As the millennial celebrations of 1896 approached, the nation’s demand for representation channelled the conception of a unique Parliament building. The Palace of Westminster in part inspired the design, but a well-known Hungarian architect, Imre Steindl, laid out the plans in their entirety. The building stretches 268 meters in its length, along the Danube embankment. Ornamented with white neo-gothic turrets and arches, it forms the most outstanding landmark of the Pest side horizon. Statues of Hungarian monarchs and military commanders decorate the outer walls. The unique interior design includes huge halls, over 12,5 miles of corridors, a 96-meter high central dome, and 691 rooms.
The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea (770 m and 743 m high respectively), linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The Marine Management Area is a coastal strip 11 km long and about 1 km wide. It comprises a steeply sloping continental shelf with fringing and patch reefs, boulders and sandy plains. The Pitons predominate over the St Lucian landscape, being visible from virtually every part of the island and providing a distinctive landmark for seafarers.The combination of the Pitons against the backdrop of green tropical vegetation and a varying topography combined with a marine foreground gives the area its superlative beauty.
Thailand – also known as The Land of Smiles – prides itself on having many famous natural beauties. The Phi Phi Islands; known for their lush rainforests and beaches of white sand girlded by nodding palm trees, stand out. This Paradise on Earth is located on Southeast Asia in the Krabi province, in the Andaman Sea that is part of the Indian Ocean. It can only be accessible by water; it takes about one and a half-two hours to reach the islands by ferry boats from the island of
Phuket or the city of Krabi. The idyllic landscape had already allured people who visited the place to settle down in prehistoric periods – from archaeological discoveries, it is believed that the area was one of the oldest communities in Thailand. The name Phi Phi originates from Malay that probably refers to the Grey Mangrove trees which are commonly found throughout the Island.
The foreign tourism of Capri started to boom since 1826, when the visitors divulged the beauty of Grotta Azzurra – the Blue Grotto and German romanticists of the era also promoted the place. The first hotel, called Pagano opened at this time and it still operates under the name of Hotel La Palma. After the First World War, the publications of the great Italian poet, Ada Negri and the Swedish physician and author, Axel Munthe further enhanced the reputation of the place. Maxim Gorky, Pablo Neruda and Graham Greene – these are just a few celebrities who chose to live here for shorter or longer; but Victoria, Queen of Sweden; Jackie Kennedy; Alexandre Dumas; Oscar Wilde and Ingrid Bergman were also frequent visitors. Today, the vogue of Capri is even bigger – from the stars of popular culture through royalties to politicians, it has become a beloved place of residence for several world famous and rich people.