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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
They say all roads lead to Rome. Well in Romania, they all start right here in the courtyard of the New Saint George Church (Sf. Gheorghe Nou). The marker itself is a remarkable massive iron globe has the signs of the Zodiac across its ‘Equator’ and sits inside a massive marble circle. The sides of the marble are engraved with the names of the major cities and regions of Romania and their distances from Kilometre Zero. The sculpture was created by artist Constantin Baraski in 1938 and has several towns listed that are now part of an independent Moldova.
Don’t even think about climbing on it. There is a warning sign that it is illegal to do so.
You may just want to ask why Kilometre Zero starts in a Church courtyard not on a road and why pagan Zodiac symbols are on it.
I don’t know either.
This is one place that I would come back to a base myself for a few days. There just wasn't enough time this trip.
The Magnificant Marksburg Castle would have been wonderful to wander around. I had heard so many good things about it. Instead we just had to view it from down below and enjoy some great peeks of it through the morning white mist....very nice!
Another thing we did not do was see the Andernach Geyser up the road near Koblenz. That I believe is a full day trip and well worth it. Another place that I wanted to see was Bad Munstereifel, a quaint historical spa town. But....there just isn't time to do everything.
So.... if you have the time....then check out my suggestions above and base yourself at the lovely Braubach on the Rhine River :o) ....but beware....if you book at the same accommodation as us....make sure they don't stick you across the road in the barn.... ;o)
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Braubach on the Rhine River
Switzerland is located in Western Europe and is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east, it is a landlocked country that sits between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura.
Must see places include Lake Geneva, Grindelwald, Spiez and St Moritz.
Some of the things that Switzerland is noted for include Chocolates, Cheese, Fondue, Watches and Winter Sports.
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