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The Louvre in the last rays of the day

Although many people think that the modern glass pyramid in the centre disfigures the Louvre, I do not agree with them. It’s like the highlight which highlights the Louvre from the rest of French chateaux. It seems to connect the past and the present. And certainly it pleases the photographers! I almost have not seen pictures of the louvre without the pyramid.

Amazing Fact:

The Louvre has 8.5 million visitors a year and is the most visited museum in the world!

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Bologna towers at night

It was primarily prestigious to have your own tower in medieval Bologna. The higher and bigger the tower was, the richer was its owner. What is it for and what to do with it, didn’t matter at all. In 12-13 centuries, Bologna had 80-100 towers, according to some sources. Now the city has less than 20 towers.

On this photo you can see two most famous towers in Bologna. The higher one is Azinelli (97 m), and the lower one is Garizenda (48 m). As you can see the two towers are inclined. They are supported by special cables strung around them from collapsing.

You can climb the top of the Azinelli – it is the best observation deck overlooking the city. Do not miss the chance to see whole Bologna from the top!

Amazing fact:

Bologna is the culinary capital of Italy.

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Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples is all what left from the ancient city of Agrigento. It was a great and rich city. It was founded by the Greeks around 580 BC. Now only few ruined temples are left from Agrigento. And nothing else but memories… What seemed eternal and indestructible to the ancient people now it is almost disappeared. I think everything that seems now commonplace and eternal sooner or later will go into oblivion. And our future descendants will dig the ground and imagine how we lived – the people of the XXI century.

The photo shows one of the best preserved ancient temples – the temple of the Concordia – one of the best preserved Doric temples in the world. So the guides tell you. Although historians are not sure about this temple.

Amazing fact:

Much of ancient Agrakas still remains to be excavated! Many mysteries are still waiting to be discovered…

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Divine light

It was a gloomy and cloudy day. Walking around the city, we decided to climb the highest tower in Bologna. Bologna is a unique city that managed to maintain its antiquity. From the very top of the tower we saw a spectacular view. Unfortunately the clouds were so gloomy that I wasn’t even hoping to make a slightly interesting shot. But at the same time, I didn’t have another chance to do it as we were leaving Bologna the next day. And suddenly, a miracle happened – the clouds dispersed and the divine light came pouring down from the top. At such moments, I begin to believe in divine miracles!

Amazing fact:

Bologna  is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna. It was founded in 1088.

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Sunrise over Singapore

Singapore has the largest port in the world. A huge number of ships are waiting for their turn to come into the port. It seems like this is not a reality, but a computer game. Invading force on many ships is coming to the shore and getting ready to attack. Just about the great battle to begin. The action takes place not on the Earth but on the another planet.

At the centre of the photo you can see the Park “Gardens by the bay”. If you take a look on the left side of the picture you will see The Conservatory Complex.  It comprises two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Very extraordinary human-made sights – strongly recommend to visit if you are going to Singapore.

Amazing Facts:

1. These  conservatories won “World Building of the Year” Award at World Architecture Festival 2012.
2. Flower Dome is the worlds largest glasshouse without columns.

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Quiet night in Rome. Ponte Sisto.

Everything is wrapped in history in Rome. For example, here is the bridge more than 530 years old. It was built in 1479, that is before America was discovered. Only think about this! And it is still in use. Imagine only how many people have passed on it at all times. And this bridge is still in a great shape!!!

Amazing Fact:

This bridge was built on the site of an old ruined Roman bridge Pons Aurelius. People are using same place to cross the river for about 2000 years!

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Kuala Lumpur from the top

This shot was made from one of the Petronas Twin Towers – the symbol of the city and Malaysia in general. There is a stunning view of the city from the top floor of the tower. The height of this floor is about 375 meters. A total height of the building is 452 m. As yet, these twin towers are the highest ones in the world.

The climate of Kuala Lumpur is very hot, humid and extremely changeable. Just about half an hour after this shot was taken a strong tropical downpour hit the city.

Amazing Fact

“Kuala Lumpur” means “muddy confluence” in Malay language.

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Mystical Night in Amsterdam

Amazing city with its own unique atmosphere. I enjoy walking in the city at night. The crowds are slowly dwindling away into the night from the streets, so you can feel deeper the atmosphere and the essence of the city. Unlike other cities, the Old Amsterdam has changed a little over the last hundred years. And that makes Amsterdam especially attractive.

Amazing Fact:

Amsterdam is built entirely on poles. Its soil consists of a thick layer of clay. Therefore all buildings are built on wooden poles that are fixed in a sandy layer that is about 10 meters deep. The Royal Palace at Dam Square is built on no less than about 13,700 wooden poles.

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Lobby of Hotel Atlantis The Palm

This is the hall of Hotel Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, the UAE. Its extraordinary  indoor architectural style extremely surprised me. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Despite the amazing architecture of the hotel lobby, in reality it makes you feel like you are at the overcrowded railway station because of large number of people. I had to wait long for the moment to make this shot. People constantly kept walking around. And it is not surprising, as this hotel has about 1600 rooms.

On the other hand it allowed us to get lost in the crowd and easily get to the zone HOTEL GUESTS ONLY  🙂 and to the hotel’s beach also, even though we weren’t hotel guests.

Amazing Fact:

During the Opening of Hotel Atlantis The Palm,  about 100 000 fireworks were used (seven times more that were fired during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics 2008) and this thrilling to watch show lasted for 15 minutes! Also beautiful light show of moving images was illuminated onto the hotel. You can watch the video from the opening here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt-Klc30Nsw

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