This relatively less known cultural centre and a historical city is just an hour away from Paris, close to the border with Belgium, by the fast train. The ride in the train is an experience in itself. The city which is a part of the Flandres region bears a fair amount of Flemish look, most especially in the architecture in the older part known as Vieux Lille. Since the city is also well known for its education centres and the university, there is a teeming young population which contributes to the throb, energy and the cosmopolitan feel of the city.
It is time for Serbia again. Spring is coming, and Serbian towns and the Serbian countryside are reviving and awaiting tourists. Spring time in Serbia is perfect for visiting small towns with rich histories and green forests. Spring weather in Serbia is nice – not too warm and perfect for walking, sightseeing, and camping.
There is no style of architecture that would better characterise the Czech lands than the Baroque. Even more distinctively Czech is Czech Baroque Gothic – a phenomenon that is not found anywhere else in the world. Its founder came from a famous family of stonemasons working – among other places – on Prague‘s St. Vitus Cathedral. His name was Jan Blažej Santini Aichel.
We invite you to journey through Greece and the region of Macedonia. This is the largest region in Greece, however the geographical region of historical Macedonia is much bigger, covering parts of other countries including Bulgaria, FYRO Macedonia, and a small part of Albania. Macedonia is historically a very rich region as it offers much to see from all periods of the past.
Now it’s time for a real adventure. We are heading to an unfairly underestimated country in the middle of Asia – Mongolia. Mongolia is a landlocked country of vast steppes, blue skies, mountains, hawks, horses, historical heroes, and yoghurt. Probably the most famous thing about Mongolia is its great hero and warrior king, Genghis Khan, who managed to conquer almost the whole world and created an empire that briefly stretched from the Korean Peninsula to the Black Sea. The country is large but sparsely inhabited, with only 3mln people. It is still a developing country with one, fast-growing city and large areas where nature remains pristine and inhabitants are scarce. Because of sparse air connections and a not-very-developed infrastructure, Mongolia is hard to get to but is definitely worth visiting, as you will see when you read about it.
It is time for one more destination in our Southeast Asian tour. This time we are going to an amazing island off the southern Chinese coast, known as Hainan Island. Remarkable though it is, Hainan is seldom spoken about and is rarely advertised outside of China. Most foreigners visit only the Chinese mainland, and almost no one knows about China’s tropical island.