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The first festival dedicated to raspberry took place in Armenia on August 7. It was the beginning of new great tradition! It was orginized by VictoriaRaspberryProducerGroup in cooperation with WorldVisionArmenia and was held in Ashotavan village not far from Sisian, in the chic area of MJAresort surrounded by mountains. The concept of the festival itself set everyone to positive mood. The main treat was of course raspberries and blackberries. The guests could also taste raspberry jam, cakes with raspberry and the most amazing meal - traditional Armenian dish dolma made of raspberry leaves. During the festival, various competitions with symbolic prizes were held; one of the finalists received a new Armenian smartphone. And of course, it is not possible to imagine any festival without dances and songs. During the festival the guests enjoyed national Armenian dances and even learned themselves to dance kochari (the most famous national dance).
In this post, I'll try to encourage you to leave Morskie Oko behind and venture into the real, wild beauty of the area. As usual, the most attractive and stunning views are awaiting those who are brave enough to take a risk and explore something beyond the beaten path. I've already described the trek to Dolina Pieciu Stawow which is way nicer than the one to Morskie Oko and now it's time to write about my favorite trail in the Tatras - to Swinica peak via the less known Dolina Gasienicowa (Gasienicowa Valley) and Zawrat saddle. This trail features not one but several crystal clear lakes of different shapes and colors, spectacular views - incomparable with those on the way to Morskie Oko and it's perfect for those who love adventure and adrenaline rush!
How to get to Antibes
Although the French Riviera is pretty expensive, the public transport is just amazing and affordable. There are multipe buses and trains daily that run from the center of the region - Nice, both south towards Cannes and north to Monaco. To reach Antibes, you have to head south. The bus 200 costs less than 2 EUR/2.50 USD! The journey takes over 1 hour. If you want to save time, you can catch a train which is a bit more expensive.
What to see in Antibes
The old town in Antibes is located around a 15 minute walk from the station. It's absolutely lovely - old-style, stone houses, red roof tiles, resembles a lot the Croatian seaside villages. I just loved it! And, visiting it in winter felt as if we had just discovered a hidden little place that no one knows about. I know it's hard to believe, but there were virtually zero tourists in Antibes during our stay.
The best thing about Antibes is the fact that you can admire both: the amazing, snowy peaks of the Alps in the background and the contrasting, blue Mediterranean Sea. Apart from that, Antibes has everything a little, charming village needs to have: ancient defensive walls, old churches (Church of the Immaculate Conception), beautiful, tiny streets, cozy restaurants and cafes and above all that - the Picasso Museum!
Antibes also has beaches, however they are not as beautiful as in Nice or Eze. The water doesn't have this strong azure color. They are not bad, just OK. The only "bad" thing about Antibes old town is that it's very, very small. You can walk around it within a few hours. Nevertheless, it's perfect for a half-day from Nice!
The port in Antibes has been used since antiquity and it's surrounded by huge defensive walls (Bastion St-Jaume). Now, it's a harbor dedicated for world's most luxurious yachts and boats where the richest of this world keep their expensive toys. Nevertheless, when we were there, we didn't have such feeling at all - maybe if you're visiting Antibes in the summer or look more closely, you can see that the place is so over the top. During our stay, it looked like a normal, little, local sea village.
I am a fan of original, unique things. Antibes has the amazing sculpture called "Nomade" which is around 10 meters (30 ft.) high. It's entirely composed of the Latin alphabet letters. Some of the braver kids were climbing up the monument up to the very top. It looked very interesting. If you like such original monuments and sculptures, have a look at my article about Batumi which boasts the moving monument of love (the only moving monument I've ever seen).
|Along the promenade|
|Houses in Antibes|
|Houses in Antibes|
|Antibes old town|
|Old street in Antibes|
|Old street in Antibes|
|Antibes and the Alps|
|Church of the Immaculate Conception|
|The sea and the mountains|
|The "Nomade" scuplture|
Short visit in Cannes
Cannes is very close to Antibes, and before leaving the French Riviera (the airport is on the way back to Nice from Cannes and Antibes), we decided to get a glimpse of the famous city. We spent there only an hour or so and were quite unimpressed. The famous building where the festival is held is really nothing special and the whole city has the stuck up atmosphere, even more than Monaco (which I've described here). If you like authentic, sincere places rather than plastic and full of pretentious people, choose the smaller villages rather than Cannes. We were so happy we did!
In the second part, I will write about my favorite town in the French Riviera - Eze. If you're planning to see Nice, don't skip Eze! It's beautifully perched on a hill and overlooks amazing beaches and the azure coast of the world's most famous riviera. It has a unique garden full of cactuses and other succulents which, together with the sea, offers spectacular and pretty unique views. Not to mention the little streets and stone buildings. It's way less known than other towns and so amazing for a day visit!
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Lake Orhid - Macedonia's Best Summer Spot
Herceg Novi - Beautiful Coastal Town in the Bay of Kotor
Valletta - What to See in Malta's Golden Capital
One Day in Monaco - Is it Really Worth a Visit?
Algarve in Portugal - Where Europe Comes to an End
Majorca (Mallorca), Spain - Beyond the Beaches and Resorts
You can’t really discuss Macau without mentioning casinos. The territory is the world’s largest gambling centre, far surpassing second place Las Vegas. The scale of Macau’s casino scene is unlikely to hit home until you hit the Cotai Strip where the majority of the territories casinos are located. The pick of the casinos is the City of Dreams where you’ll find tables to suit all markets, from minimum spends of HK$0.05 right up to HK$5,000. Not only will visitors find a whole host of table games and slots in the City of Dreams, they’ll also discover out of this world shows such as The House of Dancing Water.
Away from the bright lights of Macau’s casino district you can find the serene A-Ma Temple. First built in 1488 during the Ming Dynasty, the temple is the oldest in the Macau. The temple is made up of six parts, each of which contains what can only be described as simply stunning examples of classical Chinese architecture. Not only does the temple provide visitors with man-made beauty, its location affords mesmerising views out across Macau and the peninsula. The A-Ma temple is free for all ages is open from 7am – 6pm.
While A-Ma temple is a shining example of classical Chinese architecture, Macau Tower, located over on the other side of the lake represents the more modern side of Macau. Completed in 2001, Macau Tower stands at an impressive1,108 ft., making it comfortably the tallest building Macau. The top floor of the tower is located 731 ft. up the tower and is home to an observation deck the offers incredible 360-degree panoramic views out over Macau. Tickets to the observation deck cost roughly £11. You can do a lot more than just admire the view though, if you dare. Why not follow in the footsteps of Jack ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ Osbourne and bungee jump off the top of the tower.
Ruins of the Church of St Paul
The Ruins of the Church of St Paul is one of Macau’s best and most visited tourist attractions. Built in the 17th Century as a Jesuit church, a fire in 1835 destroyed the bulk of building, leaving only the front and staircase standing. Nevertheless though, the Church of St Paul has gone on to become one of the most recognisable structures in the whole of Macau. The ruins are located in Senado Square and are free for all visitors.
With a host of landmarks and activities it’s clear to see why Macau is becoming a tourist hotspot for culture vultures and fun seekers alike.
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Based on my own amazing travel experiences, I have prepared a list of 10 unique summer destinations that possess everything in order to offer a great vacation: the sea, beach, amazing cuisine and local traditions. They are 100% authentic, beautiful and perfectly safe yet have little or virtually zero exposure in the media. Why is that? Probably not enough western corporations.
I'd love to inspire you so you could open your eyes, see the world beyond what's in the media, set out on a great, adventurous journey, surprise yourself and enjoy discovering a new, different world you probably didn't know exists!
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Who wouldn’t fall in love with this paradise? But, even with its lively and vibrant day and night life, Rio de Janeiro is plagued with plenty of crimes and scams that are also apparent in other parts of Brazil. Here’s how to survive Rio safely while continuously enjoying your trip in this party capital of the world:
We took a tour called "Back to the roots", however, to be honest, our primary goal was not the interior of the island but to be able to see the view of the most beautiful beach in the world (at least among the beaches I've seen) - the Shipwreck beach from the top of the cliff. Only this tour offered a stop at the viewing platform, all the others went straight to the beach by boat where there's no way to admire that exceptional bird's eye panorama.
Monaco was never a destination I dreamed to visit. Nevertheless, we got a great deal - extremely cheap flights to Nice in winter, so why not also see the surrounding towns (and a completely different country)? On the way from Nice, we stopped in a spectacularly beautiful, although lesser known town of Eze perched on a steep, rocky cliff overlooking the incredible coast, then we continued on to Monaco itself.