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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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Pirate ship

Pirate ship holds of which are full of gold! Childish dreams come true in Disneyland. From the time I was a little kid, I was dreaming about going to Disneyland, but the first time I did it I was 32. When I went there I was not really hoping for something special and was quite skeptical. But I was wrong. Disneyland allowed me to feel like a kid again! It is a great place both for adult and children.

Amazing Fact:

In 2012 Paris Disneyland had about 15.5 million visitors compared to 8.4 million for Paris’ Louvre museum and 6.6 million for the Eiffel Tower.

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The Church of the Holy Trinity in Chernihov

Chernihov is one of the Old Slavonic capitals and it is famous for its churches. In ancient times it was one of the largest cities in Kievan Russia. Now Chernihov is a small quiet country town with beautiful churches, interesting museums, Antonievi caves and the picturesque nature around. Here it is a leisurely life. I relate the most pleasant memories with Chernihov.

Аmazing Fact:

The Church of the Holy Trinity was built in 1695. It was building for almost 17 years.

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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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Sunset over the river Selangor in Malaysia

Peaceful sunset on the river. In fact, it wasn’t so peaceful at all. It was a terrible shot. A huge pile of mosquitoes attacked me and they bit me badly as well. I quickly took a couple of shots and ran away, hoping that mosquitoes were not malarial  :)).   I can’t even close imagine how people live on this river and have lived hundreds of years before us. After all, there was not even mosquito repellent before. But a lot of people live in houses on stilts on the river for hundreds of years and make money with fishing. It remains a mystery to me how they manage to get along with these mosquitoes. And it used to be a home to crocodiles before!

Amazing Fact:

Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals. Males feed on flower nectar.

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View of the Florence

We were walking all day around Florence, and by the end of the day by chance entered this observation point. The fact that this is the best point for taking photos of Florence was confirmed  by the presence of many photographers with tripods. And I was one of them! I was very lucky with the weather conditions – very cute little clouds completed the panoramic view of Florence. On this image you can see almost all the major attractions of Florence. I am very satisfied with this shot and consider it one of the best works of mine.

On this photo you can see:
– At the centre of the photo you can see the Duomo (Florence’s most famous Cathedral).
– Slightly to the left there is a tower of the castle Palazzo Vecchio.
– Along the left side of the river the very first bridge is Ponte Vecchio.

Amazing Fact:

Standard Italian language that the entire country uses to this day comes from the Florentine dialect.

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The Colosseum from the inside

Many people know how Colosseum looks like from the outside but not everyone knows what it looks like inside. It has a very complicated structure!Colosseum is kind of great-grandfather of modern stadiums. Everything is very thought out here – there are sectors, an elaborate system of entrance and the numbering of rows and seats. Almost the same what we have now at our stadiums. But only 2,000 years earlier…

On this photo you can see the complex structures that are located underneath the scene. They allowed to do special effects during the performance: the sudden appearance of animals and new characters, change of scenery.

To go to the Colosseum for the ancient people was the same as for the modern to see the action movie – but there were real people and animals dying because of absence of cinema.  Interests of people for the past thousands years hasn’t really changed.

Amazing Fact:

It is estimated that the shows that were held in the Colosseum for hundreds of years have taken the lives of about 500,000 people and over a million of wild animals. It must be the most bloody place on the Earth.

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Château de Chenonceau

One of the most famous and visited castles in France. It is unusual by the fact that it is located entirely on the river. The castle is about 500 years old. Château de Chenonceau has many well preserved interiors, so it is very interesting not only outside but inside as well. Not many people know, but it is privately owned, and thus turned into a museum and is opened to public.

If you like old castles, I strongly recommend you to go by car through the Loire Valley in France. There is a huge number of ancient castles located just 20 minutes drive from each other, or even less. I am sure you will love it!

Amazing Fact:

Château de Chenonceau was preserved from destroying during the French Revolution, only because it was used as a bridge to cross the river, being the only one within many miles.

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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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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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