At the end of La Rambla, by the Barcelona harbor, you will find the Mirador de Colon, with a statue of Christopher Columbus on top. Take a ride to the top in the elevator, and you'll see Barcelona spread out under your feet. Glimpse the hustling, bustling modern city from a perch 60 meters above the harbor. Walk around the viewing gallery for a vista of not only the city and it's major sights, but the mountains to the west, and the Mediterranean sea to the east. From up on top you can see La Rambla leading up to the Plaza Catalunya, and the Sagrada Familia and other church towers all over Barcelona. We wonder why Columbus points to Libya and not the New World, but the locals tell us that he's just pointing out to sea. From atop the tower you have a great view of Port Vell, Barcelona's modernistic new harbour and waterfront. The stone, iron and bronze monument was constructed in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition here in Barcelona. It was built as a reminder to the people of the discovery of America. The base is sculpted with figures of other prominent people who helped Columbus achieve his discovery.
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Apparently Jim's grave has been cleaned up now!
Jim Morrison's grave is located in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in the east of Paris. The closest metro stop being Pere-Lachaise/Phillippe Auguste conveniently enough, it is east of the Bastille. Not recommended as a place to hang out and drop acid to commune with Morrison's spirit, as the line of Gendarmes keeping vigil are never amused. Graffiti abounds, candle wax has dripped everywhere and it's a really sad sight.
Note:A macabre outing to Jim Morrison's grave is a must for fans of the Doors.
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Avebury Stone Circle Panoramic Tour.Avebury was built during the Neolithic period and is the largest
complex of Stone Circles & Avenues on earth.
Avebury was 'Rediscovered' by John Aubrey in 1648. He published an account of his frequent visits in his book 'Monumenta
Britannica- Templa Druidum.'
In the 1720's the antiquarian William Stukeley mapped
all the surviving Avebury stones and left a huge record of his visits in words and drawings. He published his findings in his
book 'Abury, A Temple of the British Druids'.
The site was restored in the 1920's & 30's by Alexander
Keiller who's posthumously published book 'Windmill Hill & Avebury Excavations 1925 - 1939' is considered
the most complete account of the complex..
Avebury is now a World Heritage Site. It is currently
badly managed by the National Trust...
We hope you enjoy your virtual visit to Avebury.
Pete & Alison Glastonbury
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One of the most famous monuments in Paris is the Arc de Triomphe, which has been a place to celebrate war victories since the time of Napoleon (who commisioned it in 1806).
Standing 50 meters above Place Charles de Gaulle, it provides outstanding 360º views including the Champs Élysées and 11 other grand boulevards which all radiate from the traffic circle around the Arch. The Arc is a beautiful sight at night especially looking down the Champs Élysées where it stands majestically lit up at one end of the boulevard.
Visitors can climb 284 steps to the top of the arch or there's an elevator for handicapped access, but whether it is working when you visit is another story.
The body of the unknown soldier rests under the arch and at certain times there is a ceremonial wreath laying on the grave.
The Arc de Triomphe is open 9:30-11pm, April thru September; 10am-10:30pm, October thru March.
Admission is €6.10/4.90
Phone: 01 43 80 3131
Note:This famous monument is open for visitors and offers stupendous views from the top.
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Perhaps the best loved monument in the world, the Eiffel Tower attracts millions of visitor each year. Built for the 1889 World's Fair, at 320 meters it towers above Paris and offers stunning views of the city below. For 40 years it was the world's tallest structure until New York's Chrysler building topped it in 1930.
Visitors can stop at any of three observation levels, 57 meters (€3.70), 115 meters (€6.90) and the big view at 276 meters (€9.90). The view at the top is worth every Euro, too.
On each platform are displays about the design, construction and history of the tower including Gustave Eiffel's office on the top platform. You can walk around 360 degrees to take in the view. Obviously it's best on nice, sunny days, but the views of sunset are awesome.
There's a cafe on the 1st level, and the Altitude 95 bar & restaurant for a more involved meal, but the real treat is the Jules Verne restaurant with it's own elevator to the 2nd level. Reservations are essential to dine in splendor there.
You'll also enjoy walking or having a picnic along the Champ de Mars which is dominated by the tower.
Hours: 9:30am - 11pm (9am - midnight during summer)
Phone: 01 44 11 23 23
RER: Champ de Mars
Metro: Bir Hakeim, Trocadero
Bus: 42, 69, 72, 82, 87
Note:This landmark is part of the Parisian heart and soul. It's a must for every visitor to get a feel for the grandeur of the city.
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Charles Bridge spans the Vltava River linking Prague Castle with the center of the city. It's 516 meters long and 10 meters wide and was built in the 1400s, replacing a stone bridge built in 1170, that was destroyed by floods in 1342.
The bridge, a pedestrian link between two other tourists sites, Prague castle and Old Town, is a major tourist attraction itself. Evenly spaced along the bridge are 30 sculptural tableaux, most of them dark with age with various religious motifs. The bridge is so popular, artists and craftsmen arrayed along its length vie for tourist dollars. Thieves and pickpockets likewise ply their trade here, so beware.
But the main attraction of the bridge are the excellent views of the city, the Castle, and the riverscape. You can also get great views if you climb up the Old Town Bridge Tower (in photo on right).
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