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The  Cathedral of Malaga o verlooks the Old Town with its narrow streets and small neat houses. Catholics decided to build the cathedral immediately after the reconquest of the city from the Moors. As in many other cities, it was decided to build the Cathedral...
In late March I took one small, but interesting "weekend" trip - I  flew to the south of Spain to stay there from Friday to Sunday, where I visited the city of  Malaga  and went to the Strait of Gibraltar to enjoy Africa from Europe. To be honest, initially, the main...
The city center of  London  is one of the greenest in the world. There are a lot of shady gardens and parks, many of which were laid out in the Middle Ages. Every garden and park has its own unique charm. Londoners and tourists like to visit parks for sports activities, concerts or just...
The  "MSC Splendida"  arrived on the Southern side of the Italian coast. This tour was dedicated to the exploration of Sicily, the volcanic slopes of Etna, the Strait of Messina and the  volcano of Stromboli, which sticks out of the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea....
A more modern version of the British Parliament was constructed in the middle of the 19th century, after the  Palace of Westminster  which had been there  since the 11th century and was almost completely burned down after a fire in 1834. Initially, the Palace of Westminster served...
St Paul's Cathedral  is the largest cathedral in  London , and the second largest cathedral in Europe (after  St.Peter's Cathedral in Rome) . The current cathedral was built between 1675 and 1710, on the site of the former medieval cathedral which was destroyed by a fire in...
Buckingham Palace  is the official working residence of the Queen, in  London . Buckingham House, built in the 18th century, was rearranged as a working residence for George IV in 1826. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to settle in the palace soon after coming to the throne in...
Coronations and royal weddings are held within the walls of  Westminster Abbey and British monarchs dating back to the 11th century are buried here.  This is one of the most beautiful buildings in  London,  with an extraordinary variety of architectural styles. The...
Trafalgar Square is home to the magnificent column of Admiral Nelson, one of the most famous columns in London. The facades of the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery face into the square, and The Mall begins here, leading to Buckingham Palace . Below is the beginning of the...
Athens has such a rich history that walking around feels like you are visiting an open museum. Remnants of antiquity are hidden among more modern buildings and renovations of ancient architecture throughout  Athens. Below is the preserved buildings of Hadrian's Library, built...
For this review, I gathered photos that are not related to any of my previous reviews about London . I want to share these iconic and interesting shots of red buses, classic British telephone booths and entrances to the underground, marked with the distinctive "Underground" signs . . . This...
In the  Somerset House, built by William Chambers in 1770, two magnificent collections of artworks are displayed; the Courtauld Gallery and the Gallery on the Quay. The first day I came here was by accident; I arrived in the courtyard of the Somerset House. In Italy, you would call this...
The other side of the hill also offers a breathtaking view - of the amazing blue and white town, of the bay, forest, hills, and even far away Tunisian capital, in the midst of which even from here you can see of our ship. It seems you can walk along Sidi Bou Said  endlessly....
Sidi Bou Said is a beautiful Arab town, which is called the pearl of Tunisia. It is situated on a high hill with a magnificent view of the Gulf of Tunis, Carthage and the surroundings of the capital. White and blue colors has completely dominated in this amazing town from the...
Today's cruise day stood somewhat apart - if all the other days we spend in the European countries, now we go to Africa. I had never been before to Africa, so I was waiting for this first meeting with anxiety and some excitement. Of course, Tunisia - it's not Central African countries, not...
On a small patch of land on the rocky shore a group of enthusiasts with huge cameras was on duty - they were taking pictures of birds soaring over the  Strait of Gibraltar . Here you can see Europe, Africa far away and a small Spanish village in the foreground. Here are mountains...
The Italian Stromboli volcano is 3028 feet (923 meters) high and located  is located on a tiny island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Eruptions occur constantly. Despite its regular eruptions, a small village has called one the...
Malaga  is a relatively small and compact city, and one day would be enough to explore it. However, in my case, the trip included nearly three full days, so it was advisable to not to be limited to  Malaga , but also to travel around its surroundings. There are a lot of...
We continue our tour. We go down to the sea again and make a stop in front of  The Château d'If  that was built here in 1524 to protect the city from the sea, and after a while turned into a horrible prison known for a lot of terrible facts and legends, and which was described...
"MSC Splendida" came into the port of  Marseilles  when early in the morning I found myself with a camera on the upper deck - the city was still covered with the morning mist and only severe towers of  Chateau d'If  were gilded by the first sunrays. In the...
Let's go down the streets of  Portofino : A cortege of cyclists rushed on the road: And on the steps of the old church kids play soccer - the Italians. :) Portofino  is a famous resort town. They say, if you start chatting with the locals, you can get fresh news from the...
Here, on the Ligurian coast, a traveler, tired from the art of Florence and packing his suitcases in Milan, finally is able to just relax: have a good swim in the sea, sail on a boat along the coast, climb the mountains and rocks. It is a very beautiful and environmentally pristine area...
On a nearby hill there is another cool observation deck where you can see Florence  from a glance! After two hours of walking, I went back to the central part of the city - after all there is also a lot to see. Here is a Florentine lady with her dog: This is the  Ponte Vecchio...
No matter how hard it was to get up at 6 am after yesterday's adventures, we had no choice. I had to fly home to Moscow soon, so I felt the need to take advantage of my last day in Italy instead of just sleeping at the hotel. Arriving at the station, I bought a ticket for Milan Express; it...

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