Monday, December 26, 2011

Sights on Enjoy Food & Travel December 2011

Photo: The Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech taken by Neil Jones

To make it easier for you, I have compiled all the sights on Enjoy Food & Travel for the year 2011 on this page. Enjoy!!

  • Ali Ben Youssef Mosque, Marrakech  (November 25th 2011)
    All mosques in Morocco are, sadly, out ouf reach for tourists, as only Muslims can enter these important historic monuments. One of the most important mosques in Marrakech, besides the Koutoubia is the Ali Ben Youssef Mosque just outside the souqs in the eastern part of the city.

  • Arendal butterfly park, Tromøy Norway (December 26th 2011)
    Last summer I visited the butterfly park at Tromøy, Norway. It is a wonderful place to experience tropical insects in a truly tropical climate. Here are a few pictures from my experience that day in July.
  • Ben Youssef Madrasa, Marrakech (April 28th 2011)
    The Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech is one of the most beautiful places in this vibrant North African city. 
  • Charter Street Burying Ground, Salem MA (January 26th 2011)
    The town of Salem in Massachusetts is the proclaimed witch capital of the United States. This due to the gruesome witchcraft trials that took place here in the 17th century. One of the main judges in these trials is buried in Charter Street Burying Ground that dates back to 1637.

  • Chateau Voltaire, Ferney-Voltaire (November 8th 2011)
    Near Ferney-Voltaire, a village on the French-Swiss border, you find the home of the famous philosopher Voltaire. It was built from 1758 to 1766, and he lived here for twenty years.
  • The Cisterns of Istanbul (April 4th 2011)
    Istanbul has an exceptional number of historic sights above ground. One (or rather several) is (are) located below the surface. Those are the old cisterns built to store water, but they rather look like interior of churches or a mosques than giant water tanks.

  • Column of Constantine, Istanbul (February 10th 2011 )
    As you walk Divan Colu Cd. in central Istanbul you see a strange structure. It reminds you of a tall chimney, a remain of a factory that once was there. This assumption could never have been further from the full truth. This is one of the oldest sights in the city going back 1680 years to the foundation of what used to be Byzantium.
  • Decker Fort, Port Jervis (March 2nd 2011)
    This gray stone building is the historic Decker Fort in Port Jervis located in the Tri-State area. It dates back to 1793. Two memorial plaques tells its dramatic story.
  • Eglise Notre Dame et Saint André, Ferney-Voltaire (August 22nd 2011)
    Eglise Notre Dame et Saint André is the parish church of Ferney-Voltaire, a small village on the Franco-Swiss border. This small town was the home of Francois-Marie Voltaire for twenty years, and proudly bears his name.
  • First Church - Salem MA (June 1st 2011)
    Here you truly are on historic grounds. The congregation in this neo-gothic church gathered here the first time in August just 9 years after the pilgrims on Mayflower landed on Plymouth rock, making it one of the oldest Christian congregations in North America.
  • Galata Bridge - a 1500 year old crossing point, Istanbul (June 22th 2011)
    Whereas many cities count their history in decades or centuries, Istanbul counts it’s in millennia. During the last two, there have been 6 bridges crossing the Golden Horn, and the first one was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian that lasted from 527 to 565!
  • Galata Tower, Istanbul (September 25th 2011) 
    Galata Tower has watched over the Galata for over 650 years. It was built during the years when the Black Death wiped out a large part of of Europe's population.

  • Galerie Ravenstein, Brussels (September 10th 2011)
    The Galerie Ravenstein connects Brussels Gare Centrale with the Uptown.  This 1950's shopping centre is currently empty, with just a few shops and very brown cafés left. Galerie Ravenstein encapsules the architectural style typical of the first decade after World War II.

  • Gernerska Mausoleum - Sigtuna Sweden (May 17th 2011)
    By Mariakyrkan in Sigtuna you find the Mausoleum of the Gerner family (Gernerska Gravkoret) dating back to 1757.
  • Istanbul: Ancient columns of the old Hippodrome (November 7th 2011)
    The square named Sultanahmet Meydanı by the Blue Mosque used to be the Sporting circus in old Constantinople.  Here you find three fascinating columns from the Egyptian, Greek, and the Byzantic cultures.
  • Jardins de Koutoubia, Marrakech (February 23rd 2011)
    Les Jardins de Koutoubia is the park area surrounding Koutoubia, the largest and oldest mosque in Marrakech. It is a great escape from the noise and fumes of the roaring traffic near by.

  • Jardin de Majorelle, Marrakech (January 11th 2011)
    Jardin de Majorelle or the Majorelle Garden is a secluded oasis in the middle of Marrakech. This is a place to visit if you want to relax from the busy streets in Gueliz, the modern part of the city and the commotion found in the narrow streets of the Medina.  
  • Järnbärare Peterssons hus - Göteborg, Sweden (August 6th 2011)
    The Haga area is one of the oldest areas in the present city. Her you find a large number of houses from the 18th and 19th century. Among the oldest is Järnbäre Pettersons house.
  • Marrakech: The Mellah district (July 6th 2011)
    The Mellah districts found in some Moroccan cities are monuments of a tragic past of this countries fascinating history. The name of these districts is derived from Arabic ملاح, probably from the word ملح, Arabic for "salt", and were the walled ghettos of the Jewish population of Morocco.
  • Nikolaikirche - Kiel, Germany (March 19th 2011)
    The oldest building in the city of Kiel, Germany is the Nikolaikirche. It dates back over 700 years and has a long and troubled history. 

  • Næs Jernverk - a Norwegian manor house  Tvedestrand (August 15th 2011)
    Næs Verk is a stately home that has belonged to the Aall family since 1799. It is one of the largest stately homes on the southern tip of Norway. 
  • Obelisque of Tuthmosis III (November 7th 2011)
    The oldest of the monument is the Obelisk of Pharaoh Tuthmosis III, originally erected at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor.
  • Royal Palace, Brussels (May 6th 2011)
    The Royal Palace in Brussels is located half way between Grand Place and the European quarter. The building is massive and fully comparable to other royal residences in Europe. The grounds, however, are very restricted - just a small rectangular garden between the street and the massive complex.
  • Serpent Column (November 7th 2011)
    The Serpent Column was brought from Delphi by Emperor Constantine. It is also known as the Tripod of Plataea and is 1000 years younger than the Egyptian Obelisk

  • Setterbergska kvarteret - Gothenburg (March 5th 2011)
    This wooden house in the historic Haga district dates back to 1849. The Setterbergska kvarteret is one of two houses left by the trader R.G. Setterberg.
  • The Walled Obelisque (November 7th 2011)
    The Walled Obelisk was built Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus in the 10 Century AD.
  • Yves Saint Laurent memorial Marrakech (January 11th 2011)
    The garden opened to the public in 1947 and it has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé from 1980. Yves Saint Laurent's ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden when he died in 2008.

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