Experience The Luxury Of Sveti Stefan

Sveti StefanWhen you have a country that is renowned for its natural beauty, it takes something special to be considered especially ‘beautiful’ – this is what the tiny islet of Sveti Stefan is able to offer fastidious guests. Only a narrow isthmus connects it to the coast, it is located across the bay from Villa Miločer.

Dating back all the way to the 15th century, this was once a fortified village. Nowadays Sveti Stefan offers a uniquely atmospheric setting of remarkable sea views, quaint courtyards, and cobbled lanes. Before its current tourist destination status, it was a fishing village. It was converted into the old town in 1960, but the small churches, narrow streets, and tower remain unchanged. These are a few of the best sights that we believe you have to see if you visit Sveti Stefan.

Praskvica Monastery

In the hills slightly north of Sveti Stefan, just off the highway, you can find this humble monastery. It rests amongst an ancient olive grove and it gets its name from the peach-scented water of a brook that flows nearby. Once it served as a Paštrovići political center. This is a local tribe of Serbian origin that continues to exist, despite numerous foreign occupations in the past.

Balša III of Zeta first established the monastery in 1413. The main church was dedicated to St Nicholas and it can be traced back to that specific time. However, to punish the monks supporting Montenegro’s attempt to overtake the Bay of Kotor, the French destroyed it in 1812. On the left wall of the monastery, you can still find the original frescoes. However, the majority of the church dates back to 1847.  If you travel a little further up the hill, you can find the much smaller Crkva Sv Trojice (Holy Trinity Church) and an old schoolhouse.

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Where To Eat In St Moritz, Switzerland

St. MoritzEnjoying the finest cuisine in St Moritz may cost a bit of money, but it is worth it for the indulgent luxury that you are able to find here. The budget-conscious need not apply in the glitziest resort town in Switzerland. The gourmet fare, the extravagant hotels rich in history, and the mountain scenery, all make this a luxury traveler’s dream.

Enjoy your food at breathtaking altitudes

The tagline ‘top of the world’ is not just referencing the fact that you are getting the best of the best in St Moritz, because you can dine at soaring heights at more than 30 mountain restaurants. The main ski area above the town is Mt Corviglia, and it stands at 2486 meters. This is also where you are able to find the most famous chef in St Moritz – Reto Mathis. He presides over seven different dining experiences, with the finest undoubtedly being La Marmite (which specializes in caviar and truffles)

Ski Hut El Paradiso is another great nearby option, where you can sprawl on the sun terrace or dine inside. This gives you a great view of the lake and mountain scenery. The homemade ‘Älpler Gruyère’ ravioli with caramelized apples is absolutely worth saving room for.

If you were still not satisfied with how high up you are, the Panorama Restaurant and Piz Nair can be found at 3057 meters. The dreamy views here certainly ensure that you want to take your time, be sure to try the Rösti potatoes and veal sausage – or the other hearty Swiss dishes.

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The Best Turkish Street Foods

Turkish FoodEven though there is a great deal of culinary variety throughout Istanbul (and the rest of Turkey mind you) traveling to all the fashionable restaurants is going to leave very little time for exploring, and is going to cost a great deal of money. That is why we are  going to list some of our favorite Turkish street foods that we believe that you have to try the next time you are in a hurry or just want to try a quick meal.

Börek

If you believed that börek was only available in bakeries and homes throughout Turkey, you are wrong. This is especially popular with people who want a quick bite to eat during your lunch hour. The street variant often comes with cheese between layers of dough. Even though most of the homemade versions are better, the börek you get on the street is certainly tasty.

Tavuk pilav

If the idea of eating chicken and rice on the street corner sounds strange, prepare to be blown away. Far more people than you would imagine have this as their lunch every day. It is filling, hot, and fast. Just look for the people who are selling it in glass-covered carts around town.

Kumpir 

In Turkey, kumpir stands for the ultimate baked potato. The most popular area in Istanbul to get it is Ortaköy. If you are ever in Istanbul and find that you have come across a lined up row of kumpir sellers, all of them trying to get you to pay attention to their specific wares, you have found the right place. With a number of different toppings that range from peas and carrots to mayonnaise salad, to corn, to sosis, and kaşar cheese, kumpir has a seemingly endless number of combinations.

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The Top Tourist Attractions in Turkey

Library of CelsusThere are countless interesting tourist attractions to be found throughout Turkey, from the Roman ruins along both the southern and western coasts to the minaret and dome filled skyline of Istanbul. With so many interesting places to see, you know we are going to have to leave some great attractions off our list. With that being said, these are some of the best tourist attractions in all of Turkey.

Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia is located in Istanbul, and it was originally constructed in the 6th century by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I. Originally a basilica, this masterwork of Roman engineering was the largest enclosed space in the world for more than a 1000 years. In 1204, the church was looted by the fourth Crusaders, and in the 15th century, the Ottomans conquered the city, turning the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. It is now one of the top attractions in Turkey after having been converted into a museum in 1935.

Göreme Fairy Chimneys

When you travel to Cappadocia, you will find out why it is renowned for its unique historical heritage and wonderful natural rock formations. This town is one of the best places where you can observe these strange formations. It is located alongside what locals have dubbed the fairy chimneys – a large number of tuff cones.

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Must-see Attractions in Budapest

Budapest, HungaryBudapest is known the world over as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city’s World Heritage Site is home to the banks of the Danube, the Millennium Underground Railway, Heroes’ Square, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue.

The city also boasts the world’s largest thermal water cave system, the world’s second largest synagogue, as well as the third largest Parliament building. Over 4.3 million people a year visit Budapest, somewhat surprisingly making it the sixth most popular tourist destination in Europe. Below are some of the best attractions on offer in Budapest.

The Eye – Ferris Wheel

The Eye, a ferris wheel located on Erzsébet tér is a must see attraction in Budapest, which is certainly different than the beautiful old architecture. A modern structure, the Eye provides amazing and extensive views over the picturesque city, especially on a clear day. The Ferris Wheel is open between the end of May and mid-January and stands at over 65 meters in height.

Memento Park

Home to some 40 statues, busts and plaques of, Ku, Marx, Béla, Lenin and others, Memento Park is situated 10 km southwest of the city center and is a marvelous place to visit. Tourists and locals alike marvel at the socialist realism of the park, with the artwork being of great historical significance not only to the city but also the world.

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The Must-Sees of Chios Island

ChiosHaving played a critical role in Greek history throughout the decades, Chios is currently mostly populated with seafarers and merchants. Complete with breathtaking beaches, along with astonishing tourist attractions, Chios Island is a must-visit tourist destination if you ever set foot in Greece. With monasteries, museums, festivals, and the narrow streets in small villages, Chios is booming with history and culture (the Koraes library is chock-full of information on the history of this area).

In spite of many disasters on the island that have been there throughout the ages, there are many things (historical and modern) on the island to see, here are a few things we think that you must-see.

Pyrgi

A historic town located 25km south of the town of Chios, Pyrgi was built with protection from pirates in mind. It has compact, tightly woven homes separated only by narrow roads, and it is peppered with numerous churches that are a reminiscent of the 13th century.

In the center of the town, you will find a historic defense tower used for refuge in case of attack upon the city. Also, located just 35 km southwest of the village is ‘Mesta’, a perfectly preserved castle/village from the 14th century. Mesta is a medieval village frozen in the sands of time, and full of famous art and artists. On August 17 each year the villagers of Mesta compete in a fishing competition, the result is a night of celebration jam-packed with fish, singing, and drinking.

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