Friday, August 10, 2012

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine destination Spain - Andalucia's White Villages

Spain - Andalucia's White Villages


Ronda is located in the northwest of the province of Malaga (Andalusia - Spain). The town is situated on a plateau - 750 meters altitude. It is divided into two parts by the famous Tajo de Ronda (Ronda Cliff), a gorge 100 meters deep and about 500 meters long with the River Guadalevin running down.

A new bridge connecting the highest points of El Mercadillo/the New City/ and La Ciudad/the Old City/ was of great need. The first attempt was done in 1734, but the bridge collapsed in 1741, killing 50 people in the gorge.
The current bridge/98m high, 66m wide/ was built from 1759 to 1793. The original design was done by Domingo Lois de Monteagudo, who participated in it construction until 1778. Due to delays of the works in the next years, one of the best Andalucian architects, Jose Martin de Aldehuela, who finally completed it.

The Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Ronda (Royal School of Cavalry) was created in 1573, which aimed to organize cavalry units for defensive purposes. Today, the Real Maestranza is a non-profit organization which maintains the horse-riding school.
The bullring is the first one, built for bullfighting purpose in the world, and the first fight was performed in 1785 by the matadors Pedro Romero and Pepe Hillo.


The beautiful little village of Mijas, which nestles comfortably in the mountainside at 428 meters above sea level is one of the jewels of the Costa del Sol. It is a superb choice for either holiday or full time living. Many artists and writers have made it their home, enjoying the benefits of an excellent all year round climate, without being part of the busier, more commercial coastal towns just 7 kilometers down the mountain side.

The craft shops have some wonderful hand made pottery and often affordable paintings and prints by acclaimed local artists.
Make your way up the winding, narrow road towards the village and see the whitewashed houses arranged in tiers, clinging to the hillside.

One of the main attractions is the village bullring which strangely enough is of oval construction, opened in 1900 and still providing entertainment in the form of bullfights and horse displays to this day.
Getting into the bullring, initially you will get into a beautiful garden with ancient relics and the bullring history exhibition.

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine destination Italy, Portofino, Cinque Terre


Portofino - elegance and charm

Portofino is situated in Tigullio Peninsula and is known as the resort of the rich and famous, but there is much more to see than just people.
According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. After 1229 it was part of the Republic of Genoa.

The town's natural harbor supported a fleet of fishing boats, but was somewhat too cramped to provide more than a temporary safe haven for the growing merchant marine of the Republic of Genoa. The Patrician families of Genoa frequently chose to build their summer homes in Sestri Levante and as a result, this is where the largest number of aristocratic villas can be found after Genoa itself.

Cinque Terre - a little piece of Heaven

The Cinque Terre are five small villages on the “Costa Ligure of Levante”. The villages from north to south are: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Since 1926 the Cinque Terre towns have been part of the province of La Spezia. This territory was long isolated and the characteristic Ligurian culture has been conserved.

The five villages were only reached by the outside world about one hundred years ago, when the railway line was built. The chain of mountains that surrounds these villages runs parallel to the “Appennino Mountains” and creates small insenature, steep valleys where the towns are situated. This makes for a unique landscape, different from the rest
of the coast.

Travelling Wizards Magazine, Issue 2

Travelling Wizards Magazine, Issue 2

[Image] In this Issue:

- The Most Extravagant Castles: Germany - Hohenschwangau Castle;
- Italy: Cinque Terre - A Little Piece Of Heaven;
- French Riviera – Menton ;
- Spain: Andalucia’s White Villages – Ronda;
- Mariana Islands.

Military Tourism:
- Belgium: Waterloo – Napoleon’s Last Battle;
- Germany: Eagle’s Nest;
- France: Vimy Memorial Park.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Travelling Wizards Magazine, Issue 3

Travelling Wizards Magazine/Issue 3/ European travel destinations: Germany – Neuschwanstein castle, Greece - Ammouliani Island, -United Kingdom - Gibraltar, Isle Of Wight, France – Etaples Military Cemetery, France - Mont Saint Michel. 

In this Issue:

-          The Most Extravagant Castles: Germany – Neuschwanstein Castle;
-          Greece - Ammouliani Island;
-          United Kingdom - Gibraltar;
-          United Kingdom - Isle Of Wight;

Military Tourism: France – Etaples Military Cemetery.

Religious Tourism/Pilgrimage: France - Mont Saint Michel.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Travelling Wizards Magazine - Military Tourism, Germany Eagles nest, France Vimy Memorial Park, Belgium Waterloo

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine military tourism, Belgium Waterloo, Germany Eagle's nest, France Vimy memorial park, travel information, history facts.

Military Tourism

Belgium - Waterloo - Napoleon's Last Battle 

Waterloo is the place in Belgium, where Napoleon lost the battle against the allied troops commanded by the Duke of Wellington and the Prussian Marshal Blucher in June 1815.
Waterloo attractions are one of the most popular reasons travelers and tourists come to Brussels. Located just south of Brussels, Waterloo highlights include The Wellington Museum, St. Joseph’s Church and multiple battlefield attractions.
The Battle of Waterloo puts an end to the tyrant rule of Napoleon as the emperor of France. It had also marked the end of the hundred days of Napoleon from exile return.
The battle was regarded as an influential battle of all time marking the Bonaparte’s last and Waterloo Campaign.

France - Vimy Memorial Park

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is situated about eight kilometers northeast of Arras, France and overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge. The Memorial is dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War.

Germany - Eagle's Nest

The Kehlsteinhaus or so-called Eagle’s Nest was built as a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler from the political party and was considered to serve as a teahouse for diplomats.

The building was commissioned by Martin Borman and is situated in the mountains above Berchtesgaden on a ridge at the top of the Kehlstein mountain (1,834 m). The best architects, engineers and workers from across the country were involved into the project. The construction works proceeded over a 13 months period.
The main challenge was the road - blasted out of rocks and with unique construction design.

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Travelling Wizards Magazine - Religious Tourism, Greece, Meteora - The Sacred Monasteries

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine religious tourism - Greece, Meteora monasteries, history, travel information, sightseeing, pilgrimage.

Meteora - The Sacred Monasteries
There are many unique place on all over the World, but one of them takes the breathe – Meteora – one of the most attractive and memorable places in Greece!
Meteora is a surreal place. The word Meteora means "suspended in the air“. It is located in northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly and where the plain of Thessaly ends, gigantic rocks raise. On the tops of these rocks were built a total of 24 monasteries. The rocks, on which monasteries are located, were formed about 30 million years ago. Rock pillars, which number is around 60, are composed of sandstone and conglomerate and stand up to 300 meters /984 feet/ high. Initially there was a sea that constantly washed sand, and finally created these strange formations.
The sea finally receded and allowed the rocks to excel in all their glory. Since the beginning the rocky peaks are considered to be some kind of a magical place. 
The buildings on the top of these giant rocks are a marvel of man and seem just miraculous.

Originally the area of Meteora was settled by monks who lived in caves within the rocks during the 11th Century.
At the end of the 14th century during the Turkish occupation the hermit monks found the inaccessible rock pillars of Meteora to be an ideal refuge. 24 monasteries were built – six remain today. Of these six, five are inhabited by men, one by women.
Each monastery has fewer than 10 inhabitants. A legend says that St. Athanasuius – the founder of the first monastery was carried on the top of the rock by eagle an did not scale the rock. Access to the monasteries was deliberately difficult, provisions and people were delivered by baskets. 

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine, Travel Destination Portugal, Madeira Island, Funchal, Monte Palace Tropical Garden

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine travel destination Madeira island, Fuchnal, Monte Palace Tropical Garden, travel information, sightseeing, attractions, points of interest.

A tropical archipelago with a wonderful subtropical climate and breathtaking scenery, Madeira is justifiably known as ‘the floating garden’ or ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’.
It is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, some 560 miles (900 kilometers) from continental Portugal and about 370 miles (600 kilometers) from the coast of Morocco - an outpost of Europe in the Atlantic Ocean. Forming part of the Archipelago are the inhabited islands of Madeira and Porto Santo plus small groups of uninhabited islands, the Desertas and Selvagens. The Island of Madeira is the largest of them.

Madeira has a variety of rare attractions besides its luxurious blue skies and sea and its imposing valleys and mountains where plant life is abundantly diverse. The Island is famous for Madeira wine, embroidery artisans, 'Bolo de Mel', exotic flowers, tropical fruits, striking scenery and its spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks, considered the biggest in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. Add all this to its mild climate and it’s easy to see why the ‘Paradise Island’ has become the inspirational holiday destination of the 'old world'.

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine, Travel Destination Germany, The Romantic Road, Hohenschwangau Castle

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine destination Germany, Romantic Road, Hohenschwangau Castle, travel information, sightseeing, attractions, points of interest.

The Most Extravagant Castles - Hohenschwangau Castle

The Romantic road

Everyone knows that looking for the perfect vacation destination can sometimes become a bit of a headache. There are so many different places to go on the planet. Imagine pristine mountains surrounded by bright green fields and ancient castles masked by fog in the distance. This is not a fairy tail. This is reality. And the name of this reality is so called Romantic Road in Germany.
The Romantic Road is the term for a theme route coined by travel agents in the 1950s to describe the 350 kilometers of highway in southern Germany, in Bavaria and Baden-Wьrttemberg, between Wьrzburg and Fьssen. In medieval times it used to be a trade route, connecting the center of Germany with the South.
The name Romantic Road expresses what many guests from home and abroad feel on seeing medieval towns or fantastic castles – fascination and the sense of being
transported back in time. On the way from North to South the landscape changes from river valleys, fertile agricultural land, forests and meadows to dramatic mountain scenery and ends to the castles of King Ludwig II – real dreams in stone of bygone times. We will tell you more about the most eccentric king and his extravagant fantasy castles and palaces.

Hohenschwangau Castle

The Castle stands between two beautiful lakes – the Swan Lake and the Alpsee Lake on a wooden hill. Originally it was the seat of the Lords of Schwangau in the 12th Century.
Initially Ludwig’s father, Maximilian II, bought the ruins and rebuilt them. He wanted the Castle decorated romantically in middle ages style. The designer’s name is Domenic Quaglio. Ludwig spent a large part in Hohenschwangau Castle. This was the place where he firstly came into contact with the saga of the Swan Knight Lohengrin.
The first floor /Entrance Hall, the Chapel, the Hall of the Swan Knight, the Schyren Room, Bertha Room and Burgfrauen Room/ was occupied by Queen Marie, the mother of Ludwig II.

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine, Destination Malta, La Valletta

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine hot destination Malta, travel information, sightseeing, attractions, points of interest.

The Maltese Islands are positively mythic with Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso's Cave . The narrow streets of their towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces. As the countryside is dotted with the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.
The Maltese archipelago is situated at the centre of the Mediterranean, with Malta 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The largest island and also cultural, commercial and administrative centre is Malta.
The second largest island and more rural is Gozo, Comino is largely uninhabited. Although small, Malta has a long and rich history.

La Valletta

Malta’s capital, covering an area of less than one square kilometer, is brimming with history, splendid Baroque architecture, squares and alleys, traditional wooden balconies, monuments, museums, palaces, forts, bastions, churches and more than its fair share of restaurants, cafes and shops.

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In this issue:

- Italian Riviera: Portofino - Elegance and Charm;
- France: Unforgettable Destinations – Etretat, Dinan;
- Malta - The Mythical Island;
- Madeira - An Atlantic Orchid;
- Greece: Meteora - The Sacred Monasteries;
- Spain: Andalucia’s White Villages - Mijas.

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Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine

Travelling Wizards is a travel magazine, providing relevant travel information about recommended destinations, islands, attractive places, sightseeing, leisure activities, golf clubs, restaurants, hotels, spa resorts.

In our issues you can find such topics as:

- Unique places, points of interest and sightseeing;
- Islands;
- Most attractive castles and fortresses;
- Military tourism;
- Religious tourism/Pilgrimage;
- Golf courses and spa resorts.

Our articles are designed for adults as well as youngsters.

You can find hot travel destinations in Europe like:

- Italy: Portofino, Cinque Terre;
- France: Menton, Etretat, Dinan, Mont Saint Michel;
- Spain: Ronda, Mijas;
- Portugal: Madeira;
- Greece: Santorini, Ammouliani, Meteora;
- Malta;
- Germany: Hohenschwangau castle, Neuschwanstein castle;
- United Kingdom: Isle of Wight, Gibraltar.

Military Tourism includes military history, battle facts from the ancient times to the World War II, military monuments:

- Belgium: Waterloo – Napoleon’s Last Battle;
- Germany: Eagle’s Nest;
- France: Vimy Memorial Park, Etaples Military Cemetery.

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