Sep 23

GDANSK, A GOTHIC PORT WITH AN AWESOME NIGHTLIFE (GDANSK)

Gdansk is a seafront city in Gothic style, where almost everything is painted gray and adorned with gold. Once a fishing village, today is an important sea port town on the Baltic Sea, where there live nearly half a million inhabitants.

If you visit the city in mid-June, it is likely that the weather is beautiful, perfect to ride slowly along the quay. This area is probably the most enchanting in Gdansk, although the cobblestone streets of the city will find many traditional Polish restaurants, pubs, craft shops and many other attractions.
The view of the keys of the city is seized by the Vistula River delta, the longest in Poland. Tall grass and green delta is highlighted by the blue waters of the Gulf. Work never ends here, from huge ships that go and come, to vendors selling merchandise over the freshest possible. Cobblestone bridges that stretch over canals city and there is even a restaurant built on one of them, famous for its incredibly tasty seafood they serve.

You should not miss the amazing Cathedral of St. Mary. It claims to be the largest brick building of its kind in the world, I can sit on seats 25,000 people. Once here, you can climb over 400 steps to reach the top. The incursion is not for the faint of heart, as some winding stairs are really steep. The feeling is really strange when you’re glued between churches, where you can almost see many of the details of ornamentation. In exchange for a tiny fee, you can take and lift.

The church tower has a height of 76.6 meters and can be seen from anywhere in town. It has a flat roof, and legend has it that a giant named Stolen used to come into town and use it as a chair. Platform that serves as the observer creates a very intimate atmosphere and to get there, you have much time to wait until your turn. Fortunately, there are days when the church is invaded by visitors. Once on the church roof, the view of the entire city and coastline simply cut your breath.

Another church that is worth visiting is the Oliwa Cathedral, which is an enormous organ with ropes and 1110 over 7,800 tubes. Cathedral hosts also tombs and incredible artwork.

National Museum in Gdansk, located in Suburbia Old Gothic art exhibit works from the 15th century is one of the most famous painting “The Judgement” by Hans Memling, stole countless nations (Napoleon’s troops, the Nazis and Russians) and that the right to repossess the city Gdansk. The building where the museum is now was once a Franciscan monastery and hospital for treatment of fever. Unfortunately, explanations of art works are only in Polish.

Fountain of Neptune, which depict the Neptune with trident in front of Arthur’s Court (Dwor Artus), symbolizes great relationship with the city Gdansk. Another characteristic feature of the city is represented by the entrance gates in it; built as defensive fortifications against invaders coming from the sea. You should really go on what was once the Royal Route, used for processions state, which lies along Dluga Street (Long Street) beginning at Upland Gate, one of the entrances to the city.

Gdansk shipyards (Stocznia Gdansk) is located in the north-west of the Old City, an area of Gdansk, not very attractive. Construction sites known as Lenin during the Soviet era Gdansk shipyards were the birthplace of the Solidarity protest movement, the early 80s there has become dynamic and courageous leader of Solidarity, Lech Walesa, who later was elected Poland’s president in 1990.

Another final detail of Gdansk is where he started the Second World War. Westerplatte, a small Polish garrison entered history through the heroic resistance that has proven for 6 days against a prolonged bombardment.

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Sep 23

KOS – TURQUOISE WATERS AND ANCIENT HISTORY (ΚΩΣ)

The island of Kos is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, is the second most popular island after Rhodes and the third largest. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the founding father of medicine. Here you can visit the ruins of the ancient city and the castle. The view that unfolds in front of your eyes from the highest point of the old city is beyond magnificent.

Kos is only four kilometers away from the coast of Bodrum in Turkey, from where you can arrive by ferry. In summer (between May and October), there is a one way ferry ride departing towards Kos at 9 a.m. (the ticket costs 25 Euros per person for a single road), and a slow ferry ride for 50 Euros per person. You can reach the island by ferry from Kos within any other Greek islands. Travelling by ferry from Rhodes to Kos lasts between 2 and 8 hours and the ticket prices start from 30 Euros per person on the fast ferry, with special seats like those of an aircraft. The ferry from Santorini to Kos can make about 4 hours and 15 minutes and the ticket costs 28.50 euro per person for one trip at economic class.

There are flights from Athens to Kos. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour, and a ticket at the Aegean Airlines company starts from 126 Euros one way. In summer, there are direct flights from many European cities straight to Kos; for instance, TUIfly flies from Cologne, Basel, Hanover, Stuttgart, Bremen, Nuremberg, Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

The climate of Kos

Summers are hot and dry, while winters are mild, which means that the island enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. The average temperature in July and August is around 28ºC during the day and 22ºC at night. Summers are dry and rain is missing.

What to do in Kos

The main port, Kos, is the cultural and tourist center of the island. The whitewashed buildings are hotels, restaurants and several nightclubs; enough to ensure delightful spending a night on the town.

One of the attractions on the island is a fortress dating from the 14th century, located at the harbor entrance. History says that here is the birthplace of Hippocrates. In the center of it is there is an old plan-tree that is known as Hippocrates’ plane-tree Hippocrates. It is said that he used to teach the art of medicine under this tree. You can also visit the ruins of Asklepion, a temple dedicated to healing the sufferings.

The beaches of Kos

Kos is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dodecanese islands:

Psalidi – has numerous beach bars, is located only 3 kilometers from Kos.

Kardamena Beach – 30 kilometers west of the city of Kos, very popular among tourists and well organized.

Marmari Limnaria – 20 kilometers from the city of Kos, is designed for practicing windsurfing beach.

Tigaki – 11 kilometers from Kos, with crystal water and shallow.

Kamari – is 45 kilometers from Kos town, is surrounded by high rocky peaks; part of this beach is not landscaped and is quite isolated.

Mastichari Beach – situated 27 kilometers from the city of Kos, is an exotic beach with white sand and emerald water; here you can practice windsurfing.

Lambi – only 3 kilometers from the city of Kos, well organized; rents umbrellas and sun beds.

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Sep 23

WINE PRODUCTION PUTS ROMANIA IN THE SPOTLIGHT OF HIGH-CLASS TOURISM

Wine tourism has experienced a significant development in Romania, helped by investments made by wineries and the increasing demand from customers for this type of personalized travel-oriented experiences. The development potential is great, wine enthusiasts are attracted to pay visits to vineyards and wineries, to attend discussions with winemakers and, last but not least, the beautiful landscape that can be discovered in our country. Moreover, old mansions near vineyards that have been refurbished and converted into accommodation and their stories attract Romanian and foreign tourists.

Until about five years ago, wine lovers in Romania were forced to travel abroad to practice wine tourism, but lately they are now able to do this in this country on the highest level conditions. The geographical location of Romania, its scenery, diversity, history, and indigenous varieties are clear advantages for owners of wineries that can be used to attract Romanian and foreign tourists in local wine areas.

Cellars can be visited all year round, but the most attractive scenery is in the period between April and October. For a tourist, a weekend of wine tasting, meals and accommodation has to pay a fee of about 100 Euros, plus shipping costs.

Wine tourism, also known under the name oenoturism, represents organized tours to wineries, presenting the making process of wine, visits to vineyards, wine tastings and guided cellar accommodations in or nearby.

Romania is the sixth wine producer in the EU, according to wine production surveys. Romania ranks the 13th place in the world ranking among the largest wine producers, according to preliminary data recently published by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). In total, Romania has registered more than 250 wineries, but only 140 of them produce and sell bottled wine, and of these about a quarter can support wine tourism.

The number of wineries in Romania is growing steadily with 5-10 units per year. Romania currently occupies the fifth place in Europe in terms of area: over 200,000 hectares of vines cultivated in the European Union and sixth of output. Romanians have growth their potential and interest from the cellars and tourists so that this country could experience a development increasingly larger in terms of local wine tourism, non-existent until a few years ago.

To promote wine tourism in Romania, several bilingual projects and cellar databases – both in Romanian and English – have been developed and also events in the form of showrooms specialized in wines.
Such showrooms bring to the attention of wine lovers small and medium wineries in Romania, in order to make less exposed vineyards and the unique domestic varieties known and increase interest in the discovery of wine tourism.

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