Showing posts with label Sightseeings. Show all posts
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Friday

Holiday 2011- Visiting the Ancient Ruins in Turkey

We had been planning since two months ago for a holiday together. Finally, hubby and I will be going to a holiday in Turkey this coming September 2011. We wanted to stay in one of those beautiful villas in Turkey but the holiday package we booked allowed us to stay in a 4-star hotel somewhere in Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, Trojan and Aphrodosias in Turkey. I am finally spending one of those luxury holidays in Turkey since our hotel has a 4-star category.

Last Monday, I reminded hubby to fill-up a vacation leave from his work so that I can book our trip. I forgot to remind him last Tuesday because I was so busy with a lot of errands and activities. Last night when I went home from a birthday party, I asked him if his vacation leave was already approved. I am happy to hear that his manager finally approved his vacation leave. This will be our first long vacation together after almost five years. Of course, we always go for a short trip but this holiday, where we can see and experience the ancient ruins in Turkey is quite special and very exciting for me.

The holiday package in Turkey include the following:

1. Bus transfer from Regensburg to Munich and vice-versa
2. Lufthansa Tourist Class Airline ticket to Istanbul, round trip
3. Transfer from Istanbul Airport to Hotel and vice versa
4. All the bus trips to different places in Turkey
5. 9x breakfast buffet in hotel
6. 9x Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel
7. 5x Dinner-menu
8. Tour Guide for the different bus trips to different cities in Turkey

We will be visiting some of the ancient ruins and other historical places in Turkey which are included in this holiday package.

Istanbul

This is one of the cities that I always wish to visit. I had seen some images of it in the internet and I find it awesome. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. It is known historically as Constantinople and Byzantium. Our holiday package states that we will be visiting some of the historical sites here like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and some other more.

Izmir

This is the third largest city in Turkey. Izmir is called as the "Pearl of the Aegean". I can finally see the Clock Tower in Konak Square which is the iconic symbol of the city. This city is also known for its fine beaches which is located near the city centre.

One of my friends had already visited this city and I love the images she posted in her facebook albums. I will see this city very soon!

Ephesus

Here is so far the best part of this trip if I am not mistaken. Ephesus is one of the major tourist attractions in Turkey. It has a large archeological site in Aegean Turkey. An online friend named Art, who also love to travel and visit interesting places wrote me and email about his trip to Greece and Turkey last March of this year. Here are some of the travel experiences he shared to me through email. Thank you so much Art for this wonderful experiences.

"We went to Kusadasi, Turkey next. If you are arriving by cruise ship you do not need a visa to go there. If you are at all religiously minded this is where you will really want to visit. When Jesus died on the cross, He asked his apostle John to take care of his Mother, the Virgin Mary. John brought her to live out her last years at Ephesus, which is right outside of Kusadasi. When I walked into the small stone building that is where she lived, it was the most unbelievable feeling that I have ever felt in my whole life!! And I am not even Catholic. BUT I BELIEVE, especially now! The Greek and Roman ruins at Ephesus are unbelievable. There are more ruins in just Ephesus than there are in all of Greece. I saw where the apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and where he was imprisoned. I saw where John was tried and exiled to a small island just of the coast of Turkey. And all of Ephesus is very well preserved because no cities were built over the ruins like they did in Greece and Italy."
Some other places that we will be visiting during this trip are;

Pergamon- also called as Pergamum-an ancient Greek city in modern-day Turkey.
Troy- called in German as Troja-where the legendary Trojan War took place according to the book of Iliad by Homer.
Aphrodosias- one of the best preserved Roman cities in Turkey.
Bursa-where you can also see a lot of historical sites.

I am very happy to book this very cheap trip this morning. I will share some images once we are done with the trip.

Tuesday

The Beautiful Cathedral in Passau

This is the St. Stephan's Cathedral, called as "Dom St. Stephan" in German located in Passau, a city in Bavaria, Germany. This is so far one of the most beautiful cathedral I visited in this country. It has a baroque architecture the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Passau.

It has the largest church organ outside of United States. It is also the largest cathedral organ in the world.

The image below was taken during my third visit to this city last summer 2010. This is such and amazing work of art! St. Stephan's Cathedral is truly stunning!

The cathedral's overall plan was made by Carlo Lurago, its interior decoration by Giovanni Battista Carlone, and its frescos by Carpoforo Tencalla.

The Cathedral in Bamberg, Germany

The Bamberg Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George (Bamberger Dom St. Peter und St. Georg) is known to be one of the famous architectural monuments in Germany. It is also the most famous landmark of the city of Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany. Emperor Henry II is the founder of the cathedral in 1004. It has a late Romanesque design with four imposing towers.

The cathedral is about 94 m long, 28 m broad, 26 m high, and the four towers are each about 81 m high. This was taken during our visit last Oct. 9, 2010.

Friday

A Church in Rome, Italy

I had been browsing online what is the name of one of the churches located in Rome, Italy especially the one located some hundred meters away from Colosseum. I totally forgot the name of the church below. Anyway, here is the image of the inside part of the church which I took during our visit last month. You can see my friend walking inside the church.
any idea what is the name of the church that I have here? thanks in advance.

Sunday

Beautiful Quote and the Beauty of Nature

"When you let God's love fill your heart,
it will show on your face."

The roses in our garden. It is still blooming until now. Below is a beautiful scenery taken as we went walking last weekend in our place. such a beauty of nature!
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Friday

Skywatching Near Neumarkt

I always love watching the skies. That is also the reason why I love taking images of it. Here is an image I took near Neumarkt in Germany. Have a lovely and safe weekend to all! Take care folks!
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Beautiful Beaches in Cebu, Philippines

Cebu, a province in the Philippines is known to have white and fine beaches. Cebu is consists of Cebu Island ans some other 167 surrounding islands. The best thing to do when you are in Cebu is island hopping. For sure, you will see the beauty of nature in this side of the Philippines. Here is one of the white beaches located somewhere in the South of Cebu. I was there during my vacation this year.
such a beautiful place to relax!

Thursday

Watching the Sky in Westminster Abbey, London, England

What a such dark sky in London as we visited Westminster Abbey. This Gothic church is also known as The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster.

Here is an image I took during my visit last 2008.
HISTORY

According to a tradition first reported by Sulcard in about 1080, the Abbey was first founded in the time of Mellitus (d. 624), Bishop of London, on the present site, then known as Thorn Ey (Thorn Island); based on a late "tradition" that a fisherman called "Aldrich" on the River Thames saw a vision of Saint Peter near the site. This seems to be quoted to justify the gifts of salmon from Thames fishermen that the Abbey received in later years. The proven origins are that in the 960s or early 970s, Saint Dunstan, assisted by King Edgar, installed a community of Benedictine monks here. A stone abbey was built around 1045–1050 by King Edward the Confessor as part of his palace there and was consecrated on 28 December 1065, only a week before the Confessor's death and subsequent funeral and burial. It was the site of the last coronation prior to the Norman conquest of England, that of his successor Harold II. From 1245 it was rebuilt by Henry III who had selected the site for his burial. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Abbey

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Malabuyoc Coastline in Cebu, Phils. and the Lovely Quote

"I know not, but God knows;
Oh, blessed rest from fear!
All my unfolding days
To Him are plain and clear."
- Flint

Below is the beautiful coastline in Malabuyoc, a municipality in the province of South Cebu, Philippines. This area is also called the Freedom Park. You can see the market building from afar and those with the blue and orange roofs are some sort market stands or kiosks selling different products. This was taken during my vacation this year to the Philippines.
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Saturday

Malabuyoc Church in Cebu, Philippines

"When life is all sunshine and days are bright,
Our thoughts of the Lord may take wings of flight;
But God is still ruler, His kingdom stands,
And we all are subject to His commands."
-K. De Haan

This is the San Nicolas de Tolentino Church in Malabuyoc in the South part of Cebu, Philippines. Taken during our visit last December 2009.
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Sunday

Flamingo and Tulip Flowers

"A true friend will gently say what is true,
Although it may cause pain;
He's really thinking of our good
And what we stand to gain."

-D De Haan
Flamingo flower, this was taken during our visit to the garden center in Regensburg last year.
Below image was taken during our sightseeing today lovely tulips!
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Wednesday

Moldau River in Prague, Czech Republic

The happiness of your life
depends on the quality of your thoughts.
-ODB

This is the Moldau River in Prague, Czech Republic. This was taken during our trip last September 2008.
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Greetings from Cebu, Philippines

"I sing the mighty power of God
That made the mountain rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad
And built the lofty skies."
-Watts
One of the postcards I bought during my vacation to the Philippines this year.

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RT: Bohol Sightseeing

I am still catching for my RT entry. This one was taken in Bohol, Philippines last month during my vacation there. I love this place and that is also the reason why I visited it again. I guess you see some red here! Take care everyone!

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Saturday

Taoist Temple in Cebu City, Philippines

This is one of the sights I visited during my vacation in the Philippines. Taoist Temple was built in 1972 and it is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision where most of the rich and the famous people of Cebu live. Taoist Temple is open for viewing to the public for free. During our visit the security guard told us that we are only allowed to stay in the temple for thirty minutes. Silence is also observe in the place and no picture taking is allowed inside the temple where the people pray and lit candles. Here is one of the pictures I took during my visit.

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Thursday

WW: Loboc River Cruise in Bohol, Philippines

"God uses our difficulties to make us better- not bitter."
Taken at Loboc River in Bohol, Philippines last February 1,2010. I love it there plus the buffet!


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Sunday

SS- Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan, Cebu

I love this peaceful place called Ginatilan in South Cebu. My Philippine vacation is over. What I had now are pictures to remember the places I visited there. This is Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan, Cebu. If I am not mistaken this falls is around 32 meters high. Such beauty of nature is very amazing!

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Friday

WW: Taoist Temple in Cebu, Philippines

Thank God it's Friday! Thank God for each day that I have the chance to see the beauty of the world. Thank God for all the blessings and the graces that comes my way and my family. I am thanking God for everything that he had showered upon me. God is truly great!

Here is picture for my Wordless Wednesday entry for today. This was taken during my vacation in the Philippines this year. That's my dear sister in the picture striking a pose at Taoist Temple in Cebu City, Philippines. Have a great day everyone! Have a wonderful weekend too!
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Thursday

Beautiful Sunset

This is such an awesome landscape. I always love watching sunset. I am imparting this wonderful beauty of nature from Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines. This was taken during my trip last Feb. 1-2, 2010. I was there and I found it truly amazing!
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Wednesday

WW: Liloan in South Cebu, Philippines

I got something to share about this wonderful picture I took in Liloan in South Cebu, Philippines. I am already missing this beautiful scenery of blue sky and water. We are about to board that fast craft going to Dumaguete for a short sightseeing. That is the island you see in the other side. Happy a wonderful day to all!


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