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Do you have some secret gourmet passion, some guilty pleasure you enjoy during Chirstmas markets? Do you have the feeling as if you have already tried everything sold on Christmas market in large European cities? So you think you know pretty much well what regional specialties they sell there? Well, maybe you are wrong. Let's join us and discover the unknown of the gourmet world. Do make experiments and try knew tastes and smells. Make yourselves ready for Christmas markets even if it is only September.

Trees still are full of leaves and the Christmas are still three months away. However, nothing makes cold and cloudy days better than smell of mulled wine and cinammon on golden donuts. So, why should you wait till the Advent time. You can have a cup of mulled wine right now and plan what pastry you'll taste on which of the TOP10 Christmas markets in Europe.

When we went through our list of favourite Christmas delicacies, we applied the paradigm that the love goes through the stomach. We really love these specialties and we can promise you that you too will have joy of eating these.

Poffertjes in the Netherlands

In the Czech Republic Saint Nicholas with an angel and a devil visit children on saint's evening. In the Netherlands, Black Peter accompanies the saint. This mythical figure also gives presents to children. Dutch children also love to eat delicious mini pancakes (not only in the Christmas time). These mini pancakes are called poffertjes.

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Poffertjes are sold fresh, topped with sugar and butter or sweet syrup. The resulting meal is very tasty and makes one remember childhood. While children merrily eat theri pancakes, grown-ups can warm themselves with a shot of genever, a Dutch version of gin, or with unique cinnamon liquor.   

Oliebol in Belgium

The famous "oil balls" will make your taste buds feel true joy. These balls look very similar to Czech-style donuts. However, they are made of raisin dough and immediately after frying they are coated in sugar.

The oil balls are traditionally made on the New Year's Eve. However, they became very popular on Belgian Christmas market. Donuts make you feel full very quickly. One piece is just enough. Children mostly prefer oliebollen filled with nut cream.

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Beignets in France  

Lastly we would like to take you for a tasting of another golden fried beuty. Fried donuts are popular in France too during the Christmas market. Their origin dates back to the Roman Empire. Beignetes were mostly on Tusday or on the Ash Wednesday which started off the 40 days of fasting until the Easter.

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Today, these are mostly made of yeast dough or batter. Foodies eat it while still hot. Sometimes these can come with filling or in the shape of pancakes. For instance, apple pancakes with cider (Beignets aux pommes) are very popular in Normandy. Beignetes are a pastry you will love very much. So, make a sightseeing trip to Paris before Christmas and enjoy some beignetes filled with raspberries or apples.

 

Source: Adéla Vavřačová, Radynacestu.cz

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This gem of Ionian Islands. It is known not only for beautiful beaches but also for its charming Greek countryside. You can enjoy it to the fullest on the island. Lefkada is situated south of Corfu and north of Cephalonia.

What to do on the island?

There are many charming, little bays and amazing beaches which are mostly on island's western shore. Beaches like Porto Katsiki, Kathisma, Avali, Pefkoulia, Milos, Egremni and Agiofilli are among Greece's most beautiful beaches. Majestic lime cliffs and sand or pebble beaches contrast with each other and with crystal blue sea making this place amazingly beautiful.

Lefkada, Egremmi beach

Vegetation thrives in local climate. Rocky ridges across the entire island are covered mostly with citrus tree, olives, grapevine and vegetables. Local trails are great for long walks. Such walks let you enjoy the atmosphere. Go to the villages like Lazarata, Agois Petros or Karya. Also, you can go and see other places such as Santa Maura, a medieval fortress or Faneromeni cloister. A floating bridge linking Lefkada and Akamania is amazing. Also, you should see Cape Dukato situated on island's south.

Lefkada

If you are looking for other activities which would allow you to enjoy your vacation on Lefkada. See the Vassiliki bay which offers conditions for windsurfing, surfing, catamarans or water skiing. Also, there are numerous possibilities where to ride a bike. You can easily rent a bike right on the island.

Lefkada

>> Do you want to experience the best vacation? Make a last minute vacation on Lefkada right now!!

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Agios Nikitas is a small fishing village on the northeastern shore of the island and also one of the most beautiful places you can visit here. This tranquil place features amazing beaches great for a family vacation. This place offers many sporting or culture activities. Alternatively, you can make a trip to one of the places mentioned before.

Lefkada, Agios Nikitas

Amouso is another interesting resort. This one sits between the capes of Kastri and Lipso. The resort features a beautiful beach and many location where you can snorchl-dive. Mikros Gialos is another quiant settlement on the island's east shore. The resort features amazing pebble beach, fishermen taverns and kafenios. We recommend you to make a trip to an amazing lookout featuring a 4th century tower ruin.

Lefkada, Mikros Gialos

A sea town of Vassiliki is a great place to spend your vacation at. It is well-known for its pebble and sand beaches. Entrance to the sea from the beach is gradual. Also, there are great possibilities to do water sports.

Do you want to experience the best vacation? Make a last minute vacation on Lefkada right now!!

GPS: (Vassiliki) 38°37'41.7"N 20°36'25.9"E

 

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Albania, Tirana – Vibrant City – VIDEO
Published: 24.10.2017
Albania is a small and quiet country. Tirana, its capital, has very calm feel unlike many other European cities. No wonder. It is home to "only" about half a million people. Streets are vibrant and Tirana's magic is unlike of any other city.

Argentina: From Posadas to Santa Fe
Published: 23.10.2017
Posadas is the capital of Misiones province. Before the Jesuites settletd here, the native inhabitants were the Guarani indians. Today, you can see them selling hteir handmade products. The province also features amazing Iguazu waterfalls as well as historic sights such as Ruinas de San Ignacio.

Morocco: The Magic of the Orient II – Streets in Fez
Published: 21.10.2017
When traveling from Fez, we travel across Meknen plain dubbed the Garden of Morocco. All you can think of grow here – melons, bananas, oranges, lemons, almonds, and grain.

Great Britain, Southampton – boats, boats, boats
Published: 20.10.2017
The Gateway to the World. This is the nickname of a port city in south England sitting on the meeting of the Itchen and Test rivers.

SK, Ruzomberok – Cutkovska Valley
Published: 18.10.2017
Today, we set off to a place near the town of Ruzomberok. It is a beautiful valley in the Velka Fatra mountains. If you guess that we go to Cutkovska valley, you're right.

Albania: The Land Waiting to be Discovered – VIDEO
Published: 17.10.2017
Amazing beaches, high mountains, beautiful national parks, lakes, traidional farmers, grandiose castle. Albania is a country of many great attractions and sights and it still retains its status of a land not yet discovered by mass tourism. Our following series will take you to some places which are worth traveling to.

Polnad, Kolobrzeg: Weeken at the Sea
Published: 15.10.2017
Rádi byste se prošli podél moře, ale nechce se vám nikam daleko? Pokud ano, máme tu pro vás dnes tip na místo, které je Čechy celkem opomíjeno. Nemusíte jet tisíce kilometrů, nemusíte překonávat svůj strach z létání. Stačí, když sednete do auta a můžete si udělat krásný prodloužený víkend v Kolobrzegu.

Great Britain, Nottingham – To See Robin Hood!
Published: 13.10.2017
You must have seen at least one movie about Robin Hood. And if not you surely have heard about him. The legend of this archer is still strong and popular culture keeps it alive. After all, a man who takes from the rich and gives to the poor is certainly not going away any time soon. Robin Hood's nemesis - the sheriff of Nottingham is not least known figure as well. And the city of Nottingham will be our stop today.

SK, Orava: Jasenova – Kukucin's Village
Published: 11.10.2017
We conclude our tour in Orava in Jasenova village which is situated in a small basin close to Vysny Kubin. Among its buildings you can get glimpses of distant past as you may find here some unique historic landmarks. We are going to tell you more about them on the following lines.

SK, Klastor pod Znievom: The Town and Its Royal Castle Zniev – VIDEO
Published: 10.10.2017
There is a beautiful town of Klastor pod Znievom under the northernmost peak of the Ziar mountains. Today we tell you more about this place and also we make a short trip to the surroundings.

Oman: Sur – A Colonial Town, Camel Race and Real Desert
Published: 9.10.2017
Sur is a beautiful town featuring colonial architecture. It is situated by the sea on several spits of land. There are hills, byas and so on. But don't worry. Locals are ready to help you and get you to the right place. There are no street names in Sur so always ask about a concrete place. There are several markets (such as fish market). Moreover, there is a shippyard featuring many ships under constructions. These resemble ships of the Christopher Columbus era and are hand made. To complete such a ship takes several months of work.

Austria: The Hohe Tauern National Park and the Town of Kaprun
Published: 8.10.2017
The Hohe Tauern national park belongs to the most popular areas in the Austrian Alps. Nature here is nothing but magical. Sharp peaks of two or three thousand meter high rocky giants, alpine lakes, wild nature, vast glacier fields and more. The Hohe Tauern are also popular for mountain hikers and for its numerous winter resorts.

Cuba, Varadero – The Most Beautiful Beaches and More
Published: 7.10.2017
Varadero was the last place we visited during our vacation. It is an ideal place to relax. The city is known for Hicacos, a spit of land with beautiful white sand beaches and clear water. When riding in a taxi collectivo from Trinidad, the ride takes about 3.5 hours with one break. And this ride was really unpleasant.

Great Britain, Brighton – The Most Beautiful Observation Tower in England
Published: 6.10.2017
Brighton is the most popular and famous sea resort on the English Channel. Once, this large city was a simple fishing village which became increasingly popular among English nobility in the 18th century. They travelled here to breathe fresh sea air and relax in luxurious spa. Today, Brighton is open to anyone. Its pebble beaches are lined with souvenire stores and various attractions.

CZ, Prague – Kunraticky Les
Published: 4.10.2017
Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic . It is home to many amazing sights, divine cuisine, even better bear and amazing treks into nature. Today, we take a look at one of its precious nature nooks - Kunraticky Les.

SK, Drazovce: The Most Picturesque Church in Slovakia – VIDEO
Published: 3.10.2017
In our journey across Slovakia, we visit Drazovce, a borrough of Nitra situated under the projection of the well-known hill of Zobor.

Oman: Forts Anywhere You Look
Published: 2.10.2017
There are several fortresses you may see in Oman. One of these is situated in Nizwa, a town with famous bazaar and halva stores. Keep in mind that opening hours may vary according to the temperature outside. To have a souk you must be ready to go in the morning. Stores are closed in the afternoon due to high temperatures.

SK, Orava – Vysny Kubin: The Birthplace of P. O. Hviezdoslav
Published: 1.10.2017
Last week we visited the quiant village of Lestiny. The village boasts a UNESCO sight. However, today we move about one kilometer to Vysny Kubin, a village in Orava region.

Cuba, Trinidad – A Colonial Gem among Cuban Cities
Published: 30.9.2017
Short after noon, we reached the colonial city of Trinidad by taxi colectivos. The ride was truly thrilling as we hastily rode in an American car with nine seats without any seatbelts and with windows opened. I didn't know what should I worry about more – if we crash into someone or if the car could fall apart.

Great Britain, Lincoln – The Birthplace of George Booleho
Published: 29.9.2017
Lincolnshire is the destination for today. It is located in east England. The main city is Lincoln which along with Windsor, Warwick, Canterbury, London and York belongs to the most important historic cities of England. The city is home to 130 thousand people. It lays on the River Witham with amazing cathedral rising above buildings around. The center of the city features historic houses, fortification built by the Normans, and you may even see remains of ancient Roman architecture.

SK, Ruzomberok: Malinô Brdo – Sports Resort
Published: 27.9.2017
Summer, fall or winter- visiting Malinho Brdo means great sporting activities. Bikers, skiers and tourists, all will love it here.

SK, Orava – Lestiny: A Village with a UNESCO Sight
Published: 24.9.2017
This time we go to Dolny Kubin, a district in Orava region. We decided to see some beautiful villages which are significant for their sights, important historic figures, or are simply great places to start a tour into the surroundings.

Cuba, Playa Larga – Crocodille Farm and Amazing Lagoon
Published: 23.9.2017
We travelled to Playa Larga from Habana, again. This time we did intend to make use of local taxi colectivos and spare some money. For here they celebrate the Labour Day, we had to find different alternative. Before we even had approached an information stall, a cab driver stopped us and suggested he would take us right to our address.

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