Linderhof, Bavaria: Failed Versailles!

A cascade in Linderhof, Bavaria, Germany.

A cascade in Linderhof, Bavaria, Germany.

Who has not tried to replicate Versailles, the famous palace of Louis XIV, the king of France? Just look at Sanssouci, Peterhof, or Schoenbrunn to name a few. The young king of Bavaria, Ludwig II, also didn’t remain uninvolved. When he ascended the throne in 1864, at the age of 18, he immediately started to build his fairy tale castles and palaces. One of them, Linderhof, was supposed to be a new Versailles in the Bavarian Alps near the Linder River.

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Flooded Cities: Kalyazin, Russia

The bell tower of the flooded city of Kalyazin, Russia.

The bell tower of the flooded city of Kalyazin, Russia.

One day, we bought tickets for a river cruise ship from Moscow to Uglich, the ancient Russian city famous for the fact that Ivan the TerribleĀ’s son Dmitry was killed there. He was the last representative of the Rurik Dynasty which ruled in Russia for 500 years until the end of the 16th century. But today’s story is about a miracle you can miss in the middle of the cruise (for example, by sleeping in your cabin). It’s a beautiful bell tower standing half flooded right in the middle of the Volga River.

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Talking With the Walls of Jerusalem

The Walls of Jerusalem, Israel.

The Walls of Jerusalem, Israel.

In my European travels, I have seen many impressive walls and towers, ancient and medieval, for example, in Avila, Spain; or Carcassonne, France; BUT…. Probably, at least once in your life, you met a woman or a man who couldn’t be called beautiful, but nevertheless, she/he was unbelievably and inexplicable charming and attractive. Same with the Walls of Jerusalem.

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