Exploring Barcelona Part 3: Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most famous streets of Barcelona close to the centre, Placa de Cataluna. This neighbourhood resembles a live gallery that many stylish buildings are standing next to each other. The famous buildings on Passeig de Gracia are Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Mulleras, Casa Bonet, Casa Amatller, Casa Mila and Casa Batlló. The last two have the most remarkable appearance, and they are designed by worldwide famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

Gaudí is a master who served more than 50 years to his country and produced many beautiful artworks during his lifetime. His style is so original that each of them became symbols of Barcelona. They are also essential architectures worldwide art heritage that played a leading role when the art style was shifting toward modernism at the beginning of 20th century. (more…)

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Discovering Sicily Part 2: Villa Romana Del Casale

When given an opportunity, humans have the tendency to make their living environments rich with opulent decorations since the early civilizations. Ancient Roman villas are one of the supreme examples of environments for domestic life using artistic depictions on decorations.

In the Roman times, the word “villa” was first used to call the houses living upper-class people, and they were constructed on the rural sites, out of city walls. Villas were not only residential buildings but also an administration center the surrounding land. The owners mostly are from upper classes, and aristocrats so they were public figures, and their private properties were familiar places to meet with society. (more…)

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Van Abbemuseum: Eindhoven’s Precious Modern Art Gallery

Eindhoven is one of the well-known high tech industrial centers in Europe. The city is rapidly growing since the beginning of 20th century thanks to its citizens, who are always seeking for innovation and originality.

Henri Van Abbe, a cigar manifacturer, was one of the citizens who made a significant contribution to Eindhoven. He was passionate for collecting art pieces from various national and international artists. His life period coincided with the era that perception of art has shifted towards modernism which is the true evidence of ever-changing world. (more…)

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Acropolis: The Golden Crown of Athens

Once upon a time, there was a sacred area on the top of a hill where the worships prayed for their precious deity Athena, the protector of the goddess of the city. This place was so beautiful that whoever passed by was enchanted by the decorations of buildings which are surrounded by many statues. Years went on and the hill witnessed many catastrophic events, wars, earthquakes still preserved its beauty.

People call ancient establishment Acropolis which means high land in Greek, and there is an inhabitation place for more than 5000 years. The most recent establishment was 2500 years ago. In Acropolis, every building is another monument with a different architectural structure. Each building crowns the hill in harmony and has its own story. (more…)

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Discovering Sicily Part 1: Big Cities

Are you a nature lover? Sicily also offers natural walking tours over the mountain Etna. This gigantic active volcano of Europe lies in the north east part of the island having 135 recorded eruptions in history. Etna’s last eruption happened on 16 March 2017, and it caused the injury of 10 people. Mountain Etna has even been mentioned in Greek mythology, the “God of Fire” lives on the steep valleys of the mountain. (more…)

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Enjoying Music in Rock Werchter, the Worldwide Famous Festival of Belgium

Belgium is a heaven for music, many music festivals takes place throughout the year on different parts of the country. The three most famous Belgian music festivals are Tomorrowland, Rock Werchter and I Love Techno. As someone who is a fan of rock and alternative music, my preference is Rock Werchter from these three top festivals.

Music festivals have been introduced to my life around four years ago after I moved to Europe. Now it is a tradition for me to attend to a music festival once a year. It provides a nice opportunity to listen to many famous music bands and groups on a single weekend. (more…)

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Star Shaped Towns of the Netherlands

Star-shaped (bastion) forts started to emerge in Europe during the 15th century when the cannons were invented, which the date coincides pretty much with beginning of renaissance. Netherlands is famous for having well-preserved unique shaped bastion forts, or star-shaped fortified towns because this type of fortification was especially very suitable for such land where the altitude is very close to the sea level, easy to dig waterlines.

The Dutch is also expert with managing water systems, and during the old times, there was convenient way to defend the city from bird’s eye views which was completely in the shape of a star. Usually, these cities are designed in the form of Pentagon and Hexagon, surrounded by many triangular bastions.
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Wandering Around Brussels Centrum

When visiting European cities, it is common to walk through a crowded square, and the well-preserved ones would be surrounded by stylish historical buildings. Brussels Grand Plaza is one of the best examples of a historical square, and the buildings that surround the square makes the place very attractive to visitors which are a combination of Gothic and Neo-Classic style buildings.

I have been traveling to Belgium since I was sixteen and the centrum of Brussels is the most beautiful town square that I have encountered so far. The center is always lively day and night which makes me excited anytime I pass there. The old buildings are so attractive that I cannot take my eyes out of them. The buildings are so stylish, decorated with great sculptures and engravings that I am so impressed of the architects of these buildings. Brussels square became more interesting for me when I learned about the story behind them. (more…)

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Touring Around Luxembourg City Part 2

Luxembourg City is the capital of Luxembourg which is a prominent center with many well- preserved historical sites and recently developed modern buildings. The historical sites in the city are from the 16th century with the architecture style of Flemish Renaissance.

My visit to Luxembourg was on a dry weekend in early spring. During my journey, I toured around the city center and discovered some local touristic attractions and had a chance to taste out some traditional, local food. Here is an illustrative map describing the routes that I pursued, the sights and places are numbered. The routes were drawn from Google Maps. (more…)

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Touring Around Luxembourg City Part 1

In between Germany, Belgium, and France, there sits a very small and beautiful country which is called Luxembourg. The seventh smallest country of European Union. Despite its size, Luxembourg has one of the highest per capita in the world, and the official name is Grand Duchy of Luxembourg since 1815. Throughout the history, Luxembourg remained wealthy thanks to the steel industry. Today, there is an important investment place in the world, a financial center for many banks and companies.

The capital of the country is called Luxembourg City, which is a prominent center with many well- preserved historical sites and recently developed modern buildings. Many of the buildings were constructed in the 16th century and the style is inspired by Flemish Renaissance Architecture. Here is an informative web article about the history of Luxembourg. (more…)

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