Prior to visiting places I've never been to, I go to flickr, find photogenic images, and try to visit places where photos were taken. Leeds Corn Exchange caught my eyes. Corn Exchange, one of Britain's finest Victorian buildings designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, was completed in 1864. This Grade 1 listed structure is now just one of three Corn Exchanges in the country, which still operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade.
After the restoration, it was renovated in 2008 as a boutique shopping centre. It is also the place for coffee (or tea?).
Among friendly shops there my favorite one is WY Cameras, selling vintage film cameras, lenses and else.
The fifty meter tall Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) that shaped like ship's prow, can be found on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary. For sure, it represents a romanticized idealization of the Portuguese exploration!
That's where Vasco da Gama embarked on his voyage to india in 1497 and also where Christopher Columbus had to anchor his ships due to the storm on his way back to Spain after his triumphal discovery of the Americas. It's around 900 meter away from Belém Tower, BTW.
The monument was built in 1960 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Henry the Navigator's death. It should be noted that the monument we see today is the replica of original one that was built for the Portuguese World Fair opening in June 1940. The original monument was demolished after the exposition.
Great people on western side
In total, there are 33 figures along two sides of the monument. That includes great people with variety of occupations and each idealized figures is designed to show movement towards the unknown sea.
The electricity Museum was established in 1990. After going through rehabilitation, buildings and interiors were renovated in 2006. Since then visitors can experience and enjoy various cultural and scientific exhibits as part of museum's initiatives to make science more fun and exciting. The permanent exhibition shows original machinery and educational spaces with demonstrations can entertain visitors of all ages. When I got there, the museum was already closed, however, this was the first building that caught my attention while taking tram. It is located just in front of tram stop. It's free of charge, opens from 10 AM to 6 PM (closed on Monday).
Instead of coming back to Japan I decided to head to Portugal for Christmas vacation this year. The view of the Oriente station , one of the main transport hubs in Lisbon, is just stunning and loved it!
Oriente Station is one of the world's largest stations which makes it as busy as Grand Central Terminal in NYC, according to Wiki, however when I took photo around 10 PM, it was almost empty...
The Prague Castle (or Wiki site) is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records... This is also the official residence and office of the president of the Czech Republic. It took almost one day to explore the Castle. As I have zero knowledge about Christianity architectures (Gothic style? Renaissance style??), please visit links above...
You can also meet him in Charles Bridge. He is a national saint of the Czech Republic and is often portrayed with a halo of five stars, the palm of martyrs. He also carries s cross (crucified Jesus). This statue is the oldest on the bridge.
In 1393, he was thrown into the Vitava river at the site where his statue is currently standing.
Iron Forged Grid with St. John Nepomuk varving
The great majority of tourists come to touch him, anticipating to bring good fortune and to ensure to return to Prague soon.