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The Golden City

The “Golden City” of course is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic or Czechia. It is one of the oldest cities in Central Europe and it was the most important metropolis in the region for many centuries. Prague was a multicultural city with Czech, German and Jewish populations living there and a tremendously rich place as well, being a cultural, political and economical hub in Europe. Because of that fact probably it was called golden, but also maybe because of the many golden tower roofs visible from afar or of the myths surrounding alchemists working in the city. There are plenty other legends about Prague of course, one well known is the story of the Golem, a monster who was said to live in the Jewish quarter. For sure though it can be said that over many centuries Prague accumulated an astounding assemble of architecture, reaching from medieval gothic buildings, to baroque and art noveau structures. No wonder the city is a living museum of European history today.

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Český Krumlov: A little town in Bohemia

Český Krumlov in Southern Bohemia, Czechia, is one of this little places in Europe that looks like it was taken directly from a fantasy film or role playing game and unfolded upon the landscape. Situated alongside the Vltava river below an impressive castle complex it seems especially unreal in it’s beauty on sunny days with clear skies. If Krumlov would be situated somewhere else in the world it surely would be a top attraction, in central Europe though it is not even well known, although there are plenty tourists from Asia and other parts of the world. The place has many great little shops with local craft work and delicious restaurants with regional food. If you are in the region don’t miss Krumlov!

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The Waterfalls of Plitvice

At the moment there are sixteen lakes visible at the surface in Plitvice , but the number changes due to natural conditions. The unique feature of these lakes though are natural dams, called travertines, which are build by a combination of bacteria, algae and moss. They are very sensitive to outside conditions and grow up to one centimeter per year. The lakes are known for their distinctive colours, from azure to green, grey or sometimes blue depending on the light and also on the organisms living inside. But most famous of course are the countless waterfalls, which bind the different lakes together and hereby create a unique natural landscape.

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Nature of Plitvice

If you think about paradise, the national park of Plitvice in central Croatia comes pretty close to it. A marvelous place of nature it encompasses 296,85 square kilometers of pure wild. The forests seem to be endless and the gentle hills make for some beautiful curves in the panorama. Here and there you find a castles or a water mill, or a trail leading to a lake with some stunning waterfalls.

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Discovering Évora

I was lucky to come around quite a bit in Europe’s most southwestern country, but a spot that was blank on my map of Portugal was to the East of Lisboa. The ancient city of Évora, founded by the Romans before Christ. On the day of my visit in early May the opportunities for interesting shots were great, as there was a storm coming with heavy clouds, but the sun was still there refusing to obey and shining on the beautiful buildings of Évora, making for a great and gloomy atmosphere.

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