Traveling to Massachusetts is to take a little lesson in US history. The first settlers arrived here and here occurred the first skirmishes of the War of Independence. These are some of the fascinating treasures that await us in the heart of New England.
First we highly recommend spending a day in the elegant Boston, certainly the city with the most European country atmosphere and we should devote more attention to other posts. Near it we can access to historical sites like Concord and Lexington, battlegrounds between rebels and redcoats, the port of Plymouth, the area of the Berkshires on the inside with its music festivals in summer, first settlement of British colonists in 1620 or Salem, the famous “town of witches”.
Cape Cod, a strange peninsula that offers a fabulous coastline of 400 km, offers some of the best beaches in New England. Fishing villages here seem frozen in time while in one end ahead the spectacular dunes of Cape Cod National Seashore, a kind of strange desert by the sea. Provincetown, at the tip of the Cape, is the most prominent tourist destination.
Before ending our tour of Massachusetts we still take the ferry to the relatively unspoiled islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, during years two of the destinations most popular and prestigious US holidays. One is famous for its gingerbread houses, wild moors and beaches perfect style; other distinguished for its atmosphere, its beautiful lighthouses and beautiful houses roofs of gray.
Located in the district of Landstrasse, on the south side of the historical center of Vienna (Austria), the Belvedere Palace was built in the early eighteenth century to serve as a summer residence of the famous marshal and art enthusiast Prince Eugene of Savoy. The palace complex is formed by two opposing palaces and united by an extensive garden.
These palaces are named Upper Belvedere (Oberes Belvedere) and Lower Belvedere (Unteres Belvedere), separated by the great perspective of French gardens that run down the hill and offer magnificent views of the Austrian capital. Inside both buildings there is the Austrian Gallery Belvedere (Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere), one of the leading art museums of Vienna, and noted for preserving the world’s largest collection of Austrian master of modernism, Gustav Klimt.
Upper Belvedere contains the most important collection of Austrian art world, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. The main example of this museum represents the “Art around 1900 ‘which sets out the largest collection of Gustav Klimt in the world.
The museum’s collection features great works of Gothic and Austrian Baroque, with important pieces by masters such as Schiele and Kokoschka, along with outstanding works of French Impressionism and the remarkable collection of Viennese Biedermeier representing the additional attractions of this Austrian museum. This complex also houses the Museum of Austrian Baroque Art and the Museum of Medieval Austrian Art.
A building that was the center of political and cultural power of the Austro-Hungarian empire for more than six centuries. The Hofburg has its origins in an ancient medieval castle of the thirteenth century, of which only the castle chapel (‘Burgkapelle’), which still shows its medieval past is preserved.
Over the centuries the complex has grown without any specific planning, as the power of the Habsburg dynasty was increasing, a feature that has made the Hofburg can find an eclectic mix of architectural styles from the medieval Gothic to Art Nouveau. The Hofburg houses a total of 2,600 rooms spread over eighteen wings, and is located in the 1st district of Vienna, in its historic center and the Danube River.
The Hofburg was the official residence and center of power of the Habsburg rulers of Austria from 1278-1918, complex used as the main winter residence, while Schonbrunn Palace was their preferred summer. Today, this huge complex houses several government institutions such as the “Osterreichische National bibliothek” (National Library), the “Schatzkammer” (Imperial Treasury), “Museum für Volkerkunde” (Ethnographic Museum) and the famous “Spanish Hofreitschule” (Riding School Spanish). The Hofburg is one of the main attractions of the Austrian capital.
We must add a new one: the shopping. And it is that with traditional craft markets on the island is noteworthy for a few weeks the great commercial center of the capital of the island: The Mall of San Juan.
This gigantic new shopping center has a privileged location and an area of over 600,000 square meters. A huge modern space specially geared to tourists visiting the island, either for a stay of several days or a brief stopover in one of the cruise ships that sail the Caribbean waters. Open every day of the year, The Mall of San Juan has a unique offering of 100 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The truth is that Puerto Rico is a paradise for shoppers. There we found from elegant designer boutiques to the largest mall in the Caribbean. In its offer must also include the many art galleries and shops of Old San Juan, the historic center of the capital and part of the city with more flavor and style.
The new Mall of San Juan has now become a competitor, or otherwise been the perfect complement to the popular Plaza Las Americas where the traveler is more than 300 shops of international brands. For tighter budgets there is always the possibility to stop by The Outlet Mall Canovanas 66 or Puerto Rico Premium Outlets, where we expect great deals.
Located on the western side of the Acropolis, the Propylaea were built on ancient Propylaea built during the time of Pisistratus. The works of the Propylaea began in the year 437 BC, but was never able to complete since they were interrupted in 432 BC, a year before the outbreak of the Peloponnese War.
The Propylaea is the name of monumental portico through which you access the Acropolis, a building that is one of the most spectacular man made hits during antiquity.
The Athenian architect Mnesicles had to face serious functional and architectural problems arising from the relief of the terrain and space available for construction, because the Propylaea were at the edge of the upper terrace of the Acropolis, at the boundary between the slope the upward path and the horizontal plane of the Acropolis.
The Propylaea was constituted as a central rectangular plan building occupying more than 18 meters wide and 12 meters deep and contained two wings. The central body covering an exterior facade and indoor, both formed six Doric columns that marked five-door access to the Acropolis, the being wider in the center, which was where ran the sacred way that ran processions Panateneas.
The essence of old Scotland Highlands and Highlands, and whether to tune a little more, should be addressed to the Isle of Skye, the country’s largest, full of magical landscapes and stunning sites like Eilean Donan Castle.
In less than 30 minutes by ferry sails from Mallaig brings us to the port of Armadale, the gateway to the island, to a world that seems to have been frozen in time, the beauty of ancient Scotland and the ultimate expression of hospitality and traditions of its people. One can not conceive a tour of the Scottish north without spending at least a day to this destination. This is what awaits us there:
Dunvegan Castle, Norman and surrounded by lush gardens where style, according to legend, fairies inhabiting since time immemorial. Nearby there is also a unique corner called Fairy Glen, where there are some curious rock formations that are precisely called “fairy chimneys”. At the north end of Skye is the small fishing port of Uig, wedged between formidable cliffs. From there departs the ferry that connects the island to other destinations in the archipelago of the Hebrides.
True, Eilean Donan is not exactly on the island of Skye but are passing, so it is inconceivable not to visit on this route by the Highlands. the fortress stands on a small island connected to the mainland by a narrow bridge old named Kyle of Lochalsh. Penetrate is inside is immersed in the oldest and fascinating history of Scotland. Not to be missed.
A building built during the second half of the fifteenth century that served as grounds communal council until the sixteenth century.
This building was originally built to protect the main entrance to the medieval city, but in 1676 a fire completely destroyed and rebuilt years later in Baroque style, adding a pinnacle inspired by the castle tower of the Cathedral of St. Vitus in Prague .
By the mid-seventeenth century it was incorporated a watch two plates from Switzerland, carved basswood with ornamental figures, setting it on top of the tower, with a face staring at the Lower City and the other side looking to the citadel.
At present, the interior of the tower houses the Museum of History of Sighisoara, and next to it is the residence where lived the famous Vlad III, a character who inspired the Dracula of Bram Stoker, rather also become a museum. The Clock Tower is a true symbol of this Romanian city and is located in the historic center of it, being also declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 by UNESCO.
A complex civil and military architecture dating from the Middle Ages and that surprises visitors with its exceptional state of preservation, an attribute that has achieved its inclusion in the list of World Heritage sites Site by UNESCO.
The old town is made up of a fortified citadel (Cetatea Sighisoarei) extending on a promontory surrounded by steep hills that separate it from the call Lower Town.
The fortified citadel and its walls were built between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries by the Saxons and Hungarians to defend settlers Ottoman attacks. On the promontory overlooking the citadel dominates the city. The wall surrounding the citadel has towers and bastions of the fourteen original towers still standing nine, in the case of the five artillery bastions, two of which are still preserved.
La Torre Tanners (Turnul Cositorilor) still shows artillery impacts suffered by the site of the Ottomans from the early eighteenth century. Other notable towers of the citadel are the Torre de los Herreros (Turnul Fierarilor), the butchers (Turnul Macelarilor) Launderers Tower or Tower of Tailors, and the Great Clock Tower, the most famous and representative of city. The towers are named after the trades, since at that time were true unions that defended the city and paid the maintenance of both the tower and the militia and weaponry.
That’s the adventure A cruise on the Canal de Suez, 163 kilometers of surprises from Port Said to Suez port in one of the most exciting routes we can do in Egypt.
Before there, ships sailing between Europe and the Middle needed weeks and months to reach its destination. Currently it is estimated that 8% of world seaborne trade passes through these waters. So do the cruise. But do not think that this is a simple maritime highway lined with golden sands.
This exciting journey starts already in the output port: Port Said, a cozy and fascinating Mediterranean city full of old mosques and beautiful gardens. There you can also admire the Monument to the defense of the Suez Canal.
Roughly halfway, sailing south, loa usually ships calling at the town of Islmailia. This town was born along with the channel, for there the hub of works directed by French engineer Ferdinand Lesseps, on Lake Timsah started. Continue reading
Residence and seat of the kings of France between the tenth and fourteenth centuries, historical property which is situated within the current Palais de Justice . This old building is in what is called the clock spring (Quai de l’Horloge) on the western tip of the Ile de la City.
This part of the former royal palace in Paris was converted into a state prison in the year 1392. This place of the Ile de la City had been occupied by kings and presidents since Roman times, but it was during the royal dynasty of Capet in the century the tenth century, who sought to demonstrate his power against the feudal lords, they decided to build a huge palace.
Originally prison occupied the ground floor of the building, next to the dock and between the two towers; The upper floor was occupied by Parliament. The prison of the Conciergerie was considered the antechamber of death, because during the French Revolution (second half s. XVIII) time very few prisoners were freed. Currently the Concierge is administered by the Center for National Monuments, government entity that holds as donation, by a decree of April 2, 2008.