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 #41 · Posted: 5 Jun 2016 20:43 
Ireland, 2016.

How do I like Ireland? Well it's depending on what you're asking. If you're looking for well-known structures and bustling activities in large cities, you will be likely disapointed.
However, I'm looking for something different from other vacations, then Ireland has a lot offers; a beautiful and peaceful country-like settings to keep your mind calm from busy life.

An enjoyable show in Dublin, and Tap dance is Irish specialty. Video was mixed with other show - select setting and choose 720HD to play. (Adobe Flash Player required)

Stephen Green, main park in Dublin.

Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government's administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century,
though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland
(11711541), the Kingdom of Ireland (15411800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (18001922).

The Book of Kells, sometimes known as the Book of Columba, is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament
together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created in a Columban monastery in Ireland or may have had contributions from various Columban institutions
from both Britain and Ireland. It is believed to have been created c. 800.
The exhibition was at Trinity College library. The college was found in 1511.

Few pages downloaded from internet - picture not allowed.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, also known as The National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Patrick, Dublin, founded in 1191, is the largest church in Ireland.

Main shopping mall with Irish look.

Interesting old buildings.

Peaceful scenery in Glendalough.

 #42 · Posted: 30 May 2016 01:42 
Cascais, Portugal 2015.

All over Portugal, many cobblestone streets with "wave-pattern" art on uneven surface will make you having motion sickness.


Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although
its heritage in buildings and nature is the most visible face of the historic individuality of Sintra, a whole literary heritage has made the area a legendary reference
in Portuguese culture. It has become a major tourist centre, visited by many day-trippers who travel from the centre and suburbs of the capital Lisbon.

Historic Village Town Center.

The Palace of Sintra, also called Town Palace is located in the town of Sintra, in the Lisbon District of Portugal. It is a present-day historic house museum.
It is the best preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal, being inhabited more or less continuously from at least the early 15th century to the late 19th
century. It is an significant tourist attraction, and is part of the cultural landscape of Sintra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Islamic artistic influence reflected in the choice of polychromed ceramic tiles as a preferred decorative art form.

The Swann's Room in Manueline style, named so because of the swans painted on the ceiling.

 #43 · Posted: 30 May 2016 00:57 
Lisbon, Portugal 2015.

So Jorge Castle is a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic centre of the Portuguese city of Lisbon and Tagus River.
The strongly fortified citadel dates from medieval period of Portuguese history, and is one of the main tourist sites of Lisbon.

This picture borrowed from internet for better view.

Belm Tower (Portuguese: Torre de Belm, or the Tower of St Vincent is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belm
in the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jernimos Monastery)[2] because of the
significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King
John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

Padro dos Descobrimentos is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belm, Lisbon.
Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery
(or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, and one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe.

Restaurants at the Square at night.

 #44 · Posted: 23 Apr 2016 00:11 
Alhambra, Granada - Spain 2015.
The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress
in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th
century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted
into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became
the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus allegedly received royal endorsement for his expedition).

The decoration consists, as a rule, of Arabic inscriptions that are manipulated into geometrical patterns set onto an arabesque setting.
Painted tiles are largely used as panelling for the walls. Much of the architectural ornament is carved stucco (plaster) rather than stone.
The palace complex is designed in the Mudjar style, which is characteristic of western elements reinterpreted into Islamic forms and widely
popular during the Reconquista, the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula from the Muslims by the Christian kingdoms.

Many people came to Spain to see Gaudi's La Granada Familia, but I really liked The Alhambra Palace. The palace setting is elegant with a
serene beautiful garden, and it made the visit well worth of this tour.


Courtyard of the Palace of Charles V.

Fortress defense wall.

Engraved stuco ceiling with small windows.

Engraved wood ceiling.

Beautiful Garden.


Sunset in Granada.

 #45 · Posted: 10 Apr 2016 19:14 
Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain 2015.
The world famous Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial for short), a World Heritage Site that was the political centre of the Spanish empire under King Philip II.
Originally commissioned as mausoleum for his father Charles V, when building completed in 1584 the grounds included a basilica-church, monastery, royal household and library.
The pantheon contains the remains of Phillip II and those of his parents, Charles V and the Empress Isabel of Portugal.
Straight building, but pictures was bent by panorama effect.


Royal Library.

Borrowed from internet - Pictures was not allowed inside. We went down 10m underground to visit the tombs of King and Queen and royal family, and it was impressive.

 #46 · Posted: 10 Apr 2016 18:24 
Madrid, Spain 2015.

The Royal Palace (Palacio Real in Spanish) is not the official residence of his Majesty the King of Spain, but rather where state ceremonies,
official banquets and other state functions take place. The origin of the palace dates back to the ninth century when the Muslim kingdom of
Toledo built a defense that was later used by the kings of Castile, who, during the 16th century, built the former Alczar castle.

This photo was borrowed from internet for better view.

Kings of Spain in history.

Museo Del Prado is one of the world's premier art galleries. The more than 7000 paintings held in the Museo del Prados collection (although only around 1500 are currently on display)
are like a window onto the historical vagaries of the Spanish soul, at once grand and imperious in the royal paintings of Velzquez, darkly tumultuous in Las pinturas
negras (The Black Paintings) of Goya, and outward looking with sophisticated works of art from all across Europe.

We met a huge mass rally in front of Prado, and the rally was for woman rights in Spain.

Plaza de Espaa (Spanish for Square of Spain) is a large square, and popular tourist destination, located in central Madrid, Spain.
Don't miss the famous Don Quixote and Sancho statues, located close to the Metro stop in Plaza de Espana.

In the middle of the busy Plaza de la Independencia stands one of Madrid's best known landmarks: the Puerta de Alcal or Alcala Gate.

The monumental Cibeles Fountain has become a Madrid icon. Located in the heart of the city, it shows Cybele, the Greek goddess of fertility and nature holding a sceptre and a key
while being pulled by two lions on a chariot. The pull of the wild lions symbolize the power of nature or of the goddess.

 #47 · Posted: 10 Apr 2016 17:51 
Madrid, Spain 2015.

The Puerta del Sol (Spanish for "Gate of the Sun") is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid. This is the centre (Km 0) of the radial network of Spanish roads.
The square also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year. The New Year's celebration has been
broadcast live on national television since December 31, 1962.
We was in Madrid in the weekend, and took bus to Sol, and bus fare was only $E2.00. It was very crowded and fun.

The most famous symbol of Madrid: a 20 ton statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree. The official name of the statue is 'El Oso y El Madroo'. According to legend
the original name of the city was "Ursaria" ("land of bears" in Latin), due to the high number of these animals that were found in the adjacent forests, which
together with the arbutus ("madroo" in Spanish), have been the emblem or symbol (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree) of the city from the Middle Ages.
This is Madrid iconic symbol, and it's a must taking picture location in Madrid, don't miss it.

Then go to Mercado de San Miguel for food.

Ham is staple food and everywhere in Spain.

 #48 · Posted: 31 Mar 2016 23:12 
Tangier, Moroco 2015.
Tangier is an Moroccan city, mix of north Africa, Spain, Portugal and France. It is located in northern Morocco,and was
under joint international control until 1956. Tangier is separated from Spain by the 20 miles of the Strait of Gibraltar.

This ferry took us across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Market was very much like any Asian markets, and we spent few hours here on the way to Madrid.

These long heavy sticks were looked more like weapons than using for grilling.

if you like cherimoya like us, it's very cheap here.

 #49 · Posted: 19 Mar 2016 23:56 
Gibraltar 2015.
The Rock of Gibraltar is a monolithic limestone promontory located in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar,
off the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.
The Rock of Gibraltar was one of the Pillars of Hercules and was known to the Romans as Mons Calpe, the other pillar
being Mons Abyla or Jebel Musa on the African side of the Strait. In ancient times, the two points marked the limit
to the known world, a myth originally fostered by the Greeks and the Phoenicians.

Main Square.

Since Gibraltar is at the entrance of the Mediterranean, one of its main businesses is shipping. Here you can see many ships moving in the Iberian Peninsula.

Very crowded main street.

The Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, also known as the King Fahd bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Mosque was a gift from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

St. Michael's Cave or Old St. Michael's Cave is the name given to a network of limestone caves. It is the most visited of the more than 150
caves found inside the Rock of Gibraltar, receiving almost 1,000,000 visitors a year.

The Barbary macaque population in Gibraltar is the only wild monkey population in the European continent. As they are a tailless species, they are also known locally as Barbary apes or rock apes.

The Gibraltar Barbary macaques are considered by many to be the top tourist attraction in Gibraltar. Here people can get especially close to the monkeys.
They will often approach and sometimes climb onto people, as they are used to human interaction.

 #50 · Posted: 12 Mar 2016 19:42 
Alczar of Seville, Spain 2015.
The Alczar of Seville "Royal Alcazars of Seville", is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings.
The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudjar architecture
found on the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alczar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence and are
administered by the Patrimonio Nacional. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World
Heritage Site.


Wall-to-wall tiles.

Engraved wood ceiling.


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