It is time for Albania – the most frequently underrated country not only in the Balkans but generally in Europe. It may be one of the least developed economies in Europe, but nothing is just black and white, and this interesting country is definitely worth visiting. Also it is one of the youngest states in Europe, having gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. After WWII it was one of most isolated countries in the world under the communist regime of Enver Hoxha. Today it is a country that is striving towards modernization and open to the world. In addition to some nice towns Albania offers very beautiful scenery stretching from the mountains in the north and northwest to the seaside in the south. If you like mountain upland scenery there is plenty of it, and if you choose Albania for a summer vacation at the sea you won’t regret that, either. Let’s have a look at the two most famous places in Albania.
The limits of freedom have been tested again with the European Parliament’s vote to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU. At first glance it may seem like a completely outrageous decision, but it is important to look at the reasons that led to this. The decision to end visa-free travel for Americans within the European Union came after the United States failed to agree to visa-free travel for citiziens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania. In contrast, US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.
We are coming closer and closer to the start of summer – the time for holidays, trips, beaches, sea, and palms isn’t far. Some of you probably already have planned something while some of you are still thinking whether you want to go to the same place as last year or try something new. As always, we suggest that you try something new. This time we are going to give you a good suggestion that you can consider as the right choice for a summer vacation. It will be the Croatian and Slovenian parts of Istria.
As I have previously introduced you to the cultural, educational, and religious significance of Sremski Karlovci, it is time to discover some interesting places nearby. The region around Sremski Karlovci is very beautiful, and if you are already in Karlovci you can take the opportunity to explore the surrounding attractions. Since it is spring, it is a perfect time to visit more of the natural and cultural monuments of Serbia.
Small by size, big by an importance – that is Český Krumlov. A little town in South Bohemia, not far from České Budějovice with a permanent population of 60 000 which can explode to ten times as much during the seasson that starts now in spring.
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.