Nazarkoy, the cherished village of Izmir

Izmir is the third biggest city of Turkey on the west, in the heart of Aegean region. It is a fast-growing city; it gets many migrations from other parts of the country. Despite the dense population, natural beauty is well-preserved in the region.

Izmir is big which offers facilities of urban lifestyle, a well-developed economy, and transportation. Skyscrapers, expensive stores, and chic cafes flourish a part of the city. The historical part of the town is well-preserved. There are two famous landmarks are present, the clock tower and Kizlaragasi (Ottoman) shopping hall. You can photograph the clock tower and shop traditional local goods from the mall.
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Exploring Barcelona Part 4: Antoni Gaudí and his Artistic Buildings

Barcelona is a great destination to visit for anyone who enjoys urban life. There is the alive and colorful atmosphere with crowded streets, shops, sidewalk cafes and many more attractions. This buoyant lifestyle just continues and on that, it is possible to encounter people on streets any time of night.

Barcelona streets are surrounded with beautiful architecture varying in the style from medieval Gothic to Catalan modernist. The stylish private properties which started to emerge in the early 20th century as part of the trend among the bourgeois class had a great contribution to this modernism movement. A famous figure leading the modern art movements in Barcelona is no one else than Antoni Gaudí. He contributed the city reaching its final facade that each of his artworks become a city landmark, attracting thousands of tourists every year to the city. (more…)

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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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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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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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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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Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a 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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Exploring Barcelona Part 2: La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, the sacred cathedral, is the most popular attraction of Barcelona that nearly 3,000,000 visitors travel every year to the city 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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