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Located in the northwest of the country, the beautiful triangular peninsula of Istria borders Slovenia and is bordered on three sides by the glittering Adriatic Sea. A wonderful place to visit, it offers a diverse array of landscapes, towns, and activities for you to enjoy.
Its rocky coastline is punctuated with pebbled beaches and charming seaside towns, such as Pula, Rovinj, and Umag which are full of winding cobbled alleys and ancient historical sights. The interior of the peninsula is decked with mountains, gently ululating hills, and peaceful farmland.
Due to the various kingdoms and empires that have ruled the region over the ages, there are many interesting Roman, Venetian, and Hapsburg sights to discover. The picturesque countryside is perfect for hiking or cycling, and the sparkling waters lapping at its scenic shoreline offer a fantastic array of watersports, with swimming, sailing, and snorkeling all very popular.
This Adriatic coastal walled city is one of the most popular Eastern European destinations today. Dubrovnik’s nickname, the Pearl of the Adriatic, reflects both the architectural beauty as well as the stunning white buildings built vertically up from the sea. It has had special notice in the past few years, as the filming location for King’s Landing in the world-renowned Game of Thrones series.
Spend your getaway in Dubrovnik, the town with rich history.You will get a chance to get to know better the story behind this magical town.Visit Dubrovnik’s museums, galleries and cultural institutions.閲覧回数:57pv
Spend your getaway in Dubrovnik, the town with rich history.You will get a chance to get to know better the story behind this magical town.Visit Dubrovnik’s museums, galleries and cultural institutions.
The absolutely staggering collection of antiquities displayed in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum makes it one of the world’s great museums.
The Egyptian Museum sits right beside Midan Tahrir, the central square of Downtown Cairo. The easiest way to arrive here is to take the Cairo Metro to Sadat station (on Midan Tahrir) and follow the exit signs to the museum.
Location: Midan al-Tahrir, Downtown
The grand entrance leads you into the huge 17.7-meter-long Hypostyle Hall. It is divided into three aisles (the central one being twice the width of the other two) by two rows of four square pillars, and on the inner sides are ten-meter-high Osiris figures of the pharaoh holding the scourge and the crook. The figures on the right hand side wear the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, while those on the left wear the crown of Upper Egypt. The stylized symmetry of these massive figures is striking. The ceiling of the central aisle has paintings of flying vultures; those of the lateral aisles are adorned with stars.
To the right and left of the Hypostyle Hall are eight small side chambers, some of which served as treasuries and store rooms. Their decoration is of varying quality, but in general is simpler than that of the main chambers of the temple. Some of the rooms have stone tables along the walls.
Forecourt & Terrace: The Main Courtyard
Although today, the entire Forecourt in front of the temple is open, originally it would have been enclosed on the north and south by brick walls, while the east side of the court would have been open, looking on to the Nile. From the Forecourt, a flight of steps leads you up to the Terrace in front of the temple. If you look to the right and left, just before the ramp, you’ll see two recesses, which probably contained basins for ritual ablutions. In the recesses are stelae depicting Ramses II making offerings.
Walking along the top of the city’s medieval walls is a highlight of any stay in Dubrovnik. The walls encircle the entire Old Town quarter and take at least an hour to explore. Most of the walls were constructed during the 13th century but have been reinforced over the years to withstand repeated attacks. A series of imposing towers intended to protect the city against the Turks, were added in the 15th century. Fans of the TV series “Game of Thrones” will recognize sections used as settings for the show’s capital city of King’s Landing. Standing 25 meters (80 feet) high in some places and up to 6 meters (20 feet) thick in others, the walls are an awesome sight in their own right, but the views that they offer of the town, the harbor and of the Adriatic Sea are simply spectacular.
Egypt Colored Canyon
The swirling mineral-rich layered rock formations of this canyon are one of the Sinai’s top out-of-the-water natural attractions.It’s a showcase of the natural beauty of the desert, with plenty of opportunities for scrambling around the rock faces and hiking fun.For nature lovers, this is one of Sharm el-Sheikh’s top days out, and exploring the bizarrely shaped pinnacles and boulders, which have been brushed with shimmering red and orange hues makes for some fantastic photography.
Location: 177 kilometers north of Sharm el-Sheikh
Egypt Ras Um Sid Beach and Reef
One of Sharm el-Sheikh’s best beaches is Ras Um Sid, right at the southern tail of the town, near the lighthouse. Here, people slouch on the beach between snorkeling trips into the water where an excellent coral reef is just offshore. Farther away from the sand, Ras Um Sid Reef is perfect for first-time forays into diving and is used as a try-dive site by many local dive operators. Even if you’re just snorkeling, there is plenty of fish life to see.
Address: Al-Fanar Street
Egypt Jolanda Reef
Jolanda Reef (also called Yolanda Reef) is one of the most popular dive sites in the northern section of the Red Sea and lies within the Ras Mohammed Marine Park. Divers flock here to explore the remains of the Jolanda, an old Cypriot freighter ship that ran aground in 1980. It’s more than just a wreck dive though, as Jolanda Reef also encompasses the coral walls of Shark Reef with its huge numbers of fish life and enchanting coral gardens.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Ras Mohammed National Park is what put Sharm el-Sheikh on the tourist map. Surrounded by some of the world’s most incredible dive sites, this peninsula is home to glorious beaches with excellent snorkeling just offshore, the world’s second most northerly mangrove forest, and a saltwater lake. A trip here is a must-do for anyone staying in Sharm el-Sheikh. The best beaches are Old Quay Beach (with its top-notch coral reef easily reached from the shore) and Aqaba Beach.
Travelers seeking a good view should head to the Shark Observatory cliff top right on the southern edge of Ras Mohammed, where views stretch across both sides of the Red Sea.
Location: 38 kilometers south of Sharm el-Sheikh
For the average sightseer, the main reason for a journey here is to sample some of Egypt’s finest seafood. Aboukir bay is home to a host of fabulous fish restaurants that locals flock to in the summer months. Stuffing yourself full of seafood while sunset sears over the Mediterranean is the perfect end to an Alexandrian day.
Main Souk Area
Alexandria’s main souq (market) stretches through the backstreets heading west from Midan Tahrir in the central city. You’ll find everything from fresh produce to silver trinkets by poking about in this district. To be fair, there isn’t much on sale to interest tourists; this is a real-deal local souk, and you come here more to capture an essence of Alexandrian life than to shop. The entire souq area is a squiggle of lanes that flow off from each other, with each alley specializing in different products. If you want to dig a bit deeper into Alexandria’s soul, don’t miss a wander through here
There may be only scant remnants of the once grand Hellenistic city above ground, but dive into the waters of Alexandria’s Eastern Harbour area, and you’ll find there’s plenty more of ancient “Alex” to explore. Archaeologists have been plumbing the depths for years, searching for the lost sunken city of the Classical age and bringing up many treasures to the surface (now on display in Alexandria’s museums), but recreational divers can now visit the archaeological ruins under the sea, too.
The most popular site has been (unsurprisingly) nicknamed “Cleopatra’s Palace” and indeed was once a palace area — though if the great lady herself was ever in residence, we’ll never know. There are sphinxes and tumbled columns and statuary galore still in situ here, which makes for a fascinating underwater experience.
An oasis of calm on the city’s eastern edge, Montazah is a lush haven of tall palm trees, trimmed lawns, and blossoming flowers that was once off-limits to all but the royal court and their hangers-on. Built as a hunting lodge in the 1890s by Khedive Abbas Hilmi, it was later extended substantially by King Fuad and replaced Ras el-Tin Palace as the royal family’s summer house.
The eccentrically designed Montazah Palace, with its ornate Florentine-inspired towers and Rococo flourishes, is not open to the public, but everyone is welcome to stroll within the sprawling gardens, which can be a welcome slice of nature after a day spent within Alexandria’s hustle. On the coastal end of the park is a small beach with a peculiarly whimsical bridge to a small island.
If you need a dose of tranquility, a trip to Montazah is just the ticket to restore your sanity before diving back into the inner city fray. Minibuses heading west up the shore-front Corniche road all pass by Montazah. They charge between 1-2 EGP depending on where you board.
Catacombs of Kom el-Shuqqafa
￼Sarcophagus at the entrance to the catacombs
The Catacombs of Kom el-Shuqqafa are hewn from the rock on the southern slopes of a hill, in the Carmous district.Thought to date from the 2nd century AD, they offer an admirable example of the characteristic Alexandrian fusion of Egyptian and Greco-Roman styles.
In Carmous (in the southwest of the city) is a hill littered with the remains of ancient walls, architectural fragments, and rubble on which Alexandria’s only ancient monument is left standing. Pompey’s Pillar rises from the ruins of the ancient and famous Serapeion (Temple of Serapis), which was once used to store the overflow of manuscripts from the Great Library of Alexandria. This column of red Aswan granite with a Corinthian capital, standing on a badly ruined substructure and rising to a height of almost 27 meters, actually has nothing to do with Pompey and was instead set up in AD 292 in honor of Diocletian, who supplied food for the starving population after the siege of the city.
Pyramid and ruins at Saqqara
Everyone’s heard of Giza’s Pyramids, but they’re not the only pyramids Egypt has up its sleeve. Day-tripping from Cairo, Saqqara is the vast necropolis of the Old Kingdom pharaohs and showcases how the Ancient Egyptians advanced their architectural knowledge to finally create a true pyramid with the Step Pyramid, Bent Pyramid, and Red Pyramid being among the highlights here. The various tombs of court administrators, with interior walls covered with friezes describing daily scenes, scattered throughout the archaeological site are just as much a reason to visit as the pyramids themselves.