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The Best Places To Visit In St. Petersburg, Russia

The Best Places to Visit in St. Petersburg, Russia

People often ask me “which city has been your favorite to visit”, and my answer is simple: St. Petersburg, Russia.

Why St. Petersburg? It could be the amazing people that live in the city, the incredible history around each corner, the beautiful buildings that surround you, or the delicious food that can be found in almost any cafe/restaurant/food stand. Any of these reasons alone could justify my response, but this city has each of them.

Let’s take a quick journey around the city of St. Petersburg, lovingly called “The Venice of the North”.

Best Pizzerias In Italy

If authentic pizza is what you’re looking for, then Italy is the proper place to be. Why not? It is where this world-famous dish originated—the first documentation of the word “pizza” goes as far back as 997 A.D. in the city of Gaeta. That old! So, to help you decide where to finally experience the best pizza slice of your life, this site has gathered 20 pizzerias you will not regret visiting while you’re in the Land of the Riviera.

5 Historically Symbolic Cities For A Great European Tour

Are you a tourist keen on historical sites and museums, and would like to explore them around Europe? Here are some of the best you can choose from, depending on your personal interest pattern. These options are selected based on reports gathered on different platforms from millions of people around the world. And don’t get shocked some expected popular names may be missing in these list of five. It was deliberate. Alright. Let’s jet out!

Florence, Italy

Apart from the beauty of the city and the nice river views, it’s a place rich in monumental historical and cultural figures. From Micheal Angelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, to the interesting museums, down to the Duomo, which is its most recognizable attraction. the city of Florence comes in quite a handy for a great tour. Then there’s the one of best of Cuisines awaiting there to cap it up.

Vienna, Austria

May not be getting much mentioned like Rome London, Paris and co., but this city well known for its monarchical practice and music is a good target for a nice European tour. Among the places of interest to be visited in Vienna are:
St Virgil’s chapel; an underground crypt discovered about 40 years ago lying about 12 meters below Stephansplatz.
The Albertina; Erected on one of the last remaining sections of the fortification of Vienna, The Augustinian Bastion
St Stephen’s Cathedral; The most important religious building in Vienna, with a rich history of Austrian important events.

Rome, Italy

There’s just quite a lot about this city. Rome is significant in history, Religion and arts. It’s a point of interest from all over the world. The city boast of great Renaissance architectures, stunning cathedrals, plazas, etc. The Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Spanish steps, Roman Forum, Pantheon, are just to mention a few. There’s just so much to Rome that to be frank, everything can’t be seen in one trip. Chances are that you’d go there again after the first tour, as it always has much more to offer! The common saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ is “really dead on”

Athens, Greece

Another historical city with a lot of monuments, gastronomy, the ultimate source of philosophy and modernism that help shape a lot of systems and programs of the government, education, sport in the present day, here comes Athens! This city attracts travelers from all over the world as its place in history can just never ever be taken away. Needless to mention the fact that it’s packed with a lot of cultural and historical artifacts.

Paris, France

Paris… well, I mentioned earlier on that the most popular names may be missing. Don’t know why am tempted to include Paris. Maybe because of the extraordinary food dimension. Seems am fast becoming a foody (smiles) what do I say about a city that ’has it all’. Paris is just a must-see. What to enjoy? well, I won’t bore you with details. But putting it simply, there’s a great lot both for the mouth and the eyes to feed on. They range from, history, to art, culture and lots beauties all around. Then, there’s a quite greater one to cap it all up. Food! So, one good advice, please don’t miss Paris!

10 Breathtaking Facts About Spain

Spain, the country on the Iberian Peninsula, is located in the south of Europe. It offers a great range of cultures, unspoiled nature, significant history, and an interesting lifestyle. Here are some of the interesting facts about Spain that make it one of the world`s top destinations.

1.) Sagrada Familia is under construction for 130 years

The well-known Basilica in Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, has been under construction for about 130 years and is expected to be completed by 2026. The construction has started in 1882 by the architect Francesc de Paula del Villar, and a year later the project was taken over and completely modified by Antoni Gaudi.

2.) The Spanish anthem has no words

Although there have been a few versions of the text in the past, the Spanish anthem has no words since 1978. Also, the anthem called La Marcha Real (Royal March) is one of the oldest anthems in Europe. Its origin is unknown, and it was first mentioned in 1761.

3.) The legality of being nude

In Spain, there are no laws against nudity in a public place. So you can walk around completely naked and not get arrested.

4.) The oldest lighthouse in the world

Hercules Tower, the oldest lighthouse in the world is located in the Spanish Autonomous Province of Galicia. This lighthouse was built in the first century AD and is still functional. Because of its importance, the Hercules Tower has become a national monument in Spain and since 2009 has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

5.) The most expensive restaurant in the world

The most expensive restaurant in the world, Sublimotion, is located in Ibiza (Spain). The restaurant is part of the Hard Rock Hotel and it is opened in 2014. The “magical place in an unknown location” can only be discovered by those who have booked one of the 12 seats at the table for $1,500 per person.

6.) The tomato festival

La Tomatina Festival, the festival where people throw tomatoes at each other, is held every year in Spain. It was created in 1945 out of pure amusement and fun and since then every last Wednesday in August, with occasional government bans, residents of the city of Bunjol in Valencia have been enjoying the tomato fiesta.

7.) Lottery against the crisis

When the global financial crisis hit, every community tried handling it in its own particular way. But, the small Spanish, La Granja, tried and succeeded to pull out of the crisis in a more than interesting way. The town played the lottery and won a whopping € 700 million!

8.) LGBT rights

Spain is the first country in the world to accept homosexuality, with only 6% of the population thinking it is “morally unacceptable”.

9.) Drinking culture in Spain

Spaniards drink 11.2 liters of pure alcohol per person per year, which is almost double the world average (6.2).

10.) The New Year traditions

In Spain, a very common and popular custom known as “12 grapes of grapes” is widespread. It is believed that the following year will be happy and successful for anyone who eats 12 grapes of grapes during the last 12 seconds of the year. This tradition dates back to 1909 when the grapes were plentifully harvested, and this tradition was invented to save the grapes from decay.

Is It Forbidden To Die In Longyearbyen, Norway?

The Norwegian town of Longyearbyen is the northernmost inhabited city in the world. It is located on the island, Svalbard. The island is fascinating in many ways. If you decide to visit it, you’ll notice that most streets have numbers instead of names and you won’t see a single cat, but maybe you’ll notice a polar bear. Cats are banned because they are a threat to local birds.

Besides that, Longyearbyen seems to have one more interesting fact that shocks many. You can’t be buried there. Yes, you’ve read that correct – you can`t be buried in the town of Longyearbyen. It’s the law.

If you think this is a bizarre law, you may be right, but there is a very important reason behind it – protecting other residents.

The reason for such strict measures in the first place was one discovery. In 1950, when the law was brought about, it was discovered that bodies buried in a city cemetery were not decomposing because the soil was permanently frozen and, as a result, viruses in corpses could survive and there was a risk of future infestation. That would be a threat to residents who are living there now and for future generations also. No one has been buried in Longyearbyen for more than 70 years now.

However, It is a common misconception (and one of the reasons people think that Longyearbyen is a weird place) that it is forbidden by law to die here. It is not illegal to die, you just won’t be buried on the island if you do.

 Even if the inhabitant has spent all his life on the island, if he happens to get sick and the disease is at a terminal stage, he will have to leave the island and die elsewhere. If, however, someone dies suddenly, his body will be urgently saved and he will not be buried on the island, but he will be transported to the mainland.

While this sounds like a script for a horror movie, something similar happened in northern Siberia, where the anthrax epidemic of 2016 happened. When this occurred, the cause of the infection was the bodies of wild animals that were in frozen soil, which dissolved when the temperature rose rapidly. That cause one person to die and another 90 to end up in the hospital.

Also, pregnant women in Longyearbyen are often told to travel to the mainland to give birth. The reason is that it is safer to go there to the hospital considering that it has more equipment and supplies.

The town had a population of 2,144 in the 2015 census, and the island is dominated by an Arctic climate with summer temperatures of three to seven degrees Celsius, and with winter temperatures dropping to minus 13 degrees Celsius. And not only it is really cold, but the polar nights last for 111 days.

Stunning World Heritage Sites In Europe

For a place to be ordained as a “World Heritage Site” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a big deal. It only means that a certain location is of special significance to humanity, a unique and unparalleled spectacle ought to be revered perpetually. Europe has plenty of World Heritage Sites, 20 of which happen to be on the list below. Just keep scrolling if you want to see them in all their jaw-dropping resplendence!