Lake Turkana, which runs along the northern border of Kenya and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997. A place that attracts every year thousands of Travelers in search of adventure and legendary landscapes.
An expanse of blue water in the middle of an arid and inhospitable environment. A true miracle of nature.
Also known as the Jade Sea, the lake is surrounded by basaltic volcanic slopes. It is the salt lake of all those in Africa, still live in it numerous animal species among which the legendary Nile crocodile, hippopotamus and various poisonous snakes, so we have to think very carefully before taking a dip in this lake. It is best to follow the instructions of the guides.
Besides the natural show that the lake gives us in the vicinity we can also discover prehistoric sites Koobi Fora, which are among lso largest in Africa, and closer to the customs and traditions of the tribe of the Turkana, dwelling on the banks Lake centuries and welcome tourists with hospitality unusual. Continue reading
The walk carrying tourists, painting on canvas, the running dance steps. But none of these experiences is comparable to see authentic Asian elephants in their true habitat. And one of the best places to see them is the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.
This is a haven for elephants who have been rescued from the cruelties to which they have been subjected to other fields or circuses, or have been abandoned as too old. When we visited this park we are not only a unique experience but we will be contributing to a good deed. There are even several documentaries for National Geographic highlighting the admirable work of this natural sanctuary.
What can we do to Elephant Nature Park? Not only can we feed with our own hands the pachyderms but we can also swim with them, all in a totally safe environment under the supervision of caretakers, always attentive to anyone (either human or elephants) can be damaged. However, what you like most visitors is definitely the time to play with the baby elephants.
But what makes it great this place is that its main objective is to save and care for these large mammals to return to reintegrate in nature and return to a life of freedom, which is also done in other Thai parks like Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (Sukhothai) and the Elephant Refuge & Education Centre (Phetchaburi). All fine examples of responsible tourism.
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. Province town, at the tip of the Cape, is the most prominent tourist destination. Continue reading
Recognized as one of the main branches of the Habsburgs, the House of Liechtenstein has collected works by European artists generations, remaining faithful to the tradition sensitive to art and culture sponsorship.
The Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna is demonstrating this artistic tradition, preserving and exhibiting the art collection belonging to Prince Johann Adam II of Liechtenstein (1945), a heritage that is now one of the largest private art collections in the world.
The headquarters of the Austrian museum is located in the so-called Palace of Garten (Garden), in the ninth Viennese district of Alsergrund.
The collection consists of works of art from the period of Gothic and Italian Renaissance to the Biedermeier period, among which the paintings and sculptures by Jacopo Sansovino and Andrea Mantegna, and outstanding pieces representing the Flemish school, as the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens. Continue reading
Built in 1930 under American direction until the Castro revolution in 1959, this majestic building has witnessed the most important episodes in the recent history of the island and a reference to travelers arriving to Havana from anywhere in the world.
The first thing we have to highlight hotel, beyond its symbolic weight and tourism, is that architectural mix of Art Deco, the Moorish style and neo-colonial styles that make this building completely different lal other hotels Caribbean.
A not without glamor eclecticism that has acted as a magnet for the rich and famous, then as now, staying at the Hotel National on holiday in Cuba. The list of celebrities is long: Ernest Hemingway, Yuri Gagarin, Jean-Paul Sartre, Naomi Campbell … This hotel was even host a summit of Mafia families of Cosa Nostra in 1946. Continue reading
This is one of the major attractions of the archipelago. And there is that tourists can share a bathroom in paradise with these marine animals such strange: stripes, which are left to caress and interact with humans as if they were pets.
There is evidence of the first concentrations of stripes in the early 80s when the fishermen, returning from their day at sea, stopped at this paradise fish cleaning area captured. The guts of fish and squid that were thrown overboard attracted stripes, which normally feed on shellfish. Soon these animals began to identify the sound of the engines of the boats as an invitation to a banquet. After were professional divers who realized that the lines could eat from her hand gently.
And so he began the business. Fishing vessels gradually gave way to the boats loaded with tourists (and fish for striped) that anchored here to give passengers a natural truly unique and exciting experience.
It is estimated that at present a group of 30 to 40 Stripes inhabit the clear waters of Stingray City, where never lack food. That divers, tour operators and tourists, thanks to the limited depth of water in these sandy banks can stand surrounded by these animals swimming around waiting to catch a delicious bite they are responsible.
Located in the downtown area of the city of Copenhagen (Denmark), this palace complex consists of four identical palaces that stand out for their lavish neoclassical facades and interiors in rococo style.
The four buildings are found around an octagonal square (Amalienborg Slotsplads), which at its center has a monumental King Frederick V of Denmark statue of the founder of Amalienborg.
Originally, the Amalienborg palace complex built for four Danish noble families. However, after the fire of Christiansborg Palace in the late eighteenth century, the royal family decided to buy the four palaces and settle there since. Over the years, various rulers and their families have resided in the four parts of the palace.
It has four Amalienborg palaces. The first, the Palace of Christian VII, originally called Moltke Palace is located on the southwest side of the square, and was used to receive official visits. Second is the Palace of Christian VIII, formerly called Levetzau Palace, located on the northwest side, the palace which was the residence of Prince Frederick of Denmark until 2004.
The Palace of Frederick VIII, formerly Brockdorff Palace, located in the northeast side residence that housed the Queen Ingrid of Sweden until his death in 2000. And finally the Palace of Christian IX, called Schack Palace, located on the southeast of the resort and is the residence of the Danish sovereign since 1967.
The largest art museum in the whole of Denmark, a museum institution dedicated to preserve, collect and manage a large collection of artworks Danish and foreign origin dating from the fourteenth century to today.
Located in central Copenhagen, the SMK museum houses an important collection that includes nearly 9000 paintings and sculptures, almost 300,000 drawings and prints and over 2,600 casts representing Danish historical figures from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
The collections of SMK covering about seven centuries of art history, with assets mainly focused on European artists, with a chronology that goes from the High Renaissance to the present. The old section of European art and Danish includes works by masters such as Mantegna, Titian, Tintoretto, Brueghel the Elder, Rubens, Frans Hals and Rembrandt, and paintings among the most representative of the age of Danish painting Oro.
The modern art section includes works by renowned artists such as universal Picasso, Braque, Léger, Matisse, Modigliani and Emil Nolde, and Danish modern artists such as Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg painter and sculptor Carl Bonnesen. Continue reading
The National Museum of Denmark (National museet) is a major museum that concentrates most of the heritage documentation on the history of Denmark and the Danish people, offering traveling exhibitions from the Stone Age, the age of the Vikings, the Middle Ages , the Renaissance and the modern history of the Danes.
The headquarters of the Danish museum is housed in a former royal residence, the Palace of Prince (1774), which communicates via the Marble Bridge with Christianity and is situated close to the Stroget pedestrian zone in the center of Copenhagen.
The National Museum, in addition to their collections on the Danish heritage, also has the largest and most diverse collection of objects from ancient cultures of Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Middle East in Denmark.
The rooms on the ground floor of the museum offer the collection of prehistoric objects through the Ice Age and the history of the Vikings. On this floor is the lounge of the Runes, which contains the ancient runes by the Saxons.
The first floor presents the collections dedicated to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The second floor covers collections ranging from the fifteenth century to the present day.
The reason is clear, there is Juliet’s house with its famous balcony scene of the most popular literary romance of history, born of genius and imagination of William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet.
Obviously everything is fiction but to the amazement of the traveler, there is the balcony where Romeo sighed calling his beloved, on the facade of an Italian medieval palace of the XII century that belonged to an illustrious family of Verona Dal Capello. It must be the phonetic similarity between Capello and surname of the family of Capuletti which gave rise to the belief that the English playwright was inspired by this place to build his work.
Well into the twentieth century with the rise of tourism gothic window and balcony which we all admire and travelers visit was built. The house is located on the road nr Cappello. 23, near the Piazza delle Erbe. It is impossible not to find since they always find people, usually tourists, stopped in front of the facade, taking pictures and trying to hang padlocks of love in the fence, something that is currently prohibited by the municipal authorities and severely punished.
But since not enough we will see. It is in the courtyard where the famous Juliet’s balcony, which we reached through various rooms of the house decorated with rich Renaissance furniture and other treasures. Definitely a very suitable visit for a special 14th February.