Danube River cruise offers choices and chances | The Seattle Times

Rivers rise and fall, low bridges make routes iffy, and the wait staff might not be veterans, but a European river cruise can still enchant.

VILSHOFEN, Germany — Delayed at the airport in Nuremberg and thoroughly frazzled, we checked and rechecked our watches as the miles ticked by, with the Danube River and our Scenic River Cruises ship, the Pearl, nowhere to be seen.

“The ship is waiting,” our driver remarked. “No worrying. Like American movies say, only rolling with the … (View original article)

Taking a look at where Marie Antoinette was born – Royal Central

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As the seat of power from which the Habsburg emperors ruled over their vast empire –  the furthest of which points extended from the modern Czech Republic to Croatia, from Italy to the borders of today’s Russian Federation – the Hofburg Palace has come to symbolise Austrian – and of course, Viennese – history it… (View original article)

Queen seeking royal cushion and curtain-maker | Daily Mail Online

Household / Department – Master of the Household’s Office

Location – Windsor Castle

Contract/recruitment type – Permanent

Starting salary – £22,000.00 per annum plus 15% employer contribution pension scheme and benefits.

Hours of work – Full time

About the role

It’s knowing your curtains add the finishing touch to the state rooms

It’s protecting heritage by leaving your own legacy. And it’s furnishing some of the most famous houses in t… (View original article)

One thousand “hidden” Italian art sites will open their doors this weekend thanks to FAI

The Italian Environmental Fund (FAI) is holding its annual “Spring Days” event on March 25th and 26th, opening up buildings, villages, and gardens to visitors that are usually closed. The initiative has now reached its 25th edition, and draws long lines in cities all around Italy as residents wait for hours to peek into “hidden” places.

The FAI is opening up 1,000 sites in 400 towns. Among these, the art schedule includes 260 buildings and villas, 51 villages, 79 castle… (View original article)

Taking a look at Tokyo Imperial Palace – Royal Central

A view of the Imperial Palace across one of its moats. Credit to Benjamin Hollis via Flickr

Within the burgeoning and hyper-modern metropolis of Tokyo, surrounded by a valley of skyscrapers, apartment complexes and dazzling electric lights, sits a timeless oasis of green trees, elegantly sloping roofs, and graceful European-style structures. It is here that the Emperor of Japan dwells, the palace complex forming the central hub from which the ancient Japanese monar… (View original article)

Taking a look at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen – Royal Central

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The Royal Palace of Christiansborg is located in the centre of Copenhagen on Slotsholmen (Castle Island) and is the working palace for the Queen, as well as being the centre from which the Danish Parliament and the offices of the Danish prime minister govern. From this palace, Queen Margrethe II carries out her official duties as head of state, … (View original article)

Taking a look at Drottningholm Palace – Royal Central

Drottningholm Palace. Photo: Gomer Swahn/Royal Court, Sweden

The private residence of the Swedish Royal Family, Drottningholm Palace, was built in the 1600s and is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The Swedish Monarchy says that it is the “most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden and at the same time is representative of all European architecture for the period.” It has been the family’s private home since 1981 and is guarded by Swedish m… (View original article)

Sadiqgarh Palace: A world of lost beauty and splendor

What I loved most about southern Punjab were its narrow rural roads making their way through the heart of countryside along fields and orchards, connecting the lives of small villages and towns. We were driving on one such road to Ahmedpur Sharqiya leaving Derawar Fort and Cholistan desert behind.

Dera Nawab Sahab near Ahmedpur Sharqiya is home to Bahawalpur’s royal family. The Nawabs founded this small town as a retreat from the busy life of the capital. Dera Nawab Sahab is also t… (View original article)

Bomb experts destroy a device in Presidential Palace’s garden – spectator.sme.sk

The president was not present at the time.

Bomb experts detonated a suspicious device attached to a tree in the publicly accessible part of the Presidential Palace’s garden on March 7th.

“The device resembled a voice recorder and microphone which were connected by cables,” the president’s spokesperson, Roman Krpelan, informed the TASR newswire.

The employees of the Office for the Protection of Constitutional Officials and Diplomatic Missions running under the Interio… (View original article)

Archaeologists Find Hidden Assyrian Palace Under Shrine Destroyed By ISIS

( Jérémy André)On top of a hill in eastern Mosul called Nebi Yunus sits the sacred shrine containing what’s believed to be the tomb of the Prophet Jonah (as he was known in the Bible) or Yunus (in the Koran). Islamic State militants destroyed the Prophet’s tomb in July 2014, after they captured Mosul along with large swathes of northern Iraq. After Iraqi government forces recaptured part of the city last month, a team of local archaeologists began documenting the damage done to the Nebi Yunu… (View original article)