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This was our next cruise stop -  Split, Croatia .  We had already been to Split once, when we lived in a resort town situated nearby, and went there on a tour ship. So, I remembered it pretty well. The city has remained unchanged since that time - well, and how can it change, if the...
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, located near Nice can be described as a place full of calm, luxury and wealth. This place was discovered by Belgian King Leopold II, his villa is still the most expensive villa in the world. The Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild, where weddings and parties are held by modern...
Nice met us with amazing weather. We took a walk through the city in the early morning. The city looked magic. The combination of palm trees and fir-trees sprinkled with artificial snow, looked very unusual and created a very festive mood. Generally, Christmas and New Year decoration of...
Having a certain experience of the stay on the Côte d'Azur, I want to share a list of things that you certainly must do, when you come there. 1. Drink a bottle of Chateau de Berne rose in "Villa Deste" restaurant and the pasta with lobster. Or you can choose Bandol reserve 2013 (it cost 17 euro as...
Every time I come to the Cote d'Azur, I manage to discover something new in  Monaco . The country is a collection of Prince's cars, the most glamorous zoo in the world, unbelievably beautiful streets and new restaurants (the meals there are so delicious that you want to savor every single...
Monaco  is like a fairy tale, with the dazzling sun and azure sea. This trip was a luxury holiday, and the beauty was literally in the air! Visiting this country fulfilled my childhood dream. This is a place of happiness, where you'll want to come back again and again. Due to the fact...
In spite of the fact that  Lisbon  is the capital of Portugal, there are few attractions in the city. Primarily, this is due to the fact that in 1755 the city was completely destroyed by the earthquake, and it was rebuilt only at the end of the 18th century. First, we visited ...
Brussels  is one of my favorite European cities. I liked visiting here a lot. This is a beer shop with a huge variety of beer. This is the central square,  The Grand Place . It is known as the most beautiful square in the world. It has a long square with buildings of the Flemish...
This is a continuation of the previous review. I had another short walk around  Brussels . This is the  Town Hall and its  watch tower. This is the  Royal Palace . It was amazing inside! This is somewhere in the city center. This was an authentic...
One day, we decided to arrange a self-guided tour around  Heraklion , the capital of Crete. Unfortunately, we had to wait 40 minutes for a bus. Although, the local buses were nice and comfortable.  There's an airport located in Heraklion, so the fans of the aircraft can admire it...
One day, we decided to go on a tour from  Rethymnon to  Preveli . The tour included a trip to the city of Rethymno, then the monastery of Preveli, after that the Libyan Sea, and in the end, we saw the  Kourtaliotiko gorge . Here's a view from the bus. This is the...
In the morning, we took a water taxi from our hotel to the port; it wasn't far. Getting there by boat was expensive, but we had a lot of baggage. We called in the harbor and sailed past our ship, simultaneously examining it from all sides. Here’s a general view of one of the harbors of...
When headed to  Venice. As this ship prepared to dock, we saw the following landscape:    We were planning to see as much of Venice as we could during our visit. To get the island, where our hotel was located, we could go by foot, taxi, water bus, or by swimming. We decided to...
When the weather is good, one must stand a looong queue to get to the Eiffel Tower. However, it is possible to avoid the queues. For that, one will have to get up very early in the morning (when there’s no crowd of tourists). Moreover, the tower has four entrances, and three of them are equipped...
Nahariya is one of the resorts in Israel, located on the Mediterranean coast in Western Galilee. The resort life is centered on the main street, Ha-Ga'ton. Eucalyptus trees grow along tree-lined boulevards, and there's the river Ga'aton, which looks like a dead stream. To the right and to left of...
We were going down the terraces of the Bahai Garden -  Terraces of the Bahá'í Faith . Only believers are allowed to go up there. The Baha'i Faith is one of the youngest world religions. It started in 1844 in Iran. The symbol of Baha'i is a nine-pointed star. There's a tomb of Baba on...
Haifa  is the third largest city in Israel and the largest seaport on the slope of  Mount Carmel . The population is about 275,000. The higher the district, the more prestigious. Arabs live in the Lower Town, Hof Shemen is the industrial district, and Carmel is the highest and most...
We came out of the subway, and I took pictures of the cloudy winter day in  Haifa.  Then it started raining. Modern buildings of glass and concrete neighbor smaller, ramshackle buildings.  The Israeli law forbids even touching unowned houses for 60 years. They are only subject...
Caesarea  is a city built by King Herod and it served as the capital of Israel, during the ancient Roman period. There you can find a theater, a "palace on the reef," an amphitheater for King Herod, baths, administrative and economic areas, a fortified town from the Middle Ages, a port, a...
The first and the second part of this review can be found here. There are only ruins of the Crusader fortress. The knights defended  Tiberias , but they were defeated by Saladin. It was written that it was the south wall, erected by Bedouin ruler Zahir al-Amar in the ...
We went to  Tiberias , in Israel. Tiberias is the main city of eastern Galilee, Israel, honored by Hebron and Safed from Israel and Jerusalem. It was founded in 18 AD and is located on the shore of Lake Kinneret. Here’s the sea level. There’s an observation deck at the entrance to...
The previous part of this review can be found here.  Tiberias is considered to be a resort town. Most of the attractions, hotels, restaurants and cafes are concentrated in the Old Town near the coast, where we went. Finally, we reached the lake. There was a promenade with shops and cafes...
The history of the castle is related to the Crusaders.  Montfort Castle was built by the French in the 1170s. The castle is located on an impregnable rock, hanging over a cliff. However, Saladin came and took all the lands, including Tiberias. During the Third Crusade, the knights managed to...
This is the sea passenger port. To the left, you can see the Giudecca Canal in  Venice . Here’s Venice, the central part. Coming from the Marco Polo airport, we passed the island of Murano. Exiting the  Grand Canal . Portside; there’s the Church of Santa Maria della...

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