Jemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech, Morocco

Jemaa el Fna Square is one of the main traditional and historical attractions of tourism in Morocco, located in Marrakech, near the Koutoubia Mosque and the souks and the Royal Palace, it belongs to UNESCO heritage. It is a lively place with lots of popular attractions such as snake charmers, fire-eaters, monkey tamers, acrobats, women who try to predict your future, tattoo artists with henna, orange juice squeezed even as street vendors and Moroccan craft vendors. There are grills that sell snacks to the tourists but it is best if you go to the restaurants that are around the square for hygiene and peace as you will be approached by a lot of vendors while you try to see all this animation. A visit in the afternoon is not the same as in the evening when it is much busier and there are more vendors. You can also take a horse drawn carriage for a tour of the city.

Tips

If you do not like to be approached by vendors of all sorts, it’s better not to visit the square because it can disturb you enough but if you want to know the real life of this special place, you should know that everything has a price even a photo, so ask before making a regret because you’ll be asked for money in a very insistent way.
If you are a little more adventurous, you can pose for a photo with the snake on your shoulders.
If you want to see this whole movement but more quietly, enjoy a restaurant terrace where you can take beautiful pictures of the square too.
If you care to buy something, you should always negotiate the price.

 

Piazza Unità d’Italia, Trieste, Italy

Piazza Unità d’Italia is the main public square of the city of Trieste, Italy, and is therefore, as such, also called Piazza Grande. It lies at the foot of the hill of San Giusto in the downtown; rectangular, it is bordered on three sides of neoclassical and baroque buildings, having as fourth side, the Gulf of Trieste (on the Adriatic). It is considered the most important place of all Europe among those that open onto the sea. In 1918 it changed the name of Piazza Grande by Piazza Unità when the town was annexed to the kingdom of Italy but in 1955, it takes its current name because the independent territory of Trieste was dissolved and the city made part of Italy. The palaces that line were restored between 2001 and 2005 and they replaced the asphalt pavement by sandstone slabs. The main palace is the building of the Town Hall (built in 1875 by Giuseppe Bruni) with a tower in its center to which we find the fountain of four continents and a lighting system was added to the edge of the sea. The tower or campanile has two figures (Michael and Jack) ringing all the time fifteen minutes on the municipal bell. The figures are a true copy of the originals which are preserved in the museum of the city.

Tips

The square is a meeting place, to make an appointment with friends or to have something to eat or drink in cafés, bars and restaurants nearby. There are also many other shops in the area.
It is also a landmark for the inhabitants of the city, for events, demonstrations, etc.
You can often see couples of newlyweds who make their first wedding photos in this place.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Allgäu, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is located on a high rocky outcrop 200 meters near Füssen, in the Allgäu, Germany. Louis II of Bavaria order to build it in the 19th century, at the site of two ancient castles. He asked Richard Wagner, his friend, to come to live with him. In 1884, Louis II stablished in the Palace but died two years later. After his mysterious death, the castle was opened to the public, although it was not yet finished. The initial project was more ambitious, but the Bavarian State decided not to pursue the work after the death of the King. It was built largely in the late Romanesque style from the beginning of the 13th century. Noted in the construction of the building as well as in its ornamentation: portals arches, arcades of windows and towers, the position of columns and pinnacles. The housing of the king rooms and rooms of pageantry of the third and fourth floors were more or less completed at his death. The rooms on the second floor are always bare brick and are not visited. The castle is an example of eclectic architecture of the romantic era. Walt Disney is inspired by this castle to create the castle at the first Disneyland opened in California in 1955, becoming also the logo of Walt Disney Studios and its subsidiaries. It receives over one million three hundred thousand visitors per year.

Tips

Before going to the Castle, you will need to get the tickets in Hohenschwangau castle below. The ticket you will make a guided tour (only way to be able to visit it) has the right time you must respect, in case of delay, you may not participate.

If you like taking pictures, you can just do it outside the Castle, even for video-films.

Big bags, luggage, strollers-children, are not allowed in the Castle.You should leave your belongings in a small space but nobody assumes responsibility for these objects.

Children and young people under the age of 18, do not pay.

If you like castles, there are annual or multi-year tickets that will allow you to visit more than 40 places of Bavaria.

If you wish, you can see a film about the life of the King at the end of your visit.