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  Around the World 2022

Around the World 2022 Summary

#1 Banksy’s mural at the prison wall, Reading, UK

#2 Strakonice Castle, Czech Republic

#3 Strakonice Poet & Podskalí, Czech Republic

#4 Písek Stone Bridge, Czech Republic

#5 Church in Písek, Czech Republic

#6 Dubai Mall, United Arab Emirates

#7 Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates

#8 Chinatown, London, UK

#9 Mary Poppins & Harry Potter, London, UK

#10 Jan Žižka Memorial, Czech Republic

#11 Litomyšl, Czech Republic

#12 Astana, Kazakhstan

#13 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

#14 Madrid, Spain

#15 Protivín, Czech Republic 

Protivín is a small town in southern Bohemia in the Písek district. It has 4687 inhabitants. There are three churches in the village. The Church of St. Elizabeth on the square was built in 1662 in the early Baroque style. The Church of St. Gall in Myšenec dates back to the end of the 11th century and after several reconstructions still retains its Gothic character. The Church of St. Wenceslas in Krč was built in 1352.

A Renaissance chateau stands on the square. It also includes a 7.6 hectare park.

Another attraction is the Protivín Crocodile Zoo, which was founded in 2008 and is unique in breeding all kinds of crocodiles.

The Plaza Mayor is a major public space in the heart of Madrid, the capital of Spain. It was once the centre of Old Madrid. It was first built (1580–1619) during the reign of Philip III.

The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum which is located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to house one of the world's finest collections of European art. It is one of the most visited sites in the world and is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world. The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures.

Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish royal family at the city of Madrid, although now used only for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 m2 (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. It is the largest royal palace in Europe.

Retiro is the most important park in Madrid, and one of the most popular places to visit both for locals and tourists. It's 118 hectares of green space in the very centre of the city.

El Escorial, or the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial or Monasterio del Escorial is a historical residence of the King of Spain located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and about 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of the Spanish capital Madrid. Built between 1563 and 1584 by order of King Philip II (who reigned 1556 - 1598), El Escorial is the largest Renaissance building in the world. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, university, school, and hospital.

Astana - previously known as Akmolinsk, Tselinograd, Akmola and most recently Nur-Sultan, is the capital city of Kazakhstan. The city became the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997; since then it has grown and developed economically into one of the most modern cities in Central Asia. The total land area of Astana is 710 square kilometres. Astana is the second coldest capital city in the world after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It has an extreme continental climate with warm summers, very cold winters, a wide temperature range and an average annual temperature of just 3.5°C.

The book travels through the town of Litomyšl, located in the Svitavy district of the Pardubice Region on the Czech side of the former provincial border with Moravia. This town has a rich history and beautiful architecture such as the Renaissance castle, the Baroque Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross and the Gothic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

A significant day for Litomyšl to this day remains March 2, 1824. That was the day when the world-famous composer Bedřich Smetana was born in the family of František Smetana, the brewer of the castle brewery, and his wife Barbara as their 11th child and first son. His legacy has been perpetuated by the International Opera Festival Smetana Litomyšl since 1949.

The photo shows the monument of Jan Žižka of Trocnov and Kalich (1360 - 1424), located near Sudoměř in the Strakonice district. Jan Žižka was born in the small village of Trocnov in the Czech Kingdom. This monumental statue of the warrior Jan Žižka commemorates his victory at the Battle of Sudoměř between the Markovec and Škaredý ponds.

Žižka was a successful military leader and today he is a Czech national hero. He was nicknamed "One-eyed Žižka" because he lost one and then both eyes. Jan Žižka led the Hussite armies against three crusades and never lost a single battle, even though he was completely blind in the last phase of his life.

Are you planning to visit London in the future? Try going to see Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. Both theatres are just a few minutes walk from each other.

Chinatown is an ethnic enclave in the City of Westminster, London, bordering Soho to its north and west, Theatreland to the south and east. The enclave currently occupies the area in and around Gerrard Street. It contains a number of Chinese restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, souvenir shops, and other Chinese-run businesses.

The construction of Burj Khalifa started in 2004 with the exterior completed in 2009. It is one of the tallest buildings in the world, measuring 828 metres. The skyscraper contains nearly 1,000 apartments on floors 12 to 108. The building has a total of 2,909 stairs, 57 elevators and 8 escalators. On the 76th floor is the second highest swimming pool in the world. A little known fact is that the building features the world's tallest library on the 123rd floor of the residence.

The Dubai Mall has over 1,200 shops, countless cafes and restaurants. In addition, there is the world's largest aquarium - the Under Water Zoo - which is over two storeys high. Surprisingly, there is also an ice rink - Dubai Ice Ring.

The Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary is a three-aisled basilica located on the southern edge of the historic centre in the South Bohemian town of Písek. The dominant church tower on the south side of the west facade has become a symbol of the whole town as the so-called Tower of Písek. The tower measures 74 metres and has several floors. In one of them the bells can be seen. The earlier bells fell victim to war requisitions during the First and Second World Wars.

Písek Stone Bridge (unofficially also the Deer Bridge) over the Otava River was built in the 13th century and is therefore the oldest surviving bridge in the Czech Republic. The bridge is 109.75 m long including the walls on the left forebridge and 6.25 m wide. However, if you visit the royal city of Písek, most people will call it "the old bridge".

Every summer, sand sculptures are erected next to the bridge to represent Písek's twin towns in Central Europe.

Strakonice native František Ladislav Čelakovský (7.3.1799 - 5.8.1852) was an important Czech poet of the national revival, critic and translator. This statue is located next to the elementary school I attended as a child. It is an honour to have my book photographed next to such a great of Czech literature.

Podskalí is a relaxation zone with a cycle path next to Strakonice Castle along the Otava River. In the background of the photo you can see the Church of St. Markéta.

Strakonice is my hometown. This beautiful town is located in the South Bohemia region at the confluence of the Otava and Volyňka rivers. Strakonice has a tradition of textile, engineering and brewing industries. Those who like music can visit the International Bagpipe Festival, which takes place every two years at the end of August and is attended by pipers from many countries.

Strakonice Castle was founded in the 13th century and the western Rumpál Tower is part of the tour. Its gallery can be climbed up 96 steps. The tower is 31 metres high and offers a beautiful view of the town and its surroundings.

Banksy's mural appeared in March 2021 on the wall of the former HM Prison Reading. Banksy is the pseudonym of an English street artist whose real identity is a mystery. His works appear randomly on buildings from time to time around the world and are of immense value.

The painting on the prison wall is believed to depict Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned there from 1895 to 1897. In the painting, he is seen lowering himself from the perimeter wall using bedsheets, with a typewriter hanging at the end. You will all be familiar with Oscar Wilde's world famous works -  The Importance of Being Earnest and The Canterville Ghost.