It was the fatal year of 1914 when Franz Ferdinand d'Este left his summer house in Chlum u Třeboně, and headed with his wife Sophie, to Sarajevo. It also was here, a few days later, their three children learnt they had become orphans. Chlum u Třeboně can offer not just a rich trip into history, located in South Bohemia, near the Austrian border with a flat landscape filled with ponds, it offers a beautiful summer vacation.
This relatively less known cultural centre and a historical city is just an hour away from Paris, close to the border with Belgium, by the fast train. The ride in the train is an experience in itself. The city which is a part of the Flandres region bears a fair amount of Flemish look, most especially in the architecture in the older part known as Vieux Lille. Since the city is also well known for its education centres and the university, there is a teeming young population which contributes to the throb, energy and the cosmopolitan feel of the city.
It is time for Serbia again. Spring is coming, and Serbian towns and the Serbian countryside are reviving and awaiting tourists. Spring time in Serbia is perfect for visiting small towns with rich histories and green forests. Spring weather in Serbia is nice – not too warm and perfect for walking, sightseeing, and camping.
It is time for the hot and beautiful coast of Thailand, a country with a very long history, a rich culture, amazing beaches, nice people, and great cuisine. Thailand is a parliamentary monarchy with a king as the head of state. It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never made a colony by a foreign power. Find out here about Bangkok – Thailand’s beautiful capital on the coast.
In the last article, I introduced you to a few of the most outstanding castles in Central Europe. Now I am going to introduce you to the region’s most beautiful winter resorts. These resorts are famous for stunning, snowy, mountainous scenery where you can use your time for winter hiking through forests, by lakes, and towards peaks. If you like skiing or snowboarding, there are many additional choices for your winter holiday in Central Europe. There are even some surprises which you will discover as you read.
The Republic of Malta is an island situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Less than half a million residents make it one of the smallest countries in the world. Malta has three islands – besides the main island of Malta there are Gozo Island and Comino Island. The smaller islands are popular because Hollywood, the BBC, and other production companies have filmed movies there – Gladiator, Troy, Munich, The Count of Monte Cristo, and also Byron and Coronation Street.
Greece is a really large country by its land area, and it has much to offer to everyone. In my articles I will introduce you to every one of the nine regions of Greece, their culture, customs, cuisine, and people. We will start with the regions, one by one, then move on to culture and cuisine.
There are many interesting things you can do while you are in Oslo, but some of them require a lot of time and a considerable amount of money. Of course, Oslo also offers many free activities, and below you can find some reasonably priced possibilities which have become symbols of Oslo over the years. One thing is certain: you will never feel alone or bored in Oslo!
It is time to continue. After Macedonia we are heading to Bulgaria, the easternmost Balkan country and the largest by territorial extent. Bulgaria is a very beautiful country, with diverse landscapes from mountains to seaside, and it has a rich history and a mixed culture. In three words: Bulgaria is nice country blessed by culture, nature, and food. Our first stop is its capital, Sofia.
Oslo is the capital of Norway and its biggest city, and also the economic and governmental center of the country. Approximately one quarter of Norway’s residents live in Oslo. This spectacular city, like many capital cities in the world, is full of contrasts.