Prague. Part 3


  Saint Procopius Basilica   Not so far from the city center, there is the largest landmark of the Žižkov district, Saint Procopius Basilica. Its donjon towers the surrounding buildings at 73 meters. The temple was built more than 100 years ago and was named in honor of St. Procopius, who lived in the 10th and 11th centuries. His relics are still kept in the temple. Like many religious buildings in Prague, Saint Procopius Basilica is made in the neo-Gothic style, and the architects were Josef Mocker and František Mikš. The front face is decorated with an unusual composition depicting three [...]

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Prague. Part 2


  Vltava Embankments   The Vltava stretches along the entire Prague and dozens of kilometers beyond its area. Therefore, the embankments run through the entire city and reach 30 km in total. They attract not only tourists but also local people, especially in the center. Here, they can take their minds off the endless bustle of the city, enjoy the wonderful view of the river and breathe the fresh air. Along the embankments, there are also floating restaurants and seaside cafés. People also hold festivals and celebrations in this place.   Zoo   Prague Zoological Garden, or Zoo Praha, is the [...]

Prague. Part 22023-02-16T15:02:21+00:00

Prague. Part 1


The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, is located in the very center of Europe. It is a true open-air museum of medieval architecture with a wealth of centuries-old history, delicious dishes, safe streets and friendly locals. We visited the city in the summer, the most wonderful time for long walks, sightseeing, enjoying gardens and parks.   The History of the City   Prague is considered the heart of Europe. It also has a long history that goes back 11 centuries. The first mention of Prague is dated to the 9th century, and its foundation is believed to have started with [...]

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Budapest. Part 3


Zoo There is talk that the Budapest Zoo is a must-visit for those who come to the Hungarian capital with children. So, we could not help introducing our boys to many animals, some of whom they saw for the first time in their lives. The Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest in the world – it first opened its doors in the '60s of the 19th century. Its history dates back to the founding of a small menagerie with several species of animals. Nowadays, the number of species is close to 800, and the total number of all creatures there [...]

Budapest. Part 32022-01-14T15:05:07+00:00

Budapest. Part 2


Gellért Hill Close to the two previous locations, there is the Gellért Hill. Its height is only 235 meters, and one can climb up it from any point – the paths running to the top are all around the hill. Legend has it that the hill was named after a Catholic saint who preached Christianity. During the 11th-century revolt, the pagans put him in a barrel with nails and kicked him down the hill. Today this place is particularly favored by tourists, and we could hardly believe that, up to the 18th century, vineyards and pastures were all that was located [...]

Budapest. Part 22021-10-17T09:44:46+00:00

Budapest. Part 1


Our next destination was Budapest – the European “gem”. The Hungarian capital can justly be called a treasure trove of breathtaking views and magnificent historical landmarks. We moved to Budapest in June, but, although it was the high tourist season, the prices for renting apartments were a welcome surprise for us, even though we chose a large apartment in the very city center. History of the Founding of Budapest Budapest is one of the youngest and, at the same time, the oldest European capitals. On the one hand, its history dates back more than two thousand years, but, on the other [...]

Budapest. Part 12021-10-17T09:42:57+00:00

Dominican Republic. Part 3


Casa de Campo Casa de Campo is one of the wealthiest and most famous reservations in the Dominican Republic. It is listed among the world’s most fashionable resorts. Surprisingly, in 1917, the area looked completely different: it was fully covered with sugar cane plantations. In 1967, the American businessman Charles Bluhdorn acquired the territories, but a few years later, sugar prices fell due to an economic crisis, and the business wasn’t profitable anymore. Thus in 1975, Bluedorn decided to create a resort on the site of the former sugar plantation. That’s how Casa de Campo (Country House) was founded. The reservation [...]

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Dominican Republic. Part 2


Bávaro Resort Bávaro is famous for its beaches. Its coastline is about 50 km long. Looking at luxurious tourist settlements, you can hardly believe that the area was a complete wilderness just 30 years ago. As tourism started to develop here, the coast was gradually cleaned from mangroves and turned into a resort called royal today. There are no architectural or historical landmarks here. But there are a few national parks near Bávaro. Palm Cemetery is one of the most interesting places. It’s a marshy plain where you can see tree trunks rising right from the water. The place has a [...]

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Dominican Republic. Part 1


We’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌travelling‌ ‌around‌ ‌Latin‌ ‌America‌ for‌ ‌quite‌ ‌some‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌started‌ ‌to‌ ‌miss‌ unhurried‌ ‌beach‌ ‌recreation.‌ ‌Thus‌ ‌we‌ began‌ ‌to‌ ‌look‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌place‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌clean‌ ‌sea‌ ‌and‌‌ warm‌ weather‌ ‌to‌ ‌recover‌ ‌from‌ ‌Lima’s‌ ‌humid‌ climate‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌health‌ ‌problems‌ ‌associated‌ with‌ it.‌ Finally, we settled on the Dominican Republic, which is famous for its resorts and is not far from Peru. But this time we decided to break our habit of staying in the capital and preferred Bávaro—an area whose beaches are among the most beautiful ones in the world—to the capital of the country, Santo Domingo. A [...]

Dominican Republic. Part 12022-08-01T20:58:55+00:00