Archive June 2017

Top 7 Cultural Gems of Vienna

As the capital of Austria, it should come as no surprise that Vienna is packed with attractions and monuments that are of huge historical and cultural significance. If you’re heading there soon and want a few tips on the best places to go to experience true Vienna, here are our suggestions for the gems you can’t afford to miss out on… Michaelerplatz The oldest to behold in Vienna, this attraction takes you right back to Roman times where their first settlement would have been built. The excavated ruins are on display for the public to view, and you can even walk around the ancient wall...

Wedding Trends Are Favoring Exotic Locales

Make It Special It’s not always possible for a newlywed couple to travel somewhere exotic, but it’s been a prime custom of marriages for decades. It’s a well-known cliche, as a matter of fact: the beautiful young couple gets married and then vacations in Hawaii or Figi or somewhere of that caliber during their honeymoon. But two things are influencing  this trend today. One, finding exotic locales to spend your honeymoon at is becoming more affordable—though it’s still quite expensive. Two, there are many exotic locales which can provide essentially the same experience for a bare...

Finland’s newest national park

The first thing that struck me about Hossa was the pure, unadulterated silence. It’s almost as if time stands still here, with nothing so much as a breeze disturbing the pristine, mirror-like lakes and pine-wooded eskers that extend as far as the eye can see. Even by Finnish standards, Hossa is remote This is undoubtedly the reward for those who drive into this wilderness off the main E63 highway 750km northeast of Helsinki. Even by Finnish standards, Hossa, situated close to the Russian border in the Kainuu region, is remote. You’re more likely to come across a reindeer than...

How Italian became the language of love

It happened again the other day. I was walking down the street in my home city in the US when I heard it; a couple speaking Italian. I hurried to catch up with them, staying close so I could eavesdrop. From what I could understand, they were talking about remodelling their house. Not the most elegant topic. But the words sounded so beautiful that I cried. I had the same reaction when I moved home after spending two years in Florence, when I wept at the lack of attention to beauty in my own American city. Italians are always using the word bello (beautiful) for everything good. In Italy,...

Living in… Cities that are cheaper than ever

A rise in global nationalism paired with a worldwide drop in oil prices has brought about significant shifts in the global economy over the past year. As a result of these developments, certain destinations that have long been some of the world’s most expensive have recently seen a decrease in their cost of living. Whether due to international politics, export and import changes or currency swings, cities like London – which recently voted to depart the EU in the Brexit vote – have seen their ranking dramatically drop in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Cost...

Architectural Marvels in Malaysia You Definitely Have to See

When we visit a new place, one of the first things we look at is the architecture. And why not? There is a reason why there are famous buildings in the world who have given the country the reputation for ingenuity. Just look at the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, or the Empire State Building; these are examples of structures that have become icons of architecture inventiveness around the world. One of the countries that feature awesome architecture is Malaysia. They have mastered preserving the old architectural design and coupling it with the tall, modern buildings that they are...

Three views of New York that are rarely seen

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A Must Visit Places For The Coffee Lovers Worldwide

As we all know very well, the coffee nowadays turned from a pleasure into an essential, a real need, especially early in the morning. It is believed that the coffin helps the people function better in a sense that it keeps the brain cells awake for a longer period of time, it keeps the organism to be more concentrate on the activities and it regulates the blood pressure. Not that it’s just tasty and delicious but it’s good for the health the doctors say. However, not all coffees are equal. They differ in their taste, the degree of how strong they are, the intensity of the color, the way...

The sheikh who saved my family

Just off the road, the sandstorm twisted and spun like a top above the brown Syrian Desert. We were speeding eastward towards the city of Raqqa, my fixer Levon almost coy about whom we would find there. “I know someone,” he had said haltingly in English. “Maybe he can help you.” Beside bluffs of rock, the Euphrates River flirted in and out of view. I pictured my skeletal grandfather Stepan a century earlier, walking alongside it on bloodied feet for months, driven by armed guards who galloped beside his caravan of deportees. View image of Stepan walked...

Tips for Travelling Alone in a Train

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