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Tour Eiffel
Eiffel Tower
#About the "Temporary" Building that Became the City's Symbol

The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel), one of the most recognizable symbols for the city of Paris, was the tallest building in the world until 1930. It is entirely made of iron and reaches a height of 324 meters. Notice the great river that runs by the Eiffel Tower, this is the Seine River.

The tower was designed and built by French engineer Gustav Eiffel. Today it seems an inseparable part of the city, but the truth is that the tower was a source of controversy and drew a lot of criticism from many Parisian artists and intellectuals. These critics argued that the industrial and modular structure was not suitable for the city's architecture. The criticizing group called itself the "Three Hundred Committee" (according to the height of the tower) and claimed that it was a black smoke chimney that would light its barbarity onto the delicate French statues. The resistance was so great that the writer Guy de Mopsan used to eat his meals at the tower's restaurant by himself. His argument was that "this is the only place in Paris where you cannot see the Eiffel Tower."

Despite the controversy, the tower has returned its investments in construction within 1 year of being opened, only from the sale of entry tickets. Originally, the tower was to be dismantled after 20 years (in 1909), but due to the tremendous success among visitors to Paris, the decision was made to keep it.

The Eiffel Tower was built at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Its components can be seen in several references: the use of steel, the clean construction of stained glass and decorations, and the decorative-industrial design. The base of the tower is made up of four gates that combine into high stability on the one hand and flexibility on the other. This combination is what allows the tower to deal with strong winds. The arches also contribute to the unique appearance of the tower. The elevators in the tower are also special. They are based on a hydraulic mechanism that places safety before speed and therefore the elevators are rather slow. This mechanism was considered very advanced for it time.

#Gustav Eiffel

Eiffel was a French engineer and architect, whose name is probably familiar to you thanks to his famous building, the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel was a creator during the industrial Revolution, which explains the big impact on his work. He was impacted by the growing need for public transportation - as a result of the city's urbanization processes and transitions of people. This exposed Eiffel to diverse materials from different parts of the world.

Eiffel was one of the pioneers that used steel - a new material in the building sector in his time. Eiffel used steel bars as both constructive and decorative elements. He designed the steel interior of the Statue of Liberty, and gained fame by his many various designs. In 1887 he was invited to build the Eiffel Tower. The building was actually built for the international exhibit that took place in Paris in 1889, celebrating 100 years for the French Revolution.

During its construction, the Eiffel Towerwas the tallest building in the world, and it took a great deal of courage on part of Eiffel to build such a structure. Each element in the building was meticulously designed by him for about a year and a half, until construction itself began.

On the tower itself are engraved the names of 72 engineers, scientists and French mathematicians in recognition of their contribution to the construction of the tower. The decision was made by Eiffel, due to concerns about protests against the tower, and were engraved on the sides of the tower under the lower balcony.

Gustave Eiffel's career lasted 30 years. He died on December 27, 1923 at the age of 91.

#What is So Impressive About the Eiffel?

Oscar Wilde once said that he wanted to live at the top of the Eiffel Tower, because this is the only spot in Paris where you can't see the hideous tower.

However the Eiffel Tower is a Parisian symbol, and without a doubt one of the most famous buildings in the world. It was originally supposed to be built in Barcelona, for the world Expo, but because lack of funding the building was delayed, and only 10 years later it was built in Paris, for the world Expo of 1889. It was originally planned to remain for 20 years, before being destroyed, by the end of that timeline however the building was so loved by Parisians and tourists that it stayed. It is ironic because during the building's first 2 years, many demanded its dismantling for its lack of beauty.

The Eiffel Tower has no less than 1,665 steps, and on a good day you can have visibility of 70 kilometers!

The designer and architect of the tower was Gustave Eiffel, a genius engineer who had many other important projects in France, especially in building steel bridges. The tower's height is 324 meters, and up to 1930 the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world.

By the way, the expensive construction price was returned by money profited from entrance tickets to the exhibition already at the end of the first year!

#The Eiffel Tower at Night

From the day the Eiffel was built in 1889, it was photographed by every tourist or photo enthusiast who passed it, or even just saw it on the horizon. However, in 2014 the official Eiffel Tower website published that the Eiffel Tower at night was a copyrighted look, and should not be photographed anymore.

To understand first what happens when darkness descends on the "City of Lights," the Eiffel Tower became a spectacular display of gilded lights, using no fewer than 336 powerful projectors. Starting from sunset until 1 am, 20,000 LED lights glitter on the tower every 5 minutes.

According to the official website of the tower, the lighting is under copyright and brand rights, and in order to use images where the tower appears at night there must be approval from the company operating the Eiffel Tower. According to the company, the tower itself is public, but night lighting is a kind of art and the use of this art by photography or distribution is strictly prohibited.

#The Eiffel Tower During World War II

During World War II, when France was under German occupation (1940), the French were careful to cut the cables for the elevators so that the tower could not be used as a lookout and a military position. The tower was closed to the public during the Nazi occupation and the elevator was repaired only six years later.

As a result, on the first day of the occupation, the Nazi soldiers had to climb the tower all the way to the top floor to hoist the Nazi flag at the top of the tower. The flag was so big and heavy that it ripped and flew away with the wind a few hours later. It was replaced by a smaller flag.

The Eiffel Tower remained intact during the war, mainly because it lacked strategic targets for bombing. Nevertheless, towards the end of the war and the surrender of Germany, Hitler gave an order to destroy the tower along with the rest of the city. However, General von Choltitz refused to carry out the order.

On August 24, 1944, the French tri-color flag was placed on the top of the Eiffel Tower as a symbol of victory and Paris's freedom. It was created from three separate sheets sown together.

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Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
#About the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe of Paris is a huge stone building that stands in the center of Charles de Gaulle Square, at the end of the famous Champs Elysees. The gate can be seen from great distances - it's about 50 meters high, 45 meters wide and 22 meters long. The structure is so large that in 1919, during the World War I victory parade, an airplane flew through the arch successfully!

General Napoleon ordered the erection of the Arc de Triomphe in 1806 to glorify the names of those who fought for France during the French Revolution and during the wars of his time. However, the construction of the Arc de Triomphe ended only thirty years later, in 1836, years after Napoleon's death.

Many pictures and many figures of Parisian history were associated with this gate. The gate became a permanent point from which the victorious military parades emerge after successes, and the annual military parade on Bastille Day. Even after the victory of the French in World War I, a parade was held in the Champs-Elysées to celebrate the victory over the Germans.

#Architecture of the Arc de Triomphe

The structure of the gate was influenced by the Arch of Titus, built by the Romans, but the decorations characterize the neo-classical style of the 19th century. The gate is full of sculptures and decorations depicting historical moments related to victories. At the base of each foot at the gate is a group of central sculptures, each of which was built by another famous French sculptor. On the walls of the building are the names of the generals who were killed during those wars, alongside the names of 128 battles. Below the Arc de Triomphe is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a site that was added to the compound in 1921 and at 6:30 pm every night, the eternal flame is lit in their memory.

At the base of the Arc de Triomphe is a small museum, which reviews the history of the gate's construction, as well as the heroism of Napoleon.

From the balcony of the building, located at a height of fifty meters, you can see the 12 avenues that split off from it. This is an excellent vantage point for Paris. Although the climb involves climbing about two hundred steps, the view from the edge is a worthy reward.

#Historical Route

The Arc de Triomphe is part of the "historical route." What is the historic route, you ask?

The historic route is a route of sculptures, buildings and roads that pass through central Paris towards the west. The route is also called "the road of victory" and "the royal road". The starting point of the route is the statue "Louis XIV on Horseback" located at Napoleon Square in the Louvre. The route begins in the first district and ends in the eighth district of the city.

The construction of the route began alongside construction for the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in the 17th century, designed by the gardener of Louis XIV, André Le Nôtre. The construction approach was similar to the planning of French gardens built in the palace of Versailles. After changes over the years, it was only in the 20th century that the route became as familiar as it is today. From there the historic route of Paris continues to the small Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the Grand Arc de Triomphe and the Paris 2000 area, La Défense.

#Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

"Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" is a nickname for many monuments around the world that were built to commemorate soldiers who fell in wars without being able to identify their bodies. These graves are the focus of state memorial ceremonies.

Even under the Arc de Triomphe there is such a grave. The bones of soldier buried during World War I were transferred to the site on the day of the armistice (the day the cease-fire came into effect in World War I) in 1920. In memory of these anonymous soldiers, the eternal flame is lit for an indefinite period. The eternal flame was lit for the first time in an official ceremony in 1920, and each year a ceremony is held on November 11, the day the war ended.

The coffin was placed in the chapel at the top of the arch on November 10, 1920, and was buried six months later. On the grave is written in French: "Here is the burial of French soldiers who fell for their homeland 1914-1918." The truth is that the French government intended to bury the anonymous soldiers in the Pantheon, but following public protests it was decided to bury them under the Arc de Triomphe. In 1961, US President John F. Kennedy and his wife placed a wreath on the grave, together with the French President Charles de Gaulle. Following Kennedy's murder in 1963, his wife Jacquelyn Kennedy asked that her husband be buried with an eternal flame, similar to the one she had seen in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris, and so her wish was granted.


Above the arch of the Arc de Triomphe is a friese, above which are 30 knights' symbols and names of their victories in the French wars.

A friese is an architectural element originating in ancient Greek architecture. The friese is the thickest layer of the entablature, the upper part of the structure above the columns. It is located above the architrave and below the carnation and the gable. The friese is one of the horizontal layers that appear on the typical facade of classical and neo-classical structures. In some cases these frieses will be decorated with stone decorations intended to convey a message, a historical or religious story.

The dimensions of the friese in classical construction vary but are proportional to the other components.

Free entry of the first Sunday of the month, from November to end of March.

Free for Under 18 and under 26 from the European Union.

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Lok Ma Chau
Lok Ma Chau
#About the Interesting View Point Towards the City of Sha Tin

If you want to understand the revolution that China is experiencing, climb to the top of Lok Ma Chau that overlooks the city of Sha Tin.

Until Hong Kong was given back to Chinese ownership, Sha Tin used to be in a different state. Today, many of the residents in Hong Kong come here for cheap shopping and buying fakes of international brands, not available in Hong Kong itself, especially not for the same prices.

Because the new city, back in the end of the 20th century was a small fishing village, with only 20,000 residents, today it has grown to become a vibrant industrial town. Wide avenues of the big new city replaced the narrow alleyways of the small village. Lower village houses were replaced with hundreds of tall skyscrapers housing million of residents, who only keep multiplying in number.

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Dragon Back
Dragon's Back
#About the Hiking Trail with the Special View of Hong Kong

The Dragon's Back hike is considered one of the prettiest hikes in Hong Kong. It is best to do the hike when there is good visibility and warm sun, but not too hot. The fall months are perfect for this trail.

Actually, this is the 8th section of the longer Hong Kong Trail. The hike of Dragon's Back gives great viewpoints of the city from different and interesting points. On one side you will see the large skyscrapers, which you will be looking down to. On the other side, you will see the panoramic view of the Hong Kong beach line.

The hike is highly recommended. The walk is through a green mountain range, whose shape reminds the back of a dragon, and from here its name. While on the walk you will see breathtaking views of the surrounding bays and the forest-covered mountains. You can combine your hike with a visit to the picturesque village Shek-O, or Big Wave beach nearby.


The starting point of the trail is from Tin Wan

The length of the hike is about 3 hours.

If you arrive in Stanely Village you can combine the walk either on your way there or back.

At the end of the trail return to the train station and from there to your hotel.

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Il Buco Nella Serratura
Il Buco Nella Serratura
#The Magical Peephole in Avantine

In the garden of the Monastery of the Knights of Malta, on the hill of the Avantine, there is a small and special attraction. It's a key-hole you can peer through. It is fixed in a locked door, which has a small peephole. Through this hole you can see a special view of a long tree-lined avenue leading to the center where the Vatican Dome stands, the Basilica of St. Peter.

It is a magical perspective, which has a fascinating composition that every photographer would be happy to display in their photographs. It was created many years ago and was discovered by accident.


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Ile aux Cygnes
Île aux Cygnes
#About Swan Island

Swan Island, which is usually less known to tourists, is an artificial island built in 1827. Its original purpose was to protect the Port of Grenelle. Today it is a cute corner that attracts a lot of people. The length of the island is 850 meters. The name, "Swan Island" is a little deceiving since there are no swans here!

One side of the island connects with the Pont de Bir-Hakeim Bridge (the one near the metro station by the Eiffel Tower). The other side of the island connects with a bridge where the Statue of Liberty is located.

Yes, we were not mistaken. Though the original Statue of Liberty is located in New York City, smaller replicas of the statue are located all around France. The most famous one is erected here, on Swan Island. The statue faces towards the Atlantic Ocean, looking at the original statue in New York City.

The island itself has green trees, and during summer and fall these will be a beautiful background for photos of the Seine River, as well as Eiffel Tower photos. To relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, you can sit on one of the benches on the island and stare at the Seine River and the boats sailing on it.

One of the island's advantages, is that its less visited and most people who come here are locals. It is a place to taste the authentic Parisian experience, the less touristy and less busy side.

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Grande Arche de la Defense
Grande Arche de la Defense
#About the Triumph Gate at the Business District, La Defense

The victory gate built in modern Paris, is in the La Defense district, the modern business district rich in glass and metal buildings. It looks similar to the large arch of the Grande Arche de la Defense, or according to its French name, the Grande Arche.

"The Grande Arche" is actually an office building that is the highlight of the La Defense project. The whole project was started by the French President François Mitterrand in the early 1980's. The impressive building was designed by the Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen after winning the bid, and the building was built between 1982- 1989.

From the rooftop view there is a breathtaking view of Paris. You can clearly see here the connection between the Louvre Museum and the Arche de Triomphe.

The arche contains straight lines. It was designed as a 20th century version of the victory gate designed by Napoleon Bonaparte. But, unlike the Arche de Triomphe, the Grande Arche represents the victory of peace and humanity before the war.

The arche creates a 3-D cube 110 meters in all directions. At the center of the cube is an empty space located on 4 sides of the arc. This space is the base for the office building.

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Aventine Hill
Aventine Hill
#About the Hill

Among the Seven Hills of Rome is the beautiful and romantic Aventine Hill. From the top of the hill you can see the magnificent view of Rome.

Rumor has it that it is named after King Avantinus, who was buried at the top of the hill. Another theory holds that the hill is named for Avantinus’ the son of Rhea and Hercules.

The short walk to the green hill is up glass-covered access stairs. The glass prevents the crows from harming the railing. At the end of the walk you will see the green park and enjoy the magnificent view of Rome. This spot is great for a photo of the city. Entry to the monasteries on the Avantine is free, where you can enjoy two hours of quiet and a stunning view.

The famous Orange Garden is located on this hill, together with the keyhole through which one can peek at the special perspective of a tree-lined avenue that converges to the Basilica of San Pietro of the Vatican.

#The Curse of Aventine Hill

An age old rumor has it that a curse lies on this hill because of the tragic story about the two brothers - Remus and Romulus. The twins were very young and very powerful, hunters who led a group of shepherds. They decided to establish a large new city- Rome. However, these two brothers could not settle on who would rule- and asked for a sign from the gods.

Remus, who saw six vultures, was pitted against Romulus who saw twelve vultures. One claimed that because his vision had come first, he was to rule. The other said that his vision, showing 12 vultures, is greater and therefore he is meant to dominate. The final outcome was determined when Remus was assassinated by his brother Romulus, who went on to become the new city's ruler, in the new city of Rome.

This tragic story was treated as a taboo of sorts- no Roman ruler made it part of Rome’s territory due to the curse. In the years between 640-616 BCE it became part of the city, in order to strengthen its defenses. During the 5th century BC, Rome was already spread beyond the Aventine Hill, towards the Field of Mars.

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Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow bridge
#About the Bridge Leading to Odaiba Island

There is no distinction between the Rainbow Bridge and other bridges around the world. But one fact makes this bridge, which leads to the island of Odaiba, meaningful for tourists in the capital of Japan. The Rainbow Bridge offers stunning Tokyo skyline views.

Just as beautiful, photograph the bridge from the Odaiba promenade, from the area of the replica of the American Statue of Liberty, along with the beautiful city.

In any case, this is a charming observation point on one of the largest and most impressive cities in the world. From the bridge you can take great pictures of this modern city.

Rainbow Bridge, is a suspension bridge reminiscent of some of the bridges of New York. It crosses the north of Tokyo Bay, between the areas of Shibaura in Minato and the artificial island of Odaiba.

The length of the bridge, is 798 meters. Construction began in 1987 and was completed in 1993. The name "Rainbow Bridge" was given to it by the city's residents, because of the colorful lights in which it is lit every night. These are created from combinations of solar lights that are changed during the day and make light at night, in red, green and white. By the way, remembering its official name will be almost impossible. It is something like "the connecting bridge of the Tokyo port, the 11 Daiba axis of the Shoto highway" …


You can reach the bridge by foot from Tamachi Station or via Shibuya-photo (Yurikamome Station).

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Fishermen's Bastion
#About the Citadel That did Not Protect Anything.

Fishermen's Bastion (Halaszbastya) is a sort of Romantic monument is a kind of monument to the Fisherman's Guild which has seven towers that symbolize the seven tribes from which the Hungarian people were born. It is an ornate building and even a little "kitschy", which will be explored in a lot of surprises, steps and amusing corners.

The special building was erected at the end of the 19th century in honor of the thousandth anniversary of the settlement of the city. From here you can look out over the city and the river and see St. Stephen's Church, the beautiful Parliament, Margaret Island and the Suspension Bridge.

In fact, the fort was built with no real defensive intentions and seemed to be mainly for beauty. Its seven turrets symbolize the seven tribes that settled here for the first time more than 1,000 years ago.

The architecture of this magnificent building is a fascinating combination of neo-Roman style and neo-Gothic style. You can see this by mixing the tall turrets, with large windows, that bring a lot of light into the building, arched windows and more.

There is some ambiguity about the origins of the Fisherman's Bastion. One conjecture is that the name was given to it from a fish market, which existed in the area in the distant past. Another conjecture connects the name to a local tradition that tells us that in the Middle Ages the members of the local fishermen's guild protected this side of the hill.

#Why is This Citadel Good?

The answer to this question is, of course, symbolic, since this fort was erected for the city's celebrations at the end of the 19th century. But for anyone, this fortress is the most spectacular observation point and spot in the city of Budapest.

From the second floor of the fortress you can take photos comfortably that will come out great. There is an entrance fee. If you want just a nice photo and do not want to go up, then grab a little corner near the lower floor, where the restaurant is located.


Be aware of pickpocketers that tend to roam this area.

Next to the restaurants and cafes in this area are many souvenir shops. These are substantially more expensive than the souvenir shops in town.

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Harbour Centre Tower
#About the Round Building that is also Square

The Harbour Centre Tower built here in 1977 at the height of 170 meters, enables visitors to see almost every corner of the city. The tower is one of the tallest in the British Columbia region, and in Canada as a whole.

The building, with the round top, has a wonderful view and a rotating restaurant. It is located in Downtown Vancouver, near Canada Place. This is a huge complex with big commercial spaces, trade, and tourism, whose light lights up the whole area around it, and can be seen from all parts of the city.

In the past, the building ignited a division among architects. Some did not like its look and think it should not have been built, but most of the visitors like the interesting building that has become a tourist attraction.

#Why is it Worth Coming Here?

The viewpoint and the rotating restaurant at the top have made the Harbour Centre Tower a popular tourist destination.

Many go up every day to the Vancouver Lookout point. From here there is a panoramic view of the city, the ocean, mountains, and islands on the Vancouver coast.

A floor higher, at the head of the building, there is the rotating restaurant called Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant. It is surrounded by large windows, that a panoramic view of the city can be seen through, and it takes one hour to complete a full rotation. Like in similar restaurants around the world, during dinner, diners get to see the entire city view.

Another fun thing are the glass elevators, everyone will love watching the city getting smaller and smaller as the elevator goes up.

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#About the Cable Car that Will Take You To the Beautiful View Point

Madrid's cable car (Teleferico) has been operating since 1969, and is considered a great attraction.

To ride the cable car, get to the Rosales metro station, in Parque de Oeste. From here ascend the cable car, above the treetops, with the beautiful views, from the height of 620 meters above sea level, over all of Madrid.

Next to the wonderful Madrid views and its surroundings, you can see above the Egyptian Temple of Debod, The Royal Palace of Madrid and Almudena Cathedral, from a different angle.

The Madrid cable car will bring you on a track for 11 minutes, from Paseo del Pintor Rosales, north of Plaza de Espana, over the Manzanares River, and to the heart of the Casa de Campo park, a distance of 2.5 kilometers.


To get to the cable car, reach the metro station Rosales.

The cable car opens at 12:00 pm.

On the way back you can pick the metro or buy a ticket in advance back and forth on the cable car.

In the park Casa de Campo itself you can spend many hours, like at the zoo or the aquarium fo Madrid, and in the amusement park of the city Parque de Atracciones de Madrid. All these are located a few minutes walking from the cable car.

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The Dome
#About the Bar with the View of Bangkok

The Dome, at the top of the State Tower, is where the restaurants and bars of the State Tower are, located on the river banks and overlooks the city view.

On the 63rd floor of the tall tower, on the southern end of the Silom Road, you can find the Sky Bar, one of the largest bars in the world without a roof.

There is a luxury restaurant here called Sirocco, and from here you can see a panoramic 270-degree view of the whole city around you, the skyscrapers and river that divides the city. This is the tallest restaurant in Bangkok.


For a table, you must book in advance (Phone number: 66-2-624-9555). No need to reserve places for the bar. Prices at Sirocco are expensive, and the Sky Bar prices are reasonable.

You must come to the Dome in proper dress.

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Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel
#About the World's Tallest Ferris Wheel For 100 Years

The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel (Weiner Risenrad) is the name of the huge ferris wheel of Vienna, which is mistakenly referred to as the "Prater," which is actually the name of the park where it is located. Do not look at it as such, it may not seem impressive enough to you, but up to the year 2000 it was the world's largest ferris wheel. The title, by the way, was taken away by the ferris wheel in England, known as "The Eye of London."

The Wiener Risenrad is 65 meters high and weighs no less than 430 tons. Its rotational speed reaches 2.7 kilometers per hour. The cars are built of wood and iron and can accommodate up to 12 people each.

The huge Ferris wheel was originally built for the golden anniversity held for Emperor Franz Josef. It began operating in June of 1897, after two years of construction work.

It is interesting to hear that in 1916 the wheel was purchased by a Jewish man - Eduard Steiner, but 22 years later it was confiscated by the Nazis. During World War II it was shut down as a result of fire and great damage. It reopened only in 1947, after postwar rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The huge wheel is visited every year by thousands of tourists and local Viennese who come here to view the magnificent view of Vienna. A spectacular 360-degree view leaves the wheel as one of Vienna's top tourist attractions. During special occasions, it is decorated to suit the general atmosphere.

Film lovers will recognize that the giant star starred in the classic film "The Third Man," whose screenplay Graham Greene wrote about the conquest of Vienna by the Allies at the end of World War II. Another equally well-known film in which the wheel starred is a 1987 James Bond film.

If you are looking for a romantic scent, you can board one of the caravans where a romantic chef's meal is served with fine wines and a delightful menu. With the lights of the city of Vienna this will be one of your unforgettable romantic experiences. We promise.

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Monastery of the Knights of Malta
#About the Monastery of the Sovereign Order of Rome

The Monastery of the Knights of Malta (Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta) is located on Aventine Hill overlooking the magnificent view of Rome. This monastery is the center of activity of Malta's sovereign military order. Together with Palazzo Malta, the region is considered outside the Italian territory and belongs to the Order of the Knights of Malta - a completely sovereign entity.

There is a special, almost fairytale-like attraction for children and adults; it is a keyhole in the garden. This is the locked door in the garden with a small peephole. It is called "il buco nella serratura." Through this hole you can see a charming little wonder. It is a long row of trees with a Vatican dome at the center - the Basilica of St. Peter. The sight of the magical perspective, which has a fascinating composition that any photographer would be happy to display in his photographs, was discovered years ago by accident.

#About the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

The Order of the Knights of Malta began in the time of the Crusades and its roots trace back to European nobility. Its goals are acts of kindness for the needy. The Order operates hospitals, nursing homes and ambulance services all over the world.

Like the Vatican, this unique order is independent of Italy and completely sovereign, constituting a kind of state within Rome. Although it is a political entity that does not control its own territory, it can use political symbols such as printing its own stamps, minting coins, issuing passports and even identifying car plates.

The non-political public activity, which is completely neutral, gave the Order observer status in the UN and over 100 countries maintain diplomatic relations with it.

This elitist Order includes about 13,000 members, most of them Christians, rich, men, and caucasian. To illustrate its power upon the aristocracy here - in the monastery of the Order was baptized Juan Carlos, King of Spain, by the future Pope Pius XII.

In the center is a clinic that is public and provides free health services to the poor who cannot afford treatments.

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#About the Hill

In the western part of Rome lies Gianicolo Hill, formerly known as the Vatican Mountain. It is located along the banks of the Tiber River and on the right side, opposite the Aventine Hill. This hill is the second tallest in Rome and its highest point is on its northern end, which is 146 meters above sea level. From it, of course, you will see breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city. The length of the hill is 5 kilometers.

A pleasant stroll on the hill will include the lawns, many trees and plants, boulevards with famous head figures and spectacular vantage points.

One of the interesting points on the top of the hill is the church of San Pietro in Montorio, which is believed to have been built here, where St. Peter was crucified. The Fontana dell'Acqua Paola can be seen as well, which is a Baroque fountain built on the orders of Pope Paul V.

One of the unique things you'll find in this park is puppeteers. Children can also find attractions such as riding ponies, bumper cars, a carousel and a puppet theater.

The recommendation is to visit this hill after a trip to the Vatican and complete the trip in the Trastevere district.

#History of Gianicolo Hill

During the Roman Empire the hill served as a sacred site for Janus, the God of beginnings and passages in Roman mythology. At that time, there were ritual rites, including the bird watching ceremony, which was meant to predict the future.

During the reign of Caesar Uralianus, the Aurelian Walls surrounded the seven hills of Rome as well as parts of the Gianicolo Hill. The entrance of the hill into the walls was intended to include the water mills that were on it and served as flour mills for the city.

In 1849 a battle was held on the hill between the forces of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the general, the patriot and the great Italian leader, and the French forces defending the Pope and his rule in Rome. Following the victory of Garibaldi, from Italy, Rome became the capital of the kingdom. On top of the hill you will still see a monument to the fallen in the struggle for Italian independence.

Ever since the year 1847, every day at 12:00 pm, shots can be heard here from the castle of Sant'Angelo - to announce the time. In 1904 the custom was transferred to a cannon placed at the top of the hill. It lasted until 1939, when it was stopped at the outbreak of World War II. Following a public demand, the ancient ceremony was renewed and it takes place everyday at noon on the plaza in front of the main building.

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Garden of Oranges
#About the Garden

If you were seeking one of the most romantic places in Rome, this is it. The Garden of Oranges (Jardino deli Aranci) also known as the Parco Savello, is located on the Aventine Hill. The garden is not particularly known to tourists and is therefore relatively isolated. If you decide to come here, prepare yourself for an amazing observation deck, overlooking the breathtaking view of Rome.

The garden on the Aventine Hill offers a great view of the Basilica of San Pietro. It covers an area of ​​7,800 square meters. The garden was planted in anticipation of the importation of the first orange trees, which came from San Domenico, Spain, in 1220. Saint Dominic then built his monastery here.

Any man in love in Rome knows that the Garden of Oranges is a perfect place for a wedding proposal. Others enjoy the garden as an opportunity to slip away from the bustle of the city.

The second nickname of the Garden of Oranges, Savello Park, was given after the park was founded here by the nobleman Savolos, born here in 1932. The park was established in the area of ​​an ancient fortress.

A little tip - if you walk from the garden to the Monastery of the Knights of Malta, to house number 3 on the road, you will see a door with a peephole. The opening is known as the "the Aventine keyhole" and will allow you to view a long, neatly trimmed avenue of trees with the Dome of St. Peter in the Vatican at its the center.

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Azrieli Observatory
#About the Highest Observatory in the Middle East

The Azrieli Observatory is a closed observatory, located on the 49th floor of the circular building in the Azrieli Towers, allowing you to view the immediate surroundings and on the good day, far away from Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

From here you can understand the meaning of the term "Dan block," since from a height of 187 meters you see the huge region called "Gush Dan" and know that there is no bigger region in Israel, although in international terms it is small and tiny ...

Nevertheless, the view of Tel Aviv and its satellite cities is seen from Bat Yam, Holon and Rishon Letzion in the south, to Herzliya, Netanya and the chimneys of Hadera in the north, Ben-Gurion Airport, Lod and Modi'in in the east and the sea in the west. On a good day, one can see as far as the south Ashdod port, and the eastern hills of Jersualem.

If you are debating in winter whether to go to the observatory, especially on a rainy day or even on a stormy day, consider still going up to the observatory. First, the place is closed and protected from rain and cold. Second, the view from up here inthe stormy city, is exciting. You will feel as if you are standing in the midst of the thunderstorm itself, and between us - when was the last time you saw thunder from up close?

For tourists, it is worth noting that the place is not an observatory like abroad, although it can be viewed as an observatory, the binoculars that were once there were removed long ago, since now it house many events. It is always better to check in advance if a visit is possible.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
#About the Connected Tower of Tokyo and the Wonderful Free Views Over the City

At a height of 243 meters, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku is a very tall government building that locals call "Tochu." Until 2007, it was the tallest tower in the city.

The metropolitan power tower is one of the most impressive government buildings around the world. In fact, it is not a single building but a complex of two 48-storey buildings each, which connect on the 33rd floor of each one. This gives "Tochu" a one in a kind look compared to the rather similar government buildings around the world.

From the government building, you can ascend to two 202-meter-high observatories with spectacular views of Tokyo's Shinjuku District. On good days, you can even see the far away Mount Fuji from here.


Observations from the building are free!

There are security checks at the entrance. Discover understanding!
Each of the observatories has a coffee shop and a souvenir shop.

The northern viewpoint remains open longer both in the evening and at night and offers a particularly enjoyable night observation!

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Danube Tower
#About the Danube Tower of Vienna

Vienna's TV Tower (Donauturm), known by its other names, such as the Donau Tower or the Danube Tower, is particularly prominent in the Vienna skyline. This is because it is the tallest tower in the city and the first skyscraper built there.

The tower rises to a height of 352 meters and its interesting shape attracts attention almost immediately. By the way, it was added to the list of the 100 tallest buildings in the world - at the time when it was built it was in 75th place.

The Donau Tower is located in the 12th quarter, in the heart of a wide green park, which extends north of the Danube River and hence the nickname Danube Tower. It was opened to the public in 1964, after more than a year and a half of construction. Almost immediately it became a tourist attraction and a favorite place of entertainment for the hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals who come to it every year. Today it serves as a television tower with radio and television antennas.

Due to the high height of the tower, the observation point from its head is spectacular and it is worthwhile to reach it. If you decide to eat a meal at one of the two restaurants located on it, one 160 meters high and revolving, the second at the height of 170 meters, you can look at different parts of the city.

If you are an extreme fan - bungee is more than allowed at this tower. In 2000, this bungee area was declared the highest in the world. The tower has large, fast elevators that will bring you quickly to each of the observation points, restaurants or attractions on it. Enjoy!

The bungee here only operates a few days a year, in the summertime.

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Rockefeller Center
#About the Center

The city's business center in New York is one of the leading destinations for tourists. The center is named after John D. Rockefeller Junior, who leased the land from Columbia University in 1928. The center was developed between the years 1929-1940, and the estimated cost of the construction was around $250 million. In the construction over 4,000 workers took part. The official inauguration of the building was in 1933.

The complex is divided into two areas: one was built in the art-deco style in the 1920's, and the other includes modern buildings from the 1960's and 1970's. The complex spreads out on 88,000 square meters and has 19 office buildings. Rockefeller Center was purchased by the Mitsubishi Corporation in the 1980's.

Originally, John Rockefeller Junior planned to make the complex an opera and cultural center, however in 1929, with the stock market crash and the big slump that followed, the plan went down the drain. Instead of the original plan, began Rockefeller to develop the land and build office and residential buildings. After the family members were convinced that their name would attract high-level residents, they decided to call the center "Rockefeller Center."

Here you will find the center for music for Radio City Music Hall, the studios of NBC, the famous Atlas Statue, and more. There are also more than 100 stores and 40 restaurants and cafes.

#The Center's Viewpoint Terrace

In 2005 the Center's viewpoint platform was re-opened, located in "The Top of the Rock." The terrace has a wonderful view, and it even competes with the view that can be seen from the Empire State Building.

The terrace opened for the first time in 1933, and was decorated in the style of a huge shop - with comfortable chairs and an air vent. In 1986 it was closed following renovations in the building, and opened about 20 years later. In the renovated balcony you can enjoy the impressive view. Today there is a protective glass layer at the height of 2.5 meters that had been installed to protect from suicide attempts, as had happened more than once in the past.

To the viewpoint, you will arrive by elevator. These elevators, by the way, have glass floors, that will provide an experience to your elevator ride. The viewpoint is made up of three floors, where the 70th floor has an open rooftop that provides a 360-degree view, at the height of 260 meters. On a clear day, you can see up to 130 kilometers away.

# Something for the road...
Here, at NBC studios, the "Seinfeld" episode was filmed where Jerry and George try to sell the management on their idea for a TV series "about nothing."
Jaffa Hill
Brooklyn Bridge
A'DAM Lookout
Mount Hollywood Drive
Torre de Collserola

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