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Land of Turin



Land of Turin

Turin is one of the finest and culturally rich cities of Italy. The city is located very near to the French border and is located in the northwestern part of Italy. The city has a long standing history and a very rich cultural. The city is very well known for being the home of the royal family of Italy. The city also hosted the 2006 winter Olympics in a very successful manner. The city has a population of about 900,000 according to 2012 estimates. The city is situated at a height of approximately 239 meters above sea level. It is situated in the piedmont region of Italy.

History of Turin

As most of us might have heard the name Turin quite a few times when we were being taught our history lessons in school, we get to know that Turin has a very rich history. In early 19th century the French annexed the whole of piedmont region along with Turin. Sardinia-Piedmont was responsible for heading the charge of unifying Italy and in the year 1865. It was later on that the capital was changed from Turin to Florence and then to Rome. Even during historic times Turin was an important communication node between Italy and France.

Climate

Turin is located in a humid subtropical climate zone. The average temperature during the hottest month of June is around 27 degree Celsius and the coldest month in Turin is usually January when the temperature usually falls below 0 degree Celsius. The location of the Alps also affects the weather of Turin. Turin is located on the east side of the Alps and this affects the weather of Turin. The time period of May to September can be considered the best time to visit Turin because the weather is quite comfortable and neither is the climate too hot nor too cold.

Tourist Attractions

The city of Turin has several tourist attractions because of its rich culture, heritage and history.

Museums

Turin is a city which is filled with different sorts of museums, here are a few of the most popular ones:

Mole Antonelliana

Mole Antonelliana

If you talk about Turin then you can never miss Mole Antonelliana. The building was completed in 1888. The building stands tall at a height of 167.5 meters. It can be regarded as the highest work of Masonry in Europe and currently the building contains one of the finest cinema museums of Europe.

This beautiful museum is a large museum having 5 floors and covering 3,200 square meters. The museum has a section called The Great Temple, where one can relax and enjoy some classic and wonderful Italian movies which are projected on giant overhead screens. Several items, artifacts, drawings and objects related to the rich and historic Italian cinema can be found in this museum.

Museo dell’Automobile

Museo dell'Automobile

The city of Turin is popular for different types of museums and amongst the long standing list of museums there is another museum called Museo dell’Automobile. Here one can find over 170 types of different motor vehicles from the historic 18th century carriages to modern F1 cars. The museum underwent a three renovation which has now made it one of the hottest places in the city. This is surely a unique and wonderful place which everyone tourist is suggested to visit.

Egyptian Museum

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If you want to have a taste of Egyptian history and you want it right here in Turin then this is the place to go. The beautiful museum has several important and valuable Egyptian artifacts. The museum contains over 30,000 exhibits. It documents the rich history and ancient civilizations of Egypt using several objects relating to their respective eras. It is worth taking note that the museum is closed every Monday.

Cathedrals

Apart from museums, Turin has several more things to offer to any average tourist and cathedrals are one of them.

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

The cathedral is one of the most popular cathedrals in Turin and probably no tourist can afford the chance to miss this cathedral because it is home to the famous, Shroud of Turin. It is stored in a vault below the duomo. It is only displayed by papal decree and the last time it was shown was in 2013. The next time it is expected to be shown is in 2014-15.

Cathedral of Superga

Cathedral of Superga

The cathedral is situated in the top of the hill near Turin. The cathedral was built in thanksgiving for a victorious battle against the French. In 1949, a tragedy involving a plane a crash happened near this cathedral. The plane carrying the team of Turin’s local football club, Turin FC crashed near the Cathedral. If you want to enjoy a splendid view of Turin then visiting this Cathedral is highly suggested because there is no better place than the top of the hill, where the cathedral is located to view Turin. With the Alps in its background and a beautiful view of Turin, this cathedral is a must see for every tourist.

Usually people and tourists forget to think about Turin when planning their trip to Italy. Turin might not be as a popular a tourist destination as Rome or Florence but even then it is surely a place you must not miss.

Mount Ararat Eruption, Turkey



Mount Ararat Eruption, Turkey

Mount Ararat Eruption

Mount Armenia

Mount Ararat Eruption

Mount Ararat Eruption

Mount Ararat is the highest mountain in Turkey which dominates the skyline which is utmost breathtaking  from Yereveran which is the Capital of Armenia.After the great flood arose,it is believed as the resting place of Noah’s Arc.Mount Ararat holds an important role in Armenian culture and its illusional eruption.

Mount Ararat,Armenia

Mount Ararat,Armenia

Whereabouts:

Location of Mt.Ararat

Location of Mt.Ararat

Mount Ararat ,which is popularly near Noah’s Arc is of 5165 meters height  which is the largest mountain in Turkey.It is located in Eastern Turkey’s Eastern Anatolia region on Iran borders of Armenia and  Nakchivan.This mountain rises to 17,000 feet from the plains which surround atleast  2000-3000 feet which is larger than any other mountain range in the world.It is situated between the Aras and Murat Rivers.

The elevation  of the mountain is of 16945 feet.It has two peaks-Greater Ararat,the highest peak with 5137  m of elevation and Lesser Ararat with an elevation of 3896 m.

Noah's Arc

Noah’s Arc

The name of Noah’s Arc,which is a boat like form  came according to Old Testament,due to the flood,all except a man named Noah was alive.So.God warned him to build a boat to rescue his family and birds and animals on the earth.And miraculously,the waters returned continually and within a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased and the ark was rested on the seventh month upon the mountain of Ararat.God then pleased by his actions gave him a rainbow and says that he will never flood the earth and it came true which is believed by many people and there is a belief that the rainbow occurring after the rain is the symbol for it.

Mount Ararat volcanic eruption:

Remains of Georgian church due to earthquake

Remains of Georgian church due to earthquake

Ararat is considered as holy mountain for the Armenians.The sacredness comes from the legend history through Old Testament of Noah,whose ark came to rest on Ararat due to a great flood.But,Ararat has no crater and records of eruption is nowhere seen which is a mystery.However,an earthquake has been rocked the mountain in 1840 which buried a chapel,a small church;a village and a convent which was located in the slopes of the mountain.

Over the years,many groups of people have explored for the truths behind the beliefs but there is no specific reason to prove that Mount Ararat was not in existence at the time of flood.None has any evidence of volcanic ash or lava flows that indicates a great volcanic eruption.

Climatic conditions and Mountain Treks:

The weather on Ararat mountain is mostly stable and is suitable to ascend the mountain any day.On an average day it takes 4 to 5 hours to ascend and 3 to 4 hours to descend the mountain due to an easy climate.

Mount Armenia covered by fog

Mount Armenia covered by fog

Fog is created by the venting of hot gases which are erupted from the mountain’s gases.The fog which starts with smaller portions covers the wide areas of the mountain.

Climbing Mount Ararat

Climbing Mount Ararat

The first to climb Mount Ararat in recent times is Dr.Friedrich Parrot with Khachatur Abovian who was the first explorer to reach the Mount Ararat summit .

The climb to the mountain is very lengthy but there is an easy route in late summer from the south who can use crampons and familiar with climbing as in other ways snow will occupied largely which is difficult for trekking.

Attractions:

Amazing view of Mount Ararat

Amazing view of Mount Ararat

Most of the people go to trips just to relieve from their stress filled lives and be on a peaceful journey.Such a life time opportunity is the visit to Mount Ararat.The view is amazing scenery by which people forget the city for a while.It is just a recharge booster.

The tourists across the world surely appreciate the beauty of this mountain just by seeing its peaks,which cannot be described by words as it is an wonderful experience.Hiking is another adventurous experience who are interested and fearless  which gives them a terrific experience.

Difficult to climb

Difficult to climb

Worth the difficulties

Worth the difficulties

The lifetime picturesque will be the climbing of the mountain that none can forget which needs an preparation for months.Also travellors should have the climbing permit along with an experienced,certified guide,approved by Turkish Government which needs arrangement for about 2 months.The climb may be a lot difficult than expected and it is just like a challenge to face but when the task is over,the effort is really worth it.

Facts:

The national symbol of Armania-Mount Ararat

The national symbol of Armania-Mount Ararat

  • Ararat is a film released in 2002 by Atom Egoyan about Armenian Genocide.4
  • The song “Hollywood Mountains” is written  about the importance of Mount Ararat by Armenian-American Metal Band System.
  • The surrounding area of Mount Ararat was made as a National Park in 2004
  • Mount Ararat is the country’s national symbol.
  • Armenia is believed to be the first country to adopt Christianity in 301 A.D.

Thus,by all its attractions and its confusing history,Mount Ararat is just an unique mountains with lots of tourists across the world just for enjoying its beauty with its snow capped peaks.

 

 

The Door to Central Europe- Belgrade, Serbia



The Door to Central Europe- Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and one of the oldest cities in Europe is situated where the two rivers Sava and Danube meet. It is because of this confluence of the two rivers, that Belgrade is known to the world as ‘the Door to Central Europe’. The word ‘Belgrade’ literally translates to ‘White City’ but this contradicts the city’s greyish variety of architectural styles that brings about its charm. Belgrade enjoys a clear and dry climate brought by the southeasterly and easterly wind also known as ‘The Košava’. The average temperature of the city is roughly 11.7 degrees Celsius with its height being 117 meters above sea-level. Belgrade holds a strong population of 1.23 million and it is also known to be the financial, cultural and educational capital of Serbia.

The Belgrade Fortress

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The Belgrade Fortress was originally built by the Celtic tribe of Scordisci but was later rebuilt by Justinian I, the byzantine emperor, in 535 AD. The fortress, built as a defensive structure is made up of the old citadel and the Kalemegdan Park. The park takes its name from the Turkish words kale meaning ‘fort’ and meydan meaning ‘square’ or ‘field’.  Little street markets welcome you on your way to the castle area, where the visitors can purchase real-homespun-wool hand-knitted jackets, jerkins, slippers, scarves and also enjoy the stunning view of the Sava and Danube rivers. A plethora of historical monuments in the form of two orthodox churches, Military Museum, and an Art Gallery carrying an extensive collection of military equipment await the tourist.

The Nikola Tesla Museum

The Nikola Tesla Museum

Located in the central area of Belgrade, is the Nikola tesla Museum, a residential villa built based on the designs of distinguished Serbian architect, Dragiša Brašovan. The museum is a symbol honoring Tesla’s legacy, whose mastermind revolutionized the field of science and technology. The museum houses a sculpture of the bust of Nikola Tesla by the renowned Ivan Mestrovic. All of Tesla’s personal belongings, his notes and correspondences are in this museum. The museum has over 160,000 original documents and over 2000 books and journals, 1200 historical technical exhibits, 1500 photographs, making it the only place in the world to house Tesla’s documents to such a great extent. Demonstrations of some of his work, is also carried out at the museum. The museum, being the last resting place of Tesla, still holds his ashes, which are kept in an urn at the back of the museum.

Topčider Park

topcider-park

The word ‘Topcider’ is derived from the Turkish word topči meaning ‘cannoneer’ and the Persian word der meaning ‘valley’. The park is one of the oldest parks in Belgrade and it is also a popular picnic spot. It welcomes tourists to relax and cool down among its green spots and fountains. Prince Miloš Obrenović developed the park with royal finishes like a church, barracks, and a tavern. Situated nearby is the museum of Prince Miloš Obrenović which will give the visitor an insight into Serbian history. Carriages are available for tourists to tour around the park. Stone mines full of catacombs lie under the park; they were used recently used by the Germans in the Second World War.

Tower of Sibinjanin Janko

Tower of Sibinjanin Janko

Located on a cliff in the Zemun suburbs and built by the Hungarians in 1896, the Tower is famously known as the “Zemun Tower” or “Millennium Tower”.  Legend has it, Janoš Hunyadi, also known as Sibinjanin Janko, a famous Hungarian soldier died in a battle against the Turkish, thus, the tower gets its name from the name of the soldier. Visitors can enjoy the stunning view of the Danube River in the backyard. The site is roughly 15 minutes from Belgrade city. After visiting the tower, tourists can go down to the banks of the Danube river and take pleasure in some good sea food.

Ada Ciganlija

Ada-Ciganlija

Popularly nicknamed “Belgrade’s Sea”, this River island has been transformed artificially into a peninsula. It is situated through Central Belgrade in Lake Sava’s course. The beach is popular in the summer season with its recreational facilities. It boasts of a 100,000 visitors daily and 300,000 visitors on weekends. The peninsula spans across a wide area of 2.7 km². With, oaks, elms, birches and willows forming the skeleton of its deciduous forest, Ada Ciganlija has an ecosystem, which is truly unique and lush. Parts of the peninsula, is covered with uncultivated vegetation that boosts adventuristic spirits of a true explorer. In the middle of an urban area, Ada Ciganlija is an animal paradise, where the visitor can hope to see a hare or a roe. With shops, picnic spaces, tourist trains, pedal boats and canoes, you simply cannot strike this place of your list while visiting Belgrade.

Belgrade Zoo

belgrade zoo

Located in the center of the city, the Belgrade zoo was founded in 1936 and it is one of the oldest zoos in the whole of Europe. The zoo is home to approximately 2,000 animals that represent a total of 270 species despite its small area-7 hectares of land. The zoo also has a separate section called ‘Baby Zoo’ where visitors have the opportunity to make contact with baby animals.

Montego Bay



Montego Bay

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Also popular as MoBay, Montego Bay is the second largest city of Jamaica. The city nestled between the gentle slopes of Bogue, Kempshot and Salem Hills is the capital of the parish of St. James (one among the 14 parishes of Jamaica). According to history, Christopher Columbus reached the bay in 1494 and called it ‘el Golfo de Buen Tiempo’ (translated as the Fair Weather Bay). However, the Monterias are believed to be the first Spanish settlers of Montego. The city got its name (which was derived from the Spanish ‘manteca’ or ‘lard’) because of the practice of extracting hog butter from herds of wild hogs by local settlers of Montego.

The bay is also shown as Lard Bay in some ancient maps. Over the years, Montego Bay (specially its northern shore) has earned the title of the ‘tourist capital of Jamaica’. Gloucester Avenue, rechristened as Hip Strip and the city proper referred to as downtown are the two distinct parts of Montego. The city receives a lot of international flights every year and also houses the Sangster International Airport. Today Montego Bay is famous for the Cornwall Regional Hospital, port facilities, luxury upper class Jamaican homes, restaurants and shopping. The bay has emerged as one of the most preferred tourist destination of the Caribbean world.

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You can reach the city directly via airlines as the Sangster International Airport is located here. Also the airport is very close to the cruise ports at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Getting around the place is also very easy. A lot of companies offer private transportation and tour services. Travel around Jamaica Tours, Best Jamaica, Island Transfers and Jamaican Taxi Tours are some of them. There were also trains that connected Montego to the main towns and cities of Jamaica, but the service ceased in October 1992 when all the passenger traffic in Montego ceased abruptly. Those who love the sea and the blue waters can also arrive at Montego via a cruise. Built in the 1960’s on the then Bogue Islands, Montego Freeport is the port of Montego Bay.

Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, this quiet ocean front is the ultimate tourist destination. From beautiful coral reefs and beaches to sugarcane plantations, Montego Bay is a paradise of happy days, vivid nights and dreams that come true. Visiting downtown helps one to know how life is in a city in Jamaica. A crowded place, it’s best to visit Downtown during the day as it is not that safe at night. The Gloucester Avenue, on the other hand is where one can find a number of tourist hotels, shops, restaurants and also has side-walks on both sides. It’s best to visit Hip Strip on foot. If you are a first time traveller, beware of people offering advice or posing as tour guides as they only need money.

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At Montego Bay, one can never be without something amazing to see. The small but cozy Centerstage Theatre has musical shows in patois every other day. This beautiful place in the Caribbean is also home to many historical monuments and châteaus worth seeing. Those who would love to take the sun can take a break and relax under the palm trees lining the beautiful white sand beaches of Montego Bay. At the Cornwall Beach you can also go scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling and involve yourselves in fun beach activities. The Doctor’s Cave Beach is also a fun place to be with family and offers the best sunset view in Montego. The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is another amazing place where four rivers combined into one unending flow drains into the Caribbean. Interested tourist can even climb the falls under the guidance of an experienced falls guide. Montego is also famous for its sugarcane plantations with some of the original buildings and mills still standing. The White Witch’s Rose Hall and Tryall are the most famous among them and even have world class golf courses.

Yacht clubs, golf courses and horseback rides also add flavour to stay at Montego. There are also several tour packages available that takes you through a thrilling and amazing tour of the culture and traditions of Montego and Jamaica. The place is also famous for its duty free shopping and cruise line terminal. Shopping at Montego is reasonable and is a wonderful experience. So are the restaurants offering native Jamaican food! Jimmy Buffets in Gloucester Avenue provides the best Jerk and Curry Chicken, one of the most popular dishes of Jamaica. Other warm, comfortable and reasonable restaurants include Pork Pit, Evelyn’s and Belfield 1794. Some of the best budget hotels in Montego are Linkage Guest house, The Bird’s Nest, Caribic House and the Jamaica Grandiosa Resort.

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Not as hedonistic as Negril and not as crowded as Ocho Rios, Montego remains the grande dame of island resorts. In fact the 1973 James Bond movie was shot around Montego Bay. However if you are seeking authentic or traditional Jamaica, Montego is absolutely not your destination point. Montego is more a party town that holds innumerable surprises for those who would love to enjoy a getaway on a Jamaican island. Lying back on the white sand beaches taking in the sun while cooling down with delicious drinks, you can perfectly relax at the Montego Bay.