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Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a small landlocked country in Western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany.Luxembourg - the capital of the Grand Duchy.Luxembourg has a population of fewer than half a million people.Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe, and ranked 175th in size of all the 194 independent countries of the world.Luxembourg boasts a large array of historical and cultural sights that are worth seeing.View from the Corniche.From what was once called... continue reading

Palace of Alexander III in Massandra

The Palace of Alexander III in Massandra is one of the best architectural constructions on the southern coast of the Crimea, Ukraine dating from the second half of the XIX century.The palace is also known as Stalin's Dacha. Surrounded by a nice little park with a fountain and set like Versailles, this charming summer palace once received the Russian Imperial family ofRomanov.Now the Massandra Palace is a historical and art museum, where you can see a beautiful interior, painting and... continue reading

Castle Hluboka nad Vltavou, Czech Republic

The Hluboka nad Vltavou chateau is one of the best known and the fanciest chateaus in the Czech Republic.Hluboka nad Vltavou (German: Frauenberg) is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, near Ceske Budejovice. It is best known for its famous Windsorchateau. It towers on the rock spit above the Vltava River.Originally it was a royal castle founded in the first half of the 13th century. The chateau was property of the Schwarzenbergs till 1660.The castle is opened... continue reading

Bluethroat

The Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) is a small passerine bird.A small, brightly colored bird of the far north, the Bluethroat is found in North America only on the tundra of Alaska and the Yukon.It is common, across Europe and Asia where it is not restricted to tundra habitat.The bluethroat is essentially a bird of damp thickets in mountains, but in western Europe it occurs in lowlands also.Male with blue throat, female with white.The Bluethroat is similar in size to the European... continue reading

Chateau de Chenonceau, France

The Chateau de Chenonceau, near the small village of Chenonceaux, in the Indre-et-Loire departement of the Loire Valley in France, 18 miles east of Tours.Built on the river Cher, where the unique beauty of its architecture reflects in the water, the Chateau de Chenonceau is the Val de Loire’s finial.The Chateau is not visible from the road so you have to pay before even getting a peek at the residence.The Chateau de Chenonceau - the "perfect" Loire Valley Castle in the harmonious... continue reading

The chateau of Amboise in the Loire valley, France

Chateau d'Amboise has been home to some important historical figures and events. Amboise is situated 15km to the east of Tours on the D751 or the N152 or via the A10 motorway (Paris-Bordeaux) exit 21.Amboise is also well served by trains and buses on the Blois-Tours line.The royal Chateau at Amboise is a chateau located in Amboise, in the Indre-et-Loire department of the Loire Valley in France. The Chateau at Amboise was originally built in the 11th century.The chateau rises above its... continue reading

Chateau de Chambord

The Chateau de Chambord is one of the most famous castles in the French Loire Valley. This is the largest of the Loire castles. The chateau's plan is pure Renaissance.It is a Royal castle because it used to be the retreat of some of the most powerful French kings.The French Renaissance style Chateau Chambord retains architectural harmony. The massive castle is composed of a central keep with four immense bastion towers at the corners.King Francis I built Chateau Chambord in the Sixteenth... continue reading

Red-backed Shrike

The Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) is a carnivorous passerine bird.This 16-18 cm long migratory bird eats large insects, small birds, voles and lizards.The general colour of the male’s upper parts is reddish. It has a grey head and a typical shrike black stripe through the eye. Underparts are tinged pink, and the tail has a black and white pattern similar to that of a wheatear.In the female and young birds the upperparts are brown and vermiculated. Underparts are buff and also... continue reading

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