Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The city was founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians and became a very powerful city-state. Syracuse was allied with Sparta and Corinth, exerting influence over the entire Magna Grecia area of which it was the most important city. Once described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all", it later became part of the Roman Republic and Byzantine Empire. After this Palermo overtook it in importance, as the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily. Eventually the kingdom would be united with the Kingdom of Naples to form the Two Sicilies until the Italian unification of 1860.
In the modern day, the city is listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site along with the Necropolis of Pantalica. In the central area, the city itself has a population of around 125,000 people. The inhabitants are known as Siracusans, and the local language spoken by its inhabitants is the Sicilian language." - in: wikipedia
It is believed that the fort was used by the Omanis during their brief occupation of Bahrain in 1800, and it is located adjacent to the strategic waterways between Bahrain Island and Muharraq Island.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I really wanted to go on this trip with them but because of my job that wasn't possible. The good news is that i'll go to Rome next June with another postcrosser. I bought my plane tickets last night :)
Oh, imagine the cards, the pictures, the ice creams, all the monuments. I wish i could erase May from the calendar :P
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The present shape of the Dormition Cathedral has developed as a result of numerous reconstructions which it underwent for 450 years. The huge building of the temple, the main part of which is built according to the strict monumental forms typical of the XVI century, looks really majestic. The southern facade of the cathedral is completely hidden behind the constructed in the middle of the XIX century two-storeyed warm side-chapel of Epiphany. A high cathedral belltower (the end of the XVII – XVIII century) with its complex construction, consisting of two incorporated volumes adjoins it from the east." - in: http://www.cultinfo.ru/vologdachudo/page6_en.htm
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
"Hinomisaki, which is located north of Izumo Shrine, is a port town that faces the Sea of Japan where blue sky and clear sea water are beautiful. It is a part of the Daisen Oki National Park. The Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, which stands on a part of the coast, is 38.8m high, and is the highest of stone-build lighthouse in Asia. Visitors can pay 200-yen admission fee and go up to the upper deck, where a beautiful 360-degree panoramic view of the Sea of Japan, as well as boulders and cliffs of Owashi beach, can be enjoyed. The lighthouse was selected as one of the World's One Hundred Most Historic Lighthouses. Walking trail has been developed around the lighthouse, from where the beauty of the Sea of Japan can be observed. The sun setting on the Sea of Japan is worth a look." - in: http://www.japan-i.jp/explorejapan/chugoku/shimane/matsue-izumo/d8jk7l000002t1xc.html
This is the Castle of the Counts of Erbach, in Erbach, the district seat of the Odenwaldkreis in Hesse, Germany.
"It has a population of about 2,000 people, who mostly live in the west coast villages of La Passe (linked by ferry to Praslin and Mahé) and La Réunion. It has an area of 10 km². La Digue is named after a ship in the fleet of French explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, who visited the Seychelles in 1768." - in: wikipedia
US-589833, sent by Josh.
The bridge is currently home to the world's largest urban bat colony, with up to 1.5 million bats emerging nightly between mid-March and early November. The Mexican free tailed bats, which eat 10.000 to 30.000 pounds of insects during the course of their summer evening flights, draw more than 100.000 tourists annualy.