Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday: European Escapade (Photos)

Given the chance, I'd go back to 3 cities in Europe: London, Paris and Switzerland (Okay, make that four and add Venice) and maybe visit the countries I've never visited like Prague. Europe is such a nice place and spending one day on each place is definitely not enough. Even the Vatican which is the smallest city in Europe at 0.44 km2 can't be finished in a day.

Synonymous with Venice, one must at least try to ride a gondola when it is your first time in Venice. It is usually painted black because it is considered the colour of elegance by Venetians. Gondolas are made up of 280 parts.
Venice is connected by 25 miles of canals. The canals function as roads and every form of transportation in the City of Venice is on water or on foot. Venice is the only place in the 21st century without cars or trucks.
Assisi is a town and comune of Italy. It is the birthplace of St. Francis.
Intricate details inside St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
The colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is an ampitheatre in the center of Rome. Built of concrete and stone, it is the largest ampitheathre of the Roman Empire. It can hold between 50,000~80,000 spectators. 
Toyota Prius taxi we rode in Paris. You can see the battery indicator in front.
Basilica of the Holy Cross in Florence, Italy. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories.
Saturday market in Beaune. This town is surrounded by some of the world's most famous wine villages, while the facilities and cellars of many producers, large and small, are situated in Beaune itself. With a rich historical and architectural heritage, Beaune is considered the "Capital of Burgundy wines".
The Musée du Louvre in Paris. This is one of the world's largest museums, and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district).
The Versailles garden is situated to the west of the palace, the gardens cover some 800 hectacres of land, much of which is landscaped in the classic French Garden style perfected here by Linnea.
Gustave Eiffel built the Eiffel Tower. He also designed San Sebastian Church in Manila.
Tower of London: Where the crown jewels are. The collective term Crown Jewels denotes the regalia and vestments worn by the sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and at other state functions. The term refers to the following objects: the crowns, sceptres (with either the cross or the dove), orbs, swords, rings, spurs, colobium sindonis, dalmatic, armills, and the royal robe or pall, as well as several other objects connected with the ceremony itself.
The part where the Tower Bridge separates
Archaeologists believe that the Stonehenge was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.
The Grand Place or Grote Markt (Dutch) is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guildhalls, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It measures 68 by 110 metres (223 by 360 ft), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is one of the world's leading financial centres and has the fifth- or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world depending on measurement. London has been described as a world cultural capital.
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is now officially called the Elizabeth Tower, after being renamed in 2012 (from "Clock Tower") to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place. The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England and is often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.
Until next photo throw back Thursday! :)

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*Some of the information came from Wikipedia
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