Inwa: From Royal to Rural

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Exploring Inwa by horse cart is popular among tourists.

The Bagaya Kyaung is a monastery constructed in 1834 using 267 teak posts.

Thick walls guard the Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a stucco-covered brick temple built in 1822.

The tower of King Bagyidaw’s palace is the only remaining structure left after an earthquake in 1838.

Brick stupas are clumped together under the shade at the Yedanasimi Paya.

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Sveti Stefan Island

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2016-09-18-13-24-02-346.jpgAlong the Montenegro Coast a prestigious island capture your attention.

For a second, you’ll feel like you were taken away into the most exquisite fairytale.

Sveti Stefan is an unusual island not only in Montenegro but in the whole Mediterranean.

fb_img_1475128686650.jpgIts story started in 1960, at that time the island was a normal fishing village. The Pastrovics just won over the Turks and took their conquered galleys to Drobni Pijesak to unload the war trophies there.

While dividing them, they decided to build on the rocky island near the coast a fortress to serve defense against the enemies; they use it as an asylum for women and children during war’s time and as a shelter for food and groceries. They built also houses for each of Pastrovic’s 12 tribes and a church dedicated to St Stefan the protector of Pastrovics.

In the first half of XIX century, Sveti Stefan had…

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Lantana Hoi An Boutique Hotel, Vietnam (Review)

The lovely Lantana Hoi An Boutique Hotel.

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Lantana Hoi An

 

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I was spoiled for choice while looking for a hotel in Hoi An. The beautiful ancient city is one of Vietnam‘s most popular tourist destinations, and that meant a myriad of accommodations to pick and choose — from luxury and boutique hotels, to the old-school and backpacker type hostels; by the beach, beside the river, or in the old town. After weighing my choices, I decided on the lovely Lantana Hoi An Boutique Hotel.

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The Lantana Hoi An Boutique Hotel had everything I wanted for my stay in town — location, views, and affordable price. The lovely boutique hotel is located just next to the hustle and bustle of the ancient town area of Hoi An, but still far enough for some peace and quiet.

Pretty flowers and lush greenery adorn the hotel’s white exterior walls, entrance arch and front courtyard, giving the modern hotel…

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Looking down on Brasov from atop of Mount Tampa

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Brasov, Romania

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Brasov, Romania

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It is no surprise that the charming town of Brasov is often referred to as “the city at the foot of Mount Tampa”. Beautifully nestled within the natural protection and confines of the Carpathian mountains, the medieval town of Brasov was able to ward off invaders for centuries with its impressive fortification systems of walls, towers and gates. Today, Mount Tampa is an important landmark in Brasov whose lush forested peak can be seen from literally ever street within the old part of town.

The main reason why people visit the top of Mount Tampa is to see the spectacular panoramic view of Brasov. You can literally see where the old medieval town ends and the newer, Communist-era buildings begin. Mount Tampa is also a wonderful place to hike since most of the mountain is a nature reserve containing an abundant amount of wildlife and plants. Getting to the top of Mount Tampa was high on…

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Islamabad, Pakistan

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is-islamabad_skylineIslamabad is the capital city of Pakistan located in the Federal Islamabad Capital Territory. The city is the 10th largest city of the country. Islamabad’s twin city if Rawalpindi and quite often they are looked upon a being one. However these two cities are not identical. Islamabad is a late 20th century capital while Rawalpindi grew out of a backwater village into a sprawling hub during the 19th century. Even though neither city is a major tourist draw Islamabad is well-worth taking a look at with its unique mosques, impressive architecture, interesting museums and wonderful nature parks to explore.

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You’ll hardly believe your eyes when you get a look at Shah Faisal Mosque at the foot of the Margalla Hills. It is one of Asia’s largest and offers an eclectic blend of ultramodern and traditional architectural designs. Instead of a dome this mosque has slopping roofs. The…

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