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7 Fairytale Places to Visit in Croatia During Winter

Winter is here, and I am very excited to remind you of all the wonderful places that you can visit in Croatia.  If you love snow, snowy landscapes, and fun winter activities, then this article is for you.  Among the numerous spectacular places in Croatia, I’ve selected the top 7 Winter destinations which you can easily access from its capital, …

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Palov – Traditional Rice With Meat Dish From Samarkand

Palov is considered to be a king in the central Asian cuisine, and it actually belongs to several regions and nations.  Furthermore, there are more than a thousand different variations of this divine dish. I am going to share with you the most famous and classic recipe of Palov, from my own city, Samarkand.  Please note – in addition to …

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Hoi An – The Magical City of Lanterns

Of all the places that I visited in Vietnam, the city of Hoi An was the one that touched my heart the most.  I just loved to stroll along the city’s river banks and listen to the noise and the excitement of the central market.  That chaotic mix of buyers, sellers, live poultry and curious travelers made me smile and …

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“Svyatki”: A Post-Christmas Divination Tradition in Russia

Apart from being the coldest month in Russia in general, January is also the month when the Orthodox Russians celebrate Christmas.  However, it is not the only tradition in Russia during this month.  Once the Christmas is over, a period called “svyatki” begins. Before the adoption of Christianity, “svyatki” was the result of “Svyatovit” (one of the names of a …

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Top 5 Things to Do in Lake Louise in the Winter

A Winter Wonderland can never be more aptly illustrated than the Lake Louise in the snow.  From snowshoeing, skating and sleigh rides to skiing, snowboarding, and ice climbing, Lake Louise is anything but sleepy!  In fact, it almost gets more adventurous when the snow falls.  So if you’re planning a getaway in Alberta, pack some extra warm clothes and check …

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

Have you ever visited Sri Lanka?  If you did, you would probably say that there is no other place like it.  Colorful culture, smiling sun all year round, beautiful beaches, delicious food, ancient cities, scenic waterfalls, wildlife safaris, nature hiking, ayurvedic therapies, striking festivals and lovely people.  Where else can you get all these things in one place? This small …

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Santafereño Chocolate With Cheese – Bogotá’s Treat

Santafereño chocolate with cheese is a recipe from the Cundinamarca region of Colombia, more specifically – from Bogotá.  This delicious hot chocolate is an essential part of our breakfast routine, and it’s a favorite snack of nearly all families in the region.  A cup of this delightful chocolate accompanied by a few slices of cheese melted at the bottom of …

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Dublin: The Top 20 Attractions

One of the most popular cities in Europe, Dublin is a metropolis which has more than enough charm and personality to match the variety of attractions in the capital city of Ireland.  Green and luscious, Dublin’s parks offer an easy escape from the city any time it gets too busy, but in truth, the attractions are so enticing and fun …

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12 Unique Christmas Markets in Germany

There is always something to look forward to in Germany, even when it’s getting really cold outside, for example – the beloved Christmas Markets!  They usually start around the first Advent and run until Christmas.  A few will even have their stalls open until the New Year’s Eve. During this time, every historic city center is covered with numerous lights …

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Helsinki: The Top 20 Attractions

Helsinki is Finland’s capital city, and it’s home to over half a million citizens.  For those visiting this northern country it may seem small but for us locals – it’s a real big city since there are only about six million Finns.  It has been put on a global travel map fairly recently, so everything still feels quite brand new. …

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10 Interesting Facts About Belarus

Belarus is located on the easternmost edge of Europe.  Its total area occupies 207,6 thousand square kilometers.  Belarus is bigger than Greece, Portugal, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic and many other countries in Europe.  It has no access to the sea and is bordered by Russia in the East, Ukraine in the South, Poland in the West, plus Lithuania and Latvia …

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Plitvice Lakes National Park: A Quick Hiking Guide

The Plitvice Lakes National Park extends for over 296 square kilometers, through the Ličko-Senjska and Karlovac counties.  The park mostly consists of forested mountains, 16 lakes which take over 200 square kilometers, plus grasslands.  It’s Croatia’s largest and oldest national park – it was first opened to the public in 1949. The park’s highest point is at Seliški vrh, which measures 1,279 …

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New Delhi: The Top 20 Attractions

New Delhi, or simply Delhi as the locals call it, is the capital of India.  With almost 19 million local inhabitants, it is not only the largest city in the country, but it’s also one of the largest cities in the World. From reliving the past to visiting the future, Delhi offers just the right dose of history and modernization for …

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11 Amazing Facts About Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is situated in the Maghreb Region, on the tip of North Africa.  Lots of people have heard about this vibrant country, and our tourism industry is well developed.  Though it also helps to know that Morocco is one of the most stable countries in the region. Morocco, though it is officially an Islamic country, as stated …

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Sbrisolona – Sweet Almond Pie from Mantova

Originally from a nearby town called Mantova, Sbrisolona is a must desert served on every dinner table in Verona.  The original recipe is really poor, as are the origins of this cake.  So what’s behind its interesting name?  Sbrisolona comes from a northern Italian dialect, from a word which means ‘crumb’.  Hence its literal translation should give you an ideal …

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Top 5 Meat Dishes to Try in Auckland

Auckland is a great place to sample some truly delicious cultural dishes made of meat, especially pork.  Although the honor of being the gourmet capital of New Zealand goes to Wellington, Auckland is no slouch when it comes to serving up the best culinary fare.  In fact, Auckland has been named as the city with the best restaurants in New …

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10 Unusual Things to Do in Dublin

When you come to Dublin, it is so easy to settle for doing the most typical touristy things, like going to the Temple Bar, sipping a pint of Guinness and buying a leprechaun hat.  However, Dublin has much more to offer.  Here’s my top 10 list of things that you were probably not even aware that you could do in …

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Guam in 48 Hours: 13 Fun Things to See and Do

The American territory known as Guam is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Japan.  It is an island that you’ve simply got to see.  This little paradise is a fraction of the cost of Hawaii and has all the Polynesian and tropical charms that you might be looking for. Many people come here on a weekend getaway …

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Ščaŭje – Traditional Belarusian Sorrel Soup

This dish came to Belarus from the ancient times, at least from the early Middle Ages, when our ancestors used to eat a lot of vegetation.  They began preparing this soup with sorrel and nettles.  In the early 19th century this recipe was changed to include potatoes and sour cream, together with boiled eggs.  That last version of Ščaŭje survived …

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Vinegret – Traditional Russian Beetroot Salad

This delicious salad is a staple dish in Russia.  The name comes from a French word vinaigre meaning vinegar.  The Russian salad vinegret, however, is mainly made out of chilled boiled vegetables and pickles.  Some believe that an early 1920’s version included a hard-boiled, chopped egg and even bird meat. The reason behind this salad’s popularity, especially in the colder months, is …