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    Castellars de Vilafranca

    Posted in Europe | August 23, 2011
    If you happen to be in Catalonia, Spain, anytime in the summer, try to attend a display by the Castellars de Vilafranca. This is a group of Catalans with a penchant for forming human pyramids of frightening proportions. As a spectator sport, the activity is no less than a great circus. Catalonia is famous for having an obsession with the sport right since the 17th century. There was a Valencian dance known as the Ball de Valencians, which involved a small number of dancers balancing on top of each others’ shoulders. The dance gradually evolved into the popular sport that has people making human pyramids as large as buildings. For the group Castellars de Villafrance, ten floors of people in a human pyramid is a child’s play. Tarragona and  [...]
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    Durcal, Andalusia, Spain – Living History

    Posted in Europe | August 2, 2011
    Durcal is a historic town situated in the Lecrin Valley. This is among the most fertile regions in entire Spain. The naturally formed valley due to the river makes for a significant advantage for irrigation and for mills. The beauty of the region is evident the moment you step into this town. The orange and lemon grooves swing along to the smooth breezes that bristle over the mountain range of Sierra Nevada. This is actually a part of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, and is situated at more than seven hundred and fifty meters above sea level. The region has its own distinctive microclimate. Durcal in its past, like many towns in Spain, attracted the Moors and was dominated by them. The culture has also been benefited by the influence of the  [...]
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    Portugal’s Historical Destinations

    Posted in Europe | June 28, 2011
    Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, may be where most travelers to the country spend most of their time, but the truth of matter is that there are a huge number of locations in the country other than the capital that make for an exceedingly rewarding experience for travelers. There are a huge number of historical attractions on offer if you just take the pain to travel out of the city boundaries. The medieval influences of the attractions make for a fascinating experience for history enthusiasts. Let us look at some of the most rewarding historical locations that Portugal has on offer for its visitors . . . Porto and The Douro . . . Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and was a center for trade in the ancient times. English traders used  [...]
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    Turkey’s Best Historical Sites

    Posted in Europe | May 17, 2011
    Turkey has a number of excellent historical sites worthy of interest. The following historical sights can be included in your travel plans. Aspendos Aspendos is home to the agora, the aqueduct, the stadium and the theater. Bergama Bergama has two archeological sites that are  most famous in Turkey. The Asklepion and the Acropolis of Pergamum are listed in the most important hundred sites in the Mediterranean. Pergamum was a capital city of note in the olden times and was constructed atop a hill that stood at 1000 feet. The city has three main portions – the Acropolis, a holy site that was used for cultural and social activities, the Lower city, home of the lower classes as well as the Asklepion, which had the medical center, one of the  [...]
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    Ireland’s Historical Ruins

    Posted in Europe | May 3, 2011
    Ireland is home to a huge number of historically significant ruins that are of particular interests to history buffs. There are a great number of ruins that are of significance with respect to history. Make sure you incorporate all these in your travel itinerary. Glendalough . . . Glendalough is located in County Wicklow, and was a monastic settlement that was established in the sixth century by St Kevin. St Kevin was at that time searching for a place that had enough isolation and tranquility to set up a monastery. The forest and lakes at the site makes for a truly spectacular destination. Skellig Michael . . . Skellig Michael is situated close to eight mi the coast at Iveragh Peninsula. It is devoted to St Michael the Archangel. Accessing  [...]
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    Dover Castle

    Posted in Europe | May 1, 2011
    Dover Castle is among the largest in the United Kingdom, and was of huge strategic importance in its time due to its location. It is situated exactly at the shortest crossing point to from England to Continental Europe. The Castle has an immense historical significance, and featured in a notable role in the history of the nation. In fact, it retained its military role right until the twentieth century in the Second World War. The castle has its origins in the Iron Age. The ground of the castle has an Anglo Saxon Church and a Roman Lighthouse still located within the grounds. William of Normandy was responsible for the castle/fortress which existed previous to the present one. In 1066, he strengthened the fortifications which were originally  [...]
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    Kensington Palace

    Posted in Europe | April 19, 2011
    Kensington Palace is a site that simply exudes history. The site was known originally as Nottingham House, and belonged to the Earl of Nottingham. The mansion was bought off from the Earl of Nottingham by William III in 1696. The Earl was his Secretary of State at that time. After purchasing the mansion, he made several additions and improvements in the house, such as the Royal apartments for the King and Queen, as well as the widening of the private road. Kensington Palace was stayed in by a number of noted royal personages. Queen Ann stayed here for quite some time in the early seventeen hundreds. The apartments were improved by the Queen, who also extended the apartments, and also added some garden buildings. She also added an orangery in  [...]
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    Lincoln Castle

    Posted in Europe | April 12, 2011
    Lincoln Castle, was built in early 11th century by the legendary – William the conqueror.  It is amongst the first castles built by the Norman, erected in 1068. According to the Domesday Book, 166 Saxon houses were emptied to build Lincoln Castle. William used long stone walls for developing mammoth fortresses in Warwick, Nottingham & York. The sight from the Lincoln Castle has the ever lasting impression which spots River Witham, Bardney and beyond whereas the other side depicts the power station in Trent Valley. The impressive castle has its own beauty with its two mottes. One of the mottes has erected The Observatory Tower. During the end of The Anarchy (the war between Stephen and his cousin Matilda for control of throne) the original  [...]
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    Topkapi Palace

    Posted in Europe | April 5, 2011
    The Topkapi Palace is a legendary building in Istanbul, Turkey. The structure has been stayed in officially by the Ottoman Sultans for more than four centuries. The Turkish palace is a major testimony to the history of Turkey. There are a huge number of reasons why the iconic palace is so famous a destination. There are a good number of sights on offer. Sultan Mehmed II gave the order for the new palace to be constructed in fourteen fifty nine after the Ottoman Conquest of fourteen fifty three. The palace started growing on almost organic scale, with the highest point of elevation at the promontory was reserved as the private quarters of the palace. The rest of the buildings stretch outward toward the Bosporus shores. Topkapi Palace has thirty  [...]
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    Glamis Castle

    Posted in Europe | April 1, 2011
    If a luxury holiday in Scotland close to Angus and the surrounding areas, you certainly have to visit the Glamis Castle. It is one of the most beautiful and historic of Scotland’s castles. It is a must see visit that is visited by travelers in huge numbers from all over the world. Glamis Castle goes back a number of centuries, and there are a huge number of historical associations that make it stand out from the run of the mill attractions. The Royal Family of the present age is also connected with the castle. The Queen Mother had her home here when she was a child. The castle is also featured as the setting for the tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The castle grounds are exquisite. The formal gardens are formal and the woodlands  [...]
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