Archive for September, 2011

Visiting Vatican City: Modern vestige of the Papal States

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Arguably one of the finest and the most controversial country of the world, Vatican City with its stern foundation of religion stands as an embodiment of faith, upon which many years of art and beauty has culminated.

Thought to be the finest cathedral, St. Peter’s is considered to be the spiritual centre of Christianity, and the product of many great renaissance architects of Italy. Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael are some of the masters who designed the Papal States. The piazza san pietro’s grand and magnificent design has forever retained its classical beauty and importance in the form of a platform to serve thousands of assembled devotees to receive the pope’s blessings. Some of the finest paintings and sculptures ever created are still possessed by Vatican. Tourists visiting Vatican, generally come to see the Basilica of St. Peter, the St. Peter’s square, the Sistine chapel, the museums and the Raphael rooms and all other vestiges of the Papal States.

Reliving the myth of Dracula in Romania

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Bram Stoker’s Dracula emerged from an ecstatically beautiful place Transylvania which literally means ‘The land beyond the mountains’, beheld by Romania, an equally mesmerizing land of fairytales and mysteries. To revisit the myths and enliven the moments from the novel, it is thus necessary to follow his footsteps and quickly visit Cluj and Pasul Tihara, where the famous castle of the Dracula still stands.

Romania, having been under captivation during the Second World War, is very different from the rest of Eastern Europe. Snowy winters, warm summers, cosmopolitan cities and secluded village, Romania has it all. The increasing number of tourists every year comes for the innumerous castles and gothic monuments, let alone the fortified churches. The medieval churches and monasteries of Moldavia, the well preserved Danube delta, the folklore and traditions of Maramures are some of the famous sites bestowed with beauty. A tranquil serene place, almost forgotten by time, Romania stands high with the rich history and architecture of the place.

Idyllic exploration of Norway

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Thinking of Norway, the first thing which comes to our mind is the beautiful fjord indented coastlines, the big mountains, the milk white snow in winter and the unspoiled small towns and country life. Norway, with its historical as well as literary connections, is a tourist attraction not only for its varied landscapes, but also for its sporting sites.

Lakes, waterfalls, woods and other scenic beauty of the Norwegian cities of Oslo, Bergen, Trondhiem and Tromso attract several thousand tourists every year and make the place perfect for an idyllic vacation. Long travel distances with immense greenery around are a soul touching experience which percolates deep within the senses. In the face of cultural idiosyncrasy, the Holmenkollen ski jumps and other sports activities are rapidly increasing tourist interest. The isolation of Norway from the rest of Europe, its palaces and castles, distinct architecture, folk museums make Norway to be explored in true sense.