Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.
The walk started at Schwarzenbergplatz, walk along the Ring, show you the famous Kärntnerstraße shopping street, St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) Graben, Freyung, the Ring and also the wonderful museums The Kunsthistorische Museum & The Natural History Museum Vienna (German: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien).
Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is defined by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864. Corfu Town, flanked by 2 imposing Venetian fortresses, features winding medieval lanes, a French-style arcade and the grand Palace of St. Michael and St. George.
A walking in a Sunday morning in 𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗲 , Italy, in and around 𝗣𝗶𝗮𝘇𝘇𝗮 𝗡𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗻𝗮. Very quiet weekend day, good weather in this day of winter.
Piazza Navona is a public open space in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the agones, and hence it was known as “Circus Agonalis”.
Video timeline: 0:00 – [Brief Intro] 2:05 – [Piazza Navona] 4:36 – [Sant’Agnese in Agone Church *tour inside* – (info on subtitles)] 6:50 – [Piazza Navona] 8:00 – [*Fontain of Moro* – 1654 – (info on subtitles)] 9:32 – [Via della Cuccagna] 10:20 – [Piazza dei Massimi] 11:40 – [Piazza S.Andrea della Valle] 12:36 – [Corso VIttorio Emanuele II] 14:00 – [Piazza di S.Pantaleo] 14:30 – [Via della Cuccagna] 15:30 – [Via di Pasquino] 16:25 – [Via di S.Maria dell’Anima] 19:20 – [Vicolo della Pace] 22:43 – [Piazza del Fico] 23:10 – [Vicolo del Fico] 24:13 – [Via di Monte Giordano] 26:10 – [Via del Corallo] 27:31 – [Via del Governo Vecchio] 29:18 – [Via di Parione] 31:33 – [Via del Teatro Pace] 32:55 – [Vicolo dei Granari] 34:00 – [Via di S.Maria dell’Anima] 35:00 – [Piazza di Pasquino] 36:00 – [Via del Governo Vecchio] 37:30 – [Vicolo Savelli] 38:48 – [Corso Vittorio Emanuele II] 40:10 – [Via dei Leutari] 41:45 – [The *Talking Statue* of Pasquino – (info on subtitles) – it reads **This city, now old, by everyone is cheated, everyone says “great beauty”, but noone caresses you, it’s because they forgot, that in the past you founded them, My Rome, let them see, if you get enraged what can happen!*] 43:00 – [Piazza Navona]
Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.
The culture of Turkey combines a heavily diverse and heterogeneous set of elements that have been derived from the various cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean (West Asian) and Central Asian region and Eastern European, and Caucasian traditions. Many of these traditions were initially brought together by the Ottoman Empire, a multi-ethnic and multi-religious state.
During the early years of the republic, the government invested a large amount of resources into fine arts such as paintings, sculpture and architecture. This was done as both a process of modernization and of creating a cultural identity.
Ants are social insects which form small to large colonies. A typical colony contains an egg-laying queen and many adult workers together with their brood (eggs, larvae and pupae). Workers are by far the most numerous individuals in the nest. They are responsible for nest construction and maintenance, foraging, tending the brood and queen, and nest defence.
While all workers are female, they are sterile and do not lay eggs. Winged queens and males are present in the nest for only a short period. Soon after emerging they leave the nest to mate and establish new nests. Queens are generally similar to the workers, differing primarily in having larger bodies. In some species, fully winged queens are lacking and egg-laying is undertaken either by typical workers or by individuals which are morphologically intermediate between typical queens and workers (these are called ergatoid queens). Males are generally about the same size as the workers or smaller, and have smaller heads with large ocelli, very short scapes and small mandibles. In many cases males look more like wasps than ants.
Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. Its capital, Ulaanbaatar, centers around Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) Square, named for the notorious founder of the 13th- and 14th-century Mongol Empire. Also in Ulaanbaatar are the National Museum of Mongolia, displaying historic and ethnographic artifacts, and the restored 1830 Gandantegchinlen Monastery.
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and more than 700 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres.
Video timeline: 00:57 – Purakaunui Bay 02:26 – Mount Taranaki 04:21 – Mount Cook 05:41 – Roaring Billy Falls 07:44 – Omarama Clay Cliffs 11:06 – Lake Pukaki 12:26 – Lion Rock and Piha Beach 15:49 – Arthur’s Pass 17:40 – Castlepoint Lighthouse 21:21 – Lake Hawea 23:30 – Skippers Road 26:26 – Glacial valley in Southern Alps 27:52 – Kaikoura Seal Colony 29:04 – Ninety Mile Beach 31:16 – Whakarewarewa geothermal area 36:38 – Queenstown 38:37 – Whangarei Falls
Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.
Walk Down Wenceslas Square
The centerpiece of the New Town, and likely your first visit after arriving at the train station, is the monument to the Czech hero Saint Wenceslas. The Good King himself looks down a grand boulevard lined with unique and colorful buildings on its way to the former city walls of the Old Town. The equestrian statue is ringed by four other Czech patron saints. This large square has long been a gathering place for protests and demonstrations, including the peaceful Velvet Revolution that gradually seized power from the Czech communist government in the late twentieth century.
Circle the Old Town Square
At the bottom of Wenceslas Square, you’ll be entering the Old Town of Prague; note the sudden change in street layout and architecture. Old Town Square in the center of the old walled city is an absolute must-see for every Prague visitor; predictably, it is often crowded. Try to visit early in the morning or, even better, late in the evening to enjoy a quiet square. At the top of every hour, tourists gather around the Astronomical Clock to watch its chime. This complex clock marks the hour of the day in a twenty-four hour cycle, phases of the sun and moon, and the passing of the seasons. The hourly chime is small and quiet – it wasn’t originally built to entertain large crowds – so don’t expect a big flashy show.
Make the Climb to Prague Castle
On the other side of the wide Vltava River, on top of a steep hill, is the large compound of Prague Castle. Not named for any one particular building, this fortified mini city has been the center of Czech power for centuries; from medieval kings to modern parliament. From the top ramparts, look out over the contrasting architecture and red roofs of the Prague skyline stretching out below. Try to find the characteristic towers and steeples of the churches and the defense towers along the old city wall. Crowds clear out at night, leaving the square around St. Vitus’ Cathedral and the normally jam-packed Golden Lane all yours for an evening exploration.
Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. It’s known for its green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century. The Holmenkollbakken is a ski-jumping hill with panoramic views of the fjord. It also has a ski museum.