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    Peace Palace

    The Peace Palace, completed in 1913 in Neo-Renaissance style, is the seat of the International Court of Justice and an important library of Human Rights. The Latin saying "Dulce bellum inexpertis" means "Sweet is war to the inexperienced" meaning only to those who do...

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    Royal Rarities

    This is Noordeinde Palace, built in 1533, and now it has a Classicist facade. Here you see a statue of Wilhelm of Orange, the famous ruler of the Netherlands in the independence wars of the 16th century. Behind these lush flowers you can see partly palaces, partly...

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    Roaming the City

    Wandering through the city, we saw the Ridderzaal (Knight's Hall), part of the 13th-century Binnenhof complex; the fountain in front of it has a golden statue on top of it. As we were moving on, a bridge showed us the banners of different parts of the Netherlands. As...

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    Escher Museum

    A very interesting museum was the Escher museum showing works of 20th-century artist Maurits Cornelis Escher whose specialty was filling spaces and drawing impossible figures. These realistic ripples of water disturbing the linear branches of trees impressed me ... ...

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    Mauritshuis 2

    Again, you can see a photographic still life with lots of silver, a piece of ham and a crab ... would you eat this? I'm not sure for myself. Here is a view of the city from the port with a beach (again, 17th century). This superb painted three-dimensional view of...

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    Mauritshuis - Art Museum

    The Mauritshuis was built in the 17th century and serves as an art museum today, containing works of Renaissance painters such as Brueghel, Rubens, Hals, Holbein, Rembrandt and Vermeer. This painting shows the idea of paradise before the fall: Adam and Eve (supposedly...

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    In Scheveningen, there is a great tourist attraction that measures 18,000 sqm and contains over 300 models of national heritage of the Netherlands: The Madurodam. In this overview, you can see the 1:25 scale of the park and an indoor football court in the background. ...

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    Parties and Pictures

    One evening in Den Haag showed us the nice historical part of the inner city which was illuminated by many lights, and people were gathered outside enjoying the warm night. In an arts museum, we saw lifelike paintings from the periods of naturalism/realism depicting...

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    The Hague Beach

    Arriving at the beach, we saw this colourful "Pannekoekenhuisje" - pan cake house (restaurant). They sure had great pancakes! In another one, I saw around 30 varieties, sweet or hearty. The main pier reached into the sea: There were shopping malls, visitor's platforms...

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    The Hague Seaside

    On a cloudy day, we went to the beach ... you could see the typically red lighthouse, an obelisk and a nice path for bikers! There was a place for calisthenics (bodyweight exercises) which my friend Mischko and me used for a while ... super useful! Moving on to the...

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    Arriving at Den Haag - Bicycles!

    Den Haag (The Hague) is the seat of parliament and administration of the Netherlands. Exiting from the station, we instantly saw the contrast between historical buildings and modern skyscrapers. This was the most massive bike shop I have ever seen in my life! So many...

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    Brussels City

    The capital of Belgium is known for being the main seat of the EU and NATO ... and it is famous for its tasty waffles! A famous attraction which is not on these photos is the Mannekenpis, a statue of a boy taking a pee. The grey skyline of high skyscrapers shows you...

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    Catania City

    On our last day in Catania, we saw these painted silos near the port. These bronze statues near the sea were missing a part, so I decided to hop in ... did I do it well? You decide! This is the town hall of Catania, opposite the main building of the university, at...

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    Etna Peak

    After 90 minutes of hard work, we finally arrived at the highest point we could reach - close to the peak! The summit itself was hidden in clouds, but it was amazing to think that we were so close! From time to time, the clouds went away so we could see some snow on...

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    Etna Sign - YOU SHALL NOT PASS (?)

    Near the end of the trail, we reached as sign saying "Access forbidden" because the paths would not be regular anymore and the peak would be too close ... however, we took a photo behind the sign just 'cause. Thug life - no risk, no fun. :P Here you can see a troll...

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    Etna Station

    As we went on, the ascent became very steep below the lift ... for every step you went, the ash made you slide backwards a bit. We definitely did not skip leg day here ;) The rock formations had very sharp edges, and sometimes, you could see vapour rising from holes...

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    Etna 2

    Meanwhile, we had come to a point where thick fog was everywhere ... we looked like survivors in an apocalyptic film. More and more of our people emerged from the grey fog, and we marched onward. Every now and then, we made a break on grassy patches, the last plants...

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    Climbing the Etna: First Steps

    The Etna is, with about 3,300 metres above sea level, the highest active volcano of Europe. UNESCO accepted it into its list as World Natural Heritage! According to mythology, the god Hephaistos/Vulcanus has his forge under the volcano; also the philosopher Empedocles...

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    Enna Castle

    Sometimes when you come to a peak, you realize it was just another step in your further progression (Seneca). The first visitor's platform looks small from above now ... We actually climbed the Norman castle! The platform in the background, behind it you can see the...

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    Enna 2

    Here you can see one happy dude celebrating the view ... ... namely these wavey mountains with the linear pattern ... ... the city on the green hill with its historical buildings .. ... and the bright sunlight over it all.

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    Mountains of Enna

    After passing Megara Hyblaea, we went up the mountains to see Enna, also known as Belvedere because of the nice view around. In 139 BC, a slave war erupted here, but the leader Eunus was defeated by Roman troops ... The city lying on a hill, we could see very far over...

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    Castello Ursino Museum

    In the next parts of the museum, we saw this marble shrine with divine beings and heroes on it ... it must be valuable! This red-figure vase shows a rich banquet ... people back then knew how to party! On this Greek inscription, you can read "Phlabios" which is...

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    Catania Museum / Castello Ursino

    In a museum close to the theatre, we saw this marble sarcophagus decorated with city scenes and flowery motives. Renaissance art in the form of still lives with fruit were a nice change ... ... this one also had a fountain in the background. The Norman castle...

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    The second last day, we finally arrived at Catania, the island's second largest city. Since 2002, the historical part of the town is UNESCO world heritage alongside with other cities of Val di Noto. Poets like Ibykos whose sensual poems were received by Schiller and...

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    Passing this island in the sea (a good place for a castle?), we went to the bay of Naxos. At home, we have some dried rose leafs from there ... it would be a promising place! The idyllic villages in the hills watch over the bay while a great ship rushes into the...

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