07
Feb

File:Helsingoer Kronborg Castle.jpg

photo and text from wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronborg

what a beautiful castle !!

Kronborg

Kronborg is situated near the town of Helsingør (immortalized as Elsinore in Shakespeare’s Hamlet) on the extreme northeastern tip of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. In this part, the sound is only 4 km wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a sea fortress at this location commanding one of the few outlets of the Baltic Sea. The castle has for centuries been one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list on November 30, 2000. Along with the fortress Kärnan, Helsingborg on the opposite of Øresund, it controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea.

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20
Jan

File:Valetta.JPG

photo and text from wikipedia.

Capital of Malta, small island in the Mediterranean. Beautiful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valletta

Valletta, Malta

Valletta is the de facto capital city of Malta, colloquially known as Il-Belt (English: The City) in Maltese. It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta and the city proper has a population of 6,098.[1] According to Eurostat, the larger urban zone of Valletta has a population of 368,250.[2]

Valletta contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller. The city is essentially Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture in selected areas, though World War II left major scars on the city. The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.[3]

The city is named for Jean Parisot de la Valette, who succeeded in defending the island from an Ottoman invasion in 1565. The official name given by the Order of Saint John was Humilissima Civitas Valletta — The Most Humble City of Valletta, or Città Umilissima in Italian. The bastions, curtains and ravelins along with the beauty of its Baroque palaces, gardens and churches, led the ruling houses of Europe to give the city its nickname Superbissima — ‘Most Proud’.

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07
Jan

File:Acropolis3.JPG

acropolis. photo from wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acropolis_of_Athens

although there was finical crisis, Greece seems to be always one of the best place to travel in europe. historical sites, beautiful seas and parties !

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03
Jan

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Surtsey, volcanic island in Iceland. photo from wikipedia.

The nature of Iceland seems significant. I would like to visit there if I can have a chance. far away and freezing place though…

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20
Dec

File:Schlosseggenbergluftaufnahme.jpg

photo and the following text from wikipedia.

my friend went there last year and she said it was incredibly beautiful. I would like to visit there if there is an opportunity.

Eggenberg Castle, Graz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_Eggenberg_%28Graz%29

Eggenberg Castle (German: Schloss Eggenberg) in Graz is the most significant Baroque castle complex in Styria. With its preserved accouterments, the extensive scenic gardens as well as some additional collections from the Universalmuseum Joanneum housed in the palace and park, Schloss Eggenberg counts among the most valuable cultural assets of Austria. With its construction and accouterment history, it exhibits the vicissitude and patronage of the one-time mightiest dynasty in Styria, the House of Eggenberg. In 2010, Schloss Eggenberg was recognized for its significance to cultural history in an expansion to the listing of the Graz Historic Old Town among UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.

The palace lies on the western edge of the Styrian capital of Graz in the Eggenberg (Graz) district. The northern corner of the palace grounds features the Planetary Garden and Lapidarium of Roman stonework as well as the entrance to the new Archeological Museum, which houses the Cult Wagon of Strettweg. The numismatic collection, located in the former rooms of Balthasar Eggenberger, owner of the imperial minting license and operations in the Late Middle Ages, and the show collection of the Alte Galerie, a collection of medieval through early modern period artworks spanning 5 centuries of European art history are also housed in the palace itself.

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17
Dec

File:Gobustan ancient Azerbaycan full.jpg

photo from wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobustan_Rock_Art_Cultural_Landscape

this rock art is also from Azerbaijan. interesting.

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16
Dec

File:İçərişəhər 1.jpg

photo and the following text from wikipedia.

Azerbaijan was a part of Russia until 1991. therefore, my Russian friend told me that most of people in the US don’t know about this country. I was surprised that this kind of beautiful town still exists in this country.

Old City (Baku) in Azerbaijan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_City_%28Baku%29

Old City or Inner City (Azerbaijani: İçəri Şəhər) is the historical core of Baku. In December 2000, the Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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