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    THE BRIDGE OF LIES – TESTED BY VT IN ROMANIA!

    by DAO Written May 11, 2014


    Podul Minciunilor is a bridge in the town of Sibiu. The name means ‘The bridge of Lies’, but is often written in English as ‘Liar’s Bridge’, which actually misrepresents its magical qualities. In the name of VT, I did perform a test of this bridge one evening during the 9th annual Euromeet. This iron bridge spans one corner of Piaţa Mica (Small Square) and looks out over the steep drop into the Lower Town of Sibiu. If you tell a lie while you are standing in this bridge – it will collapse and you will fall to your death in the Lower Town. Before I explain the experiment, I think I should tell you the story of the bridge.
    This was once a wooden bridge and has always been called the Bridge of Lies since it was erected in 1771. In 1859 it was replaced by a wrought iron bridge built in the Fredericus Hütte factory. This became the first iron bridge ever made in Romania and its decorative features include Sibiu’s coat of arms. The bridge was originally built to span a gap left by the removal of one of the old gate towers that help to form extensive fortifications around the city. The name actually comes from a pretty boring mistranslation. Because the bridge is unsupported in the middle, it is ‘lying’ across the 2 ends. Just like the confusion in English between ‘lay’ and ‘lie’, this is where the trouble starts. In the Saxon dialect, the word “lying” (lugenmarchen) gets into the same confusion. So somewhere along the line, someone started making up stories….

    OK, Now for the 2 sexy bits!

    1. Some of the stories. Yep – tell a lie anywhere in Sibiu – even OFF the bridge – and you could meet one of these ends:
    • If you tell a small lie (no honey it doesn’t make you look…) on the bridge and it starts creaking
    • Tell a big lie (I love your mother)and the bridge collapses into the Lower Town – killing you
    • Lovers should make their vows here before marriage. If she turns out to NOT be a virgin – locals throw her off the bridge
    • Predict the future wrongly to the local people – thrown off. This includes the Weather Forecasters!
    • Cheat anyone in business or cards – locals get to throw you off with all the others mentioned above
    Needless to say, with human nature being what it is, there is no need to sell red pain in the Lower Town. Interestingly there is a story that the bloody dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu made a speech on the bridge in the 1970’s and nothing happened. I think either this is a lie itself or he just made threats.

    2. The VT Experiment !!
    I paid another VT Member a few compliments during the Euromeeting. Both on and off the bridge, but all comments were said within the Sibiu City Walls. I can assure you that everything I said was the truth and there is even a live WEBCAM to prove it is still there! It is at the top.

    Yes, I risked my life (again) for VT! Please rate accordingly.

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    UNESCO sites around Europe and the world

    by angiebabe Written Mar 14, 2014

    Unesco is an organisation that acknowledges sites that contribute to world heritage - particularly if at risk of being destroyed or deteriorating beyond resolve - and looking at ways to protect or assist the country that the site is in to look after it

    There are so many wonderful sites on the list - good to get an idea of what is possibly in the area of your destination - some of us like or have an obsession with visiting places on the list so that we can tick them off!

    YOu can become a member or subscribe to the organisations online mailing list for regular newsletters and even receive a map from them showing the sites around the world

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    Money . . . How do I get it?

    by Beausoleil Updated Jan 26, 2014

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    If you are traveling from the United States of America, your credit cards do not contain a microchip that is in all European credit cards. You will encounter a few problems but they are not insurmountable.

    First, you can use your cards in European ATM machines so you can get money. I highly recommend you use only bank ATM machines during banking hours. If your card is eaten or damaged by the machine, you can go inside the bank and get it back. We've had this happen twice and once had to wait through the ending of lunch for the bank to reopen so we could get our card back. We also had a card damaged by a credit card machine in a business so it's a good idea to take at least two cards with you just in case.

    Ticket machines are a problem. Most will not accept American credit cards. This means you can't use automated ticket machines at railroads and subways. In this case, there is nearly always a nearby ticket window with a real live person. They can take your American credit card so get in line and buy your ticket at the window.

    Gas stations are another problem. Self-serve gas at hypermarches is cheapest but the pumps won't take your card. Look around because most stations have an attendant. They can take your card but there is often only one gas pump for this transaction. It will be marked so look for it. If you go outside of normal business hours, you have to go to a regular gas station, not the supermarket stations that are cheaper.

    How do attendants take your card if the machines can't? If you remember the machines at home, you slide your card into them and it is read by the gas pump or ATM or whatever. This is where you need the chip in Europe. In businesses like stores and restaurants, the checkout person (or waiter) will have a hand-carried machine that comes to the table. This machine takes both kinds of cards. The Europeans slide their chipped cards into the bottom front of the machine. The joy here is that there is a nearly invisible slot on the side (beside the numbers) that works with the American cards. The checkout person must slide your card through the side and it works just like it does at home.

    The only problem we've had is in very rural areas without many tourists, checkout people don't know this slot exists. We have had to show them how to slide the card (in French the word is glisser), and then it was just fine. If you don't speak the local language, just make a sliding motion with the card and they'll get the idea. If that doesn't work, just show them.

    There is nearly always someone around who can help you so don't worry about it and don't carry large amounts of cash. We use debit cards for cash and credit cards for purchases and it works very well.

    Before you leave home, call your bank and credit card companies and tell them where you will be and when so your card is not refused while you are traveling. They track these things and are trying to keep you safe from identity theft so let them know where you'll be. They will thank you and you will save yourself a little hassle while traveling.

    Honor system; no credit card needed here
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    Castle of Limassol

    by CarolinaShinigami Written Dec 3, 2013

    The Castle of Limassol is one of the many famous castles in Cyprus. This one stands out the most out of all the castles because it is the place where King Richard the Lionheart married the Queen of Spain on his way to the Crusades. Also, the famous Knights of Templar would take over and worship in this castle.
    Now, I have to admit that the castle seemed empty. I was very surprised at first to see not much in the castle- Even with so much history background. There wasn’t much to see or do; I believed that I went through the entire castle in less than hour. There were some cool artifacts and interesting items in the museum, but there wasn’t a lot to keep up my curiosity of the museum. Even so, my tour guide George would try to keep the group together as best he could, so he could explain more about the castle. George tried his best to optimize what the museum offered, but the emptiness of museum took away what I thought should have much more than what was offered. Even the wedding area where King Richard supposedly married the Queen of Spain seemed very prosaic- I believe one would not even noticed the area if they didn’t have a tour guide show them the area.
    Most of the castle has different rooms that offer interesting stone art from the different time periods. The museum has weapons and armor from different time periods. One tip is to ensure that you do not touch any of the artifacts or glass that holds these items in. I saw one British kid who touched one of the glasses, and the museum guard told his parents that he couldn’t touch the glass.
    The best part of visiting the museum is going to the rooftop of the museum. The rooftop of the museum has cannons, but the main reason to visit the top is amazing view of the city. You can see a lot of Limassol from the rooftop of the castle. While viewing the city from the rooftop, I noticed the clashing of different cultures. I could see former mosques sitting next door to Byzantine churches; I could see the industry side of Limassol; I could see the beautiful beaches and the Mediterranean Sea. The clash of history and beautiful scenery made it worth the trip to see the rooftop. If I had more time, I could have stayed up there for a while.

    Canon inside the castle Where King Richard the Lionheart married his wife Bust of Dionysus View from the top of the castle Second view from the top of the castle
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    Cathedral - Berlin, Germany

    by Raimix Written Nov 24, 2013

    Berlin Cathedral is one of the main landmarks of Berlin. It is the main Evangelical temple in Germany. The interior is amazing, it was build in neo - Renaissance style in 1905. It needed to be somewhat like Basilica in Vatican.

    During Second World War it was bombed, but mainly roof had fallen. It was fully reconstructed just in 1993. Now it big tourism attraction.

    There were a few past examples of this temple, but demolished ones. The story started from 1451, when Prince-Elector Frederick II I moved residence to Berlin (Colln) and had here residence with a chapel.

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    Parliament - Berlin, Germany

    by Raimix Written Nov 24, 2013

    Parliament (Reichtag) is one of the most impressive building in Berlin. It was constructed in 1871. In 1933 it is known for a "famous" fire, when probably it was fired by Nazis and made them as one of the most popular party in Germany.

    After Second World War it was badly damaged, later was not used by purpose, as the parliament was moved to Boon. Only in 1990 it was remodeled by Norman Foster with its famous solution of cupola. It is probably the most interesting thing for this building.

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    Brandenburg Gate - Berlin, Germany

    by Raimix Written Nov 24, 2013

    Probably it is the most popular sight and symbol of Berlin. It was build in 1788 - 1791 as a gate to the city, more symbolical gate, it was made in a manner of French Classicism. Berlin was damage during the war with Napoleon, famous Quadriga statue (Goddess of Victory) was taken to Paris.

    Brandenburg gate stayed in West Germany after Second World War. Famous speech of John Kennedy took place here. After all, now it is a place to remember history. Also it is just the start (or the end) of famous Under den Linden street, that continues to Cathedral.

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    Schonbrunn palace - Vienna, Austria

    by Raimix Written Nov 24, 2013

    Palace was built in Baroque - Roccoco style in around the middle of 17th century. It was a summer residence of the Empire.

    Nowadays is it inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage list for its high importance, palace houses collections of art. It is great looking park around with fake Roman ruins, belvedere tower, Neptune fountain, many squirrels.

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    Votive church - Vienna, Austria

    by Raimix Written Nov 24, 2013

    Church was built to thank that attempt to assassinate Emperor Franz Joseph was not succesful, in 1853. The church was finally built in 1879 in neo - Gothic style. It is one of the most famous buildings in Ring - Strasse. Nowadays this church is always mixed with Vienna Cathedral.

    During Second World War it was badly damaged and later reconstructed. Interior is really worth visiting, full of details.

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    Belgium – België / Belgique / Belgien

    by grayfo Updated Nov 21, 2013

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    Belgium (officially the Kingdom of Belgium) is a country shared between the Dutch-speaking Flemish and the French-speaking Walloons. It is the third smallest country in the EU with a population of 10 million. Belgium has retained its old-world charm in the preservation of its ancient buildings and historical traditions.

    Some of the things that Belgium is noted for include the tennis player Kim Clijsters, beer, chocolate, waffles and French fries with mayonnaise (French fries actually originated in Belgium).

    June 2010

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    Austria - Oesterreich

    by grayfo Updated Oct 17, 2013

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    Austria is a federal republic and lies in southern Central Europe. The country is a land of peaks and valleys, high roads and mountain passes, ski slopes and Alpine meadows, the Alps cover three-quarters of the country.

    Austria was proclaimed a republic in 1918, but in 1938 the country fell prey to Hitler’s Germany and became annexed and after the Second World War the independent Republic of Austria, remained occupied by the four great powers: France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States. With the signing of the Austrian State Treaty in 1955 the Austrian Parliament passed a constitutional law to guarantee permanent Austrian neutrality, and in the same year the country became a member of the United Nations. In 1995 Austria became a member of the European Union.

    Some of the things that Austria is noted for include many famous composers; Haydn, Strauss, Liszt and Mozart; Schnitzels and Strudels

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    Republic of Ireland

    by hopang Updated Sep 23, 2013

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    The Republic of Ireland completes our top 20 most favourite tourist nations in Europe. We took a Grand Wicklow & Coastal Tour to Wicklow Mountains National Park while in Dublin. This was one of the highlights of our trip to the Republic of Ireland. The Riverdance show at the elegant Gaiety Theatre in Dublin one evening was another highlight of our trip to the city of Dublin.

    Our five most favourite tourist attractions in the Republic of Ireland are the following:-

    #1 - On top of our list is the grand Powerscourt House and Gardens. The gardens are so beautiful especially the Japanese Garden (as depicted in our main photograph). The italian Garden and the pet's cemetery are also interesting to visit and explore. Nevertheless we did not visit another great attraction there, i.e. the beautiful waterfall due to lack of time.

    #2 - Glendalough literally means the valley of two lakes. The Upper Lake of Glendalough (depicted in our second photograph) is so quiet and peaceful and is a great place to relax and to chill out.

    #3 - Riverdance show at Gaiety Theatre (depicted in our third photograph) on the night in the city of Dublin before coming back to Sweden was a perfect farewell for us to the Republic of Ireland. The atmosphere in the theatre and the sound system were really superb it has to be said.

    #4 - The National Gallery of Ireland in the city of Dublin is a great place to see many great paintings by famous artists and it is free admission. Photography without flash is allowed in this art gallery. Most art galleries in most parts of the world do not allow photography and video recording.

    #5 - City walks in the city of Dublin has to be our fifth favourite activity in the Republic of Ireland. Our fifth photograph depicts Pang playing guitar at St. Andrew's Church in the heart of the city of Dublin.

    The city of Dublin has so many excellent tourist attractions and they are all within walking distance. Some of these excellent tourist attractions in the capital city are the Dublin Castle, the City Hall, the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Trinity College, the Statue of Molly Malone, the Millennium Spire, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublinia, the National Wax Museum Plus, Ha'penny Bridge, Temple Bar, Famine Memorial, Garden of Remembrance, Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Hugh Lane Gallery, the Writers' Museum, St. Stephen's Green, Samuel Beckett Bridge, the Four Courts and the Custom House. However we did not visit the Guinness Storehouse as we don't drink. Monastic site of Glendalough and the seaside resort of Bray are other interesting tourist attractions in the Republic of Ireland.

    Photo 1 - Japanese Garden at Powerscourt Gardens Photo 2 - The Upper Lake of Glendalough Photo 3 - Riverdance at Gaiety Theatre in Dublin Photo 4 - Picasso painting at National Gallery Photo 5 - Pang playing guitar, St. Andrew's Church
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    Poland

    by hopang Updated Sep 23, 2013

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    Poland is our number 19th favourite tourist nation in Europe. We have only been to the cities of Krakow and Zakopane in Poland so far and we hope to visit the capital city of Warsaw in the near future.

    Our five most favourite tourist attractions in Poland are the following:-

    #1 - Cloth Hall and the Market Square in Krakow (as depicted in our main photograph). The Cloth Hall especially has lots of souvenir and local craft shops on the ground floor. It is such a great place for tourists to wander around.

    #2 - Wieliczka Salt Mine at Wieliczka on the outskirt of the city of Krakow. This is a "must-visit" attraction not to be missed when you visit the city of Krakow. Our second photograph depicts the incredible salt sculpture of the Last Supper.

    #3 - Wawel Hill in the Old Town of Krakow is our third most favourite tourist attraction in Poland so far. Wawel Cathedral and Wawel Castle (as depicted on our third photograph) are two interesting attractions not to be missed at Wawel Hill.

    #4 - Gubalowka Hill (depicted in our fourth photograph) at Zakopane has to be our fourth most favourite tourist attraction in Poland. We went there in winter. It is snow-covered and is certainly beautiful during the winter months. All shops and stalls are still opened even during the cold winter months.

    #5 - Krupowki Street (depicted in our last photograph) completes our five most favourite tourist attractions in Poland. Lots of shops and eateries are located along this Zakopane's main street. We had excellent unforgetable seafood at a restaurant along this street.

    Other tourist attractions of interest in the city of Krakow are the Jewish Quarter, the Old Town Hall Tower, the Barbican and the Gate of Florian, the Father Bernard's Bridge and the churches and basilicas such as the Basilica of St. Mary, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Corpus Christi Church, St. Joseph Church and the Dominican Basilica of the Holy Trinity.

    One major tourist attraction that we did not visit when visiting the city of Karkow is Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. We hope to visit the concentration camp if and when we ever come back to Krakow again.

    Photo 1 - Cloth Hall and Market Square in Krakow Photo 2 - Last Supper at Wieliczka Salt Mine Photo 3 - Wawel Castle at Wawel Hill in Krakow Photo 4 - Gubalowka Hill in Zakopane Photo 5 - Krupowki Street in Zakopane
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    Cyprus - Kýpros

    by grayfo Updated Aug 21, 2013

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    Cyprus is an island with something for everybody and enjoys all year round sunshine (Cyprus has the warmest climate (and warmest winters) in the Mediterranean part of the European Union). Young (and not so young) sun worshippers and disco dancers are catered for in Limassol, Ayia Napa and my personal favourite Protaras. For others there are the beaches of Chrysochou Bay and Fig tree Bay. Must see attractions include: the Troodos Mountains, the Ancient Kourion, Winery tours in the Krassohoriá and Scuba Diving in Larnaca to name but a few.

    June 1997

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    Rome.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Aug 16, 2013

    Rome...

    It is a must to come and visit this city, the capital of Italy. First of all the city has such a old history and the architecture is fantastic. Then we must mention the food, so delicious food. I would say that Italian food is the best for a happy ending when you are travelling. The best way to eat a real delicious and classical Italian dish is to do it as a couple. Trust me, I know it.

    Rome has things , activites and events for every one, old and Young. So, dont worry about that. It can offer you so many nice and forgetable memories.

    A delicious cup of coffee. A Piazza. Architecture. Pizza. Yummie!
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  • Jun 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    hi everyone, i would like to get an successful trip around Baltic countries, could anyone advice me

    • Jun 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Hi
      i live in Finland and i would like to travel around Baltic countries, could someone advice me

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      Jun 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      You should ask for advice on the Europe forum. This page is a VT travel guide, not a VT travel forum. Click the blue link in my post above and post your question on the forum. That way you will get useful advice and information.

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