Grand staircases spiraling into decay across Europe beautifully captured

Mesmerising images by a staircase-obsessed explorer reveal the wonderfully designed staircases spiralling into decay across Europe. Other eerie pictures from these undisclosed and supposedly secured buildings show different grand staircases with some covered completely dust and paint peeling off, whilst others feature hypnotic spiral designs.

A staircase photographed in France. Image by Romanelli Alessandro/Mediadrumworld.com

Urban explorer, Romanelli Alessandro (45), captured the images on a tour of Italy, France, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.

A wonderful image of a staircase in Italy. Image by Romanelli Alessandro /Mediadrumworld.com

“Most of the buildings that have these staircases are closed to the public for being unsafe and to prevent vandalism or other types of intrusion.  What you see in these pictures is the absence of man. The one who creates and then forgets,” Romanelli said.

A wonderfully designed staircase in Italy.  Image by Romanelli Alessandro/Mediadrumworld.com

“People always build new things forgetting to preserve the beautiful and forgotten architectural wonders like the buildings with these staircases. I like the excitement of entering a place where life lives no more. I’m very jealous of what I find and take photographs of them.” Despite the buildings being abandoned, urban explorer Romanelli faced various dangers from the police, dogs, and security guards as all the sites are closed to the public. Many people appreciate what they see; a beautiful staircase photographed symmetrically,” the photographer explained.

An eerie picture from Poland. Image by Romanelli Alessandro/Mediadrumworld.com

“On some occasions, people do not comprehend the actual abandonment of a place and many are astonished by what they see.”


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Hundreds of buildings will be publicly accessible during Open House London in September 2017

If you are like us, you’re a tad noisy and love to have a little look around other people’s properties, Open House London may be the perfect event for you. This annual celebration of London’s architecture and design gives the public access for free to over 800 … Continue reading Hundreds of buildings will be publicly accessible during Open House London in September 2017

8 Incredible European Cities That Are Incredibly Cheap To Visit

“Cheap” isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind regarding a trip to Europe. But if expert travelers know anything, it’s that there are always ways to work the system in our financial favor. For those who seek adventure on a budget, we can verify that when you plan a trip correctly, they can be cheap visits indeed. Some of our favorites include:

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik hearts will melt on this charming city’s scenic walks , which are dotted with well-priced hostel accommodations.

  • 2 Berlin, Germany

Of all the European capitals, Berlin may be one of the easiest to navigate on a budget. With stunning architecture, public art and waterways galore, some of its most glorious views come for free.

  • Algarve, Portugal

The town of Lagos and its Camilo Beach, pictured above, are known as gems of the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast. Since there are many backpackers in the region, you can bet accommodations can come cheap.

  • Zagreb, Croatia

The average cinema ticket in Zagreb costs about $9 in Croatia’s capital, according to Hoppa. But really, who needs movies with so many museums and medieval alleyways to explore?

  • Krakow, Poland

Compared to the other cities in Hoppa’s list, Krakow has notably cheap taxi fares. Whisk past historic cathedrals and castles on your drive home.

  • Debrecen, Hungary

Just $3.16 for the average cocktail? We’ll take it, if it comes with views of Debrecen’s lively public squares.

  • Rhodes, Greece

An ancient palace is the star of this island city Rhodes, where casual dining comes cheap. Oh, and its beaches aren’t too bad, either.

  • Ostrava, Czech Republic

This historic escape ranked as one of the most budget-friendly cities on Hoppa’s index: Here, in Ostrava, the average midrange restaurant meal costs just about $8.50 per person.


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Bulgaria’s capital city boasts cheap beergood vibes and prices that may make you want to move there permanently.

 

 

Budapest’s Margaret Island, a green haven garden in Hungary’s capital

An eye-shaped haven in the centre of the Danube, Margaret Island lies between the grandeur of Pest to the east and Buda, the city’s more frenetic side, to the west. Just 1.6 miles long and less than half a mile wide, it’s a tree-lined sanctuary away from the crowds. And, best of all, it’s (mainly) free.

Most of the island is landscaped parkland and there’s a rose garden in the middle, plus a small Japanese garden near its northern tip, with a fishpond and waterfall.

A grand musical fountain near the Margaret Bridge at the south end comes alive four times a day, its jets dancing to classical and contemporary tunes. We hear George Ezra’s 2014 song Budapest through the trees on the afternoon we visit; it’s somehow more charming than corny.


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Incredible images of the famous Palio di Siena horse race in Italy last weekend

The Palio di Siena, known locally simply as Il Palio, is a horse race that is held twice each year on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy.

Ten horses representing ten of the seventeen districts ‘Contradas’ with jockeys ‘Fantini’ riding bareback compete during a three lap race around a makeshift course built in the ‘Piazza del Campo’ the city’s central square to win the Palio banner.

The Palio di Siena is more than a simple horse race. It is the culmination of ongoing rivalry and competition between the contradas. The lead-up and the day of the race are invested with passion and pride. The Palio held on 2 July is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, a Marian devotion particular to Siena which developed around an icon from the Terzo Camollia. The race winner is awarded a banner of painted silk, or palio, which is hand-painted by a different artist for each race.


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