Taste'n Travel: Star-Shaped Fortifications

Netherlands Star-Shaped Medieval Fortified Towns

Netherlands is a flat country and in old time times digging perfectly geometric bastion forts around the town was convenient to defend the city, from bird’s eye view they were completely in the shape of a star. Usually, these cities are designed in the form of Pentagon and Hexagon, surrounded by many triangular bastions.

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. This type of fortification was especially very suitable for the landscape of the Netherlands which the altitude is very close to the sea level, easy to dig waterlines. The Dutch is also expert with manging water systems. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: Brussels City Centre

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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Taste'n Travel: Touring Around Luxembourg

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: Illustrative Map

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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Trdelnik: A Traditional East European Pastry

Trdelnik: A Traditional East European Pastry

Trdelnik is a popular street food in East Europe especially in Prague. For me, it is one of the most delicious pastries that I have tasted in Europe. Traditionally this taste is more associated with Prague however it is a shared recipe among East European countries.

Trdelnik is getting very popular within Europe as a street food and it is possible to encounter it in many other European cities. So far have encountered it in a couple of Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the fascinating city where sits in the heart of northwest Europe with all its glory. Having wandered around this stunning city, it is possible for someone to trace its wealthy history. During Golden times, it was a capital of commercial trade with having strong connections from east to west.

Dam Square is the oldest square in Amsterdam, which is considered as the center of the city witnessed many important events throughout history. It is still the main square of Amsterdam surrounded by important buildings and monuments as Nieuwe Kerk, National Monument and also the Royal Palace. Here is a nice video about the history and development of Dam Square. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: La Sagrada Familia

Exploring Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a worldwide known basilica and one of the main landmarks of Barcelona. La Sagrada Familia is the most popular attraction of Barcelona that nearly 3,000,000 visitors travel every year to Barcelona, to witness this exquisite view of this dignified temple. What makes this building so special is its unique style where art, religion, and beauty meet together and produces a breathtaking view visible from any point of the city.

La Sagrada Familia has a long construction history and is still not yet finished. The first stone is laid on March 19, 1882, around 135 years ago. The temple is planned to be finished in 2026, there are a couple of years more to go for the final opening. The architect of this ambitious project is no one else than Antoni Gaudi whose view of art is “Truth”, “Structure” and “Beauty”. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: Barcelona Tour Breakfast Santa Lucia

Exploring Places With Good Tastes in Barcelona

Barcelona, the crowned Mediterranean is an inspiring city with traces of many years of history. There is joyful, artistic and also delicious. It is possible to find many different kinds of healthy cuisine, a true source of happiness.

Spanish food is great, especially tapas, paella and sangria are my favorite. Enjoying this Spanish and Catalan delight in Barcelona is a fantastic experience especially when it is combined with this city’s exciting atmosphere. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: Touring Around Vienna Part 2

Touring Around Vienna: Part 2

If you are an art lover, Vienna is unquestionably a “must” destination for you to visit, that there is a famous European centre for art and history. There are diverse imperial treasury collections exhibited in Viennese museums.

Vienna itself is actually an open air museum that as a city, it is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. I visited Vienna in a December weekend and the city was breathtaking with its Christmas spirit. Beautiful Christmas markets were everywhere. Click here to read more about Christmas markets. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: Touring Around Vienna Part 1

Touring Around Vienna: Part 1

Vianna is a charming city with its rich imperial history which offers many sights for its visitors. It is possible to witness different styles of architecture which was popular in various eras. Vienna is a beautiful city where traditional and modern in entwined into each other. There is also a suitable place to experience the extravagant baroque lifestyle.

Emperor Franz Joseph I had a significant influence on the architectural development of Vienna. He was actually one of the most beloved rulers of Austrian-Hungary Empire who reigned the kingdom for 68 years. Franz Joseph also had good taste in architecture, when you walk around the city, you can encounter the traces of his wise intellectual standpoint. What impressed me most was the quote in Hofburg Gate, “Iustitia Regnorum Fundamentum (Justice is the foundation of Kingdoms)”, must be very inspiring for the Australian citizens for pass along this gate every day. (more…)

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