The Garden of Europe

Roses are red, violets are blue… Have a look at this video first:

The flowers are beautiful right?! There are a lot of gorgeous flowers in the Garden of Europe, enchanting the eyes with a brilliant scenario indeed.


 

Keukenhof, translated to English means ‘The Garden of Europe’, is located in Lisse, Netherlands.The garden is the largest flower garden in the world.It is exhibited with over 7 million flower bulbs, filling the whole place with sweet aroma of blossoming flowers covering an area of 32 hectares. ( netherlands-tourism, 2016)

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The story of the garden 

Keuhenhof was initially a 15th century hunting ground. It was a source of herbs for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainut’s castle which was where the name Keukenhof comes from ( it was used to provide herbs for the castle’s kitchen. Rich merchants then took over the garden after the countess’ death. ( ilovetravelling-org, 2016)

Landscape architect Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who had also worked on the Vondelpark ( a park in Amsterdam), designed the grounds of the castle. ( ilovetravelling-org,2016)

Keukenhof was established in 1949. The function was for growers from Netherlands and rest of Europe to flaunt their magnificent hybrids, and assist in the Dutch export industry. ( ilovetravelling.org, 2016)


Tourist will find a wide range of different garden styles in Keukenhof. The English landscape garden features winding paths and unexpected see through points. The historical garden has many type of old bulbs. The Japanese garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment. ( ilovetravelling-org, 2016)

Beware, fellow tourists, Keukenhof only opens for a few weeks in a year, below is the time:

Opening times: mid March – mid May, every year ( keukenhof.nl,2016). 

During these times, it is open from 8.00am to 7.30pm daily ( keukenhof.nl, 2016). With flower parades, flower shows, fun activities for family, different events happening everyday, you can ensure that your time here is not a second wasted!

So, make sure everybody ticks this site as an absolute must! The flowers are just too good to witness!

Here are some pictures of the Garden of Europe:

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Into the Deep Blue Oceanarium!

Take a joy ride underwater in Lisbon! Portugal’s Oceanário de Lisboa is one of Europe’s most wonderful and largest oceanarium. From penguins,sea urchins, sharks, rays , there are just so many aquatic lifeforms here, with over 450 species ( destination360, 2016). The most mind-blowing, bizarre, weird species of the sea are here for all to see! You can even find Nemo and Dora here!

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. Four different tanks around the central tank recreates four different unique habitats: Atlantic ocean, Pacific ocean, Antartica and Indian ocean (travel.usnews, 2016).   These tanks are separated from the central tank only by large sheets of acrylic to provide the illusion of a single large tank ( wikipedia, 2016).

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One of the special fish which is inhibited in the oceanarium is the sunfish, which needs lots of care ( wikipedia, 2016).

 

 

 

Here are some wonderfish fishes at the oceanarium:

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For more fintastic fishes, check out the short video below:

Sea you on land in the next episode!

 

 

Holstentor, the mini castle?

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This is a quite perculiar architecture, with its unique twin cylindrical shaped round towers sticking to the stepped gable which makes the construction very interesting to people indeed. This is gate Holstentor, located in Lübeck, Germany ( luebeck-tourism, 2016).

Holstentor, also known as Holsten Tor or Holsten Gate,  was built between 1464 to 1478, to be used for medieval defenses of the city ( luebeck-tourism, 2016). There were originally four gates in the city, Holstentor is one of the remaining two gates left in the city ( wikitravel, 2016).

Another feature I find intriguing is the round arched gateway. It has the words ‘CONCORDIA DOMI FORIS PAX’ ( unity at home, peace abroad ) displayed above the gateway with golden letters ( luebeck-tourism, 2016).

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As the building was built in marshy grounds, this significant building endured subsidence and damage. Much restoration work were done and the buildig was finally restored in the 20th century ( historvius, 2016).

 

Inside the building is Holstentor Museum, where you can learn all about the history and facts ( luebeck-tourism, 2016).

 

A Pint of Guinness please!

Whenever you think of Ireland, you’ll probably think of the capital city first, Dublin. Well, a trip to Dublin just isn’t right without stopping by the famous Guinness Storehouse! Discover the history and art of brewing the ‘dark stuff’ in one amazing trip! Care for a pint of Guinness now anybody?

The top International Visitor Attraction Ireland is the ‘Home of Guinness’ since year 1759 with seven floors shaped around a giant pint. If filled, it can contain up to 14.3 million pints of Guinness ( visitdublin, 2016)!

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A multisensory experience at the Tasting Room is available for visitors to appreciate the tastes of the iconic stout, from the first velvet sip to the last precious drop ( visitdublin, 2016). For more geared up visitors, the Connoisseur Experience lets you taste through the four most well-known variants of Guinness- Draught, Original, Foreign Extra Stout and Black Lager. A barkeeper will guide you through the history of the four stouts before you get a bewildering test sample of them ( lonelyplanet, 2016).

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Learning is an essential step to success right? Well, the Guinness Academy will teach you how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness ( townlink, 2016). The Brewary Bar on level 5 where people can have dinner with Irish dishes and Guinness ( dublintown, 2016)!

The most gratifying feature would surely be the Gravity Bar also known as the ‘Head of Pint’, which is located above the roof. The 360° degree scenic view of the wonderful Dublin city at this place is always great with a pint of black stuff ( dublintourist, 2016).

Have a brief view of Guinness Storehouse here:

Well, are you drunk yet? Well, for more Guinness, click here.

 

Camp Nou ( Estadi del Fc Barcelona)

And it’s four… Suarez gets his double and Messi with the assist to cap off a wonderful night for Fc Barcelona as they emphaticly defeated title rivals Real Madrid in the first El Classico of the season. ( Sorry Madrid fans )

Fc Barcelona open up a six point gap over Real in the title race. Suarez and Neymar have scored almost every goal for the Catalan club in Messi’s absence. Now that Messi is back , other clubs will feel the full wrath of the mighty Catalan giants when they visit the home of the European Champions, Camp Nou.


Camp Nou is the home of Fc Barcelona, one of the world’s best football clubs. It is also a popular attraction for visitors. Construction of the stadium began in 1955 to 1957 before it was officially opened on 24th September 1957. It is the biggest stadium in Europe, with a capacity of around 99,000 ( fcbarcelona, 2016).

The stadium has taken part in a few several matches in international and club football. In 1982, Spain hosted the FIFA World Cup and Camp Nou was the venue of several matches. It played host to the European Cup final between Ac Milan and Fc Steaua ( 4-0 ) in 1989. In 1999, Manchester United scored two astonishing injury time goals to defeat Fc Bayern Munchen in the UEFA Champions League final, which was at the Camp Nou as well ( wikipedia, 2016).

At first, the name of the stadium was ‘Estadi del Fc Barcelona’ before club members voted for the stadium to be officially known as ‘Camp Nou’ ( fcbarcelona, 2016).

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Camp Nou ( the ‘new ground’ ) had its capacity expanded to 120,000 for the purposes of 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain. The capacity was later reduced to 99,000 in the late 90’s ( fcbarcelona, 2016).

There are many incredible features in the stadium as well. The FCB Musuem exhibits all of Fc Barcelona’s 23 La Liga titles and 5 Champions League titles. Relieve all the jubilant moments of last year’s treble winning side in a special area. For all you Messi fans out there, there is the Messi space ( all of his personal accolades…) ( fcbarcelona, 2016).

At the moment, Fc Barcelona look impeccable with a fearsome front three and classy, brilliant midfield maestros. Camp Nou will surely not be without cheers and roars from passionate football fans.

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More info on its official site here.

 

 

 

On board the Vasa!

Hello, everybody. Today we’re going onto the legendary ship that is the Vasa in the Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. It is the only preserved 17th century ship in the world to this day and it symbolises a very brilliant piece of art. It is an almost impeccable masterpiece as 95% of the ship is orginal since it was rescued from the depths of the sea ( visitstockholm, 2016).

The historical ship sank in its maiden voyage in 1628, just moments after setting sail. After 333 years of salvage operations, the ship was finally lifted up to the surface in 1961 ( visitstockholm, 2016)

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In 1990, the Vasa was exhibited in a new musuem, which is the current Vasa Museum. Exhibitions and tours around the ship have begun since then, attracting more than 25 million visitors since business began in the new museum ( wikipedia, 2016). It is the most visited museum in the whole Scandinavia, with more than a million visitors a year. Admissions are FREE for children under 18 ( visitstockholm, 2016).

More info in this short video:

Stonehenge- Wiltshire, England

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Stonehenge, is one of the most well-known ancient monuments in Europe. It began constructions in about 3,000 BC, approximately 5,000 years ago ( knowth, 2016). The construction of the site required impressive engineering skills and vast manual labor. Constructions of the massive architecture dates back to the Neolithic period, when there were only the most rudimentary tools ( english-heritage, 2016) . Many mysteries of the Stonehenge are slowly being unveiled with the intervention of modern technology.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site ( history, 2016)

Check out this video: