Month: August 2015

The beautiful and long Postojna Cave in Slovenia

Postojna Cave is a 24,120 m long karst cave system near Postojna, southwestern Slovenia. It is the second-longest cave system in the country as well as one of its top tourism sites.The caves were created by the Pivka River.

Postojna Cave, Slovenia
Postojna Cave, Slovenia

more than 35 million visitors in the last 188 years. It is the largest cave in the “classic karst” and the most visited show cave in Europe.

lighting allows you to admire the size and splendour of the underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. Visitors to the cave are dazzled by a wealth of speleothems: calcite formations, stalactites and stalagmites abounding in a variety of shapes, colours and age. The constant temperatureinthe caves ranges from 8 to 10° C. A guided visit lasts an hour and a half. Audioguides are available in 15 languages (Slovene, English, Croation, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Russian, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Chinese language /Mandarin/).

Short ride in the Postojna Cave:

Take the train through the underground world of the largest cave in the Classic Karst and the most visited tourist cave in Europe to see magnificent caverns and glistening stalactite formations. View the largest collection of cave animals in one place. The nearby Pivka and Črna jama caves are also worth a visit.

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Top 5 Must Do’s for Lake Como, Italy

1.The Villa del Balbianello

The Villa del Balbianello is a villa in the comune of Lenno (province of Como), Italy, overlooking Lake Como. It is located on the tip of a small wooded peninsula on the western shore of the south-west branch of Lake Como, not far from the Isola Comacina and is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens.

Short video Villa del Balbianello:

2.The village Bellagio

Bellagio is kind of the crown jewel around all the towns at Lake Como, it sits on the tip of a peninsula right in the middle of Lake Como.
It is a must walk through, just the culture and the cultural and the relaxing atmosphere in the beautiful narrow stair streets.

Short video Bellagio:

3.The Como cathedral

The Como cathedral is 87 metres long, from 36 to 56 metres wide, and 75 metres high into the top of the cupola. It has a Latin Cross floor plan with a central nave and two side aisles, separated by pillars, and a Renaissance transept, with an imposing cupola over the crossing. The apses and the choir are of the 16th century. The interior has some important tapestries, and others of the 16th and 17th centuries, made in Ferrara, Florence and Antwerp. There are also a number of 16th-century paintings by Bernardino Luini and Gaudenzio Ferrari.

Quick view of the front of The Como cathedral:

4. Villa d’Este

Villa d’este was build in 1568 right on the shore of the Lake Como, It has 25 aqers of gardens. It is so beautiful that celebrities visited this place  like Arnold Schwarzenegger, all the way up to Robert de niro and Eddie Murphy.

Short video Villa d’Este

5.Aero Club Como  

Lake Como is a beautiful area to explore, the breath taking way to do this is to step into a (old) airplane to start your adventure with Aero Club Como!

The seaplanes have been flying over Como for about a century.
Some of the war planes they used to use at that time date back to 1963. Dont worry, it’s safe and the pilots have lots of expierence!

Short video about the flight through the air:

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Melk Abbey – Austria – UNESCO World Heritage

Melk Abbey is one of the world’s most famous monastic sites, and its spectacular buildings are laid out around seven courtyards. The most prominent part of this massive 325-meter-long complex is the west end and its twin-towered church rising above a semicircular terrace range.

Melk Benedictine Abbey
Melk Benedictine Abbey

Perched on a rocky outcrop high above the town of Melk and overlooking the Danube, the abbey contains numerous other great reasons to spend a few hours touring it: the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau; the remains of Austria’s first ruling family, the House of Babenberg; the superb 196-meter-long Imperial Corridor with its portraits of Austria’s rulers, including one of the Empress Maria Theresa; and the Imperial Rooms with their displays relating to the abbey’s history, along with statues and paintings.

Watch this short video and get an impression about the Melk Benedictine Abbey:

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Visit the enormous and rich Palace of Versailles, Paris, France.

The “City of light” is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating cities – you could spend a lifetime here and not see everything that Paris has to offer. An easy day trip from Paris is to the Palace of Versailles, one of Europe’s most spectacular and largest royal homes. Versailles is about a 30 minute train ride from the center of the city.

Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

At the height of its power, the Palace at Versailles was well known for its lavish banquets, parties and entertainment. It’s estimated that around 3000 people lived at Versailles, which was perhaps necessary as one of the many duties of the servants was to hold the ermine robe of the king!

Watch a short video of the Palace of Versailles:

To visit Versailles today is to enter a world of splendor and excess – the entire palace is decorated with marble, stone, gold leaf and wood carvings. The first floor of Versailles contained the elegant main bedrooms and other rooms; while the private rooms of the king and queen overlooked the inner courtyard, known as the Marble Courtyard.

Chateau de Versailles - Galerie des Glaces
Chateau de Versailles – Galerie des Glaces

Frequent programs of classical music take place in the gardens during the summer. But a spectacle not to be missed is the event called the “Dreams of the Sun” which occurs occasionally. These festive presentations feature fireworks and music, as well as 200 actors dressed in period costume. And as a memorable finale to your visit, be sure to linger at Versailles until around dusk when the palace is beautifully floodlit.

Versailles remains one of the most popular attractions in Europe. During the 18th century, its style influenced many other European homes and palaces. A visit here will transport you back to the days of Louis XIV and give you a unique insight into French history.

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Visit the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Granada, Spain

The city of Granada Spain in southern Spain is where the 800 year long Muslim occupation of the Iberian finally ended. Palace construction started during the 13th century to protect the city from christian attacks, the building took 170 years to complete.

Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada

The Alhambra castle was a showcase of Islamic art and seen as a realization of paradise on earth.

Hall of the two sisters
Hall of the two sisters

This room is known as the hall of the two sisters, it is decorated from the bottom to the ceiling. The ceiling represents the cave where the profit Mohamed receives revelations from god.

These three dimensional decorations known as Masarabez are a characteristic feature of Islamic architecture, they consist of smaller pieces uniquely arranged together.

If you want to know or see more about this place watch this video:

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Visit the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world.

Tivoli is the fourth most popular seasonal theme park in Europe with 4.033 million visitors average a year.

Tivoli
Tivoli

The park is best known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen, or as some people call it, Bjergbanen (the Mountain Coaster), built in 1914. It is one of world’s oldest wooden roller coasters that is still operating today. An operator controls the ride by braking down the hills so it won’t gain too much speed.

Their are in total 26 attraction rides, half of these rides are special designed for the younger kids , the other half are much more extreme rides for the adults.

Watch a short video the get an impression about Tivoli:

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The Beautiful And Ancient Melrose Abbey In Scotland

Truly a place of legends, Melrose Abbey is one of the most historically significant architectural structures in Scotland. Only a very small fragment survives of the first abbey church. The present building of beautiful rose-coloured stone dates almost entirely to the post-1385 rebuilding. Nevertheless, this is regarded as one of the most magnificent examples of medieval church architecture anywhere in the British Isles.

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Highlights of the interior include the ornate stone vaulting over the presbytery, the elegant piers and the window tracery: the carved stone separating the glass. The exterior is decorated with some of the most beguiling sculpture to be found on any medieval church building. It includes demons and hobgoblins, lute-playing angels, cooks with ladles, and of course the famous bagpipe-playing pig.

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Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, with lavishly decorated masonry, It was founded by King David I in 1136, as the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland. The spot was chosen due to its association with the early Christian monastery at nearby Old Melrose founded by St Aidan in about 640. The abbey grew rich on the wool trade, suffered through the Wars of Independence, and was substantially rebuilt in the 1380s. It continued in use as an abbey until the Protestant Reformation of 1560. After that, the existing monks were allowed to stay on: the last one died in 1590. The abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart, which is marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque. Visitors can also visit a small museum housing a display of artefacts found within the abbey.

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It continued in use as an abbey until the Protestant Reformation of 1560. After that, the existing monks were allowed to stay on: the last one died in 1590. The abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart, which is marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque. Visitors can also visit a small museum housing a display of artefacts found within the abbey.

Watch a short video about the Melrose Abbey:

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