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The Fassade of the Procuratie Vecchie, Venice, Italy

The long arcade along the north side of the Piazza San Marco, with all the buildings on this side of the Square, is known as the Procuratie Vecchie, the old procuracies, formerly the homes and offices of the Procurators of St. Mark, high officers of state in the days of the republic of Venice. They were built in the early 16th century. The arcade is lined with shops and restaurants at ground level, with offices above. The restaurants include the famous Caffè Quadri, which was patronized by the Austrians when Venice was ruled by Austria in the 19th century, while the Venetians preferred Florian's on the other side of the Piazza.

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Visiting Bled, Slovenia

Some breathtaking views from the Castle, high above the Lake. The weather was right and we've never felt so serene.
It was a Beautiful Day.

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Quote of the Day

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Martin Buber, philosopher

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Conacul Bellu, Urlati / Bellu Mansion, Urlati, Romania

La o ora si jumatate de condus masina dinspre Bucuresti, se afla vechea localitate prahoveana Urlati (un nume cu origini de pe vremea gotilor), un loc ascuns printre dealuri, binecuvantat cu peisaje frumoase si... vinuri alese.

Nu departe de centrul urbei, strajuind orasul de pe dealuri, se afla Conacul Bellu, o bijuterie arhitecturala a zonei si un loc incarcat de istorie. Cladirea existenta este de fapt casa de oaspeti a complexului rezidential, tot ce a ramas in urma unui puternic incendiu care candva, acum multi multi ani, a mistuit resedinta principala a familiei Bellu, impreuna cu capela si alte cladiri si anexe de mare valoare.

Conacul Bellu a fost construit la jumatatea secolului al XIX-lea, in stil vechi romanesc. A fost casa familiei Baronului Alexandru Bellu (Bello), descendent al unei bogate familii macedonene care s-a stabilit la Urlati si a detinut proprietati insemnate atat pe teritoriul tarii noastre, cat si in Europa, inclusiv actualul sediu al Academiei Romane, precum si terenul pe care se afla astazi Cimitirul Bellu.

Muzeul Conacul Bellu, amenajat dupa indelungi lucrari de renovare in casa de oaspeti a familiei, este frumos, bogat, bine intretinut si foarte cautat de turisti. Vizitati-l si nu veti regreta!

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Merry Christmas!

As you, my Friends, celebrate the Miracle of Christmas, may your Heart be filled with Joy and Peace. May these Holy Blessings linger in your Home and stay with you throughout the year.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! Cheers!

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