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The Blog Proposal | Travel tips and the best tourism destinations

The Blog Proposal

Travel tips and destinations are what we want to share with people who also love to travel.





A travel blog that tells our experience and will be helpful to those people who get tired of chasing tour guides, keeping on the traditional rows of tour groups, who prefer to enjoy or leave places as they want, who like to know more then only traditional sights of travel packages, who look for safe ride and spending less money.

We know many people who want to travel but who have some kind of fear.
Fear the language barriers, other uncertainties spending, or walking difficulties, or adaptation to local dishes, insecurity of walking through unknown paths, accommodation in inappropriate places, in short, so many end up traveling in tour groups or some of them do worse because they never travel.

Well, we are certain that they are only ghosts, myths, which can be overcome peacefully and there comes the discovery of an incredibly amazing world.

So guys, let's go !!!

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Here's a snack. That's the beautiful church of Ramsau, a small town located in the German Alps, at 140 km from Munich, near the border with Austria, on a trip with spectacular scenery. And many other wonderful places will come around.


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Florence, Italy | Travel tips and the best tourism destinations. Exploring Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel

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Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel, Florence - Italy

Exploring Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel in Florence
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View of Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel - Florence, Italy
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The complex formed by the Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel is situated at Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini in Florence.



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The Basilica of Saint Lawrence was a parish church of Medici, traditional family and leader at Tuscany region, which left no fewer than four popes of Catholic Church, Pope Leo X, Pope Clement VII, Pope Pius IV and Pope Leo XI.

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Pope Leo X, who built the Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican City State  
Its Renaissance style dates from 1419 and was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Its completion took place in 1460 by Antonio Manetti, who faithfully respected the original Project.

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Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Giovanni dalle Bande Nere’s statue, Cosimo I de' Medici’s father

Its huge Dome, or cupola, with Bernardo Buontalonti design, was based on models of Alessandro Pieroni and Matteo Nigetti, reminding the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore).

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External view of cupola
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Internal view of cupola
One century later, Michelangelo presented new designs for the facade, which was never finished by him. Its sober interior has a floor plan in the shape of a Latin Cross.

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Basilica floor plan in the shape of Latin Cross, highlighted in red
Michelangelo also designed the Library and its beautiful staircase, the luxurious Mausoleum of Medici and Chapel of Princes. In the main altar stands a marble crucifix of Baccio da Montelupo

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Interior of Chapel of Princes
External view of  Chapel of Princes
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Medicea Laurenziana Library
A beautiful garden of geometric shapes, known as Cloister Garden, has pomegranates and orange trees, in perfect harmony.

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Cloister Garden
Among many wonderful works of art stand out, in central nave, as the beautiful Pulpit of Donatello, in bronze, Pain and Passion of Christ and the Glory of the Resurrection.

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Pulpit of Donatello
In the front nave, on the second altar, we can admire The Betrothal of Mary by Rosso Fiorentino painter, 1523, and in the background, a marble tabernacle carved by Desiderio da Settignano.

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The Betrothal of Mary by Rosso Fiorentino
To visit the Chapel, you need to get around outside the Basilica and enter in the back. The ticket is another. The Chapels are divided into three distinct areas.
Behind the entrance hall there is the Crypt for the tombs of the lesser known members of the Medici family; that point, you will find a staircase that leads to the Chapel of Princes, the Great Mausoleum Medici, of octagonal shape.
The Medici family spent fortunes on their ornaments, all decorated with semiprecious stones. Few places in Florence have so luxurious and beautiful decor.


Then a corridor leads to the New Sacristy, with three beautiful sculptures, all carved by Michelangelo between 1520 and 1534. And they stay around the room.
The Donatello decoration for the old Sacristy contrasts with the design of the New Sacristy by Michelangelo, a real treat.

Old Sacristy
New Sacristy, tomb of Juliano di Medici, by Michelangelo
Opening hours from 10:00 to 17:30 every day. On holidays and Sundays, open from 13:30 to 17:30, from March to October. From November to February, is closed every Sunday.
Tickets:
€ 5,00 Basilica ticket
€ 7,00 Basilica and Medicea Laurenziana Library

If you want further information or buy tickets, access the oficial site at  Opera Medicea Laurenziana, or Cappelle Medicee.

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When in Florence, be sure to visit the beautiful Basilica of Saint Lawrence and enjoy the works of art it offers.
Ciao!!!

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Bodrum, Turkey | Travel tips and the best tourism destinations. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Bodrum Castle and more

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Bodrum, Turkey

Know this beautiful Turkish balneary, which holds the remains of one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
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Bodrum, Turkey
Arriving by boat in Bodrum, Turkey, immigration at the harbor is fast, right next to the Bodrum Castle. For anyone who wants to find better, is on the edge of the marina. If renting a car, Avis is about 700 m from the harbor and you can get the car out of the normal operation of the store if you need and arrange with them as we did.

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Arriving at harbor of Bodrum
This town was Greek in its origin, when it was called Halicarnassus and has about 36,000 inhabitants today.


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They’ve called the famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World because of this. The monument was built by Artemisia as a tomb for her husband Mausolus, king at that age (335 bC). Unfortunately a series of earthquakes destroyed the monument around 1400 aC, leaving it in ruins.

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Ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

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Bodrum - Turquia
Artistic reproduction of Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
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Statues of Mausolus and his wife Artemisia
Halicarnasso, today Bodrum, was the birthplace of writer and historian Herodotus.
If you want to know more about the city, access Bodrum or the city official site .

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Statue of Herodotus
For anyone who comes to Turkey in Bodrum, currency exchange needs to be done, because the country uses Turkish Lira (TRY). There are exchange houses downtown, near to the harbor, which have better prices than the banks. There is also the shopping area of the city.

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Bodrum downtown
Today Bodrum is a modern city, typical seaside town, with a very beautiful, bustling and pleasant. There are lots of restaurants and typical shops. It is safe to walk around at night, too. If you are tired, taxis are cheap and you can still negotiate.

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Modern buildings

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Detail of seafront restaurants chandelier


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Seafront very well cared and safe
Besides the beaches, among the sights is the Bodrum Castle, built in 1404 by the Knights of order of St. John, right next to the harbor.

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Bodrum Castle, Turkey
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There are also ruins of a Roman amphitheatre, at the avenue that connects Bodrum-Turgutreis. From there you’ll have a beautiful view of the city and marina.

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Roman amphitheater and view of Bodrum
Another tip is the excellent cost/benefit ratio of the Hotel Centro Bodrum, beyond to the attentive staff. Right next to the hotel there is a Carrefour (Express), a great option for supplies, including lactose-free milk (laktozsuz).

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Hotel Centro Bodrum

Bodrum - Turquia

To know Bodrum, you will need 1 or 2 days, or more time IF you want to enjoy the beaches, the food, or the hospitality of the people. You can also take tours to Kos and Rhodes (Greece, making immigration), using the ferry boats that leave in the morning and return in the afternoon.

See you later! Görüşürüz!

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