Taste'n Travel: Star-Shaped Fortifications

Star Shaped Towns of the Netherlands

Star-shaped (bastion) forts started to emerge in Europe during the 15th century when the cannons were invented, which the date coincides pretty much with beginning of renaissance. Netherlands is famous for having well-preserved unique shaped bastion forts, or star-shaped fortified towns because this type of fortification was especially very suitable for such land where the altitude is very close to the sea level, easy to dig waterlines.

The Dutch is also expert with managing water systems, and during the old times, there was convenient way to defend the city from bird’s eye views which was completely in the shape of a star. Usually, these cities are designed in the form of Pentagon and Hexagon, surrounded by many triangular bastions.
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Taste'n Travel: Brussels City Centre

Wandering Around Brussels Centrum

When visiting European cities, it is common to walk through a crowded square, and the well-preserved ones would be surrounded by stylish historical buildings. Brussels Grand Plaza is one of the best examples of a historical square, and the buildings that surround the square makes the place very attractive to visitors which are a combination of Gothic and Neo-Classic style buildings.

I have been traveling to Belgium since I was sixteen and the centrum of Brussels is the most beautiful town square that I have encountered so far. The center is always lively day and night which makes me excited anytime I pass there. The old buildings are so attractive that I cannot take my eyes out of them. The buildings are so stylish, decorated with great sculptures and engravings that I am so impressed of the architects of these buildings. Brussels square became more interesting for me when I learned about the story behind them. (more…)

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Trdelnik: A Traditional East European Pastry

Trdelnik: A Traditional East European Pastry

Trdelnik is a popular street food in East Europe especially in Prague. For me, it is one of the most delicious pastries that I have tasted in Europe. Traditionally this taste is more associated with Prague however it is a shared recipe among East European countries.

Trdelnik is getting very popular within Europe as a street food and it is possible to encounter it in many other European cities. So far have encountered it in a couple of Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: Touring Around Vienna Part 2

Touring Around Vienna: Part 2

If you are an art lover, Vienna is unquestionably a “must” destination for you to visit, that there is a famous European centre for art and history. There are diverse imperial treasury collections exhibited in Viennese museums.

Vienna itself is actually an open air museum that as a city, it is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. I visited Vienna in a December weekend and the city was breathtaking with its Christmas spirit. Beautiful Christmas markets were everywhere. Click here to read more about Christmas markets. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: Traditional Tastes of Vienna

Discovering the Traditional Tastes of Vienna

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a charming city and impresses its visitors in many ways. The baroque style can be experienced in many different ways, from its architecture and lifestyle. Vienna is a crucial center for Europe where east – west and north – south meets.

Vienna is mostly known for its intellectual lifestyle however its cuisine is also worth attention. This city offers diverse tastes most come from its imperial history. Some of the popular traditional tastes from Viennese cuisine are Schnitzel, Tafelspitz, Wiener Erdäpfelsalat, Wiener Goulash, Apfelstrudel, Kaiserschmarrn, and Powidltascherl. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel; Feeling the Gothic Spirit in the Old Town of Prague

Feeling the Gothic Spirit in the Old Town of Prague

Prague is one of the world’s most visited cities, and it is a must for everyone to visit the city at least once in a lifetime. Especially if you are someone who likes history and gets attracted by gothic styles, a single visit would probably not enough for you to experience this lovely Bohemian city.

One of the most prominent places to get acquainted with Prague’s Bohemian spirit is certainly the old town square where gothic, baroque and colourful buildings stand in harmony for centuries. When you look around from the tower of the old town, you view the authentically elegant scene as if it came out of a sketchbook. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel:  A Weekend in Paris

A Weekend in Paris: Day 1

Paris is an enormously big city where is impossible to discover all at once. However, you can get a glimpse of the main attractions on a short weekend with strict planning.

I visited Paris on a beautiful sunny August day. The first day passed with wandering around the city and photographing the attractions. For me, the attractions that impressed me the most were Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Èlysées Boulevard and Arc de Triomphe. Click here for the attractions that I visited in Paris in the second day. The beauty of these attractions are unquestionably breathtaking, and I wanted to capture their beauty on my camera from all the angles.  (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: Wenceslas Square, Prague

Pokémon Go Experience in Wenceslas Square, Prague

Pokémon GO is a recently launched game introduced to the world by Nintendo and soon became very popular. The game is unique because virtual characters are set up on the real world map which took the concept of gaming into a new dimension.

Pokémon GO may look complicated, but it is an easy game to grasp. You have an avatar which is placed on the map. The goal is to collect Pokémons to train and fight and join teams on virtual “gyms”. When you launch the app for the first time you need to create a character which will automatically be placed to your current location. (more…)

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Goethe House in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is one of the biggest German city and an important culture, art and commerce centre of Germany as it was in the 18th century. During the Early Modern Era (between 16th to 18th century), science and innovation have grown rapidly with the invention of printing press.

John Wolfgang Goethe was one of the residents of Frankfurt who was born on August 28, 1749. Goethe came to the world in a house located in the heart of the city, which belonged to a high-status family. He spent his early life in Frankfurt, almost the first quarter of his life and this was very influential in forming his mindset and social attitude.    (more…)

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Taste'n Travel; Amsterdam Churches Tour

Churches of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a beautiful European city with its canal streets, cafes and stylish buildings. The churches are well-protected historical monuments and fascinating examples of medieval and renaissance architecture.  Those beautiful monuments ornate the city from east to west and north to south with their domes and towers.

The churches of Amsterdam range from 100 to 800 years that most of them were constructed between 13th to 16th century when the city was growing and becoming wealthier. In those times, religion had a major role in daily life of the Christians and attending to the church was an obligation for the citizens. The churches were powerful and independent with their laws and taxes. (more…)

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