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Schloss Mespelbrunn (Spessart): Take time off to visit the romantic castle

It was the movie “The Inn in the Spessart” based on the novel by Wilhelm Hauff who propelled the romantic and somehow hidden romantic castle in the limelight.  It was used as the setting for the film “das Wirtshaus im Spessart” with Lieselotte Pulver. In 1412, The archebishop of Mayence donated this castle to the Knight of Echter as a reward for his job as Hunting Superintendent in the forests of the Spessart mountains.

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Notre Dame, Paris: Quasimodo doesn’t live here anymore

Notre Dame de Paris, France

Victor Hugo described the cathedral Notre Dame in Paris as a “symphony in stone”. But the church is more than that. It is the architectural and spiritual center of France.

The long line up of tourists at Notre-Dame de Paris is not due to the attraction of a religion, the tourists all came to this landmark in Paris for its splendid architecture of the christian culture. Notre-Dame de Paris is not only a fortress of great christian architecture, it is also a symbol of medieval cultur in Europe. When Victor Huge wrote the book “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” he described the church: “Every stone, every level of this building is a leaf of the great book of history not only of France but of science and culture.

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise is a lake in Alberta, Canada. The glacial lake is located in Banff National Park, 5 km (3 mi) from the hamlet of Lake Louise and the Trans-Canada Highway.  Lake Louise is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.  The emerald colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. The lake has a surface of 0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi) and is drained through the 3 km long Louise Creek into the Bow River.

The eastern shore of the lake is dominated by Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada’s grand railway hotels, a luxury resort hotel built in the early decades of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Moraine Lake and Lake Agnes are also accessible from Lake Louise.

Tom Wilson, a worker on the Canadian Pacific Railway who was one of the first white men to set eyes on what would be called Lake Louise wrote that it was “a matchless scene”. More than 120 years on, that description still holds.

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Bellagio, the Pearl of the Italian Lakes

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Many people think that Bellagio is the loveliest town on the Lake Como in northern Italy, some are of the opinion that Bellagio is the loveliest town in the whole world. Located at the shores of lake Como at the point where the lake splits in two.  A narrow road runs along the eastern shore of the Como arm of Lake Como, offering a drive which is at best tiring, at worst positively hair-rising. By the time Bellagio is reached the visitor may be too exhausted to notice. Bellagio also presents its poorest aspect to those who approach by road.

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The Tower Bridge, London (UK)

Tower Bridge, London (UK) at Sunset

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name.Name.  It has become an iconic symbol of London.  The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Its present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.

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Chiang Mai: The Rose of the North

Chiang Mai is among the most delightful and charming cities in Thailand. Chiang Mai’s appeal is not really hard to explain. It has managed to absorb the more desirable apsects of Western culture without losing, along the way, its own distinctive acharacter. The lcoal people always smile, and the girls are graceful and soft spoken. They are also stunningly beautiful and wll known for their attractive features. The people of Chiang Mai seem to have no feeling of inferiority or fear towards strangers. They regard themselves as culturally superior to the more prosperous modern Thais of Bangkok and the South.

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One Night in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is famous as the world’s top tourist spots. The majority of foreign tourists arrive in Bangkok before scattering to other parts of the county. About 11 million foreigners arrive in Bangkok every year and many are lured back for a second visit due to low cost of living and the quality of services provided.

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Chiang Rai (Thailand): Not your average triangle

MoomMai Restaurant, Chiang Rai, Thailand

In the last century, when tourism still boomed and everbody was trying to invent new location and promote new ideas, Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand could not be left out. Once a rather sleepy town in the shadow of Chiang Mai, this place was discovered as a tourist spot by some rich Thai people who enjoyed the tranquil location away from the hustle-bustle of the better-known tourist spots in Thailand.

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Luang Prabang, Laos: Just the Normal French Connection

Buddhist Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang/ghk. There are many villages and cities, which resemble the typical character of a country. The main capital normally influences the image of a country as much as customs, people and landscape. When you travel to Luang Prabang in the north of Laos, this is not very true anymore.

Luang Prabang is not Laos as imagined – and Laos is not Luang Prabang. A unique ancient city, once the centre of the kingdom of Laos, now a uniquely preserved – thanks to the UNESCO World Heritage status – ancient collection of Buddhist temples, old french colonial mansions and embedded in a lush, green mountaneous landscape, bounded by the Nam Khan and the mighty Mekong River.

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Thailand: Trang Province

Beach scenery in Trang Province, southern Thailand

Beach scenery in Trang Province, southern Thailand

Tang Province is located approximately 830 km from Bangkok and covers an area of approximately 5000 square kilometers. The province borders on Nakhon Si Thammarat Province to the north, Satun Province and the Indian Ocean (Andaman Sea) to the south, Phattalung Province to the east and the Indian Ocean and Krabi Province to the west. Trang is considered a magnificent coastal province as its long, beautiful coastline stretches 199 kilometers along the Indian Ocean. In addition, the province has two major rivers flowing through it, the Trang River, which originates in the Khao Luang Mountain Range and Maenam Palian n from the Banthat Mountain Range.

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