неделя, 31 март 2013 г.

The Coral Coast of Australia

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Starfish, The Coral Coast, Australia


If you are a fan of fun holidays, the Coral Coast of Australia is a great place. Not to mention this is a whole-year beach destination.  


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The sea, Coral Coast, Australia
 image source: worldfunvacation



Besides the wonderful sandy beaches, the crystal water and the great view there are plenty of activities you can perform if you're not a fan of a vacation spent all the time on the beach. So you can:

- go and see the formations carved in the Kalbarri National Park by Murchison River;

- observe the sea lions in Jurien Bay;

- see the Pinnacles which are the major tourist attraction in the Coral Coast of Cervantes and Jurien Bay;

- visit Namburg National Park;

- visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Area where you can feed dolphins at Monkey Mia;

- Kayaking over Ningaloo Reef;

- Swimming with a Whale Shark at Ningaloo Reef /Ningalooo Marine Park/;

- Snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef;

- visit the Cape Range National Park





 

петък, 29 март 2013 г.

The Tunnel of Love in Kleven, Ukraine



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Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine

The Tunnel of Love in Ukraine /Kleven/ is such a lovely green place. No wonder why so many people like it and the lovers go there. Тhis Tunnel of Love is gaining more and more popularity. This tunnel of trees can make you feel in a way that no place or a city can. As you can see this is in fact a railway tunnel that is such a good habitat for the greenery... Left to grow freely the trees with the help of the passing trains had shaped such a wonderful place. I think many of you will argree that this is one of the most beautiful places in worls.

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Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine

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Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine


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Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine

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Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine

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вторник, 26 март 2013 г.

Rome, Italy On a Budget The ROMA Pass

For all of you who want to visit Rome on a budget! Here we have to talk about the Roma Pass

 
This is an integrated card that serves you both for the Museums and the public transport. It costs 25 Euro. The card can be bought from Enjoy Rome, all the major Museums and Archeologial sites and the Tourist Information Points with the exception of the Vatican.

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Gardens in the Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

The ROMA Pass can be used for three days starting from the first use til the midnight of the third day.


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at the Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy



The ROMA Pass gives you the right to enter for free in two Museums or Archeological sites. /Exception for the Vatican Museums; The Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill count together as one site/. After you visit the two places the cadr gives you discounts on any further participating museums, sites, exhibitions. The card can serve you to enter the Galleria Borghese, but you still have to reserve tickets the usual way.


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Inside the Colosseum, Rome, Italy


Last but not least - The ROMA Pass lets you use all the public transport during these three days for free!!!

Museums of Rome on a budget - tips needed!!



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St.Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy



Discounts:  Most of the Museums and Archeological sites offer a discount for EU residents under the age of 18, or over 65, also for EU students up to 26. EU schoolteachers also have a discount, but don't forget to bring some document with you to prove you are such person. The Vatican Museums offer a discount for all the students under 26, the children under 18, but there is no discount for people over 65's.

 
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The Coliseum on the inside, Rome, Italy

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The Gold Ball in the courtyard of the Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

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Inside St.Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

There is one very interesting fact - every last sunday on the month everybody can enter for free in:

- The Vatican Museums

- The Sistine Chapel

- Capitoline Museums

- Trajan's Market

- The Pantheon - it is always free of crarge



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The sunset seen from the Gianicolo Hill, Rome, Italy


Something that you have to be familiar with is The ROMA PassClick here to learn all about it.

Important tips about the transport in Rome - hop-on, hop-off tour buses, Italy Part 2


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An open-air hop-on, hop-off tour bus, Rome, Italy


Something you have to be aware of when you go to Rome are the hop-on, hop-off tour buses. There are plenty of companies offering open-air tour buses. Reliable are the "110 open" and the "Archeobus". For example if you use "110 open" the ticket is valid 24 hours. It costs 24 euro, there are discounts for ROMA Pass holders and for children 6-12, 15 euro. The buses start the tour from Termini every 20 minutes, the whole tour takes two hours and works from 8.30am to 8.30pm.

More information about the hop-on, hop-off tour buses you can find here:
 http://www.trambusopen.com/it/home.cfm



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The Coliseum/Colosseo/, Rome, Italy
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The Coliseum on the inside, Rome, Italy

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View to the St.Peter's Cathedral from Gianicolo Hill, Rome, Italy



Important tips about the public transport in Rome, Italy Part 1



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The Trevi Fountain, Rome Italy


For those of you who like to travel well informed and travelling on a budget is good alternative, have to know many things. Among them the information and tips about public transport is very important. When you go to Rome you have to know:


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National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, Rome, Italy


First - Rome has an integrated transport system. Tickets can be used for every transport - buses, metro and trams.The regular price is €1  and can are valid for 75 minutes after they are first stamped. During these 75 minutes you are free to use whatever combination of transport you want. Tickets can be bought from the newsstands, the tabacchi and at the metro stations.



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Ruins of Domus Augustana on Palatin Hill, Rome, Italy




Second -You can buy yourself a 1-day pass for €4. It can be used from the moment the ticket is stamped until the midnight of the same day. There is also available a 3-day pass that costs €11. A 7-day pass costs €16.

Third - the Metro - The two line Metro system goes around the historic centre and in my opinion is really useful. In the moment there is a construction work on a third line. As it is not ready yet the main stops for the central sites are:

Spagna /Line A/ - for Piazza di Spagna, Villa Borghese
Ottaviano /Line A/ - for St.Peter's and Vatican Museums
Barberini /Line A/ - for the Trevi Fountain
Flaminio /Line A/ - for Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese
Colosseo /Line A/ - for Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill


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The Coliseum/Colosseo/, Rome, Italy



See all the information about the hop-on, hop-off tour buses in the Part 2 of this article.

For the information about the ROMA Pass Click here.



понеделник, 25 март 2013 г.

Tips - find a hotel in Rome, Italy



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Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy


Many of you may wonder where to stay when visiting Rome. Finding a nice hotel with good location may be very difficult and even annoying. I will try to make it easy for you and give you some links with great hotel info database that will really help you find what you search - a cheap hotel, a very good hotel, a hotel with great location, a hotel with awsome view or all af that in one according to your taste.



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Statue of Neptune, Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy


List with links:


 http://www.rentalinrome.com/

Taxi tips for Rome, Italy

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Fontana della Barcaccia/Fountain of the old boat/, Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy



When you go on a trip, you have to know some things in order to be prepared and not to waste time. As one of my favourite destinations is Italy, I will give you some tips that you're gonna need when going in Rome. In particular i can list some links for you concerning the transportation in the city:


- link about the taxis: http://www.viviromaintaxi.eu/index-eng.php




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/Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II - The Altare della Patria/, The National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, Rome, Italy







- link with the price rates, the fixed rates to the airport and the zones they apply to: http://www.3570.it/tariffe/archivio/tariffario_taxi_luglio_2012.pdf



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The Arc of Constantine, Rome, Italy




петък, 22 март 2013 г.

The Beauty of Italy 3 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, Piazza dei Miracoli


As it is already very clear to everybody  - i really like Italy. Now i will show you my photos from visiting Pisa and its Leaning Tower. It's really cool.
It is in fact the Bell Tower of the city's cathedral that is called The Leaning Tower.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

The tilt of the tower is caused by some mistake in the construction. It gradually increased. It has been corrected in the 20th and the 21th century. Before the restoration work between 1990-2001 the tower's been leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees. It now leans at 3.9 degrees.



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The Cathedral and the Baptistry, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

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The Leaning Tower and The Cathedral of Pisa, Italy

All together - the Tower of Pisa, the Cathedral and the Baptistry are part of Piazza del Duomo

The so called Tower of Pisa, the bell, that's in fact the Campanile.
The Cathedral is the Duomo.
So, the Duomo/ The Cathedral/, The Campanile, The Baptistry and the Camposanto are the four great religious edifices that form the Piazza del Duomo.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy


And that's me.

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The Camposanto, Pisa, Italy




вторник, 19 март 2013 г.

Château de Sceaux, France

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Château de Sceaux
image: http://islandgirl4ever2.blogspot.com
 
The Château de Sceaux is situated not far from Paris in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine. It is very popular among the locals as a place to escape from the crowds, to relax, have a stroll or a picnic. It’s only 10km away from the city of Paris.

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Château de Sceaux, cascades
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Château de Sceaux, the park
image source: janettravels


The present Château was in the beginning built as a mansion for the family of Potier des Gesvres in the 15th century. After that it was sold to Jean Baptiste Colbert, the King Louis XIV’s minister of finance, in 1670. He used the services of some the royal architects and craftsmen, such as Claude and Charles Perrault and Antoine Lepautre, in order to turn the building into a château that suits him.


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Château de Sceaux, cascades
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Château de Sceaux, cascades
image source:janettravels



In 1683 his son Jean Baptiste Colbert, Marquis de Seigneley, who was also Minister of the Navy inherited Sceaux. He excavated the terraces and added some statues. After that Andre le Notre / who also designed the gardens of Château de Versailles/ designed the main axis and the other two secondary axis and all the descending series of terraces that flow down and fill the octagonal basin.


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Château de Sceaux, the park
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Château de Sceaux, the cascades
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The Orangerie was built by the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart and inaugurated by the King at a fete in 1685. Later in 1699, the château de Sceaux was sold to Louis’s illegitimate son, the Duc du Maine. It was however his wife, Anne, the dutchess du Maine that turned it into a salon where she hosted many fetes and receptions with famous musicians. The salon at Sceaux was favourite place for the young Voltaire. She has also the pavilion of the Menagerie built. Only the foundations had left, however.


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Château de Sceaux
image: http://islandgirl4ever2.blogspot.com


Later, during the French Revolution Château de Sceaux was confiscated and many objects were sold. M. Lecomte, merchant of Saint-Malo purchased the place. He demolished the original château and can you imagine – crops were grown on Le Notre’s Terraces.


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Château de Sceaux, masks by Rodin at the cascades

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Château de Sceaux



The duc de Trevise,  who married M. Lecomte’s daughter inherited the Château de Sceaux. He restored the park, the pavilion and the Orangerie. He had the architect Augustin Théophile Quantinet to design the château and Joseph-Michel Le Soufaché to build it between the years of 1856-62.


The heiress of Trevise, the Princess de Faucigny-Cystra planned to give the Château to property developers in 1922, though the mayor succeeded in protecting it and opened it to public.

понеделник, 18 март 2013 г.

The Best and Most Popular Chateaux in France Part 1



Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles
Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles
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Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles
source: http://www.thischarmingwedding.com


Les Jardins du Versailles, Gardens of Versailles

source: http://fgintrand.wordpress.com








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Chateau de Chambord - Chambord Palace
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Chateau de Chambord - Chambord Palace


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Chateau de Chambord - Chambord Palace
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Chateau de Chambord - Chambord Palace
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Eglise de Chambord, The Church of Chambord


source: http://panoramio.com






Château royal d'Amboise, town and the Loire River, Loire Valley, France
Chateau d'Amboise - Amboise castle

Chateau d'Amboise - Amboise castle, gardens

Chateau d'Amboise - Amboise castle

source: http://www.fr.francethisway.com