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Greece, Athens

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Greece, Athens
GDP $27,073; While in this beautiful country my very first stop was to the Parthenon. This was a greek temple construction began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC. It was built in dedication to the greek goddess Athena. This temple replaced an older temple of Athena which the historians call the Pe-Parthenon. The Pre-Parthenon was during the Persian invasion of 480 BC. It was rebuilt in line with the stars of Hyades. The temple was built as a treasury just like most greek temples. The temple had been converted into a christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in 5th century AD. My second stop in Greece was to the Meteora. The Meteora is the second most important monastery built, coming in second to Mount Athos. Six monasteries were built on the sandstone rock, on the northwestern part of the Pindus Mountains located in central Greece.

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Sweden, Stockholm

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Sweden, Stockholm
GDP $56,956; While in Stockholm I made a stop at Grona Lund which is an amusement park in Stockholm. The park has over 30 different attractions such as Tunnel of Love, a funhouse, as well as six roller coasters, etc. The park is also known for the concerts that it holds such as Bob Marley. 32,000 people flocked to the park in 1980 for his third performance there, he had his two previous shows in the park in 1977 and 1978. My next stop in Sweden was in Malmo. I went here to visit Oresund Bridge. This bridge is a twin set railway between Sweden and Denmark. The bridge is the longest railway bridge in Europe. The construction of the bridge began in 1995 and was finished in 1999. On August 14,1999 Prince Frederik of Denmark met Princess Victoria of Sweden half across the bridge to celebrate its completion.

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France, Paris

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France, Paris
GDP is $42,793; My first stop in Paris was one that many do. It was a stop to the Eiffel Tower. This amazing structure stands at a whopping 1,063 feet. about the same height as an 81-story building. When the tower was officially opened in 1889, it was the highest structure of the planet. The tower is actually painted in three different shades of color because of its extreme height. The tower is covered with 60 tons of paint every seven years to protect against corrosion. 72 prominent French engineers, scientists and mathematicians names are engraved on the tower. They were all from the time that the tower was built. My next stop in France was to Saint-Malo to visit the Grand Aquarium. The aquarium houses different 600 species and 11,000 marine animals. The aquarium was opened in 1996. This was the most amazing experience. You saw anything from a nurse shark to a hammerhead shark, a clownfish to the volatile lionfish it was like you were under the water as you walked through the hall with the tanks encircling you. It was such a wonderful experience.

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Ukraine, Kiev

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Ukraine, Kiev
While in Ukraine I made a stop at The National Museum of the Great Patriotic War. This is a memorial complex is a reminder of the German-Soviet War that took place in the southern outskirts of Kiev between the years of 1941 and 1945 which occurred on the picture perfect hills on the bank of the Dnieper River.The National Museum of the Great Patriotic War is one of the largest museums in Ukraine. This museum has over 300 exhibits which all surround a 62-meter tall statue called the Motherland. The Memorial hall of the Museum has plaques with the names of more than 11,600 soldiers and over 200 workers of the home-front honored during the war. My next stop in the Ukraine was in the city of Odessa. While here i took a visit to the Jewish Museum of Odessa. This was not even opened to the public in November of 2002. The tiny museum is located in just an apartment. This museum is filled with stuff donated by Ukrainian Jews who wanted to give us an idea of what life was like in Odessa for the Jewish people living there.

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Berlin, Germany

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Berlin, Germany
GDP is $42,793; Starting my beautiful trip through Berlin I stopped to visit the Berliner Dom. The first church was built in 1465. The first church served as a court church for the Hohenzollern family. It was later replaced by a cathedral built between the years of 1745 and 1747. And in the 1800’s the building was remodeled into a classicist building from 1816 to 1822. In 1894 the building was demolished by the order of Emperor Wilhelm II and was replaced by the current cathedral, it was a protestant counterweight to the catholic St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Construction of the Cathedral took place between 1894 and 1905. During World War 2 the cathedral was hit by a fire bomb, a lot of the building was severely damaged. In 1975 the reconstruction began on the building, and the restoration of the interior begun in 1984 and in 1993 the church reopened. My second stop in Germany was in the city of Munich. While there I visited Feldherrnhalle. It was built between 1841 and 1844. Friedrich von Gärtner built the Feldherrnhalle. The Feldherrnhalle was a symbol of the honours of the Bavarian Army. On November 9th, 1923, at Feldherrnhalle there was problem between the Bavarian State Police and an illegally organized march by the followers of Adolf Hitler, when the followers were told to stop they did not listen. At this point the police felt threatened and had opened fire on the marchers. In total four policemen and sixteen marchers had been killed. As a result of this Hitler had been sentenced to prison. This was an effort to take over the Bavarian State by the Nazis.

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