Posts tagged “Travel and Tourism

My London Journey | W Hotel


Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: Leicester Square, London, England
Photography: thealzblog
(The photographs are taken with my phone that’s why quality is not good.)IMG_0173
“The façade of the hotel has been wrapped in a second skin of frameless glazing, which is suspended from the face of the building like a floating sheer veil and etched with an undulating, abstract pattern, reminiscent of the folds in a theatre curtain and evoking the cinematic legacy of the locale.
Jestico + Whiles’ design allows for the façade of the building to function like a vast pixellated screen capable of projecting dynamic light installations during the hours of darkness. This striking visual effect is achieved by a sophisticated ceramic frit applied to the optically corrected glass of building’s outer skin, allowing it to ‘hold’ and project the light, without obstructing views outwards from the guestroom windows.”

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Capri Island | Amalfi Coast, Southern Italy

The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. It’s a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape.
Amalfi Coast Map
 © 2006 by James Martin
In the 1950s Capri Island became a popular destination. In summer, the island is heavily visited by tourists, especially by day trippers from Naples and Sorrento.
Map of Capri by Morn the Gorn

Marina Grande is the main port of the island. Photograph: Wade 48Marina Piccola is the south harbor. Photograph: The Blue Grotto is one of the symbols of Capri. It’s one of several sea caves, worldwide, that is flooded with a brilliant blue light. Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern.
Photograph: Frédéric de Goldschmi

Via Krupp is a historic switchback paved footpath, built between 1900 and 1902.
Photographs: 1.Averain 2. kudumomo, 3. roportalPiazza Umberto I (or La Piazzetta) is the most famous square of the island. It’s located in the historic center of Capri. Photograph: Elenagm
Faraglioni are one of the island’s natural wonders. Photograph: Wikipedia
Certosa di San Giacomo is a 14th century monastery near the town of Capri.
Caprisuite is a small charming hotel consists of only two rooms, both with private bathrooms. The rooms enjoy the exclusive use of certain areas: the inner courtyard for romantic dinners in garden, the lodge for breakfast time and the living room with its fireplace. (There are many hotels on the island, but I loved the design of this one.)
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Information: Wikipedia and

My Trip to Burgas

As I told you in one of my previous posts, (here) in June I visited one of my best friends in Burgas! We had long walks, long talks, a relaxing time on the beach, good food and a lot of fun! Here are the photographs I took with some information about the city.

Burgas is the fourth-largest city in Bulgaria and an important industrial, transport, cultural and tourist center. The Sea Garden of Burgas is located along the city’s coast on the Black Sea and it is an important tourist attraction and a national monument of landscape architecture on the Balkans. The first trees in the park are planted by the soldiers in 1889. In 1910 the architect Georgi Duhtev was hired by the Municipality of Burgas to start the construction of the Sea Garden. via wikipedia.orgThe Morsko Kazino (Marine Casino) in the Sea Garden of Burgas was built in 1938.The central beachThe bridge. Photograph: BurgasCityDowntown of BurgasThe beautiful St.St. Cyril and Methodius church is the oldest church in Burgas. Its construction began in 1895 and the church opened doors in May 1907.
This is one of my favorite places! We had dinner on this terrace.  A fried potato on a stick! What a great idea! And it was delicious!
I enjoyed Mado so much! It is a Turkish Restaurant and Cafe, which main product actually is ice cream made from goat milk. Apartment block, designed by Sofia based I/O architects.
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Isfahan | اصفهان‎

Have you ever heard about Isfahan, Iran? If I have to be honest with you, I don’t know much about Iran. I heard the name of this city few months ago and I was curious to know more about the architecture of this place, so I made a Google research. Here are few spaces that grabbed my attention. Hope they inspire you!
Isfahan is the capital of Isfahan Province in Iran, located about 340 km south of Tehran and is Iran’s third largest city after Tehran and Mashhad, produces fine carpets, textiles, steel, and handicrafts. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb “‘Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” (Isfahan is half of the world).

  • Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture. Construction of the mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1618. It was built by the chief architect Shaykh Bahai. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the unique characteristics of the mosque is the peacock at the center of its dome. If you stand at the entrance gate of the inner hall and look at the center of the dome, a peacock, whose tail is the sunrays coming in from the hole in the ceiling, can be seen.

    Pictures: Wikipedia

  • Si-o-se Pol (which means 33 Bridge or the Bridge of 33 Arches) is one of the eleven bridges of Isfahan, Iran. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design.Picture:  Wikipedia

  • Chehel Sotoun is a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool,  built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions. The name, meaning “Forty Columns” in Persian, was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which, when reflected in the waters of the fountain, are said to appear to be forty.

Iran Esfahan Chehel Sotun _DSC7199
Iran Esfahan Chehel Sotun _DSC7296

Pictures: Flickr | youngrobv (Rob&Ale) 

  • Ālī Qāpū is a grand palace, located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square opposite to Sheikh Lotf Allah mosque, and had been originally designed as a vast portal. Ālī Qāpū is rich in naturalistic wall paintings by Reza Abbassi. There are floral, animal, and bird motifs.

Pictures: 1,2,3,4.Wikipedia 5,6,7,8.torkzadeh 9.stylepark © Franziska Holzmann

  • Armenian Vank Cathedral (Vank means “cathedral” in the Armenian language) was one of the first churches to be established in the city’s Jolfa district by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-1605. The cathedral consists of a domed sanctuary, much like a Persian mosque, but with the significant addition of a semi-octagonal apse and raised chancel usually seen in western churches. The cathedral’s exteriors are in relatively modern brickwork and are exceptionally plain compared to its elaborately decorated interior.

Pictures: Wikipedia 

  • The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world (some claim that it actually is the largest in the world) and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city also has a wide variety of historic monuments.

Pictures: 1.londonsquares 2.trekearth 3.feedagg
Information: Wikipedia

What do you think? Would you like to visit Isfahan? I definitely want to visit this city one day!!! And one more thing … Do you know Maz Jobrani? He is an Iranian-born American comedian who is part of the “Axis of Evil” comedy group. He is hilarious!! Here is a short video, that will make you laugh 😉

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Bin Youssef Madrasa (school), Morocco

The Ben Youssef  Madrasa was an Islamic school in Marrakech, Morocco, named after sultan Ali ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106–1142), who expanded the city and its influence considerably. It is the largest school in all of  Morocco. It was founded in 14th century and allied to the neighbouring Ben Youssef Mosque.The carvings contain no representation of humans or animals as required by Islam, and consist entirely of inscriptions and geometric patterns. This madrasa was one of the largest theological colleges in North Africa and may have housed as many as 900 students. Closed down in 1960, the building was refurbished and reopened to the public as a historical site in 1982.

Бен Юсеф е било ислямско училище в Маракеш,Мароко, кръстено на името на султан Али ибн Юсуф (царувал 1106-1142), който значително разширява града и неговото влияние. Това е най-голямото училище в Мароко. Основано е през 14 век и е свързано със съседната джамия ,която носи същото име .Дърворезбите не съдържат изображения на хора или животни, както се изисква от исляма, а се състоят изцяло от надписи и геометрични мотиви. Училището е един от най-големите богословски в Северна Африка и може да настанени до 900 ученика. Закрито е през 1960 г., сградата е ремонтирана и отворена отново за посещения на туристи през 1982 година.

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Villas in Marrakech, Marroco

The buildings are made of sun-dried bricks, while respecting the traditional architecture of southern Morocco, and form a hamlet dotted with beautiful gardens and a superb swimming pool. The interiors blend harmoniously light and space, walls of natural color and meticulous finishing.

Сградите са направени от кирпич /традиционно за архитектура на южната част на Мароко/ , образуват селище, осеяно с красиви градини и превъзходен плувен басейн. Интериорите са смес от хармонично осветление и пространство, стени с естествен цвят и изящни детайли.

Photography: marrakech-villas