One of the first things we did when we arrived in Prague was to set off in search of all things antique and medieval – in other words, we made our way over to the Old Town Square. Anyone who has been to Prague will be able to tell you about the footwear required to be able to deal with those cobblestone streets. (I bought a pair of shoes in Prague and they were some of the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned! ) Walking towards the square, past bohemian crystal stores and assorted galleries and museums, we felt like we were winding through a labyrinth.
The Royal Exhibition Building was built in 18 months for the purpose of hosting Melbourne’s 1880 International Exhibition, and it then held a subsequent Centennial Exhibition in 1888. Both the building and the surrounding gardens were designed by architect Joseph Reed, and they were inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004. The building is constructed in the shape of a cross with a majestic central dome, and large archway entrances with fanlight windows on each side. When it was built it was the largest building in Australia and the tallest building in Melbourne.
The entire island of Delos is an archaeological site, and UNESCO world heritage listed. According to Greek mythology, this island was the birthplace of the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. The island was considered as most sacred and its central location made it a wealthy commercial port, attracting the settlement of rich merchants, bankers, artisans, and ship owners. Continue reading Delos – Greek Island Infatuation
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a place of unique beauty in the iconic “Red Centre” of Australia, inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List for both its cultural and natural values. The massive rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta act as a refuge for both plants and animals and are the focal point of this desert landscape. Continue reading Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
The Meteora are rock formations shaped as a result of the erosion of wind and rain over time creating separate pillars of various height and width. Centuries ago, monks seeking quiet solitude for their devotions created small places of prayer by making cells inside caves that had eroded from the side of the rocks, and the area came to be known as a holy place. Amazingly, around the 14th Century, many Meteora monasteries started to be built at the very top of the rock pillars, access being gained only by removable ladders and winch systems used to haul up baskets and nets – for goods and people!!. Continue reading Meteora Monasteries in Greece
This elegant chateau we see today spanning the Cher River in France was built between the years 1515 – 1559, starting first with a residence on the river accessed by a bridge. Later, an arched bridge on the other side was constructed, reaching all the way to the opposite bank. The bridge would eventually include a grand gallery and a floor of rooms above that. Chenonceau is built entirely across the middle of the river, with access walkways to reach the banks of the river at either end. Throughout history, the women who have inhabited this chateau have influenced its design, as well as the gardens by which it is surrounded, and this is the reason it is often described as “the ladies chateau”.
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