Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Bahia Palace is a palace of century XIXᵉ of eight hectares in Marrakech, Morocco. It is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, one of the major monuments of cultural heritage. It was built southeast of the medina of Marrakech between 1866 and 1867. It was built for Si Moussa, chamberlain of Sultan Hassan 1st of Morocco, at his death, his son, Ahmed Ben Moussa, had enlarged the southern part his father’s palace by the successive acquisition and glitzy development of large sets of neighboring houses. The palace takes its name from his favorite mistress, Bahia. From 1912, General Lyautey, Marshal of France, used it as his personal residence as well as the residence of French officers by adding chimneys, heating and electricity. It has about 150 lavishly decorated rooms. There are marble, wood paintings, stained glass windows, many patios and gardens with orange trees, banana trees, cypresses, hibiscus and jasmine. The Moroccan royal family of King Mohammed VI sometimes stay there in a large private party not open to the public.

Tips

The palace is open to visitors, at your visit ask for information because you can also attend concerts of Arab-Andalusian music and art exhibitions.
You can also ask for a guide to accompany you and tell the whole story which is very interesting.

Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego, United States

The old Point Loma Lighthouse is located on the Point Loma Peninsula at the mouth of San Diego Bay in San Diego, United States. It has not operated since 1891 as a lighthouse but is open to the public as a museum. Its construction began in 1854 on a cliff of nearly 130 meters and was finished in October 1855 but its function began only a month later. At his side, they built a small building that was used to store the wood, the oil as other supplies, but in 1875, a portion was converted into a two-room apartment for the assistant guardian of the lighthouse. In the museum you will find maps and documents about Point Loma and its history as the original objective of the lighthouse. As the lighthouse was built in height, it was not seen very often with the fog or low clouds that is why in 1891 it was replaced by another that had been built at a lower altitude. It was restored in 1980 and furniture of the time where it was used as an apartment, was put on the spot.

Tips

If you’re lucky, you’ll be greeted by volunteers representing people who worked or lived there.

The lighthouse tower is closed to the public but there are dates when you will find it open; on August 25th (anniversary of the National Park Service) and on November 15th (anniversary of the lighthouse).

If you like walking, enjoy strolling through the park and you’ll have beautiful views of the ocean and the city of San Diego.

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Windsor Castle is a medieval fortress located in Windsor, Berkshire in the United Kingdom; this is one of the British Royal family residences where there are more than 500 people who live and work there. This is a real example of English Gothic architecture. Built in the XI century and designed to ensure the Norman domination on the outskirts of London and control a strategic portion of the Thames. Each king who lived, made changes to the palace. It was reinforced with stone walls; Henry III built a luxurious palace inside. The castle is also used for diplomatic meetings. There are more than 1,000 rooms in an area of 52,000 square meters with different styles: medieval, Gothic, Georgian, Victorian and modern. There is the tower atop the castle mound that has also changed during the years and is home to the royal archives. The upper part of the castle has several buildings that form a central courtyard which is bounded by the state apartments monitoring of private apartments, the door George I and Edward III Tower. Each state apartment has a different style furniture and decoration. In the north side of the lower part, there is the official St Georges Chapel, Order of the Garter, being a royal necropolis too. Today Windsor is the favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth II as well as a tourist attraction.

Tips

You can get there by train from Paddington or Waterloo stations.
For a detailed idea of your visit, it is best that you check on their website because the spaces to visit will depend on availability.
St George’s Chapel welcome those who want to attend Sunday services, this day the public visiting is not available.
The entry is free for children under 5 years and there is also the possibility of a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children). On days when the state apartment are closed, the entry price is reduced to almost half. The group rate is possible with 15 people or more.