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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Changi Airport Singapore named World’s Best Airport 2010 in Skytrax World Airport Awards

Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport

LONDON – 23rd March 2010.  The Skytrax World Airport Awards were announced this evening at the first ever live ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, as part of the Passenger Terminal Expo. Attended by top management from airports around the world, 30 different awards were presented by the Chairman of Skytrax, Mr Edward Plaisted.  The top title as World’s Best Airport went to Singapore Changi Airport, named Airport of the Year 2010, also taking the titles for Best Airport Leisure Amenities and Best Airport Asia.

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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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Speyside, the Home of the Single Malt Whisky

Glenfiddich Distillery at Dufftown, Speyside

The area around Dufftown in Scotland is named after the river Speyside – and this river has given it’s name to the area many consider to be the true home of the Single Malt Whisky in Scotland. For many whisky enthusiasts malt whisky is most closely associated with this area, but in truth this is only half the story. There are many distilleries located in close vicinity of the river.

Another river, the River Livet has also suffered from the same back-handed compliment and over the years many distillers claimed to produce a ‘Glenlivet’, when strictly speaking they were stretching not only the geographical boundaries a bit far, but also the patience of the owners of The Glenlivet Distillery itself. It all goes to show how over the last two centuries ‘Speyside’ has meant high quality, and today the truth of that statement has not diminished at all.

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Peter Luger Steakhouse, Brooklyn, New York

Peter Luger Porterhouse Steak

Peter Luger belongs to the best steak restaurants in New York – and this was in no part directly related to the Michelin-Star-Award it recently received. The restaurant opened in 1897 and is located at the base of the Williamsburg-Bridge in Brooklyn. It is the number one address for fans of true Porterhouse steaks. It is the hot topic on the menue and year over year it is prepared with the same consistent cooking method: fried medium rare and cut to mouth-watering portions. Side orders are spinach, onion rings and fried potatoes, German style.

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Cigarrum: the cigar lounge of the year

Cigarrum

Cigarrum is located on the first floor of the 5-star hotel “Frankfurter Hof” in the city center of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It offers fine cigars from Cuba and the Domenican Republik. Renowned food guide “Gault Millau” recently voted Cigarrum as the “Cigar Lounge of the Year” in 2009.

The british-style club atmosphere offers a wide selection of 48 different kind of rum or top wines. Wednesday nights is the night for live music, when Jazz will be played by live bands, starting from 21:00 hours.

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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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