Italy, Orvieto – History Carved into Tufa
A hundred kilometers north of Rome lies the Umbrian town of Orvieto. It sits high above the valley of the Paglia River. The town was founded by the ancient Etruscans. It later became a significant fortress, especially due to its strategic location. Today it consists of two parts. The old town lies at higher altitude, the newer part lies in the valley and it is the place which you see first when you get off the train or park your car. To get to the historic center, you can use the funicular. Up there you will find most of the tourist attractions.
France, Normandy – Le Mont-Saint-Michel
War movies fans think of Normandy mostly as the landing site for the Allied invasion in July 1944. However, Normandy has long and rich history. Its flag has three golden leopards. The people of Normandy call them „les treis cats“ - the three cats
Germany, Wernigerode – The City At the Foor of the Highest Peak of the Harz Mountains
Wernigerode, a German town, is fun to see not only for fans of history, architecture, magical nature and hardcore fans of trains. There is a narrow railroad and also you can take a ride by steam train. The city is also called as “colorful city at Harz " (Die Bunte Stadt am Harz).
South Korea: A Spirit Of Korean Republic I.
Omnes viae Roman ducunt. All ways lead towards Rome. Each European knows this sentence. To tell the truth, South Korea has its own Rome, it is Seoul. This word means "a spirit" in English. This short word is characteristic for such town, as it is really a spirit, and you can fully feel it, on occasion of your first visit there.
Spain, León – Not Only a Stop on Pilgrimage to Santiago I
Like many contemporary cities across central, southern and western Europe, León was founded as a Roman military encampment. In particular, the seventh legion was stationed here. The city's heyday was in the 10th and 12th centuries.
Italy, Montepulciano – A Brief Visit of Southern Tuscany
The romantic town of Montepulciano has saved its medieval looks, great pleasure for anyone who loves history. However, it is not known for history only for it is great producer of pork, cheese, honey, and mostly wine. Nobile di Montepulciano Wine is considered the best what Italy offers.
France, Haute-Savoie – Annecy and Lac d’Annecy
The Alpine Venice - truly fitting nickname for this small town in Haute-Savoie. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote after he visited the town: „Now I have been happy. Now I have lived.“
Germany: Cologne – Landmarks
An ancient city that is today the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia. Its history originally as oppidum of the Ubi, a Germanic tribe. During the first century AD when the Roman Empire expanded its border, the settlement became part of the Roman province of Germania Inferior and the settlement got a new Latin name of Colonia and became the capital of the province.
Portugal, Guimarães – From Middle-Ages till Modern Times
"The birthplace of Portuguese nation" is how this city is dubbed or as "the cradle of Portugal". they believe that the first Portuguese king was born here. Close to here, a decisive battle on country's future was fought. Every Portuguese patriot must visit Guimarães. Yet what can a foreign visitor, e.g. from the Czech Republic, get from visiting this place?
Italy: Cremona – Rest and Enjoy Specialities in this Town
Cremona is the place to nourish all your senses. We have seen and touched beautiful architectural jewels, listened to irresistible sounds of violin, and it is time to reward our taste buds. In the city, you do not just feel the scent of wood and see the colors of the violin workshops, but you can also smell the goodies they prepare in local taverns.
France: Corsica- A Trip to the Mediterranean III
For the third and final time, here is a look at this beautiful Mediterranean island.
Germany, Heilbronn – Wine on the Neckar River
The season of wine starts. Dark and pale grapes hang on bushes in Heilbronn, Germany. Days of fall lure you to taste first Riesling of this year’s yield. Will the wine be sweat or tart?
Lower Austria: 10 unusual places with amazing energy I.
Discover ancient sites, extraordinary finds and mystical rock formations shrouded in mystery in the midst of nature, or go in search of the meaning of life or inner peace on one of the Lower Austrian pilgrimage routes. Recharge your batteries in the most beautiful places in Lower Austria, where inspiring natural scenery, cultural diversity and warm-hearted encounters await you.
Portugal – Tomar and Knight Templars' Treasures
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.
SK, Smrdáky: An Idyllic Spa Town - VIDEO
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.
Italy: Cremona – Sights in Historic Center
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.
France: Corsica - A Trip to the Mediterranean II
Today we are going to other Corsican towns.
Germany: One-Day Trip through Saxon Switzerland
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, Kishinev– Bessarabian Metropolis
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.
Portugal, Porto – (Not Just) the Center of Wine – VIDEO
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.
France: Corsica - An Excursion In The Mediterranean I.
Corsica belongs to unnumerous line of Mediterranean islands which is took out from standard level with its atmosphere, architecture as well as excellent delicacies.
Italy: Cremona – The City of Violins
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.
Germany, Fichtelberg: Splendid Vista of the Ore Mountains
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.
Romania: Not Only about Count Dracula VII
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.
Portugal, Coimbra – The University Heart of Iberia – VIDEO
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.
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