Rhodes, Greece, Beautiful Island

As if you were walking back in time Rhodes brings upon an idea of being right back in 407 BC during its original construction. Rhodes, with its haunting landscape, rolling hills and a rather intriguing mix of the traditional and modern mix. It makes for a destination that history buffs and for those are looking for a little excitement and definite travel stop.

A little back story

Formally Rhodes, was not named as such, it was called “Collosus”. Why is that do you ask? Sir John Mandeville, gave it that name when during his travels up the Mediterranean and seeing the large status of Collosus ( he was the Greek Titan God of the Sun, Helios ), what other names could you give such a place. Rhodes did not acquire its identity until 332 when it became part of the growing legion of Alexander the Great. It was not until his death many years later that it became what it is today. Rhodes became a maritime city, as one of the largest ports in the Eastern Mediterranean after facing a major problem of rats which is where much wealth was transferred to the hands of the people for providing rodent control to the elites. This long and rich history makes Rhodians some of the proudest people in the region.

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Wonders of the world- The Colosseum of Rome in Italy

There are some places in history that go beyond imagination by any standards of current times and the Colosseum of Rome in Italy is one such structure. This mammoth structure was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in AD 79 and completed by his son and heir Titus in AD 80. Almost 20 centuries ago this gigantic structure was built for recreational purposes however, the recreation was only of the spectators as during the period of festivities and games thousands of animals and gladiators were slain in this amphitheater.

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The design

The Colosseum of Rome in Italy was built on a practical design of holding more than 55000 people as spectators coming to witness the fights. It had 80 gates and the seating arrangements were according to the stature of the spectators. It had an underground complex where the wild animals and the gladiators going to fight were caged. It was one of the most fearsome arenas in Rome. The outer structure had multiple layers of arches, three to be precise,  and they were covered with travertine and marble statues. The colosseum’s interior had been divided into three parts, namely the arena, cavea, and the podium. The wooden flooring of the arena was covered with sand so that the blood of the gladiators and the animals didn’t make it slippery for the fighters.

The animals could be lifted through 80 winch operated lifts and hence there was no question of delay in the entertainment of the spectators of the bloody fights. (more…)

London Eye, Popular Icon of London

Also known as Millennium Wheel, It is a huge Ferris wheel actually the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe it offers a high public viewing point of London. It is a great tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over three million visitors annually. It takes roughly thirty minutes for the wheel to complete a single rotation.

History and location

It was built in 1999 and is supported by an A-frame on one side only with a concrete driveway nearby. It is on the south bank of the River Thames. It has 32 sealed passenger capsules each with a capacity of up to 25 people. There are numerous public stations so accessing it is easy.

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Passenger capsules

There are air conditioned and one has an option of either sitting or standing when taking a ride. You can hire one for use. A lot of people have proposed to their loved ones inside capsules. Due to the Eye relatively slow speed one can enter and leave the capsule when it is still in motion.

When visiting the eye a passenger is advised to book tickets in advance to save time used to buy them at the gate.

One has a view of iconic places in London which even includes the Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Taj Mahal – a Story of an Undying Love

There are a few stories, as the thoughts of love come across our hearts, Lady and Tramp, The Kiss Couple in the middle of Time Square, and Jack in the movie Titanic. Yet this story touches some so deeply, that they travel 6,000 miles to be a part of it. To be able to see what love does when your heart is so intertwined with someone else’s, even in Death the love grows strong as in Life.

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The Beginning

In most situations, the fact of love is so alien to most that you can never believe that those feelings are mutual. Granted, we use the word every single day. I love this sweater, these shoes, I love them so much, and I love that restaurant. In hindsight, you probably do, and you use the word to express your unedited feeling for those things or that place. (more…)

El Matador

Madrid, Spain is along with Barcelona the country’s most visited city. The Spanish capital has a lot to offer. It is home to Real Madrid CF, one of the biggest and most decorated football teams in Europe and the whole world. The Santiago Bernabeu is where the team plays its home games and it’s considered one of the most stunning stadiums around the globe.

The football season starts in August and ends in May so if you’re there during that time of the year make sure to book a football match. They usually play twice a week on most weeks except during international breaks. Real Madrid are current holders of the domestic league and have also won the Champions League which is Europe’s most prestigious cup competition for the 2nd year in a row. This accomplishment makes them the first team to win it back-to-back ever since the competition got its new name.

The team has some of the world’s finest players of course including current Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The ballon d’or is awarded to the best football player of a single year and is usually given to the Champions League winners’ best player. The team’s captain Sergio Ramos, a defender, is also an icon in Spanish football and captain of the Spanish National Team.

The city has a bunch of great museums and art galleries including Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen Bornemisza. Madrid’s CaixaForum is also a place you can contemplate beauty. Madrid also has an amazing skyline and a great place you can observe it is on the rooftop terrace of Circulo de Bellas Artes. From this location you can see the whole city from above and admire the wonderful skyline.

Madrid has great parks as well if you’re looking for a nice walk out in the sun. The biggest is Casa de Campo which is 6.6 sq mi. If you don’t realize how big that is, it’s basically 5 times the size of NY’s Central Park. The inside of the park also has a lake with small boats where kayaking schools practice for competitions.

You can visit El Rastro which is similar to Barcelona’s La Rambla (if you’re familiar with it). It’s a street where people set up shops to sell jewelry, accessories, and more. It’s a great place to go treasure hunting but can be a bit crowded so it’s best to go as early as possible in the day.