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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Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the fascinating city where sits in the heart of northwest Europe with all its glory. Having wandered around this stunning city, it is possible for someone to trace its wealthy history. During Golden times, it was a capital of commercial trade with having strong connections from east to west.

Dam Square is the oldest square in Amsterdam, which is considered as the center of the city witnessed many important events throughout history. It is still the main square of Amsterdam surrounded by important buildings and monuments as Nieuwe Kerk, National Monument and also the Royal Palace. Here is a nice video about the history and development of Dam Square. (more…)

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Exploring Barcelona Part 2: La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a worldwide known basilica and one of the main landmarks of Barcelona. La Sagrada Familia is the most popular attraction of Barcelona that nearly 3,000,000 visitors travel every year to Barcelona, to witness this exquisite view of this dignified temple. What makes this building so special is its unique style where art, religion, and beauty meet together and produces a breathtaking view visible from any point of the city.

La Sagrada Familia has a long construction history and is still not yet finished. The first stone is laid on March 19, 1882, around 135 years ago. The temple is planned to be finished in 2026, there are a couple of years more to go for the final opening. The architect of this ambitious project is no one else than Antoni Gaudi whose view of art is “Truth”, “Structure” and “Beauty”. (more…)

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Exploring Barcelona Part 1: Places With Good Tastes

Barcelona, the crowned Mediterranean is an inspiring city with traces of many years of history. There is joyful, artistic and also delicious. It is possible to find many different kinds of healthy cuisine, a true source of happiness.

Spanish food is great, especially tapas, paella and sangria are my favorite. Enjoying this Spanish and Catalan delight in Barcelona is a fantastic experience especially when it is combined with this city’s exciting atmosphere. (more…)

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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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Touring Around Vienna: Part 1

Vianna is a charming city with its rich imperial history which offers many sights for its visitors. It is possible to witness different styles of architecture which was popular in various eras. Vienna is a beautiful city where traditional and modern in entwined into each other. There is also a suitable place to experience the extravagant baroque lifestyle.

Emperor Franz Joseph I had a significant influence on the architectural development of Vienna. He was actually one of the most beloved rulers of Austrian-Hungary Empire who reigned the kingdom for 68 years. Franz Joseph also had good taste in architecture, when you walk around the city, you can encounter the traces of his wise intellectual standpoint. What impressed me most was the quote in Hofburg Gate, “Iustitia Regnorum Fundamentum (Justice is the foundation of Kingdoms)”, must be very inspiring for the Australian citizens for pass along this gate every day. (more…)

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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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Hidden Tastes of Amsterdam Part 3: Noorderlicht Café

Amsterdam is the fascinating city which is in the heart of Netherlands and one of the most frisky regions of northwest Europe. What makes Amsterdam special is the variation within the city that modern and old, classic and contemporary is entwined with each other in harmony. It is unquestionably beautiful, but there is something else with the spirit of the city that attracts me to visit there often.

Amsterdam is a popular destination not only for me but also to others. Many tourists visit the city to enjoy the view of the canals and its surrounding houses. There is also a favorable location to experience the Dutch free spirit. In general, visitors spend all their time in the old town. However, they may not get the full glimpse of the real Amsterdam without exploring the surrounding neighborhoods.

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GLOW: The Precious Dutch Light Festival of Eindhoven

Social events are popular in the Netherlands, as such, there are a number of regular activities organized like festivals, parades, and markets. Eindhoven, the high-tech city in the south of Netherlands hosts full of creative events and GLOW is a prominent one which is a light festival being organized on every second week of November.

Such a light festival is well suited for one of the most leading worldwide technology and industry region that Eindhoven could be considered as the “silicon valley” of Europe. Being the hometown of Philips has significantly helped the city to urbanize rapidly. Many traces are visible around the town, as such some buildings were once formerly part of Philips factory. (more…)

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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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