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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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 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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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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Discovering the Traditional Tastes of Vienna

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a charming city and impresses its visitors in many ways. The baroque style can be experienced in many different ways, from its architecture and lifestyle. Vienna is a crucial center for Europe where east – west and north – south meets.

Vienna is mostly known for its intellectual lifestyle however its cuisine is also worth attention. This city offers diverse tastes most come from its imperial history. Some of the popular traditional tastes from Viennese cuisine are Schnitzel, Tafelspitz, Wiener Erdäpfelsalat, Wiener Goulash, Apfelstrudel, Kaiserschmarrn, and Powidltascherl. (more…)

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GLOW: The Precious Dutch Light Festival of Eindhoven

Social events are popular in the Netherlands, as such, there are a number of regular activities organized like festivals, parades, and markets. Eindhoven, the high-tech city in the south of Netherlands hosts full of creative events and GLOW is a prominent one which is a light festival being organized on every second week of November.

Such a light festival is well suited for one of the most leading worldwide technology and industry region that Eindhoven could be considered as the “silicon valley” of Europe. Being the hometown of Philips has significantly helped the city to urbanize rapidly. Many traces are visible around the town, as such some buildings were once formerly part of Philips factory. (more…)

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Feeling the Gothic Spirit in the Old Town of Prague

Prague is one of the world’s most visited cities, and it is a must for everyone to visit the city at least once in a lifetime. Especially if you are someone who likes history and gets attracted by gothic styles, a single visit would probably not enough for you to experience this lovely Bohemian city.

One of the most prominent places to get acquainted with Prague’s Bohemian spirit is certainly the old town square where gothic, baroque and colourful buildings stand in harmony for centuries. When you look around from the tower of the old town, you view the authentically elegant scene as if it came out of a sketchbook. (more…)

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A Weekend in Paris: Day 2

Paris is an enormously big city where is impossible to discover all at once. However, you can get a glimpse of the main attractions on a short weekend with strict planning. The first day I visited Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Èlysées Boulevard and Arc de Triomphe. Click here to read about the first day. In the second day, I visited Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Flame of Liberty, and Louvre Museum. (more…)

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Churches of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a beautiful European city with its canal streets, cafes and stylish buildings. The churches are well-protected historical monuments and fascinating examples of medieval and renaissance architecture.  Those beautiful monuments ornate the city from east to west and north to south with their domes and towers.

The churches of Amsterdam range from 100 to 800 years that most of them were constructed between 13th to 16th century when the city was growing and becoming wealthier. In those times, religion had a major role in daily life of the Christians and attending to the church was an obligation for the citizens. The churches were powerful and independent with their laws and taxes. (more…)

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