The Collegiate Church in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy

It was only a short visit in this little but lovely and lively town of Santarcangelo di Romagna. It is a town and comune in the province of Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on the Via Emilia. Our tour guide who was with us in the bus that time was already telling a lot of history and important  facts about the  places in Rimini including this town.

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The beautiful fresco at the chapel where the relics of the Blessed Simone Balacchi can be found.

One of the sights we visited in Santarcangelo di Romagna was its Collegiate Church. I always love to visit churches everytime I go for sightseeing in a certain place. I heard from a friend who mentioned  last  time when they visited Europe,  “churches and castles again”? Well, this is Europe, a continent  where  you can find a lot of historic sights. I know that traveling is not for all people especially if you don’t have interest in historic architecture and sights.   (more…)

 

Will Be Visiting the Oldest Republic of the World, San Marino

I have been to these country-states Vatican City, Monaco, Andorra and this time I will be heading to San Marino. Two more sleeps and the journey will begin. I am already done packing my luggage. I just need to finish little things and I am off for my first travel for this year.

It has been my dream to  visit this so called  oldest republic in the world. This is written in  the travel flyer  that was sent to me  when I booked this 8-days trip to Italy. One of the places to be visited  is San Marino.  In fact,  a friend who also love to travel convinced me to travel with her because San  Marino is included in the itinerary, or else I won’t join her in this  trip. Besides,  we also had a great deal with this trip. It is really very cheap, the reason why we also booked it. (more…)

 

Fasching, Carnival Photos from Hemau, Germany

The Fasching or carnival season in Germany is almost ending but you still have time to party and have fun. Until tomorrow, known as  the Shrove Tuesday,  also called as Shrovetide Tuesday or  Pancake Tuesday, you can still celebrate the carnival season in Germany . This  is the day before Ash Wednesday. During the Rosenmontag (literally known as Rose Monday) or Shrove Monday, the biggest celebration of Fasching or carnival takes place in  Germany  especially in Cologne, Mainz and Düsseldorf.

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A group  wearing priest and nun costumes during the Fasching or carnival parade in Hemau.

There were already a lot of people waiting for the parade at the town center in Hemau last Sunday, March 2, 2014. The parade should start at 2:00 P.M. but it did happened later at around 2:20 in the afternoon or 14:20. We were already waiting for around an hour. We went there earlier to make it sure that we will have a good place to watch the carnival parade. Indeed, we found a perfect spot to take some pictures of the  Fasching participants.

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Colorful clown costumes in Hemau’s carnival parade.

It is said that there were   around 1,200 participants with around 60 groups who participated  in this carnival parade. You can find various fancy costumes from  priest to nuns, clowns, swimmers, vampires, Brazilian motives, Chinese costumes and more.

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Very interesting presentation of the group wearing Chinese  costumes.

Groups of bands and musicians, colorful and well-decorated floats or various themes and motives were also presented during the carnival parade. Children and adults were also happy to catch sweets and candies  thrown by the participants. You will for sure expect heavy drinking and shouting like the Fasching cry. In Hemau for example, they are shouting “Tangri Tangri”. In  other places in Germany, you can hear  “Helau”  or  “Alaaf.”

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A tractor float during the parade.

Indeed the Fasching or carnival season is one of the great festivities to witness in Germany. Hemau is only small town in the district of  Regensburg in Bavaria but they also had a  fun-filled  presentation and celebration of the carnival.

See you next year in  Germany’s Fasching festival!

 

What to explore in Bilbao

The city of Bilbao is located in Basque Country, a region in the north of Spain. The city is known for its architecture, its art museums and its pintxos.

The city is located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, in the northern part of the country. The city can be reached by ferry, train and car, and the city’s airport offers cheap flights to Madrid, Barcelona and other large cities.

Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Museum is one of the many reasons why visitors choose to spend a city break in this city. The museum has many collections of art and of sculptures, and some of the exhibits are interactive.

The museum is located on the banks of the river and Foster’s designer building has made the museum one of the city’s symbols. Take note of the statue of a dog made from flowers that is located in front of the museum’s shiny, colourful metal structure. The museum’s backyard, on the banks of the river, is decorated with a large sculpture of colourful tulips. (more…)

 

Interesting Travel Facts and Figures for U.S.A.

Tourism industry is growing each year.  This means that a lot of people are traveling more from time to time. Whether it is for leisure, recreation or business purposes, a traveler is always setting aside a budget  for traveling. Tourism can be domestic and international. During domestic travel, you only visit a place or certain places in your country while international travel let you visit other country or countries of your choice.

Let me share to you this interesting infographic that share about the travel facts and figures for Americans. You can also browse U.S. Travel  for more facts about tourism in the United States of America. (more…)

 

Ancient Mysteries of South America

Much of the appeal of South America lies in its unsolved mysteries and ancient wonders. The natural world is part of this, with new species of plant and animals still being discovered – but also there is are the relics of ancient civilisations and the stories of those that lived thousands of years ago.

Such is the lack of knowledge about pre-Columbian civilisations that many bizarre theories have sprung up around ancient sites. Some have even suggested that they are proof of extraterrestrial aliens!

Nazca Lines

The deserts of southern Peru are marked by strange and mysterious lines that make huge pictures that range from geometric patterns to representations of animals. Known as ‘geoglyphs’, very little is known about the purpose of these markings or the people that made them sometime around the fifth century.

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It is thought that the lines were constructed by the Nazca people, the descendants of whom still live in the region. A lot of the mystery that surrounds the Nazca Lines is that to see them properly you need to be airborne. This has left theorists suggesting that they may have been a means of communicating with flying aliens!    (more…)

 
 

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