A sleepy community of half-timbered houses lining both slopes of a narrow valley at the foot of Boz Dağ, BIRGI, 9km east of Ödemış, is an excellent example of what small-town Turkey looked like before the wars and cement mania of the twentieth century.
The main thing to see is the Aydınoğlu Mehmet Bey Camii, also called the Ulu Cami, an engaging fourteenth-century mosque on the site of an earlier church. It's across the ravine from the Çakırağa Konaği (see below), a little way upstream. Quite a lot of ancient Pyrgion, including a sculpted lion, is incorporated into the exterior walls; inside, it's an understated masterpiece, with the tiled mihrab and a single arch betraying a Selçuk influence. Most impressive, though, are the carved hardwood mimber and shutters, some of them replacements for those carted off to the Selimiye Camii in Edirne. The sloping wooden roof is supported by a forest of Roman columns, the whole effect more like Spanish Andalucia than Turkey. The minaret features zigzag belts of glazed green tiles, like the Yeşil Cami in İznik, while the dome of the adjacent türbe (tomb) of the Aydınoğlu clan is fashioned in concentric rings of alternating brick and the same faïence. A couple of other mid- to late-period Ottoman mosques perch next to or above the stream, along with some ruined baths and a medrese, but while these add to the atmosphere of the place none can compare to the Ulu Cami.
Igloo ice hotel at Sorrisniva, Alta, Norway
Situated on the banks of the Alta River in Norway's far north, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel provides guests with an unforgettable experience. One of the most distinguishing features of the beautiful 2,000-square-meter ice palace are the reindeer hides draped over the entrances and beds. Reindeer are raised as livestock in the area and their hides are useful for keeping people warm, but also beautiful against the icy backdrop of the intricately carved igloo.
Everything from the walls and bar to drinking glasses and beds are made of ice and snow. Open from mid-January to mid-April, the amazing construction has 30 bedrooms, suites, an ice-chapel, an ice-bar and several lounges. Guests enjoy locally crafted liquors while lounging on velvety soft reindeer fur before falling asleep in ultra-warm sleeping bags provided by the hotel. Between the sculptures and the wall carvings, guests never run out of things to see or do and many come back every year to experience the adventure again and again.
Once a vital part of a mighty sea power, Positano is today a sophisticated resort on the central Amalfi Coast. Moorish-style architecture rises up steep slopes that gaze out on the Sirenuse Islands. Smart boutiques, selling fashions for visitors to display on Grand Beach, abound in the village. And it’s a great base for exploring the area—you can easily travel by boat to Capri, Ischia and the Grotta dello Smeraldo cave.
You really would never forget a such experience in italy under mediterranean sun light.
Melissani Cave or Melissani Lake, also Melisani is a cave located on the island of Kefalonia, northwest of Sami, about 5 km SE of Agia Efthymia, NE of Argostoli and NW of Poros. The Ionian Sea lies to the east with the Strait of Ithaca. Forests surrounds the cave and the mountain slope is to the west. Near the cave is the entry to the cave with parking lots and is passed almost in the middle of the main road linking Sami and Agia Efimia especially to the northern part of the island.
Catalonia and Barcelona has become one of the first tourist destination of Spain, it knows how to please the big majority : with a history among the oldest in Europe, a capital, Barcelona, which never sleeps and an inland full of charm not to forget beautiful beaches in La Costa Brava. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture , Dali, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso ...
Barcelona sited between the sea and the mountains, has found a formidable balance: a foot in the traditional things and the other in the avant-garde. Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain and it has renewed for the 1992 Olympic Games.
While in Barcelona take a little time to visit Catalonia like:
Costa Brava owes its name of "wild coast" to the uniqueness of the sudden encounter between mountain and sea. Nature, climate and history, the picturesque of its ports and certain villages have been enough to have a world wide reputation.
Costa Dorada , in the south of Barcelona, it is the color of gold, luminous, being in the maritime littoral the reason of its name "Costa Dorada" (Golden Coast).
Prague, Czech Republic
This magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries. Almost undamaged by WWII, Prague's compact medieval centre remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of her majestic 9th century castle that looks eastward as the sun sets behind her. Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music, cultural art, fine dining and special events catering to the independent traveller's thirst for adventure.
It is regarded by many as one of Europe's most charming and beautiful cities, Prague has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe along with Budapest and Krakow. Millions of tourists visit the city every year.
Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
Your gaze is immediately drawn to the imposing Fountain of the Four Rivers in the center of the piazza, dominating the scene with its powerful presence and figures that seem to come alive from the sound of the rushing streams of water.
The four giant nudes that form the statue are the personification of the principal rivers of the continents known at the time: the Nile represents Africa, with its veiled head because the source of the river had yet to be discovered, the Ganges Asia, the Danube Europe and Rio de la Plata, the Americas.
The marble giants are arranged on a travertine shoal at the center of a scene of carved grottoes and decorated with flowers, exotic plants and animals. There are seven animals ranged around the fountain: a horse, a sea monster, a serpent, a dolphin, a crocodile, a lion and a dragon. Overhead, at the top of the obelisk, is a dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit and emblem of the pope that commissioned the fountain.
This marvelous work by Gian Lorenzo Bernini can also be interpreted as a spectacular metaphor: divine grace, symbolized by the Dove, rains upon the Earth and the 4 continents whose rivers feed the ocean, represented by the large pool. This was a theme extremely dear to the pope, whose emblem is placed several times on the fountain to remind us of his role as earthly intermediary of divine will.
Seaside, Varese, Italy
Varese is a lively and pleasant modern town located near the lake of the same name. It enjoys a mild and sunny climate due to its proximity to the Lombardy region known as the Italian Lake District.
Girona in Spain is the city that is the capital of its own province. It is spelt 'Gerona' in Castilian Spanish and 'Girona' in Catalan, which is the primary language spoken throughout the province. Girona is in the north-east of Spain, and is bordered by France, and the provinces of Barcelona and Lleida.
Girona is one of the most varied provinces of Spain. It has the well known coastal area of the Costa Brava, that offers both sandy beaches and secluded rocky coves. It has great flat fertile plains
that are ideal for rural tourism and have many
campsites, cycling and walking routes. The Pyrenees are close by where you can ski and snowboard all year round.
Breakfast In Paris
Being with the person you love in a hotel balcony near the Eiffel tower,while having the breakfast under the first sun's rays is one of the most fabulous moments you could have during your life.
Durdle Door in Dorset, England
orset is certainly the coast with the most: you can relax on award-winning beaches at Bournemouth and Studland or discover your own secluded stretch of sand, enjoy the fresh flavours of local seafood, and hunt for fossils along the Jurassic Coast. Of course there is more to Dorset than just where the sea meets the sand; head inland and you’ll discover sweeping countryside, ancient sites and quirky ‘Wessex’ villages. If variety is the spice of life, Dorset is an exotic vindaloo.