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While many people would choose to sleep in as late as possible, we got up early. After all, we didn't want to miss the passage of marine ships from the sea to the port, through  Venice . We left the hotel and went to the Giudecca Canal waterfront. The ships’ port call started at...
The last morning of our cruise was clear and sunny, just like the previous days. Here’s the Venetian Lagoon at dawn. This was the almost deserted  Grand Canal . Here’s the deserted  Piazza San Marco . This is a view from the promenade. After leaving the ship, we took a...
Our cruise was especially interesting in terms of the route we took, as we passed through a lot of different places, and even two new countries! It was our second cruise on the  Celebrity , and we enjoyed both trips. The cruise started in  Venice , and I heard that watching ships...
Croatian  Dubrovnik , located on the Adriatic coast on the opposite coast from Bari, Italy, was our final stop as part of the cruise. I didn't expect anything interesting from this stop, so I was surprised to see how interesting the city looked. Quiet, small, and pleasant. With an...
We arrived in  Istanbul  early in the morning, about 5 am. Dawn drowned in a haze hanging over the Bosphorus. Figures of ships were gliding through the strait like shadows, and local scheduled pleasure boats were scurrying between them. For example, here's KATE -...
The Bosphorus is the strait between Europe and Asia Minor, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.  Istanbul  is situated on both sides of the strait. According to the legend, the strait got its name in honor of the daughter of the ancient king of the Argives...
After leaving the boat, on which we toured along the Bosphorus (Istanbul - Views From the Bosphorus), we plunged into the quarters behind the  New Mosque . We were tired from the numerous and amazing experiences that we enjoyed during our boat tour, so we didn't want to take pictures of...
The next day, after the stop in Greece, we came to the Turkish city of  Izmir . As it's written in clever books, Izmir is the third most populous city in Turkey and has the country's second largest port after Istanbul. Both points are true: port terminals stretch behind the...
St. Michael is considered the patron saint of  Brussels and  St. Gudula is the daughter of the Carolingian aristocrat of the 7th century, her relics have been housed in the church for over 1000 years. This is the  Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula...
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur  is one of the five largest churches in the world. Its construction has been dated to the 75th anniversary celebration of the country's independence, and the first stone was placed by the King of Belgium. However, the construction of  Basilique ...
The history of  Louvre  goes back to the Middle Ages. Initially, it was a fortress built in 1190 by King Philip Augustus to protect  Paris  against the Vikings. At the time of Francis I, its towers were destroyed, and a palace in the Renaissance style was built in their...
I want to tell you about three historic districts of  Paris  which are close to each other. Here, in the Ile de la Cite, which resembles a boat, Paris was born in the middle of  Seine . You can see the remains of the first buildings in the archaeological excavations of...
This river has a special charm. There are very few cities in Europe which shape is determined by a river. The  Seine  is the main axis of  Paris : all distances are measured from its banks, the numbering of houses begins from the embankments. The Seine divides Paris in...
Bari is a port city on the Adriatic Sea in Italy. It is the quiet, hot and sleepy capital of one of the southern regions of the country. It has a rich history stretching back many centuries; however, it does not have places of interest attractive for masses of tourists. Therefore, it is known...
The museum is called  Yad La-Shiryon, b ut it also goes by the name Beitha-Shiryon.  It is opened between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Friday is a short day. The entrance ticket was about $8. Nearby there was a center for the study of bird migration. Radar is already in the territory....
We continued walking through the city of Lucca ( Lucca And Pisa. Italy. P.1 ). There was a infinite number of churches and smaller churches - Lucca is even called The City of 100 Churches - but this time, we just walked and rested there. We did not run around the attractions with our...
The stop, or more correctly "parking" (since it took so long), of our ship was in Livorno. By the way, many cruise ships go there. Our ship was in port for two days! It was a very long stop that is apparently for people to have time to go to Florence for an overnight stay. On the one hand, it is...
Latrun is a site in Israel, west of  Jerusalem . I read in the guidebook that there is a Trappist Monastery and decided to visit it. The trappist monks get up before dawn, do not eat meat, work a lot and are incommunicative. We didn't see any monks, but we walked around the territory of the...
We have finally visited Pompeii. This review is exclusively about the ruins. I used to think that there is nothing to look at - as the ruins are just the ruins... But it’s different when you are in those places, and it is perceived in another way. There you feel that it was someone else's home...
Mykonos  was another island that we wanted to visit during a cruise. There was no sense staying there for a week, as the island is tiny and there are only few interesting sights to see. Mykonos is famous mainly for Ibiza – all night booze ups and discos . . . and the  pelican Petros...
I continue telling about the trip to the Azores. Also, we went to the Serra da Tronqueira Preserve, which is situated away from the coast.  It was so quiet in the forest, that even the birds singing wasn’t heard. There was no rain, but it was so humid, that the drops were falling from the...
I continue telling about the trip to the Azores . The previous part is here. Then we went to the Terra Nostra Park. Well, in general, it is beautiful, and people are few. The alleys, fleeced with moss, are very cozy... There’s a swimming pool, the so-called the "Spring of Youth" at the...
Our trip to the Azores took place almost 3 years ago. Sao Miguel is an extraordinarily beautiful island with a wonderful climate and excellent food... The question is why people do not go there??? We were only on one island, but as far as I know, it is not the most interesting one. We spent...
"When in Rome do as the Romans do". It means that if you want to drive in Palermo, you should be ready to break the laws))). Nervous and law-abiding people are not recommended to travel by car on the roads of this city!.. And it's not the question of the traffic, which is enough in many other...

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