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Maeklong Market
Maeklong Market
#About the Railway Track Market in Bangkok

In Thailand's Maeklong Market, in Samut Songkhram, a strange ceremony takes place eight times a day. Once every few hours, the vendors move all the stalls from the train tracks that pass through the center of the market, before the train arrives.

After passing through the center of the market, next to the fruit and vegetable stands that are placed parallel to the tracks, the train goes and disappears. Then the tall stalls are rolled back onto their wheels, straight to their place on the train tracks.

How did this start? - The market was here a long time ago. When the authorities decided that the railroad tracks would pass, the vendors refused to move, and they simply started folding their stall before the train arrived and returned to work, minutes after it passed. For business, by the way, this did not hurt at all. The market, which is about an hour's drive from Bangkok, has become a fascinating tourist attraction and sales, thank God, are excellent!


Here's the Maeklong Market Getting Organized Before the Train Arrives:

http://youtu.be/UqUafue6vBE
Gouda Markt
Gouda Market
#About the City of Gouda

The city of Gouda, is a beautiful city where it's a lot of fun to walk around the alleyways. Gouda was founded in the 13th century, and was shadowed by the fortress that protected it. The fortress was destroyed in 1577, and brought about the city's decline. In the 17th century the cheese trade brought about a resurgence to the city, especially since the cheese is named after the city itself.

Try to find time to visit Gouda. It is an impeccably sweet and ancient city, with a quiet atmosphere, even during the market days. As you stroll around you will feel relaxed, and you will find yourselves walking around with a smile on your face.



#About Gouda's Weekly Cheese Market

On Thursdays between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm, the cheese market takes place (Gouda Markt). This market is well-known in all of Holland, thanks to the delicious yellow round cheeses, laid on the ground in the center of the square. This is a local market, as well as a tourist one, walking around you will hear many languages and see the "authentic" Netherlands up and close.

In the square you can see how haggling is done between the farmers who offer the cheese for sale and the merchants who come to buy. The sellers in the cheese stands are dressed in traditional clothes and willingly explain to buyers and even those who are just interested in cheeses, the way they are prepared.

Opposite the impressive city hall is the Waag, the weighing station, built in 1668. The old building has scales that were used to weigh the cheese bundles. Today, mainly touristy can receive a weighing certificate as a souvenir. In the building you can also enter the Museum of the History of Cheese Trading, in Gouda itself and in the Netherlands in general.

In addition to the cheeses, a range of traditional Dutch products are sold in this market, from painted Delft and Dutch wooden clogs to cloths and clothing and various products, in a weekly market like the rest of the world.



#Tips

Try to arrive early - the market opens every Thursday, between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm in the main center, in Dutch the "Markt." From 12:30 pm they stalls already begin to close, and those who are late won't see any signs of the market after that hour.

Payment in the stalls are only by credit cards.

You should try to come here on an empty stomach, the market has many food stalls.



Here is Gouda's Cheese Market:

https://youtu.be/QwWZRDN6v80
Mondriaanhuis
The Mondriaan House
#About the Mondriaan Museum

If you ever arrive in the town of Amersfoort, near Amsterdam, visit the Mondriaan Museum (Mondriaanhuis), a museum named after Mondriaan, a native of the talented city who gained fame and became one of the great masters of abstract painting.

The museum presents the life history and development of Mondrian's style, the famous Modernist painter in his geometric paintings, based on the primary colors, blue, red and yellow and the black lines.

The museum presents realistic works from his youth, landscapes he painted in his studies in Amsterdam and won many sales, paintings he painted when he moved to Paris under the influence of cubism that swept him to modernism, his paintings during his partnership with the De Steele art and design group, works from his time in New York, his connection to jazz music, music he loved especially and the revolution he created in the world of painting and its enormous effects on the art of the 20th century.



#Important Tips

If you wish to visit the house, you must book a visit at least one week before arrival.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwCRJjGJpDw
Rietveld Schrder House
Rietveld Schröder House
#About the House Built in the Mondriaan Style

The Rietveld Schröder House is a typical Mondriaan house, however not designed by him.

The house was built in the Dutch town of Utrecht and is an architectural version of Mondriaan's style, since Gerrit Rietveld, the architect who designed the house, and Mondriaan, the renowned painter in his geometrical paintings, were also members of the design group De Steele.



#The Architecture of the House

The house is of course three-dimensional, but also in it you see the familiar shape of lines and planes in basic colors and right angles. It was designed by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1924, commissioned by Truus Schröder, a customer who commissioned the house for her children.

Schröder's request was for the house to be as far as possible without internal walls. Rietveld's response was to build something new, instead of the usual ground floor, with its three bedrooms, on the second floor there are no internal partitions at all. The open space that replaces the collection of static rooms that were characteristic of the homes of those days was a rare idea in the 1920's.

Rietveld accepted the landlady's request and installed a set of moving and rotating panels on the second floor, which enabled the open space to be turned into another three bedrooms and a living room. Enabling the creation of different partition combinations, which allow to play with the splitting of the space and create different and varied experiences.

On the front of the house is the colorful collage typical of the De Steele style, but here it consists of two-dimensional planes that combine with one-dimensional lines that are deliberately detached from one another. The surfaces are painted white and gray, the frames and the reflections in black and certain elements have been painted in primary colors. This is how the balconies of the house blend nicely.

This building is one of the only buildings built in the De Steele style and certainly the best example of architecture in this style. It was not only praised, but also criticized for the change it represents, in relation to the conservative architecture of his time. After all, the Rietveld House is part of a uniform and conservative home run, and it is totally against its character. There was not even a faint attempt at integration with the surrounding architecture. The back is connected to a normal structure and the contrast between them is still jarring today.



#History of the house

If you arrive in Utrecht, see the house at Prinshendriklaan 50. After the death of Schroeder in 1985, the Jewish community of Utrecht donated the funds to transform the house into a museum, in recognition of the fact that the city's residents gave shelter to a Jewish family against the Nazis.



#Important Tips

If you wish to visit the house, you must book a visit at least one week before arrival.

Out of Town

Rotterdam Cube Houses
Rotterdam Cube Houses
#About Rotterdam's Cube Houses

Imagine a problem - in the city of Rotterdam they wanted to build apartments where a road was about to pass. It was quite clear to the planners that they would have to build the apartments on a bridge, over the road. How? - The solution lies in the hands of a creative and visionary architect. The solution is called "Cake Box" in Holland, the cube structure or Kubus Woningen.

The "Cube Houses" or "Dice Houses" in Rotterdam's Old Port are considered to be interesting projects of modern architecture and characterize the creativity of Dutch architecture. However, they are fully integrated into the city and are not a closed neighborhood or far from the city center.

The cube houses look like cubes that have been pulled out of a kindergarten class of a gigantic giant race and have grown to huge proportions. They were designed by the Dutch architect Piet Blom and were built in 1984.

Imagine a house with diagonal walls, although the floor and ceiling are straight. The windows are diagonal and face up. This fact makes the stay inside the house interesting, thanks to the light entering the unusual angle.

It is important to know - the cube houses are intended for real residence and not just be beautiful or interesting for tourists to see them. Each apartment in the geometric structure where 40 cubes of different sizes is built at an angle of 45 degrees. Each cube has 3 floors, with a living room and kitchen, working and sleeping rooms, toilet, shower, laundry room and a small room or garden on the roof.

This is not an architectural pose. People live in the dice homes and enjoy their lives. The demand for living here is proof of that. Those interested can visit the museum, which is actually one of the cube apartments. You can visit it and see what life is like in a box. Hint -it's fascinating!



Here are the Dutch Cube Houses:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4iAMQS_tbg
Varna Karting
Varna Karting
#About Varna's Karting Experience

Varna Karting Track is a stunning 1 mile-long karting track with everything it takes young poeple to drive a race track.

The vehicles and kart cars here place are equipped with advanced systems that guarantee to be parallel with those of a professional Formula 1 car.

The track offers an amazing carting experience, and also offers a bar area and a VIP area. Nice!


#Tips
The cost of getting here will vary according to the length of the route chosen.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/smvJbxeUZgE


Sometimes It's Really Professional and Difficult:

https://youtu.be/4IltSsl6Gt4
Albena Beach
Albena
#About Varna's Big Sandy Beach

Albena Beach is a stretch of beach on the Black Sea, more than a kilometer long, and has smooth, pleasant sand, which is a popular vacation spot among vacationing families. On the hill behind it there are a chain of holiday villages packed with vacationers from all over Europe.

Thanks to the pleasant winds blowing on the Albena Beach in the summer, staying here, even during the hot hours of the afternoon, is relatively pleasant and not too hot.

This beach is known for the wide range of marine sports that can be found here at relatively cheap prices. If you are a water sports enthusiast, here you can enjoy cruising, speedboats, jet skis, water skiing, water parachutes and more.

Albena has many nearby hotels and full beach services, including restaurants, bars and umbrellas for rent and suntanning beds. There are spaces for a variety of sporting activities, from tennis courts and soccer, through halls for basketball games, badminton, volleyball and mini-golf to great swimming pools.

There is a fee to enter the beach, as well as some of the services on it. But for tourists from the West prices can be considered cheap.


#Sunrise from the Sea

One of the great experiences of the beaches here is the sunrise in the Black Sea. It is a special play of sunrise, where you see the sun rising from the sea. It is worth waking up early at least once and enjoying the experience.



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/NixorSeDe7Q
Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier
#About the Pleasant Coastal Town

Along the Pacific Ocean stands Santa Monica, a beautiful and quiet beach town with a pleasant promenade, restaurants and cafés where many sit, volleyball courts with amateur and sometimes professional players, a children's playground and a "chess park" reminiscent of the square Washington Square in New York.

The beaches of Santa Monica are certainly known from the movies and series that are filmed here and include scenes filled with young surfers, shapely rescuers, pristine beaches with a lonely lifeguard hut, plenty of sun, sea, and sunshine.

Santa Monica itself was established in 1886 and named after the mother of Augustine - the Christian Santa Monica.

Its almost Mediterranean climate and exact location made it one of the most recognized and leading places among vacationers in the early 20th century. As a result of the growing numbers of tourists here, the city experienced a significant flowering during the 1980's. Pedestrians can enjoy the pleasant promenade, where shops and restaurants, designer stalls, street performances and what not, are located. You can also rent hiking or cycling equipment and children will enjoy the Pacific Park amusement park on the pier.

In the Hippodrome lies the legendary turnstile which is housed in a structure with a unique design from the past of Santa Monica. If you have time to get on it - it's a memento from other times, especially naive and nostalgic.


Santa Monica Tour:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjwwIMN8c-k


Potsdam
Potsdam
#About Prussian Versaille, the Houses of the KGB’s Officers and the City of Riches

If you want to head out of Berlin for a few hours and visit a classic German city in its full glory, go for a short visit in Potsdam. The capital of the Brandenburg State and the state’s largest city.

Castles, palaces, and spotless parks of this magical city, with alleyways, are a part of the magnificent view of the ancient city, where the king and his family preferred to reside, for its closeness to the capital and its vast beauty.

The German city Potsdam sits on the banks of the Havel River, about 26 kilometers south-west of the German capital Berlin. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, lived here officers of the Russian KGB, who would go around East Berlin. Today, it is a city for vacations and for German royals and is famous as one of the hub spots for the movie industry in Europe.

Only a half hour ride from the center of Berlin to Potsdam in a Train. This city is wide, and has many interesting points to visit. It contains a series of lakes that are all connected.

If you have some time, take a look at the Sanssouci Palace, the palace that Frederick II built and preferred to enjoy his time. Notice the internal decorations of the castle, in the Rococo style, and the fact that today it is acknowledged as a world heritage site.

Extravagant parks are also at Sanssouci Palace, remaining from the royal times. It contains fountains, statues and many pieces of art for all to admire.

Also worth looking at is the Einstein building, an observatory place that was built in accordance with the famous Albert Einstein and one of the greatest German architects, Erich Mendelsohn.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNnwM7soW94
Sozopol
#About the Fishing Village

Sozopol is a fishing village that has become a nice port city, popular and full of life, that offers visitors a beautiful strip of beach, wooden cabins built on stone bases, wonderful stone streets, narrow alleyways with ancient buildings that are full of magic and two wonderful beaches.

Here the ancient Greek city Apolonia used to be located, that for hundreds of years was a successful and independent city, until the Romans destroyed it, which it never recovered from. From that impressive city, a small fishing village remains, that survived until the 19th century, and then 150 big white houses were built, in the traditional Black Sea style.

Sozopol is about 30 kilometers south of Burgas, and it is about a 40-minute ride. The interesting part of the city is the ancient part, located on the land in the north of the newer area. You can enjoy a tour, combined with a good and inexpensive breakfast, or spend a few days and go wandering around the beaches.


#Tips

There is a bus from Burgas to Sozopol every 20 minutes, the ride is about 40 minutes long.

At a look at the nice stalls with embroidery.

The nudist beach will allow you to swim and tan without a bathing suit.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/_gbnJAVOMBU


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/UJTELN8kPE0
Nessebar
#About the Gem of the Black Sea

About an hour and a half drive south of Verna, and about 30 kilometers north of Burgas, a beautiful ride, as you are surrounded by the views of the Black Sea, the green forests and villages, you will reach the ancient fisherman village of Nessebar.

Nessebar is a wonderful ancient village, that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is located on a small island connected to the beach by a road. There are many ancient buildings, a few churches, archeological sites from the Byzantine period, and more.

The ancient fishermen village is a nice place with a wonderful atmosphere. In this picturesque village, you will find yourself wandering around ancient stone alleyways, and surrounded by about 40 churches, the oldest of which are from the 5th century AD.

It is best to come here during the day hours. In every corner, you will find beautiful sights and local beauty, that will be definitely Instagram worthy.

This is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Already in 1983 the archeological remains here, the Greek Acropolis, Apollo Temple, and the Agora, were declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


#What Can Be Seen Here?

In the picturesque streets of the village you can see stalls, part are authentic and some commercial, wooden cabin restaurants, with great Bulgarian food, souvenir stores, and relaxing cafes with great views. The older part of the village offers stone sidewalks and houses of stone. In the seafood restaurants are delicious and romantic tastes of the ancient city, there is a sea breeze, and many souvenir stores and small hotels.

In Nessebar you will find Bulgarian authentic markets, where the vendors offer the best of the local products, embroidered table clothes and ceramics.


#History of the Place

As a site that has been settled by the Greek culture in the 2nd century BC, Nessebar is one of the oldest populated villages in the world.

From the 5th century AD, this place became one of the important strongholds of the Byzantine Empire. With the Ottoman conquering of the area in the 15th century, Nessebar's glory dimmed. It began to shine again only in the 20th century, as tourist expanded in Europe, and in the Communist bloc, and this area became a magical village, very picturesque, very touristed and a popular destination in the country.

The village of Nessebar was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO a long time ago. As a result, many of the sites here are undergoing renovation and preservations.

Today, Nessebar is considered one of the leading tourist destinations, and the point of many popular trips around the Burgas area. This is also an area for trips from Verna, which is not far from other places in the country.



#Tips

About every 20 minutes, a bus leaves from Burgas to Nessebar, about a 40-minute ride.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/FZVcEINMqNg


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/rJLcnECs4Yc

Another Look:

https://youtu.be/gFvHVJDjZBg


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/bZAdfmbjMLw
Hong Kong Trail
#About the Hiking Path with the Day Trip Over Hong Kong

If you have a free day for a little walking and views, the Hong Kong Trail offers a wonderful day hike. You can enjoy the wonderful views around, different from over hikes thanks to the wonderful combination of nature and city that is all around.

It is charming to walk right along the city's edge, so busy, without even feeling it. You walk through peaceful greenery when right next to you are views of skyscrapers, planes landing and taking off, and boats sailing in the big bay. The trail begins at Victora Peak and winds around the mountain. The length of the hike is 50 kilometers. It is considered easy walking and divides into 8 sections. At the end each of the 8 sections you will be at a place that is near a bus stop, so you can stop the trail if you would like, and catch a ride back into town.




#Tips

Want more hikes around the area?

Lantau Trail, about 70 kilometers long, is a hike to Lantau Island, with few residents, and is known for its amazing hikes.

Wilson Trail, about 78 kilometers long, a hike heading from south to north, to Hong Kong Island, and begins in Hong Kong city.



A Closer Look at the Best Hikes in Hong Kong:


https://youtu.be/HvqcQ7qucps


Lantau Trail

https://youtu.be/hHtwE_x9r9U


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/FShIrzCqKes
New Territories
#About the Agricultural Area Outside the City of Hong Kong

The New Territories are an area lush with agricultural lands that surround Hong Kong. This is a wide piece of land, about 794 square kilometers, that is 90% of Hong Kong's land. The area includes the northern part of Kowloon Island, the outer islands and the area south of the Sham Chun River.

In the New Territories, you can see the beauty of rural life outside the big city. Especially you can see the Chinese peacefulness, the pastoral fishing villages, with the crowded houses covered in vibrant ceramics, in soft pastel colors.

This territory in the past symbolized the border between Hong Kong and China. In 1898 during the Second Convention of Peking, Hong Kong was leased to the United Kingdom from Qing China for 99 years. At the end of this time period, it was returned to China.

More of the visitors to Hong Kong don't make the trip to the New Territories and remain with the entertainment between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, the loss is all theirs. A visit to the New Territories will get you as close as possible to what used to be the border with China, and traditional Chinese lifestyles.

Even though agriculture rules in the New Territories, in the region there are also concentrations of developing urban areas, nicknamed the "New Cities." On the other hand, even with the new trains and highways that reach here, and even though in the new cities skyscrapers are being built, the pace of life in the New Territories remains relaxed and slow. You can still see here many traditional villages, like small and pleasant farmer markets.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ynm6XDkwJCU


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/60VFS0er9hg


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/FZlkcEEtT5U


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/oigkEC5mbrQ
Chek Lap Kok
#About Hong Kong's Airport

The Hong Kong airport, Chek Lap Kok, it is an impressive airport and super modern, considered the most active in southeast Asia. It was built on an artificial island specifically built near Lantau Island. The Chek Lap Kok airport was designed by a famous architect Norman Foster, the architect of a few famous buildings in the world.

The island airport is about 30 kilometers from the city. It is connected to Hong Kong with a suspension bridge that curves over the bay. 2,200 meters long, the bridge is one of the longest in the world, and the best looking. The drive is about 20 minutes between Chek Lap Kok airport to Hong Kong Island and the other way around- either by car or express train that crosses the bridge.



#Tips

To reach the city by the express train from the airport, ride to the Hong Kong station, the city's last stop, or towards the center of Kowloon, Hong Kong's downtown.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/0fGFB_5Hth0?t=35
Amelisweerd & Rhijnauwen
#About the Slice of Heaven in the Village Near Utrecht

Want to experience some Dutch nature out of town? In this forest, not far from Utrecht, you can do just that. There will be no specific attractions or exciting historical sites, but simply a lovely and pleasant forest for walking, seeing many animals, the lakes and the great forest. In fact two, the Rhijnauwen Forest and the Amelisweerd Forest.

When you come here, you are likely to reach the main lodge, the bar and its restaurant. These are historic buildings and wonderfully beautiful. If you like, book rooms here and spend a few relaxing days.

In any case, to reach the forest you can park in the main car park and stroll around, or enter the gate inside the main building and then turn right.



A Closer Look at the Forest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWLeUE9SFcY
Giethoorn
#The Venice of the Netherlands: Where There are No Roads

Giethoorn is a small, peaceful Dutch town located in the northwestern part of Overijssel province. Giethoorn is also known as the "Venice of the Netherlands." The reason for this name is that this haven is built almost entirely on water canals, made crossable by pleasant bridges.

In Giethoorn, you can take in the village atmosphere, stroll beside lily-strewn ponds, and then rest and refresh yourself in a café. We highly recommend that you set aside a day for the town of Giethoorn, and spend it looking at the charming houses on the banks of the canals and absorbing some of the tranquility that surrounds this beautiful place.

If you get the chance, rent a boat and be your own skipper. Cruising is easy and the speed is slow, especially since the water is only one meter deep. You'll have a wonderful and peaceful time on the water.

Giethoorn is a great location for a couple, or a family with children. A fun time is guaranteed for everyone.



#Tips

If you can, it's best to arrive at Giethoorn in the early afternoon. In the morning the place is crowded and sailing in the canals is difficult and less pleasant.

Don't enter Giethoorn at the first entrance. Continue another 2-3 kilometers or (according to your GPS) enter the parking lot behind the supermarket. Walk a few steps out of the parking lot and you're ready to get started in Giethoorn.

Rent a boat for an hour only. Some boat owners offer two hours or more. Speaking from experience, it's tedious, unnecessarily long, and quite expensive. An hour of sailing is the perfect amount of time for you and your family.



Here is Giethoorn, the "Venice of the Netherlands":

https://youtu.be/FIYQLKBu9rQ
Kinderdijk
#About Holland's Windmill Town

Kinderdijk is a windmill town. This town has the most dense population of ancient windmills, no less than 19 windmills that have survived since 1740. Since they were built, they were located one next to the other, to drain water from the ground, and pour it into the nearby river, helping dry wetlands for agriculture.

Today many tourists come here to see this beautiful sight, and a technology that dates back 200 years, along with Holland's modern settings. Windmills are the parents of wind turbines, which are much more advanced and known to us all today. Just like then, besides draining the ground, windmills were already being used as a source of energy from water and wind, which was crucial to the Dutch people.



The Windmill Town:

http://youtu.be/cl9IHy_PZIU


Royal Delft
#About the Delft Museum and Artworks

The Royal Delft factory (Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles) is an ancient factory that works in the same methods as 300 years ago. Paintings on the porcelain are painted by the artists.

After a year, the trainees can draw simple examples in the factory, and three years later they are considered painters. Only after 10 years of work in the profession do they reach the level of professional accolades.

The traditional and precise examples are produced by the factory's artists thanks to stencil patterns, such as old-fashioned duplicating machines. The pattern is pasted by the artist into the bright ceramics, and from there the outline of the painting is transferred, a sort of thin sketch. On it the painters paint with brushes and strengthen the painting and then paint in a variety of shades of blue. The blue shades are obtained through the dilution of water into the paint. Then the dish is burned in the kilnt at a very high temperature. Thus the color is fixed for many years.

The museum features a selection of decorated dishes and household items prepared for the Dutch royal family.

The museum features two videos showing the way the factory operates. Children will be able to enjoy a drawing workshop on ceramics, and you can see the artists at work and other demonstrations, several times a day.



#Prices

If it looks expensive, you do not have to buy here. In stores in the city you can buy cheaper products.

The entrance fee is 8.5 euros for children over 13 years old, and adults 13.5 euros. Children enter for free.



#About the Painted Tiles that Became the Symbol of the City of Delft

The Dutch city of Delft is known for its unique ceramic tiles. These ceramic tiles are beautifully decorated, usually in shades of blue and white. The long history of the Delft tiles stretches over hundreds of years. These tiles, like other decorated vases, were widely used in palaces, churches, and wealthy homes throughout Europe.

The traditional Delft tiles were produced mainly in Delft, Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries. Their sources of inspiration were ceramics brought in by merchants from China and some from Japan. The Dutch admired the Chinese china. They explored and began to imitate the beautifully decorated vases, urns, trays and porcelain plates. But the talent did its work and soon the tiles and painted dishes received a local Dutch style. Soon enough, they won all over Europe and their own imitations.

The subjects of the paintings also became related to the Dutch life of the time. Among them were typical Dutch motifs and daily descriptions. Particularly prominent were paintings of animals, flowers, professionals, children's games, soldiers, cavalry, boats, ships, landscapes, mythological creatures, angels and biblical scenes.

The Delft tiles were appreciated throughout Europe. They were rich in images and beautiful in the meticulous work of Delft artists. With them, an industry developed of white and glazed clay vessels decorated with blue. Today, the artists produce less tiles and more often paint on clay pots. The ancient tiles have become very valuable and are traded at very large sums of money.



#About the City of Delft

Beyond being the white and blue porcelain city, Delft is a calm, ancient Dutch town. Here, illustrious painter Johannes Vermeer, the famous artist of light and lighting, worked his whole life.

Apart from its ornate porcelain factories, the main experiences in the market square of Delft's Old Town are the climb to the tall Nieuwe Kerk tower in the Netherlands and the visit to its white porcelain shops.

Delft acquired the knowledge of its porcelain industry from Chinese porcelain vessels brought by the Dutch sailors from far away China. It was the Chinese who invented this art and were excellent artists. At first the Delft artists copied the paintings and decorations from the Chinese delicate china and porcelain. But the imitation of Chinese products was not long lasting. Gradually, Delft's artists exchanged Chinese decorations on their pottery with decorations depicting European themes and motifs from life in Holland and its surroundings. From here Delft became famous for its painted porcelain dishes, the ever-increasing buyers and the reputation of its painted and decorated tiles and dishes, and became famous throughout Europe.

The city's name derives from the Dutch word "digging," due to the digging of canals that are so common in the city of Delft.



Here are Delft's Painted Clay Factories:

https://youtu.be/mMt5SmhqApA
Zaanse Schans
#About the Ancient Village of the Netherlands

One of the mandatory sites of the Netherlands is only 20 kilometers from the center of Amsterdam. This is the Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, a 17th-century village with an amazing collection of windmills, restored and picturesque houses, swans, wooden houses, ducks, barns, workshops and artist workshops, just like the old days.

Zaanse Schans became an open museum, where you can learn about the 17th century Netherlands. There is a large concentration of active wind stations that can be accessed for 4-6 euros. In addition, a collection of village houses which are also traditional shops, allows the existence of this special place with free entry for tourists.

Millions of visitors visit the picturesque village that has become a village of artists every year and was declared in the Netherlands as a national project for the preservation of Dutch rural history, culture and traditions. There are dozens of craftsmen and artists who create and manufacture traditional products in the style of the old Netherlands.

The highlight of the trip is what is expected, those that produce the Dutch wooden shoes, such as Klompenmakerij, the wooden boot factory, where you can watch free of charge the demonstration of the manufacturing of clogs made of poplar wood.

It takes about 20 minutes to get here from Amsterdam. A round trip ticket costs about 8 euros per person.



Here's a Glimpse of the Place:

https://youtu.be/J49K4WSdiJc
Aquapolis
#About the Water Park with the Crazy River

Aquapolis, in the golden sands north of Varna, is a spectacular water park filled with water facilities, slides and pools, along with climbing walls for children and adults.

The beautiful water park offers a number of more challenging and scary slides, along with those that are more suitable for those who prefer relaxed surfing.

In Aquapolis you will find, along with the slides, pools for children and adults, a leisurely tubing ride in the river that flows lazily. Incidentally, along this lazy, laid-back river, you'll find here a more active attraction called "The Crazy River."


#Tips

Prices drop significantly after 3:00 pm.

The park has a fast food stand, bar and restaurant.

The park is open from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/TQg7fAeOjic


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/DiDaKNw6PhA


Various Facilities:

https://youtu.be/6SuJanLbZaI
Aladzha Monastery
#About the Monastery Located in a Cave

About 20 kilometers from the city of Varna, at the western end of the Golden Sands Nature Park and an hour's walk from the Golden Sands beach itself, is the famous Aladzha Monastery, a famous rock-cut monastery offering a short history in the region.

This is an ancient Orthodox Christian monastery that was carved by monks in a cave and turned the high cliff into a particularly impressive church, an interesting and intriguing archaeological site where you can see the impressive remains of the cave monastery that was carved on the mountain, inside and out.

The monastery of Elja was probably hewn before the 10th century. It is built on several levels, over a cliff about 25 meters high. Monks lived here mainly from the 12th to the 18th century, when the peak of activity was in the 13th and 14th centuries, when many monks occupied the monastery. In the 16th century it was almost completely abandoned.

It is one of the most beautiful rock estates in Europe and is best known for its rocky monasteries along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

In the eyes of the surrounding inhabitants, the forest surrounding the monastery is also considered sacred. This is one of the reasons why the monastery survived relatively well and was not corrupted, not even during Ottoman rule.

In 1927, the monastery, which during the Second Bulgarian Empire was a major spiritual center, was declared a historical monument. In 1968, it was recognized as a Bulgarian national monument of the highest archaeological and cultural importance.

It is a very enjoyable experience to climb to the monastery on the narrow path that leads to it and visit the caves in which it resides. All around you will see natural landscapes of forests and cliffs that nature lovers will love very much and the children will enjoy them too.


#What can I see here?
A visit to the ancient monastery is reminiscent of an adventure in caves, tunnels and ancient Indiana Jones ruins. The monastery was cut to a height of approximately 40 meters. You can see the seclusion and living rooms of the monks, the ancient church and the cryptos, catacombs and burial caves of the monks.

Alongside the church you will also see the dining room and the kitchen of those days, alongside the underground room and the abundance of beautiful frescoes in the main chapel, the beautiful frescoes and beautiful mosaics that survived on the walls and stand out especially here.

There is an interesting museum, where you can learn about the history of the monastery. Outside was the farmhouse where the monks worked and raised food for their needs. A nice short path to the west of the monastery leads to a small patch of forest with ancient burial caves of the monks.


#Tips
Admission is not expensive.

The audiovisual show "Legends of Aladzha Monastery". Available here at an additional cost, on Sundays or Wednesdays between May and October.

Opening hours: May to October Tuesday to Saturday 9: 00-21: 00, November to April Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00.

The monastery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.


Inside view of the Cave Church:

https://youtu.be/J0TzshQMwbc


And the environment:

https://youtu.be/D4K2BnXj0os
Zlatni Pyasutsi
Pobiti Kamani
Nessebar
St. Anastasia Island
Europark Idroscalo


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