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Cliffs at Etretat in France

Cliffs at Etretat

The cliffs at Etretat are part of the Alabaster coast in France. In this seaside town you can have a great view of the white cliffs and the natural archways that reach out into the sea.

Kapellbrücke in Lucerne

Kapellbrücke

The Kapellbrücke(Chapel Bridge) is a symbol of Lucerne and one of the most visited landmarks of Switzerland. It was built in 1333 as part of the city's fortifications and is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Cubic Houses in Rotterdam

Cubic Houses Rotterdam

Designed by Piet Blom in 1984, the cubic houses are one of the most famous buildings in the world. The 32 houses are tilted 45 degrees, contain 3 floors and have a total area of 100 square metres.

Beersel Castle in Belgium

Beersel Castle

Beersel Castle, located in the South of Brussels, was built by Godfried van Hellebeke between 1300 and 1310. It has 3 massive watchtowers and is surrounded by a wide moat.

Manarola, Cinque Terre in Italy

Manarola

Manarola is part of the Cinque Terre in the Italian region of Liguria. The Cinque Terre consists of five villages located on the cliffs at the Mediterranean coast.

Prince's Palace of Monaco

Prince's Palace, Monaco

The official residence of the Prince of Monaco, the Prince's Palace, has been the home of the Grimaldi family since the end of the 13th century. It was founded in 1191 as a Genoese fortress but was captured by Francois Grimaldi and his men on January 8, 1297. Francois Grimaldi disguised as a monk and asking for shelter, managed to get inside by an unwitting guard and led the attack from there. The Grimaldi's, an aristocratic family of Genoa, were ousted some time before of their home during a conflict about the authority of Pope Innocent IV. The statue of Francois Grimaldi dressed as a monk is standing in front of the palace.
The Prince's Palace is open for visits from April 2 to October 31. During your visit you can see the State Apartments, the royal courtyard, 16th-century Genovese frescoes, a spectacular double-revolution staircase and much more. The changing of the guards takes place daily at 11:55 in the Palace Square.


Monte Carlo Casino


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The Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco is one of the most luxurious casinos in the world. Charles Garnier, who also designed the Paris Opera House, was hired to created this famous Belle Époque building. The construction of the casino took place between 1858-1863 and was ordered by Prince Charles III. Since 1898 the Monte Carlo Casino is owned by the Société des Bains de Mer, in which the government holds a majority interest.
The building also includes the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, an opera and ballet house and is the headquarter of the Ballets de Monte Carlo

View location in Monte-Carlo, Principality of Monaco.


De Haar Castle

De Haar Castle, Utrecht


De Haar Castle, Utrecht


De Haar Castle, Utrecht


De Haar Castle, Utrecht


De Haar Castle, Utrecht


De Haar Castle, Utrecht


De Haar Castle, Utrecht

The medieval Castle De Haar in Utrecht is one of the largest castles of the Netherlands. Since 1391 a castle was standing at the current location. During the centuries it changed owners several times and was damaged severely. In 1892, Baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt, who had inherited the castle, started to rebuilt it. Under guidance of Holland's most famous architect Dr PHJ Cuypers, Castle de Haar was brought back to its former glory.
The park surrounding the castle was created by Henri Copijn after 1895. It has a rose garden, a Roman garden, a labyrinth, large ponds and is an excellent place for a picnic.
Castle De Haar is now a museum and is open to the public. It can be visited on guided tours, these can take up to one hour.
During the month of September the castle is closed when the Van Zuylen van Nijevelt family comes back for their month long stay.

View location in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Parc des Topiaires

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy

Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy The Parc des Topiaires in Durbuy has a collection of mainly box trees trimmed in all possible forms. More than 250 sculptures are located in an area of 10.000 m². Some of these beautiful shaped plants are almost 120 years old. They received their current form after 20 years of patient trimming. The park is located on the banks of the Ourthe River, from here you have also a great view of the castle and the centre of Durbuy.

View location in Durbuy, Belgium.


Durbuy, the smallest city in the world

Durbuy is a Belgian city in the province of Luxembourg. It is located on the banks of the Ourthe River in the Ardennes region. Durbuy describes itself as being the smallest city in the world. They lost claims to this title when it joined with a number of surrounding communities into a single commune in 1977. According to the Guinness Book of World Records the smallest city in the world today is Hum in Croatia.
Nevertheless, Durbuy is a popular destination in Belgium for its adventure activities like kayaking, rock-climbing, cave exploration and many more. Main attraction in the centre is the Parc des Topiaires, a garden with beautiful shaped box trees. The city has also a castle(last photo) which is not open for visitors.

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium

Durbuy in Belgium


View location of Durbuy, Belgium.


Architecture in Prague

Walking through the streets of Prague is a real pleasure. The mix of architecture makes Prague a great city to discover. Here is a small collection of some beautiful buildings in the centre. More great architecture can be found on my other posts.

Architecture in Prague


Old Town Square

Old Town Square in Prague

Old Town Square in Prague

Old Town Square in Prague

Old Town Square in Prague

Old Town Square in Prague

Old Town Square in Prague

Old Town Square in Prague

Old Town Square in PragueLocated between Vltava River and Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square is the heart of old Prague. The square is surround by many beautiful buildings like the Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock, the Church of Our Lady before Týn and St. Nicholas Church. In the centre of the square you can see the statue of Jan Hus, a religious reformer who was burned at the stake for his beliefs. The statue was erected on the 500th anniversary of his death at July 6 1915, it was made by Ladislav Saloud.
In the summer the Old Town Square is packed with tourists enjoying refreshment at the many terraces the square has to offer. During the year it is the place where many events, protests or celebrations are held.