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Le Havre is  one of the largest ports in France. It is located on the bank of the Atlantic in the firth of the  Seine river , near its estuary. The city was built in 1517 by Francis I, after the nearby port of Onfler was covered with silt. During World War II,...
One of the most popular tourist attractions in  Athens is the guard mount in front of the Greek parliament on  Syntagma Square:   The guard mount at the Greek Parliament is performed every hour, but the most interesting ritual is performed on Sundays at 11 a.m. The...
Brussels has always been and still is the large political and trading center. Despite its prominent political status, the city kept its coziness and some special atmosphere. Though the population is nearly 1 million of citizens, historical center of the city is quite compacted – you can walk...
In November I went to France. Then I forgot to write the last report from the Orléans and Paris . Today I want to show you those photos with few comments... Orléans is a small town near Paris:  It is known to be released during centenary war after a seven-months siege by Joan of Arc: She...
If you are free in the afternoon in Paris , you can go to the Mansion de Chantilly ( Château de Chantilly ). It is possible to see here how there lived French aristocrats, to enjoy Raphael, Botticelli and Poussin pictures or to walk around the enormous park... The château is...
Love locks are a modern city plague. Surely, the broken windows theory will be explained on the example of lovely vandalism on bridges of love soon. Of course, while hang a two-three tens of pieces, nobody panics and undertakes urgent measures. But when the number reaches hundreds, and then...
In the Parisian Grevin Museum I liked the fact that here not only wax figures of the famous people are shown, but many exhibits are devoted to significant events as, for example, Mstislav Rostropovich's concert at the Berlin wall... Before getting inside, all visitors come into the small...
The best panoramas of  Athens come from the top of  mount Lykavittos , located north-east of the city center. The summit is easy to reach by foot. The Church of St.George.  The historic center of Athens is visible from the mount. The Acropolis, the ...
Asteriks is not only an animation hero, but also the amusement park near Paris . Having gone out of the plane  instead of going to hotel, we were taken straight to this park to ride on attractions... Monday. Morning. There was dull, cold, rainy weather. Well, everything disposed to...
Athens is not the only attraction in Greece, it also has a magnificent coast which can be reached by the tram on  Syntagma Square . In a little more than half an hour, the beautiful coast rises in front of you. The tram line goes from the center of the city to the resort town...
Let's continue our tour around Rome... I was surprised, how the Italians past the election propaganda. It seems that every night they glue new posters over the old ones: At the end of the walk we went to the Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Corso: The main celebrations of the...
This time we spent 2 days in Rome . We managed to walk through the city center, visit the zoo, lunch in the famous Cafe de Paris and attend the celebration of the 157th anniversary of the Italian Police... In Rome we arrived by taxi from Civitavecchia to dinner, and the evening...
If you think you saw Turkey when you went to Antalya, you are deeply mistaken.  Istanbul , or Constantinople, or Byzantium, isn't similar to Belek or Kemer at all. It strikes with all its greatness, traffic jams, vanity and the huge ships going across Bosphorus. The population of the city is...
Oman is one of the safest countries in the world, taking the 22nd position in the rating of countries. There are few rich Omanis, and many of them do not look down on anyone -  taxi drivers, refuellers, etc. A lot of Omani women work. There are even police women. Three ministries are...
Tunis was the only port that we did not explore on our own, but signed up for a tour. On our ship there were 500 compatriots and 4 accompanying persons from the Neptune tour company - the largest cruise operator in Russia. Stuarts told us that they had never seen more...
It rained in  Santorini , one of the most beautiful Greek islands, only 26 days a year. All these days fell during winter. Over the past 10 years, there were no rainy summer days, but this year was special because a team of travel-bloggers came here. Not everyone can be so "lucky", but we...
Perhaps,  Santorini is the most built-up Greek island. Every year it attracts millions of tourists with the heavenly blue roofs of its churches. During my last trip here, I was caught by the rain, but this time my photos were spoiled by the harsh midday sun . . . Santorini doesn't have...
The fact that both words "Turkey" and "trade" begin with a letter "T" is not a mere coincidence. Turks can sell and they do it well. I was reassured in that both in the ordinary grocery store and on the biggest covered market in the world - the Grand Market. Under the roof of the ...
I remembered the  Leaning Tower of Pisa for two things. Firstly, while climbing the spiral stairs inside, it seemed that the tower was rocking, like waves. And secondly, it was insanely funny watching the crowds of tourists taking pictures with their hands raised, visually ...
At Mallorca - the largest of the Balearic Islands - our ship docked early in the morning. From the upper deck it was clearly visible as the sun's rays furiously tried to disperse the morning haze, licking the roof of La Seu Cathedral. We tumbled to the shore and were...
Palermo is the main city in Sicily. I always associated it with the mafia and the film about the godfather. However, when our liner docked at the foot of Mount Pellegrino, we were surrounded not by mafia, but by the roguish taxi drivers vying in offering us an unforgettable experience and...
The Muttrah Market is one of the oldest in  Muscat , the capital in  Oman . It is distinguished by the "traditional" interiors, with narrow streets and labyrinths, small shops and the "colonial" nature of goods. Any souvenirs can be bought here: from a pack of incense for half a...
Our liner stopped in  Istanbul  for 2 days. We were able to avoid the most harmful human invention of culinary, a buffet, and to dine ashore.  But before the dinner under the bridge through Bosphorus, which connects Europe and Asia, we met the dawn in the Dardanelles...
The  Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Oman, and is one of the three required points to visit during a tour in  Muscat , the capital of the country. At this time, our guides showed us how to perform ablutions before namaz, and I took photos of it... There is a...

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