All posts by Miguel Gutierrez

Castel Del Monte – Amazing World Heritage Site

Castel Del Monte is a really great historic monument located in the Apulia region of Italy. The combination of Gothic and Islamic architecture makes the castle amazing and huge. It is declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and annually is visited by thousands of tourist ready for adventure.

Castel del MonteCastel Del Monte is a wonderful example of well-maintained medieval fortress-castle at the crossroad of Byzantine, Arab and Western influences.  It was built in 1240 and the castle is one of the most impressive buildings of its kind in Italy. The castle is located on top of a 540 m high hill whence its name of Castle Hill.

The castle was built by the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Frederick II. He used the castle for his vacation as villa, but the great position of the castle requested an upgrade. Later the castle was a prison and hospital. We all can see this beautiful building thanks to the efforts of the Emperor, who proved to have great vision about the future and perfect knowledge of medieval astronomy, mathematics and philosophy.

The architecture of Castel Del Monte is fantastic. It is octagonal prism. There are 8 amazing towers ready to guard the castle from the enemies of the empire. When the castle was built it was really beautiful because the walls were covered with marble. Stairwell in Castel-del-MonteThe floors were also decorated with beautiful looking mosaic. There are also many bathrooms in the castle because of the Arab influence. Many beautiful parts of the castle will free your imagination about ancient knights and beautiful princesses.

The castle is really huge. The walls are more than 20 meters tall and the diameter of the building is more than 50 meters. Nowadays, it is still great symbol between the different religions, but as you will see if you visit Castel Del Monte, the cultural heritage of the castle is simply enormous.

If you have a time to visit Italy, the country rich in many great historical evidences, make sure to visit and the beautiful castle. You will like the trip, because you will be able to see a lot more beautiful landscapes and buildings. Italy is great vacation destination in Europe. The country is beautiful and you will definitely remember your vacation there.

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Guam Island – Beautiful as Never Before

Guam island beach view
Guam island beach view

The territory of Guam Island is located in the western Pacific Ocean, in the region called Micronesia. The island is an organized, unincorporated part of United States and so the inhabitants of the island do not have the right to vote in national elections. Actually, the population of the island is really small. About 170,000 people live on the island, which is the largest island of the Mariana Archipelago. The island was first discovered by Magellan, ruled by the Spaniards, and today, it is important military base of USA.

Interesting fact about the island is that the southern part of the island has volcanic origins and the north part of the island was formed out of coral. Not far from the island is located the deepest ocean trench- Mariana Trench which is 11,022 m. deep. This is one of the main attractions for many explorers and adventure lovers during your visit in Guam Island.

Scuba diving around Guam island
Scuba diving around Guam island

The island is really great travel destination, where thousand of tourists have fun on the beach; enjoy the beautiful nature and all the summer entertainments which can be found on the island. Most of the tourists are from United States and Asia. The beautiful waterfalls and the sandy beaches can really make your vacation memorable and pleasant. Some of the most visited places on the island are the popular waterfall Talofoto and the beautiful and the amazing beach with many palm trees called Ritidian. Diving is one of the most preferred attractions on the island. The underwater world is fantastic and you will definitely be astonished by the beauty of all the fishes and corals.

Guam island bay view
Guam island bay view

The beautiful beaches with its clear turquoise water are the best place where you can run away from the daily stress of your life.  You can go fishing, surfing, playing golf, scuba diving or just take a walk among the beautiful palms. The wonderful nature and the friendly people will make your vacation pleasant for sure.

One of the most popular and attractive tourist centers in Guam Island is the brilliant Tumolo Gulf. There you can find many great hotels, restaurants and bars. The beautiful Beach Park is located in the southwest part of the gulf, while at the other end you can visit the Cannon beach. It is named this because of the hidden Japanese weapons in the jungle during the World War 2.

Guam island sunset view
Guam island sunset view

Agana is really beautiful city and is among the most visited on the island. There you can see many beautiful historical buildings and parks. You can see many ancient ruins of the Chamorro people – the regions great ancient civilization. Another place which you can visit is Inarajan. It is an ancient settlement of the Chamorro people. The complex preserved the unique culture of the local people and is represented by a bamboo homes.

All the lovers of scuba diving can visit the nearby Cocoas Island. It is just 3 km. away from Guam Island. The barrier reef, the beautiful beaches and lagoons will make you feel like you are in heaven. And actually, you are in Heaven. Plan your vacation to Guam Island and you will surely have a great time.

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Morocco: Legends, Spices and Beautiful Desert

The first things you will notice while in Morocco are the warm sunlight, the spicy scents, and red houses that blend with the color of the desert sand. It is really beautiful country which can easily free your imagination. The beautiful beaches, the wonderful Atlas Mountains and the eternal Sahara Desert will make your vacation in Morocco a real adventure.

Moroccan Desert
Moroccan Desert

Morocco is very multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious country. That is because of the rich ancient history of the country, dotted with many major events and significant changes. There are many ancient monuments and attractions which are great evidence for the glorious past and bright future of the country.

The first signs of civilization in the recent Morocco dated more than 10 000 years ago. First, the territory was inhibited by the people of the Capsian culture. Then the Phoenicians settled there. They built many towns, ports and trading centers. After that the Berbers and the Romans left significant traces of their culture, language and religion.

Several centuries later, North Africa and Morocco were subjected to attacks of the West Goths, Vandals and Byzantines. They also left pieces of their culture and traditions. That’s why Morocco is so colorful and interesting for the rest of the world. All the civilizations that ruled over the territory of Morocco enrich in their own way the great history and culture of the country. Today, many examples of the glorious past of the country can be seen everywhere in every part of Morocco.

The Arabs played the main role in the history of Morocco and the development of the country. They conquered the territory in the 7th century A.C. and their religion, customs and traditions still can be observed in Morocco. The main religion of the country is Islam.

Nowadays, Morocco is really beautiful country with its desert winds, fascinating oases, royal palaces, and friendly people who speak many different languages; all will make your vacation pleasant and unforgettable. The unique colorful buildings, the delicious cuisine and the ancient monuments will definitely make you stay in Morocco as long as you can.

Colorful Moroccan Doorway
Colorful Moroccan Doorway

There are many beautiful cities rich in history and emotions which you can visit in the country. Some of the most visited cities are Marrakech – The Pink City and Casablanca. Marrakech will be your last stop before the endless sands. The city is divided into two parts; desert and mountain, old and new, traditional and modern. Casablanca is the biggest port of Morocco. The city is very beautiful, with great beaches and many options for entertainment.

In Tangier – the White City you will see the living Berber, Roman and Greek culture. The beautiful white houses and the hot bright sun will easily make you a part of this wonderful city. There are many stories and legends which will keep your attention for hours. Rabat- the capital of Morocco is also very amazing city. The city looks like a “labyrinth” with all the narrow and confusing streets. Most of the houses are in white and blue color, bathed in light reflected from the Atlantic Ocean.

Morocco has become a more and more desirable travel destination for many tourists. The rich history and culture combined with modern attractions will really make your vacation in the country one of the best trips you will ever have in your life.

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