The history of Alsace – fifteen centuries of conquest, occupation, and exemptions. This region was a bone of contention between Germany and France. Only in 1918, Alsace was definitively ceded to France. Mix of French and German culture, Alsace has gained its distinctive character, its pronounced individuality. Here, like in a fairy tale: the house of stone and wood, decorated with bright colors, Catholic churches, splashing fountains, winding streets of villages, castles, wine cellars, storks on the roofs, dilapidated castles, mountain landscapes with vineyards. Alsace cherishes the old traditions and legends. Here on the famous hill of Saint Odile, patron of Alsace, You will be able to witness the preserved grottoes mysterious forest priests of the druids and buildings of the Celtic age . This is one of the sacred places of Alsace, preserving the memory of the miraculous healing of the blind daughter of the Duke of Itingana (VII century), who founded a monastery here and later became the patron Saint of Alsace. This monastery is still a place of pilgrimage, and in the scenic foothills still has the key of water, which according to ancient belief the vision returns. Continue reading
Did you enjoy your dinner in hotel for those who enjoy giraffes? Moreover, these animals can look into the window of your room whenever you want. Such a miracle is possible only in an amazing place in Kenya called “Giraffe Manor”. This Villa once was a haven for cubs, the rarest endangered Rothschild giraffes. And today is a unique mini-hotel. host guests wishing to observe the long-necked animals, socialize them and learn a lot about the wildlife of Africa.
History Of Giraffe Manor
In 30-ies of the last century in the suburbs of Nairobi was built an ordinary family house, not differing from the rest. After 40 years the owners of the houses were Betty and Jock Leslie-Melville. Life goal of this couple was the preservation of rare breeds of giraffes. They were brought to the territory of the estate a couple of pups of these animals. In addition, Jock founded the African Fund for protection of wild animals, which is successfully working today, protecting many species from extinction. Continue reading
The first hotels appeared in ancient times when people began to travel for trade or entertainment. For the reception of such travelers, enterprising people began to open Inns, eventually turning into the hotel. Unfortunately, most of these ancient hotels have not survived – they were destroyed or turned into museums. However, the world still has of the hotel, whose history dates back several centuries.
Hoshi Ryokan, Japan
According to the Guinness Book of records, Hoshi is the oldest hotel in the world. It is located on Honshu island, next to the old town Komatsu already since 717 ad. At the time there was not even Moscow, to say nothing of the majority of the cities that are now considered vintage. Continue reading