Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok

History of Wat Arun

One of the most beautiful temples to explore in Bangkok. Wat Arun is close to my location. I am located in Silom and I have the metro right next to it. From there I can easily get to the historic city center of the city. The historic city center being a part little served by the BTS metro system. However, it is possible to take the metro and easily walk to many of the main attractions. Wat Arun is located on the other side of the river, so you just have to cross with shuttle boats that cross the river for a few cents.

Wat Arun was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768. It’s believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was taken over by a Burmese army at the time, he arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha before the capital and Palace was moved to the other side of the river. This can now be seen at the Grand Palace.

The central prang was extended during the reign of Rama III (between 1824 and 1851) and is now one of the most visited sites in Thailand. It was also Rama III who added the decoration of the spires with porcelain so that they glimmer in the sunshine.

After this history, it is in my opinion I think one of the best temples in Bangkok. There is also a very nice view from above. Maybe a little less known because it is located on the outer shore, it is without a doubt one of the best temple in bangkok. Entrance for 100 baths for foreigners.

Stockholm in winter

Stockolm in winter it is also a particular climate. In Stockholm longer than expected I was not necessarily prepared for winter. After mild weather, the real cold of Scandinavia has arrived for a Swedish capital entirely under the snow with regular temperatures ranging between -10 ° and -15 °. With these temperatures the weather is sunny and the snow is constant. Fortunately the city is equipped and all transport functions normally with the vagaries of the climate. Although in town, one of the advantages of this situation is to observe magnificent landscapes under the snow. The streets are also completely snow covered, which gives a special charm. The day begins to gradually increase with more hours of brightness.

One of the most beautiful views in the city. It is an observatory which is located in the center. It is an hill in the city center. Observatorielunden is a green oasis only a stone’s throw from the throbbing pulse of Drottninggatan. There is an observatory in the park that goes back to the 1700s. One wing, from the end of the nineteenth century, contains Kafé Himlavalvet, known for its delicious waffles and toppings from a special waffle menu.

Staying in Stockholm

In Stockholm for weeks. Stockholm was not my first choice when traveling, but with these days I spend the winter there. One of the advantages is that I already knew the surroundings after having been here in a better season. The days are very short with 5 to 6 hours of daylight during the day. The climate is cold but not that much because it is softened by the proximity of the sea. It is therefore not the best time to visit.

You can still enjoy the cafes and this allows you to work efficiently every day on your financial goals. Living in the city center, the cost of living is indeed high, but we adapt over time. Suddenly, with too many opportunities to go to the Swedish countryside in these times, we are content with the city of Stockholm and have time to work.

Although the city remains important, it is possible to do the whole of the center on foot, which is a positive point, in fact you don’t necessarily need to take the metro. Sweden allows to continue in a daily life with few restrictions, and it also allows me to work on visas as well. I enjoyed Eastern Europe very much but these latter countries did not allow me to work on a visa for certain countries, this is the main reason why I came here.

Tartu best things to do

Raekoja Square

One of the best place to visit in Tartu is the scenic square in the centre of the city. Raekoja square feels like the heart of the city. This great place square runs from the city’s pretty town hall down towards the Emajõgi River that flows through Tartu. Along each side of the square you’ll find pastel colored neo classical buildings that lend Tartu an air of elegance.

Town Hall

Although the Town Hall Square is a pleasant place to explore, the Town Hall itself will immediately draw you in. This neoclassical gem, built in 1789, is the local seat of government. With its unusual color palette of pink and red, it’s quite a distinctive building. Built to replace the previous town hall that was destroyed in a fire, the design included space for the local prison. Home to a carillon that still chimes several times a day, you won’t want to miss a photo op at Tartu Town Hall.

Soup Town

One of the more unusually interesting neighborhoods to visit in Tartu is the Supilinn neighborhood. Affectionately known as Soup Town, this district, full of old wooden houses, has streets named after soup ingredients like Pea Street and Potato Street. One of the oldest parts of Tartu, it was once poor student housing for the university and many of these traditional houses remain intact.

Toome Hill

Just behind the centre of Tartu sits Toome Hill, a small hill with strong ties to Tartu’s history. It was on Toome Hill that early settlers built fortifications in the 7th century. Today the hill is home to Toomemäe Park, a lovely green space filled with statues and beautiful monuments.The park of Toome Hill is also home to two curiously named bridges that link up walking paths, the Angel’s Bridge and Devil’s Bridge. Two of the oldest in the city, it’s said that if you make a wish as you cross Angel’s Bridge for the first time it will come true.

Toomemäe Cathedral Ruins

At the centre of Toome Hill lies one of Tartu’s most important historic sites, Tartu Cathedral. These open-air ruins of the old cathedral certainly have a sense of mystery about them. Built between the 13th and 16th centuries, this large cathedral was destroyed not long after during the Livonian War. The intact part of the cathedral now houses the University of Tartu Museum. The museum is home to permanent and annual exhibitions detailing the history of science and university education. After checking out the museum, a climb up its towers will yield some of the best views Tartu has to offer

University of Tartu

Established in 1632, Tartu University has been the beating heart of the city for centuries. As the oldest and most well-known university in Estonia, it has a great influence on the city of Tartu. Chances are as you explore Tartu you’re going to come across several of the University’s buildings. There’s the elegant neoclassical main university building in Old Town that you’ll definitely want to admire.

In Tartu Estonia

After several months in Estonia, the situation does not allow me to go to the places I would like to go. After staying a while in Tallinn, I decided to go for a walk in the second city of the country which is Tartu. Tartu is located in the south east of Estonia, not far from the border of the street. It is a calm city without problems which however has an interesting animation. Indeed, many shops and cafes stay open quite late at night.

To get to Tartu, you have to take the train or the bus in Tallinn. In two hours you will be in the second city of the country for a more than modest cost. Less accommodation possible than in Tallinn but it is possible to find good places on AirBnb. The station is located close to the city center so it is simple to reach the center from the station or to go to an accomodation.

There are many parks in the city of Tartu which confirms the dominance of green spaces throughout the country. There are also differences in level with small hills, which gives a special charm.It is possible to do the entire city center on foot because everything is on a human scale. It is also possible to take self-service bicycles to have some freedom. Lots of cool cafes and bars are located in town centers, all in a charming setting of historic buildings.

Vilnius Castle

The castle of Vilnius is one of the best places to visit. Located near the city center, it allows you to have a breathtaking view of the whole city. He does the tour on a clear day, as one can have a view of all sides of the city.

The Vilnius Castle Complex is a group of cultural, and historic structures on the left bank of the Neris River, near its confluence with the Vilnia River. The buildings, which evolved between the 10th and 18th centuries, were one of Lithuania’s major defensive structures. The complex consisted of three castles :the Upper, the Lower, and the Crooked.

The Crooked Castle was burned down by the Teutonic Knights in 1390 and was never rebuilt. The Vilnius Castles were attacked several times by the Teutonic Order after 1390, but they did not succeed in taking the entire complex. Its complete capture occurred for the first time during the 1655 Battle of Vilnius. Soon afterwards, the severely damaged castles lost their importance, and many buildings were abandoned. During the Tsarist annexation, several historic buildings were demolished; many more were damaged during the fortress construction in the 19th century.Today, the remaining Gediminas Tower is a major symbol of the city of Vilnius and of the nation itself. Annually, on 1 January, the Lithuanian tricolor is hoisted on Gediminas Tower to commemorate Flag Day. The complex is part of the National Museum of Lithuania, one of the largest museums in the country.

Vilnius historical center

Like all the Baltic countries, it is once again a pleasure to walk around Vilnius. The historic city center is very pleasant with many historic buildings and parks of very high quality. Vilnius is one of the greenest capitals in Europe. The historic city center is therefore surrounded by numerous parks. The whole is very clean and it is a new must see destination in the Baltic States.

In 1994 to UNESCO World heritage list was inscribed Vilnius historic centre as having outstanding universal value. It is historic part of the city formed in 14-18th centuries. Today is recognized that on prospering times Vilnius made great influence on all Central East Europe region culture and architecture development. And objects of Vilnius historical centre are extraordinary examples of architectural ensemble and landscape type.One of the most beautiful capitals in Europe since old times was famous for it’s tolerance. In this, most to the east distant Western European cultural centre, coexisted both Eastern and Western cultural traditions. In the city and it’s suburbs settled various confessions and nationalities inhabitants.

In Vilnius old town preserved authentic buildings who served defensive, residential, representative and spiritual purposes. Vilnius old town preserved gothic, renaissance, baroque, classical styles features. This city architecture is unique, because all stiles join in one harmonious esthetical unit. Very special atmosphere in Vilnius panorama create 17th century typical Vilnius baroque school domes of the churches and restrained monumental classical architecture.

Discover Vilnius

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and is perhaps the most overlooked cultural capital of the three Baltic states; Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. A picturesque city of historical importance and religious significance, Lithuania’s grim past is deeply embedded in its identity today.

As I continue my tour in the capitals of the Baltic countries, I discover places that I would never have thought of discovering before. One of the peculiarities of Vilnius is its large number of green spaces. You will indeed find green spaces everywhere. The river running through Vilnius is surrounded by green space, which gives it a special charm. A quiet town to visit. The city center of Vilnius, like all the capitals of the Baltic countries, is definitely worth a visit. I was surprised by the number of parks, the cleanliness of the city center, and the quality of life.

The Old Town, historical centre of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Eastern Europe. The most valuable historic and cultural heritage is concentrated here. The buildings in the old town – there are about 1.5 thousand of them – were built in a number of different centuries, therefore, it is a mixture of all European architectural styles. Although Vilnius is often called a baroque city, here you will find some buildings of gothic, renaissance and other styles. The main sights of the city are the Gediminas Castle and the Cathedral Square, symbols of the capital. Their combination is also a gateway to the historic centre of the capital. Because of its uniqueness, the Old Town of Vilnius was inscribed on the UNESCO Worls Heritage List.

Riga parks

Bastion Hill

Bastion Hill is one of the most romantic places in central Riga, as it features narrow paths, alleys of trees, stone garden, water cascade… The park right next to the Freedom Monument has been a delight to an eye and soul for more than a century. Either it’s winter or summer – special amosphere is always here.The paths run around the hill on different levels; they can take you to the very top where a nice view opens on the evening sun or the busy city or walk you around the hill to show the splendid scenery.Artificial waterfalls, colourful flowers, several sculptures, and benches to take a rest. Pay attention to the small bridges; the just married have left their padlocks here, which, according to belief, brings a long life and happiness.Ducks and swans have beloved the canal. A special swan house is set up here on the bank. If you are lucky, you’ll see the canal’s most interesting residents – badges.But at summertime, a dock next to the park is open to all those who would like to take a river tram or a boat.

Vermanes

Vērmanes Garden Park is Riga’s second oldest public park; the numerous benches are always occupied by Rigans and visitors to the city, the historic open-air stage features various concerts, and children have fun on the park’s playground.Vērmanes Garden Park is situated in the very centre of the city, surrounded by Tērbatas, Elizabetes, Krišjāņa Barona and Merķeļa streets. Riga’s second oldest park was created by donations in early 19th century. It was named after the wealthy widow Anna Gertrud Vērmane (born Ebel, 1750.-1827), who had allocated a piece of land and a great sum of money for the park. Now a statue to the generous lady stands there.Vērmanes Garden Park features various sculptures – splendid four season fountain, majestic stone lions, a monument to the collector of Latvian folk songs – Krišjānis Barons, and a bronze dandy – a monument to Latvian artist and designer Kārlis Padegs – on the other side of the fence. The garden park turns into a fairy tale during a year’s darkest period as it features strings of beaming lamps, music, and giant snow-menThe wooden open-air stage on the Elizabetes Street side is popular with chess players; sometimes it holds concerts and performances of dance groups. Having strolled through the park, relax in the cosy tea house or a night club located in the historic building at the corner of Tērbatas and Merķeļa streets. Now the renovated premises houses the music centre Vernisāža, established by Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls.

Promenade Daugava River

The promenade on the right side of the Daugava River stretches from Old Town all the way to the Ķengarags suburb of Riga. An excellent place where one can be near the water and enjoy a stroll.The section of the promenade adjacent to Old Town is where river boats dock to pick up and drop off tourists. This is also an excellent place to relax on a bench and enjoy the view of the river. Meanwhile, on the section between Akmens Bridge and the Railroad Bridge, there are excellent views of the Latvian National Library building.Furthermore, the section beyond the Railroad Bridge is popular for active residents – it is perfect for a bike ride, jogging and roller skating.

Ziedoņdārzs Park

This centrally-located park is 8.75 hectares large, and surrounded by Elizabetes, Kalpaka, Krišjāņa Valdemāra and Brīvības streets.A monument for Oskars Kalpaks, Rainis, the Birth of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Art Academy of Latvia are located in the park. The present greenery was created in 1950 as a partially communicating park.

Kronvalda Park

Kronvalda Park (originally Strēlnieku Garden) is 11.92 hectares in area, with the city canal running through it. Bordering Elizabetes, Kr. Valdemāra streets, Kronvalda and Kalpaka boulevards.The city canal splits the park into two parts. After dismantling the city dikes in 1863, the Union of Riga German Riflemen erected a society house and a shooting-ground on the right side of the park. Later, in 1883, this part was enlarged according to a project by architect Georgs Kūfalts with around 2,000 rosebushes blossoming in flowerbeds and rose-gardens. After 1927 the State handed the whole garden, except for the Riga Congress Centre, over to the city’s inhabitants, and garden architect Andrejs Zeidaks started creating a landscaped park here. During 1930’s the park was named after member of the Young Latvians Movement Atis Kronvalds.

Riga historical center

The historic center of Riga is also one of the must see places in Latvia and the Baltic States. There are many streets with typical architecture. One of the pluses is that one can find many parks in Riga right next to the historic center. It is therefore extremely pleasant to walk, navigating between streets as well as in parks. The mixture thus makes it possible to have a very pleasant feeling on the city center. For the rest, a lot of typical street, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and many other things. It is also possible to make the historic city center of Riga on foot.

The Old Town is the oldest section of Riga as well as the center of the city. It is the city’s most popular area with tourists. In 1997, Riga’s historic center was included in the Unesco World Heritage list. The old town has highly diverse architecture, and the majority of buildings have the status of a cultural monument. The city’s architecture represents various periods like Romanticism, Gothic, Baroque, Classicism, and Modernism. After the restoration of the independence of Latvia, many buildings in the Old Town were reconstructed or rebuilt to restore the historic look of the area. The most impressive buildings in the Old Town are the Riga Cathedral and St. Peter’s Church, offering a wonderful panoramic view on the city of Riga from a 72 meter observational tower.

The Old Town’s streets and squares have numerous restaurants and cafes for all tastes. The Outstanding Universal Value to be preserved also resides in the spacious panorama of the Historic Centre of Riga with an expressive skyline. The medieval core of Riga is located on the right bank of the River Daugava, allowing a picturesque view on the skyline saturated with numerous church towers from the different perspectives of the left bank. Historic buildings are relatively low, with only church towers creating vertical dominance. Riga always has had a role in the cultural, scientific, social, artistic, industrial and educational development of the region, being one of the biggest harbour cities and trade centres in the Baltic Sea Region, and thus, providing the exchange of the achievements of Western and Eastern civilizations.