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The ultimate Travel Guide Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the place where “East meets West” and it is such an exciting, lively and vibrant city. It has a great mix of both Western and Eastern, both when it comes to culture, food, shopping, and architecture. It is a city that has “everything”. It is one of the busiest harbor cities in the world and is the most important trading place in Asia. Understanding Hong Kong Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and has a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign relations and military defense. The city is one of the world’s leading financial, banking and trading centers and also the 3rd biggest international financial center, after London and New York, as it has low taxes and free trade. It is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. There are over 7…

Top 17 Things to do in Moscow

Moscow, like the entire USSR, was heavily guarded against Western influence by the Communist Era for so long. It is still regarded as an exotic, enigmatic and powerful city. Now, Moscow and the rest of the Russia started to be visited more and more by many tourists although westerners can’t help to feel a strange allure to discover this metropolis. Moscow is huge, exciting and exhausting at the same time. You say the word “Moscow” and most of the people think about Kremlin, Red Square, and images of intensely cold winters, vodka and beautiful blonde blue-eyed Russian ladies. Of course, it is more than this. If you just visit The Red Square and Kremlin you won’t get the whole picture. To enjoy the city you need to meet people and experience the really Russian culture. Below are a few of my personal recommendations on what to see when you’re visiting Moscow.…

Things to know before you visit Moscow

Moscow is supposed to be something impressive and it really is. It’s a totally insane city full of raw and chaotic energy, concentrating 80% of the country’s money and 10% of its population. Moscow is uncomfortable and charming, filthy rich and desperately poor, fast-paced and lazy, trendy and kitschy – all at the same time. Unlikely contrasts are everywhere: fancy shops neighbor concrete shacks left from the Soviet times; crowds of star-gazing happy hipsters mix with rugged tired people with solemn and unhappy faces; Bentleys and BMWs share the busy chaotic traffic with half-destroyed old Ladas; and so on… As everywhere in Russia it’s like a mix of two worlds: Europe and Asia, democracy and communism, joy and grief, prosperity and poverty. Moscow could be just another capital, but it isn’t. Rather, the city is an exaggerated version of everything you can get in Russia, as if conforming to the local…

Gura Portiţei – a piece of heaven in Danube Delta 

Although I visited a huge part of Romania, I have never reached Gura Portiţei. This area consists of more fishing villages lived by Lipovans. What are Lipovans? Lipovans are mostly Russians who settled in the Danube area, in Romania. They migrated from Russia in the 18th century, when the Patriarch Nikon changed the Russian Orthodox Church rules in 1652. They refused the new changes and carried on worshiping in the “old ways”. In that sense, they continued to speak Old Russian language, kept their beards and worship ideas. The Russian government and the Orthodox Church persecuted them, and as a result, some committed suicide by burning themselves, and many other being forced to emigrate. They settled along the Prut River in Moldavia and in the Danube Delta. They have maintained strong religious traditions of the Old Russian Orthodox Church. How do they look like? They are tall, bony with long beards, light eyebrows and cold blue…

Mocanita | A ride on the last steam forestry train in Europe

On the second day of our Road Trip, we went to Viseu de Sus, which is a small village in Maramures area to ride the Mocanita train. “Wood” and “water” are two words that best define Maramureş. The history, traditions and life of the people in Maramures are carved in the wood of the churches and gates, and numerous rivers and streams are spread along the land like a cobweb, forming famous valleys: Mara, Iza, Viseu, and Vaser. Among these, the Vaser Valley is of special interest for tourists. It crosses the Maramures Mountains in the middle of one of the wildest and most beautiful landscapes in Romania. The Vaser River is about 60 kilometers long, forming a spectacular canyon-like valley, where precipitous cliffs alternate with dense forests, beautiful clearings and mineral water springs. Here you can find a steam train called Mocanita that climbs the beautiful roadless Vaser valley…

10 cheap amazing destinations in Europe

When it comes to choosing a vacation spot, the most important criteria is the cost that you need to pay versus how beautiful that place is.  Most people would choose Paris or Rome, but I have made up a list of amazing destinations that will not make a big hole in your wallets which some of you may not even think about. I have visited and enjoyed them all, and to be honest, I would happily go back in each and any one of them. Lisbon Lisbon is one amazing place and it is one of my favorite cities in the world, and it’s one of those places where I think about settling. It reflects the Portuguese modern culture while maintaining its unique heritage and traditions.  It may not be as cheap to visit as some of the others on my list, but it is definitely worth it, so, this…

Ultimate travel guide – Berlin

There are so many things to say about Berlin, that one could write a book about it. Below we’ve gathered some information and created what I think is an ultimate travel guide for those who have just a few days to spend in this amazing city: It is for sure the city of experiences. Berlin has it all: history, culture, music, art, food, sleepless nights and of course beer. What to expect: Berlin is a big city with a large, perfect transportation system and friendly locals. I would recommend knowing a few key phrases in German but you will find many English speakers around. Currency: Berliners use euro Credit Cards and Banks: Cards are used all over Berlin, especially Visa and Master card, but it’s more common to use cash for small items. As a general rule of thumb, bring a few euros in cash with you whenever you go. Climate: Berlin…