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Andalucía’s capital city of Seville is steeped in history with the many civilisations that have left their mark here, from the Tartessians to the Romans and the long presence of the Moors whose influence can be seen in the beautiful architecture. After the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, the port became one of the most important in Spain and Seville entered its ‘Golden Age’, during this period many stately houses, churches and convents were built. In the Old City is the Cathedral of St. Mary, built 1401–1519, and is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, climb up the steps of the Giralda bell tower of the Cathedral for a magnificent view over the city. Also take a visit to the nearby Moorish royal Mudéjar palace, built in the 14th century, known as the Alcazar with its beautiful gardens, wonderful architecture, courtyards and ponds, and the Santa Cruz quarter with splendid, colourful flower-laden balconies, intricate streets and decorated facades.
Other attractions to look out for are Casa de Pilatos. A sixteenth century palace and generally thought to be one of the best in the city, the 13th century Torre de Oro rumoured to have been covered in gold, The Jewish Quarter (Barrio Santa Cruz) is located around the Cathedral and the many museums within Seville. Seville hosts many festivals throughout the year and the Feria de Abril is a week-long celebration of food, drink and dance where the men parade on horseback and women dance in richly coloured dresses. The city has more than 1,000 Tapas bars which provide vast choices to please even the fussiest of eaters and are even more delicious when washed down with a cold beer or glass of “manzanilla” sherry.
Salzburg is known as the city where Mozart was born and raised and as the film location for “The Sound of Music.” It is characterized by the historic city centre with its narrow streets and spacious squares, the Salzburger Nockerl souffle, the Salzburg Festival and the stunning mountain panorama. The baroque city is a harmonious blend of scenic landscapes and architecture, art and culture, traditional and modern facets. It is small, aesthetic and sophisticated. A walk through a city surrounded by the Mönchsberg, Festungsberg and Kapuzinerberg and divided by the river virtually lets visitors breathe history while it imparts surprisingly modern sights. The facts are as pleasing as they are impressive. Salzburg owes its international reputation to the unique charm of its cityscape. UNESCO listed Salzburg’s historic city centre as a World Heritage Site especially worthy of protection. The city’s most famous son still enchants music lovers from around the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Getreidegasse 9 on January 27, 1756. After completion of the renovations in 2010, Mozart’s Birthplace now houses four modern permanent exhibitions. The Old City – Salzburg’s baroque masterpiece Hohensalzburg Fortress, dating back to the 11th century and one of the largest fortifications in Europe, towers high above the city on the Festungsberg.
In addition to interesting insight into the history of the impressive fortification, the medieval castle and modern fortress offers a magnificent 360° panoramic view over the rooftops of Mozart’s city and the surrounding mountains. Over 50 galleries offer art in all of its facets, ranging from paintings and sculptures to prints and jewellery. Over 20 museums have their doors open to welcome visitors to Salzburg. The Kapuzinerberg and Capuchin Monastery are located on the other side of the Salzach River, accessed by climbing a flight of stairs. The walk leads past the former residence of the novelist, Stefan Zweig. A stunning backdrop can be found in the Mirabell Gardens, whose Palace houses the Marble Hall. The traditional shops in Salzburg’s Old City include liquor stores, an umbrella manufacturer and a small El Dorado for cheese gourmets. Fine leather goods and delicate lace can also be found in Salzburg’s historic city centre. Apart from these traditional, historic shops, modern stores offer international fashion labels, upscale luxury shops and young designers.
Florence is breathtakingly beautiful and the Cathedral is an absolutely magnificent building, huge, ornate and colourful. Dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore (St. Mary of the Flower). The vault of the dome is frescoed with a depiction of the last supper. One can visit the roof and the Dome but this can only be done as part of the guided tour, entry into the Cathedral is free. Back out into the sunshine and in the Piazza Duomo, cross over to the Baptistery. Construction started on this small building in the 5th century but it was the work done in the 11th and 12th centuries that have made it the most important monument of Romanesque architecture in Florence. On the east side of the Baptistery is the famous door of Paradise with its ten beautiful bronze panels depicting the stories of Noah and Joshua; these are definitely not to be missed. The South door consists of 28 panels showing the life of John the Baptist and the North door with its 28 panels illustrating the Life of Christ. The interior of the Baptistery is covered in 13th – 14th century mosaics and is an octagonal shape with marble decoration.
The busy Piazza Della Signoria contains the grand Neptune fountain and the bronze statue of Cosimo I dei Medici astride his horse and at the far side of the piazza is the Loggia dei Lanzi (also called the Logia della Signoria), in the Loggia stand large copies of famous statues such as the ‘Rape of the Sabine Women’, Perseus cutting off the head of Medusa, Statues of the Virtues, Hercules and Nessus and Menelaus bearing the body of Patroclus. Next to the Loggia is the Palazzo Vecchio (the Old Palace so called after the Medici left in the middle of the 16th century for the Palazzo Pitti). Nine coats of arms are over the arches; these represent the various rulers of Florence through the centuries. At the entrance stands the copy of Michelangelo’s David and the Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus. The city contains miles and miles (or so it seems) of galleried walkways, the marble floors are cool and thankfully nice and smooth. The Piazzale Michelangelo which looks out over the city offers a beautiful view over Florence and contains the large statue of Michelangelo’s David. Not to miss is a trip to the Uffizi Gallery
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Rothenburg ob der Tauber is situated on the Romantic Road in Bavaria, Germany. Massive stone town walls studded with 42 towers; halftimbered houses with red-tiled roofs; cobblestone streets and flower-filled window boxes: That is Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the “Red Fort on the River Tauber.” One of Europe’s most beautiful medieval towns looks like a movie set – but it is all real! Over the past 1,000 years, the narrow lanes have welcomed kings and emperors, pilgrims and, now, international visitors. All have been – and still are – bewitched by this town, where past and present live side by side. Picturesque by day, the town is mysterious at night, when the night watchman’s tour leads visitors through picturesque lanes. Dressed in a black cape and a broad-brimmed hat, he carries a lantern and his tales bring the past to life, from the Thirty Years War and the Plague to white gold (salt) and the Herrngasse, Rothenburg’s main shopping street. Rothenburg was also important in the past as a destination for pilgrims, eager to see the precious relic at St. James’s Church: The Heilig Blut, the drop of Christ’s holy blood. Highlights – The Town Hall, This fine Gothic church is also famous for its Altarpiece of the Holy Blood. Carved in wood by the German master, Tilman Riemenschneider, its complexity and detail are as impressive now as they were five centuries ago.
The Town Hall on Market Square features two architectural styles: Gothic at the rear (1250–1400) and Renaissance at the front (1572–1578). It’s worth the steep climb up the 200-ft tower for views over the ancient rooftops…The Historical Vaults.In the dungeons beneath the Town Hall, this museum reflects the Thirty Years War, when this part of Europe was in turmoil…St Jacob’s Church.Construction of this church began in 1311. Highlights, such as the Altarpiece of the Holy Blood, carved in wood by the great Tilman Riemenschneider…Imperial Town Museum.Housed in a former convent; the local history museum covers the art and culture of this former imperial city. Highlights include the 13th-century kitchen, the Rothenburg Passion painting (1494) and an important collection of weapons and pottery.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and sits below the imposing Edinburgh Castle which is situated on an extinct volcano (named Arthur’s Seat) at the top of the Royal Mile, it has become the symbol of the city. Both the New and Old towns were listed as World Heritage Sites in 1995. Edinburgh, or “Auld Reekie”, combines beautifully both the ancient and the modern and is where centuries of history meet a vibrant modern city. From Georgian grandeur and Gothic churches to ultra-modern architecture and draws visitors from all over the world to experience Scottish hospitality. There is a wealth of attractions to keep you occupied around Edinburgh with wonderful architecture, fine food and drink, Museums, Parks and Gardens, fantastic shopping (look out for Whiskey and Kilts along the Royal Mile) and stunning scenery in the nearby Lothians.
Highlights – Edinburgh Castle – Don’t miss the Scottish Crown Jewels, The Great Hall, St Margaret’s Chapel, ‘Mons Meg’ old siege gun, The 1 O’clock Gun, The Scottish National War Memorial and take in the stunning views over the city and over the Firth of Forth and into Fife. Greyfriars Kirk – best known for being the final resting place of ‘Greyfriars Bobby’ and his master ‘Old Jock’. Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse – A Royal residence in the Old Town and contains the Queen’s Gallery with art from the royal collection, the Royal Botanic Garden and Edinburgh Zoo. The Rosslyn Chapel, which famously featured in ‘The Da Vinci Code’. The Scott Monument in the New Town which commemorates the life of Sir Walter Scott. No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without experiencing a tour through 300 years of whisky making; The Scottish Whisky Experience is based at the top of the historic Royal Mile.
Edinburgh is also known as The Festival City as it hosts numerous national and international festivals such as ‘The Edinburgh International Festival’, ‘Edinburgh Military Tattoo’, ‘Edinburgh Fringe Festival’ and the ‘ Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival’ to name but a few.
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