Festivals and culture in Leuven

If you happen to be in Leuven, and you like festivals, you will definitely love all the attractions simply named “BeLEUVENissen”, which are followed by a huge crowd of both citizens and tourists.

There are, in fact, several interesting folkoristic elements, such as the “Balloon of Friendship”, a monument located in Hooverplein and sculpted in 1988. It is the symbol of friendship and it was offered by a group of men who wanted to celebrate the “Men of the Year”. Every year, in fact, who turns 40, can join the club, whose members wanted to show their presence in the town by the balloon.

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The Columbus monument in Barcelona

Once you are in Barcelona, you can’t miss one of the most important monuments located at the end of the very famous la Rambla. I am talking about the Columbus monument, which is situated near the sea and it an homage to Cristoforo Columbus, who according to the history, discovered the America, the so-called new continent.

You can enter it and there is an elevator which takes you up 60 meters above the ground, where you can admire a 360° breathless views.

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Facts about the Vasari Corridor in Florence

How much do you know about the Vasari Corridor in Florence?

Find out some interesting facts about it.

1- The purpose of the construction of the Corridor for the Medici was having the chance move safely from Palazzo Pitti to Palazzo Vecchio, which was the seat of government, observing the people below while remaining unnoticed.

2- Right halfway over the Ponte Vecchio, Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator during WWII, back in 1939 ordered that the Corridor’s small windows had to be enlarged in order to admire better the great view over the Arno.

3- The windows were to be ready for Adolf Hitler’s official visit to Florence, and he was so impressed by this magnificent panorama over the Ponte Vecchio bridge that he ordered not to bomb it when Germans began their retreat from Florence. It was the only bridge that hadn’t been destroyed.

4- Having crossed the Arno river, you have a unique view of the Church of Santa Felicita. As you walk toward the Pitti Palace, on the left side there is a large window which nowadays is covered with a grate onto the balcony that looks directly into the church. That’s where the De’ Medici family attended the Holy Mass,having a strategical as well privileged point of view in order to be safe and far from the crowd.

5- The corridor has the name Vasari since it was named after its architect.

6- The corridor was commissioned in 1565 by Cosimo de’ Medici to celebrate the marriage of his son Francesco I to Joanna of Austria.

7- The works started in March 1565, and were done in just 5 months, perfectly on time for the wedding which was celebrated on December 16th.

8- The corridor wasn’t crossed only by walk, but there was also a small carriage for just two passengers at time that took the De’ Medici back and forth.

The Anatolian landscape

The historic buildings proudly displayed the main archaeological sites such as Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Miletus, Priene, Didyma, Aphrodisias, Caunos, Heraclia, Perge and Aspendos.

Places you have always heard of in books or movies, but that you have never visited. Now it’s time to give them a chance, to see if they are as great as they are described in books.

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Milan: San Siro and Santa Maria delle Grazie

When we mention Milan, we always talk about the same monuments, but we forget something particular related to the that place: I am talking about the San Siro stadium and the Dominican church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

San Siro, well known in all Europe by the keen footballers, is the famous football ground for the two Milan teams. Inside, you can pay the ticket to have a tour on the ground or to visit the museums having some of the most important souvenirs and awards won by the teams.

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Ipanema Apartments

Ipanema ApartmentsWho has never listen to The girl from Ipanema? The world famous bossa-nova song was a hit in the 60’s, won a Grammy in 1965 and had a wide appeal also in the following decades.

It was inspired by Helô Pinheiro, a 19 years old girl living in Ipanema, and was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes.

Ipanema has gained an international fame thanks to the success of this song, and is now one of the highlights of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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