Tokio. City where are living side by side school children in the old-fashioned uniforms, fashion ladies, who spend the morning by shopping in stores, in the parks and all sorts of corners of the city slacking youth skaters with coloured hair, girls with false eyelashes and twenty centimetres high heels, the dogs wears in mini kimons and of course ubiquitous businessmen.
The first part of the new travel series will be about the main points of the planned route, during which a three week visit the Alpine country, mountain lakes and a number of interesting sights and places that are definitely worth seeing.
Our bus finally stops at the end of a long, dirt track, in which about an hour ago has changed as if by magic a modern six-lane highway. My worries we will finish up on the roof, fortunately not materialized, we drove past woods and gouged out before us, football pitch right and green has left. Everything was dominated by ground shabby, battered gray building - school.
Italy is a popular holiday destination and the south - Sicily is a fascinating mixture of cultures that deserves to be known.
Highly recommended place that I couldn’t forget during my visit to the area of Lake Ohrid in Macedonia, lies 28 km south of Ohrid, Macedonia near the border with Albania. It is the monastery of St. Naum, one of the most important collaborators and followers of Cyril and Methodius.
Tyrolean lake Achensee is a quiet countryside corner just off the main corridor holiday direction of Italy. There is an ideal place for romantic nights on the long journey to the sea.
Our bus goes on the perfectly smooth highway, where we ones a time meet some man in a hat, with a scarf over his face and a broom in his hand - he is alone, far from him you can´t see anything of civilization, the high mountains on both sides, and he sweeps the shoulder.
When I clawed at hill of mountain Galicica, my original destination was the Protestant church in the mountain village Konjsko. But there I didn’t get, but I did not regret it. We went there another afternoon together with my friend, under whose leadership we have found it and could see it.
Morning view from hotel window in Xining reveals a breathtaking backdrop. The city is surrounded by high mountains, over which the sun shines and I'm really looking forward for today's trip, which has sometimes copied the former trade artery between Asia and Europe - the Silk Road. The fact that I wet my feet in the Yellow River, it is still like science fiction.
When I went to Macedonia, the most that I wanted to visit were the mountains, whose beauty I have already heard a lot. The time I had only for a hike up to the hills, which rises directly above Ochrid lake. It is a mountain Galicica, which was promulgated in 1958 eponymous National Park. The mountains rise to height of about two thousand meters.
After four days in Beijing we packed suitcases and with our guide got on the plane. Before us is a big unknown - we are moving into one of the poorest provinces of China to west to the Tibetan border. It won´t be surprise just for us, but also our girls will visit Beijing - Ai Qing the first time in their life.
On the northeast bank of Lake Ohrid lies a city with a relaxed, almost fairy-tale atmosphere. There are located countless monuments of ancient and very recent past. Above the town rises the limestone mountains Galicica with red soil terra rosa and karst topography.
China's hard work and discipline accompanied us at every step and a visit of Beijing Foreign Studies University just confirmed it. Here we had a chance to appreciate even more characteristic of Chinese - adaptability.
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All one week of May I spent in the Hotel Metropol, which lies on the shores of Lake Ochrid. Every night I was impressed with the most endearing red sunset that I've seen in my life. Seven days later I watched how the calm lake level alternating with turbulent waves, which caused the winds, the falling of the lake from the Albanian mountains on the opposite side.
Visit of Beijing food market and edibles of all kinds, shapes, smells, often of unknown origin and a long life even more dangerously we were really stunned for a moment and quietly wandering Chinese traders staring at the blonde, which move at a rate of marathon runners. Phew. We are off and miraculously in front of us pleasantly familiar signs shucks "Starbucks Coffee".
The first thing, what I could see from the Macedonian capital of Skopje, if I won´t speak about airport, it was one big construction site. All around the Vardar River, which rushed the city quite sharply, lay concrete blocks, metal plates, wires and other junk. Almost all buildings in the vicinity, as far as my eyes could see, were under scaffolding. Bridges were broken, impassable.
Beijing is for us concentration of paradoxes. Endless skyscrapers, luxury living residences, shops of all tech brands on one side and then thousands of artifacts, ancient Chinese culture. We are interested in both of it, but the traditional one is but much more interesting.
I went to Macedonia due to my work. I spent there all week, and although it was business trip, wasn´t problem to see beauty at least the part of this wonderful country, if possible, and look best known.
The first dining experience in China didn’t impress me too much. Five stars beautiful hotel, a lot of fuss on arrival our journalistic delegation - a bow and waving fans welcomed us beauties in traditional dress, from the table.
Last day of our trip before departure to Auckland was reserved for sightseeing of Queenstown. The city with its 23 thousand inhabitants has a great location – lies in sigmoide bending of Lake Wakatipu and sharply uprising mountains.
From the bus window, we could see Beijing crisscross, authentic atmosphere of the streets and alleys and hundreds of thousands of people in them, but we sucked up in the role of hikers and then of course after "bedtime" is ended with an official dinner with selected potent and our tired guide disappeared behind hotel room door.
Night that we spent in the cottage was not too nice, at least for me. First, there flew a few stray "Sandflyes' and the second one in the bedroom still was snoring. This could probably be expected, because all 40 people were divided only into two rooms.
In the morning we woke up to a rainy day. Because we have booked this day to move from Fox Glacier to Queenstown on the south part of the South Island, we were forced to pack up all things.
We "elect" could see the Chinese megalopolis through largely a luxury air-conditioned bus with a smiling dude behind the wheel. It is also part of local standard, certainly not just for a small group of natives and of course for wealthy tourists.
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