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Old mineralogical factory in Lavrion, Greece

The history of Lavrion mines, lost to the depths of the time, is directly connected with the history of Greece. Lavrion took its name after the Greek word “lavra” which means narrow passage or tunnel describing the characteristics of mining galleries. The first underground excavations began around 3000 BC establishing Lavrion mines as the oldest in Europe. However, the...

St Nicholas Church in the Lesser Town of Prague

The Church of St Nicholas, the most famous Baroque church in Prague, stands along with the former Jesuit college in the centre of the Lesser Town Square. A Gothic parish church consecrated by Prague Bishop Tobiáš in 1283 stood at the site until 1743; nearby was the Romanesque Rotunda of St Wenceslas, which had been built in memory of...

Prague Easter markets

The Prague Easter markets display handcrafted goods, all manner of food and drink, and showcase the wonderful old customs of a traditional Czech Easter. So, enjoy the bright colours of spring, browse around and sample the hearty local fare. Wooden huts display a variety of handicrafts such as crystal and glassware, jewellery, metalware, candles, wooden toys, embroidered cloth, and...

Some photos of Nuremberg in Germany

St. Lawrence Church Building begun about 1250. Originally built as a three-aisled basilica in the high Gothic style; later extended with an imposing late Gothic hall choir (1439-1477). Magnificent west facade with splendid portal richly decorated with statuary and rose window (mid-14th c.). Two towers 80 and 81 meters high. Important works of art: the Annunciation by Veit Stoß (1518),...

VAN GRAAF fashion department store in Prague

VAN GRAAF is a fashion department store chain with branches throughout Central Europe. The flagship store is located in the centre of Wenceslas Square in Prague. Clothing is arranged over 5 floors and ranges from top quality basic fashion including young trend labels, to the designer collections of international lifestyle brands. VAN GRAAF stocks clothing to suit many different occasions, from...

Galaxidi in Greece

The existence of  Galaxidi dates since 1393 BC. In the 3rd century B.C. Galaxidi became a nautical center and made alliances with other cities. Old texts found in Galaxidi talk about the nautical city with the marine history and heritage of the passion for the sea which until today remains a characteristic of all people of Galaxidi. Rigas Fereos' charta (map) in 1797 presents the name of Oianthi and  Pentayi for today's Galaxidi. The historian Constantine...

Limni town in island of Euboea, Greece

Limni (Greek: Λίμνη meaning "lake") is a town in the northwestern part of the island of Euboea in Greece. It has been suggested as the site of the ancient city of Elymnion. Elymnion is mentioned in the play Peace by Aristophanes. The exact location is unknown, and several possible locations have been suggested, including the present town Limni on the...

Kinderdijk, The windmills

In the beautiful wetlands around Dordrecht, you will find the windmills of Kinderdijk. Nineteen beautiful windmills, built around 1740, stand here as part of a larger water management system to prevent floods. Today, they symbolise Dutch water management, and in 1997 they were declared to be UNESCO World Heritage. The windmills of Kinderdijk were built to keep the low-lying lands of...

Some pictures of Evia Island in Greece

Evia has been inhabited since pre historic times. Its most important settlement early became today’s Chalkida, since it was the closest to the mainland and had natural resources of copper, making the city a trading center of great importance. The island’s name means “rich in cattle”. Evia is mentioned by some as Greece in miniature. With 900 km of coastline, Evia has...

Sanssouci Palace – Berlin

“A crown is just a hat that lets the rain in. These words spoken by Frederick the Great demonstrate modesty. It was without any pomp and circumstance, yet with discipline, that the king steered the course of Prussia in the 18th century. His wishes were those of a simple man: to be without a care, sans souci. And so...

Franz Kafka Museum

The long-term exhibition The City of K. Franz Kafka and Prague was opened in Prague in during the summer of 2005. Franz Kafka was born in Prague on 3 July 1883, died in a sanatorium at Kierling on 3 June 1924, and was buried in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague - Strašnice on 11 June. The exhibition opened...

Gengenbach: Advent Calendar

“Come to Gengenbach at Christmas to see an Advent calendar that is larger than life. Every evening at 6pm, another of the brightly lit windows of the neo-classical town hall is opened. Behind each one is a picture by a famous artist, such as Otmar Alt, Marc Chagall and this year Andy Warhol. This magical ritual is accompanied by...

Some photos of Delft in the Netherlands

Delft is known for its historic town centre with canals, Delft Blue pottery, the Delft University of Technology, painter Johannes Vermeer and scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek, and its association with the royal House of Orange-Nassau. Historical buildings and other sights of interest include: Oude Kerk (Old Church). Buried here: Piet Hein, Johannes Vermeer, Anthony van Leeuwenhoek. Nieuwe Kerk (New Church),...

Wannsee, famous and infamous…

Wannsee is a locality in the southwestern Berlin borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Germany. It is the westernmost locality of Berlin. In the quarter there are two lakes, the larger Großer Wannsee (Greater Wannsee) and the Kleiner Wannsee (Little Wannsee), are located on the River Havel and are separated only by the Wannsee Bridge. At the western rim of the Wannsee locality...

Prague views

Prague’s views are breathtaking 365 days a year. Although the Czech capital is nicknamed “the city of a hundred spires”, in fact it is decorated with nearly a thousand towers and spires. "You can admire the ancient heart of the city from the observation deck of the tower of Old Town Hall, and discover the charm of the Lesser Town roofs from the tower of...

The Galeries Lafayette in Berlin

After seemingly endless demolition, building, excavation and cleanup work, the Galeries Lafayette put the first spot of color to the old and new shopping mile Friedrichsstrasse. The light, elegant glass temple designed by architect Jean Nouvel, so very different from the usual Berlin block construction, has become a major public attraction. Galeries Lafayette in Berlin is a branch of the...

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