Annecy – A Sunday morning at the Venice of the Alps

Annecy is the capital of the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of southeastern France. It is located on the north shore of Lake Annecy, 35 km south of Geneva. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the French Alps” in Raoul Blanchard’s monograph describing its location between a lake and mountains, the city has a wonderful lakesideContinue reading “Annecy – A Sunday morning at the Venice of the Alps”

8 things to do if you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a vibrant place that embodies a 900-year history and was once the epicentre of a powerful empire. Today it is a modern, youthful metropolis that combines an elegant and calm side with another dark and restless one. It is a city that can offer the visitor everything. WithContinue reading “8 things to do if you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time”

Atlantic Ocean Road – Drive on Europe’s most beautiful road

Located in the midwest part of the Norwegian coast, the Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsvegen in Norwegian) is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Driving along this road is like crossing the sea. It is built on several small islands, which are connected by several causeways and bridges (the most famous being Storseisundet Bridge). The road turns and passes over the wildContinue reading “Atlantic Ocean Road – Drive on Europe’s most beautiful road”

Nikolai Quarter (Nikolaiviertel): The birthplace of Berlin

In the centre of the ever-bustling Berlin, next to the impressive Rotes Rathaus and the iconic Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower), lies the unique and picturesque Nikolai Quarter or Nikolaiviertel in German. Although the district is the oldest residential area in the city, it was built in its current form after World War II. It isContinue reading “Nikolai Quarter (Nikolaiviertel): The birthplace of Berlin”

Jacobite – The Harry Potter steam train

The Hogwarts Express of the Harry Potter films really exists in the Highlands of Scotland. When Warner Bros were producing the films, they approached West Coast Railways in an effort to find a steam engine suitable for the magical journeys of Harry Potter. They used the Jacobite steam train, which became world-famous and the 42-mileContinue reading “Jacobite – The Harry Potter steam train”

Seborga – Discover the village that claims independence

Seborga is a small town in the region of Liguria in Italy, near the French border. It has 300 inhabitants and its main economic activities are tourism and agriculture. In the early 1960s, Giorgio Carbone, then head of the village’s flower-growers co-operative, began promoting the idea that Seborga should retain its historic independence as a principato,Continue reading “Seborga – Discover the village that claims independence”

Keukenhof – The flower garden of Europe

Tulips from Netherlands are world famous. If you want to see the Dutch tulip fields in bloom, you should visit the country in April and May. This is the same period in which the biggest flower park in the world, Keukenhof, opens its doors to welcome every year almost 1.5 million visitors, who come here toContinue reading “Keukenhof – The flower garden of Europe”

Faroe Islands – The “hobbit” village really exists

The Faroe Islands are in the North Atlantic Ocean, located 320 km northwest of Scotland, halfway between Norway and Iceland. They are an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. The Islands are a natural paradise with a scenery that will leave you breathless. On these islands there are houses looking a lot like the “hobbit” village from “Lord of Rings”, which areContinue reading “Faroe Islands – The “hobbit” village really exists”

The John Lennon Wall in Prague

The historic centre of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most popular destinations in Europe due to its unique architecture and cultural significance. However, there is a wall in the area of the Mala Strana that has become famous and attracts more visitors every year. It is called “the JohnContinue reading “The John Lennon Wall in Prague”

Trace the footsteps of Picasso in Barcelona

Born in Malaga, Pablo Ruiz Picasso came to Barcelona in 1894 at the age of thirteen because his father had been hired as a teacher at Llotja, the city’s School of Fine Arts. Picasso, although a teenager, as a child prodigy, studied in Llotja. In Barcelona he would become a man, mature artistically and leaveContinue reading “Trace the footsteps of Picasso in Barcelona”