. The madrasa is considered an important example of Ayyubid architecture in Syria. The Old City of Damascus is a Unesco World Heritage Site. less

Damascus: historic city, part 1

Damascus: historic city, part 1

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The Citadel of Damascus is a large medieval fortified palace and. It is part of the Ancient City of Damascus, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heri…moreThe Citadel of Damascus is a large medieval fortified palace and. It is part of the Ancient City of Damascus, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The location of the current citadel was first fortified in 1076 by the Turkman warlord Atsiz bin Uvak,During this period, the citadel and the city were besieged several times by Crusader and Muslim armies. In 1174, the citadel was captured by Saladin, who made it his residence . Al-Hamidiyah Souq is the largest and the central souk in Syria, located inside the old walled city of Damascus next to the Citadel. Khan As'ad Pasha is the largest khan in the Old City of Damascus, covering an area of 2,500 square metres (27,000 sq ft). Situated along Al-Buzuriyah Souq, it was built and named after As'ad Pasha al-Azm, the governor of Damascus, in 1751-52. Khan As'ad Pasha has been described as the most "ambitious" work of architecture in the city. Throughout the Ottoman era, it hosted caravans coming from Baghdad, Mosul, Aleppo, Beirut and elsewhere in the Middle East. less

Byblos

Byblos

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Byblos today is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only a third of the…moreByblos today is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only a third of the once grand Roman Theatre of Byblos has survived to this day. It was built in 218 AD and its floor once contained a mosaic of the god Bacchus, now at the National Museum of Beirut. less

Beirut:

Beirut:

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Beirut, with beautiful beaches, a dramatic coastline and a bustling business community was once a thriving Mediterranean city. However it has been d…moreBeirut, with beautiful beaches, a dramatic coastline and a bustling business community was once a thriving Mediterranean city. However it has been dramatically set back by several wars. The reconstruction is intense and the city is now slowly coming back. less

Baalbek, Lebanon- wonder of the ancient world

Baalbek, is a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon. It is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman peri…moreBaalbek, is a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon. It is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when Baalbek, then known as Heliopolis was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire. It is Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, and it can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins. Towering high above the Beqaa plain, their monumental proportions proclaimed the power and wealth of Imperial Rome. The gods worshiped there, the triad of Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus, were grafted onto the indigenous deities of Hadad, Atargatis and a young male god of fertility. The town is about 85 km (53 mi) northeast of Beirut and about 75 km (47 mi) north of Damascus. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. less

Bejing Highlights part 2

Bejing Highlights part 2

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The Temple of Heaven, is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emper…moreThe Temple of Heaven, is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple, The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is a magnificent circular building, built on three levels of marble stone base, where the Emperor prayed for good harvests. The building is completely wooden, with no nails. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. Longevity Hill is about 60 meters (200 feet) high and houses many buildings positioned in sequence. The front hill is rich in the splendid halls and pavilions, while the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometers was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill. In the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures. In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design". The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire against intrusions . Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC While some portions north of Beijing portrayed in this video and near tourist centers have been preserved and even extensively renovated, in many locations the Wall is in disrepair. The Great Wall is a World Heritage Site. less

Bejing Highlights part 1

Bejing Highlights part 1

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Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separ…moreTiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world (109 acres - 960 by 550 yd). It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history. In November 1958 a major expansion of Tiananmen Square started, which was completed after only 11 months, in August 1959. This followed the vision of Mao Zedong to make the square the largest and most spectacular in the world, and intended to hold over 500,000 people The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,[2] and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and recently luxury condominium. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history. less

The Island of Halki

The Island of Halki

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Halki ( is a Greek island and municipality in the Dodecanese archipelago in the Aegean Sea, some 6 km (4 mi) west of Rhodes. With the area of 28 km2 …moreHalki ( is a Greek island and municipality in the Dodecanese archipelago in the Aegean Sea, some 6 km (4 mi) west of Rhodes. With the area of 28 km2 (11 sq mi), it is the smallest inhabited island of Dodecanese. less

Omodos, Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

Omodos, Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

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Omodos is a small village in the Troodos mountains, the tallest mountain in Cyprus surrounded by luscious valleys. Life in the village has preserved …moreOmodos is a small village in the Troodos mountains, the tallest mountain in Cyprus surrounded by luscious valleys. Life in the village has preserved the charm of older times. less

The Island of Symi, Greece

The Island of Symi, Greece

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Symi is an Island of the Dodecanese close to Rhodes. Symi was noted for its sponges which provided much of its wealth. It attained the height of its …moreSymi is an Island of the Dodecanese close to Rhodes. Symi was noted for its sponges which provided much of its wealth. It attained the height of its prosperity in the mid 19th century, and many of the peculiarly colorful neoclassical mansions covering the slopes near the main city date from that period. less

Discovering Rome Part 2

Discovering Rome Part 2

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The Capitoline Hill is one of the 7 hills of Rome and was the old Roman Citadel. The square was later designed by Michelangelo. The Papal Basilica…moreThe Capitoline Hill is one of the 7 hills of Rome and was the old Roman Citadel. The square was later designed by Michelangelo. The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. Designed principally by Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Bernini, St Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world. The Appian Way was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, Apulia, in southeast Italy. Its importance is indicated by its common name, recorded by Statius: "the Appian way is the queen of the long roads" Sited along the Appian way, the Catacombs of St Callist were built after AD 150. It takes its name from the deacon Saint Callixtus, who became Pope. The arcades, where more than fifty martyrs and sixteen pontiffs are buried, form part of a complex graveyard that occupies fifteen hectares and is almost twenty km long. less

Discovering Rome Part 1

Discovering Rome Part 1

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. There are over 900 churches in Rome..... St Paul at the Three Fountains is a church dedicated to St Paul the Apostle, at the presumed site of his …more. There are over 900 churches in Rome..... St Paul at the Three Fountains is a church dedicated to St Paul the Apostle, at the presumed site of his martyrdom in Rome. Notable churches to visit are St Paul, Santa maria maggiore and St. John Laterano. The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as the Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, built of concrete and stone. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started in 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). Capable of seating 50,000 spectators the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome. The arch spans the Via Triumphalis, the way taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph. The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. It was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections, venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches, and nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. less

The Island of Rhodes, Greece

The Island of Rhodes, Greece

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The Knights Hospitallers captured and established their headquarters on Rhodes in 1307. They remained there for 2 centuries and built into one of …more The Knights Hospitallers captured and established their headquarters on Rhodes in 1307. They remained there for 2 centuries and built into one of the most fortified cities in Europe. The citadel of Rhodes, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe which in 1988 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1912 Italian troops took the island over with the rest of the Dodecanese Islands, and established an Italian colony which lasted until the end of WWII. The Italians would later demolish the houses that were built on and around the city walls during the Ottoman era. They also reconstructed the Grand Master's Palace. Lyndos is about 55 km south of the town of Rhodes and its fine beaches make it a popular tourist and holiday destination. less

Some Paris landmarks

Some Paris landmarks

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The Hotel de Ville , it has been the location of the municipality of Paris since 1357. It serves multiple functions, housing the local administratio…moreThe Hotel de Ville , it has been the location of the municipality of Paris since 1357. It serves multiple functions, housing the local administration, and the Mayor of Paris. Notre Dame first built in the 12th Century is often reputed to be one of the most prominent examples of Gothic architecture in both France and in Europe as a whole. The École Militaire ,founded by Louis XV in 1750, is a vast complex of buildings housing various military training facilities located in the 7th arrondissement next to the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the toweras the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The Musée du Louvre is one of the world's largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. less

Visiting Paphos, Cyprus

Visiting Paphos, Cyprus

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One of the most impressive structures of the early Christian period was the Chrysopolitissa basilica, which survived to the middle of the seventh cen…moreOne of the most impressive structures of the early Christian period was the Chrysopolitissa basilica, which survived to the middle of the seventh century, when it was ransacked during an Arab invasion. The small church of Agia Kyriaki was later built on the same spot, Here is St Paul's Pillar - the spot where the saint is said to have been tied and lashed 40 times on orders given by the then Roman governor. Paphos was a centre of the cult of Aphrodite and of pre-Hellenic fertility deities. Aphrodite's mythical birthplace was on this island as the rock of Aphrodite and the bath attest. One of the loveliest churches in the Pafos area is the six-domed Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi, in Geroskipou, east of Pafos. Most of the surviving frescoes date back to the 15th century. Ayios Neophytos Monastery is said to have been founded by a Cypriot hermit and writer called Neophytos in the year 1159. Neophytos carved a home for himself out of the mountain rock and it is here that you will find some of the finest frescoes from the Byzantine period dating from the 12th to the 15th century. By the harbour stands Paphos Castle, originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour. It was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, less

Visiting the Island of Nisyros, Greece

Visiting the Island of Nisyros, Greece

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Nisyros is a volcanic Greek island and municipality located in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands next to Turkey. Being so…moreNisyros is a volcanic Greek island and municipality located in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands next to Turkey. Being so remote it has preserved the feeling and culture of old Greek island life. less

Visiting Nicosia, Cyprus

Visiting Nicosia, Cyprus

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The Pierides Collection covers a wide range of the history and archaeology of Cyprus, from the Early Bronze Age (2500 BC) to the end of the Medieval…moreThe Pierides Collection covers a wide range of the history and archaeology of Cyprus, from the Early Bronze Age (2500 BC) to the end of the Medieval period (sixteenth century). The collection has described by experts as one of the richest in the world in Mycenaean pottery. In 1567, the Venetians who controlled the Island commissioned the design of a 3 mile long new ffortified wall for the city of Nicosia, in order to protect the inhabitants from imminent Ottoman attack. Cyprus Archaeological Museum houses artefacts discovered during numerous excavations on the island. The museum is home to the most extensive collection of Cypriot antiquities in the world and is located on Museum Street in central Nicosia. The Archbishop Palace dates from the 18th century and houses the Byzantine Museum with the largest collection of icons on the island, covering the period from 9th to 18th century. The Famagusta Gate is the largest and most impressive of the three gates of the walls of Nicosia. less

Visiting Limassol Cyprus

Visiting Limassol Cyprus

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Amathus was one of the most ancient royal cities of Cyprus, on the southern coast 6 miles east of Limassol. Limassol Medieval castle was built in…moreAmathus was one of the most ancient royal cities of Cyprus, on the southern coast 6 miles east of Limassol. Limassol Medieval castle was built in the 12th century during the Crusades. The Kolossi castle was built by the Knights of St John who operated a sugar refinery there and had vineyards producing wine for export. less

Larnaca must-see

Larnaca must-see

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The Church of Saint Lazarus is a late-9th century church in Larnaca. It belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church. The Church of Saint Lazarus is name…moreThe Church of Saint Lazarus is a late-9th century church in Larnaca. It belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church. The Church of Saint Lazarus is named for New Testament figure Lazarus of Bethany, the subject of a miracle recounted in the Gospel of John in which Jesus raises him from the dead. According to Orthodox tradition, sometime after the Resurrection of Christ, Lazarus was forced to flee Judea because of rumoured plots on his life and came to Cyprus. There he was appointed by Paul and Barnabas as the first Bishop of Kittim (present-day Larnaca). Some of the icons in the church were painted towards the end of the 18th century The Larnaka District Museum is located near the centre of town. The museum exhibits rare findings from the main Neolothic settlement of Choirokitia less

Athens highlights

Athens highlights

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Piraeus is a port city located within the Athens Urban Area largely developed in the early 5th century BC, when it was selected to serve as the …morePiraeus is a port city located within the Athens Urban Area largely developed in the early 5th century BC, when it was selected to serve as the port city of classical Athens and was transformed into a prototype harbour, concentrating all the import and transit trade of Athens but declined gradually after the 4th century AD, growing once more in the 19th century, especially after Athens' declaration as the capital of Greece. The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis is dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decoration of the Parthenon continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of ancient democracy and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. The Ancient Agora of Athens or the Forum is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis. The Romans built a Forum during their occupation which is located to the north of the acropolis. In the shadow of the Acropolis, the Plaka is like a village within the city The Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic. Although touristy, cafes, restaurants and clubs make this a happening part of the city. less

Nile Cruise: Aswan

Nile Cruise: Aswan

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The Nile flows among amber deserts and granite mountains to Aswan , a beautiful African city in a great setting. A short ride from Aswan is the beaut…moreThe Nile flows among amber deserts and granite mountains to Aswan , a beautiful African city in a great setting. A short ride from Aswan is the beautiful Philae Temple on the island of Agilika, dedicated to the goddess Isis. less

Nile Cruise: Temple of Komombo

Nile Cruise: Temple of Komombo

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Kom Ombo stands on a promontory at a bend in the Nile and is one of the most spectacular settings of any of Egypt's river temples. The temple was loc…moreKom Ombo stands on a promontory at a bend in the Nile and is one of the most spectacular settings of any of Egypt's river temples. The temple was located in the ancient city of Pa-Sebek, "the Domain of Sobek", who was the crocodile god. less

Nile Cruise:Temple of Edfu

Nile Cruise:Temple of Edfu

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From Esna the cruise on the Oberoi Philae heads south. Navigating the Esna locks takes a couple of hours though local salesmen conduct a brisk busine…moreFrom Esna the cruise on the Oberoi Philae heads south. Navigating the Esna locks takes a couple of hours though local salesmen conduct a brisk business throwing their ware up to the decks…. The ship sails to Edfu. It is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and one of the best preserved. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the between 237 and 57 BCE. The temple of Edfu is the largest temple dedicated to Horus and Hathor of Dendera. less

Nile Cruise: Valley of the Kings

Nile Cruise: Valley of the Kings

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The West Bank is a quick boat ride across the Nile, Here a baloon ride gives an overview of the immense funerary valleys below. The Valley of the Kin…moreThe West Bank is a quick boat ride across the Nile, Here a baloon ride gives an overview of the immense funerary valleys below. The Valley of the Kings, is a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the . In the next valley rising out of the desert plain as if carved out of the limestone cliffs, is the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut ,Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh. On the way back to the river Nile, the road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, the only survivors of a once imposing temple. less

Nile Cruise: Temples of Luxor and Karnak

Nile Cruise: Temples of Luxor and Karnak

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A beautiful sphinx way leads to the entrance of the temple of Luxor. Built by Ramses the Great it was dedicated to the god Amun. A couple of miles …moreA beautiful sphinx way leads to the entrance of the temple of Luxor. Built by Ramses the Great it was dedicated to the god Amun. A couple of miles north is the spectacular Temple of Karnak. Built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs Karnak is the largest religious complex in the world. The great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral. less

Nile Cruise: Temple of Dendera

Nile Cruise: Temple of Dendera

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The ship sails north from Luxor to Quina .The ship is the Oberoi Philae, a vessel built in 1996 with 50 luxurious cabins and all amenities. The wond…moreThe ship sails north from Luxor to Quina .The ship is the Oberoi Philae, a vessel built in 1996 with 50 luxurious cabins and all amenities. The wonderfully preserved temple of Dendera is a rare sight to behold. The main temple dedicated to the Goddess Hathor, goddess or pleasure and of love, usually represented as a cow, or a woman with a cow’s head. Its hypostyle hall has towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. The massive stone roof is rich with painted reliefs. Under the temple are dark chambers and underground passages. The courtyard has a rare statue of the god Bes the patron of childbirth. less

Assisi a World Heritage Site

Assisi a World Heritage Site

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Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites is an eclectic site that was inscribed on 5 cultural criteria. It got praised as an …moreAssisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites is an eclectic site that was inscribed on 5 cultural criteria. It got praised as an authentic Umbrian hill town, a sanctuary, for its art and architecture in the Basilica of San Francesco, and for the influence of the Franciscan order in the world. The town, already a sanctuary in Roman times, has been associated with Saint Francis since the 13th century; Assisi was his birthplace, and he founded the Franciscan religious order here in 1208. Unesco declared the Basilica a World Heritage Site. less

Pisa a World Heritage Site

Pisa a World Heritage Site

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Standing in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architectur…moreStanding in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architecture – the cathedral, the baptistry, the campanile (the 'Leaning Tower') and the cemetery – had a great influence on monumental art in Italy from the 11th to the 14th century. Piazza del Duomo has been declared by Unesco a World heritage site. less

Marrakech a World Heritage Site

Marrakech a World Heritage Site

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In Marrakech a visit to the monumental Saadian Tombs is a must. The great Mosque needs to be seen. And then the Medina has some of the best shopping…moreIn Marrakech a visit to the monumental Saadian Tombs is a must. The great Mosque needs to be seen. And then the Medina has some of the best shopping anywhere. The Medina of Marrakesh is an old Islamic capital originating from the 11th century. It is enclosed by 16km of ramparts and gates. The city owes its original splendour to the Almoravide and Almohade dynasties (11th – 13th centuries), who made Marrakech into their capital. But the big story is in Djemaa Elfna, a grand open theater with storytellers, fire eaters, snake-charmers and endless open-air restaurants. Food stalls display the great variety of dishes of Moroccan cuisine. Unesco declared the Medina of Marrakech a World Heritage Site. less

Essaouira a World Heritage Site

Essaouira a World Heritage Site

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Essaouira, an 800 year old Atlantic port with a massive fort and charming café’s and restaurants. The Medina of Essaouira (formerly "Mogador") is …moreEssaouira, an 800 year old Atlantic port with a massive fort and charming café’s and restaurants. The Medina of Essaouira (formerly "Mogador") is an example of a late 18th century fortified town, as transferred to North Africa. SultanSidi Mohamed ben Abdellah decided to build a port that would open Morocco up to the outside world and assist in developing commercial relations with Europe. Unesco declared the Medina of Essaouira a World Heritage Site. less

Fez, a World Heritage Site

Fez, a World Heritage Site

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Fez, was the first Imperial City built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idriss II. This is the world last surviving Medieval city with great monuments and a …more Fez, was the first Imperial City built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idriss II. This is the world last surviving Medieval city with great monuments and a sprawling a Medina with the oldest tanneries in the world. The Medina of Fez is a walled city with madrasas, fondouks, mosques and palaces dating from Marinid rule in the 13th–14th centuries. At that period, Fez replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the kingdom. Fez is also known for great shopping in its bustling souks. Unesco declared it a World Heritage site. less

Meknes, a World heritage Site

Meknes, a World heritage Site

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This is the Imperial City of Meknes. Sultan Moulay spared no expense in creating this jewel of a city, building 40 kilometers of walls, an artificial…moreThis is the Imperial City of Meknes. Sultan Moulay spared no expense in creating this jewel of a city, building 40 kilometers of walls, an artificial lake and Bab Mansour, the grandest of all gates in Morocco on the big square which rivals Marrakech with its theatrical events. Over 80 monuments are enlisted, including mosques, medresas, hammams and fondouks. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. less

Rabat, a World Heritage Site

Rabat, a World Heritage Site

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“Rabat, modern capital and historic city, a shared heritage” shows different construction phases from the Almohad period (12th century) up to the …more “Rabat, modern capital and historic city, a shared heritage” shows different construction phases from the Almohad period (12th century) up to the present day. The city was substantially modernized by the French from 1912 on, resulting in the Ville Nouvelle. Not to be missed is the great Mohammed V Mausoleum with the Hassan Tower. The Medina with its Andalusian blue walls. The Atlantic beaches are wide and pristine. Unesco declared the historic city a World Heritage Site less

El Jadida, a World Heritage Site

El Jadida, a World Heritage Site

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he Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida) is a port city on the Atlantic coast which was seized in 1502 and subsequently ruled by the Portuguese unti…morehe Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida) is a port city on the Atlantic coast which was seized in 1502 and subsequently ruled by the Portuguese until 1769. It has been acknowledged for its interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures. The Portuguese built a citadel here in 1514, and enlarged it into a fortification in 1541. They also constructed 4 churches within the fortification. Remaining buildings from the Portuguese period are the cistern, and the Manueline Church of the Assumption. After the departure of the Portuguese, the city remained uninhabited until the mid-19th century. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. less

Volubilis a Roman city in Morocco

Volubilis a Roman city in Morocco

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The Archaeological Site of Volubilis encompasses the remains of a Roman city that was capital of Mauritania Tingitana. It is notable for its high num…moreThe Archaeological Site of Volubilis encompasses the remains of a Roman city that was capital of Mauritania Tingitana. It is notable for its high number of mosaic floors. Also, marble and bronze statues have been found. The site was settled already in the 3rd century BC, before it was annexed by the Romans in about 40 AD. It has a favourable location, due to fertile grounds, for the cultivation of olives. At its heyday, the city probably had 20.000 inhabitants. Most of its large monuments such as the triumphal arch and capitol date from the 2nd and 3rd century AD. Volubilis has been declared by Unesco a World Heritage Site. less

Painted Churches of Cyprus, a World Heritage Site

The Trodos mountains are characterized by one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The complex of 10 mon…moreThe Trodos mountains are characterized by one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The complex of 10 monuments included on the World Heritage List, all richly decorated with murals, provides an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus. The painted churches of the Trodos region have been declared by Unesco a World heritage site. less

San Giminiano, a World Heritage Site

San Giminiano, a World Heritage Site

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San Giminiano is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 15…moreSan Giminiano is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 150 feet) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art. Every year a medieval festival takes place through the town. The historic center of San Giminiano has been declared by Unesco a World Heritage Site less

Coirokitia in Cyprus, a World Heritage Site

Coirokitia in Cyprus, a World Heritage Site

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The Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C., is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eas…moreThe Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C., is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean. Its remains and the finds from the excavations there have thrown much light on the evolution of human society in this key region. Since only part of the site has been excavated, it forms an exceptional archaeological reserve for future study. The settlement has been declared by Unesco a World Heritage Site less

The Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

The Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

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The trulli , limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia mainly in the town of Alberobello are remarkable examples of drywall (mortar…moreThe trulli , limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia mainly in the town of Alberobello are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields. Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs. The town of Alberobello has been declared by Unesco a World heritage site. less

Trogir Croatia

Trogir Croatia

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On the souther part of the Dalmatian coast in Croatia is Trogir a World Heritage site with great architecture and the feeling of having stepped right…moreOn the souther part of the Dalmatian coast in Croatia is Trogir a World Heritage site with great architecture and the feeling of having stepped right into the Renaissance. Trogir has a 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress on a small island, and in 1997 was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. "The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period", says UNESCO report. Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic, but in all of Central Europe. Trogir's medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Trogir's grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia. less

Split Diocletian Palace

Split Diocletian Palace

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Split is a World Heritage Site on the Adriatic coast of Croatia with a very old history: it has an amazing old city built inside the huge palace buil…moreSplit is a World Heritage Site on the Adriatic coast of Croatia with a very old history: it has an amazing old city built inside the huge palace built by the Roman Emperors’ Diocletian. Diocletian built the massive palace in preparation for his retirement on 1 May 305 AD. It lies in a bay on the south side of a short peninsula running out from the Dalmatian coast, four miles from Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. After the Romans abandoned the site, the Palace remained empty for several centuries. In the 7th century nearby residents fled to the walled palace to escape invading barbarians. Since then the palace has been occupied, with residents making their homes and businesses within the palace basement and directly in its walls.[1] Today many restaurants and shops, and some homes, can still be found within the walls. This palace is today, with all the most important historical buildings, in the centre of the city of Split. Diocletian's Palace far transcends local importance because of its degree of preservation. The Palace is one of the most famous and complete architectural and cultural features on the Croatian Adriatic coast. As the world's most complete remains of a Roman palace, it holds an outstanding place in Mediterranean, European and world heritage. less

Castel Del Monte Apulia

Castel Del Monte Apulia

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Castel del Monte in Andria in Apulia is a 13th Century castle and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It stands on a promontory, where it was constructed …moreCastel del Monte in Andria in Apulia is a 13th Century castle and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It stands on a promontory, where it was constructed during the 1240s by the Emperor Frederick II, who had inherited the lands from his mother Constance of Sicily. In the 18th century, the castle's interior marbles and remaining furnishings were removed. It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge and some considered it never to have been intended as a defensive fortress;however, archaeological work has suggested that it originally had a curtain wall. less

Entre Cielos Wine Resort & Spa, Mendoza, Argentina

Entre Cielos - Argentina's Luxury Boutique Wine Resort Hamam and Spa is the ultimate wine country experience. Set in Mendoza, the heart of Argentine…moreEntre Cielos - Argentina's Luxury Boutique Wine Resort Hamam and Spa is the ultimate wine country experience. Set in Mendoza, the heart of Argentine wine region, Entre Cielos offers stunning modernist architecture, a breath-taking backdrop of the snow-capped Andes and South America's first traditional Turkish Hamam as well as two gourmet restaurants. Entre Cielos also provides guests with highly customized itineraries such as wine tours, horseback riding, ballooning, and many other sport and recreational activities. less

Morocco: Scenic Voyage magical Tour

Morocco: Scenic Voyage magical Tour

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Morocco is only 10 miles from Spain and its 3 main gateways Casablanca, Tangiers and Marrakech. Low cost airlines connect them with 2 to 3 hours flig…moreMorocco is only 10 miles from Spain and its 3 main gateways Casablanca, Tangiers and Marrakech. Low cost airlines connect them with 2 to 3 hours flights to major European capitals. Casablanca is a bustling metropolis. Its must-see site is the spectacular King Hasan Mosque built right on the Atlantic coast and the second largest in the world after Mecca. The next stop is Rabat, the present capital of Morocco. Plenty to see. Not to be missed is the great Mohammed V Mausoleum with the Hassan Tower. The Medina with its Andalusian blue walls. The Atlantic beaches are wide and pristine. In 1500 bc The Phoenicians used Asilah it as trading port. the Portuguese came in the 15th century and staid for 300 years leaving military fortification. Its position on the Atlantic makes it a great fishing port. Tangier is an international city on the northern tip of Morocco in direct view of Spain. It has access to both Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, and is a major cruiseship port. After A circle of writers, artists and Hollywood stars converged to Tangiers after WWII and a made it a fashionable spot. The world came to watch the action from its sidewalk cafes in the medina. Among the luxury hotels in Tangiers is the 5 star Movenpick on the Mediterranean side with luxurious amenities and superb Moroccan cuisine. Moroccan cuisine is very diverse with influences from Berber, Mediterranean and Arab cuisines. Cape Spartel faces the strait of Gilbratar and is considered the northernmost point of the African continent. The Hercules grotto nearby fill up at high tide. The entrance of this mythical place has the shape of an upside map of Africa. Further east on the mediterranean a and Cabo Negro and Martil, cities of endless beaches facing the pristine waters of the Mediterranean. Chefchaouen.is surrounded for miles by olive groves is This is also one of the busiest mountain markets town. The Andalousian architecture of white and blue houses can be found in the kasbah and its gardens, at the center of the medina. This is also a dying and weaving center. The famous djellaba, the long garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. We stop at the Holy City Of Moulay Idriss where the founder of Islam is buried. His tomb is a pilgrimage site for Muslims. Close by is the beautifully preserved archaeological site of the Roman city of Volubilis. From here on to the Imperial City of Meknes. Sultan Moulay spared no expense in creating this jewel of a city, building 40 kilometers of walls, an artificial lake and Bab Mansour, the grandest of all gates in Morocco on the big square which rivals Marrakech with its theatrical events. Fez, was the first Imperial City built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idriss II. This is the world last surviving Medieval city with great monuments and a sprawling a Medina with the oldest tanneries in the world. Fez is also known for great shopping in its bustling souks. Great accommodations can be found in the Riads, old historic Moroccan homes converted to Hotels. Fez is the home of Scenic Voyages one of the premier travel agencies in Morocco serving all travel from Europe and the US . The drive to the Sahara is 300 miles over the dramatic Atlas Mountains. Here great Moroccan specialties like tagine and cous cous can be tasted in restaurants along the mountains. Erfoud is the beginning of the Sahara. Great empty spaces populated by camels with occasional encampments of nomadic people. A four wheel drive is necessary to get to the the sand dunes of Merzouga. Overnight in a Berber Bivouac sleeping under the stars in the desert. sunrise comes while gliding on camelback on the golden sands of the Sahara . This is truly Spectacular. And a big surprise is the luxurious Breakfast at the bivouac. We drive to Zagora in the Dra Valley at the edge of the desert surrounded by oasis and Casbahs like Tifoultoute, ancient fortified towns still inhabited today Ouarzazate has the sprawling and impressive Atlas Film Studios where Gladiator and Kundun were filmed. In Marrakech a visit to the monumental Saadian Tombs is a must. The great Mosque needs to be seen. And then the Medina has some of the best shopping anywhere.. But the big story is in Djemaa Elfna, a grand open theater with storytellers, fire eaters, snake-charmers and endless open-air restaurants. Food stalls display the great variety of dishes of Moroccan cuisine. Taroudant is an ancient city in the south with the feel of an old market town. Local women grind a nut with healing properties called argan used to make cosmetic creams. Taroudant with its rug weaving and crafts tradition is a great shopping stop. Agadir is a resort town on the southern Atlantic with beaches that go on forever and endless luxury hotels. It is also one of the busiest fishing ports in North Africa, Next stop Essaouira, an 800 year old Atlantic port with a massive fort and charming café’s and restaurants. El Jadida with beautiful Atlantic beaches was a Portuguese settlement from the 15th to the 18th century and it is heavily surrounded by fortified walls. Last stop back in Casablanca. This hectic city slows down on the week-end and this is the last chance to experience the relaxed Moroccan way of life before returning home. Air travel courtesy of Royal Air Morocco Travel co-ordination courtesy of the Moroccan Tourist Board Morocco is a great and safe destination for students, families and meeting planners. www.scenicvoyage.com/ less

El Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain

El Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain

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El Poble Espanyol is one of Barcelona's most fascinating attractions. Built for the 1929 World Expo as an authentic walled village, it replicates the…moreEl Poble Espanyol is one of Barcelona's most fascinating attractions. Built for the 1929 World Expo as an authentic walled village, it replicates the best of Spain's different architectural styles and all its regions. You'll find top artisan workshops, restaurants, museums, music, events and a wonderful Treasure Hunt for children. Its cobbled streets and plazas are free of cars making it ideal for family outings. Enjoy a fantastic view of Barcelona from its Sculpture Garden. El Poble Espanyol is a wonderful way to obtain a taste of Spain -- all in one day! less

Morocco overview

Morocco overview

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The Oussaden Tour starts in Rabat, the present capital of Morocco. Plenty to see. Not to miss the great Mohammed V Mausoleum with the Hassan Tower…moreThe Oussaden Tour starts in Rabat, the present capital of Morocco. Plenty to see. Not to miss the great Mohammed V Mausoleum with the Hassan Tower. The Medina with its blue walls. The Atlantic beaches are wide and pristine. A stop at the Holy City Of Moulay Idriss where the founder of Islam is buried and then on to the archaeological site of the Roman ruins at Volubilis. From here travel to the Imperial City of Meknes and then on to Fez, the first Imperial City which was built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idriss II. This is the world last surviving Medieval city with great monuments, a Medina with bustling souks and the oldest tanneries in the world. The drive to Erfoud is 300 miles over the dramatic Atlas Mountains. Then on by four-wheel drive to the sand dunes of Merzouga. Overnight in a Berber Bivouac in the desert and sunrise watch on camel back. Spectacular. Travel West along the Anti-Atlas Mountains to ElKelaa des M'Goun and past the ancient city of Tinerhir into the Gorges du Todra. On to Ouarzazate with a stop at the sprawling and impressive Atlas Film Studios where Gladiator and Kundun were filmed. A stop in Ait Ben Haddou, probably the most picturesque ancient medieval city. In Marrakech a visit to the monumental Saadian Tombs, the Medina and Djemaa Elfna, a grand open theater with storytellers, fire eaters, snake-charmers and endless open-air restaurants. The Majorelle Gardens, Yves St Laurent former residence, are a must. Then on to Essaouira, an 800 year old Atlantic port with a massive fort and great seafood restaurants. ( Fact: Jimi Hendrix lived here for a while and did not want to leave!) Contact: www.oussadentours.com info@oussadentours.com less

Croatia Wine Tour Part 2

Croatia Wine Tour Part 2

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Pula was an administrative center of Istria since Roman times and the roman arena still stands as a sign of old roman glory. And an old culinary trad…morePula was an administrative center of Istria since Roman times and the roman arena still stands as a sign of old roman glory. And an old culinary traditions which shows in its great markets. Valsabbion is a sophisticated boutique hotel and a much awarded restaurant with very innovative cuisine both in content and presentation. Down toward the central region of Licka are the Plitvize lakes. Surrounded by 3 mountains feeding the lakes this world heritage site is a grand collection of amazing waterfalls and 16 lakes known for their unusual changing colors colors ranging from blue to aqua to turquoise Then through the ancient village of Mlinize with looks to have stepped out right out of the Middle Ages. Nearby in Kuterevo in the Licka region there is a shelter for bear cubs run by volunteers and worth a visit. The peninsual of Primosten is one of the most photogenic places on the Adriatic. This is also a rich wine country. Further south is Trogir a World Heritage site with great architecture and the feeling of having stepped right into the Renaissance. Split is another World heritage site with a very old history: it has an amazing old city built inside the huge palace built by on Roman Emperors’ Diocletian. Split is a lively city with large markets and great outdoor life Ston was a small town built to defend nearby Dubrovnik and its 5 kilometers wall it has the longest fortiefied walls in Europe. Ston is also the center of oyster growing in Dalmatia. Freshness does not come any closer. Korchula is another spectacular island settled since Neolithic time Its most famous citizen Marco Polo is supposed to have been born here. The Matusko winery is right outside Dubrovnik and it produces excellent full bodied reds like Dingac and Plavac. And then there is Dubrovnik . This is the city of all cities a fortress town a port a living museum the jewel of the Adriatic with great beaches history and a feel of having entered a magic place. less

Croatia Wine Tour Part 1

Croatia Wine Tour Part 1

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Zagreb is a bustling modern city with a thousand year history. The 20th century blends without effort with its great buildings and monuments from the…moreZagreb is a bustling modern city with a thousand year history. The 20th century blends without effort with its great buildings and monuments from the 17th 18th and 19th century. Samobor is where people from Zagreb come to relax. The town with its beautifully preserved medieval plan looks almost unreal. When here must try the famous aperitif called Bermet and its very special custard cake which the people of Samobor claim has no calories. 30 minutes from Zagreb is a small winery called Korak. The family has been in the wine business for centuries. The current winery has been producing superior wines for 20 years Rieslings and Sauvignons are exceptional. Opatje is a popular Summer and Winter resort on the Adriatic. The emperor of Austria loved this place. It was the Austrian nobility favorite spot in the 19th centuries and it shows. This place is all about indulging and pampering. Motuvun is an old medieval town on top of a hill is in the heart of Istria. Population 500 tradition lives on in Motuvun. In Li’vade there is an outstanding restaurant called Zigante, the cathedral of the Istrian truffle . The Chef prepares a pasta with black truffles, the Summer variety. A white truffle found by Zigante is in the Guinness Book of Records. And of course the store is all about …what else? Great food needs great olive oil. In Buje one can taste what has been a specialty of Istria for centuries: the many varieties of olive oil. In Brtonigla is Astarea one can taste traditional recipes of Istrian grandmothers prepared to perfection by loving traditional hands In the rich wine country of Umag, is another outstanding winery: Kabola with its awarded wines like Malvasia and Grey Pinot. Fusion spa in the hotel Melia has experts from Thailand and India practicing a range of sophisticated massages from Thai to Ayruvedic, to Tibetan Chi Nei Tsang massage In Umag another major winery: Coronica . The wines of Istria are shaped by the red soil rich in iron and the salty sea air. Coronica uses no fertilizers and focuses on its native grapes producing mostly Malvasia for whites and Teran red. Rovinj is a beautiful Adriatic town with a beautiful harbor and a charming an old town which owes its goods looks to the long presence of the Venetians. With a big influx of tourists from nearby Italy and northern Europe it has great hotels and restaurants. less

Armani/Fifth Avenue

Armani/Fifth Avenue

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10 BEST STORES Just a few blocks from Central Park in New York City, in the center of one of the most famous shopping districts in the world, sits…more10 BEST STORES Just a few blocks from Central Park in New York City, in the center of one of the most famous shopping districts in the world, sits the American flagship store for one of the most well known clothing brands in the world, Armani. One of the largest stores on 5th Avenue, it is clearly identifiable either day or night by its elaborate exterior design, which at night features lights throughout the store windows. Which is only fitting for a brand that has become synonymous with style and class around the world to be seen by everyone any time of the day. The four-story behemoth, which takes up 43,000 square feet, opened its doors in February 2009. It was designed by the architecture firm of Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas (also responsible for the design of Armani stores in Hong Kong and Japan). There are two distinctive features that separate the 5th Avenue Armani store from the other fashion stores, one being the high-end restaurant that sits atop the store. It gives a reason for people to visit the store even if they are not particularly interested in shopping and it remains open after the retail part of the store, with an express elevator that runs to it after the rest of the store has closed. The other standout feature comes courtesy of the store’s architects, which is the dramatic spiral steel staircase sitting in the center that echoes in its sweeping curves the design of the Guggenheim Museum. This alone makes it worth a visit. If the brand name, Armani were not enough, these unique factor make the Armani store on 5th Avenue one of the top stores in New York City. Besides the architectural aspect there are also the stylish offerings in men's, women's and children's clothing plus home furnishings and chocolates. It has just about everything one would need to dress themselves in some of the finest clothes on the planet and live the Armani experience of style. 10 BEST STORES is a series featuring, in the editor' s opinion, the top 10 stores in a given City. less

Croatia by Niko Bulic

Croatia by Niko Bulic

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Niko Bulic is the Director of Tourism of the Croatian National Tourist Board. Here he presents clearly the many reasons why Croatia is one of the pre…moreNiko Bulic is the Director of Tourism of the Croatian National Tourist Board. Here he presents clearly the many reasons why Croatia is one of the preferred destinations for Americans and Europeans alike. less

Cyprus: Luxury wine tour

Cyprus: Luxury wine tour

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We start in Paphos on the western coast. The medieval castle from the days of the Crusades is at the entrance of its beautiful harbor. So is 4…moreWe start in Paphos on the western coast. The medieval castle from the days of the Crusades is at the entrance of its beautiful harbor. So is 4 star Almyra Hotel built right on the water facing it. The Church of the Holy Chrisopolitissa dates from the 13th century. Many pillars still standing are believed to be part of the old roman forum. Here is the pillar of St Paul where according to tradition St Paul was chained and flogged for preaching Christianity At night Paphos comes alive. The Paphos castle once the fort of the knights of St John welcomes culture. During the summer operas are performed there it with the open seas as a backdrop. This is a windy setting for music but uniquely dramatic. The Kato Pafhos archaeological site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site 1980. Spread over a vast area, The Tombs of the Kings are these impressive underground tombs carved out of solid rock dating back to the 4th century BC. Archeologists are busy uncovering remarkable mosaics. Every Roman villa built here in the 2nd, 3rd and to 4th century had elaborate mosaic floor, which have been amazingly preserved. The mosaics tell us that Cyprus has been cultivating wine for 2,500 years. In a village near Paphos at the Aphrodite delight factory one can see the making of a typical Cyprus sweet called loukkoumi. Although loukumi is made all over the world the only protected geographical area of the European union is Yeroskipou, home to the authentic Cypriot sweet. The western coast is full of coves and secluded beaches with some of the most pristine waters in the Mediterranean. Further up is the port of Latchi. This is a fishing town with some great seafood to taste at its outdoor restaurant. Nearby is the Hotel Anassa a 5 star luxury hotel with sweeping views of the bay North of Paphos is the mountain village of Kathika which has an ideal climate for grape growing The Sterna winery a small artisan like winery typical of the area which use local varieties of grapes Mavro and Xynistery South of Pafhos is the Rock of Aphrodite, where according to legend Aphrodite the goddess of love sprung out of the water. On the way to Limassol is the temple of Apollo Hylates one of the best-preserved archeological sites on the island. What remains of the temple is impressive as well as theater of nearby Kourion and its mosaics The Trodos mountains are the main wine-growing region of Cyprus due to the elevation and the quality of the soil. The village of Kakopetria is a main tourist attraction It’s vintage time and OLYMPUS winery in the Trodos mountains is busy picking grapes. The Kolossi castle in the middle of vineyards and sugar cane plantations was occupied by the Knights of St John after the Crusades. The knights produced here for the first time the well-known dessert wine called commanderia. In Limassol it wine festival time, where wineries from all over Cyprus come to pitch their wines. Cyprus although a very small island ranks 37th in wine production in the world. less

ISLAND HOPPING IN SOUTHERN JAPAN

ISLAND HOPPING IN SOUTHERN JAPAN

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ISLAND HOPPING IN SOUTHERN JAPAN Soak in the spirit of traditional Japan with Iris Brooks and Jon H. Davis of Northern Lights Studio. Discover cul…moreISLAND HOPPING IN SOUTHERN JAPAN Soak in the spirit of traditional Japan with Iris Brooks and Jon H. Davis of Northern Lights Studio. Discover cultural highlights and spectacular landscapes on southern Kyushu, Okinawa, Kumejima, and Yakushima in an island- hopping adventure. less

Michoacan

Michoacan

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Michoacan has great colonial cities and spectacular natural events. In Sierra Chincua 40 million butterflies wake up in Spring and mate! Morelia…moreMichoacan has great colonial cities and spectacular natural events. In Sierra Chincua 40 million butterflies wake up in Spring and mate! Morelia is a UNESCO World Heritage site with fun social life. At Villa Montana’ spa compulsive travelers can de-stress with a chocolate bath. Anyone looking for a mate hangs an image of St Anthony upside down at El Miguelito restaurant until a mate is found. Mating is on everone's mind in Michoacan. In Pazcuaro Mario spends 2 years to finish a bowl the way the ancients made them and sells it for $5,000! Giant turtles travel thousands of miles to the Michoacan Pacific coast to mate. At night we follow them laying the eggs and hatchlings returning to the sea with the moon pointing them to the water. less

Luxury Wine Tour of Croatia

Luxury Wine Tour of Croatia

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Zagreb is a bustling modern city with a thousand year history. The 20th century blends without effort with its great buildings and monuments from the…moreZagreb is a bustling modern city with a thousand year history. The 20th century blends without effort with its great buildings and monuments from the 17th 18th and 19th century. Samobor is where people from Zagreb come to relax. The town with its beautifully preserved medieval plan looks almost unreal. When here must try the famous aperitif called Bermet and its very special custard cake which the people of Samobor claim has no calories. 30 minutes from Zagreb is a small winery called Korak. The family has been in the wine business for centuries. The current winery has been producing superior wines for 20 years Rieslings and Sauvignons are exceptional. Opatje is a popular Summer and Winter resort on the Adriatic. The emperor of Austria loved this place. It was the Austrian nobility favorite spot in the 19th centuries and it shows. This place is all about indulging and pampering. Motuvun is an old medieval town on top of a hill is in the heart of Istria. Population 500 tradition lives on in Motuvun. In Li’vade there is an outstanding restaurant called Zigante, the cathedral of the Istrian truffle . The Chef prepares a pasta with black truffles, the Summer variety. A white truffle found by Zigante is in the Guinness Book of Records. And of course the store is all about …what else? Great food needs great olive oil. In Buje one can taste what has been a specialty of Istria for centuries: the many varieties of olive oil. In Brtonigla is Astarea one can taste traditional recipes of Istrian grandmothers prepared to perfection by loving traditional hands In the rich wine country of Umag, is another outstanding winery: Kabola with its awarded wines like Malvasia and Grey Pinot. Fusion spa in the hotel Melia has experts from Thailand and India practicing a range of sophisticated massages from Thai to Ayruvedic, to Tibetan Chi Nei Tsang massage In Umag another major winery: Coronica . The wines of Istria are shaped by the red soil rich in iron and the salty sea air. Coronica uses no fertilizers and focuses on its native grapes producing mostly Malvasia for whites and Teran red. Rovinj is a beautiful Adriatic town with a beautiful harbor and a charming an old town which owes its goods looks to the long presence of the Venetians. With a big influx of tourists from nearby Italy and northern Europe it has great hotels and restaurants Pula was an administrative center of Istria since Roman times and the roman arena still stands as a sign of old roman glory. And an old culinary traditions which shows in its great markets. Valsabbion is a sophisticated boutique hotel and a much awarded restaurant with very innovative cuisine both in content and presentation. Down toward the central region of Licka are the Plitvize lakes. Surrounded by 3 mountains feeding the lakes this world heritage site is a grand collection of amazing waterfalls and 16 lakes known for their unusual changing colors colors ranging from blue to aqua to turquoise Then through the ancient village of Mlinize with looks to have stepped out right out of the Middle Ages. Nearby in Kuterevo in the Licka region there is a shelter for bear cubs run by volunteers and worth a visit. The peninsual of Primosten is one of the most photogenic places on the Adriatic. This is also a rich wine country. Further south is Trogir a World Heritage site with great architecture and the feeling of having stepped right into the Renaissance. Split is another World heritage site with a very old history: it has an amazing old city built inside the huge palace built by on Roman Emperors’ Diocletian. Split is a lively city with large markets and great outdoor life Ston was a small town built to defend nearby Dubrovnik and its 5 kilometers wall it has the longest fortiefied walls in Europe. Ston is also the center of oyster growing in Dalmatia. Freshness does not come any closer. Korchula is another spectacular island settled since Neolithic time Its most famous citizen Marco Polo is supposed to have been born here. The Matusko winery is right outside Dubrovnik and it produces excellent full bodied reds like Dingac and Plavac. And then there is Dubrovnik . This is the city of all cities a fortress town a port a living museum the jewel of the Adriatic with great beaches history and a feel of having entered a magic place. less

Morocco: Oussaden Magical Tour

Morocco: Oussaden Magical Tour

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7 hours from New York is Casablanca, a bustling metropolis. Its must-see site is the spectacular King Hasan Mosque built right on the Atlantic coa…more 7 hours from New York is Casablanca, a bustling metropolis. Its must-see site is the spectacular King Hasan Mosque built right on the Atlantic coast and the second largest in the world after Mecca. The next stop is Rabat, the present capital of Morocco. Plenty to see. Not to be missed is the great Mohammed V Mausoleum with the Hassan Tower. The Medina with its Andalusian blue walls. The Atlantic beaches are wide and pristine. In 1500 bc The Phoenicians used Asilah it as trading port. the Portuguese came in the 15th century and staid for 300 years leaving military fortification. Its position on the Atlantic makes it a great fishing port. Tangier is an international city on the northern tip of Morocco in direct view of Spain. It has access to both Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, and is a major cruiseship port. After A circle of writers, artists and Hollywood stars converged to Tangiers after WWII and a made it a fashionable spot. The world came to watch the action from its sidewalk cafes in the medina. Among the luxury hotels in Tangiers is the 5 star Movenpick on the Mediterranean side with luxurious amenities and superb Moroccan cuisine. Moroccan cuisine is very diverse with influences from Berber, Mediterranean and Arab cuisines. Cape Spartel faces the strait of Gilbratar and is considered the northernmost point of the African continent. The Hercules grotto nearby fill up at high tide. The entrance of this mythical place has the shape of an upside map of Africa. Further east on the mediterranean a and Cabo Negro and Martil, cities of endless beaches facing the pristine waters of the Mediterranean. Chefchaouen.is surrounded for miles by olive groves is This is also one of the busiest mountain markets town. The Andalousian architecture of white and blue houses can be found in the kasbah and its gardens, at the center of the medina. This is also a dying and weaving center. The famous djellaba, the long garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. We stop at the Holy City Of Moulay Idriss where the founder of Islam is buried. His tomb is a pilgrimage site for Muslims. Close by is the beautifully preserved archaeological site of the Roman city of Volubilis. From here on to the Imperial City of Meknes. Sultan Moulay spared no expense in creating this jewel of a city, building 40 kilometers of walls, an artificial lake and Bab Mansour, the grandest of all gates in Morocco on the big square which rivals Marrakech with its theatrical events. Fez, was the first Imperial City built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idriss II. This is the world last surviving Medieval city with great monuments and a sprawling a Medina with the oldest tanneries in the world. Fez is also known for great shopping in its bustling souks. Great accommodations can be found in the Riads, old historic Moroccan homes converted to Hotels. Fez is the home of Oussaden tours one of the premier travel agencies in Morocco with office in Fez and New York The drive to the Sahara is 300 miles over the dramatic Atlas Mountains. Here great Moroccan specialties like tagine and cous cous can be tasted in restaurants along the mountains. Erfoud is the beginning of the Sahara. Great empty spaces populated by camels with occasional encampments of nomadic people. A four wheel drive is necessary to get to the the sand dunes of Merzouga. Overnight in a Berber Bivouac sleeping under the stars in the desert. sunrise comes while gliding on camelback on the golden sands of the Sahara . This is truly Spectacular. And a big surprise is the luxurious Breakfast at the bivouac. We drive to Zagora in the Dra Valley at the edge of the desert surrounded by oasis and Casbahs like Tifoultoute, ancient fortified towns still inhabited today Ouarzazate has the sprawling and impressive Atlas Film Studios where Gladiator and Kundun were filmed. In Marrakech a visit to the monumental Saadian Tombs is a must. The great Mosque needs to be seen. And then the Medina has some of the best shopping anywhere.. But the big story is in Djemaa Elfna, a grand open theater with storytellers, fire eaters, snake-charmers and endless open-air restaurants. Food stalls display the great variety of dishes of Moroccan cuisine. Taroudant is an ancient city in the south with the feel of an old market town. Local women grind a nut with healing properties called argan used to make cosmetic creams. Taroudant with its rug weaving and crafts tradition is a great shopping stop. Agadir is a resort town on the southern Atlantic with beaches that go on forever and endless luxury hotels. It is also one of the busiest fishing ports in North Africa, Next stop Essaouira, an 800 year old Atlantic port with a massive fort and charming café’s and restaurants. El Jadida with beautiful Atlantic beaches was a Portuguese settlement from the 15th to the 18th century and it is heavily surrounded by fortified walls. Last stop back in Casablanca. This hectic city slows down on the week-end and this is the last chance to experience the relaxed Moroccan way of life before returning home. Oussaden Tours provides guaranteed escorted tours, private tours and Jewish heritage tours and excursions from any main city in Morocco Contact: www.oussadentours.com info@oussadentours.com less

Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 1

Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 1

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Castello di Tornano in the heart of Chianti (Gaiole in Chianti) makes an outstanding wine from the vineyards surrounding it. The complex was a mediev…moreCastello di Tornano in the heart of Chianti (Gaiole in Chianti) makes an outstanding wine from the vineyards surrounding it. The complex was a medieval castle from the 10th century, lavishly restored. The Ricasoli family of Castello di Brolio dates back to the 7th Century. An ancestor of the current owner Francesco, Bettino Ricasoli, was prime Minister of Italy in the 19th Century and invented the Chianti formula. The winery is the oldest in Italy. Badia a Coltibuono once an Abbey from the 11th century is now a charming hotel, restaurant, winery and cooking school run by the Stucchi Prinetti family dedicated to the preservation of the oldest traditions of the Chianti region. Poggio Antico in Montalcino is the highest elevation winery growing Brunello. An excellent Restaurant run by Chef Roberto Minnetti is on the premises preparing dishes steeped in Tuscan history. Castello Banfi at Sant’Agelo Scalo is owned by the Mariani family dedicated to producing superior wines on their large 6,000 acres estate, marked by technological innovation. An old farm complex in nearby Collupino serves as residence for guests of the Banfi winery. Montepulciano is a Medieval Renaissance town on top of a mountain in the province of Siena known for its “Nobile wine” only produced here. Valdipiatta, an awarded winery, produces the vino Nobile from Prugnolo and Lanaiolo grapes. The owner Mr Caporali runs a wine school educating visitors about wine varieties and growing techniques. He also runs Il Grifon D’Oro, a trendy restaurant and Il Poliziano, an historic cafe in the center of town. Contucci is the oldest wine cellar in Montepulciano holding tastings since Renaissance times. It is located in the main piazza overlooking Palazzo Comunale. Avignonesi is a combination of 4 estates growing awarded wines. It is also a farmhouse growing its own products for its kitchen and its store. The open farm kitchen serves local specialties. Relais San Bruno is an elegant boutique Hotel set among an olive grove and fruit orchard under the walls of Montepulciano. less

A colonial mansion in Merida

A colonial mansion in Merida

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Merida, founded by the Spaniards in 1542 is the oldest city in the Americas with splendid historical palaces and plazas. It is 80 miles from Chichen…moreMerida, founded by the Spaniards in 1542 is the oldest city in the Americas with splendid historical palaces and plazas. It is 80 miles from Chichen Itza, one of the most impressive Mayan cities. In the 19th century the sisal boom created enormous wealth. In 1900 there were more millionaires in Merida than in Paris. The wealth spurred the construction of mansions all over the city. When nylon replaced sisal in 1930 the economy collapsed, houses were abandoned and fell apart. In the last ten years visitors from Northamerica and Europe have been buying them and restoring them to their original splendor like this mansion in the center of town. less

LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS: THE ART OF CESAR MANRIQUE

LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS: THE ART OF CESAR MANRIQUE

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The alluring paradise of Lanzarote in the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands offers stunning views as well as intriguing art, architecture, an…moreThe alluring paradise of Lanzarote in the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands offers stunning views as well as intriguing art, architecture, and wind sculptures. Join Iris Brooks and Jon H. Davis of Northern Lights Studio as they explore this intriguing island off the northwest coast of Africa. Visit www.NLScreativemedia.com less

EXPLORING MADRID: THE PASEO DEL PRADO ARTS DISTRICT

EXPLORING MADRID: THE PASEO DEL PRADO ARTS DISTRICT

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Four major museums, a world-class botanical garden, and culinary delicacies whet one’s appetite through this enticing taste of the alluring arts dist…moreFour major museums, a world-class botanical garden, and culinary delicacies whet one’s appetite through this enticing taste of the alluring arts district of the Paseo del Prado in Madrid. Join Iris Brooks and Jon H. Davis of Northern Lights Studio as they explore Spain’s vibrant capital city in a cultural feast for all the senses. less

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont

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The area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and…moreThe area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and a dazzling cuisine that is both aristocratic and simple. On this luxury wine tour among castles and vineyards you’ll meet the makers of these great wines and the chefs working their luscious cuisine in some of the most charming medieval towns in Italy. Your trip starts at the Villa Tiboldi, luxuriously renovated Villa and Farmhouse surrounded by Nebbiolo and Arneis vineyards with views that go on forever. The estate produces its own excellent Arneis Malvira. Alba has a beautiful Cathedral from the XIth Century and a rich historic center. However Alba’s heart beats to the tune of the truffle. Renato Agnello, truffle hunter of of 60 years leads a walk through the woods with his dog Diana, looking for truffles. Tartufi Morra is a truffle emporium Established in 1930 working with all the truffle hunters in the area. It has the ultimate selection of everything truffles from chocolate to oils The restaurant Piazza Duomo owned by the Ceretto winemaking family is a shocking pink space with frescoes by Francesco Clemente .The avantguarde cuisine of Chef Enrico Crippa has earned the restaurant a one Michelin star. This is a café and pastry shop created by chef Luca Mentersino uses no sugar, milk or flour. Everything is made with substitute. So go ahead and splurge. Katja and Ivan Rivetti are the third generation of Rivetti making barbaresco here. Tops wines are Bricco Barbaresco and Bricco de Neveis. Housed in a sprawling and movie-set-like 18th century castle owned by the Stupino brothers, the winery focuses on specialty wines. In the 70’s the Stupino’s cloned an old variety of Arneis vine producing a remarkable sparkling Pinot Noir. Among their wide range of wines they produce a top Barbaresco Riserva Santo Stefano. The restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento in Treiso sits on top of sprawling vineyards is owned by chef Maurilio Garola. It. The Chef has consistently received one Michelin star for his ground breaking dishes such as “ Plin de Seirass”, ravioli stuffed with ricotta and served in an actual nest made out of hay. The fortified Castle erected in the XIth Century on top of a hill once belonged to Count Camillo Benso of Cavour, one of the architects of the Unification of Italy. The castle has a very large Enoteca representing the best of Piedmont wines and grappas. Barolo is a charming medieval town surrounded by wineries. Therefore opening a corkscrew museum was a no brainer for Paolo Annoni who was once a pharmacist but abandoned his old profession to pursue his obsession. Over the years he has travelled the world and auction houses searching for the most unusual corkscrews, collecting 1,300 rare ones . Barolo was first created by the Marchesi Falletti in the middle of the 19th century around the village of Barolo. A bottle of the first Barolo, "Cannubbio 1859” is on permanent display, while vintages from 1938 on are available to collectors. The Enoteca has the most complete collection of Barolo in the world with 35.000 bottles of Barolo and the yearly addition of 400 bottles. Giant 19 century chestnut barrels have been reconditioned to age outstanding Barolo like the Barolo Cannubi or various Barolo Riserva. Locanda nel Borgo Antico is set in an hamlet outside Barolo. In this elegant restaurant Chef Camia prepares his signature traditional classic dishes which have earned him a Michelin star. In little more than thirty years, the Ceretto brothers created a 300 acres network of small independent estates producing some outstanding labels. They have sponsored major art projects like the Clemente frescos for their restaurant, the Sol Lewitt Chapel among the vineyards and for their winery in the town of Castiglione Falletto they have created their futuristic wine-tasting glass cube. Top wines are Bricco Rocche, Brunate and Prapo’. You will stay in the Hotel Villa Beccaris an 18th century palazzo surrounded by vineyards near the historic town of Monforte DAlba. 3 Burlotto sisters run the Castle which their grandfather bought from the first King of Italy. The family restored and maintains the original frescos and furniture. Here cooking lesson in classic Piedmontese dishes are conducted. The winery has some of the oldest vintages in the region dating back from 1850. Top wines are Verduno Basadone, Barbaresco Rabaja’ and the Dolcetto D’Alba Campot. A truly royal lunch is served in the castle courtyard. Pietro Ratti runs the business founded by his father in the 60’s. Today this state of the arts winery produces an outstanding Barolo Marcenasco. In the medieval town of La Morra on top of a hillside sits an old castle, now the restaurant Belvedere with spectacular views of the Barolo hills all the way to the alps. The Bovio family that owns it produces an outstanding Barolo. Copyright Christina Tours, LLC less

Umbria Wine Tour promo

Umbria Wine Tour promo

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Umbria , untouched by mass tourism , has preserved the magic and richness of its past. So Let iexplore guide you on this magical Luxury wine tour wh…moreUmbria , untouched by mass tourism , has preserved the magic and richness of its past. So Let iexplore guide you on this magical Luxury wine tour where you’ll meet the great winemakers, the great chefs and the great artists of this land…. Your trip start in the middle of stunning vineyards right outside Perugia at the luxurious start Borgo Brufa resort. Tasting at the Goretti winery is in their 14th century tower where you’ll drink their colliperugini and sagrantino and have lunch in full view of Perugia. Perugia will stun you with its perfect renaissance architecture. Chef Imperio will introduce you to Umbrian cooking at his cooking school. You’ll visit Lungarotti, a pioneer in winemaking in Umbria and taste its excellent Rubesco. You’ll love its world class wine museum. Taste Sportoletti great red Assisi Rosso. Assisi is a dazzling city that will draw you into an enchanted time warp experience. Right across from beautiful Todi you’ll stay at the Roccafiore Luxury Resort with its own winery and a cuisine that is a blend of home made and sophistication. At Cantina Peppucci housed in a 13th century abbey you’ll taste their excellent Petroro Red. Taste the superb Nero della Cervara with Mr Todini then have lunch at his resort with a view. Todi is so picturesque it feels like a movie set. Taste the simple foods of Umbria where ingredients and preparation have remained traditional and flavours are brought out singing with their wines to in perfect harmony. Orvieto’s wine history goes back to the Etruscan and the cathedral carvings of vines from the 13th century bear witness to this tradition. You’ll be staying at Locanda Palazzone owned by the Dubini brothers is a 13th century palazzo turned into a luxry resort surrounded by vineyards. The brothers make superb whites like Terre Vineate. Decugnano dei Barbi makes a unique Decugnano brut and ages it in cellar exacavetd in the lava rock. Castello della sala owned by the antinoris is a 1000 acres estate with top wines like cervaro della sala. Sagrantino is only grown in Montefalco area and marco Capri is one of the architects of its success with its warded Sagrantino Collepiano. Taste the food and wine of Montefalco and then view the remarkable frescos by Benozzo Gozzoli in the Museum of St Francis. Paolo Bea’s family has been on these hills since the 1500’s and he makes sagrantino with a great commitment to environmental standards. Meet Salvatore Denaro, a true fellinian chef who grows all of his own food and parties with his patrons. After this magical tour with iexplore.com, Umbria will stay with you forever. For more information on this privately guided, dream luxury wine tour call us at 1-800 iexplore or visit iexplore.com less

Apulia Wine Tour promo

Apulia Wine Tour promo

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The region of Apulia with 1000 hours more sunlight a year than the rest of the country make superb wines.Let iexplore guide you on this magical Luxu…moreThe region of Apulia with 1000 hours more sunlight a year than the rest of the country make superb wines.Let iexplore guide you on this magical Luxury wine tour. You ‘ll toast with top winemakers and will be dazzled by Apulia’s richness of wine, art and food…. Right next to Castel del Monte is the Rivera winery and the unique terrain here is the reason for outstanding wines like Falcone. Mr. Cocevola with a working farm near the Castle produces also a superior wines likeVandalo. The restaurant Corte in Fiore in Trani has won many awards.You will love it. Trani boasts a spectacular 13th Century Cathedrals right on the Adriatic sea water with splendid frescoes and mosaics. You’ll be staying at a 500 year old farmhouse locally called Masseria hidden in the midst of an ancient olive grove. Today Masseria Torre Coccaro is a 5 star resort where you’ll begin to understand the magical allure of Puglia. Alberobello is famous for its 1,500 conical trulli homes. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the hilltop town of Martina Franca, a beautiful baroque city full of great churches and palazzos. Enjoy Masseria Torre Coccaro’s private beach on the Adriatic sea. Or retreat to their cool spa built in a cave. Ostuni known as "the White Town" is an architectural jewel with a striking medieval cathedral and endless winding streets to get lost in. At Torre Coccaro the Chef will seduce you with his delicious cuisine. Be wisked by private boat for a swim in the crystal-water coves of Monopoli. Brindisi has been a major wine grower since roman times. Luigi Rubino holds his wine tasting at the restaurant Penny in a 12th Century building in order to highlight food pairing. Be swept away by his superb red called Torre Testa . Cantine Due Palme, is a co-operative of 1,000 growers specializing in local grape varieties. Taste their top wine Selvarossa with the enologyst and Director Angelo Maci. Lecce is nicknamed "The Florence of the South" because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments carved out of the local white stone. In Lecce you’ll stay at the Hotel Risorgimento, a five star Luxury Hotel in a spectacular 18th Century Palace in the heart of town . Have lunch at Atenze a landmark restaurant housed in a baroque palace with superb Apulian specialties. Taste Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Donna Lisa, the top wine of the collection. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the harbour from Palazzo Papaleo, your own 5 star palazzo . Explore Otranto and its medieval monuments. After this magical tour with iexplore.com, Apulia will have carved out a place in your heart forever. For more information on this privately guided, dream luxury wine tour call us at 1-800 iexplore or visit iexplore.com less

Luxury Wine Tour of Apulia

Luxury Wine Tour of Apulia

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The region of Apulia at the heel of Italy has 1000 hours more sunlight a year than the rest of the country and its local sun drenched grapes make sup…moreThe region of Apulia at the heel of Italy has 1000 hours more sunlight a year than the rest of the country and its local sun drenched grapes make superb wines. On this trip you will meet some of the top winemakers of the region, taste their wines and be dazzled by Apulia’s undiscovered richness of wine, food and art . Join us on this spectacular tour. Castel del Monte in Andria is a 13th Century castle and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Carlo de Corato, Rivera’s owner says the unique terrain around the Castle combined with the cool breezes coming down from the Balkans are the reason for outstanding wines like Falcone. You’ll also taste other top wines like Cappellacio and Rupicolo. Mr. Cocevola oversees the working farm, and winery near Castel del Monte producing superior wines likeVandalo. Other good wines are Rosso Cocevola, Pampanuto and Il Tratto. La Corte in Fiore, Trani. Housed in a 16th Century building, this restaurant has won many awards for its seafood specialties. You will love it. Trani is a medieval town built on the Adriatic Sea with one of the most spectacular 13th Century Cathedrals right on the water. You’ll have special access to the cript with splendid frescoes and mosaics. Hidden in the midst of an ancient olive grove this 500 year old Masseria where you will be staying has been a fortress, a farm and a refuge for pilgrims. Today Masseria Torre Coccaro is a 5 star resort, a sublime mixture of Apulian rusticity and world class luxury where you’ll begin to understand the magical allure of Puglia. Alberobello is famous for its 1,500 conical trulli homes. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy strolling through the hilltop town of Martina Franca, a beautiful baroque city full of great churches and palazzos from the 17th and 18th century. Small fishing boats deliver the fish daily to the door of L’Ancora Restaurant built on the rocks right on the sea in Monopoli. Enjoy “crudo”, the Italian equivalent of sushi or their cooked specialties. Enjoy a free afternoon at Masseria Torre Coccaro with its own private beach on the Adriatic sea. For further pampering retreat to a cool spa built in in an underground cave. Ostuni known as "the White Town" is an architectural jewel with a striking medieval cathedral and endless winding streets to get lost in before your first glass of wine. At Torre Coccaro the Chef displays his remarkable skills at blending tradition with innovation using just picked seasonal foods grown locally on Coccaro’s land. A private yacht takes guests for swims in the crystal-water coves of Monopoli. Brindisi was a major port city during Roman times and a column still marks the end of the Appian way. Rubino is a family owned winemaker in Brindisi growing local varieties in vinyeards near the Adriatic sea. Luigi Rubino holds his wine tasting at the restaurant Penny, a hot spot on the harbour, housed in a 12th Century building in order to highlight food pairing. Enjoy a lunch with orecchiette, a local pasta specialty with fresh tomatoes and basil that works well with the red negroamaro. Then artichoke ravioli with shrimps sauteed in garlic and slivers of parmesan and tagliolini sauteed with squid and crabmeat, both served with the white malvasia called Giancola. Giancola is a beach on the Adriatic and the sea breezes give it its unique character. Rubino revived a 2000 year old indigenous vine called Sussumaniello producing a superb red called Torre Testa to be paired with red meat and aged cheeses. Cantine Due Palme in Cellino San Marco, is a co-operative of 1,000 growers specializing in local grape varieties like Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo. The Top wines Primitivo Ettamiano, Red Salice Talentino, Canonico Negroamaro, have consistently been winning awards. Taste their top wine Selvarossa with the enologyst and Winery Director Angelo Maci. Lecce is nicknamed "The Florence of the South" Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments carved out of the local white stone. In Lecce you’ll stay at the Hotel Risorgimento, a five star Luxury Hotel in a spectacular 18th Century Palace in the heart of town . Have lunch at Atenze a landmark restaurant housed in a baroque palace with superb Apulian specialties. Go out on the town. Lecce at nite is a throbbing city in a magical setting. The original Leone de Castris was a Spanish nobleman who bought 10 thousand acres in 1665 planting olive trees and vines. The most famous is Five Roses born during World War II in discarded GI’s beer bottles when the wine became popular with U.S. top military brass. Taste the top wine of the collection: the Salice Salentino Donna Lisa. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the harbour from your Palazzo Papaleo, a 5 star hotel in a 17th Century palazzo next to the Cathedral. Walk around Otranto, a bustling sea side town with remarkable monuments from the Middle Ages. Meet the fishing boats as they unload their catch at the harbour with Chef Massimo of Vico Lopez Restaurant. You will pick the fish to eat at his restaurant that night. After this magical tour Apulia will have carved out a place in your heart forever. copyright Christinatours,LLC less

Ripa Hotel in Trastevere

Ripa Hotel in Trastevere

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Every since its conception Ripa Hotel has strived to stand apart from the status quo of Rome Hotels. The Hotel has always chosen to make a cultural a…moreEvery since its conception Ripa Hotel has strived to stand apart from the status quo of Rome Hotels. The Hotel has always chosen to make a cultural and artistic statement about itself daring to use modern minimalist style in a city hasmade"classical " its trademark. The result is original interiors, breathtaking in their simplicity, that provide an atmosphere of functional luxury in one of Rome's most historical and suggestive districts: Trastevere, minutes away from the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. Hotel Ripa Via Luigi Gianniti, 21 00153 Roma, Italy +39 06 58611 www.ripahotel.com www.epoquehotels.com less

10 Best: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, "Capital of Asia"

Phnom Penh, on the banks of 3 rivers Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers was once called “The Capital of Asia”. Today it is fast becoming a a modern…morePhnom Penh, on the banks of 3 rivers Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers was once called “The Capital of Asia”. Today it is fast becoming a a modern metropolis with a hectic nite life. The oldest attraction is the Wat Phnom constructed in 1373. The legend about the building of the Wat Phnom is tied to the founding of this city. People come to the temple burning money and bringing food offerings.The bird sellers at the temples will let you buy a bird and let it free. The French came upon invitation from the King of Cambodia who was afraid of a Thai invasion in the late 1900. They stayed until 1953 and left their mark with large boulevards and luxurious colonial villas. They built the historic Hotel Le Royale which is now part of the Raffles chain and In the 30’s they built the train station, an impressive deco building. The French also built the Central market Phsar Thom Thmei. This market was built in a monumental deco style in 1937 and is a Phnom Penh landmark with its large dome visible from all over the city. The Independence monument was built by the famous Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann in 1953 as a lotus shaped stupa to celebrate Cambodia liberation from the French. Another must see attraction is the Royal Palace built in the mid 1800’s on the banks of the Tonle Sap river; It serves as the home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk. The National Museum, was built during the French colonial era in the classical Khmer style has a spectacular collection of Khmer antiquities from the golden age of Khmer culture. Hosted and narrated by Roberto Mitrotti 10 Best highlights the best things to do in a city or country. For more information visit http://www.cambodia.org less

10 Best: Cambodia-The Temples of Angkor

10 Best: Cambodia-The Temples of Angkor

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There are more than 1,000 temples in Angkor which have been reclaimed from the jungle and some are magnificent architectural gems to rival the best…moreThere are more than 1,000 temples in Angkor which have been reclaimed from the jungle and some are magnificent architectural gems to rival the best around the world. Recent Satellite photos have revealed that Angkor spread over 400 square miles making it the largest preindustrial center in the world. Here are some of the best. The immense Khmer empire from the 9th to the 15th C century stretched over present day Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam all the way to India. At Angkor it created a sophisticated network of hydraulic canals and rice paddies that supported over a million people and left architectural monuments that are as overwhelming as ancient Egypt. The ruins of Angkor have been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. In 1431 enemy armies invaded and sacked Angkor. The population left , the region was abandoned and most of this incredible culture was swallowed up by the jungle. For more information go to http://www.cambodia.org Hosted and narrated by Roberto Mitrotti 10 Best highlights the best things to do in a city or country. less

10 Best: Cambodia-The magic of Angkor Wats

10 Best: Cambodia-The magic of Angkor Wats

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Spread over 200 acres it is the best preserved temple of Angkor. When it was built by King Sarayaman the II it was the largest public space in the wo…moreSpread over 200 acres it is the best preserved temple of Angkor. When it was built by King Sarayaman the II it was the largest public space in the world. Instead of bricks customary at the time he used sandstone. This temple was to symbolize Mount Meron the home of the Gods. It started out as a Hindu temple and became Buddhist centuries later. This is the only temple in Angkor that has been in continuous use since its construction in the 12th century. When the Europeans first saw it they were so overwhelmed they compared its architecture to that of ancient Rome . Hosted and narrated by Roberto Mitrotti For more information visit http://www.cambodia.org 10 Best highlights the best things to do in a city or country. less

Caprai, one of Umbria's wine innovators

Caprai, one of Umbria's wine innovators

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Sagrantino is a unique grape only grown in the Montefalco Assisi area. It was probably brought here in the 1400’s by Franciscan monks followers of St…moreSagrantino is a unique grape only grown in the Montefalco Assisi area. It was probably brought here in the 1400’s by Franciscan monks followers of St Francis. The sweet wine has been drunk by locals on weddings and Easter ever since. In the 70’s Arnaldo Caprai bought 10 acres of land and decided to focus on this old vine and for the first time make a dry red wine. In the 80 his son Marco who had graduated as an enologyst brought to the winery a desire to experiment and innovate. The Caprai’s convinced the University of Milan to come on board on a research project to clone the various strains of old Sagrantino vines which were on the verge of disappearing. The experiment was very successful and the rest is history. In 1992 the top appellation DPCG was awarded to sagrantino winning Caprai international recognition and many awards. Under strict Italian law, "Montefalco Sagrantino Secco" DOCG defines a wine guaranteed to come exclusively from Sagrantino grapes, exclusively from the Province of Perugia Secco means dry. The wine ages for 30 months, of which at least 12 in oak barrels. This wine is a DOCG, the highest-ranking category of Italian wine denominations Sagrantino di Montefalco, is a DOCG wine that must be made from 100 percent Sagrantino. Most wines in the world are made from the same 5-6 different types of grapes. Sagrantino di Montefalco is unique because it is made from a single grape and only made here. Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiani first produced in 1979 is possibly the star of the collection. Caprai still produces Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito (also DOCG), the sweet wine that gave birth to the modern sagrantino . Today thanks to Caprai this wine once almost forgotten is drunk the world over. less

Rubino pairs his Puglia wines with local cuisine

Brindisi is an old roman port in Puglia, at the heel of Italy. In fact it still has a column marking the end of the Appian way. During Roman times …moreBrindisi is an old roman port in Puglia, at the heel of Italy. In fact it still has a column marking the end of the Appian way. During Roman times Puglia used to be the major wine producer of the empire. Today it is still the major wine producer in Italy hosting some ambitious wine producers .like the Rubino's. Luigi Rubino showcases his 3 best wines with interesting food pairing at the restaurant Penny in Brindisi. Penny is an old favorite in town housed in a 12th century building and serving some of the most authentic local dishes prepared by Chef cosimo Orfano . The wines Negroamaro Red, Malvasia Giancola and Torre Testa have all unique characteristics given Puglia's 1000 hours more sun than any other region of Italy. Torre Testa is made from a grape called Susumaniello which came from Dalmatia in the 7th century bc. It is exclusively cultivated in Puglia and only in the Brindisi area. The Rubino Estate produces 800,000 bottles a year with 70 % of the production exported to 20 countries. less

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

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My last stop during my trip to Scandinavia was Copenhagen, Denmark. In this travel video I explored the many neighborhoods that make up the city, in…moreMy last stop during my trip to Scandinavia was Copenhagen, Denmark. In this travel video I explored the many neighborhoods that make up the city, including hip Norrebro, the historic Inner City, and bohemian Christiania. less

Rome highlights

Rome highlights

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Rome, once the largest city in the world, is a cosmopolitan city with 2,500 years of continuous history. History and art buffs have been overwhelmed …moreRome, once the largest city in the world, is a cosmopolitan city with 2,500 years of continuous history. History and art buffs have been overwhelmed for centuries and continue to do so today. Rome, as the seat of the Vatican is also the city with the largest concentration of historic churches and religious monuments and a staggering amount of art pieces in its many Museums. The entire historic center of Rome made up of Roman ruins and baroque monuments is listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site. less

Paris highlights

Paris highlights

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Paris,city of lights, is one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the world with scores of memorable sites. Here are just a few …moreParis,city of lights, is one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the world with scores of memorable sites. Here are just a few of the most iconic ones, dazzling expressions of the creative minds that shaped this city: the Louvre, Notre Dame,Place de La Concorde, Museum Beaubourg, the Hotel de Ville, The Ecole Militaire, the Eiffel Tower,St. Germain des Pres...... Any one of them will make you want to come back for more. less

The Champagne Region

The Champagne Region

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Champagne was invented in the Marne area East of Paris by a monk called Dom Perignon in the 17th Century. The rest is history!

Brno - the capital of Moravia

Brno - the capital of Moravia

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Video presented by olomouc-guide.com for travelers who wish to explore the second biggest city in the Czech Republic.

Olomouc - gorgeous Czech destination

Olomouc - gorgeous Czech destination

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One of "out off beaten track" destination in the Czech Republic. Full of joy and fun. Often is colled as a "small Prague". Clubs, sightseeing, beer, …moreOne of "out off beaten track" destination in the Czech Republic. Full of joy and fun. Often is colled as a "small Prague". Clubs, sightseeing, beer, and good people could be found there. Watch, Visit, and Enjoy. less

10 Best: Bangkok- Ancient city of Ayutthaya

10 Best: Bangkok- Ancient city of Ayutthaya

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50 miles North of Bangkok lies the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the Thai capital for 417 years. Founded in 1350 by King U-Thong it was ruled by 33 king…more50 miles North of Bangkok lies the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the Thai capital for 417 years. Founded in 1350 by King U-Thong it was ruled by 33 kings before being destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Auytthaya covering more than 2.5 square kilometers was one of South East Asia most prosperous cities trading with Europeans and leaving behind a most amazing architectural legacy. In 1991 Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. Hosted by Sunida Thirasak, born in Bangkok and now living in New York. less

10 Best: Bangkok- Temple of the reclining Buddha

What Po Temple founded in the 16th century combines history,traditional Thai massage training and medicine. A 46 foot reclining Buddha covered in go…moreWhat Po Temple founded in the 16th century combines history,traditional Thai massage training and medicine. A 46 foot reclining Buddha covered in gold and with inlaid mother-of-pearl feet is the main attraction. Medicine men diagnose and administer herbal medicine and traditional Thai massage is practiced on the temple ground and is open to the public. Hosted by Sunida Thirasak a Bangkok native presently living in New York. less

10 Best: Berlin- Quartier 206

10 Best: Berlin- Quartier 206

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10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Very close to Checkpoint Charlie is the high-end shopping di…more10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Very close to Checkpoint Charlie is the high-end shopping district on Friedrichstrasse. Quartier 206 is a most fashionable department store for the Berlin elite. Designed by the New York architectural firm of Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners it has a dazzling deco feel. Hosted by Julia Grimpe, theater and TV star, who is a resident of Berlin. less

10 Best: Berlin- The Jewish Museum

10 Best: Berlin- The Jewish Museum

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10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the architect who has been awa…more10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the architect who has been awarded the design for ground zero and the World Trade Center site, the Museum opened in Berlin in 2001 to great acclaim. The Museum, with its slanted walls and floors evokes dislocation, anxiety and memory. Hosted by Julia Grimpe, a well known theater and TV star who resides in Berlin. less

10 Best: Berlin- Neue Galerie

10 Best: Berlin- Neue Galerie

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10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Designed by Mis Van Der Rohe and combing the collections of …more10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Designed by Mis Van Der Rohe and combing the collections of East and West Germany after re=unification, this Museum house some of the most impressive works of XXthe Century masters from Cubism, Bauhaus, Expressionism and Surrealism. Hosted by Julia Grimpe, a theater and TV star who resides in Berlin. less

10 Best: Berlin-Potsdamer Platz

10 Best: Berlin-Potsdamer Platz

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10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Once the busiest intersection in Europe, it was totalled du…more10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Once the busiest intersection in Europe, it was totalled during WWI and it remained a wasteland during the cold war with the wall running across it. After the wall came down, glittering new building mushroomed and with its new architectural landmarks like the Sony Center it is now a symbol of the new Berlin. Hosted by Julia Grimpe, a well known actress of theater and TV and a resident of Berlin. less

Europe: unlimited inspiration

Europe: unlimited inspiration

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In conjunction with "My favorite European video" contest run on http://www.visiteurope.com: a brief survey of the endless choices Europe offers a vi…moreIn conjunction with "My favorite European video" contest run on http://www.visiteurope.com: a brief survey of the endless choices Europe offers a videographer. less

Jordan: Jerash

Jordan: Jerash

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Hosted by Peter Greenberg. First inhabited 6000 years ago Jerash became a Roman outpost and has today one of the best preserved Roman cities in t…moreHosted by Peter Greenberg. First inhabited 6000 years ago Jerash became a Roman outpost and has today one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. less

Jordan: Petra, a World Heritage Site

Jordan: Petra, a World Heritage Site

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Hosted by Peter Greenberg. The magical city of Petra was carved out the mountains of Wadi Musa. It contains over 800 carved tombs but its origin a…moreHosted by Peter Greenberg. The magical city of Petra was carved out the mountains of Wadi Musa. It contains over 800 carved tombs but its origin and history is still shrouded in mistery. Spielberg gave Petra new notoriety with the shooting here of "Indiana Jones, The Last Crusade" in 1989. Unesco has declared Petra a World Heritage Site less

Destination Unknown, Panama 4: Panal Canal Night

Destination Unknown, Panama 4: Panal Canal Night

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Micheal Murphy visits the architectural marvel of Panama Canal and video tapes the the inner working of this marvelous man made creation.

Destination Unknown , Stonehenge

Destination Unknown , Stonehenge

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On My way to the World Rally ChampionshipIn Gteat britain, I had a few moments to walk around the World heritage site of Stonehenge. I'm your host …moreOn My way to the World Rally ChampionshipIn Gteat britain, I had a few moments to walk around the World heritage site of Stonehenge. I'm your host Michael Murphy and this is Destination Unknown stonehenge less

Destination Unknown , Cardiff Castle

Destination Unknown , Cardiff Castle

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On My way to the World Rally Championship In Great Britain I had a few moments to visit Cardiff Castle and have a chat with Chris Atkinson . I'm you…moreOn My way to the World Rally Championship In Great Britain I had a few moments to visit Cardiff Castle and have a chat with Chris Atkinson . I'm your host Michael Murphy and this is Destination Unknown Great Britain. less

Incredible India Part 8 Delhi and Bombay

Incredible India Part 8 Delhi and Bombay

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Tradition and modern society come together in India's most cosmopolitan cities. This 8 part series is narrated by Michael York.

Incredible India Part 7 Colonial Heritage

Incredible India Part 7 Colonial Heritage

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Various European countries tried to get their hands on India's riches.The British Empire managed to get in and rule for a long while. This 8 part…moreVarious European countries tried to get their hands on India's riches.The British Empire managed to get in and rule for a long while. This 8 part series narrated by Michael York. less

Incredible India Part 6 The Moghuls of Hyderabad

The Moghuls, with their fusion of Hindu and Moslem traditions shaped much of India's history and architecture culminating with the Taj Mahal. This…moreThe Moghuls, with their fusion of Hindu and Moslem traditions shaped much of India's history and architecture culminating with the Taj Mahal. This 8 part series is narrated by Michael York. less

Incredible India Part 5 Rahjistan

Incredible India Part 5 Rahjistan

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The desert kingdom of Rahjistan offers an amazing glimpse into one of the richest cultures. This 8 part series is narrated by Michael York

Incredible India Part 3 Hindu Tradition

Incredible India Part 3 Hindu Tradition

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The oldest religion in the world is practiced all over the Indian continent. Its center is the 3000 year old city of Varanasi. This 8 part series …moreThe oldest religion in the world is practiced all over the Indian continent. Its center is the 3000 year old city of Varanasi. This 8 part series is narrated by Michael York. less

Incredible India Part 2 Nadak

Incredible India Part 2 Nadak

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Nestled in the Himalayas, Nadak, called the last Shangri-La, is home to the most ancient Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This 8 part series is narrat…moreNestled in the Himalayas, Nadak, called the last Shangri-La, is home to the most ancient Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This 8 part series is narrated by Michael York. less

Goliad Texas

Goliad Texas

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Goliad, is one of the oldest cities in Texas. In 1749 Spanish explorers started a mission and fort. Goliad is also known for its part in the Texas Re…moreGoliad, is one of the oldest cities in Texas. In 1749 Spanish explorers started a mission and fort. Goliad is also known for its part in the Texas Revolution. Col. James Fannin and 342 men were massacred after surrendering to the Mexican army at Goliad in 1836. The Mission Espiritu Santo was established in 1749 by Spanish Franciscans. Today it is a museum and campground. The Presido La Bahia or "Fort of the Bay" is located just south of the mission. The fort was built in 1749 by the Spanish as an inland coastal defense, which is something of an oxymoron. Today the fort is a National Historic Landmark, boasting a modest, well organized museum. www.frakesproductions.com less

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

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This movies will be part of a Keynote presentation on one of my next Mediterranean voyages a cruise ship lecturer. It was shot in HD 16x9 and down…moreThis movies will be part of a Keynote presentation on one of my next Mediterranean voyages a cruise ship lecturer. It was shot in HD 16x9 and down converted to DV 4X3. From now on all of our footage will be shot in HD 16x9. less

Belize:  Lanamai Archeological Site

Belize: Lanamai Archeological Site

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This was adapted from a cruise ship lecture on Ecotourism in the Caribbean Rim. No voice over is provided because the lecture was live narrated. …moreThis was adapted from a cruise ship lecture on Ecotourism in the Caribbean Rim. No voice over is provided because the lecture was live narrated. We use the Apple Keynote program for cruise ship lectures rather than the more familiar PC Power point because Keynote embeds video very nicely. less

Ireland's Celtic Heritage

Ireland's Celtic Heritage

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The somewhat somber tone of this piece may or may not encourage tourism to Ireland. It does capture a mood.

Visit to Vetriano, Italy

Visit to Vetriano, Italy

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This movie promotes the idea of staying in a small house in a Tuscan village. It will be used on a web site featuring the house as a vacation rent…moreThis movie promotes the idea of staying in a small house in a Tuscan village. It will be used on a web site featuring the house as a vacation rental property. less

Tuscany and Umbria

Tuscany and Umbria

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This is just a teaser of the programs we plan to develop on Italian themes. It is also an example of the kinds of short WEB movies on many parts o…moreThis is just a teaser of the programs we plan to develop on Italian themes. It is also an example of the kinds of short WEB movies on many parts of the world that we can create from our extensive footage resources. less

TransCaucasus

TransCaucasus

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Its really fun to tell people that you are going to Georgia then spring it on them that you mean the former Soviet Republic. Georgia, Armenia, and…moreIts really fun to tell people that you are going to Georgia then spring it on them that you mean the former Soviet Republic. Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are fascinating parts of the world and we try to convey our enthusiasm through our promotional program for MIR Corporation and through our inclusion of this region in our 80 minute Silk Road program. less

Myths and Legends of Ancient Civilization

Myths and Legends of Ancient Civilization

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Myths, legends, gods, and heroes are great stuff. Such stories make ancient ruins come alive.

St. Catherine's Monastery

St. Catherine's Monastery

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This video clip is from St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt. To get there, we took a taxi from Elat, Israel to the Egyptian border crossing at Taba. …moreThis video clip is from St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt. To get there, we took a taxi from Elat, Israel to the Egyptian border crossing at Taba. After paying the usual departure taxes and customs screenings, we walked into Egypt. The Egyptian customs officials pulled us into a side office and grilled us for fifteen minutes. They wanted to know about our video camera. Egypt understands that Hollywood can pump millions of dollars into a local economy. Customs officials are on the lookout for film crews and make sure that you are paying for permits. Of course, we have a tiny budget and no permits. When they figured this out, they let us go. Taba is a dusty border town. The most lively thing going is the taxi stand. Tourists make their way across the border en route to Egypt’s classy coastal resorts. They also take passengers to Mt. Sinai. After negotiaiting a rate for the three-hour drive to Mt. Sinai and back, we climbed into a ragged old station wagon with our driver, Suleiman, and two Israeli tourists. The shared taxi system is common in Taba. Soon we were whipping south along the coast road headed for Nuweiba, a resort town, where we dropped off our two Israeli friends. The young men were going on a hiking adventure in the desert. One of them spoke English. Suleiman, our driver did not. So, from that point on, we had limited communication. The Sinai Desert is amazing. The rugged mountains are ablaze with rich color. Every ten or fifteen kilometers you pass a Bedouin village consisting of a few shacks, some camels, an SUV and a satellite dish. You can count the number of towns in the southern Sinai on one hand. It was a desert when Moses came through. It is a desert now. We reached Mt. Sinai just before noon - not a good time to be out in the desert sun. Fortunately, the weather was fairly cool, around 85 degrees. Located at the base of Mt. Sinai is St. Katherine’s Monastery. Christian Emperor Justinian built the monastery here in the 6th Century to honor an early Christian martyr, St. Katharine. Christians believed then, as they do today, that this is the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. St. Katharine’s is a big tourist trap in the middle of a huge desert. You can’t walk five feet without someone trying to give you the hustle. Still, the old walled monetary is impressive. It looks like some place out of an adventure story. Our plan had been to spend the night at St. Katharine’s, then climb the mountain early the next morning. Unfortunately, Suleiman and the local hotels would only take cash. I didn’t have enough to cover both, so we just took some video footage of the mountain and St. Katharine’s, then headed back to Eilat. www.frakesproductions.com less

Caesarea Maritima

Caesarea Maritima

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The ruins of ancient Caesarea are located on the Mediterranean coast, half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, Israel. Herod the Great built Caesarea Mar…moreThe ruins of ancient Caesarea are located on the Mediterranean coast, half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, Israel. Herod the Great built Caesarea Maritima to honor his patron, Caesar Augustus about 25–13 BC. I visited in July, 2007 while recording footage for an upcoming documentary on the life of Apostle Peter. The book of Acts records that in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Cohort. Peter met Cornelius and converted him to Christianity. Caesarea harbor is one of the most significant engineering feats of the ancient world, Herod’s engineers filled barges with sand, floated them into position and then sank them in a circle, thus forming the harbor. Once Roman ships had a safe place to dock, Caesarea became a major seaport. Eventually, time and the sea washed the sand footings away. www.frakesproductions.com less

Detroit Downtown by Erik Hastings

Detroit Downtown by Erik Hastings

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WABC’s Erik Hastings tours downtown Detroit, Michigan. Experience the fun, food, parks, and music of Motown. Attractions include the GM Renaissance C…moreWABC’s Erik Hastings tours downtown Detroit, Michigan. Experience the fun, food, parks, and music of Motown. Attractions include the GM Renaissance Center atrium and Riverwalk, the top of the Ren Cen, Hart Plaza, Campus Martius Park, and Seldom Blues Jazz Club, all part of Detroit's Renaissance. less

Hotels of Michoacan

Hotels of Michoacan

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Morelia, founded in 1541 is one of the oldest Cities in Mexico and it is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has 1000 historical buildings in its …moreMorelia, founded in 1541 is one of the oldest Cities in Mexico and it is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has 1000 historical buildings in its center and the look and feel of an old European capital. At 4000 feet above seal level it has mountain air and a pleasant climate. It is known as “The city of pink stone” due to the color of the local quarry materials from which its buildings are constructed. Hosted by Roberto Mitrotti less

MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER

MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER

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In our tales of exotic travel, we visit far-flung destinations, discover traditional and contemporary arts, and experience indigenous lifestyles from…moreIn our tales of exotic travel, we visit far-flung destinations, discover traditional and contemporary arts, and experience indigenous lifestyles from rituals to royalty. Join us in our explorations around the world, where we often encounter the unexpected. less

Colonial Ponce Puerto Rico

An excerpt from The Travel with Kids "Caribbean" DVD, this video clip takes you to Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ponce is famous for its part of Puerto Rico's…moreAn excerpt from The Travel with Kids "Caribbean" DVD, this video clip takes you to Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ponce is famous for its part of Puerto Rico's cultural history. Its a city with beautiful Spanish colonial architecture that gives you the sense of stepping back in time. Highlight for the kids; visit the fireman's museum. To purchase the entire DVD visit www.travelwithkids.tv less

Destination Unknown Goa, India Episode 7 Old Goa

Destination Unknown Goa, India Episode 7 Old Goa

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Goa

Destination Unknown Buenos Aries, Argentina

Destination Unknown Buenos Aries, Argentina

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On my way back from the World rally in Cordoba ,Argentina I found myself with a one day layover in Buenos Aires,and being the opportunist that I'm,I …moreOn my way back from the World rally in Cordoba ,Argentina I found myself with a one day layover in Buenos Aires,and being the opportunist that I'm,I take off to explore this vibrant South America city. I'm your host Michael Murphy and this is Destination Unknown Buenos Aires less

Destination Unknown Budapest,Hungary

Destination Unknown Budapest,Hungary

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As I continue my journeys around the world I now find myself in one of Eastern Europe most renowned city I'm your host Michael Murphy and this is Des…moreAs I continue my journeys around the world I now find myself in one of Eastern Europe most renowned city I'm your host Michael Murphy and this is Destination Unknown Budapest, Hungary less

A Life in Punta Mita

A Life in Punta Mita

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Affluent Americans are heading south of the border for grand style and master craftsmanship in architecturally distinguished vacation homes at Punta …moreAffluent Americans are heading south of the border for grand style and master craftsmanship in architecturally distinguished vacation homes at Punta Mita, a 1,500-acre private gated resort community on nine miles of beautiful Pacific Coast shoreline. http://www.puntamita.com.mx/ less

San Juan, Puerto Rico Family Travel

An excerpt from the award winning "Travel with Kids Caribbean" DVD. In this clip check out an interesting and cultural place to stay in Old San Juan…moreAn excerpt from the award winning "Travel with Kids Caribbean" DVD. In this clip check out an interesting and cultural place to stay in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Gallery Inn with its interesting art, exotic animals, and lush interior is place that is enjoyable for both the kids and the Adults. Travel with Kids Caribbean takes viewers to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands on a real family vacation. Visit Old San Juan, El Morro fort, El Yunque rainforest, Aricebo Radio towers, Ponce, Rincon, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Tortola and Virgin Gorda. This award winning travel show is an excellent vacation planning tool and a great resource to get the entire family excited about an upcoming trip to the Caribbean. Full of turtles, pirates and parrots, Travel with Kids is fun for all ages. To purchase the entire 63 minute DVD go to www.travelwithkids.tv or Amazon.com less

London, I love you.

London, I love you.

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An important settlement for around two millennia, London is today one of the world's leading business, financial and cultural centres, and its influe…moreAn important settlement for around two millennia, London is today one of the world's leading business, financial and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the major global cities. less

Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

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"Teotihuacán" is a Nahuatl name,translated as "City where men become gods." According to legend it was where the Gods gathered to plan the creation o…more"Teotihuacán" is a Nahuatl name,translated as "City where men become gods." According to legend it was where the Gods gathered to plan the creation of man. Construction of Teotihuacán commenced around 300 BC, with the Pyramid of the Sun built by 150 BC. The city reached its zenith approx. 150--450 A.D., when it was the center of an influential culture. At its height the city covered over 30 square km, and housed a population of as many as 200,000. The central avenue is called "Avenue of the Dead". The city contained palaces, apartment buildings, a marketplace, huge pyramids and temples used for worship. Teotihuacán was a place of pilgrimage in Aztec times, who identified it with the myth of Tollan, the place where the sun was created. Around 750 A.D., much of the city was burned, possibly during an invasion or a rebellion. less

The Temples of Angkor

The Temples of Angkor

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Renee O'Conner takes us back in time in this travel video to the Khmare Empire. She visits the magnificent Temples of Angkor, that have been hidden …moreRenee O'Conner takes us back in time in this travel video to the Khmare Empire. She visits the magnificent Temples of Angkor, that have been hidden away for centuries in the Cambodian Jungle. less

Cairo, time travel

Cairo, time travel

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5000 years ago, long before the pyramids were built, Pharaoh Menes founded Memphis on the Nile Delta,the first capital of Egypt. Over the next cent…more5000 years ago, long before the pyramids were built, Pharaoh Menes founded Memphis on the Nile Delta,the first capital of Egypt. Over the next centuries the town became the most important center in the known world and with the building of the 3 pyramids in Giza it sealed its image on the minds of generations to come. The city of Cairo was founded in 641 A.D. uniting various adjoining towns: Memphis, ancient Heliopolis and Giza. This is a very old city. Journeying though Cairo, one of the most populated cities in the world, one can see the various cultures and dinasties , from the Romans to the Ottomans and Europeans overlapping with amazing monuments, mosques, churches and public works. Cairo is diversity itself. less

The Mena House Oberoi, Cairo Egypt

The Mena House Oberoi, Cairo Egypt

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Located on 40 acres of gardens right under the Pyramids the Mena House began as a hunting lodge for Vice King Kedive Ismail. In 1869 he expanded th…moreLocated on 40 acres of gardens right under the Pyramids the Mena House began as a hunting lodge for Vice King Kedive Ismail. In 1869 he expanded the lodge on the occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal in order to impress visiting Empress Eugenie with the best views of the Pyramids. the Mena House Oberoi has played host to kings and Emperors,Heads of State and celebrities and not only boasts the best views of the Pyramids but also the only golf course right under them. less

Alexandria's past is always under your feet

Alexandria's past is always under your feet

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Modern Alexandria is a bustling metropolis on the Mediterranean.It has been bustling for over 2 millennia. Built by Alexander the Great in 331 BC it …moreModern Alexandria is a bustling metropolis on the Mediterranean.It has been bustling for over 2 millennia. Built by Alexander the Great in 331 BC it was second to Rome in size and influence. Its ancient Lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the Alexandrian Library built in the 3rd Century BC was the largest repository of knowledge of its time. Clepatra ruled and trysted with Marc Anthony here. Her palace is still visible in the Bay under 20 feet of water (together with the Lighthouse stones). The worn but beautiful Art Deco buildings lining the Corniche show Alexandria has been trying to live it up in modern times. less

Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty

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EmmaontheLoose at the Statue of Liberty with tinsmith, Dennis Heaphy. He has not only slept in the crown but is also responsible for www.ellisislandr…moreEmmaontheLoose at the Statue of Liberty with tinsmith, Dennis Heaphy. He has not only slept in the crown but is also responsible for www.ellisislandreenactment.com. less

Mumbai Public Laundry Part 2

Mumbai Public Laundry Part 2

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Largest Public Laundry of the world

Rome part 1

Rome part 1

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Rome part 1

Broadstairs, United Kigdom

Broadstairs, United Kigdom

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Broadstairs, United Kigdom

Dover

Dover

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Dover

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

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Constructed in 1450 on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba river, this city of the Inca was abandoned 100 years later as the Spanish conquerors over…moreConstructed in 1450 on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba river, this city of the Inca was abandoned 100 years later as the Spanish conquerors overran the empire. Being remote and far from the capital it was never found by the Spaniards and the site was quickly overgrown by the jungle. In 1911 explorer Hiram Bigam found this lost city and after National Geographic in 1913 did an entire inssue on Machu Picchu the city of the Inca came to the attention of the world. The World Heritage designation in 1983 called it " an asolute masterpiece of achitecture". less

Villa Montana style

Villa Montana style

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In Mexico' Sierra Madre mountains lies Morelia, a colonial gem with a gem of an Hotel

Khajuraho Temples, a World Heritage Site

Khajuraho Temples, a World Heritage Site

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the temples at Khajuraho with their intricate carvings from the Kama Sutra, are a famous celebration of love. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments dat…morethe temples at Khajuraho with their intricate carvings from the Kama Sutra, are a famous celebration of love. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments date from around 1000 AD, when the Chandella Dynasty ruled this area. Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 still exist. There are both Brahman and Jain temples at the site. The temples, a World Heritage Site are beautifully decorated on the outside: bands of sculptures surround the walls. These depict life in the time of the Chandellas. less

Chichen Itza, a World Heritage Site

Chichen Itza, a World Heritage Site

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The Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza is a large archaeological site built by the Maya civilization. It is located in the northern center of the Yuca…moreThe Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza is a large archaeological site built by the Maya civilization. It is located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, present-day Mexico. It is one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatán. Chichen Itza was a major regional center in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “Mexicanized” and reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Unesco has declared Chichen Itza a World heritage Site less

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

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A quick tour of Havana, Cuba including the Cathedral of Havana, street scenes and the central square.

Girona City break

Girona City break

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Imagine a full day of city activities from 8 a.m. till dawn

Manresa Castle (Port Townsen, Washington.)

Manresa Castle (Port Townsen, Washington.)

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30 seconds of experimental footage; just messing around. Music sound familiar? Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson) rendition by http://www.youtube.com…more30 seconds of experimental footage; just messing around. Music sound familiar? Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson) rendition by http://www.youtube.com/Godhjul Experimented with Magic Bullet filters and my 35mm DOF adapter. Filmed on Sony HDR-HC5. Me: http://www.b.eaudacio.us/ Hope you enjoyed! less

Shumen Bulgaria city video

Shumen Bulgaria city video

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Quick video of the city of Shumen, East Bulgaria.

Stonehenged in England

Stonehenged in England

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A day trip to Stonehenge with my roommates -- while the actual rocks were not as flashy and exciting as we had hoped, we made a good day of it!

European Memories

European Memories

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Unforgettable memories of Europe's great cities.

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Maratea, Italy

The "Cristo Redentore" or Christ the Redeemer on Mount Blaise in Maratea is the second largest in the world and the only one in Europe. Standing 72 f…moreThe "Cristo Redentore" or Christ the Redeemer on Mount Blaise in Maratea is the second largest in the world and the only one in Europe. Standing 72 feet high and 62 feet in width it can be seen for miles on its mountain perch. We also visit the basilica of Saint Blaise (San Biagio) which dates to the 7th century. The mountain stands at just over 2000 feet,, and on this day, we had clouds below and above us. This is a must-see when in Maratea. less

City of the Palmenti, Pietragalla, Italy

How did they make wine many years ago? Think you know? Well, let's take a tour of a city of ancient wineries dating back to the 1300s. The word Pal…moreHow did they make wine many years ago? Think you know? Well, let's take a tour of a city of ancient wineries dating back to the 1300s. The word Palmenti means an in-ground or below ground mill which could refer to rice, wheat or wine production. I was told that some of these were still in use ... but I doubt it. This is definitely off the usual tourist route. less

Fountain cavallina, Genzano, Italy

Fountain cavallina, Genzano, Italy

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The "Fontana Cavallina", or translated to Fountain of Horses, is a delightful piazza of fountains and a great place for meeting people. The original …moreThe "Fontana Cavallina", or translated to Fountain of Horses, is a delightful piazza of fountains and a great place for meeting people. The original fountain dating back to the 17th century, it was expanded in the mid 1800s to form a larger amphitheater in a neoclassical style. When ever in Genzano, this is a must visit place. less

The hill-top city of Rivello, Italy

The hill-top city of Rivello, Italy

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A truly classical hill-top town with many medieval buildings and churches. Not found on the usual tourist trail, it is filled with Italian color. T…moreA truly classical hill-top town with many medieval buildings and churches. Not found on the usual tourist trail, it is filled with Italian color. The main piazza, located high on the hill provides a great panoramic view of the town and surrounding hills. A cup of caffe' with a shot of Sambuca and we can spend a moment absorbing a bit of Italy. Visit the Church of Saint Antonio and the Convent, now a civic museum. less

Blessing of the horses, sausage shop, gelato shop, Assisi, Italy

View the blessing of the animals in the piazza of Saint Claire. On this day is was the horses from the surrounding towns. After the blessing and the …moreView the blessing of the animals in the piazza of Saint Claire. On this day is was the horses from the surrounding towns. After the blessing and the horses leave, there is the inevitable cleanup. Travel with us as we visit an unique Salumeria (sausage shop) and see how the experts carve up the Prosciutto. Then we end our adventures at a gelato shop (gelateria) with wall murals we wouldn't see in an American ice cream shop. The gelato was excellent as well as the murals. less

Cathedrals, Saint Francis, Saint Claire, and more, Assisi, Italy

Start your tour at the Porta Nuova (New opening/door) in the town of Assisi. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Claire (Santa Clara) and the piazza. Explor…moreStart your tour at the Porta Nuova (New opening/door) in the town of Assisi. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Claire (Santa Clara) and the piazza. Explore the ancient temple of Minerva and the Church of Maria that was built above of the temple (Santa Maria Sopra Minerva). Then take a leisurely walk through medieval streets to the Cathedral of Saint Francis (San Francesco). End with a taxi ride out of the historic district. less

Rocca Maggiore and San Damiano, Assisi, Italy

Overlooking the town of Assisi are two fortresses, Rocca Maggiore (Greater fortress) and Rocca Minore (Lesser fortress). Walk with us through the ver…moreOverlooking the town of Assisi are two fortresses, Rocca Maggiore (Greater fortress) and Rocca Minore (Lesser fortress). Walk with us through the very well restored ruins, through tunnels and have a panoramic view atop the lookout tower. Then, travel to the sanctuary of San Damiano where Saint Claire started the order of The Poor Claires and lived there for many years until her death. A follower of Saint Francis, Claire lived her life devoted to God. less

Roman Villa of the Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily

The Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina has the best preserved Roman floor tiles (mosaics) in the world. There are 63 rooms, 42 of which have extensively …moreThe Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina has the best preserved Roman floor tiles (mosaics) in the world. There are 63 rooms, 42 of which have extensively designed floor tiles. Most of the villa is under cover and you can't, for obvious reasons, walk on the tile floors. They have an extensive network of connecting walkways for us tourists. If you are fascinated by floor tiles, this is the place to visit in Sicily. less

Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

Perched on a hill overlooking the ocean on one side and Agrigento on the other is The Valley of the Temples. This is the finest collection of Greek t…morePerched on a hill overlooking the ocean on one side and Agrigento on the other is The Valley of the Temples. This is the finest collection of Greek temples in Europe and the temple of Concord is the world's best preserved Greek Temple. There is a bit of walking, but well worth the effort. Come along with us now as we hike among the temples. less

Archaeological Park, Syracuse, Sicily

Archaeological Park, Syracuse, Sicily

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This Archaeological Park contains a Roman amphitheater and Sicily's largest Greek theater. Also within the park is The Ear of Dionysius (cave) and th…moreThis Archaeological Park contains a Roman amphitheater and Sicily's largest Greek theater. Also within the park is The Ear of Dionysius (cave) and the Altar of Hieron II. It is a wonderfully laid out park and one should allow a few hours to wander through it. It is a treasure trove of of Roman and Greek structures spanning ten centuries. less

Stairway of Saint Maria, Caltagirone, Sicily

One hundred and forty-two steps each decorated with a unique series of decorative tiles. The steps built in 1608 were tiled in 1954 using island patt…moreOne hundred and forty-two steps each decorated with a unique series of decorative tiles. The steps built in 1608 were tiled in 1954 using island patterns from the 10th century that were collected and adapted by Antonino Ragona. less

Carriage ride in Ortygia Island, Sicily

Ortygia Island sits at the tip of Syracuse (Siracusa) Sicily. Come with us on a horse drawn carriage through the historic portion of this island. We …moreOrtygia Island sits at the tip of Syracuse (Siracusa) Sicily. Come with us on a horse drawn carriage through the historic portion of this island. We also visit the ancient Greek temple (ruins) of Apollo less

Greek/Roman Theater, Taormina, Sicily

What would it have been like, thousands of years ago, to be a spectator at this theater overlooking the bay of Naxos in Sicily. This theater, the sec…moreWhat would it have been like, thousands of years ago, to be a spectator at this theater overlooking the bay of Naxos in Sicily. This theater, the second largest in Sicily, was hewn from the rocky slopes of mount Tauro. As we walk through the passageways and climb through the theater you can feel the grandeur and antiquity of the theater. less

The medieval district, Cefalu', Sicily

The medieval district, Cefalu', Sicily

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Dating back to the 5th century BC, the town of Cefalu', like most of Sicilian towns, contains elements of Arab, Norman, Roman and Greek civilizations…moreDating back to the 5th century BC, the town of Cefalu', like most of Sicilian towns, contains elements of Arab, Norman, Roman and Greek civilizations. Come with us now and walk the streets of the medieval district, visit stores, restaurants and historic locations. Watch our meals being prepared by Sicilian chefs and listen to one local restaurant owner sing while he serves the food. less

Castlebuono, Sicily

Castlebuono, Sicily

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Travel with us in this medieval town that is famous for its castle which was built by the noble Ventimiglia family in the 14th century. We visit the …moreTravel with us in this medieval town that is famous for its castle which was built by the noble Ventimiglia family in the 14th century. We visit the Chiese Vecchia Madre (Church of the old/ancient Mother) and its mural laden crypt. Then a tour of the castle which has the private family chapel built in an extreme baroque style ... unlike anything we have seen before. less

Mad Wife in The Hague, Netherlands

Mad Wife in The Hague, Netherlands

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We are in search of chinese food in The Hague, Netherlands. Husband keeps going without regard to wife, who went down a side street.

Siena

Siena

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Piazza del Campo, the main square in Siena, a beautiful Tuscan city.

Spedale degli Innocenti

Spedale degli Innocenti

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The Spedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy, was the first foundling hospital built in Europe. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419. He…moreThe Spedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy, was the first foundling hospital built in Europe. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419. He as also the builder of the dome of the Duomo there. A horizontal wheel brought abandoned infants into the hospital. It was one of the first renaissance buildings and is beautiful in its coherent architecture. less

Piazza 4 Novembre, Perugia

Piazza 4 Novembre, Perugia

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A short video of the main square in the beautiful Italian city of Perugia

Slovenia. A Diversity to Discover.

Slovenia. A Diversity to Discover.

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Video describing Slovene diversity – rich natural and cultural heritage combined with culinary delicacies and sport achievements.

Casa dos estrellas

Casa dos estrellas

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Casa Dos Estrellas, a jewel of Careyes, is a Coastal Pacific Mexican storybook seven bedroom villa created by world renown architect Manolo Mestre. C…moreCasa Dos Estrellas, a jewel of Careyes, is a Coastal Pacific Mexican storybook seven bedroom villa created by world renown architect Manolo Mestre. Crested high on a cliff, Casa Dos Estrellas is a sensual and glamourous tropical retreat with dreamy views of Careyes from every room and from the rooftops, spellbinding 360 views of all Careyes. Vivid interiors and ocean vistas create a joyful atmosphere at this cliff-top villa overlooking an intense blue sea, Casa dos Estrellas boasts magnificent views from every room. less

Villa Amanecer

Villa Amanecer

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by: La Punta Realty

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Villa Amanecer, just 10 minutes from prestigious Punta Mita resort; is the one latest architectural works of art built by Juan Pablo Stone. The drama…moreVilla Amanecer, just 10 minutes from prestigious Punta Mita resort; is the one latest architectural works of art built by Juan Pablo Stone. The dramatic villa faces the south-western sunset and features a privileged and majestic view overlooking the Bay of Banderas, across to Puerto Vallarta, ringed by the Sierra Madre jungle. Designed by architect Ruben Flores, the rugged and diverse coastline is an empty canvas for the country's reknown artisans to execute their best ideas. The tropical coastal life is often imagined by a lavish cascading pool, with a massage and a cocktail. For the builders of these homes, experiencing the art of leisure, a certain joie de viver comes from natural sweeping vistas from a clifftop at the edge of the sea, fresh wind in your face. It is an emotively framed mural view at entry, romantic outdoor living, eating, resting spaces, cascading water features, the finest and grandest wooden palapas and intricate stonework throughout. Descend a stone walkway to the beach and watch the waves crash against the promontory point of Pontoquito. less

 Turkey,Istanbul The Blue Mosque

Turkey,Istanbul The Blue Mosque

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by: railaybay2

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The Blue mosque is the most famous icon of Muslim history in Turkey.

Destination Unknown Cuba Episode 3

Destination Unknown Cuba Episode 3

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by: railaybay2

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The Cuban countryside.

Destination Unknown Cuba Episode 2

Destination Unknown Cuba Episode 2

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by: railaybay2

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Cuba, cobblestone streets, old cars,cigars, and beautiful women populate this island with historic embargo from the United States. Unesco has de…moreCuba, cobblestone streets, old cars,cigars, and beautiful women populate this island with historic embargo from the United States. Unesco has declared Trinidad a World Heritage Site. less

Destination Unknown Cuba Episode 1

Destination Unknown Cuba Episode 1

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by: railaybay2

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Cuba, cobblestone streets, old cars,cigars, and beautiful women populate this island with historic embargo from the United States. Unesco declar…moreCuba, cobblestone streets, old cars,cigars, and beautiful women populate this island with historic embargo from the United States. Unesco declared "Old Havana" a World Heritage Site. less

Destination Unknown Europe Episode 13 Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. Come enjoy the sight and sound.

Destination Unknown Europe Episode 12 Christianso, Denmark

Peaceful and idealic island, that historically was an exile of prisoners.

Destination Unknown Europe Episode 11: Visby, Sweden

Destination Unknown Europe Episode 11: Visby, Sweden

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by: railaybay2

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An ancient medieval city of Viking and Kings, surrounded by a 3.5 km wall and 36 towers.

a Slice of Sicily - trailer

a Slice of Sicily - trailer

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by: Aldimar Video Productions

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Enter the unique world of Sicily and explore the many historical and archaeological sites with this husband and wife videography team. Climb "La Rocc…moreEnter the unique world of Sicily and explore the many historical and archaeological sites with this husband and wife videography team. Climb "La Rocca" towering above the medieval town of Cefalu. Visit Cefalu itself and discover the medieval district. Visit the "Valley of the Temples" in Agrigento: the fortress castle at Castlebuono; the Roman Casale in Piazza Armerina famous for it's incrededible floor mosaics: and on and on to be a part of Sicily's historical culture. less

Guilford, CT - Gem of the Shoreline - trailer

Guilford is a quintessential New England town nestled along the lower Connecticut shoreline. Its location on the Long Island Sound, a strong sense of…moreGuilford is a quintessential New England town nestled along the lower Connecticut shoreline. Its location on the Long Island Sound, a strong sense of community, and healthy balance between economic development and historic and cultural preservation, make it an ideal day trip or vacation spot. Guilford boasts the largest town green in New England. Along its perimeter are some of the town's most beautiful historic homes, churches, quaint shopping, fine restaurants and art galleries. This video includes a short visit to their five musems, a tour by sea, a trip to Faulkner's Island and visiting seals in the harbor in January. less

Episode 15: Teotihucan

Episode 15: Teotihucan

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by: halfthrottle

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A tour of the Aztec city of Teotihucan.

Episode 12: Mexico City

Episode 12: Mexico City

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( 02:14 )

by: halfthrottle

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Sightseeing in the largest city in the world