(Local Name: Akrópoli) A great crag of limestone rising out of the plain of Attica offered a site well adapted for the Acropolis, the fortified citadel of Athens. At first it served both as the stronghold of the kings of Athens and as the site of the city's oldest shrines; later it was reserved for the service of the divinities of Athens alone
(Local Name: Áyios Dimítrios) To the north of the Roman Agora is the principal church in Salonica, Áyios Dimítrios (St Demetrius). This five-aisled basilica was built over a Roman bath-house (remains of which can be seen on the north side of the church) and a Roman road (seen from the crypt, which contains a small lapidarium). Until the ninth century it was known as the "church by the Stadion". Investigations after 1917 confirmed the tradition that the Emperor Galerius caused a Roman officer named Demetrius to be imprisoned and executed here in the year 306. Thereafter Demetrius became the town's principal saint and patron, and pilgrims came from all over the Byzantine Empire to visit his tomb
The EDF Energy London Eye is a giant 135-metre (443 ft) tall Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames in the British capital. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. When erected in 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until surpassed first by the 160 m (520 ft) Star of Nanchang in 2006, and then the 165 m (541 ft) Singapore Flyer in 2008. It is still described by its operators as "the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel" (as the wheel is supported by an A-frame on one side only, unlike the Nanchang and Singapore wheels).
The Eiffel Tower
is a puddle iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built in 1889, it has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.
The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. Upon its completion, it surpassed the Washington Monumentto assume the title of tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930; however, due to the addition in 1957 of the antenna, the tower is now taller than the Chrysler Building. Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France after the 2004 Millau Viaduct.
The tower has three levels for visitors. Tickets can be purchased to ascend, by stairs or lift, to the first and second levels. The walk to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is accessible only by elevator. Both the first and second levels feature restaurants.
Disneyland Resort Paris, originally known as Euro Disney, is a theme park run by Euro Disney SCA, 39% of which is owned by The Walt Disney Company, in Marne-la-Vallée near Paris. Construction began in 1988 and the theme park complex officially opened on April 12, 1992, but attendances were low and there were protests by those who thought a Disney park in France would harm French culture.
In October 1994, the former Euro Disney changed its name to Disneyland Paris, and now to Disneyland Resort Paris. By 1995, Disneyland Paris started to attract more visitors and what began as a near failure for the Walt Disney Company has become more successful.
The Baths of Aphrodite is one of the tourist attractions in Cyprus that always seems to get a mention.
The story goes that Aphrodite, Goddess of love, beauty, and sexual rapture soaped herself down to make herself look beautiful here.
Reputedly this is where the Goddess took a bath before her marriage to the Greek God Hephaestus. He forged weapons for the Gods, and Zeus thought it would be a good idea to give Aphrodite to him to prevent the other Gods fighting over who should marry her.
Good idea, the only problem being that she was she was a bit of a handful. Amongst the many notches on her bedpost was another of the Greek Gods, Adonis. The story that unfolds is a predictable tragedy of lust and men fighting over a woman's affections.
Further along the coast is the site of the rock of Aphrodite where the story goes she came ashore after her birth. Local legend has it that if you swim around this rock at midnight during the full moon Aphrodite will make you ten years younger. Great idea, but a hazardous way down that'll probably age you ten years in the process.
You can also enjoy the nature trails in the area. If you like a bit of walking in the wilderness, this is the place for you. Just remember to watch out for the heat and take some water with you.
Paphos Cyprus Castle is located on the edge of Paphos harbour. It was originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the harbour. It was then rebuilt by the Lusignans in the thirteenth century after being destroyed in the earthquake of 1222. In 1570 it was dismantled by the Venetians. After capturing the island, the Ottomans restored and strengthened it. Throughout the ages it has seen many uses. It has served as a fortress, a prison and even a warehouse for salt during the British occupation of the island. More recently the castle serves as a backdrop to the annual open air Paphos cultural festival which takes place in September.
It was declared a listed building in 1935 and represents one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city of Paphos. Several archaeological excavations have taken place to investigate its past.