Author: Gamurari

The city with many names: Split in Croatian, Spalato in Italian, Spalatro in Dalmatian, Ασπάλαθος Aspálatos in ancient Greek. Whichever name you decide to use, you should know that all of them come from the calicotome spinosa, a very common plant for this area whose seeds are used to produce a fragrant oil.

I really love Greece, as well as to spend my summer holidays there. Beside the fact that Greece is a beautiful country, it is one of the best price-quality ratio in the region.

Scroll to the end of the page to see the video from Zakynthos. 

For my third visit to Greece, I chose Zakynthos, which is the third largest island of the Ionian Islands and it is known as the “Flower of the East”. Are you asking yourself why one of the most western Greek islands is called so? Geographically, it is situated on the western edge of the Eurasian tectonic plate, but historically it was offering important harbourage on the eastern edge of the Ionian Sea, right at the centre of the divided Roman Empire.

Dubrovnik is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places of all the Dalmatian coast of Croatia and in the same time one of the most popular touristic destinations. The city is a former fortress of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, on whose rebuilt walls you can walk along. It was founded in the 7th century under the name Ragusium, meaning people living on the cliff.

Day 1

If you ever happen to be in Zagreb on a winter morning with minus 15 degrees, please, feel free to go to Kava Tava in Tkalćićeva 12. The place is open from 7 a.m. and apart from the classic “eggs based breakfast” they have amazing pancakes (try the one covered with chocolate, you won’t regret). Moreover, their hot chocolate is something to die for.

I’M BACK!!

And this time for real. Each time I was up to write about one of my trips, something stopped me, but I missed sharing my stories with you and write something different from philosophical concepts of civilization or corruption problems and lack of trust in institutions.

Yes, you got it right, my life is pretty full with studies because now I’m in Sarajevo, BiH, pursuing my Master Degree in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe.

If you will ask someone what can you see in Lithuania, you can be sure that one of the first attractions that they will mention, will be Trakai. Trakai castle is located on an island in Lake Galve. Its construction begun in the 14th century and it was one of the main centres of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Why should you visit it? 1. It is the only water castle in all Eastern Europe 2. It is a symbol of Lithuanian tourism 3. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles of Lithuania 4. There are a lot of legends around this place 5. It is an incredible architectural example of Gothic style 6. It is the place where you can eat the real kibinai.

The Republic of Užupis is a district in Vilnius and it is a state within a state. It proclaimed its independence on 1 April 1997. Uzupis, has not only its own constitution, but a national anthem, a bishop, and four flags (one for each season of the year). It is quite small and isolated – about 148 acres (0.60 km2) in size. From the Old Town, Užupis is separated by a river, from here is its name which means “beyond the river”.