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Nature of Latvia

Last summer I had the privilege to spend again some weeks in Latvia. The country situated in the center of the Baltics in Northeastern Europe. The population is concentrated mostly in the capital Riga and in other larger cities, while the countryside still maintained a lot of charm and beauty which is already gone elsewhere in Europe. Some impressions.

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Greek Series: Athens in Bird’s-Eye View

This post is part of the Greek Series, in which I recount my travel through Greece in pictures. So the first two entries were all about Athens, as it was the starting point of our journey. It’s time to get away from the city smog (and Athens has truly a lot of it). But not before I show you some impressions from above the city looking down on an amazing sea of urbanity. Most of Athens today is quite young actually, as the city regressed into a small town up to the 19th century. After the country gained independence from the Ottoman empire Athens became more and more important again and exploded truly during the 20th century into the metropole it today certainly is. There are some street shots in here as well, but most of the pictures were taken from one of the many hills of Athens with a beautiful blue sky as permanent background. The last one is a panorama.

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Road Trip trough Southern Styria

On a rainy day like today when water droplets are smashing against the window I like to sort pictures and take a look back. I was very fortunate to come around a lot this summer due to my work in travel management. My first vacations though I enjoyed a week ago in my home country. Southern Styria is a beautiful piece of land in the far south of Austria close to the Slovene border. It is well known for agriculture and wine production especially. The smooth green hills are perfectly fitted for vinyards, the wines tend to be mild and sweet. Due to the beautiful landscape and the great cuisine Southern Styria became a major tourist destination In the last couple of years. Today you see the growing wealth in a region which was one of the poorest in Austria a few decades ago. I very much recommend a visit.

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