Balcony Structure historic Old town of Innsbruck

The Golden Roof is part of a cantilevered window (Erker) Late Gothic style for centuries is considered the most famous architectural symbol of this Austrian city.

Balcony Structure historic Old town of InnsbruckThe Golden Roof arises from the balcony carrying the facade of the Neuer Hof, the former palace of the ruler of Tirol, whose roof was covered with nearly three thousand gilded copper shingles to fire in pure gold.

Neuer Hof Palace was built around 1420 by Archduke Friedrich IV of Habsburg, but recently, between 1494 and 1496, Maximilian I of Habsburg ordered the architect Niklas Turing add the famous golden roof to mark his marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza. Later, the emperor and his wife used this balcony to attend the celebration of festivals, tournaments and other important events taking place in the square facing the building.

The erker (balcony) is developed in two overlapping volumes that are crowned by the famous Golden Roof. The lower part focuses on a late Gothic window resting on a series of carved shields and framed by two lieutenant, a cool two masts with the flags of Austria and Tyrol. At the top stands a porch balcony with reliefs contain scenes of dance of the Moors and the frescoes showing the life of the cutting Maximilian I, his two wives, the Chancellor and the jester.

Rotterdam prestige as the World capital of Architecture

The Public Art Depot, actually a monumental annex the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, and Dutch Wind wheel, wonderful destined to become the new Dutch city icon.

Rotterdam prestige as the World capital of ArchitectureThe idea of ​​Public Art Depot is to host part of the vast collection of the Museum Boijmans Van not currently displayed to the public for lack of space, more than 70,000 art objects. Thus, this new “warehouse” has the task of the collection can be preserved in optimal conditions facing their conservation and security but at the same time can be displayed. This building, with a rounded structure and a mirror facade is already building in the Museum park.

No less spectacular looks set to be the Dutch Wind wheel, a giant windmill (the end of the day this is Holland) homes to house. It is a modern edification will be open to visitors.
But undoubtedly the most striking is their way, at least as it has been presented in the project, with 174 meters high and two rings. In the inner ring are the houses, a seven-story hotel and a restaurant, while outside, it would be rotating! It will serve big wheel with 40 cabins that offer beautiful views of Rotterdam. With such an idea, halfway between science and design, this windmill century also aims to become a major tourist attraction.

Lake Turkana Attractive Destinations on the African continent

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.

Lake Turkana Attractive Destinations on the African continentAn 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 “Lake Turkana Attractive Destinations on the African continent”

Tourism in Thailand enjoying the First Asian Elephant

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.

Tourism in Thailand enjoying the First Asian ElephantThis 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.

Massachusetts in US History lesson

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:

Massachusetts in US History lessonFirst 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 “Massachusetts in US History lesson”

The Liechtenstein Museum Exceptional Pictorial in the City of Vienna

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 Exceptional Pictorial in the City of ViennaThe 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 “The Liechtenstein Museum Exceptional Pictorial in the City of Vienna”

Hotel Cuba in the List of the Most iconic in the World

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.

Hotel Cuba in the List of the Most iconic in the WorldThe 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 “Hotel Cuba in the List of the Most iconic in the World”

Stingray City is an area of Sandbank

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.

Stingray City is an area of SandbankThere 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.Stingray City is an area of Sandbank

Amalienborg Palace Owner of a Rich Historical past

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.

Amalienborg Palace Owner of a Rich Historical pastThe 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.

Statens Museum for Kunst Coolest

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.

Statens Museum for Kunst CoolestLocated 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 “Statens Museum for Kunst Coolest”