Travelogue

Silesian Trip

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Travelling in Silesia, it is worth to visit some of the less known places like Gosciszow, Lomnica, Lubomierz, Nowogrodzie, Miedzylesie, Proszowka, Wojanow and Zelazno, all charming towns, castles and palaces. Many of the palaces and castles are still in ruin in this area, but some, like Lomnica have been restored. In Lomnica, painstakingly restored wall paintings, painted marbling and magnificent …

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Kamieniec Zabkowicki and Kliczkow

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Kamieniec Zabkowicki is known for the former Kamieniec Abbey, established in 1209 as an Augustinian college at the site of a former castle of Bretislaus II of Bohemia. In 1247 it became a filial monastery of the Cistercian Abbey. Secularized in 1810 by order of King Frederick William III of Prussia, the estates of Kameniec were acquired by Wilhelmine of …

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Oman II

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The sultanate of Oman can be divided into three climatic zones: the coastal area of the north, in Muscat, subtropical climate prevails. In central Oman, with its deserts and gravel plains, dry climate is dominant. The south from June to September it is a tropical climate under the influence of the southwest monsoon. The predominant image of the Arabian landscape …

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Oman I

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Oman overlooks the Arabian Sea, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. It has terrain encompassing desert, riverbed oases and long coastlines. Wahiba Sands is a region of dunes inhabited by Bedouins. The port capital, Muscat, is home to the massive, contemporary Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The Rub‘ al Khali is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world …

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Tenerife’s Top Locations

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Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, off West Africa. It’s dominated by Mt. Teide, a dormant volcano that is Spain’s tallest peak. Tenerife may be best known for its Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a huge pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing and colorful costumes. The island has many beaches (with sands from yellow to black) and resort areas, …

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Loro Parque, Tenerife

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The Loro Parque located in Tenerife, on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz is one of the best zoo in Europe. It is a 13.5-hectare zoo, where you can watch the Dolphins as they perform right before your eyes, and see the Orcas with their top class performance. These are just two of the most popular attractions within the …

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Teide, Tenerife

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Teide National Park is a national park located in Tenerife. The park is centered on Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain. A unique landscape of craters, volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava, surrounds the impressive silhouette of Teide Volcano that stands at 3,718 m. above sea level. The best way to reach the highest point of the peak is …

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The rest of Morocco

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This is a selection of Maroccan places that are well worth visiting: Ait Ben Haddou with houses crowded together within the defensive walls and reinforced by corner towers; Alnif, a town in Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet; Boumelne Dades, Boumalene Dades, an appealing little town in the Tinghir province; Erfoud, an oasis town in the Sahara Desert; Khettara, subsurface irrigation channels excavated …

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Tarudant and Zagora

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Taroudant is a city in the Sous Valley in southern Morocco. It is situated east of Agadir on the road to Ouarzazate and the Sahara desert and south of Marrakesh. Enclosed by ramparts, Taroudant is the epitome of a Moroccan market town. Zagora is a town in the Draa River valley in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of southeastern Morocco. It is …

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Quarzazate and Merzouga

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Ouarzazate is a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains, known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. Its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th-century palace, has views over the rugged local landscape, which features in several movies. A road winds southeast through the Draa Valley’s lush palm groves to the desert. Merzouga is a small village in southeastern …

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Olsztynek

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The open-air museum in Olsztynek is one of the eldest in Poland. The history of the Olsztynek museum goes back to the year 1909, when Prussian authorities of Königsberg decided to establish an open-air  museum. The collection of the Museum of Folk Architecture insludes over 50 buildings,  items representing material culture – over 8000 items,  works by folk artists and …

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Marrakesh and Agadir

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Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of …

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Rewal

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Rewal is a small seaside place by the Baltic sea offering nice clean beaches with golden, soft sand. In the summer Rewal is sought for its clear environment and plenty of attractions. The advantages of sunbathing in the summer on a broad sandy beaches and swimming in clean water are obvious, but one should also consider visiting these lovely places …

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Wasowo and Antonin

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Wąsowo is a hotel complex near the city of Poznan. Situated in the ancient 300-year-old English style park, it comprises of The Hardt Palace and other outbuildings. The Gardener’s House located is a historical 100-year-old rural–style building. There is also the Wasowo Farmstead that offers a truly unique glimpse into a different way of lifestyle of the past. The village …

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Zamosc

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Zamosc is a city in southeastern Poland, situated about 90 km from Lublin. Modelled on Italian trading cities of the period, Zamosc is an exquisite example of a Renaissance town. The old city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its colourful Town Hall and Market Square are just two of the many lovely attractions here. It was founded in …

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Kefalonia Favourites

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The largest island of the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is a very picturesque place. Mostly famous for the exotic beaches, including Myrtos, Antisamos, Lourdas and Skala, the island was chosen for filming the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Kefalonia’s indented coastline is made up of limestone cliffs, bays and short strips of white sand, like Myrtos Beach in the north. Many …

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Sami and Peratata

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Sami is a town and a former municipality on the island of Kefalonia. It is a busy working port as well as being a picturesque town. The town is set in a wide bay with a long tree-lined waterfront and wonderful views across to the island of Ithaca. On the waterfront promenade there are several bars, tavernas and restaurants serving …

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Atheras and Kounoptera

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Atheras beach is situated in the northwestern part of the Kefalonia island, in the small village near Lixouri. Amazing view and crystal clear waters make this a perfect place to visit while on Kefalonia. There is also a small marina of Porto Atheras and the chapel of Saint Spiridon to visit here. Near the picturesque beach of Atheras, there are …

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Assos and Argostoli

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Assos is a quiet village on the west coast of Kefalonia. It is nestled by a horseshoe-shaped bay filled with azure waters. There are a handful of waterside tavernas down by the harbour, each with views of the pebbly beach. At the back of the village there are rolling hillside carpeted with cypress and pine trees. On top of one …

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Warsaw by Night

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After sunset, Warsaw dresses itself in sparkling colourful lights. At night, it is possible to admire spectacular illuminations of historic buildings and monuments without crowds. To name a few beautiful sights of Warsaw: Old Town, Nowy Swiat or Agrykola Street with some remaining gas street lamps lit in the traditional way by a Warsaw lamplighter. Right next to Agrykola Street, …

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Sidari’s Canal d’Amour

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The village of Sidari is quite known as one of the best tourist resorts in Corfu.The village is surrounded by a charming landscape full of lush green forests. The star attraction in Sidari is the famous Canal D’Amour, which as the name would suggest, is a natural canal created by a series of impressive rock formations. The rocks run in …

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Corfu Town

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Corfu is a city and a former municipality on the island of Corfu, Greece. It is one of the most beautiful and elegant towns in Greece. It is the principal port of the island and one of the largest and most populated (30,000 inhabitants) towns of the Ionian Islands. Built on a promontory, the town displays a unique architecture which …

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Parithia Village

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Old Perithia is a deserted village located high up, off the main road between Kassiopi and Acharavi. Set at over 400 metres above sea level in an area of outstanding beauty and scenery, views reach to the sea on one side to the imposing Mount Pantokratora on the other, with rolling valleys in between. Most of the 130 houses are …

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Gouvia and Angelokastro

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Gouvia is a small former fishing village on the east coast of Corfu that has been developed throughout the last four decades into a modern holiday resort. Back in the 17th century it was a Venetian naval base, but now the village comes with more sophisticated waterfront credentials thanks to its smart marina. There are shops and lively bars in …

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Achilleion Palace

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Achilleion is a palace built in Gastouri, Corfu by Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sisi, after a suggestion by Austrian Consul Alexander von Warsberg. Empress Elisabeth built the palace to escape the tragedies of her life, and William II purchased it after her untimely death. William II, however, never had a chance to enjoy the palace’s …

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Zywiec and Pszczyna

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The palace of the Habsburgs in Żywiec, also called the New Castle is the classicistic palace, built by the Habsburg family, was chosen for their abode. Before, where the palace stands, there were baroque outbuildings of Wielopolscy family. The New Palace now houses the Forestry and Lumber Technology School Complex. The neo-Classicist palace was built at the initiative of Archduke …

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Janowiec Castle

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Janowiec Castle was built in between 1508–1526, on a steep Vistulan hillside in Janowiec, Lublin Voivodeship, in Poland. It is a popular place to visit from nearby Kazimierz Dolny. The Castle was built for Mikolaj Firlej in the 16th century. Later addition, a baroque chapel was erected in the courtyard in the mid-seventeenth century. In the 19th century, the Janowiec …

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Strasbourg

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Strasbourg is the capital and largest city of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in eastern France. It’s the seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border. Its position is the reason for its culture and architecture to blend German and French influences. Strasbourg is a highly attractive, yet contemporary city. The main sites to see in Strasbourg are: the …

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Berlin

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Berlin, Germany’s capital and cultural centre, dates to the 13th century. Divided during the Cold War, today it’s known for its art scene, nightlife and modern architecture, such as Mies van der Rohe’s landmark Neue Nationalgalerie. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become an …

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Ustronie Morskie

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Ustronie Morskie is situated on the Central Pomeranian coast, 12 km east of Kolobrzeg. It is a small fishing village on the Baltic Sea. The village became known as a seaside resort at the beginning of the 20th century. The scenery is dominated by cliffs falling abruptly down to the sandy beach, which in summer attracts large crowds of holidaymakers. …

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Cordoba

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Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia. It was an important Roman city and an Islamic cultural center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating to 600 C.E. featuring a columned prayer hall and Byzantine mosaics. The Great Mosque, or “Mezquita”, which – after several centuries of additions and …

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Alhambra

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Spain’s Alhambra palace has inspired travellers for centuries, it is really a palatial city defended by a magnificent network of walls and towers. The name Alhambra comes from Arabic, meaning “crimson castle”. The fortress had existed here since the 9th century. The construction of the palaces called “The Old Royal” dates back to the 14th century. Two great kings contributed to this …

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Krobielowice

Krobielowice Palace is a renaissance baroque building in a village Krobielowice, in Lower Silesia near Wroclaw. It is situated in a picturesque and peaceful place, surrounded by forests and ponds. For the very first time, the palace was mentioned around 1321. The original structure started off as a fortified manor house with a tower. From 1529 the property came under the …

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Ronda

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Ronda is situated in the Spanish province of Málaga and is surrounded by mountains giving it a magical character. The Guadalevin River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep El Tajo canyon.  The New Bridge is the symbol and soul of the city and it looks like from an adventure film, with picturesque houses leaning at the abbyss. …

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Lindau

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Lindau, the largest town on the Bavarian shores of Lake Constance, consists of the picturesque Old Town on an island in the lake. The historic town of Lindau is located on an 0.68-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) island, which is connected with the mainland by a road-traffic bridge . The coat of arms of Lindau town is a lime tree, referring to the …

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Antequerra

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Antequerra It is known as “the heart of Andalusia” because of its central location among Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, and Seville. The nearby natural reserve of El Torcal, famous for its unstable limestone rocks, forms one of the most important karst landscapes in Europe. It has an extensive archaeological and architectural heritage, highlighted by the dolmens of Menga, Viera, and El …

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Fez and Essaouira

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Fez is a northeastern Moroccan city and is primarily known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, with medieval architecture, vibrant souks and old-world atmosphere. The medina is home to religious schools such as the 14th-century Bou Inania and Al Attarine, both featuring elaborate cedar carvings and ornate tile work. Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred to Rabat …

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Imperial Cities of Morocco

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Morocco is in many ways a country apart. It nestles on the north-western tip of Africa, and is separated from the rest of the continent by the Atlas Mountains and by the Sahara desert. It is the most westerly of the North African countries. Morocco’s imperial cities are the four historical capital cities of Morocco: Fes, Marrakesh, Meknes and Rabat. …

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Lanzarote

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As with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is Volcanic in origin. It was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. The island emerged about 15 million years ago as product of the Canary hotspot. Due to the recent eruptions during the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear to be …

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Sierpc

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The Museum of the countryside is an open-air museum and is located in the suburbs of Sierpc in the valley of the Sierpienica river. The village is made up of 11 households with cottages, barns and granaries. There is also a windmill, a blacksmith and even a chapel. All comes from different regions of Masovia. Established in 1971, the Museum of …

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Miedzychod

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Miedzychod is a small town with a history of more than 600 years. It is located in the west of Poland, on the southern shore of the Warta river, about 75 km west of Poznań. The area around Miedzychod is famous for its unspoiled lakes, and beautiful forests, which include the magnificent Notecka Primeval Forest. In recent years the town’s economy …

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Kliczkow

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In the heart of Lower Silesia there is a Neo – Renaissance Residence: Kliczkow. It was founded as a border fortress at the river Kwisa by Duke Bolko I of Jawor in 1297. In 1391, it fell into the hands of the Rechenberg family from Saxony, who held it for almost 300 years. The main building was built in 1585 …

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Łeknica

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The town of Łęknica is situated in the Polish part of the historic Upper Lusatia region, in the broad valley of the Neisse river. A bridge across the river connects it with the opposite German town of Bad Muskau. The Muskau Park with the magnificent castle in its grounds is the largest and one of the most famous English gardens …

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Chania and Rethymnon

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Chania is situated in the northwest of Crete and is possibly one of the most charming town on the island. It is beautiful and very picturesque, there is an old harbour – old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops. The atmosphere has a touch of Florence and Venice due to its complex history. The area appears to have been inhabited …

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Crete

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Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. The island offers splendid remnants of brilliant civilizations, beautiful beaches, impressive mountains, fertile valleys and steep gorges. Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece but despite the tourist development in some places, Crete Greece keeps intact its unique …

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Del Drach Caves

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The Caves of Drach, or “Dragon caves” are four great caves that are located in the island of Majorca. They are situated near Porto Cristo. They were first mentioned in a letter 1338. The caves extend to a depth of 25 m, reaching 2.4 km in length. The four caves, called Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of Luis Salvador, and Cave of …

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Majorca

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The island of Majorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, Spain. The capital of the island, Palma, is also the capital of the Balearic Islands. The Balearic Islands have been an autonomous region of Spain since 1983. Like the other Balearic Islands of Minorca and Ibiza the island is an extremely popular holiday destination. The best know …

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Vilnius

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Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and its largest city. It is located in the southeast part of Lithuania, at the confluence of the rivers Neris and Vilnia. It is the second biggest city of the Baltic States. The town was a political centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 13th to the end of the 18th century …

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Trakai, Lithuania

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Trakai Island Castle is an island castle located in Trakai, Lithuania. This historical capital of Lithuania is otherwise known as the ‘town of lakes’ and referred to as “Little Marienburg”. The construction of the stone castle was begun in the 14th century by Kestutis around 1409. Major works were completed by his son Vytautas the Great. The shores of the …

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Pigeon Valley

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Pigeon Valley in Cappadocia, is one of Turkey’s most beautiful landscapes. It is situated between Göreme and Uçhisar.  The name comes from the many dovecotes that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. The unique rock formations known as fairy chimneys, or peri bacalar can be found throughout Cappadocia, but here in the valley they are especially …

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Goreme

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Göreme is located among the “fairy chimney” rock formations of Cappadocia, a historical region of Turkey. In this most unusual landscape, formed over the thousands of years by erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock curved sanctuaries. Many of them are a great example of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Most of the traditional dwellings, troglodyte villages …

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Uchisar

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The natural rock fortress of Uçhisar is the tallest point in Cappadocia. It haphazard structure is visible from a great distance. Positioned 1300 meters above the sea level Uçhisar is a very unusual Cappadocia’s village. It dominates the whole valley and offers breath taking views. Throughout history, the castle that was built in the Byzantine period was always the main …

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Hierapolis

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Hierapolis was an ancient city located on hot springs in Phrygia in southwestern Anatolia. Its ruins are adjacent to modern Pamukkale in Turkey and currently comprise an archaeological museum designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the first century it was part of the tri-city area of Laodicea, Colossae, and Hierapolis.  The name means “a sacred city”; it was …

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Druskininkai

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Druskininkai situated 120 km from Vilnius and Kaunas, is a resort town built around natural springs. Beautifully located in the forest, the resort is famed for healing springs and traditional treatments in sanatoria, beautifully kept flower gardens, parks and relaxing landscapes with several lakes and two rivers. In the city itself, there are a number of art and historical museums …

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Istanbul

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Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is a transcontinental city in Eurasia situated either side of the blue ribbon of the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe from Asia. Its strategic location has attracted many a marauding army over the centuries. Some of the Istanbul’s many attractions include towering minarets, underground Byzantine cisterns and steamy bathhouses. Aya Sofya, the most famous church-turned-mosque-turned …

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Pamukkale

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Pamukkale, 18 km north of Denizli in Turkey,  is arguably, the world’s most known mineral-bath spa. Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters created at Pamukkale, also known as Cotton Palace, a truly impressive landscape. The area is made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins, mostly …

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Maranello

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Museo Ferrari, previously known as Galleria Ferrari is a Ferrari company museum dedicated to the Ferrari sports car. The museum is not purely for cars; also on view are trophies, photographs and other historical objects relating to the Italian motor racing industry. The exhibition also introduces technological innovations, some of which had made the transition from racing cars to road …

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Assuan and Alexandria

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Assuan, is a city in the south of Egypt. Since the 1960s, the name commonly refers to the High Dam. Construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the Egyptian Government after 1952  to control floods, provide water for irrigation, and generate hydroelectricity. Before the dams were built, the Nile River flooded every year during late summer. The …

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Philae

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Philae in Greek or Pilak in ancient Egyptian, meaning ‘the end,’ defined the southern most limit of Egypt. The Temple of Philae was dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. What is now known as Philae, is the main temple complex relocated from the original island, after the High Dam was built, to the …

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Pyramids of Giza

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Pyramids of Giza are three 4th-dynasty pyramids erected on a rocky plateau on the west bank of the Nile River near Giza in northern Egypt. In ancient times they were included among the Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Pyramid of Giza stands on the northern edge of the Giza Plateau, located about 10 miles west of Cairo. It …

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Cairo

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Cairo is the capital of Egypt. It is the largest city in the Middle-East and second-largest in Africa. Cairo is a vibrant and exotic, famed for its hospitality and fascinating architecture.  Cairo is home to the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sights in Egypt. It has always been known as the City of a Thousand Minarets due to the large …

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Sobków Castle

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Sobków Castle is situated by the Nida River. It was founded in the 16th century and over the centuries, it was destroyed many times. The castle is also known as Fortalicja Sobkowska and was built by Stanislaw Sobek, in 1560-1570. The castle is surrounded by a rectangular wall, with towers in each corner. Inside the walls the castle once stood. The …

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Opinogóra and Arkadia

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For all those living near Warsaw, Opinogóra and Arkadia are perfect places for a day trip. Opinogóra, is situated some 8 km east of Ciechanow; the Museum of Romanticism in Opinogóra. The museum is placed in a former palace complex of Krasińscy family.  Palace of Opiniogóra, located at the back of an old mansion was used to entertain guests invited …

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Mrzezyno and Rewal

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Both, Mrzeżyno and Rewal, small seaside places by the Baltic sea offer nice clean beaches with golden, soft sand. Next to the beach a pine forest is equally pleasant. In the summer they are sought for its clear environment and plenty of attractions. The advantages of sunbathing in the summer on a broad sandy beaches and swimming in clean water …

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Wilanów Light Display

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Winter makes Wilanów, the Royal Palace in Warsaw a truly magical place thanks to the Light and Music show.  The Garden of Imagination and the Golden Courtyard installations are mounted in the garden and the lavish courtyard to the the theme of Alice in Wonderland. Over over 300,000 colorful LED lights arranged in Baroque patterns, modelled on the summer arrangement …

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Royal Lazienki Park

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Lazienki Krolewskie is the the most beautiful palace and garden complex in Warsaw.   The park was created using the formerly wildly growing forest. In 1764 Ujazdow became the property of Stanislaw Augustus Poniatowski – the last king of Poland. He has established his summer residence here and gave it its general appearance. A number of mainly Italian painters and architects were …

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Radziejowice

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Radziejowice is a village 40 kilometres south west of Warsaw. Radziejowice palace is a complex of classical residences surrounded by a park. Since 1965 the complex has performed the function of a cultural centre, including fine arts. The palace and park complex include: a classical palace, Gothic Castle, Larch Manor, Swiss Cottage, a former blacksmith’s shop, and several hectare park …

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Sanok Falk Architecture Musem

The Museum of Folk Architecture in Sanok, also known as the Ethnographic Park, is the first and the largest open-air museums in Poland. On display here are examples of architecture from the Russo-Polish border, that is in the south-eastern regions of today’s Poland: Bieszczady Mountains, Low Beskids, the Jasło and Sanok Dales, Ciężkowice and Dynów Foothills, as well as parts …

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Lublin

Lublin is a thriving city with plenty of historical building, yet also some new, well design architecture. Krakowskie Przedmiescie, the representative street of Lublin, is the favourite place for entertainment for the town’s inhabitants and visitors. There are many coffee shops, artistic basement bars and restaurants to choose from. The first permanent settlements on the future site of Lublin were …

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Turkish Travels III

The expansive cuisine of Turkey goes way beyond kebabs. Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, a mixture of Central Asian, Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. As Turkey it such a large country, obviously its cuisine varies across the region. The cooking of Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, and rest of the Aegean region is characterised by the …

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Turkish Travels II

Travelling in Turkey it is visible in most of the town and mainly in the architecture, that Islam is the largest religion of Turkey. Although Turkey is officially a secular country with no official religion since the constitutional amendment in 1924, currently all public schools from elementary to high school hold mandatory religion classes which only focus on the Sunni …

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Turkish Travels I

Turkey is a massive country, with its smaller part in Southeastern Europe and its larger part in Western Asia. Its size is 783,562 km² and population reached 74 million. The history and geography is rich and varied. Modern Turkey is a relatively young republic, established upon the remains of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, but it is an ancient land, one …

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Saffron and Sumela Monasteries

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Deyrulzafaran monastery, also called Mor Hananyo or Saffron monastery, is seldom mentioned in mainstream tourism for Turkey but it is a must see while in the Mardin region. Dayro d-Mor Hananyo was founded in 493 by Mor Shlemon on the site of a sun worship temple that was converted into a citadel by the Romans. After the Romans withdrew from …

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Cappadocia

A spectacular landscape of Cappadocia contain some of the most amazingly sculptured by nature, rocks. While geographic events were and are forming strange rock formations, during the historical period, humans had carried the signs of thousand years old civilizations with carving houses and churches within these earth pillars.  Rock-hewn sanctuaries full of Byzantine art, dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns …

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Balooning over Cappadocia

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Cappadocia is Turkey’s most visually striking region famed for its lunar landscape. The most interesting places are near Urgup, Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos and Mustafapaşa , where erosion has formed caves and famous fairy chimneys. Sculptured soft volcanic rock and historic painted cave churches are simply enchanting but flying at dawn above this incredible landscape is a must, as Cappadocia is …

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Mount Nemrut

Situated on the Arsameia antique road, Nemrut mount of 2206 meters in height, looms over the territory in the southeastern Turkey. It is notable for the group of large statues on the summit, which is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC.   King Antiochus I (who reigned over Commagene ) built here a pantheon, which can …

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Santorini Island

It may be a cliché statement, but Santorini is one of the most spectacular Greek islands. The traditional villages are mostly built on tall cliffs and offer a breathtaking view over the submerged volcano. The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption that took place 3600 years ago and obliterated …

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Fira, Santorini

The Greek island of Santorini and its capital, Fira offers spectacular views of the cliffs and predictably, pristine whitewashed buildings. It was only recently, that the capital of the island was moved from Pyrgos to Fira.  Fira perched on the edge of a cliff some 260m high offers not only superb panoramas over the submerged volcano but also the sheer …

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Oia, Santorini

Oia, (pronounced Ia) is the most famous of all villages of Santorini and possibly, the most beautiful village in a whole Greece. Santorini famed for its quiet life and fantastic sunsetis no doubt the most romantic and dramatic place. Thepicturesque village of Oia situated on top of an impressive cliff offers truly magnificent view over the volcano of Palia and …

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The island of Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, both in terms of area and population. It is a multifaceted place with a history that has stirred romantics for centuries.  The interior of the island is mountainous with some solitary cypresses and small forests of pine trees. Not much of the land is cultivated however some citrus fruit, wine grapes, vegetables …

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Rhodes Town

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Although the capital of Rhodes and the Dodecanese group is most famous since antiquity as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is the old city with its strong walls that attracts most interest. The entrance to Mandhráki harbour was supposedly straddled by the Colossus, an ancient statue of Apollo erected to …

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Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos in Greece, is a small, ancient village on the east coast of Rhodes with the magnificent Acropolis towering above it. The views as you arrive here are, whitewashed houses, ambling donkeys and car-free cobbled streets. The village has a preservation order, so in theory nothing can spoil its authentic look.  Lindos was founded by the Dorians, who arrived in …

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Kamieniec Castle

Kamieniec Castle in Odrzykoń, a beautiful ruin that towers over the south-eastern Poland is from the time of the king Casimir the Great. Originally it was the royal estate; later on it became the property of the Kamieniecki family. This fortified stronghold was built at the southern borders of the country to protect the area against attacks from Russia and Hungary. …

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Lanzarote II

Photographs in this part cover Yaiza, Timanfaya, Porto Caleo, Papagayo, Orzola, Mirador de Rio and Los Hervideros of this volcanic island. The moonscapes are most vivid in the island’s centre, while to the north there’s a gentle greenness. Lanzarote enjoys high temperatures, low rainfall and endless sunshine throughout the year. It is the easternmost island of Spain’s Canary Islands which …

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Lanzarote I

As with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is Volcanic in origin. It was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. The island emerged about 15 million years ago as product of the Canary hotspot. Due to the recent eruptions during the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear to be …

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Fuerteventura

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Fuerteventura largest attractions are beaches and weather. Whether you like your beach life slow and sedentary or quick and crazy, Fuerteventura caters for all with its fantastic swathes of gold in the archipelago, no surprise that it attracts sun worshippers and water sports professionals alike. The name ‘Fuerteventura’ translates to ‘strong wind’ which is characteristic for the island. The island …

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Forest colours

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A few photographic memories from the trips to the Polish forests at the end of the last year, when trees started to loose their leaves but snow and frost has not yet got the tight grip of the trees and plants. All around Warsaw there are plenty of these little woodlands where one can always find some photogenic leaves and …

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The best of Marocco

This is the last blog of the Marocco series and I have saved the best of the places for it. I would recommend visiting all of them, Zagora, Taourirt, Taroudant, Quarzazate, Erfud, El-kelaa, Aït Benhaddou and last, but not least, Agadir. Zagora is a town in the valley of the Draa River in Souss-Massa-Drâa offering some interesting views. The well …

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Marocco by road

Morocco is as hypnotic as a snake-charmer’s flute and its varied qualities work magic the moment you land here.  Morocco is in many ways a country apart. It nestles on the north-western tip of Africa, and is separated from the rest of the continent by the Atlas Mountains and by the Sahara desert. It is the most westerly of the …

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Marrakesh

Marrakesh is a major city in Morocco. The area was inhabited by Berber farmers from Neolithic times, but the city was founded in 1062 by Abu Bakr ibn Umar. Like many Moroccan cities it comprises an old fortified city, Medina, packed with vendors and stalls. You can find here thousands of foodstuffs, fabrics and handicrafts. The City is famous for …

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Niedzica

Niedzica Castle or as sometimes called, Dunajec Castle, is located in southern Poland atop an ancient hill of limestone. It was erected in the 14th century.  It stands at an altitude of 566 m, on a hill 300 m upstream from the Dunajec River mouth. The castle was an important centre of Polish-Hungarian relations since the 14th century. The fortress was renovated …

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Nisyros

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Nisyros Island is situated in the Aegen Sea, between the islands of Kos and Tilos. Not a big island, some 3 kilometres by 4 kilometres is the most famous because of its caldera that was created 150,000 years ago. There were 3 separate eruptive stages during its creation, ranging from explosive and effusive andesitic eruptions to effusive and extrusive dacitic …

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Kos II

Kos is a very interesting island and offers to the visitors natural beauty and a lot of historical monuments. Places that can be seen in Kos I and Kos II blogs cover Zia, Sfakia, Plaka, Limnionas, Kefalos, Kava, Kardamena, Asklipieio and Antimacha. The most popular ancient sight in the island of Kos is Asklipieio. It is located some 4 kilometers …

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Kos I

Kos,  the Greek island lies in the group of the Dodecanese. It is 40 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide. According to the Greek mythology, Kos is the sacred land of Asclepius, the god of healing. On the island, there are many monuments from the prehistoric times. Kos was inhabited by Minoans,later on by Achaean, Dorians and Persians. Athenians who …

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Bodrum

Bodrum is a port city in Muğla Province, on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. Once it was a cozy fishing village with only a few thousand people, but for the last few decades, Bodrum has experienced a renaissance that has transformed this quiet community into one of Turkey’s most popular vacation hotspots.The …

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Sao Miguel, Azores

Azores archipelago is one of the few unspoilt paradises on the planet and is composed of vast plains and pastures and extensive mountains that are divided by deep valleys. Due to the positioning,  islands are  in constant contact with both the high pressure areas common to the North Atlantic and the constantly moving polar and tropical air masses. The island …

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Terceira, Azores

The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands. They are situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, some 1,500 km west of Lisbon. The exact date of discovery of the archipelago is unknown, but most probably the islands of Santa Maria and São Miguel were discovered in 1427 by the Portuguese navigator Diogo de Silves. There are nine major …

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Zakynthos III

Zakynthos famous Shipwreck Beach, also known as Smuggler’s Cove or Navagio Bay, is one of the most well-known beaches in Greece. It is about 6kms northwest of Alykes, just off the main road to Skinari. Getting there is a bit tricky, as the beach is hidden from the main road, but there is a dirt truck that leads you to …

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Zakynthos II

Zakynthos is not only sea and beaches; it has an interesting long historical and cultural background that can be explored at leisure during long warm summer months. There are some interesting homesteads, like Katari, where you can meet some local people and forget about holiday resorts. At Skinari you can find two interesting windmills, but there are also other places …

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Zakynthos I

Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, the third largest one. It has a thriving tourism industry and it is a producer of olive oil, grapevine, citruses and raisins. Northern and eastern shores are famed for their sandy beaches, quite packed with tourists in summer months. The largest resort Laganas has got a spectacular beach that stretches for …

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