Some places I've seen...

Highlights from Backpacking in June 2015

Brussels main square

Breathtaking square filling with amazing buildings and great restaurants.

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...in the daytime

The architecture is crazy!

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As you do!

A peeing boy - one of the most popular parts of the city(!)

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Tin Tin Museum

Because you obviously have to see him!

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At the Atomium

I loved this place! Great views and lots of fun.

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War Memorial

This was the view from our hotel balcony in Luxembourg!

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Notre Dame (Luxembourg)

Who knew there was more than one?!

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Something cool

Have no idea who she was...but I liked it!

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Luxembourg Museum

This guy had a thought so difficult that he turned to stone!

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Child eating statue fountain thing

In Bern there were many fountains like this!

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Prison Tower

Such a pretty prison!

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Another wonderful fountain

Bern...the city of fountains.

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Bern Rathaus

The town hall of Bern.

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Bern Cathedral

It was so hot that day and the inside was soooo cool (and beautiful)!

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Bundesplatz

The main government building of Switzerland.

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Random Shed

After crossing the Swiss-Liechtenstein border on foot we came across this crazy shed.

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Vaduz Rathaus

The town hall of Vaduz.

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Vaduz Castle

The home of Liechtenstein's Royal family.

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Random Art

Liechtenstein is full of bizarre modern art.

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Lawyers on pigs?

More odd art in Vaduz.

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Wooden Woman

Even MORE weird art!

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At Lake Bled, Slovenia

This is definitely one of the most beautiful places on the planet!!

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Boats

Unfortunately we didn't make it out on a boat but we did walk around the whole lake.

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Castle Festival

At Bled Castle there happened to be a festival and lots of craft stalls. Great fun!

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Castle View

One of the best views ever! I wish I could have lived in that Castle!

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Flag dancers

Among the festivities were some very talented dancers.

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Heart

I really did love this lake.

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Church of Assumption with Castle Bled in the distance

On a tiny island on the lake is the Church of Assumption.

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Door of the St. Nicholas Church, Ljubljana

A very intricately designed door with a lot of history.

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The Tripe Bridge, Ljubljana

Very pretty at night! The beautiful Franciscan Church in the background.

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The Dragon Bridge

Ljubljana love St. George more than any Englishman I know!

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Križanke Theatre

The first courtyard of Križanke open air theatre.

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Kangaroo Fountain!

All the water fountains in Ljubljana is fresh spring water, safe to drink and very tasty!

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Inside St. Nicholas Church

A crazy beautiful place in Ljubljana!

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Academy of Music, University of Zagreb

A very cool building!!

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Museum of Broken Relationships

One of the most bizarre and interesting museums I've ever been to!

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St Mark's Church

With a beautiful roof, showing the coat of arms of Zagreb.

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Ruin of Carthage, Wien Schönbrunn

The two statues near the centre are the Gods of the rivers Danube and Enns.

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Karlskirche

My favourite church in Wien!

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Inside Stephansdom Cathedral

An awesome Cathedral in central Wien.

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Mozart

A beautiful statue for a man of beautiful talent.

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Parlamentsgebäude

The Parliament building of Austria.

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The Mozart Orchestra

A fantastic performance at the Wiener Musikverein.

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Karlskirche at night

Such a majestic building!

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Syrian Brown Bear, Wien Schönbrunn Zoo

Such a funny cute bear!

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Old Town Hall, Bratislava

The square in Bratislava is very pretty.

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A strange bench

One of many hilarious statues in Bratislava.

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Church of St. Elizabeth

The only church that looks like a cake!

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St. Martin's Cathedral

A spectacular cathedral with a Holocaust memorial in front.

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Schöner Náci

Statue of Ignác Lamár, nicknamed Schöner Náci, who became famous due to his habit of walking through the streets of Bratislava in an elegant suit and top hat. He bowed in front of ladies and gave them flowers or sang.

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Man at Work

Čumil, known as either Man at Work or The Peeper, he is either resting after cleaning the sewer or is looking under women's skirts. After the statue had lost its head twice due to inattentive drivers, it was decided to place a unique road sign next to it.

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St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

Extremely impressive building!

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Heroes Square

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, with statues of the leaders of 7 tribes who founded Hungary.

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Anonymous Statue

One of the spookiest statues ever, in the Budapest city park.

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Posing...

...with another statue in Budapest city park.

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Hungarian Parliament

One of the most impressive parliament buildings ever.

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The Great Synagogue, Budapest

The largest Synagogue in Europe with an amazing history!

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Chain Bridge

Designed by an Englishman this suspension bridge joins Buda with Pest across the Danube. A lovely bridge to cross by foot!

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Church of Saint Sava

One of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. The inside isn't finished yet unfortunately!

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Money Museum

As well as getting your picture printed on a note to take away this little museum had a lot of interesting facts about currency.

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Beautiful Church

A tiny but beautiful Church on the edge of the Belgrade fortress.

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St. George Rotunda, Sofia

Built by the Romans in the 4th century this Church is full of history.

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Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker

A beautiful Russian Orthodox Church.

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St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A huge Bulgarian Orthodox Church, so awesome and massive!

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Church of St Petka of the Saddlers and the statue of Saint Sofia

The church is from the medieval period. A statue of Lenin used to be where Saint Sofia is now.

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Bran Castle, Romania

Approaching the front door! This is the castle that Bran Stoker used for inspiration on Count Dracula's home.

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Bran Castle Interior

The castle on the inside was very picturesque, with even one or two secret passageways!

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The Memorial of Rebirth, Bucharest

Essentially it's a potato on a stick but it also commemorates the struggles and victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, which overthrew Communism.

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A mural of the potato stick

I loved this mural. It says a lot about what happened!

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Bucharest Village Museum

A wonderful living museum. I've seen lots of living museums in the UK and this one was definitely on par!

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Palace of the Romanian Parliament

An amazing site! This colossal building is the world's largest civilian building with an administrative function.

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Süleymaniye Mosque

The biggest mosque in Istanbul.

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Inside the Süleymaniye Mosque

A very captivating place.

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Inside the Basilica Cistern

This place was so mesmerising and timeless.

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A Medusa in the Basilica Cisten

No one knows why it's upside down though!

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The Blue Mosque

Definitely one place I will never forget, this place was great to see!

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Great Palace Mosaic Museum

The museum shows mosaics from the Byzantine period, unearthed at the site of the Great Palace of Constantinople.

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a former Christian patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum.

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Grand Bazaar

One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world - it was incredible!

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Topkapı Palace

Home to the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years, A really beautiful place.

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Greek Parliament

The central Greek parliament building in Syntagma Square, Athens.

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The Cross in Piraiki Peninsula, Piraeus

A monument to the Unknown Sailor along a beautiful stretch of coastline.

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Panathenaic Stadium, Athens

An amazing stadium which hosted the 1st modern Olympic Games. I ran a lap of it.

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Temple of Olympian Zeus

If only I could have seen it when it wasn't in ruins! Still, it's incredible!

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Parthenon

A temple on the Athenian Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Breathtaking!

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Areopagus Hill

Where the high court of appeal for judicial cases in ancient Greece happened and where the apostle Paul preached to the people of Athens.

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