Amsterdam, the largest city and capital of the Netherlands, is also the country’s biggest tourist-draw. However, neither the Dutch government nor the head of state resides in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam was a financial and political powerhouse in the 17th century and most of the city’s famous canals and architecture are from this era. Not only are the canals beautiful, there are also a great means of transport around the city.
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Vienna is the capital of Austria and has been the heart of the Habsburg Empire for centuries. It has left behind an impressive number of palaces, monuments and other landmarks.
We arrived in Vienna Haupbanhof in the mid afternoon and our pre-booked taxi driver was already there waiting for us. The drive to our hotel, Hotel Rathaus – Wein and Design took only about 30 minutes. The location of our hotel is quite convenient as it is only about a 20 minutes walk to the Austrian Parliament Building.
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Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, it has existed for about 1,100 years. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque era, it was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro- Hungarian empire.
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“You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” (Samuel Johnson, 1777).
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My Digital Camera Journey
The only recording medium that I am comfortable with, at this point in time, is the digital camera. And here is my journey with digital cameras.
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Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town) was built in 1704, and has 300 years of history.
The old town district of Fenghuang nestles on the banks of the winding Tuojiang river in a picturesque, mountainous part of Hunan province and is an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town that harbours unique ethnic languages, customs, arts as well as many distinctive architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles. The ancient city is a gathering place for Miao and Tujia ethnic minority.
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Furong is an ancient town situated somewhere between Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town).
The ancient town sort of wrap itself around the Youshui River that runs through it with buildings on both sides of the river. The most interesting part of the ancient town is at the spot of the river where the two tier waterfalls begins. This is where you will find shops, small hotels and restaurants, with quite steep and narrow streets.
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