The Secret to Happiness

It’s scientifically proven that travelling is the secret to happiness. You will agree that there is no doubt about that. Science and scientists are sure that people should spend all their money on travels because they make us happy.

Maybe you yourselves have already reached that conclusion, haven’t you? No matter what your answer is, I’d better prove it firmly to you in this post again.  🙂 Continue reading

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The Beauty on the Danube

The largest city in Slovakia … The youngest metropolis in Europe … The perfect place for history-lovers … Recreation hub … Inexpensive city offering great opportunities for shopping and dining … Nice place for spending a weekend in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere … Dynamically developed business hub in Central Europe … Creative and gentle locals … Delicious dishes and superb wines …

These are only few of the descriptions of one really little big city with hidden gems throughout the streets, which is situated only 60 km far away from Vienna and 150 km – from Budapest.

It’s the beauty on the Danube, it’s …

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Hidden Throughout the Streets

One of the little big cities  of Europe has really a very picturesque location along the Danube River. It’s divided by the river into two parts – Staré and Nové Mesto. Due to this particular fact the city is often nicknamed as the beauty on the Danube and it’s often compared to two other Danube capitals. Oftentimes it’s called the “little sister” of Vienna (when referred to as Little Vienna by the Austrians) or of Budapest (when called Little Budapest by the Hungarians). And of course, this capital which is straight out of fairy-tales is … Continue reading

The Little Big City

It is often nicknamed as the little big city as it is among the smaller capitals in Europe (in Central Europe, in particular). It’s a landlocked city without any access to the sea like the country itself. The latter is characterized by plains to the south and mountains in the rest of the territory. Its neighbours are Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine. Its capital is very tiny, as I already mentioned, and it has not more than 450 000 inhabitants. Despite this, it’s the important political and cultural centre of the whole country and it plays a major role in Slovakia. It is simply …. Continue reading

The Pearl in the Bohemian Crown

The second largest town of the Czech Republic is also the historic heart of Great Moravia. The Margraviate of Moravia was established as a marcher state which served as a border country or region created to be a buffer between two countries in the period 1182-1918. Apart from this, it was one of the pearls in the Bohemian Crown. This historic marcher state was ruled by a margrave (a military defender and commander of such border regions) together with a representative of the provincial diet. In fact this was an independent state but at the same time it was a subject of the Duchy. Then it became part of the Kingdom of Bohemia. Are you wondering which the town is? … Of course, it is … Continue reading

Le trappole per i turisti (Tourist Traps)

Italy is among the world’s famous tourist destinations and one of the most visited countries on the Old Continent. Of course, it’s due to the unique combination of numerous historic (UNESCO) sites of great importance and historic heritage, charming and open-minded natives, delicious food garnished with various amazing local wines, mild climate and beautiful nature, shining sun, crystal clear sea water and dream beaches. For sure, it’s natural that it also offers a great number of le trappole per i turisti (tourist traps). And which are they and how can tourists jump into a trap as a tourist nel Bel Paese? Continue reading

The Farina Fragrance

You know it and most probably you use it on a daily basis. It’s a marvellous scent which makes you happier and even more beautiful (it applies especially to the fair gender). Maybe you already know what I am talking about. If you don’t, let me not stress you more and tell you that the topic of today’s post is perfume. The word is of Latin origin and its meaning is “through smoke”. It’s a very natural name because the earliest and the very first perfumes ever “created” in antiquity and later on were incense based. On the other hand, various spices and herbs like coriander and frankincense.

As a matter of fact, the earliest perfume of modern type was a blend of essential oils and some alcohol solution and to be more precise I will add that fragrant blend was of rosemary, thyme and verbena in brandy. It was specially made for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary and that’s why it’s better known as “Hungary Water”. It was used either as tonic water or perfume. It was also a treatment prescribed by physicians and it was gargled against any kind of ailments. Continue reading