Velichka salt mines are the only ones in the world that have been operating continuously since the 13th century. The total length of the tunnels is about 300 km, they reach a depth of 327 m. The Velichka mines reflect the progress and development of mining technologies, the development of work organization and management. In 1980 this “underground world” was included on the first list of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
The Apple Economy Hotel’s Souvenir Museum was established in 2003.
In the museum you can see the attributes of different countries. Some of the souvenirs are brought by us, but most of them are gladly donated to us by our guests.
In Tenerife you will find numerous black sand beaches, especially in the north of the island. While it is true that you can also find beaches of blonde sand and pebbles, these are not the most common. The Canary Islands emerged from numerous volcanic eruptions over the years. The northern area of the island is the place where we can find a lot of beaches, many of them sheltered by cliffs that in turn are responsible for perpetuating the renewal of materials which form these beaches. The sediment of volcanic lava with the continuous roll of the sea is responsible for crushing this rock solidification to turn it into black sand. Due to the mineral richness of volcanic lands, it is common to find a contrasting green colour in the surroundings of black sand beaches.
At the end of the 19th century, there was a patriotic rise in the Russian Empire and the search for a distinctive “Russian style” in art. This way, Russian artists created “matryoshka” – a round-faced peasant virgin in traditional Russian clothes, who was holding a basket of mushrooms, a poultry or a wrapped baby. As you know, “matryoshka” is a certain toy “with a secret”,because there are smaller “matryoshkas’” inside the larger demountable “matryoshkas’”. Symbolically, “matryoshka” began to be associated with the symbols of female health, fullness, and motherhood, and their name derives from the popular Latin woman name Matriona, which meant mother, an a honorable woman. As time has shown, this simple wooden doll has become a symbol of the country.
Traveling to Tunisia towards the Sahara, one can feel its power by riding a “desert boat” – a camel, which is one of Tunisia’s main symbols. A camel can survive in the Sahara Desert for 10 days without water. The secret lies in the camel’s ability to not sweat. The camel’s body uses fluids so sparingly that the amount of fluids found in its feces is 7 times less than in horses. Once in the water source, the camel can drink a huge amount of it. The world record – the camel was able to drink 284 liters of water. The camel is a mammal belonging to the genus Camel family. There are two-humped and single-humped camels. In humps, these animals store fat. Camels are widespread in Asia as a pet, but are rarely found in the wild.
Most of Iceland is covered by mountains and pastures. Where horses and cows do not graze in herds, herds or bushes are quietly grazed by “spawned” sheep.
Most of them are free to roam the pastures and mountains, so they can often be met right next to the road. Sheeps are not afraid of the cars, but when people stop and try to take a picture, sheeps can kick the har or even people super hard. We often hear that we call Iceland the country of sheeps. Sheeps are thought to have been domesticated about 10,000-12,000 years ago. Sheeps are 55-100 cm tall, body length to the beginning of the tail – 60-110 cm. Sheep weigh 30-100 kg, rams 60-180 kg. Lives 8-10, maximum 20 years. Nowadays, sheeps are kept in all parts of the world mainly for wool, fur and meat, and some breeds are for the milk from which cheeses are made, as well as traditional yoghurts, kefir. Sheep (and domestic goats) are considered to be one of the oldest pets. Known in Europe since the Neolithic.
This doll is from Confiserie Heidel. The Heidel operates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and France. The company is famous for its chocolate and gift offerings. The doll is in production from about 1980. The doll is also a mystery: she sits on a throne hiding candy. Germany is in the heart of Europe. It is the fourth largest country in Europe in terms of high productivity, advanced technology and highly skilled workers. The central location ensures easy connections with other countries through well-developed road, rail, ship and air transport infrastructure.
Vodka is a strong, usually colorless alcoholic beverage consisting of ethanol purified by distillation. In countries where vodka is mainly produced and consumed (the so-called “vodka ring”), it is traditionally made from cereals or potatoes. Vodka is a traditional drink in Eastern European countries, Scandinavia and Russia. Vodka consists of water and ethanol. Traditional Russian, Polish and Lithuanian vodka usually has 40% alcohol by volume. The exact origin of the vodka (and its name) cannot be traced, but it probably originated in a region rich in cereals, which now includes Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine and western Russia. In many countries where vodka is most popular, vodka is called by the word derived from the word burn: Lithuanian vodka, Latvian vodka, Finnish paloviina, Swedish brännvin, Danish brændevin, Norwegian Brennevin (ie ‘burning wine’), Belarusian гарэлк arielka), in Ukrainian горілка.
The spiny-tailed lizard grows to up to 34 cm in size. They have a long tail with a spiny appearance, which not surprisingly gives it its name. These lizards are exclusively herbivorous and usually survive off the small vegetation available in the desert. They are widely considered as prey by many carnivorous reptiles in the Sahara Desert. Interestingly, these small lizards can have a lifespan of more than 20 years (if they avoid falling prey to other animals).
Bendir is the main percussionist in Tunisia and throughout North Africa. The Tunisian bandira is made of leather and wood. This is an open drum with a very simple design. The sound of the bander may vary depending on the size of the drum frame and the type of leather used. The average bandir size is about 60 centimeters. During the game, the musician directs the work surface away from himself and plays the instrument with his hands. There are also closed drums, from which sound is extracted by moving the drum, during which balls of bone stone or other material attached to the sides smash into the skin and emit the sound of the desired volume and rhythm.
The head of this alligator is from California. Alligator – lives in the rivers and swamps of the southeastern United States. Length up to 6 m. There is a floating film between the toes of the front toes. Thought of fish, water birds and anything else to catch. In densely populated areas, they also grab careless animals. Bred and grown on farms. Alligators in America can be found in the following states: from North Carolina to the Rio Grande in Texas.
Petrified Forest National Park is a place where you can see petrified prehistoric trees. Once, 225 million years ago, forests grew in this area, rivers flowed. The fallen trees were carried by the river water to lowlands and swampy places. The cellulose in the wood was eventually washed away and crystals began to grow in its place. This way, petrified trees, which lie in the desert today, were formed. Unfortunately, this protected area is rapidly disappearing. Despite the fact that the area has been declared a national park for more than a century, visitors like to pick up at least a small piece to remember the remains of petrified trees. It is estimated that approximately one tonne of petrified trees is removed from this area per piece per month.
A mosaic is a drawing or picture where the image is created from pieces of similar shape and texture of various materials (ceramic, stone, metal, wood). These are reinforced with mortar, wax, mastic, glue and so on. Typically, mosaics are made on large flat surfaces, such as walls, floors, or ceilings, but sometimes small objects are also decorated with mosaics.
Matala is a famous town and beach in Crete, distinguished by a beautiful and clean beach, the blue Libyan Sea, small but cozy hotels, original landscape, all this gives the town great popularity. You will be surprised by the impressive sandstone cliff on the beach, it is small (about 250-300 meters wide), but very interesting. From a distance, the rock looks like a perforated cheese. The rocky sandstone cliffs are blackened by caves. In ancient times (I-II centuries) Roman soldiers were buried here, and since 1970 they have become the habitats of hippies. Even now, you can see decorated cars and cafes with hippie paraphernalia.
This archeological find – an artifact – was donated to our hotel by some guests who traveled around Africa for a long time and collected such artifacts (the guests did not call themselves “archaeologists”). Some of the most famous artifacts available in Africa are various rocks, dishes, shards.
France is the largest country in Western Europe. It has borders with Spain, Andorra and Monaco in south, with Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany in north, with Switzerland and Italy in east, and separated from the United Kingdom by the English Channel. The French coast is washed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. France also includes: French Guiana, Reunion, Guadeloupe and Martinique, and the Mediterranean island of Corsica. The French landscape is very diverse. The landscape here is changing from north to south. The northern part is hilly, and the mountains of the Central Massif dunk in the middle. 60 percent of the area is not higher than 250 m.
Official US currency. The United States dollar is also widely used as a reserve currency outside the United States. The issuance of U.S. dollars is currently controlled by the Federal Reserve System. The most commonly used symbol for the United States dollar is the strikethrough letter S ($). “Dollar” comes from the word “Joahimstaler” in the 16th century. the name of a coin minted at the silver mine in Joahimstale, present-day Czech territory. “Joahimstal” means “Valley of Joahim”. Joahimstal was soon shortened to “taler,” and the Danes conveyed the word as “daler.” The English translated it into the more acceptable name “dollar”.
Big Ben – one of the largest watches in the world – is coincidentally considered to be a symbol not only of London but also of the whole of England. It attracts thousands of tourists and curious people every year. Speaking of Big Ben, many would say that it is a huge clock that is in the Westminster House (Parliament House) St. Stephen’s Tower. But few know that it was built as Queen Victoria of England ascended the throne. The height of Big Ben Tower is 96.3 meters. Big Ben is cleaned every five years. In addition, it needs to be screwed on three times a week.
When the bomb hit the Big Ben tower during World War II, the clock began to go less accurately.
In 1949, when a flock of birds landed on Big Ben’s minute hand, the clock was 4.5 minutes late.
In 1962, Big Ben declared the New Year 10 minutes later as the clock hands were snowed with a huge layer of snow.
For Norwegians, Easter is not a family holiday when everyone gathers, beats and rolls eggs or goes to church, but a holiday time when they can run away from home. During St. Easter city streets are empty. Why? Because all the inhabitants of the country are in a hurry to escape from the houses that have been bothered during the winter during the traditional spring holidays. Admire the Easter paraphernalia – yellow chickens, yellow flowers, candles and napkins and buy souvenirs. That’s how this rabbit came to our hotel. A Norwegian who came to Lithuania gave it as a holidays gift.
Breadfruit seeds are edible, and are usually eaten roasted. Seedless breadfruits have an oblong, hollow core where their seeds would normally be found. Sometimes, this hollow core contains hairs and small, flat, undeveloped seeds measuring no more than a tenth of an inch (3 mm.) in length. These seeds are sterile.
According to legend, Aladdin, a street tomboy, has long lived in a big city with his faithful monkey Abu. When Princess Jasmin secretly leaves the palace where she is forced to stay, she enters a market where she accidentally encounters Aladdin. At the behest of the evil Jafar, he is imprisoned and forced to help the sultan’s assistant obtain a mysterious lamp by which he would take over the throne. For Aladdin, this is the only chance to marry a princess, who is required by law to marry only the prince. This Aladdin lamp has remained one of the most popular souvenirs of the far lands.
The first statues date back to the 18th century. It is a farmers couple and their names are probably Jan (the boy) and Grietje (the girl). However, their identity has never been confirmed and remains a bit of a mystery. The kissing couple wears traditional folklore costumes.
Coral reefs have long been considered one of the most amazing wonders of the underwater world. Although the total area of the world’s reefs would be about half that of France, they thrive on about 25 percent. all organisms found in ocean and marine ecosystems. However, it has been a widely accepted phenomenon since the 1980s – the fading and death of corals caused by global warming is becoming more and more relevant today. Recent research reveals that by 2050, all the world’s reefs will suffer annual mass extinctions. Coral reefs, often referred to as “marine rainforests”, are often misleading in appearance – not only the ancient Greeks, but many people today are wrong in believing that corals are plants. Indeed, these are very exceptional animals. Coral is a small organism, somewhat reminiscent of a jellyfish.
Perfumes known since Soviet times have come from Russia. The perfume was started in 1925 and is designed for women. Base notes in perfume: bergamot, fragrant kananga (ylang-ylang) and carnations, rose, jasmine (also: iris, vanilla). So the smell is sweet, concentrated. Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of area, located from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Russia borders Estonia, Norway, Finland, Latvia, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. Russia is the deepest lake in the world, Baikal.
The fur wedge cap was used by both the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), later Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), with the first examples coming into service in 1876 until 1901 and then again from 1928 until 1935. Today the RCMP wear the Yukon pattern of fur cap that is similar to the Russian ushanka style.
Bath salts have a very long tradition. As early as 2,700 years ago, salt was used for medicinal purposes in China, and the medicinal properties of salt were known to the Egyptians about 1,000 years ago. The ancient physicians Hippocrates and Avicena suggested strengthening health not only with exercise exercises, massage procedures, but also with therapeutic baths. The Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe. The Republic borders Poland to the north, Germany to the northwest and west, and Austria and Slovakia to the south.
Launched in 1882, the Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s biggest landmark, becoming a symbol of the city. A year later, the helm of construction was taken over by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, who worked on the project until his death in 1926. This church, often called the Cathedral because of its size, was a real pride of Gaudi, showing the architect’s craftsmanship and ambition. The building in central Barcelona is considered one of the most original churches in the world. Although it is planned that the construction of the Most Holy Family Church will be completed only in 2026.
Koala is a mammal of terns belonging to the koala family. The animal spends almost a lifetime in eucalyptus trees. She feeds at night for about 4 hours and eats almost 500 g of leaves, and for the rest of the time she falls asleep, securely stuck in a fork. Common in Eastern Australia. Australia is the sixth largest (geographically) country in the world, occupying the Australian continent and surrounding islands, the largest of which is Tasmania. To the southeast are New Zealand, to the north are Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor, to the northeast are Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The name “Australia” comes from a lot. terra australis incognita (unknown southern land).
Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean, perhaps most famous as the birthplace of the performer Bob Marley. However, it seems that reggae is not the only popular style of music in Jamaica – the rhythms of ska, rockteady, mento and other styles are enchanting when walking down the street. While visiting the island, you can admire the mountains and rainforests without fear of meeting a snake – almost all of them have been exterminated by mongooses that were brought in to catch mice. Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean and more than half of the island is covered in mountains. The country attracts tourists with its white sand beaches, turquoise sea, and of course endless fun. Jamaica can be boldly called a country of music and sunshine, but travelers will find much more here.
There are four medieval round churches on the Danish island Bornhoim which were built in the 12th and 13th centuries. All four churches are still used for religious service, but are open to the public at other times.
The blue sand can be linkend with Ölüdeniz which is a small neighbourhood and beach resort in the Fethiye district of Muğla Province, on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey, at the conjunction point of the Aegean and Mediterranean sea. It is located 14 km to the south of Fethiye, near Mount Babadağ. It has a sandy bay at the mouth of Ölüdeniz, on a blue lagoon. The beach itself is a pebble beach. The lagoon is a national nature reserve and construction is strictly prohibited. The seawater of Ölüdeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, while its beach is an official Blue Flag beach.
The Buddha (also known as Siddhattha Gotama or Siddhārtha Gautama or Buddha Shakyamuni) was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in Ancient India.
Greece is definitely one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Visitors are attracted not only by the impressive islands (over 2,000 in Greece!), but also by historical sites filled with millennial-preserved ancient secrets, as well as delicious food, rich cultural heritage and sincere people. Greek mythology consists of many stories about Greek gods and heroes. These stories spread from word of mouth. Due to the lack of accurate written sources, researchers of Greek mythology often use surviving images, vase drawings, to try to recreate all myths.
Venezuela is a country in South America. The capital is Caracas. The former Spanish colony regained its independence on July 5, 1881. Venezuela has a very high level of incapacity for work, so most women make money by making these handmade jewelry.
The traditional two-piece Belarusian costume originated in Kievan Russian times and is sometimes, on certain occasions, worn even now. Due to the cool climate, the clothing stood out with warmth. Belarusian nobles often imported materials and chose red, blue, or green clothing. The men wore shirts and trousers adorned with a belt, and the women wore a long skirt, a girdle robe called a paniova, and a scarf. The style was also influenced by the Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians and other European nations and changed many times due to technical improvements.
American drum, behold, such drums have been used in various rituals of America. During which drums were beaten, dances were danced, rites were performed. The drum of each genre had its own totem. The totems of this genus were “fish”, so it can be assumed that they were engaged in fishing
The United States is a state in North America. The United States is a federal republic made up of fifty states and federal districts. The United States also owns several territories and overseas autonomies in the Caribbean and the Pacific. The territory of the state is mainly located in the central part of North America, where there are 48 states and the capital is Washington (in the Federal District of Columbia). The state of Alaska is located in northwestern North America, and Hawaii is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The largest city is New York. The United States borders Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.
The elephant is a symbol of peace, happiness, love and wisdom. In the East, this belief is particularly prevalent. Europeans also believe in the power of the elephant symbol, which is why they usually keep more than one elephant statue at home. It is advisable to place the elephants with raised stalks in front of the window. In this way, the statuettes, seeing the sky, attract the stars that are decisive for good. In addition, such a statue protects against disasters and attracts wealth.
Cyprus is a pearl of the Mediterranean, where, according to Greek legend, the goddess of love Aphrodite was born from sea foam. As a result, Cyprus is also known as the Island of Aphrodite, which is flooded all year round with travelers eager to revive their senses or heal a wounded heart. The beautiful sandy beaches, washed by the clear waters of the Mediterranean, are considered one of the cleanest in the world. Shells. Due to the hard shell, the shells have become a symbol of protection. It protects the world from the roughness of something gentle and fragile (mollusk, pearl). Roman legend states that Venus was born of sea foam and swam ashore on a shell. The Hindu goddess of beauty, love and happiness, Lakshmi, as the legend has it, also created from sand and pearls, she formed in the shell. The snail-shaped shell, according to Hindus, awakens the hearts of the faithful and invites those who live with hearts filled with love.
The main purpose of wind chimes is to neutralize the negative energy entering the house. They are also seen as conductors of positive energy, attracting happiness and success. From time immemorial, they have been hung on trees growing near the house, above the doorstep, and elsewhere where the wind actually blows at them, where they can swing freely and sound like that. But in the long run, he also successfully moved home. If you hung such a bell at the lamp in the center of the living room, according to the Orientals, there would be much more positive energy in the house, more joy and good emotions in the life of the household.
The Kingdom of Spain is a country in southwestern Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula. It borders Portugal to the west, France and Andorra to the north, and Gibraltar to the south. Spain is surrounded by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. It also owns two autonomous cities in Africa. The fans are from the Far East. Found in China in the 2nd century. pr. m. e. bamboo fans. The first fans were inflexible. Folding fans VI – VIII c. created by the Japanese. Later, with the help of the Koreans, such fans came to China and quickly became popular there. In the Far East, especially in Japan, fans have long been an important part of culture. Traditions of fan decoration and their use have been formed. Combat fans were also developed there.