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  • My Personal Trip to Maramures, Romania

    A typical wooden church of Maramures, Romania. This is the Church of The Holy Archangels, Plopis, Romania

    A typical wooden church of Maramures, Romania. This is the Church of The Holy Archangels, Plopis, Romania

    Maramures is without doubt, one of Romania’s most intriguing part. Situated on the northern part of the country, the region is famous for its picturesque views, beautiful mountains, impressive rural culture and heritage. The head of the region is the city called Baia Mare. Other big and important cities are Sighetu Marmatiei and Borsa.

    In addition to its beautiful national parks and mountains, Maramures is also famous for its trademark wooden churches, eight of them being recognized as heritage sites by UNESCO.

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  • Top Unesco World Heritage Site Villages in Europe

    The picturesque Maltese fishing village of Marsaxlokk ©Sergiu_TM/flickr

    The picturesque Maltese fishing village of Marsaxlokk ©Sergiu_TM/flickr

    Europe is noteworthy for its fascinating fairy tale like villages. Each country has its own exemplary hamlets which have their own characteristics and background. I must admit that it was extremely hard for me to choose the best ones cause really, there are so many charming villages to visit. I will show you some of the best villages.

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  • The 7 Villages with Fortified Churches in Romania You Need to See

    Rasnov ©Eugen Marculescu/flickr

    Rasnov facing the beautiful Carpathians ©Eugen Marculescu/flickr

    These churches are some of the finest examples of Transylvanian architecture. Because of the region’s rich cultural heritage, these destinations would make easily an exciting trip for everyone. These seven villages and fortified churches were founded by the Transylvanian Saxons. Each of these villages have their own distinguished architecture and represents the style from the 13th to 16th century, particularly Romanesque and Gothic elements.

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  • Movile Cave in Romania – the only place in the world to survive a nuclear attack

    movile-cave

    Movile Cave @Rich Boden

    The mass media, the movies and the different news and conspiracy theory sites are full of ideas these days of how the world will end. The peak of the Cold War is probably the last time when there was so much talk of a possible nuclear apocalypse. Such a catastrophe would destroy everything on earth and life as we know it would seize to exist everywhere… almost everywhere. You would not believe that the only place in the world that would survive a nuclear attack is a small cave in Romania, near the Balck Sea. 

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  • Scenic natural spots in the Balkans to see before you die

    Plitvice waterfalls, photo by 29cm on Flickr

    When the new seven wonders of the world were chosen in 2007, a dozen of the nominated sites were located in the Balkans. This small patch of Europe has an inordinately large amount of natural beauty on its side, and this alone would make the Balkans an excellent choice of a travel destination.

    Add to this the fact that Balkan countries have amazing cuisine and unique cultures, and there’s not much else you could wish for in a vacation spot. The Balkans are becoming more and more popular with foreign tourists, many of whom flock to the pristine beaches at the Mediterranean, there are many other scenic natural spots in the Balkans to see before you die, and here are some of them.

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  • Easter around the world: the Balkans and Eastern Europe

    Plovdiv

    Plovdiv

    Easter is celebrated by Christians of all kinds, but depending on culture and rite, different Easter traditions and customs. The Balkans have always danced to their own tune, even when it comes to religion.

    Much of the Balkans is Eastern Orthodox, and if you come from a place with a majority of Catholics or Protenstants etc, you might discover that Eastern is a whole different kettle of fish in the Balkans. Although the gist of the holidays is the same as anywhere else, what makes Easter in the Balkans really unique is the way in which it is celebrated.

    In addition to the fact that Orthodox Easter is usually on a different date than the one used by Western Christianity, there are a lot of interesting traditions that make Easter a perfect time to visit the Balkans. So if you’re interested in cultural experiences, how about checking out how people celebrate Easter around the world –  the Balkans and Eastern Europe are a good place to start.

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  • Top 5 backpacking destinations for 2012

    Bucharest

    Bucharest

    Even if you managed to backpack your way through 2011, there are surely lots of places left for 2012. The impending apocalypse still leaves us some time to travel yet, so better take advantage of it! In any case, it looks like 2012 will be a great year for backpacking according to several travel magazines, so if you are yearning to see the world on the cheap you will have lots of chances to do so.

    Don’t put off deciding on some destinations if you want enough time to seek out all the best travel deals – and if you don’t have have anything in mind yet, here are some suggestions: top 5 backpacking destinations for 2012.

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  • The best urban destinations in the Balkans

    Dubrovnik seen from above

    Dubrovnik seen from above

    The Balkans are not exactly the premier travel destination in Europe, and that’s really not much of a surprise considering the unstable political situation in the recent past, as well as unsavory rumors that have kept kept potential visitors at bay.

    However, the Balkans are quickly developing into a great travel destination that has a fresh and unexplored feel, yet it is loaded with culture, traditions and a rich history.

    The currently most popular travel destinations in the Balkans are capitalizing on the stunning natural wonders and a diverse culture, cuisine and friendly people in order to attract visitors, and they manage to do  it successfully. Here are some of the best urban destinations in the Balkans, for those interested in visiting this astounding corner of Europe.

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  • Top 5 birdwatching destinations in the world

    Birdwatching is not the most active passtime, but certainly one of the most interesting. And in order to pursue their interest, amateur birwatchers have to arm themselves not only with large amounts of information about bird species, how they can be identified and where are their habitats, but also with the stamina of a born traveler.

    Birdwatchers looking for some elusive species or another will have to travel quite a bit, but given the large number of excellent birdwatching destinations on the planet, the it is worth every bit of effort. So if you want some tips on where to go, here are the top 5 birdwatching destinations in the world.

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  • The best summer trips for students

    If you are a student and a traveler, then summer must be your all time favorite season, because you get two or three full months of holiday when you can do whatever you want, and travel wherever you want. When it comes to summer traveling, the only thing that can stop a student is budget, but even that problem can be overcome with a few tricks.

    There are lots of possible summer trips that are affordable and also very fun. So here is some inspiration for students who are wondering how to fill their summer break: the best summer trips for students.

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