Photos: Sweeping views of Switzerland

In honour of the recently passed national day of Switzerland, which marks the alliance between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden against the Holy Roman Empire in 1291, here are some stunning photos of that alpine nation that remind you of its scenic beauty.

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Fiocchi di neve su gambi fioriti# fiori#montagna#svizzera#suisse#treking

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Look up!

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Photos: Magnificent views of Montenegro

The small, mountainous nation of Montenegro that sits astride the Adriatic Sea celebrates July 13 as Statehood Day, a day in 1878 in which the Berlin Congress recognized it as an independent state.

It was later occupied by Austria-Hungary during the First World War, became a part of Kingdom of Yugoslavia between the wars, was occupied by the Axis during the Second World War, was a member of socialist Yugoslavia for decades after the war then became embroiled in the civil war that led to Yugoslavia’s dissolution before finally regaining its independence in 2006. History is inescapable in the Balkans, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the spectacular scenery and hospitality of the place. These photos will give you a small hint of what it’s like:

Sveti stefan 🌼 ✈ Montenegro Congrats @worldelse Use #map_of_europe #wonderful_places

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⛰➕🐑➕🚗 #durmitor #montenegro #crnagora #sheeps #mountains #letovjugosce #trip2017 #nationalpark #roadtrip

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#bay #bokakotorska #boka #montenegro #instatravel #summer #travel #explore #photooftheday #sea

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Topvakantie! 🏞👌#bobotovkuk #montenegro

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Родник с мозаичной иконой. #spring #montenegro #mosaic #stilllife #cup #chains #water

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#summer #weather #water #clouds #sky #mountain #bokokotorskizaliv #montenegro

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#Montenegro #Budva #starigrad #view #mountain #sky #beautiful #amazing #evening

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Photo: Luxurious views of Luxembourg

June 23 is officially Luxembourg’s National Day, but celebrations start a day early when the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess visit a different town in the European city each year.

The actual date has moved around over the years to coincide with various monarch’s birthdays, but the date they celebrate now was simply chosen to take advantage of the fine summer weather that typically happens in June. Sounds practical.

If you’ve never been to the tiny country, then these photos give you an idea of what it’s like:

Luxembourg City #artinthecity #ruephilippe2 #luxembourg #centreville #luxembourgville

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#sunrise #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #flag #luxembourg #nationalday

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#nature #naturelovers #rainbow #landscape #luxembourg #thunderclouds

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#architektur #architekturfotografie #arcitecture #arcitecturephotographie #citylife #city #luxembourg #luxembourgcity

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The world’s shortest international bridge links Spain and Portugal

Plenty of countries are connected by bridges, but none of them are as short as the one that links Spain and Portugal.  The wooden bridge that crosses the stream between Spain’s La Codosera and Portugal’s Arronches stretches a mere 10.4 feet or 3.25 metres. Don’t expect to drive across. It’s for pedestrians only, although it’s okay to cross on your bicycle.

Entering Germany’s dragon den on a robot

FURTH IM WALD, GERMANY – For 500 years, this tiny Bavarian town has staged an annual performance of the story of St. George slaying the dragon that has grown from a humble religious procession into a spectacular event that today features the world’s largest walking robot.

On the day I had come to this medieval German town near the Czech border to witness this event, it was grey and rainy. The show would go on, despite the weather, but the thought of spending two and half hours sitting in the rain didn’t sound like fun.

Prior to the start of the show, I visited some of the sights in the town related to the performance. The Drachenhöhle is a museum that explains the long history of the St. George play known as Drachenstich that is staged here each August. It displays old photos from years gone by, antique costumes and models showing how the gigantic dragon robot was built. It also explains how it began as part of the annual Corpus Christi procession, but broke off from the church in the 19th-century as a secular event.

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Photos: Check out these views of Czech Republic

Yesterday, Sept. 28, was Czech Statehood Day, not be confused with Czech Independence Day which exactly a month later. The date is actually the feast day for St. Wenceslas, the patron Saint of the country. You may remember him from the Christmas song Good King Wenceslas.

In honour of the occasion, here are some photos that depict a tiny portion of the country’s beauty and I’m not sure if I want to call it Czech Republic, which sounds awkward in English, or the newer moniker of Czechia.

Günü devirirken 🙏🏻

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😁😮😳😍 #brno #czech #happyday #smile #umbrella #allaround #instamood #trip #likeforlike #colors

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Выставка Дали впечатлила😵😍 #salvadordali #salvadordaliexhibition #prague #czech #travel #autumn

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It’s Netherlands, not Holland

While many English-speakers refer to it as Holland, the lowland country famous for tulips, windmills and wooden shoes is properly named the Netherlands. Nord and Zuid Holland are two of the European country’s 12 provinces.

Photos: Fine views of France

Today is Bastille Day, the day the French call la fête nationale or simply le quatorze juillet. It marks the day during the French Revolution when ordinary citizens stormed the Bastille, a prison where people were arbitrarily jailed. Here are some photos of France to mark the occasion.

 

I keep on working on that very summer paunch of mine! #worklunch #france #creperie #rennes #terrace #cidre #cider #summer

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From the top of Pompidou see Paris. #paris #travel #pompidou #art

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Photos: Lasting views of Luxembourg

Today is the national day of the tiny European nation of Luxembourg. Raise a glass to toast their monarch’s birthday and enjoy these views of this placid land:

#Bourscheid #luxembourg #Bourscheid Castle

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#Bourscheid #luxembourg #waterfall #river #rzeka #wodospad

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#luxembourg #nature strolling in the country side

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Clausen #Luxembourg#sunny#picoftheday#city#landscape#break

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Photos: Great views of Great Britain

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, long may she reign over us, is celebrating her 90th birthday. To mark the occasion of this significant milestone, here is a small sampling of photos from her realm in the United Kingdom.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🇬🇧 Photo: Steve Gill via @brilliantbritain 🇬🇧 _______________________________________ Good Friday morning from Tu hwnt i'r bont, a beautiful 500-year old tea house in Wales! The weekend is nearly here so we're off to celebrate with a nice cup of tea from this amazing place. Many travel from miles around to enjoy a cream tea or to enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Conwy while feeding the ducks. Built as a residential dwelling in 1480, Tu Hwnt i’r Bont (Beyond the Bridge) is actually considerably older than the Inigo Jones bridge it stands beside. Some years later the building was used as the Courthouse for the surrounding area. From here the most serious offenders could have been taken to Tan y Craig in Llanrwst where they could be hanged outside the old gaol (that's the traditional spelling for "jail"). Yikes! Covered top to bottom in Virginia creeper, this 15th-century tea shop and gallery has become as well known for its stunning foliage as it has for its char and home-made treats. Fancy a brew? Lovely Photo by Steve Gill via @brilliantbritain 🇬🇧 Want your photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain – very old pics tag #photosofbritain_june06 so we can see them! 🇬🇧

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London calling 🇬🇧

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💂 #toweroflondon #wheninlondon #london #uk #wanderlust #britain

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The Ribs of Beef, #pub on the #riverwensum on a #lovely evening in #Norwich.

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Minutes after walking across #towerbridge it opened up for a #boat to pass through. #london #bridges

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