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United States: huge, diverse and exciting

Washington DC, Monument

The US is a huge country comprising of 50 states in North America, bordering with Canada in the north and Mexico in the south. It’s an amazingly diverse country (expression ‘melting pot’ came from the US) that attracts millions of tourists every year and it tops world tourism rankings for decades. And this is not an accident, there is so much to see and do in the US that this post will not do it justice. That’s why we will try and write about various destinations within the US during next couple of weeks.

Portugal: history, sea, great weather and food

Portugal, Lisbon

Portugal is a small European country on the Atlantic Ocean, sharing Iberian Peninsula with Spain. The country’s position at the sea has shaped its past and present and will inevitably shape its future. Portugal was major maritime power during 16th to 19th century and this has left deep impact into its culture and history. Overseas colonization did not only bring Portuguese language and culture to distant countries, but brought other cultures back to Portugal, which made it richer and unique.

City Spotlight: Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand, Temple

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is famous for dynamic street life and exciting night entertainment. In contrast to lively night life and entertainment opportunities, there are many shrines and temples throughout the city that offer tranquil environment for visitors to marvel at spectacular architecture and ornate statues.

Thailand: white sandy beaches, golden temples and amazing food

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country with diverse geography, rich culture and history. It is in the top ten world tourist destination for decades and for a good reason. Tourists from around world are coming to Thailand to enjoy great hospitality of friendly people, spend time on a beautiful white sandy beaches, explore jungles and mountains and visit many monumental temples and palaces.

City Spotlight: Florence

Florence, Italy

Florence, capital of Tuscany region in Italy, is rightfully referred as a ‘cradle of the Renaissance’: many of Renaissance artists were born there. To name just a few: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and list goes on, with dozens of world famous artists, painters, sculptors born in Florence or in region of Tuscany.

City Spotlight: Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, truly a fairy tale city, is covered in maze like cobbled streets, medieval squares, romantic bridge over Vltava River and grandiose castle on top of the hill, so one doesn’t need much imagination to comprehend life from centuries ago.
Prague was named “the City of a Hundred Spires” in the 19th century, but they are saying now it has more than five hundred.

Netherlands: art and history, windmills and tulips

Netherlands

Since its ‘Golden Age’ in 17th century, Netherlands is a country that fascinates Europe and the world. Netherlands’ contribution to global art heritage through works of grandmasters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer (to name just a few out of dozens of art geniuses) is immense, diverse and rich.
Typically, Netherlands is known for its flatlands intersected with canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling paths, but there is much more to discover in this tiny country. Amsterdam, the capital, is home to many museums, notable few are Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum; Rotterdam, famous major port city that hosts Pilgrim Fathers Church; the university town of Utrecht, with lively canalside cafes; Maastricht with a lively culinary scene and medieval city walls; The Hague, administrative capital and home of major international justice institutions, and many more.

City Spotlight: Paris

Paris, Tower

Paris, ‘city of lights’, truly deserves this romantic nickname. It is globally known not only as France’s capital, but as a European and world center for art, culture, fashion and gourmet food. Tourist flock to Paris in millions not only to enjoy sophistication in art and culture, but sometimes just to take a photo in front of city’s many world famous landmarks. And there are many of those: Eiffel Tower, that became synonym with Paris (and France) from the time it was built in late 19th century; Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, famous not only as a church, but from famous novel of Victor Hugo, Louvre Museum with famous Mona Lisa, and many more.

Czechia: castles and beer, history and culture

Czech, Prague

The Czech Republic, or known since 2016 as Czechia, is a Central European country, known for its castles, baroque and gothic churches, famous locally brewed beers and long and rich history. Its capital, Prague, with its mazelike cobbled streets, hosts fully preserved 9th century castle, a medieval old town and Charles Bridge, lined with ornate statues.
Český Krumlov, a town in the south, has a variety of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures, and many restaurants and souvenir shops. On the west, there are natural spas with mineral water, Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázne. In ancient town of Kutna Horá, world known Sedlec Ossuary hosting more than 40,000 human skeletons (here is an idea for an unconventional Halloween tour!). And, last, but not the least, city of Plzeň, the birthplace of Pilsner beer. Cheers!

Top 5: places to celebrate Halloween in the US, 2018

Halloween potion

Whether you like to celebrate at home, quietly, or you usually go full scale decorating the house and trick or treating, Halloween is always exciting holiday. It is very entertaining for kids, but adults are enjoying it very much as well. If you like to travel to the US (or you are already there), here are some recommendation on which places are best for celebrating Halloween.

United Kingdom: mix of traditional and modern

United Kingdom, London

The United Kingdom (UK) consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each of them with distinguished geographies. England is the home of London, a global financial and cultural centre and river Thames, major landmark in the UK. Scotland is a land of Highland mountains, offshore islands of Skye and Lewis, and the legendary Loch Ness monster. Wales is mountainous, but also has miles of beaches and castles at Cardiff, Caernarfon, Caerphilly and Conwy. Northern Ireland is known for its scenic Glens of Antrim and a coastline featuring the Giant’s Causeway, amazing natural formation of hexagonal rock columns.

City Spotlight: Barcelona

Barcelona, a vibrant cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia region in Spain is famous or its art and architecture. Spectacular Sagrada Família church, designed by Antoni Gaudí, is iconic landmark and recognisable emblem of the city. Picasso Museum and Fundació Joan Miró host famous pieces by these masters.
The mix of old and new is so natural in Barcelona, so one will walk from medieval Gothic Quarter into central promenade, La Rambla, packed with famous brand shops and restaurants and cafes, and cross between ancient into modern within few steps.
When tired of city buzz, visitor can climb to Parc Güell garden, another jewel packed with Gaudí deigns and breath-taking panoramic views of city and the coast.
Barcelona cuisine, while similar to rest of Spain, has some specific tastes, which tourists can explore in and around famous La Boqueria market, whether it is a high end dining or some tapas between strolls through this wondrous city.

City Spotlight: Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Spain’s elegant capital, Madrid, is famous for its boulevards and parks and as a centre of world’s most renowned art museums. Prado Museum hosts works of Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish and European masters. Reina Sofia Museum hosts one of Picasso’s best works – Guernica. Madrid is also very modern city that offers great restaurant and night life experience and famous Gran Via street is lined up with shops for high end shopping experience.Several of world’s most famous landmarks, such as Colosseum, Vatican with Sistine Chapel, are located in Rome, and they bring millions of tourists every year.
And, of course, world known Italian cuisine, together with genuine Italian espresso and gelato are major part of your visit to this magnificent city!

City Spotlight: Rome

Rome, Colosseum

Rome is ancient city, founded about 3,000 years ago and never stopped being exciting and relevant ever since. Hence the nickname – The Eternal City. Today, it is a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis with perfect mixture of historical sites, art museums and modern culture, entertainment, fashion and night life.
Several of world’s most famous landmarks, such as Colosseum, Vatican with Sistine Chapel, are located in Rome, and they bring millions of tourists every year.
And, of course, world known Italian cuisine, together with genuine Italian espresso and gelato are major part of your visit to this magnificent city!

City Spotlight: London

London, UK

London, the capital of the United Kingdom (and of England), is a modern city, but with history stretching back to 1st century. Reminders of rich history are the Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, while across the Thames River, modern, London Eye observation wheel sits as a contrast and a reminder that city embraced new era and technology in everyday life.

City Spotlight: Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a perfect mix of history, culture and modern, dynamic life events. Its turbulent history in 20th century through Second World War and later being divided during Cold War era left behind reminders such a Holocaust museum and Berlin Wall. Today, Berlin is a modern city with many things to offer, from culture, history, nightlife to vintage and high-end shopping.

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