One of the most significant baroque mansions in Europe is the former home of the Würzburg prince-bishops, Residenz Würzburg. Balthasar Neumann (1687-1753), a young and unproven architect at the time, started it for Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn. The palace’s exterior was constructed between 1720 and 1744, and its interior was finished in 1780. By the time the enormous structure was completed, the talented architect had also worked for Friedrich Carl von Schönborn, Johann Philipp’s brother and second successor, as well as the two prince-bishops of Würzburg that followed. Around 1.5 million florins were spent on the structure, which was a significant amount at the period when one florin was equal to one week’s pay for a day laborer.
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Welcome to Bournemouth, UK!
The bay, nestled beneath a spectacular cliff line, has its own microclimate, some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK, and breathtaking views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks. You’ll find everything you need for a day at the beach here.
Whatever the weather or time of year, Bournemouth beach is the ideal spot for relaxing with the sand between your toes, strolling along the pier, relaxing in with an ice cream, making sandcastles, enjoying excellent food, or simply admiring miles of breathtaking coastline.
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Mainau Island, the botanic garden in Lake Constance, is open 365 days a year. Mainau, the floral island with a Mediterranean character, has a park with a palace baroque ensemble going back to the 18th century, one of Germany’s largest butterfly houses, and a collection of over 150 year-old trees. In the park and gardens, tens of thousands of tulips, hundreds of rhododendrons, perfumed roses, perennials, and colorful dahlias blossom.
Autumn begins in September, and the island takes on a particularly special atmosphere: leaves of the deciduous trees in the Arboretum and the Lakeside Garden gradually change color and shimmer in the most magnificent autumn tones.
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Gaspésie’s four national parks are a must-see during your vacation! What you’ll learn (among other things): In Parc national de la Gaspésie, there are 25 peaks over 1000 meters high, including the second highest peak in Quebec and the sole herd of caribou south of the St. Lawrence.
Visit Forillon and “Land’s End,” the Gaspé Peninsula’s easternmost point; Bonaventure Island, near Percé, home to a colony of 116 000 northern gannets; and Miguasha, a fossil-rich site on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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