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Sheung Wan
Sheung Wan
#About the Hipster Area of Hong Kong

Want a quick visit in the hipster neighborhood of Hong Kong? Sheung Wan is the known place, with stores and markets in the hipster style. In the varied neighborhood, you will find a special integration between east and west, and many trendy restaurants for hipsters, and besides ancient stores.

In Sheung Wan is the Western Market, that is so well-known in Hong Kong, as a place that offers many handmade items.

In the nearby streets of the market, you can find fish stores, with fascinating culinary products. There won't be many 'simple' foods here, and not a few that could even be defined as 'out of the ordinary' or 'not easy to digest'...


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/9qCX_EyDe24
Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple
#About the Temple to the Gods of War and Literature

On Hollywood Road, the ancient road in Sheung Wan, is the Man Mo Temple. This is one of the most important temples in the city - a Daoist Temple, the smells of incents filling the air and the sounds of the gong ringing every time a donation is received.

The temple is located in the famous Hollywood Road district, near a line of ancient stores for art pieces. It was built in 1847 for the God of War and Literature.

When you approach the temple, you will see from the outside 8 immortal cast figures, that protect the temple from the inside and out. Notice the ceramic ceiling, typical of south-Chinese architecture.

The Man Mo Temple has two sections, each one dedicated and named after one of the two gods it is dedicated to - the God of Literature Man Cheong, and the God of War Mo Kwan Yu. The first one, Man, is the Chinese god of public servants. These have always been an educated group in the Mandarine culture. The second, Mo, god of war and Chinese fighting techniques.

Notice the little paper offerings designed to please the souls of the dead. Also, pay attention to the candles with the many incense coils. These are hung up from the ceiling, and fill up the space in a comforting aroma. On the red notes hung on them, there are wishes of those who made donations. Each coil burns for about two weeks.

See the followers quietly place their offerings on the altar, murmuring prayers, clattering with sticks of luck and walking in silence.

There are more impressive temples in Hong Kong, however, Man Mo Temple absorbs a special air that makes the visit and experience into a religious and anthropological unique experience.



#Tips

The temple is open every day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The entrance to the temple is free.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/trgN-hggjEY



A Visit:

https://youtu.be/54Br3rTyQ2g
Lorenzo & Kakalamba
Lorenzo & Kakalamba
#About the Most Photographed Restaurant in Belgrade

Lorenzo & Kakalamba is a very expensive and well-designed restaurant.

This restaurant is known as a restaurant that combines Italian and Serbian dishes, but it is also known as a spectacular place, many of whose guests are constantly busy photographing it and the dishes that are served here.

Because Lorenzo & Kakalamba here offer endless visual beauty. Art and design dishes that make the place a kind of art hall, paintings, sculptures, film exhibits and pop culture - every corner here you will find a spectacular frame worth a picture of your Instagram.

The dishes here are also small and beautifully designed pieces of art. It's not just the pastas, the ravioli, and the Italian food, which are delicious here. During the meal there are surprises, especially at the end, which includes, for example, a great dessert in the form of an apple, or a chocolate delicacy to prepare the phone or camera ready for him ...

The service here is excellent and the food is amazing. Do not miss the hall in a restaurant with a glass floor that allows you to look out over the kitchen.


Tips

For dinner it is mandatory to book a place in advance, because the place is very popular.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/B6pReoVjKP0


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/78lZRcZ-tGg


Displayed:

https://youtu.be/Qqf8wlQg3mg


Pictures from the Restaurant:

https://youtu.be/v1IvvccEEuE
Mount Hollywood Drive
Mount Hollywood Drive
#About the Road with a Wonderful Observation Over the City

The labyrinth on Mount Hollywood Drive offers spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills with its famous Hollywood sign on one side and a view of Los Angeles on the other.

Mount Hollywood Drive is recommended for both daytime and sunset travel. It becomes a romantic site as can be seen in the spectacular musical "La La Land." The dancing scene here, has brought many couples to try and recreate the scene at the same spot, and watching others doing that will be an amusing and charming way to spend the evening, that will no easily be forgotten.

So if you have some time, take a short walk to Mount Hollywood Drive. Enjoy!


#Tips

Under the iconic Hollywood sign you will find the lovely Lake Hollywood Park with parking next to it, where you can shoot and maybe even see a player with his dog.


Driving Close to the Famous Road:

https://youtu.be/pZ0QXWrnmNw


Couple Performs the Dance on Hollywood Drive, from La La Land:

https://youtu.be/ee2nIhyImWY

Instagram Spot

Point Fermin Park
Point Fermin Park
#About the Park with the Lighthouse

Point Fermin Park is a park from which you can see wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, and the Saint Catalina Island. These can be seen well from a point called Point Fermin in San Pedro, the southernmost point of Los Angeles.

Long range telescopes enable visitors to see far way views, and in the water sea lions and dolphin packs can be seen from time to time.

In the park are also walking tracks and colorful gardens, among lawns with pagodas that offer visitors shaded areas.

There is an old lighthouse here from 1874 that looks like a large villa and is a great place for photos.

A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/XSISMNvBk7s


The Old Lighthouse:

https://youtu.be/HEfSSmBmRd4
The Statue Of Liberty
Statue Of Liberty
#History of the Statue of Liberty

The statue is actually named "Liberty Enlightening the World" and is known by the name Statue of Liberty, created by the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Originally Bartholdi planned to place the statue in the Suez Canal, but the Egyptian government could not find the funding for the construction of the statue, and the project was delayed.

Finally, it was funded by the French government, and given as a gift to the American people, and inaugurated in 1886, when the base building was funded by the readers of an American newspaper as a donation. After a few years the island on which the statue stands received the name "Liberty Island," and the statue became a symbol for New York City, and for the United States in general.

The statue is of the goddess of freedom, and who shines freedom to all continents on Earth, symbolized by her seven-thorned headpiece on her head. The torch held by the goddess lights the way for all those arriving in the United States. In her other hand, she holds a tablet with the date independence was declared in the United States, written in Roman numerals. The height of the statues from the bottom up, is a little more than 92 meters. The flame was exchanged a few years back to a torch made of gold, and the new torch was placed in the atrium inside the statue itself, from where you can climb to the top of the statue.


#What does the Statue of Liberty Symbolize?

The Statue of Liberty is the most famous symbol in the world for the free world and democracy. It symbolizes the values that America believes in, like the right for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It stands there, impressive and so tall on Liberty Island, overlooking the New York Harbor, standing its ground as one of the most impressive statues in the world.

The statue was designed by the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and the architect Gustav Eifel, and was a friendly present from the French for the 100 year anniversary for American Independence, in 1846.

The large and amazing statue, made of copper, steel and iron, is designed with classical elements and iconography. If you were wondering, Iconography is the study of symbols and images, the images and modes of description in the various arts in a certain period.

Its design is what made the statue the most amazing technical achievement of the 19th century. Visitors can climb up to the crown of the statue. The view of the port from the crown is almost incomprehensible. It is New York City and you are not dreaming!



#What Was the Colossus of Rhodes?

Emma Lazarus, a Jewish American poet, wrote her most famous song called "The New Colossus" in 1883. The first two lines of her song are etched into a metal plaque at the base of the State of Liberty in New York - "Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land..." So who was the brazen giant of Greek fame?

The song talks about a similar statue to the Statue of Liberty that stood more than 2,000 years ago, on the Greek island of Rhodes. The Colossus of Rhodes was a very large statue of the Greek god Helios that was 34 meters tall. It stood near the port of Rhodes, and is considered one of the ancient world wonders. The Colossus is a modern name given to the statue for its large dimensions, from the name Colosseum.

The Colossus was built in the memory of the amazing and surprising victory of the people of the small island of Rhodes over the large army that occupied the island for a year. So it was built by the decision of the island locals by the artist Chares, as a monument to the god of the sun, Helios, the patron of the island. The statue was placed at the entrance to the port where ships entered, and they used to sail through his legs.

In 226 BC the Colossus collapsed during a strong earthquake. The residents of the island saw this as the will of the gods, and it was never rebuilt. The beauty of the statue continued to impress people, even in ruins, and it was maintained by the locals in this condition for many years. During the Arab conquering of the island, the ruins were stolen and destroyed, and any remains were sold as metal scraps.



#How as the Statue Damaged During the Black Tom Explosion?

The Black Tom explosion was a terrorist attempt by German agents that happened in Jersey City in New Jersey, on July 30, 1916. The purpose of the explosion was to damage American ammunition that was on its way to the Allies during World War I. This incident, that happened before the United States officially joined the war, is famous for the damage it caused to the Statue of Liberty. However, it did no damage to the war efforts. The United States joined the fighting in the war together with the Allied forces, and defeated the Germans.


#In the movies
The Statue of Liberty has starred in many motion pictures, such as "Ex-Man," in which the super heroes fight inside her head, or covered by ice in "The Day After Tomorrow" and the "Ghostbusters II" in which Lady Liberty walks through the streets of NYC.


#Tips
In order to climb the Statue of Liberty, you need to order your place 3 weeks in advance, in the link below.



A Closer Look at the Statue of Liberty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r7i8riYCe0


In Ghostbusters II:

https://youtu.be/qVpyDLv4Tfs
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall
#About the Concert Hall

If you are Disney or music fan - this is the place that perfectly combines the two. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the home of the Philharmonic Symphony of Los Angeles and is a part of the complex for stage arts of Los Angeles.

Here you can see many different concerts - starting from classical music, and jazz, and other worldly tunes. Many times there are special showings here of movies with live music, performed by very talents musicians. There are also free concerts that take place here.

The hall itself is incredible, with outstanding acoustics. It is well designed, and impressive inside and out. The hall itself looks like a huge sailing boat. It was established in 2003, after 16 years of planning by architect Frank Gehry (the same man who designed the famous Guggenheim Museum).

You are welcome to come for guided tours that the hall offers, however, if you want to see the main hall you will need to purchase tickets to one of the shows.


A View from Above:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NczAMTYRog
Hollywood Sign
Hollywood Sign
#About the Famous Sign that Was an Advertisement and Became a Symbol of Hollywood

The Hollywood sign is one of the most important cultural icons for any tourist coming here. It is located at an altitude of 478 meters above sea level, on Mount Lee, within Griffith Park.

The sign itself is protected, so do not be surprised if you can not touch it or approach it. In September 1932, actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping from the letter "H."

This sign is currently registered as a trademark and can not be used without the approval of the Hollywood Board of Commerce.


#History of the Hollywood Sign


The funny story behind it is that it was designed here as a real estate advertisement in 1923. Its purpose was to promote a new construction project in the Hollywood Hills of the Santa Monica Mountains, with the name "Hollywoodland." In fact, the intention was not to let the sign stay up, the developers intended that the sign would remain in place for only a year, in order to promote the project.

The contract with the maintenance company of the sign ended in 1939, and after a few years the sign deteriorated. In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce purchased the sign, removed the word "Land" and corrected the rest of the sign.

The new sign was inaugurated on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the city of Hollywood on November 14, 1978. The ceremony was broadcast live on television, where 60 million viewers watched. It also became a star in its own right when it appeared in various scenes in films and series, especially to indicate the location of the plot.


#Tips

For a good photo location: to take pictures of the sign without disturbing the residents, and without getting a parking ticket or being too far away, reached Lake Hollywood Park. Parke a little further down. Walking to Mulholland Drive with Deronda drive will take you to the open entrance to the White Wall and from there to an observation point and an excellent shot to the sign.


A Closer Look at the Sign:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I78-xM3IsSk


Must See
Victoria Peak
#About the Popular Vantage Point of Hong Kong

One of the most visited destinations in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak, known as Tai Ping Shan, or simply "The Peak," a green peak 544 meters above the city. It has a spectacular view point, allowing you to view from above the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong, the vast cluster of towers, the sea surrounding the island and the South China Sea.

This is a place from which you can see the contrasts in this interesting city. The place, once an exclusive residence for the wealthy Europeans of the city, is today the city's most famous observation point, offering a two-way view. From one side of the observation deck you can see the skyscrapers of this modern city all the way to the harbor, while the other side is dominated by nature, as the southern Chinese Sea spreads over some of its 263 islands.

The vantage point at the top is the highest and best point to view on Hong Kong Island. This is a place that should not be missed and the feeling here is like on the roof of the world. If you arrive before sunset, you will also benefit from the observation in the dark, which is wonderful and from which even those who are less connected to urban landscapes are impressed.

At the summit itself stands the Peak Tower building, a unique building offering the best view below. It also has restaurants, souvenir shops and a bustling video arcade.


#What Do you See from Here?


As you ascend to the summit with the tram, you can enjoy watching the spectacular scenery of Hong Kong as a whole. From here you can view from above on Hong Kong at 360 degrees.

From here you'll see the famous Victoria Harbor, the bay, the Kowloon Peninsula and the green areas of the new territories. Next are Lamma Island and the island of Lantau. On clear days you can see from here for dozens of kilometers, to all sides.

The Hong Kong skyline from this angle is breathtaking and shows an incomparable image in the world. During the night, Hong Kong covers a colorful blanket of lights that reflects on the water and offers a spectacular view.

On the hill, on the first floor of the tower, is the Madame Tussauds Museum with over 100 wax dolls.

The experience here is complemented by Ripley's Believe It or Not, the experiential simulator on floors 2 and 3, souvenir shops, restaurants and a small shopping center.

Hiking lovers can find a few hiking trails around the green grove.


#Tips

It is worth it to get to the top about an hour before sunset and enjoy the view during the day, and also during sunset and at night, when the skyscrapers of Hong Kong are illuminated by a colorful and wonderful light.

Dinner in front of the spectacular scenery is a romantic pleasure and a special experience!

It has to be produced in Tram - about 8 minutes of an unforgettable experience. This is a scenic hike from the Garden Road to the Victoria Summit. Take the 100-year-old Peak Tram, which leaves Garden Road and rises above 370 meters and 40 degrees uphill.

Hiking - Recommended an hour before sunset. Earning the changing landscape from daytime to sunset and evening. The climb is not very difficult, although it also has a 7-minute staircase.

For a free view, head to the Peak Galeria Shopping Center and reach the free observation area.





A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/aiyJ16t-hS4


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/XQbv6-VpcvI
Tian Tan Buddha
#About the Largest Buddha Statue in the World

The Great Buddha statue, or the exact name "Tian Tan Buddha," is located on Lantau Island. It is a huge bronze statue of Buddha, situated on a hilltop on the island. Until a few years ago the Buddha was the largest sitting Buddha in the world, and is today one of the largest Buddhas in the world.

The sculpture, which weighs about 250 tons, was built in China, with the contribution of believers from all over the world. The Buddha is shown sitting comfortably on the lotus leaves in the center of a three-story building.

From a religious point of view, Buddha Tian Tan symbolizes the harmonious interaction of the triangle of man, religion and nature.

The statue, completed in 1993, was erected near the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. Almost from the very first moment it has become a favorite tourist attraction, attracting tourists from around the world, mainly because of its impressive size and location.

The statue was moved to the island, broken into 102 parts. After being built here to a height of 34 meters, it has become one of the largest and most impressive of its kind.

The sight of the great Buddha statue is very impressive, but no less impressive is the view from it, when you look out over the huge forest surrounding the island.


#Tips

Ferry to the island - take a ferry from Pier 7 at the Outlying Islands pier in Central. From the pier on the island itself there is a bus to Buddha.

To the statue arrive many tourists from all over the world, arriving by bus or cable car and after climbing 268 steps.

Entrance to the Buddha statue is free.

Entrance to the exhibition under the Buddha has a small fee.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oebopaol9zM


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/zHDdfc8AWLA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
#About the Museum Whose Building Became an Icon

This interesting spiral building, a museum for modern art, was inaugurated in 1959, and it is named after Solomon R. Guggenheim. He initiated the establishment of the museum in order to display the rare collection of art he owned.

The special design of the building is the creation of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and there is no doubt that the building's exterior draws many visitors to enjoy the beauty. The building is a cultural symbol, and an icon for architecture that is modern and new, creative and curious.

Though its beauty, many criticize the design of the building which brings with it failures, and lack of conformity to its location. For its spiral shape, observing the art inside is not completely straight, but crooked, what can be difficult to see the art in the same perspective that the artist was aiming for. The ceilings in the Guggenheim Museum are lower than usual, and some say this gives a sense that paintings and other art do not receive the respect they deserve.

A few years after Wright passed away, in 1992 the building underwent renovations, where more floors were added to the museum, with higher ceilings. There the pieces of art were moved that required bigger spaces.

In the museum you will find works by a variety of talented artists: Chagall, Picasso, Kandinsky, and more. Most of the collections include paintings, though there are also statues. On the fifth floor you will find a balcony with a view of Central Park.



#The Guggenheim Museum's Design

The Guggenheim Museum in New York was designed by the well-known architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright took 700 sketches and 15 years until he was able to arrive at what he had wanted - a building that was different than all the 'boxes' around, the same old buildings of New York.

Indeed, the structure of the Guggenheim Museum in New York has a unique shape that many consider an art piece no less important than the abstract works that are presented inside. The rounded shape, asymmetrical, irregular, and whose wide part is precisely above, is unforgettable. It was also the first museum where the gallery flows through- no floors and no rooms, but only one space curving a gentle slope down the building, up to the entry level.

What made this magic possible, is the design of the structure according to the Fibonacci series, and according to the Golden Ratio. Just like the nautilus shell, the oldest shell that still exists in the world and has not changed since the dinosaur period. The idea was accepted by the architect after a wealthy Baroness, who commissioned the work, demanded that the structure be rounded. From here the road was short for imitation of the nautilus shell, all calculated on the basis of the Fibonacci principle. It is a principle based on the Golden Ratio, the most effective form of nature for reduced replication.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a51J5hzHg4U


A Tour of the Museum:

https://youtu.be/FWFeDzKGA78


Stunning Screening on the Museum's Spiral Structure:

https://youtu.be/osc8Gvz40C4
Temple Street
#About the Dark and Wonderful Night Market on Temple Street

The Temple Street night market on Kowloon Island opens at 4:00 pm and reaches its height in the evening. The exotic food scene in the market is a part of the experience and goes hand in hand with the atmosphere: vibrant and slightly traditional.

The atmosphere here is dark and crowded. The dim lantern lights, strange goods and the sounds of Cantonese folk music and a little jarring, give the market a somewhat mysterious atmosphere. Thanks to this atmosphere, Temple Street's night market is often staring in dark movies. What made this place a movie star, also brings in tourists.

Alongside delicious food stands, the Temple Street night market also offers exotic products and food at good prices and even cheap prices. You can also buy less-than-normal shopping for the small hours of the night. Along with a selection of products, especially for men, you can find here a selection of gadgets, electronics, watches, clothes, pens and more.



#Tips

Further down the market there is a small market for sex toys.


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/BHHAnS_NQow


The Night Market:

https://youtu.be/bOR_bdto3Zg


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