Oh Venice, you are so wonderful, and so overcrowded with tourists!
I would recommend visiting Venice, if you want to, in the off-off season.
Several years ago we visited in winter and there were no crowds, even in Piazza San Marco. It is also much less expensive.
It is cold in winter, but so lovely to see Venice as she should be seen, in all her solitary glory, with locals who are actually happy to see you.
Cheers to you from amazing, but crowded Venice~
Staying here one feels removed from the stress and strife of our messy contemporary lives.
In 903 AD, Isam Al Jawlani, conquered the Romans who were occupying Mallorca. Moors of Berber and Arabic descent then controlled Mallorca from 903-1229 AD.
They built the Almudaina in the articulated Islamic architectural style of North Africa.
The palace architectural style results in unique and visually stunning interiors and exteriors that are airy and full of light, replete with arches, tile work, exterior corridors, and views of the ocean. Windows were built to take advantage of the ocean views and cool sea air. There is no sense of the dark claustrophobia one can feel in many other castles and fortresses.
The tapestries you are looking at are Flemish from the 16th and 17th centuries. You can see the light and airy interiors that make the palace so inviting.
The Arabs were eventually expelled from Mallorca and in the 14th century the palace became the official residence of The Spanish Royal Family who still use the palace as offices in the summer months.
One of the world’s top ten miniature museums is located in Victoria Canada. There are eighty-five exhibits here covering world history, Canadian history, fantasy, fairy tales, and even future space exploration.
I loved the nostalgic look at the circus coming to town!
and one of the world’s longest model railways.
These miniature worlds were created by George Devlin over the course of his lifetime. The museum opened in 1971 and George continues to expand it to this day.
Cheers to you from Victoria’s fascinating Lilliputian World~