A Guide to Athens, Greece

Athens, the capital of Greece is one of the most famous cities in the world. Its name originates from the Greek Goddess Athena. It is the place where the great Olympics began.

There are a host of four and five star hotels where you can have a lavish and comfortable stay. Some of the main hotels are Residence Georgio, Hotel London, Stanley Hotel Athens and the Aphrodite Astir Palace.

On your sightseeing trip to Athens, do not miss visiting the following spots:

  • The Temple of Poseidon. One of the first stops for tourist buses is the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. It stands on a small hill overlooking the magnificent sea. You need to travel safely as it is the quite slippery and one wrong step, and you call fall over the rocks or in the water. Greeks used to look over the sea and wait for their loved ones, for the safe and sound delivery of their goods and news of war. Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this calm and serene place at Cape sounion will give you a thrilling and exciting feeling.
  • The National Archaeological Museum. If you go to Athens, you must visit the National Archaeological Museum where the ancient collection of Greek art is stored. There is a newly reopened collection of Egyptian art and artifacts that will enthuse art lovers from all over the world. It is a marvellous museum with a very rich and beautiful collection of the ancient Greek culture. Other than that there is a smiling statue of an Aphrodite readYing herself to slap a satyr with a sandal and other mesmerising statues.
  • The Parthenon. It is built on the Acropolis hill is a temple dedicated to the Greek Goddess Athena. Designed by Phidias who was a famous sculptor and supervised by the Greek architects Ictinos and Callicrates, this amazing temple had many treasures and the huge statue of Athena. Completely, built in 438 BCE, this temple has managed to survive several centuries and stands today in ruins after it was bombed in 1687 while a war was on with the Venetians.
  • Piraeus. For above 2500 years, Piraeus has been the Port of Athens. The great film “Never on Sunday” made by Melina Mercouri that won an Academy award was shot here. Many university students come here for studies in maritime history as well as other subjects. There is the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus that offers a breathtaking collection of artifacts from the area. You can view the huge bronze statues of Athena and Artemis. People passing through Piraeus must definitely pay a visit to this museum.
  • The Municipal Gallery of Piraeus While at Piraeus, you can drop in at the Municipal Gallery of Piraeus that offers a major collection of modern sculpture by the noted Georage Kastriotis and theatrical memorabilia that has been donated by Manos Katrakis.

There is several other tourist attractions that shall enthral you and you will return excited and thrilled after having visited such a wonderful city.

Cinque Terra

Italy Cinque Terre
Italy Cinque Terre

Cinque Terra is one of the most unspoiled areas and best preserved natural areas of the Mediterranean. It is a rocky portion of coast on the Italian Riviera which lies in the Liguria region of Italy to the west of the city La Spezia.

In recent years, Cinque Terra became very popular and marvelous tourist destination featuring five seaside villages in eastern Liguria – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the adjacent hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terra National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Monterosso al Mare is the northern most town which has the biggest beach in Cinque Terra. The town is known for its beautiful and best in sandy beaches with crystalline water and lots of colorful umbrellas, and steep rocky cliffs.

Vernazza is the next town to the north which is boisterous with great night scene, two clock towers, the castle of Doria family, beach boats and public space with umbrellas and tables. The town is absolutely no car traffic and terrific for walking or hiking.

Corniglia is nested on a hundred meters high steep promontory with a breathtaking view and surroundings of terraces and vineyards. The church of San Pietro is considered to be one of the most significant monuments in the gothic lingurian style in Cinque Terra.

Manarola is probably the oldest of the villages surrounded by vines and best known for its local wine. The Church of San Lorenzo with a beautiful rose window way back to 14th century is located at the upper side of the village. The Via dell’ Amore is a two kilometers in distance that leads to Riomaggiore is a perfect way to enjoy the surroundings simply by walking.

Riomaggiore is the eastern most town and nearest village to La Spezia. The Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero is just above the village. The parish church of Giovanni Battista is admired by most visitors which is located at the high part of the town.

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Travel to Munich

Munich travel guide
Munich travel guide

Munich in Germany must be visited during the months from May to September when the weather is very pleasant. During summers, the weather can be wet at times and there could be few thunderstorms as well. For those who are not afraid of the cold, they can have a joyful time in between November and March, especially photographers who can have an extraordinary time clicking beautiful and marvellous pictures of the landscape while staying in a affordable vacation rental you can find in every accommodation directory.

  • There are innumerable museums in Munich such as the Kartoffelmuseum (potatoes) and the Deutches Jagd- und Fishereimuseum. The leading art museums of the city are found in the Maxvorstadt district. Here are museums like the Glyptothek that house the Greek and Roman antiquities, the Neue Pinakothek showcasing the artifacts of the 18th to early 20th century and the Alte Pinakothek featuring European paintings.
  • You can head towards the Karlsplatz from the main rail road station and then pass through an underground passage to Fussgangerzone, the main shopping centre of the city. The most outstanding landmark here is the Neues Rathaus that is the new city hall. You can climb up the tower which is 85 meters high and have a breathtaking view of the city. There is a Glockenspiel along with mechanical dancers with performances held at 11 am and 12 pm and also at 5 pm (only in summers).
  • The Frauenkirche, that is the Church of Our Lady, is Munich’s Roman Catholic cathedral. The interior of the church is very long, more than a football field. The South tower which can be visited by people for most part of the year is 99 meters tall. There are many other churches in Munich that one can visit. One of the most prominent ones is the Asamkirche with beautiful architecture and Bavarian Baroque interiors.
  • There are a big number of football stadiums that were refurbished for the World Cup that was held in 2006. Among them, the most stunning and impressive is the Allianz Arena. During the night, the entire stadium can glow in three colours namely white, red or blue. The arena is simply spectacular and can seat around 70000 spectators. You can tour the Allianz Arena on days when there are no matches held for a nominal fee. You can visit the players’ dressing rooms and have a great feel about being in there, the press club, the player tunnel, the commentators’ box, view the seating arrangements as well as private boxes for VIPs. Do not forget to visit the “Markenwelt” or “World of Brands” shops and have a bite at the Restaurant A La Carte.
  • Paying a visit to the Nymphenburg Palace can be an exhilarating experience. The palace was built by Elector Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy in celebration of the birth of their son and heir to the throne. The Great hall, Steinerner Saal has been decorated in Rococo style while the Gallery of Beauties will leave you enchanted.
  • For your stay you can book a vacation rental in Munich. It’s a great alternative to a hotel. You can even find a vacation rentals coupons to make your stay affordable.

Tourist Attractions in Barcelona

Barcelona is the most important manufacturing, trading and second largest city in Spain. It is also the capital of the region of Catalonia that lies on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge. It has been an important European seaport for more than a thousand years.

Despite that Barcelona has been recognized as a global city in terms of its finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade, it became more popular for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

There are many famous and beautiful tourist attractions in Barcelona. Some of these are La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, National Art Museum, Picasso Museum, and Guell Park.

Barcelona
Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia short for La Sagrada Familia is also known as “The Holy Family”, privately funded Roman Catholic Church which was designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudi. It has became one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions for many years and a part of the building’s interior has been open for public worship and visit by September of 2010.

La Pedrera
Another Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece is the La Pedrera. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Barcelona. Previously this masterpiece is known as Casa Mila, however at present time it was called La Pedrera which means “quarry”.

National Art Museum
The National Art Museum of Catalonia is situated within the magnificent setting of the Palau Nacional and the Placa d’ Espanya built for the 1929 World’s Fair which is abbreviated as MNAC. Not only famous for its Roman art collection but also the building is a true work of art with an extraordinary staircase, lovely waterfalls and fountains. This masterpiece is made by Carles Bu?gas.

Picasso Museum
The Picasso Museum has the most extensive collections of creative artworks done by the 20th century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It is one of the most famous attractions visited by tourists in Barcelona.

Guell Park
Guell Park is another masterpiece designed by Antonio Guadi which is a complex garden with architectural elements located on the hill of el Carmel in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The Park is truly wonderful with incredible stone structures, stunning tiling, and fascinating buildings that anyone will surely admire.

Your Tourist Guide to Milan

Milan is a highly fashionable city in Italy and one among the richest cities in Europe. Along with the fast-paced and glamorous life of the city, one can have a peek into the historic and very artistic attractions like the Last Supper painting and the very renowned La Scalia Opera House. The city was heavily bombed in World War II but was rebuilt and is a leading business centre in Italy. Many of Italy’s great artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo di Vinci and several others have spent several years of their life in Milan.

Milan
Milan

The best time to visit Milan is in April and May when the weather is pleasant. It would be best to avoid July and August as it is too hot and humid during that time. One can visit in September or October as well but remember that it rains the most in Milan in October.

On a trip to Milan, some of the hottest tourist attractions are mentioned below.

  • The Santa Maria della Grazie is a very popular tourist spot. This is the place where the Last Supper was held. At a time, only 15 people are allowed to visit the place, and hence you need to book well in advance if you wish to have a look at this amazing masterpiece.
  • The Castella Sforzesco which was earlier a castle is in Milan since the Middle ages. There are many museums that store the art, textiles, weapons and things used in daily life during the Middle ages. One can have a glimpse of the famous last unfinished work of Michelangelo, the Rondanini Pieta that tells a lot about his style and technique of work. If you wish to have a proper look at the complete place and things, you must have at least half a day in hand.
  • For all those hep and fashionable ones, the place to be at is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. There is an exciting array of stunning shops where you can shop for the most glamorous and fashionable clothes. Here you will also find shops of the world famous brands such as Gucci, Prada and a host of others.
  • Just near the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the Piazza del Duomo, a gothic church that took nearly five decades to build. This clear white church made in marble must definitely not be missed. There are over 3400 individual statues and 135 spires. The Duoma is the highest structure in Milan. You can walk up the stairs or use the elevator to reach the top from where you can get a stunning view of this magnificent city.
  • The la Scalia opera House that is located in the Piazza del Duomo is the perfect place to be for all those opera and ballet lovers. Just near the la Scalia Opera House is the la Scalia Museum that showcases the paintings and costumes of all the wonderful and great artists who have performed at the Opera House.

While you are in Milan, do not forget to have a taste of the mouth watering pasta dish the Milanese Risotto.