May 25

DEBRECEN, THE SECOND LARGEST CITY OF HUNGARY

The second largest city of Hungary is a sixteenth century-like burg called Debrecen, located at the eastern border of the country, close to Romania. It is a historical town filled with architectural hardware displaying the conservatory classicism of the previous centuries, but it is nevertheless an important cultural center where good vibe and festivals are at home, as well as the thermal baths, spas and open-air shows. Between the perimeter bordered by the historic Aranybika Hotel and the Golden Great Church there is the Old town, where you will find plenty of pubs, bars, restaurant, nightclubs, museums, galleries and theatres, just perfect for your holiday schedule.

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Debrecen is known as “’Capital of the Eastern Plain”, and the atmosphere will keep you busy all the time; and in case you get tired of so much sightseeing and partying, you can go on a getaway to the puszta to explore natural beauties of the rural area, where you can enjoy a cowboy show, purchase local pottery or visit and use the facilities of the largest spa in Hungary.

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The first objective that you will notice is the Great Reformed Church, which is placed between Kossuth and Calvin markets; it is the symbol of Debrecen and is the largest Protestant church in Hungary.

Left to Reformed Churches there is a large pyramid that offers a view of the old walls of a historical monument right behind it. The pedestrian area in front of the church will extend until it reaches Piac Utca, one of the biggest streets of Debrecen.

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Take a short walk in front of the church and find Kossuth Statuary Complex. Set on the right side of the market as you stand with your back to the church, the statuary group seems rather eccentric, giving the impression that it creates an imbalance, being placed perpendicularly to the axis of the church. The square in front of the big church is Kossuth Square, the main pedestrian area of the town.

Here you can also find the biggest (and very beautiful) ceramic fountain in Europe, with a diameter of 20 meters.

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Close to this area there is the Minor Reformed Church – Reformatus Kistemplom – an old church of over 400 years. It distinguishes itself by its single tower, at the first glance reminiscent of a medieval castle tower, which is very well maintained and perfectly white, contrasting with the colours of the surroundings. From the tower visitors can admire a beautiful panoramic view of the city: to the South, we see the Piac Street, the hotel Aranybika and in the foreground, the Kossuth statuary group, erected in the memory of the meeting held in the church in 1849, gathering before which Kossuth read the Declaration of Independence of Hungary.

The city (or at least the central part) is clean, elegant and pleasing. The well-preserved buildings are drawing the visitor’s attention, and also the green of the grass that contrasted sharply with the buildings’ facades.

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At about 200 meters from the intersection with Burgundy Street, Kossuth Street ends in Meliusz tér, a square where you will find Verestemplom – the Red Church – a beautiful Reformed church, dating from the second half of the nineteenth century and built in red brick – hence the name – in a neo-Gothic style.

If you go back to Kossuth Street, this time on the other side, you can stop and admire the outside Csokonai Színház, the City Theatre built in Romantic style in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Debrecen is a small town, but still you will need at least one visit to discover its mysteries and exquisite Hungarian cuisine that its many restaurants have to offer.

May 24

SANTORINI, THE LAND OF MAGIC SUNSETS AND AMAZING NIGHT LIFE

Situated in the Cycladic archipelago, the island of Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations and alsoone of the most expensive. In the middle of the island, there is a lake with blue water, which was formed on a very old volcano crater; according to legend, this volcano destroyed the lost continent, Atlantis, when it erupted 3,600 years ago, burying the ancient city of Akrotiri (which is now excavated ) under tons of ashes. Because of this tragedy, in later times Santorini has gained “celebrity” due to its black, white and red-sanded beaches that are unique in the world.

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There are two well-known beaches accessible: Perissa and Kamari, both with volcanic black sand. The most popular, and most expensive resorts in Santorini are Fira (the capital of the island) and Oia, located in the highest areas. Here you can find luxurious hotels, restaurants, bars and plenty of other facilities. On the island there are a few resorts where prices are much lower: Kamari, Perissa, Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Thira, Firostefani and Kallistis Pyrgos.

It is the perfect place for a perfect holiday and it is said that Santorini is the place where “there are more churches than houses, more wine than water, more donkeys than men.”

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The most popular beaches are situated on the eastern part of the island: Kamari beach hass black sand, and is frequented by many tourists also because there is a popular diving center. In Perissa you will find a seafront resort with great restaurants, terraces and nightclubs. Fira and Oia have no beaches, instead there are some overhanging rocks, offering a spectacular view and many hotels have pools. And if you are passionate of history, some 12 km from Fira there is the Akrotiri Archaeological Site. Here you will discover the remains of a castle, two churches, and the impressive view over Caldera. The frescoes which had been discovered there can be admired at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

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Another three km from Kamari, there is Thira Antica, a city built in the nineteenth century b.C, where you can admire numerous relics full of history. The ruins are located on top of a mountain known as Mesa Vouna. The rocks Thira offer one of the most beautiful landscapes: blue sea create a stunning contrast with the rugged rocks. The monument can be visited every day between 08.00 – 14.30 at a price of 4 Euros. If you choose to stay in Santorini, then you shall not miss the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, located in the island’s capital, Fira, where you can admire figurines and pottery and other pieces of ceramics discovered at the archaeological site of Akrotiri. The museum can be visited every day (except for Monday, when it’s is closed) between 08.30 – 15.00. The price  of the ticket is 3 Euros

The Folklore Museum is in Kontochori, Fira is located in a house that resembles a cave and was built in 1861. The cave-like museum is an old winery with workshops for carpenters, shoemakers and tinsmiths and has an art gallery where local artists display their works. Inside the museum you will find a library, a garden and a courtyard where the seating area is placed among the trees and flowers. The museum can be visited daily between 10.00 – 14.00, the price of a ticket is 2 Euros.

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The Naval Museum is in the picturesque Oia resort. Here are exposed marine objects coming from different historical stages of the island, especially from the 19th century. The museum can be visited daily (Tuesday is closed), between 11.00 – 12.00 and 17.00 – 20.00.

The Wine Museum is located in the Vothonas, on the way to Kamari and shows the history of the wine industry of Santorini between 1660 and until 1950, with mobile and immobile figures and sound effects. The museum can be visited daily, between 12.00 – 20.00 o’clock, from April to November, and between 09.00 – 14.30 o’clock from November to March, except Sundays.

Fira is Santorini’s capital and most important city. Located in the western part of the island, 10 km from Athinios port, Fira fascinating due to the contrast of white buildings shaped like boxes, with blue windows that display the crystal clear sea and steep cliffs. During the summer season, the streets of Fira are full of tourists eager to have fun. Many cafes, terraces, taverns, nightclubs and souvenir shops attract thousands of customers.

The most picturesque resort in Santorini is Oia (pronounced Ia), famous worldwide for the quiet life and fantastic sunsets. Situated atop a cliff, 11 km from Fira, Oia Palia offers stunning views of the volcano, the Caldera and Thirassia island. Winding streets, churches with blue roofs, terraces overlooking the sea, the white houses, Oia resort offers a special charm.

In Santorini you have the opportunity to visit two volcanic islands: Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. Islands can be visited via 1-day trips that take place in the area. The spectacular landscapes and volcanic rocks guarantee a trip not to be missed.

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Like all summer resorts, and Santorini are a lot of shops with souvenirs, shoes, sunglasses or clothing. Here you will find many handmade jewelry made of volcanic rock. Greek wines, olive oil cosmetics are a few obligatory souvenirs.

The nightlife of Fira is the most thrilling nightlife you will discover in all Santorini. Once it gets dark, narrow streets that there are numerous pubs and clubs are crowded with tourists eager to spend time and money until morning.

However, in Kamari and Oia, evenings are quiet, the main attractions being nocturnal restaurants and terraces overlooking the sea. For an authentic Greek evening, go to Club 33. Located in downtown Fira, Club 33 is just listen Greek music, and often professional dancers entertain troops.

Koo Club is the largest club in Santorini, where renowned DJs mixing the latest music. Situated on a cliff of Fira, the club has an outdoor dance floor, surrounded by palm trees and a pool room where the atmosphere turns into fire after midnight. Blue curtains, velvet sofas and divans covered with ruby silk  will take you back in time.

Enigma has been one of the most popular clubs in Fira since 1979. You listen to the latest music, the atmosphere is one of the most pleasant and drinks are not expensive at all. The club has three sections linked together, including a covered terrace and 2 rooms with air conditioning. The bar has a terrace are the best places where you can admire the sunset. Here you can enjoy cocktails with champagne, and music is a clever mix of classical music with modern pieces, from Maria Callas to Secret Garden.

A unique atmosphere you will find in restaurants or taverns in which organizes Greek nights, where everybody is dancing and feeling good, and the icing on the cake is the moment of the broken dishes.

There’s no place like Santorini and you must visit it at least once in your life.

May 23

KIEV, SLAVIC ELEGANCE AND WONDERFUL CUISINE

Kiev, the capital of Ukraine is a lovely city, full of parks and green areas, which give it an aerated and clean looks, with wide boulevards and imposing architecture.

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As you enter the city from Zytomir via central area, there is a wide avenue of about 5 lanes, where traffic is very fluent. You can drive through the city with a speed of 80-90 km per hour, which is very convenient for a capital of over 3 million inhabitants, whereas on the large boulevards there are hardly any traffic lights and pedestrian crossings; the pedestrians pass through underground passages – some of these passages is true malls that are worth being checked.

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The best way to enjoy Kiev is step by step, but since it’s so wide, expect your feet to get tired at one point. On the path you will visit the most important edifices and landmarks, such as the Holy Sophia Cathedral – an astounding building and the first patromony on the territory of Ukraine; Lavra Pechersk; Military Museum or the Botanic Garden. The Saint Andrew Church – imposing and beautiful on the outside – is at least twice as spectacular on the inside. You can also visit the Podil area placed on the shore of the Dnieper River, the Euromaidan district, which has gained an unwanted notoriety during the recent Russian-Ukrainian conflicts, the House of the Chimeras and some of the many beautiful parks in the city.

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Kiev is a very wide and large city, with an eclectic architectural style and buildings from the interwar or Soviet period, which are very beautiful and well preserved, but you will also find modern sky scrapers and glass buildings of 30-40 storeys high, mostly on the other side of the Dnieper.

One of the beautiful parts of Kiev is that its locals stand out through elegance and style, and walking downtown in your best suit is something very common here.

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Another plus of Kiev are the restaurants, which are plenty and varied, for all tastes, for all nations and all budgets. You can try at least one a day and you can choose from Georgian, Tartar or traditional Ukrainian, as the prices are low and the quality is amazing. One of great characteristics is that, in this part of the world, food is still natural and healthy, as the “standards” imposed by E.U. and other organisms have not reached this area so far.

Accommodation in Kiev is, just like in the restaurants’ case, affordable and very high quality.

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In conclusion as evidence that we liked the city very much, we are already planning another trip to Kiev soon and we gladly advise you to do the same and discover a touristic gem of Eastern Europe, which is too little known, unfortunately.

May 20

A JOURNEY ON THE COAST OF DALMATIA

Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in today’s Croatia, bordered by the Rab Isle in the northwest and the Bay of Kotor to the southeast.

There is so much to say beautiful Croatia. It is a Mediterranean country, but different from Greece, or Italy, especially in terms of abundant vegetation, rocky beaches and a rather western air.

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If you want to be introduced to the luxurious Dalmatian Coast, first stop should be Zadar. Until recently, it used to be a very little known resort in Croatia, but things are beginning to change; here you can find accommodation on the spot without any problems and at very reasonable prices; locals are so friendly and eager to offer you shelter. Zadar features an Old Center with a cozy and friendly air, with streets paved in white stone, inviting you to stroll around. There are plenty of restaurants, terraces and cafes all over town and the prices are very inviting.

The Dalmatian beaches, just like in most part of Croatia, are rocky and have pebbles instead of sand, that is why water sneakers are recommended for two reasons: you can damage your feet against some sharp rock that you might encounter on the bottom of the sea, and you will avoid stepping on any sea urchins and deal with other subsequent inconveniences.

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Close to Zadar there is a fishing village called Nin. Today it is a tourist destination that will charm you with its picturesque charm. Nothing of the atmosphere in Nin will leave you the impression that you have to do with a popular and crowded resort, there’s no feeling of “aggressive tourism”, but rather a remote place where you can enjoy nature and local tradition in a quiet way, without feeling annoyed by noisy crowds.

The little fortress inside Nin is to be seen primarily. At the entrance to the fortress you will be welcomed by a traditional Croatian boat. The ruins of the ancient citadel dating from the second century Roman are still standing.

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Also in Nin there is the smallest cathedral in the world – the Church of the Holly Cross, one of the best-known symbols of the town. This cathedral was listed as being the tiniest in the world and was built in the 9th century, in the Early Christian period. It is 7.80 m long, 7.60 m wide, and 8.20 meters in height (inside measures) and the walls are 57cm thick and does not contain the chair of the Bishop.

Immediately outside the village there is a sandy beach, one of the few sandy beaches in Croatia. The more interesting part is that, in order to reach it, you have to walk about 300 meters on an isthmus covered in very warm water (heated from the sun), not deeper than 30-40 cm. The beach is a spit of sand, and all around is shallow and tepid-warm water.

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From Dalmatia to Istria. In Istria, as in the rest of Croatia, all cities have names with Italian resonance and there are many Italians who live or have homes there. It is understandable, since Italy is on the other side of the bay.

Rovinj is the most beautiful in the area. It is full of greenery and the whole cliff to the Mediterranean is a pristine natural park and no building in about 10-12 kilometers. So you can bathe in the Mediterranean and get yourself a chair between the trees in the shade. Here and there are portions of walls where you can enjoy some rock climbing. You can also travel from one town to the other preferably by walking or renting bicycles.

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Old Rovinj is built on steps that lead to “Holy Eufemia” Cathedral  uptown, and therefore this settlement had gained domination over the surroundings and all streets in the old city reach “Holy Eufemia”.

From here in Rovinj, you can reach Venice within an hour on a motor boat.

Porec is another popular resort. Again, you will notice a considerable Italians presence by the yachts displayed in the port. Porec is a lovely site with while cobblestone streets that get crowded during nighttime when tourists begin their evening walk downtown and enjoying the local cuisine at restaurants nearby. The landmark is a beautiful old monastery that you can visit and if you get on top of its high tower, you’ll be granted with stunning view upon the area.

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Buzet is a city in the center of Istria region, located between Dalmatian hills. The main attraction is a small town perched up on a hill. At the foot of the hill, there is the New Town that preserves the same picturesque feeling of the region.

There are plenty more to see here, but if you can’t manage to fill everything in, you are always welcomed back.

May 19

Gauja Nationa Park- natural, cultural and historical treasure of Latvia

Gauja, Latvia www.traildino.comLatvia invites you to discover a unique location by its natural, cultural and historical diversity- The Gauja National Park. It is known that the park is dating from 1973 and it has more than 90.000 hectares of green beauty. For a full experience reserve yourself more than one day to go about and explore.

A major interest should be given to the caves in the area: Guatmanala, a very large cave, Kalejala, impressive by its length, Liela Ellite or Velnala. For hiking The Ligatne Nature Trails is highly recommended because it offers the opportunity to observe wildlife, animals in their natural habitat, and excellent spots for bird watching. For impressive views there are the cliffs and the sandstone outcrops. The beautiful colors of the outcrops can vary from red to yellow and gray. The red cliffs are maybe the most picturesque and can be seen on the banks of the Ligatne River, the Lustuzis Ridge and Anafabrika Cliffs. It has been discovered that most of them formed 350-370 million years ago.

The Gauja National Park is also a source of inspiration culturally and historically. A trip in the area is like going in a personal and cultural quest. There are three towns (Sigulda, Cesis, Straupe), six Medieval castles and nineteen ancient castles to be admired and discovered along the way.  If you want to get in the atmosphere of medieval times, you can enjoy a day in Cesis Old Town. A unique feeling you will experience as well if you decide to take a tour of the Turida Museum Reserve, Ungurmuiza Manor, Ligatne Paper Mill or Araisi Lake Castle.

Those in search of high adrenaline experiences will not be disappointed. Rides down the Sigulda Luge and Bobsleigh Track are organized all year round. If bungee jumping is your thing, then you should try the cable car in Sigulda. It is suspended above the Gauja River at a height of 43 meters. Here is also the highest climbing tower in Europe, at Vells.

Taking a boat down the Gauja River opens up new perspectives on the outcrops in the valley. Boating is safe here from May to October. There is also the option of camping over night on one of the shores for a good night rest. Springtime floods are changing the dynamic of the river and many adventurous people are happy to go boating on the Ligatne and Amata rivers at that time.

Cycling is really favored here. Tourists can go cycling from May to September. Many biking paths near Sigulda like Ramkalni, Apalkalna or Ezu are the delight of those who love this sport.

If you decide to visit in winter then you might be looking for a skiing experience. Tracks like Kordes, Pilsetas, Reina, Zagarkalns are great to try your skiing skills and these are just a few of them.

Having so many entertainment options in a National Park makes a tourist feel like a kid in a candy store: happy and willing to try them all.

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May 19

Innsbruck, an architectural gem in Austria

 Everyone visiting Austria is charmed by the beauty of Innsbruck, a town situated in the Inn Valley. If you travel by car from Germany to Italy or from Vienna to Switzerland you must visit Innsbruck. The Old Town opens up its narrow streets and let the curious eye of a tourist to enjoy the tall house built in Gothic style.

Your visit should start with the Golden Roof building. The construction dates from back in the 1496. The Golden Roof was meant to celebrate the marriage between Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza. From this building the court was present and observed from above the festivities taking place at that time in the square below. The 2.657 gilded copper tiles are giving the whole construction an exotic and interesting look.

From here the next stop should be the beautiful narrow streets in the Old Town. Different architectural styles coexist here giving a very harmonious look to the area, from old Tyrolese architecture to impressive Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo constructions. If you decide to take a walking tour you will be charmed by the Baroque Helblinghaus with its intricate ornaments. Golden Adler (Golden Eagle) is another building worth seeing. This is an old inn that hosted even great Goethe once. The watchtower Stadtturm it was built in the 14th century and it still a favored place from where to admire the Old Town. During your walking tour don’t forget to visit the Castle Giant’s House (Burgriesenhaus), a construction dating from 1490 meant to serve as a house for a giant man from the court, the Ottoburg or the House of the Teutonic Order (Deutschordenshaus).

Very beautiful concerts you can listen to the Cathedral of St. James. Built in 1724 in Baroque style, the cathedral is beautifully painted, especially the ceiling, with its Glorification of St. James. The altars are made of High Baroque marble and here is depicted an important image of Virgin Mary, Maria Hilf.

Exploring the esplanades of the River Inn is another way to get to know Innsbruck. In Mariahilf District you will enjoy a baroque building as Mariahilfkirche, the green and rich Botanic Garden and the observatory. Next one is Hotting District with its gorgeous Old Parish Church (Alte Pfarrkirche). On Hotting Ridgeway you get the chance to admire the city and mountains surrounding the city. Your tour will end in St. Nikolaus District where there is a Neo-Gothic Church worth seeing.

If you are willing to go on a trip for a day from Innsbruck, then the old town of Kufstein is the best destination for you to visit. The lake has a story of its own and the Kaisergebirge is invinting you for a climbing experience. The small town is inviting you to explore the little squares with fountains and monuments and to admire the historical buildings. The place which attracts most of the visitors is Feste Kufstein. The castle dates from 1205 and it has a tower 90 meter-high (Kaiserturm) and an Organ (Heldenorgel) from 1931. The Organ plays a specific melody every day at noon as a reminder of those who died in the two world wars. Inside the castle there is also a museum (Heimatmuseum), an important location where concerts and local festivals are taking place from time to time.

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May 19

SIBIU, MEDIEVAL FLAVOR AT THE FRONTIER BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

The first human settlements in Sibiu date from the Paleolithic area, and the first documents of the city appear in an archive issued in the late twelfth century by Pope Celestine III.

In the Roman epoch there was a settlement called Cedonia (in the Guşteriţa neighborhood of today). A short journey into the fascinating history of this city will give you the image of this town, its role and importance in the development of the region and even in other parts of the country.

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According to historical evidence, in 1241 Sibiu was conquered and partially destroyed by Mongol hordes. But it raised like a Phoenix from its ashes and the 14th century represents the beginning of an unprecedented development period for Sibiu, which, under most favorable auspices, had become the most important city in Transylvania, due to commercial interest.

Sibiu had more than 13 gateways in the city (some scholars say even 14) and some of them are still standing and represent the most important monuments of Sibiu even today.

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Poarta Scararilor / The Stair makers Gate is the oldest building in Sibiu, still standing today. Some say it’s the first form of fortification, as it is known to have existed ever since the twelfth century. The fact is that the stone gate had been standing there as a major fortifications, probably before the Mongol invasion period. In the sixteenth century the gate undergoes changes and reinforcements, with the reconfiguration of the city by including the Lower Town in the fortified enclosure. It functioned as a gateway for about three centuries; afterwards it received a secondary role by strengthening the Lower Town. It remains one of the most important gates of the medieval period, as all roads, coming from all three Romanian Principalities were connected to this entrance in the city of Sibiu. Is has kept the same purpose until today; it was restored in 2005 and it remains one of the most important monuments of Sibiu.

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The Tower Hall is the most important monument of the city, a symbol in itself and few know that is one of the oldest gates that are still standing. Its history overlaps with the one of the city. The name comes from the neighborhood in which it had been erected: during those times, that was the place where the city hall was located.

The Tower Hall served as fire lookout, arrest, warehouse, and in the last two centuries it hosts the Museum of Sibiu. It was rebuilt in 1588, restored again at the end of the 19th century, then in early and mid-twentieth century.

Sibiu medieval period was characterized by economic growth and continuous development.

The society was very well organized and locals formed connections with shoemakers and craftsmen from Moldova and Romanian Country, as well as Hungary and Germany, therefore, this area, just like Targu Mures, Targu Secuiesc, or Brasov was a very prosperous economic center.

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Craft and merchant associations in Sibiu have obtained a number of rights and privileges which led to an unparalleled flowering of city life; and rulers of Moldavia and the Romanian Country have granted Sibians with certain facilities, like, for instance, in the 14th century, the inhabitants of Sibiu had monopoly and priority over the trade with Romanian Country. Following the continuous economic development, in 1366 Sibiu was declared “city”.

And not just economic, but cultural, as well: the first book written in Romanian language was published in Sibiu in 1544. In 1692, Sibiu became the capital of Transylvania and the connections and influences with the Austrian Empire flourished.

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Brukenthal Palace is the most important proof and a living witness, so to speak, of this flourishing period. Sibiu is becoming a promoter of progress in the country: the first railroad was built in 1872, electric current is introduced in 1897, the headquarter is set at Astra Sibiu etc. Throughout the centuries, many Saxon families had settled in the region, strengthening the social, political, cultural and economic connections with their homelands.

Unfortunately, the historical events that followed (World War II and the communist regime) have led to a substantial reduction in the Saxon population in the city, whether as a result of deportations to Siberia initially or subsequently as a result of massive emigration to Germany.

In recent years, with the efforts coordinated by the former mayor of Sibiu, turned Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis the prestige of Sibiu war reestablished and, in 2007, Sibiu become the European capital of culture, together with Luxembourg.

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It is one of the most vivid, aristocratic and authentic cities of Europe, where several important artistic festivals take place annually, hosting a great number of visitors from Romania and worldwide.

If you visit Sibiu, you will be introduced to the peak of Romanian and European culture, architecture, cuisine and a great bonus of amazingly beautiful natural environment which surround the city.

May 18

BRATISLAVA, THE “LITTLE BIG CITY” OF SLOVAKIA

Bratislava is Slovakia’s largest city and is separated, both historically and geographically by the bridge over the Danube, which separates the Old City from the New City. Just like in any other European city, the old side is the cluster of all the history and culture and the new side is filled with shopping centers, malls, supermarkets, hotels etc. Both sides seem to be completely different worlds.

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Bratislava is a slice of living history, a rather small town where you can still feel the atmosphere of ancient elegance, with ladies dressed in ample gowns, townsmen and knights. It almost feels like you’re about to see these characters filling the area, coming with their elegant carriages pulled by horses. This kind of beauty is hardly found in any city, nowadays.

From the touristic point of view, the locals of Bratislava have been attempting for a while to get rid of the veil of anonymity which shrouded this beautiful and little known city, due to all its architecture which is predominant and common for the former socialist regimes of this area of the continent.  The Old City is very well highlighted by the Baroque style buildings that emerge from the midst of the communist blocks “jungle”.

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Bratislava is betting more on entertainment tourism rather than cultural or historical. But even so, there are many other monuments and beautiful buildings to see and admire.

Hlavné námestie (Central Market) is considered the epicenter of Bratislava. The buildings that surround it are beautifully restored and exude historical significance.

Roland Fountain central square is the epicenter and one of the main meeting points in the city. Built in 1572 by Maximilian II, King of Hungary, the well was an important water supply for city residents of those times.

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Stara radnica (Old Town Hall) was inaugurated in the 15th century and consists of a complex of old stone buildings (sec. 14) and is now the headquarters of Bratislava City Museum.

Cumyl (Man at Work) is the name of one of the most famous statues of the city. The statue is a Modern contemporary piece of street art, and there are many theories about its meaning. One of them states that suggests the first breath of freedom after coming out of the “communist sewage”.

Another trademark statue is Napoleon resting on a bench in the Central Square, reminding Slovaks of his visit in 1805 and the ravages he caused to the Devin Castle located on the hills near Bratislava.

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Other eye-catching statues and objectives cameras are dotted around the city: that of Paparazzo, Hans Christian Andersen, Schöner Náci who was left right in front of the altar, by the woman who was supposed to be his wife; and many other statues that look so realizing and invite you to have a chat with them and take pictures, but you’ll have to discover them yourselves.

Michalská Brána (Michael’s Gate) is the name of one of the four city gates, one that, amazingly, is still standing since it was built around 1300. Now, this building hosts an exhibition of weapons and the view from tower from 51 meters high is stunning and breathtaking. A modern addition is just below the gate, where you can check the distances from Bratislava to a few other cities in the world marked on a disk.

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As soon as you get on the other side of Michalská Brána, you might not even realize that you’ve just passed right by the narrowest building in Bratislava, built on an area of 1.3 meters wide, which was used as access for the sentries. Pat attention as the building is cramped between the tower and the building next to it is a separate house and you might not even see it.

Martina Svätého Cathedral (Cathedral of St. Martin) is one of the symbolic buildings of Bratislava and one of the oldest churches of great importance to … the Hungarian kingdom. After the battle of Mohacs in 1526, when Suleiman the Magnificent defeated Luis II of Hungary; it culminated with the occupation of the Hungarian Kingdom by the Ottomans and after that, the Hungarian kings had to be crowned here, in exile, far away from their homeland.

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Grassalkovich Palace, the Presidential Palace or the White House residence of President of Slovakia is a central building, situated amid the bustle of city, adorned in Rococo style and has a beautiful French garden.

Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský hrad) is placed on a hill above town. The building is massive and has towers in all four corners with the Danube flowing quietly at her feet. It lies close to the heart of Bratislava, and you will notice it from about anywhere. It seems that the hill where now stands the castle was inhabited by Celts since the Stone Age. The castle was first mention in the chronicles of Salzburg, in the year 907 b.C. Before reaching its current form, history records a few changes: initially, the hill was built as a fortress for the Slavic nations who settled here. Afterwards, it was modified into a stone palace in the 11th century. Then, in the 15th century, under the reign of Sigismund of Luxembourg, it was transformed into a Gothic castle with seven meters thick fortifications. Afterwards, in the 16th century King Ferdinand restored the castle in the Renaissance style of the epoch.  Then, in the 17th century, the castle was rebuilt as the Baroque residence of the political leader of that period.

In recent times, the palace housed the art collections of Queen Maria Theresa’s groom, Albert, who were later moved to Vienna, to the Albertina Museum. Since the declaration of independence, the castle has been a part of the Slovak Parliament buildings and houses collections of the Slovak National Museum. Bratislavský hrad is colored in white and the red towers offer a beautiful contrast.

There are many other interesting touristic attractions in Bratislava waiting for you to discover.

May 17

THERME CENTER IN BUCHAREST, A PLACE TO BE ENJOYED WITH YOU FRIENDS AND FAMILY (THERME)

Therme Center is a new attraction spot located close to Bucharest, in the nearby suburb named Balotesti.

It was opened in January 2016, and it is a complex of spas, theme saunas, pools and aquatic fun, with everything that it implies.

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Once you enter, the wide space, which resembles the set of a futuristic / sci-fi movie, will overwhelm you. And so will the gentle personnel who is always there to serve you and make you feel comfortable and very helpful.

It is made up of three sections: Elysium, the Palm and Galaxy. For each zone you will receive a particular wrist-watch that will serve as an electronic wallet that will help you buy whatever you need inside the area and have access to your locker.

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Elysium has six saunas – each has a unique motif – , a selenium and zinc panoramic pool, where you can relax and have a drink at the pool bar, sky lounge and terrace, showers, massage, nine different areas with deck chairs and a restaurant which is open daily between 12.00 and 15.00.

The Palm area is a miniature rain forest that hosts about 500 palm trees from all over the world that surround the gigantic pool. There are three other pools dedicated to aromatherapy and Jacuzzi, where you can relax and enjoy a tropical day, regardless of the season you are in.

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Galaxy is the family zone, where children and adults as well can enjoy the spectacular slides that look like giant snakes rambling around each other. There is an open-air pool, and another covered one, which simulate sea waves. In the same perimeter there are: another restaurant, a snack bar, several smaller pools and playgrounds, where you can spend quality time with your dear ones.

Therme Complex hosts several scientific workshops with educational and informative purpose, where you will find out more about the secrets of our planet and the cosmos, all you have to do is stay tuned and keep an eye on the schedule.

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It is opened daily, and if will offer you a great deal of summertime fun, even if you are in the middle of the winter.

May 16

Zamosc, “the ideal city” in Poland

Zamosc1 bcanet.co.ukZamosc is known to be the “ideal city”. Built in the Renaissance manner, “Padua of the North” is only one of the expressions that described the exotic architecture of Zamosc. What they understood by the “ideal city” was a city appealing for its residents, safe and most of all beautiful.

It was the polish Chancellor Jan Zamoyski who hired the Italian architect Bernardo Morando at the end of 19th century to design Zamosc, based on the anthropomorphic concept. The city was built to resemble to a human silhouette where the palace is the head, the main street plays the role of the spine and the Academy and the Cathedral are its lungs. The belly was represented by the crosswise road and the three markets, while the defensive bastions were the arms and the legs.

In 14 December 1992, Zamosc was inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. This means the city has to be protected from destruction and preserved as best as possible in an unchanged condition.

Because of its beauty and unique landscape, Zamosc is a favorite Eastern European destination among tourists. The historical buildings are situated inside the town’s defensive walls and that makes them an easy target for tourists in loved with Renaissance architectural designs. There are other attractions in Zamosc beside the Old Town. Family with kids can enjoy a visit at the zoological garden, for couples there is always the choice of a walk in the park or a movie at the modern cinema, the music lovers have the chance to listen the oldest symphonic orchestra in Poland, galleries, restaurants and cafes in Old Town’s basements are other places where tourists can feed their souls with beauty.

And if all you are looking for as a tourist in this place is to fall in love then you should fall in love with the colorful Armenian houses in the Market Square. It is great to know that back in the days these houses witnessed such a prolific multicultural exchange. Jewish people from Turkey and Italy came and settled here, as well as Armenians and Greeks. They were all having the same rights as the other residents. This made Zamosc a city of ethnic and religious freedom.

If you decide to go to Zamosc don’t hesitate to explore Roztocze district as well- a green area with a beautiful landscape, situated only 130km away from L’viv. Given the fact that Roztocze is a National Park, you can enjoy walking to its forests, and having the proper guide you might even see the wild boar, the red deer, the red fox and beautiful Polish ponies.

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