By George Koletsos on Dec 20, 2018 in Europe, Featured, Greece, Regions, Western Europe Sun, sea and sand – the three “Ss” that characterize Greece as a tourism destination. As that may be correct, there is a fourth “S” that is missing from the sequence – Snow. Yes, although that may come as a shock to many travelers, Greece is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe, as 80% of it consists of mountains. For this reason, it is safe to assume that Greece has villages high up in the mountains that will knock your socks off! Our top 5 winter picks for this year are to inspire and have you think of Greece as an all-year-round destination. If the 12 Gods of Olympus chose a mountain as their home, you can choose Greece as your winter holiday home too! Tzoumerka, Pindos Tzoumerka is considered to be the most imposing mountain range of Pindus which is an impressive complex of mountains, mountain ranges, gorges and ravines. The natural wild beauty of … [Read more...] about Greece and snow? An unorthodox but heavenly combination!
Sometimes, the name on the map is only part of the story. In the case of Jordan, it is barely a fragment. True, this intriguing country has only been painted on to the global atlas since 1921, emerging as the Emirate of Transjordan in the wake of the First World War before achieving full independence from British “supervision” in 1946. But to view it as a 20th-century creation is to ignore the four millennia of civilisation that came before. Every empire that has risen in the Middle East has, at some point, coveted and conquered the land east of the River Jordan and the Dead Sea which makes up the modern Jordanian state. Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Ottoman Turkey – they all left their imprint. The result, in the 21st century, is a country as rich in heritage as any other, not least because, for all the waves of invasion, the locals were gloriously productive. In the south, the Nabateans cut the city of Petra from the rocky Wadi Araba valley, possibly … [Read more...] about Jordan: Trip of a Lifetime
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Travel | An Ancient Corner of Italy Finds the World on Its Doorstep The southern region of Basilicata, its people poor and its food and history rich, has been named Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2019. Basilicata is a misshapen, green, rocky, mountainous piece of land forming the awkward instep of Italy’s boot, and Matera is its gnarled crown jewel. Credit Credit Susan Wright for The New York Times Supported by ByDanielle Pergament Dec. 3, 2018 A mayor really isn’t supposed to say something like this. “We don’t want tourists.” I waited for the punch line. None came. “We don’t want to be occupied by tourists,” he continued. Tourism, he explained, will deplete a city of its soul — and this city has a prehistoric soul. I was in Matera, an ancient city of about 60,000 people, perched on … [Read more...] about An Ancient Corner of Italy Finds the World on Its Doorstep
ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press Updated 4:41 am CST, Sunday, November 25, 2018 A priest holds the box containing the remains of Holy Hand of St. Andrew, in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, a day before the dedication of the national cathedral. The "Salvation of the People" cathedral, still unfinished, has cost, according to the church, 110 million euros ($125 million) and will be consacrated Sunday. less A priest holds the box containing the remains of Holy Hand of St. Andrew, in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, a day before the dedication of the national cathedral. The "Salvation of the People" ... more Photo: Vadim Ghirda, AP Photo: Vadim Ghirda, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A priest holds the box containing the remains of Holy Hand of … [Read more...] about Ecumenical Patriarch blesses Romania cathedral, 1000s attend