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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam (ˈæmstərdæm, ˌæmstərˈdæm, ɑmstərˈdɑm) is the capital and most populous municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague.The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. It comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe.

As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha world city. Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme indicative of the city’s origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds.In the 19th and 20th centuries the city expanded, and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

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Posted by on April 24, 2016 in Destination

 

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Ghent, Belgium & Brugge, Belgium

Ghent (/ˈɡɛnt/; Dutch: Gent [ɣɛnt]; French: Gand [ɡɑ̃]) is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province and after Antwerp the largest municipality of Belgium. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie and in the Late Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe with some 50,000 people in 1300. It is a port and university city. Ghent is Belgium’s second largest municipality by number of inhabitants. Much of the city’s medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. Its centre is the largest carfree area in Belgium. Interesting highlights are the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the Ghent Altarpiece, the belfry, the Gravensteen castle, and the splendid architecture along the old Graslei harbour. Ghent established a nice blend between comfort of living and history. The beguinages, as well as the belfry and adjacent cloth hall, were recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1998 and 1999.

 

 

Brugge, Belgium

Bruges (/ˈbruːʒ/; Dutch: Brugge [ˈbrɵɣə]; French: Bruges [bʁyːʒ]) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country.

The city has canals and coast. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and Stockholm, it is sometimes referred to as The Venice of the North. Bruges has a significant economic importance thanks to its port and was once the chief commercial city in the world. Bruges is well known as the seat of the College of Europe, an elite university institute for European studies regarded as “the EU’s very own Oxbridge.”

 

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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in Destination

 

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels (French: Bruxelles, [bʁysɛl] Dutch: Brussel, [ˈbrɵsəl]), officially the Brussels-Capital Region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels which is the de jure capital of Belgium.The Brussels-Capital Region is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community.

Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a major centre for international politics and has become the polyglot home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions The secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are also located in Brussels. Historically a Dutch-speaking city, it has seen a language shift to French from the late 19th century onwards. Today the majority language is French, and the Brussels-Capital Region is an officially bilingual enclave within the Flemish Region.

 

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Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Destination

 

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg [ˈzaltsbʊɐ̯k] Såizburg literally means “Salt Fortress” and is the fourth-largest city in Austria. It has a rich history and is the capital of the federal state of Salzburg.

Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city has three universities and a large population of students. Tourists also frequent the city to tour the city’s historic center and the scenic Alpine surroundings. Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for the musical play and film The Sound of Music.

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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in Destination

 

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Vienna (Wien), Austria

Vienna (Wien), the capital of Austria, lies in the country’s east on the river Danube. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists. The city’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, and then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Between 2005 and 2010, Vienna was the world’s number-one destination for international congresses and conventions. It attracts over 3.7 million tourists a year.

 

Statues outside the Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria.

Statues outside the Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on April 9, 2016 in Destination

 

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Amritsar, Punjab, India

The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, Punjabi pronunciation: [dəɾbɑɾ sɑhɪb])(The abode of God), and informally called the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, North India. The city was founded in 1574 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das and the Harmandir Sahib was designed by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan, who had the cornerstone laid by the Muslim Sufi saint Sai Hazrat Mian Mir on 28 December 1588. Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, in 1604 and installed it in the gurdwara. The upper floors of the gurdwara are covered with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its name – Golden Temple. The Harimandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is present inside the gurdwara during daytime and the holy book goes for Sukhasan during the night time and brought again in the next morning. The temple was mainly constructed to have a place of worship for men, women and children from all walks of life. There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolise the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. On an average day, over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine and also partake in the free community kitchen and meal (called Langar) that is a hallmark of all Sikh Gurudwaras. The gurdwara is surrounded by the Sarovar, a large lake or holy tank, which consists of Amrit (“holy water” or “immortal nectar”) and is fed by the Ravi River.

Next to the temple is The Jallianwala Bagh, wellknown for the Amritsar massacre which took place on 13 April 1919 when a crowd of unarmed, nonviolent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims were fired upon by troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer. More than 1,500 people were killed.

Not far from Amritsar is the Attari/Wagah (Punjabi (Gurmukhi): ਵਾਹਗਾ, Hindi: वाघा, Urdu: واہگہ‎) border which lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

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The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, )(The abode of God), and informally called the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, North India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Destination

 

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Belur, Karnataka, India

Belur, Karnataka, India

The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana. Channakesava is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Belur is famous for its marvelous temples and have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can see the rest of the pictures here: Belur Gallery or as a slide-show

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana.

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka.

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka.

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Prayers being offered to Lord Vishnu at the Channakesava Temple.

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With lights projected onto the ceiling the beautiful ceiling gets visible at the Channakesava Temple.

Channakesava Temple

With lights projected onto the ceiling the beautiful ceiling gets visible at the Channakesava Temple.

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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Destination

 

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