You all know about Venice in Italy, of course. And some of you have heard about Suzhou, the “Venice” of China and one of several Chinese “Venices”. Today it is time to explore Hoi An, the “Venice of Vietnam”.  

This time I am going to take you on a special journey in China. Since most of you know about China’s big cities, ancient towns and villages, temples, mountains, the Great Wall, great history, tea, meditation, amazing architecture, gardens, martial arts, culture and cuisine, it is time for something different and alternative. China is home to 55 ethnic minorities, some of which are pretty small and count only a few million members or as few as five thousand. So I have chosen three very interesting and unusual ethnic groups about which people rarely hear and which have very distinctive ways of living. Also I will identify their indigenous regions or towns so you can visit them as they offer a unique cultural experience.

Not just a city of waffles, the EU, and good beer, Brussels is famous for its love for comic books. Since the early '90s, walls across the city have been decorated with characters from popular comics and their authors, and tourists are getting more and more curious about them.

When we speak about Italy most of us have in mind Rome, Pisa, Venice, Sicily, Verona, Florence, Milan, or Siena. But a country of romantic cities, great cuisine, a warm-hearted people, and stunning scenery has much more to offer. Italy is full of surprises across all of its territory. Today I will introduce you to some less famous places in Italy which are more than worth visiting. You have probably heard about these places, but they are not often prominent in tourist itineraries. It will be short tour from north to south through this amazing land.

It is time for Albania – the most frequently underrated country not only in the Balkans but generally in Europe. It may be one of the least developed economies in Europe, but nothing is just black and white, and this interesting country is definitely worth visiting. Also it is one of the youngest states in Europe, having gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. After WWII it was one of most isolated countries in the world under the communist regime of Enver Hoxha. Today it is a country that is striving towards modernization and open to the world. In addition to some nice towns Albania offers very beautiful scenery stretching from the mountains in the north and northwest to the seaside in the south. If you like mountain upland scenery there is plenty of it, and if you choose Albania for a summer vacation at the sea you won’t regret that, either. Let’s have a look at the two most famous places in Albania.

The limits of freedom have been tested again with the European Parliament’s vote to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU. At first glance it may seem like a completely outrageous decision, but it is important to look at the reasons that led to this. The decision to end visa-free travel for Americans within the European Union came after the United States failed to agree to visa-free travel for citiziens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania. In contrast, US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.


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