The second largest city in the Czech Republic is home to many landmarks, nature sights or UNESCO-grade architecture. However, it offers a trip to the realm of animals. And we shall take this trip today.
We visit Lillehammer today which was the place where the Olympics took place in 1994. The bus takes us to ski jump bridges. The entire town is right at our feet. We climb down metal steps and we are lucky. There is a ski training taking place just now. We can see skiers in action.
Gascony is another of France's historic regions we visit on our journeys in France. It is situated in the southwest of the country bordering Spain. Wavy fields, empty roads, sun flowers, and peace are typical images of this region.
The port city of Turku is situated about 2 hours of car ride west from Helsinki. You can take direct bus at Helsinki airport terminal or you can transfer to a small plane on intra-country flight Helsinki-Turku. The city is surrounded by diverse coastline of the Baltic Sea. The River Aura also flows into the sea. Turku was founded in the end of the 13th century. However, people lived in the area as early is in the Stone Age. Soon after the city was founded, Turku cathedral (Turun tuomiokirkko) was consecrated. The cathedral is situated in the center of the city and you can access it easily by public transportation. It is one of the most popular places there.
Today we take you to the mouth of the Small Carpathian mountains to the town of the name of Jablonica.
Nagoya is the third largest city in Japan. Many forget to visit it, unfortunately. There are many interesting places and should you have enough time, spend there a day and night at least. You won't regret.
Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world. It covers an area of 34 Czehc Republic. Our neighbor - Germany - would fit within its borders seven times. We don't hear much about this country yet Kazakhstan has been opening to the world significantly. In 2017, it will host EXPO international exhibition. To lure in as many visitors as possible, the country will cancel visa requirements with several countries. The Czech Republic will be one of such. Make a use of this tremendous opportunity to visit this wonderful land.
Easy hills great for children but for grown-ups as well. There are ski slopes and tows without long lines. We talk about Lower austria. Mostly, there are blue-difficulty ski slopes and around you can find amusing parks, freeride arenas, evening skiing, and ski slopes suitable for sportsmen. This all is not far away.
We can sleep a while longer. Today is a different day. We are about to climb the Bessegen mountain ridge. Its highest peak is Veslfjellet (1 743 m). It is situated in the Jotunheimen mountain area which is the highest in all Norway (there are 29 of the highest peaks of Norway). A third of the area covers the Jotunheimen national park. It is a beautiful place of steep mountains, glaciers, and beautiful valleys.
About five hours on the Baltic Sea starting at Turku, finland, there is an autonomous Finnish province with population which speaks Swedish- Åland Island. Its capital of Mariehamn is home to local parliament or a post office, for instance.
In Dunajska Streda district situated about 40 kilometers southeash from Bratislava, there is Gabcikovo town. The first document declaring its existance comes from 1102. In the town, there is a chateau with towers, or St Margarita Roman Catholic church constructed in 1397.
The capital of Japan seems endless. And it is sort of true- it is not just one city but it is seamless megalopolis in the Kanto region. Around 40 million people live there. Still, it is very easy to feel there like in a small town.
The last place on our two-week journey across Paraguay is a city in the east of the country – Ciudad del Este. For many goods being smuggled through here it has been called "South-American supermarket". You can buy almost anything in busy streets in downtown. Brasilians and Argentinians go here to buy all kinds of goods mostly electronics whic is cheaper in Paraguay than in neighboring countries. The city was founded in 1957. Today, there live almost 400 thousand people and is the second largest city in Paraguay. The city lays on the River Parana (the second largest river in South America). The city borders with Argentine and Brasil. The Puente de la Amistad (the Bridge of Peace) links it with Foz do Iguazú.
Maintained slopes, snow covered landscape, amazing vistas, mountain air, cozy cabins – all of these are ingrediends for an unforgettable winter vacation.
After a visit in Oslo, there is a long way to our next accomodation - Faksfall camp near Dombås town. Partially, the road takes us along Mjøsa which is the largest lake in Norway. Its total depth is 468 meters.
Our travels across France’s historical regions goes on to the east. Burgundy is our destination of today.
Krakow - that amazing, charismatic, and historic city is so full of interesting landmarks that to spend only one weekend is almost like not being there at all. Maybe you have already heard that Krakow has been becoming the city of bars. Resutanrats, clubs, candy shops, pijalnie wódky… There is one place next to another all of them being great. Once you get enough refreshed take a look around. The Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, the old Stare Miasto, Rynek Główny, Wawel castle and the cathedral - the most sacred place in Poland. All of these sights on just couple of square kilometers - just enough to get to know it during a weekend.
When you see it on a map it looks rather unremarkable, an archipelago in east Asia. Yet it is a country of amazing history, traditions, nature, and it is an economic powerhouse. You can expect anything before your first trip to Japan. Be sure that the country will surprise you anyway. Perhaps even more than you think.
Jesuit missions are among the most attractive landmarks in Paragueay. I was very interested in such an attraction. I didn't have an idea how such missions look like. The Jeusit missions of Paraguay are mostly along the River Parana and some are also in Brasil, Bolivia, and many in Argentine (the province of Misiones). There are eight Jesuit villages in Paraguay. Three of them are quite well-úreserved. We are heading towards them right now. Missions (native villages) were used to re-education of locals (Guarani tribe) and were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Villages look very similar. Usually, there is a large stone church with sacristy. Adjacent to it, there are several buildings - schools. Then there are dwellings of the natives.
There is the town of Svätý Anton in a picturesque area of the Stiavnicke Hills (only several kilometers away from Banska Stiavnica which belongs under UNESCO protection). Since time immemorial it has been linked to hunting the game. Today, we visit this town and learn something about its history and interesting places.
We are heading towards Rådhuset which Oslo's townhall built in the Classicist revival style. Its two rectangle towers are hard to not to see. The east tower is 66-meters high. Inside, there are chimes consisting of 38 bells. The northern tower is 63 meters high. The astronomical clock is situated on the south side. The clock is unique and also one of the largest in Europe. Its dial has 8,6 meters in diameter. The hand is 5,7 meters long. To be honest, I didn't like th town hall at first. And I learn the locals also needed some time to adjust. However, they consider it an integral part of their city which is partly given by its beautiful interior.
It would be a pitty to leave Nantes after a short visit last time. This time we are going there to get to know the city little bit better. It is worth it.
Not a long time ago we enjoyed the town of Hranice. Several hours of walk later we moved on. Again, we parked our in Teplice nad Becvou, one of the most important spa areas in the Czech Republic.
Fifth year in a row has Melbourne become the best place to live. Last time I guided you through its modern and busy downtown. However, not many people live in downtown- many travel there for culture and to work there. Let's take a look how other districts look like, districts where people actually live and dwell in.
The city of Encarnacion (the capital of Itapua departament) is situated in the south of Paraguy on the River Parana. The river makes a natural border with Argentina. Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) is how people call this city of 120 thousand. On the other bank of the river sits Posadas, a city in Argentina. Both banks of the river are linked by the San Roque González de Santa Cruz bridge. The city was founded by the Jesuits in the 17th century. There are many Jesuit missions in this part of Paraguay. There are some well-preserved ruins that we plan to explore. Now we set aside two days to explore Encarnacion.
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