Hy Everydoby! I thought it would be a nice way to indroduce myself by making 2 posts: 1 listing the places I've visited and a second post including the places that are still on my "To Do" list!
Klementinum Library, Prague, Czech Republic
As a quiet haven on a rainy day, a way of accessing the books that you miss from home, or a source of free internet, Prague´s libraries are an ideal option. The following places are cheap to join, easily negotiable by a non-native speaker, contain a wide range of English-language books, and will give you a great introduction to the venerable world of Czech libraries. Source
The Slope of Coyote Buttes in Arizona
The vast region of Arizona and Utah north of the Grand Canyon is largely uninhabited wilderness, a rugged and parched landscape of desert and mountains where thunderstorms bring deluges of rain that tear the land apart leaving great gullies and cliffs for those who venture to enjoy in solitude. Within this wilderness are many places of awesome grandeur and beauty. One of the most remarkable is a rock formation known as "The Wave", a psychedelic contortion of sandstone rock that lies on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon - Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Close to the Arizona/Utah border, this Wilderness is just south of US Highway 89 approximately midway between Page, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah. Source
Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Legend has it that St. Basil’s Cathedral’s beauty cost its architect his eyes. The Moscow monument was built between 1555 and 1561 by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate a victory over the Mongols, and he’s said to have blinded the architect so that he couldn’t create a rival masterpiece. The Russian St. Basil the Blessed lies interred within the church. Source
Of all Swiss cities, BERN (Berne in French) is perhaps the most immediately charming. Crammed onto a steep-sided peninsula in a crook of the fast-flowing River Aare, its quiet, cobbled lanes, lined with sandstone arcaded buildings straddling the pavement, have changed barely at all in over five hundred years but for the adornment of modern shop signs and the odd car or tram rattling past. The hills all around, and the steep banks of the river, are still liberally wooded. Views, both of the Old Town’s clustered roofs and of the majestic Alps on the horizon, are breathtaking. Coming from Zürich or Geneva, it’s hard to remember that Bern – once voted Europe’s most floral city – is the nation’s capital, home of the Swiss parliament and wielder of final federal authority.
For all its political status, Bern is a tiny city of barely 130,000 people and retains a small town’s easy approach to life. The attraction of the place is its ambience; traffic is kept out of the Old Town and you could spend days just wandering the streets and alleys, café-hopping and – if it’s warm – joining the locals for a plunge into the river. The perfectly preserved medieval street plan, with its arcades, street fountains and doughty towers persuaded UNESCO to deem Bern a World Heritage Site, placing it in the company of such legendary sites as Florence, Petra and the Taj Mahal. In a competition for the world’s most beautiful and relaxing capital city, it’s hard to think what could knock Bern into second place. Source
In Meteora, Greece, six magnificent monasteries still exist, precariously perched atop 1,300 feet high sandstone pinnacles. Hermit monks constructed the first monastery before nuns came to build too. Access to each monastery was crazy, a leap of faith, climbing rocks, and ladders lashed together or large nets until the ropes would break. The bizarre but beautiful monasteries of Meteora are centuries old and isted by UNESCO World Heritage. We love these 20 pics of Meteora. Source
Fingal's Cave, Staffa, Scotland
Fingal’s Cave is located on the uninhabited rock island of Staffa, off the West coast of Scotland. This fascinating cave is formed from hexagon shaped basalt columns. The basalt formed into hexagonal columns when a lava flow cooled in the ocean. The lava flow that created Fingal’s Cave also created the amazing Giant’s Causeway rock formation in Scotland. In Gaelic, Fingal’s Cave is known as Uamh-Binn, meaning “cave of melody”, due to the lovely sounds made by echos of waves crashing inside. Source
Abu Simbel Temples in Egypt
When the High Dam was being constructed in the early 1960s, international cooperation assembled funds and technical expertise to move this temple to higher ground so that it would not be inundated by the waters of Lake Nasser. Source
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