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Knight of Templars are still veiled in mystery. And a lot has been written about the order, both fiction and non-fiction. Yet seldomly do we meet any Templar knight. Well, I don't mean face to face as the order was abolished by the pope in the year 1312 but its structures and art.
In the picturesque undulating landscape, the spa town of Smrdáky is situated between small hills and valleys at the foot of the White Carpathians. This Záhorie village is less than 7 km from the district town of Senica and approximately 90 km from the capital of Slovakia - Bratislava.
When you happen to visit the Italian region of Lombardy, you must definitely visit Milan. However this region also hides other places and towns that are worth a visit. We went to the city with the highest medieval tower in Italy. Come with us to the historic center of the picturesque and serene town of Cremona.
Today we are going to other Corsican towns.
Bad Schandau, a German town, is situated almost on the border. We set off from Mlada Boleslav and travel in the direction to Ceska Lipa and Decin. We cross the border at Schmilka border crossing which is mere 8 kilometers from our point of interest. Bad Schandau, as the name suggests, is a spa town. It is situated on banks of the Elbe River in the heart of Saxon Switzerland national park. Bad Schandau consists of nine districts – the old town of Schandau, Krippen, Porschdorf, Neuporschorf, Prossen, Schmilka, Postelwitz, Waltersdorf and Ostrau. As Bad Schandau is really a small town, there are several places to visit.
Moldavia is a country that faces pretty complex domestic political situation. It is mostly due to Transnistria, a separatist region between Moldavia and Ukraine which has a hammer and sickle on its flag. However, we leave political problems of the country and rather take a short trip in Kishinev, the capital.
Everybody knows port wine. Perhaps you also link Porto the a high steel bridge and its majestic arch crossing the Douro river. Perhaps you would think of wooden boats carrying wine barrels from the inland wineyards. Porto is, however, a diverse city. There is great history, culture, cuisine, and beaches along the Atlantic coast. Every year, an increasing number of visitors visit this city.
Corsica belongs to unnumerous line of Mediterranean islands which is took out from standard level with its atmosphere, architecture as well as excellent delicacies.
Who loves music must know this city. Today, we are going tp Cremona, the town famous for violins. We will visit several monuments and introduce some personalities, including the famous poet Vergilius who studied here.
Fichtelberg is 25 kilometers by air from Karlovy Vary. It is the highest mountain in the Ore Mountains but on theirs German side. It is a nice climb where you pass 1000 meters above sea level of altitude and you can see two countries from there.
It was a wonderful experience to visit the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Our vacation, however, was getting to its end. Therefore, we set off to one last adventure, the town of Sibiu.
Coimbra, a student town of 150 thousand is situated somewhere in the middle between Porto and Lisbon. There is one of the oldest unviersities in Europe sitting on the hill above the Mondego river. The university, which is the oldest in Portual, was founded in 1290 – 60 years before the famous Charles University in Prague was founded. Tens of thousands of students at this university make this town great including the nightlife there.
In the south-western part of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula lies Spain. Its 4 964 km of coastline, together with cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, make this country a tourist power.
For the fact that Loire Valley is a wine-growing region speaks also the area on which wine grapes are grown – around 750 square kilometers. The valley is the main supplier of white wine in France. But let’s leave this beverage for a while for we have to see other chateaus in the area.
Traveling in the off-season has significant positives. One of them is that the number of tourists has been reduced to a minimum, so you can be completely alone on some beaches. We did it too. Let's take a look today at the northwest of the island, which offers beautiful beaches, diverse nature and true tranquility.
Upon our ride of the Danube Delta and our visit to the sea resort of Mamaia we headed to the Romanian capital - Bucharest. This city of two million offers interesting sights, history, and fun at great landmarks and attractions.
Just 45 minutes by train from the center of Lisbon there is the city of Sintra. It became famous for its castle, palaces, and many beautiful buildings. Moreover, there is a beautiful nature park Sintra-Cascais, unusual mountains which will lure you to make a trip. Let’s see Sintra together.
This time, we invite you to sail across dozens of kilometres of coastline in the north-east of Catalonia called the Costa del Maresme, located between lively Barcelona and the irresistible Costa Brava.
In relation to Morocco, everyone will surely recall, besides local colored ceramics, clay architecture, tajines (long swaths) and long caftans, the orange-colored Moroccan part of the Sahara. It is an element so typical for this country that it is almost unbelievable that desert dunes only spread to a small percentage of otherwise vast land. The largest and most famous dune is undoubtedly Erg Chebbi.
We move bit further from the topic of our article at first. Before we tell you more about local chateaus in this popular tourist region we mention some other places worth visiting.
When we say Costa Smeralda, probably each of us imagines an emerald coast, luxury yachts and probably the most famous resort of millionaires and the whole of Sardinia - Porto Cervo. But the Costa Smeralda is something more. It impressed us thanks to the breathtaking beaches we were able to visit and the unusual architecture.
In the last part of our series about travels across Romania we visited the town of Tulcea. It is basically the gate to the Danube Delta. Every year, thousands of tourists from all around the world visit this place. We are no exception. We will take the 120-km water ride off to the Black Sea.
Lisboa is righteously one of the most visited cities in Europe. Yellow trams, hills, cable cars... You can easily get lost in its colorful streets for hours. Washed laundry waves in the wind, you can drink coffee with locals at one of many great cafes and taste local sweet pastry. You can also just set off to the grandiose Ponte 25 de Abril, a red bridge which looks like Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
If you are going to the desert while traveling across Morocco, do not miss the relatively large provincial town of Tinghir and its annexed Palmeria on your way to Merzouga. It is actually an oasis, the last nice place to live before entering the plains leading into the desert. There are over 40,000 inhabitants in the city, most of whom are Berber ethnic. It is one of the poorest regions in the country and you will probably encounter begging children who are accustomed to regular income from the pockets of tourists while staying in the area.
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