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Best Museums in Europe

Europe is known to be the greatest place to explore for its historical museums. The museums of Europe offer great art pieces to discover and the fossils of the oldest creatures from the past. You can discover the most exquisite and splendid museums in England, London because of its great influence over the world in its past.

 

  1.   The British Museum

 

The British Museum is located in London which contains the history of humans and their culture. Its enduring collection, which contains about more than eight millions of artifacts, is known to be the greatest and highly complicated in its lifetime and contains the history of the whole world. The place offers great knowledge to them which order to seek the beginning of the humans and where they are now at present.

 

  1.   The Pompidou Museum

 

The Pompidou Museum is originally known as the Pompidou Centre but it is mostly for English Purposes. It is known as the fourth borough of Paris which offers great units in it. The Pompidou Centre is known to be the biggest and largest in size in Europe and it shows the origin of ancient music and its historical researches.

 

  1.   The Rijksmuseum

 

The Rijks Museum was inaugurated in the Hague in the year of 1800s, but after some time they moved it to Amsterdam and they just keep on moving it. Then it was finally located in 1885 and open to the public for just profitable reasons. But then the queen only donated 375 Euros to renovate it for her ten-year development plan. The museum is very popular and has a record of taking in more than two million visitors.

 

 

 

  1.   Prado Museum

The Prado Museum is originally known as the museum of art which has more than two thousand paintings since its publicizing. The place offers great knowledge for the artists and past sculptures which greatly can enhance interest in anyone seeking knowledge of the art. The Museum has so well grown that it gets fairly large donations and purchases than any museum.

 

  1.   Uffizi Gallery

The most complicated rather large museums with great work are Uffizi Gallery which is one of the most important museums in the world. The museum contains unique stuff from the beginning and late 1700s which is quite impressive. The museum contains every kind of artifacts like musical instruments, historical stuff and fossil fuels.

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Customs Celebrated Across Europe

wife carrying championshipEurope is home to beautiful places, great foods, and great people. Don’t you know that it is also home to weird customs and traditions? We mean it in a good way. We’d like to thank our sponsors at Vann Heating & Air for sponsoring this post and continuing to support world travel.  That being said, let us take a look at some of the known customs celebrated all over Europe.

Tomatina Festival

This festival is celebrated in Buñol, Spain. The festival is all about tomato fight and took place every last Wednesday of August. It is unsure as to how this festival started. Participants do it for fun.

Danube Cross Swimming

It is a festival celebrated in Romania. People swim in winter to celebrate Danube Race for the Cross as practiced by Orthodox. The priest throws a cross into the river and participants swim in the water to find the cross. Participants need to drink vodka so that they can stand the freezing cold water. The person who finds the cross is believed to have a life of luck.

Wife Carrying Championship

This is celebrated in Sonkajärvi, Finland. As the name suggests, men carry their wife/partner and race. There is a specific rule for carrying the wife. The couple should be the first to finish the race. The race is not easy to finish though as aside from carrying the wife/partner, there are obstacles along the way.

Whipping Monday

Now this is the weirdest of them all. The poor women of the Czech Republic are whipped with willow branches on Easter Monday. And what makes it even weirder is that women reward men for whipping them. They believed that this tradition ensures vitality and fertility.

Caga Tió

Caga Tió is a wooden log with a face painted on one end. It wears a traditional red hat. Children take good care of the log and feed them so that in return the Caga Tió will give them treats and rewards. On Christmas Eve, children will hit Caga Tió. They will sing render songs and a reward in the form of toys, chocolates, and candies will fall out of the log. This tradition is celebrated in Catalonia, Spain.

Blackening of the bride

This tradition is celebrated in Scotland. The bride is literally covered with disgusting things such as mud, spoiled milk, and sauces. The principle behind this tradition is that if the couple can withstand this kind of humiliation, they can certainly overcome any challenges that they may encounter as husband and wife.

Thorrablot Þorrablót

This tradition has something to do with foods. It is celebrated in Iceland. Every January, a feast of Thorri is celebrated in Iceland. It is called Þorrablót. People need to eat some of the disgusting foods such as sheep head, testicles, or fermented sharks. How it was celebrated in the past? No one knows. However, it is believed that eating disgusting foods signify strength.

Want to experience or witness these festivals first hand? Come to Europe and it will surely be a travel you won’t forget for the rest of your life.

Best Libraries to visit in Europe

Libraries are the best place to visit and a heaven for the book lovers and students from every corner around the world. Europe is jeweled with one of the finest and well-equipped libraries that you should visit during your trip to Europe. Here we are going to list down some of the most spectacular and outstanding libraries of Europe.

  1. Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal

The Biblioteca Joanina Library is one of the most striking hallmarks of the historical collection of 19th-century books built by Portugal’s imperial endeavors. The library contains marvelous and magnificent architecture is worth watching. The library is an exceptional piece of art and a marvel of architecture.

  1. Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany

The Stuttgart City Library is considered one of the most fabulous libraries comprised of white colored cube shaped interior holding nine stories remarkable building. The location of the library beholds the future city center emerging out of this beautiful picture of magnificent architecture. This is a great place to visit for book lovers and if you are not into books, even then this is an outstanding place to look around and spend some quality time.

  1. Strahov Abbey Library, Strahov, Czech Republic

Whenever you plan to visit the Czech Republic, never miss this stunning and splendid library of Strahov. The Theological Hall of Strahov Abbey Library contains Rococo ceiling made to protect the library from the fire which was the huge matter of trouble for Renaissance and Medieval libraries. The library contains a large collection of books and also resides some of the rare first editions which were listed into Czech Memorial of National Literature in middle of the 20th century.

 

  1. The Library of El Escorial: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

The Library of El Escorial was inaugurated by King Philip II and the ground of El Escorial is the prior residence of all Spain kings. The library is ceiling is painted with intricate frescoes and comprised of dark wooden shelves give it a perfect royal look. The library is now listed as a heritage site and resides jewels of some original books.

  1. Clementinum National Library: Prague, Czech Republic

This bewitching library is named after Saint Clement, the library was a chapel at the beginning then turned to Jesuit college. The library is famous for its Baroque architecture, especially for its intricate ceiling. You will surely love to visit in its spacious courtyard containing ivy-covered fabulous walls.