Palma often called Palma de Mallorca, is the capital and largest city of the Balearic Islands of Spain. Located on the south coast of Majorca on the Bay of Palma.
Catalan is the local language spoken in Palma, Spanish is widely used.
The islands beauty and pleasant all year round climate has made Palma a huge tourist attraction; making the island alot wealthier than other regions of Spain.
Its airport, Palma de Mallorca Airport – Son Sant Joan Aeroport, receives more than 26 million people each year.
Palma is also known for it’s agricultural exports mainly almonds, oranges, lemons and olives.
The island also has copper mines and marble.
The city has several communities including Establishments; Nord, Son Espanyol, Ces Cases Noves, and Sa Creu Vermella.
The city borders the Serra de Tramuntana, the island’s major mountain range and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The transportation network of Palma is called Plaça d’Espanya. Intermodal provides buses and trains.
Palma is famous for La Seu, a huge cathedral originally built on a mosque from 1229 to 1601. The history behind the reasons that the construction took so long; is worth taking a tour of the church. It was restored in 1901.
Old Palma is behind the cathedral. It consists of a network of paths and streets designed by the Arab past of the island.
The Old City is also home to the Town Hall, the Convent of the Cathedral and the Banys Àrabs.
European style football – soccer – is the most popular sport on the island, led by the Segunda Division team Real Mallorca.
Palma’s sea location, makes it – an ideal place for sea sports. Road cycling is very popular in Majorca.
The city is also home to the Palma Arena. The Palma Arena is a multi sport pavilion.
The UNESCO listed Serra de Tramuntana – cliff jumping – is a great experience for height lovers in the heart of the mountains.
It involves leaping off cliffs and ledges into natural cool pools of water, then just flowing down stream. Instructors are present.
Bellver Castle, is a Gothic style castle from the 14th-century, it’s unique among Spanish castles. It has one of the best views of Palma.
Bellver means – lovely view – in Catalan.
For many centuries the castle was used as a prison. Nowadays it stores Palma’s municipal history, which traces the development of the island, it’s artifacts, and potteries from the islands Talaiotic, Roman, and Arab era.
There is no doubt that Palma de Mallorca; is a wonderful place to travel to, especially if you like walking, bike riding or just sitting back and enjoying a guided tour, let me know how your trip went.
Siegburg is a wonderful small city located on the banks of the rivers Sieg and Agger; in the district of Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Siegburg sits on the base of a mountain.
Siegburg is one of the few cities in the world that has converted – most – if not all of it’s street lights; to energy efficient – LED – bulbs. Reducing the use and cost of energy tremendously in Siegburg.
In 1816 Siegburg became the county seat of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis.
Some of Siegburg most interesting sites in Siegburg are:
Holzgasse – The Holzgasse is a long cobblestone paved street full of shops and restaurants.
Abtei Michaelsberg – The Abtei Michaelsberg is the former residence of the Benedictine Monks; who produced a liquor called Siegburger Abtei-Likör and a beer called Michel.
Medieval Christmas Markett – Siegburg is known for it’s medieval Christmas market. The market features Medieval tents, full of the era’s artifacts and medieval music. A variety of wines are served – this includes honey wines and some of the era’s most tasteful breads. It’s a great place to step back in time. Siegburg Museum – The Siegburg museum features the history of Siegburg from prehistoric times until the Federal Republic. The museum has a medieval cellar vault; conserved from 1826.
Oktopus Siegburg – The Oktopus Siegburg is a great place to go to if you like deep sea diving – here you can do it indoors. It’s one of the deepest indoor diving centers of Europe. The tower has a depth of 20 meters and a diameter of 10 to 18 meters.
Cineplex Siegburg – The Cineplex Is the biggest cinema in Siegburg; it shows the latest movies. It consists of: 2 small – cozy movie theaters, 4 medium size – movie halls, and one huge movie theater – that can house 500 people.
Michealsberg Abbey – Is a former monastery of the Benedictine Order, founded in 1064 by the Archbishop of Cologne, the monastery is dedicated to the Archangel Michael.
During the 14th century, the abbey was said to be directly subject to the Holy Roman Emperor. This led to a war, with the town of Siegburg.
In 1676, the abbey became the subject of local territorial power.
During the period of the Thirty Years’ War, the abbey became – a center of literary and musical studies.
There is no doubt that Siegburg is a great place to travel to; a small town with a huge history and great restaurants.
When you visit, check your electrical items – the voltage in Germany is 230 V 50 Hz, adapter C / F.
Let me know about your trip to Siegburg, did you dive? How deep did you go – was it cold outside when you did it?
The Republic of Austria is a Federal Republic, with a mountainous terrain, within the Alps.
The German name for Austria is Österreich, which means “Eastern Realm”.
German is Austria’s official language, other official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
The Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804.
In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary.
In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria, as a Sovereign state.
That same year the Austrian Republic – became neutral.
In 1995, Austria joined the European Union, and adopted the euro currency in 1999.
Today, Austria is a Parliamentary Representative Democracy; made of nine federal states.
Vienna is Austria’s capital and – it’s largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million inhabitants.
Austria is also one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $43,724.00.
Austria currently produces more than half of its electricity by hydro power, the rest is produced by gas and oil powered plants.
The Austrian Roman Catholic church reports 58% of the population to be Catholic. The rest of the population are registered members of various religious communities – mostly Muslims, due to the influx from Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.
There is also a large number of Orthodox Churches in Austria – mainly Serbs, and a growing number of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
And a small percentage of the population is of the Jewish Faith.
Below are some of the top tourist attractions in Austria; that are sure to make your day special.
Hochosterwitz Castle – Hochosterwitz Castle is fairy tale beautiful. An inclined railway brings visitors to the castle. Some say the castle is the inspiration behind – Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
The historic city of Krems – Krems is a good city to stroll about and visit the castle called Gozzoburg. Krems is where the blue Danube and the Krems river meet. The city of Krems has a reputation for its wine industry, there are with numerous tasting rooms.
Eisriesenwelt Cave – The Eisriesenwelt Caves are a amusement park for nature lovers, highlighting an Ice Cave.
Schloss Mirabell– Schloss Mirabell is a beautiful palace that dates back to early 16th century. It’s structured in marble, stuccoes and has enormous Frescoes on the walls – and a impressive garden.
Melk Abbey – The Melk Abbey is a huge world renowned monastery. situated high on a cliff.
Hohenwerfen Castle – Hohenwerfen Castle overlooks the Salzachtal Valley. The castle is typically medieval with dungeons. The dungeons still contain some of the original instruments of the castle.
There’s No doubt – Austria history is interesting – explore it and the beauty of nature that encompasses it’s land.
Austria is a great place for outdoor activities; and winter sports. Some of the major places in Austria for winter activities and sports include de Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.
Innsbruck the capital city of Tyrol in Western Austria. The name translates as “Inn bridge”.
Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports center, it hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.
Austria is one of three countries in the world; which have hosted twice the Winter Games.The others are St. Moritz, in Switzerland and Lake Placid, New York in the United States of America.
In 1984 and 1988 Innsbruck hosted the Winter Paralympics.
Innsbruck also is host; to one of the 4 ski-jumping competitions – of the 4 Hills Tournament every year.
Because of it’s location in the mountains, Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in the winter, ski-jumping and mountaineering in the summer.
There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck, for ski lovers.
You can catch the Nordkette Cable car from central Innsbruck – and enjoy the amazing view.
he base of the cable car is located in the: Old Town Center.
The Nordkette Cable Car has been running since 1928, and has undergone several recent modern makeovers.
The Nordkette Cable Car leaves every 15 minutes, seven days a week. The price varies depending on how high you want to go.
There’s a restaurant and market, both with great views.
Salzburg is a great place to visit in Austria. It’s the birthplace of Mozart, and home of the Salzburg Festival.
The Haus der Natur in Salzburg is a museum, with fascinating aspects of Environmental Nature.
At the entrance you are greeted by a giant dinosaur, as you walk thru the museum – you get the feeling that you are walking thru time – passing millions of years; from the Land of the Dinosaurs – to the – Space Age.
Marvel at animals from around the world at Hellbrunn Zoo it houses over 1200 animals of 140 different species.
The Hellbrunn Estate, has a palace, fountains and a zoo, it was completed in 1619.
The Salzburg Zoo is dedicated to protecting nature, animals and species, it’s committed to keeping the animals in a habitat that is as close to nature as possible.
Some of Salzburg most impressive features are it lakes, castles, and museums.
Salzsbur is world known for it’s magnificent architecture.
Don’t forget, in Austria, the electricity power sockets are Type F (round tips plugs) and the standard voltage is 230 V 50 Hz.
Austria is great place to travel to, a small country with alot of things to do.
The Commonwealth of Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country by area, it houses a Liberal Democratic political system that functions as a Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy.
Australia has the world’s 13th-largest economy and holds the ninth-highest place in per capita income.
Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum.
The name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis “southern land”, a name used for a hypothetical continent in the Southern Hemisphere since ancient times.
Colloquial names for Australia include “Oz” and “the Land Down Under” usually shortened to just “Down Under”.
Australian forests are mostly made up of evergreen species, particularly eucalyptus trees in the less arid regions.
Among well-known Australian animals are the kangaroo, koala, and wombat.
The Australian Federal Government is separated into three branches: Legislature , Executive, and Judiciary.
Australia has six states; New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
It’s major two mainland territories are: The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT).
The 2016 Australian census reported that the most reported ancestries in Australia were: English – 36.1%, Australian – 33.5%, Irish – 11.0%, Scottish -9.3%, Chinese -5.6%, Italian – 4.6%, German – 4.5%, Indian – 2.8%, Greek – 1.8%, and Dutch – 1.6%.
Canberra is Australia’s Capital:
English is the general spoken language in Australia – spoken by 72.7% of the population according to the Australian Census Department.
Other spoken languages are Mandarin 2.5%, Arabic 1.4%, Cantonese 1.2%, Vietnamese 1.2% and Italian 1.2%. This makes for a large bilingual population.
The Roman Catholic Church continues to be among the largest religious groups in Australia followed by Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism.
Australia coffee continues to circle the world, widely used in New York City.
Australia has made a name for itself in sports, it’s no surprise to hear of the medals won by Australia in sports such as Swimming, Surfing, Tennis, Cycling, Basketball, Cricket, Formula 1 Grand Prix, Skiing, Rugby and of course Soccer.
Sydney is Australias largest urban area.
Australia is no stranger to the arts, with a series of soap operas circulating the globe and renown Ballet companies that have captured and warmed the hearts of many.
The Sydney Opera House – is an architectural miracle. Surrounded by the Harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Opera House is a precious landmark.
Sydney Tower – is the city’s tallest structure, offering 360-degree views of the compact metropolis, harbor and surrounding countryside.
Here are some Australian popular sites you might enjoy:
The Parliament House – the meeting place of the Australian Parliament located in Canberra. It contains 4,700 rooms – many are opened to the public.
Mount Wellington – is located in the southeast coastal region of Tasmania. The mountain rises to 1,271 meters (4,170 ft) and is frequently covered by snow, sometimes even in summer.
Cable Beach – is located in Broome in Western Australia. Cable Beach is famous for its camel rides on the beach. You can cross the sands in a four-wheel-drive vehicle if you prefer.
Fraser Islandflickr – This beautiful island, which is located in Queensland, has a rain forests, sand dunes, freshwater and sand cliffs.
Taronga Zoo – Entrance to the zoo is accessed by short gondola ride. Zoo tickets are available that cover ferry and gondola fares.
Australian National Maritime Museum – Tickets are available that include entrance to the museum as well as tours of several of the vessels moored outside.
Kakadu National Park – is the country’s largest national park, includes a large concentration of Aboriginal rock art; some are over 20,000 years old. Bird watchers frequent this park.
The voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz -Travelers from Asia, Africa and Europe should have appliances that work on the same voltage as Australia.
Japan, USA and Canada appliances use 100/120V 50/60Hz – you will need to purchase a voltage converter.
Have a good time down under, hope to hear about your trip.
Israel is a democratic country with a parliamentary system. The prime minister is head of government and the Knesset.
The Knesset is the name for the Israeli Parliament or Legislature.
Israel is a developed country and a OECD member.
In 2016, Israel was said to be the worlds 34th-largest economy.
The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, estimated that the population of Israel was close to 8,709,680.
Hebrew is not the only language spoken in Israel. Arabic is also an official language, and there are a number of other semi-official languages.
In Israel you will notice that virtually all official signs are in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Israel is the world’s only Jewish-majority state, two thirds of the population is Jewish.
The other third is made up of Arabs, Arameans, Armenians, Assyrians, Black Hebrew Israelites, Circassians, Maronites and Samaritans.
In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish Democratic State.
The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most educated countries in the world.
Israel has a very high percentage of citizens with a high education degree.
The country also has the highest standard of living in the Middle East, and has one of the highest life expectancy in the world.
Israel is a beautiful small country with a interesting history, and advanced Agro Technologies.
Israel’s economy and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem.
Tel Aviv is a major transportation city, with a huge international airport.
The public transportation system in Tel Aviv has many routes; to almost anywhere in the country.
Tel Aviv is governed by a 31-member city council; elected for a five-year term.
Tel Aviv is a cultural center with 544 active synagogues, historic buildings, countless performing art centers, theaters, and Opera Houses.
Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts.
In 1965 The Shalom Meir Tower, Israel’s first skyscraper, was built in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv is a center of finance and technology in Israel.
Jerusalem is a city with a strong religious background, since medieval times.
Host to 1204 Synagogues, 158 Churches, and 73 Mosques.
In Islam, Jerusalem is said to be a sacred city – some 1400 years now. Jerusalem is believed to be a holy city in Islam, primarily due to Muhammad’s Night of Ascension.
The Muslims believe Muhammad was transported one night from Mecca to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. From there he ascended to Heaven to meet with the previous prophets of Islam.
In Christianity, Jerusalem is said to be a sacred city – some 2000 years now.
In Judaism, Jerusalem is said to be sacred city – some 3000 years now.
Jerusalem is well known for its Old Testament history.
The story of Jesus in The New testament also made reference to Jerusalem.
Although Jerusalem is known primarily for its religious significance, the city is also home to many artistic and cultural venues.
The Dead Sea scrolls, discovered in the mid-20th century in the Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea, are housed in the Museum’s Shrine of the Book.
Jerusalem is home to many archaeological important findings.
Some of Jerusalem most interesting sites are:
The Museum on the Seam – explores issues of coexistence through art. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra – established in the 1940s. The International Convention Center – near the entrance to city. The Jerusalem Cinemateque – in downtown Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Music Center – in Yemin Moshe. The Israel Festival – Indoor and outdoor performances singers, concerts, plays, and street theater. The Jerusalem Theater – Hosts to more than 150 concerts a year, as well as theater and dance companies and performing artists from overseas. The Khan Theater – The city’s only repertoire theater. Israeli Beaches
There are 137 beaches in Israel. Mostly of which have crystal clear blue and turquoise waters and natural undisturbed coastlines.
Besides their natural beauty what makes these beaches interesting is that they are composed of diverse bodies of waters.
The four bodies of water are The Mediterranean, The Red Sea, The Dead Sea, and The Kinneret.
Here are some Israeli Beach recommendations:
Gordon Beach: Free clean beach in Tel Aviv near Hotels. Has places to dine or drink; shower and bathroom facilities.
Dor Nasholim Beach – Beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters in the ancient Phoenician city of Dor.
Habonim Beach – This beach is part of a nature reserve. A rocky beach perfect for swimming with young children.
You can also hike along it’s coastline and discover it’s caves.
Clean showers, dressing rooms, and bathrooms are available. There are also snack bars, and a picnicking area with tables.
Carmel Beach – Carmel beach has a boardwalk with numerous cafes, restaurants, and juice stands as well as bathroom and shower facilities.
Southern Beach – Entrance is free.
Ein Gev Resort Village Beach: Great for water sports, has slides and pools. They have lifeguard services, showers, restrooms, restaurant, camping area with barbecue stands.
Ein Gedi Beach – Located on the shores of the Dead Sea well known the amazing healing properties of the region.
The beach is connected to a man made spa. You can hike from the beach to the spa, or take a free tram ride to it.
It’s hard to sink in the Dead Sea, most people just float.
Ein Gedi Beach – Great place to see Dolphins in their natural habitat.
Coral Beach Nature Reserve – Clear water with an underwater coral reef. Good for snorkeling, and scuba diving. A great place to enjoy coral reefs and beautiful fishes.
Israel rich history makes it a great place to take a tour. You can choose from what type of tour you want, whether is a cultural tour, or religious tours.
Israel also is the winner of the Eurovision 2018 Song Festival, which means Israel will be hosting this most prestigious contest in 2019. Let’s see the glorious moment in the following You tube video:
Wow, what an exciting moment that was. It’s needless to say, Israel is an experience in itself.
Israel is also known for it’s fine hotels and restaurant meals.
Electricity in Israel is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second.
If you travel to Israel with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
Book now and have the time of your life, let me know about your trip.