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Valeoven from Russia wrote on group Breath-taking places 2 years, one month ago
Our travel to Norway in 2009 was unforgettable because the nature of Norway is so unique, so unusual by its severe beauty that I am short of words to express all my delight! The country is really a spectacular scenery with its steep mountainsides, vertical waterfalls and many fjords. Most of all produced the impression on me and my wife the boat trip on the Sognefjord (the longest and deepest fjord in Norway) and a spectacular train journey on the Flam Railway. When our train stopped near the great waterfall, we got out to make photos and suddenly played the melody of Edvard Grieg in the mountains and we watched the witch dancing on the rock sprinkled with the waterfall. What a marvelous show! From mountain Flouen we enjoyed the Bergen view and the magnificent surrounding landscape of fjords. By the way, a journey on funicular to this mountain was in itself a remarkable experience. We even have been on the highest mountain plateau in Europe – Hardangervidda Plateau. The landscape of the Hardangervidda is characterised by barren, treeless moorland interrupted by numerous pools, lakes, rivers and streams. Here we saw the nomadic tents where the saami people lives. On our way to plateau we feasted our eyes on Voringsfossen - the most well-known waterfall in Norway. The Voringsfossen free water fall is 145 meters, total fall height is 182 meters. One night we spent on the Ski Resort Gail (Geilo). Of course, we tasted such specific delicacies of Norway as meat of whale (in the Market of Bergen) and special love and pride of Norwegians – cheese, prepared from goat's milk. It has a brown color, and something like a cocoa or chocolate, but the taste and smell do not compare to anything. We were not delighted by the whale’s meat, but the cheese seemed to be very original and we bought some for home.
Valeoven from Russia wrote on group Breath-taking places 2 years, 8 months ago
The most remarkable and unusual place in Greece is Meteora (meaning ‘suspended in air’). When we were approaching to Meteora we saw a strange and breathtaking landscape from massive gray colored pinnacles rising towards the sky and on the top of the cliffs - the beautiful buildings of monasteries. The feeling was as if you were transferred to the fairy-tale world!
The community of 24 monasteries was located on the clifftops of Meteora in the ancient times, but only six monasteries survive. They are sparsely occupied by a few monks and nuns but they offer a rare glimpse of Orthodox monastic life.
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