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The Castle of Platamonas, Pieria, Greece

Castle of Platamonas, Pieria, Greece

Castle of Platamonas, Pieria, Greece

Platamon is regarded as one of the most significant tourist destinations in Pieria. According to tradition its name originates either from the platan trees or from the broad sandy beaches, both of which can be found in the areas surrounding the town. Its most famous landmark is the venetian Castle of Platamon. The town is home to numerous restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and camping resorts while it is 54 km from the city of Larisa and 38 from the city of Katerini. Nearby is the tallest mountain in Greece, the famous Mount Olympus. Platamon is connected to the cities of Katerini and Larissa through the bus and train transportation system. With its calm and laid back atmosphere, high vegetation, panoramic views, the venetian castle and the traditional settlement of Palios Panteleimonas in the area, Platamon makes an ideal destination for a short visit and a break from the city.

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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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Crisis-hit Iceland and Greece target German tourists

Angela Gerekou

[13.3.2010] Some Germans might be known as finicky and demanding travellers, but crisis-hit European countries like Greece and Iceland are targeting Teutonic tourists in hopes of easing their economic woes.

Both on the verge of bankruptcy, the two countries have come up with similar strategies to reel in deal-hungry Germans. Iceland and Greece relied heavily on tourism before the financial crisis, and are now trying to revamp the industry with a charm offensive and expanded trip offerings specifically for Germans.

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Moscow’s City Space

Bartender’s Guide recently celebrated the City Space Bar & Lounge in Moscow as one of the ten best bars in the World. Located on the 34th floor of the Swissotel Krasnye Holmy, visitors can enjoy a 360-degree-panoramic view over Russia’s capital now home to 10 million habitants.

City Space & Bar, Swissotel, Moscow

Internationally trained bar keeper offer classical and modern cocktails, with or without alcohol. Recommended to be tried out are the “Russion Mule” and the “Molecular Bloody Mary”.

Open Monday to Sunday from 17:00 to 03:00 hours. e-Mail: citiyspcae.moscow@swissotel.com

City Space Bar & Lounge

Kosmodamianskaya Nab., 52, Building 6

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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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From Freinsheim with Love

Old City Hall, Freinsheim, Rhineland-Palantinate, Germany

Old City Hall, Freinsheim, Rhineland-Palantinate, Germany

Freinsheim is a town in the Bad Dürkheim district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. With about 5,000 inhabitants, it is among the state’s smaller towns. Freinsheim lies in the Upper Rhine Plain at the eastern edge of the Palatinate forest, roughly 20 km west of Ludwigshafen between Bad Dürkheim (about 6 km to the southwest) and Grünstadt near the German Wine Route.  Today, Freinsheim is a hidden gem of a medieval small town and worth a trip to stroll around the copper streets and lanes of the old town or take a round-tour of the city walls.

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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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