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  • The Uniform Moscow

    Moscow ©AdamBaker/flickr

    Moscow ©AdamBaker/flickr

    The Capital of Russia survived the winds of history, and it shines again

    Coming from the airport, the enormous city appears suddenly. Everything is bigger than anywhere else: the buildings, the churches, the cathedrals and boulevards. However, the grandiose architecture of the city does not put in the shadows the numerous old buildings which date back to centuries which the lively capital of Russia protects.

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  • Budapest At its Finest

    The Chain Bridge with the bank of Danube at night

    The Chain Bridge with the bank of Danube at night.

     

    If you’re looking for both beauty and leisure, you should visit Budapest. The Hungarian capital is known for its exceptional beauty, great food and vibrant nightlife. It is one of central Europe’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan capitals. The prosperous and vast Hungarian capital offers you much diversity.

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  • Stockholm, A City on Many Islands

    Stockholm City Hall @Michael Caven

    Stockholm City Hall @Michael Caven/flickr

     

    The capital of Sweden is the “Venice of the North”

    Stockholm is expanded on 14 islands situated between the Lake Malaren and the Baltic Sea, a true symphony of water and light during Summer time. When the shining Nordic sun reflectsin the vast waters of Stockholm, the city almost gives a Mediterranean aspect, being relaxed and calm.  It is the time when the locals invade the cafes from the sidewalks, parks and squares.

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  • Florence, Where the Medici Family Gathered Their Treasures

    Florence ©Francesco Caminiti

    Florence ©Francesco Caminiti

    Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi and the Dome – the whole Florence is a superb museum

    Those who view the city from the enormous lantern of the Dome are amazed by the charm of Florence. The tile of the roof seems to be made of velvet. Its roof is made of golden shade and the churches, squares and bridges appear as jewels of a superb necklace.

    The Romans named the settlement on the river banks of Arno Florentia ( the flourishing). Indeed, its name suited well: Florence flourished,  becoming wealthy and powerful, a center of an extremely able republic. In the 14th Century, many poor and disobedient wool spinning mill professionals participated at the very first industrial revolution from history, later on, Michelangelo sculpted the statue of David as a symbol of the republics prudence.

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  • The Queen of the Adriatic.

    Dubrovnik ©Trish Hartmann

    Dubrovnik ©Trish Hartmann/flickr

    The Medieval Ragusa holds today the name Dubrovnik.

    The motto of Dubrovnik is ” liberty is not for sale not even for all the earths money” , but the locals also approves the words of the modern cynical Bernard Shaw ” The city is the paradise of earth”.

    Like a flower, the “pearl of the Adriatic” with its Italian architecture, lies at the edge of the sea, protected by its strong walls. During the Yugoslav wars, the Serbs bombarded Dubrovnik, and people from all around the world highly protested against the destruction of unique monuments. Nowadays the provoking destruction of the war were removed in full thanks to its workers great job and international funding, eventually coming back to its normal state.

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  • The Glorious Acropolis of Athens

     

    The Acropolis, Greece ©Karl Baron

    The Acropolis, Greece ©Karl Baron/flickr

    The sacred mountain of Athena was once a cult center in ancient times.

    The chaotic and intense traffic in the center of city seemingly do not bother its locals. The motorcycles and horns do not have any effect for the numerous clients of cafes. Even agitated entrepreneurs who strains through the numerous crowd seemingly are not bothered. The Athenians continue to smile with a humble and good-nature personality in their continuously growing city.

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  • The Venerable Bologna

    Bologna ©Roberto Taddeo/flickr

    Bologna ©Roberto Taddeo/flickr

    The heightened towers and arcades of proud families expands to kilometers.

    Bologna la Rossa (the red one) gives you thoughts about the tiles of roofs, the colors of the houses, but also about the fact that the city was lead by the left wing policy for 50 years. It is also nicknamed la dotta (the scholar one) by those who are impressed by its education institute, one of the oldest in the world, founded in 1088. Others, dreaming about local cold meats like “la Mortadella” for example pork roasts, truffles, and the most important, the bolognese sauce.

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  • The Lovely Life of Nice

    Nice with it's eye at the beach ©Thomas Leth-Olsen

    Nice with it’s eye at the beach ©Thomas Leth-Olsen

    Those with full hands throngs at the des Anglais Promenade. The old town is a bastion of gastronomy.

    A young couple watches from the balcony of Negresco hotel, situated above the Angels Gulf( Baie de Anges), enjoying the breeze, the sun and the luxury of the hotel with belle-epoque style, having a pink dome. The beach ends with a blinding white view.

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  • The Happy Periods of Cordoba

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    Cordoba 1902 – Spain

     

    A forest of columns reminds us of the glorious past of Cordoba.

    A half a century after the occupation of Andalusia by the Moors, an educated young man entered in front of a cavalry in Cordoba in the year of 756.  He was Abd-er-Rahman I, the son of the last Calif Omeyyad of Damasc with Berber origins.  He began the ascension of one the worlds most liberal and prosperous metropolises in the old world.

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  • Lyon, The Gastronomy Metropolis

    Lyon ©FredPO

    Lyon ©FredPO

     

    Lyon is the commemorated center of gastronomic arts, but also an architectural pearl.

    Truffles and mushrooms, along them chicken, pigeons and nuts, mixed with shells, pikes, accompanied by fruits and vegetables.  Saint-Antoinette square is the best square for knowing the city in a Sunday morning.  More than 1.000 people are walking through the booths, smelling or tasting the products. The Master Chefs from big restaurants or their senders are looking for fresh ingredients.

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