Süleymaniye Mosque, Istambul, Turkey

For Suleiman the Magnificent, architect Sinan built between 1550 and 1557, the Süleymaniye Mosque, on a hill in Istambul, held by Turkish poets such as the sublime expression of the splendor and joy. This Selatin mosque (so called because it has several minarets and to be the kind of those built by the sultans and their families) is considered the most beautiful of the imperial mosques of Istanbul. Its proportions are harmonious; the internal dimensions are 70 m long and 61 m wide, 138 windows, the dome itself has 32, it is supported on the sides by half-domes. There is a square portico crowned with 28 domes supported by 24 ancient monolithic columns. There is an ablution fountain in the center of the court. The silhouette of the mosque with its slender minarets 4 ringed with ten balconies (indicating that Suleiman was the fourth Ottoman sultan in Istanbul and the tenth of the Ottoman dynasty), dominates the skyline of the southern shore line of the Golden Horn.
Süleymaniye complex includes urban organization expanded in a vast area with a Koranic school, a hospital, a public bath, a hospice, six theological colleges, shops and the mausoleums of the sultan and his wife. The Turks gives social nature to religious buildings.

Tips

You can enjoy your visit to use the hammam (30 minutes) and also to have a massage (15 minutes). A moment of relaxation that many tourists enjoy. It is best to make a reservation.
The mosque is located in a park where you can have a beautiful view of the junction of the Golden Horn (name given to the channel Haliç ), the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. Keep your camera in hand, it is worth it.

Butchart Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Butchart Gardens are a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island in Canada. Robert Pim Butchart (1856-1943), who worked in the industrialization of cement, stood with his wife on Vancouver Island. They had a quarry on Tod cove at the foot of the Saanich Peninsula on the island and in 1904, they added a saltwater pond, a bowling alley, tennis courts and an orgue. Jennie, his wife, two years later created a Japanese garden with the help of designer Isaburo Kishida. In 1909, the quarry was exhausted and Jennie decided to turn it into a sunken garden. They chose the name of their property ‘Benvenuto’ and they began to receive visitors arriving in boats. After a few years the tennis courts has been replaced by an Italian garden and the vegetable garden has been transformed into a roserie. There we find many varied flowers, shrubs, fountains, statues and a carousel. A high quality food and entertainment service are completed the sculpted gardens. There are five gardens:  the Sunken garden, the Rose garden, the Japanese garden, the Italian garden and the Mediterranean garden. They usually receive over a million visitors a year.

Tips

If you visit the gardens in July or August, you will find a lot of visitors so if you want to make beautiful pictures without so many people go early in the morning at the opening (9:00).
Note that if you are a smoker, you must comply with the restriction of no smoking and go only on both areas intended for it.

 

Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza is a city in Argentina. It is the capital of the province of Mendoza, the fourth largest urban area of the country . It is located at the foot of the Andes, closer from Chile than from Buenos Aires. Best known for its vineyards all around but also because it’s a stopover for all sports in the Andes (ski, climbing, trekking…).
The city of Mendoza is located in one of the most beautiful oasis created by man. The 500 km of irrigation canals  that traverse the city give life to thick woods and beautiful green areas. The city is the administrative, commercial and cultural  centre of the province. Mendoza offers various forms of recreation: cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries, discos and a dynamic trade. You will also find a large number of cafés, pubs, tearooms, and excellent restaurants serving from  the typical Argentinian meat to the most  sophisticated dishes of the international cuisine.
 
 
Tips
 
Mendoza has one of the best combinations of areas, vineyards, stately and sunny landscapes. This is the heart of the Argentinian viticulture. In Mendoza, Luján and Maipú are the regions which have a lot of wineries who develop the best Malbec  in the world, they offer a range of activities to know the local viticulture, tasting the famous wines and visiting its manufacturers, all accompanied by an excellent regional and international cuisine.
Don’t miss the thermal baths, not far from Mendoza, several hotels offer pools in stone that capture natural springs of warm waters between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius,  relaxation guaranteed.