Halloumi – A gastronomic treasure of Cyprus

Halloumi or haloumi (Greek: Χαλούμι) is widely known as traditional cheese from Cyprus (Κύπρος), although it is produced and in other regions (basically in the Middle East). It is a semi-hard cheese that can be grilled or pan-fried. It has a white colour and its important feature is that it does not melt at a…

Bluebell flowers in Silly – An awarded sustainable European landscape

#uniquedestinations Sustainable tourism is defined by UN World Tourism Organization as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.” It also refers to the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development, and the suitable balance that must…

Belfast murals – History written on the walls

#uniquedestinations Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, located on the banks of the River Lagan. In the early 19th century, Belfast was an important port. It played a decisive role in the Industrial Revolution in Ireland, and soon became the largest producer of linen in the world. It was also a…

Slovenia is the next gastronomic destination you must visit

Slovenia is in Central Europe and the only country that connects the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain. Slovenia is mostly mountainous and forested (in fact it is the third most-forested country in Europe) and has always been the crossroads of Slavic, Germanic and Romance languages and cultures. Slovenia as a tourist destination…

Why Geneva is the best place in the world to eat fondue

Fondue is among the most popular Swiss trademarks. It is actually a melted cheese dish served in a communal pot (caquelon) over a portable stove (réchaud) heated usually with a candle. Fondue is eaten by dipping bread into the cheese using long forks (sometimes the bread is first dipped into wine). It is not an actual traditional…

8 things to do if you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a vibrant place that embodies a 900-year history and was once the epicentre of a powerful empire. Today it is a modern, youthful metropolis that combines an elegant and calm side with another dark and restless one. It is a city that can offer the visitor everything. With…

Figlmüller Wien: The world’s best schnitzel

Schnitzel is a slice of meat that is thinned by pounding and breaded before frying. Breaded schnitzel is popular in many countries and it is usually made using veal, pork, chicken, beef or turkey. Schnitzel is very similar to the dish escalope in France, tonkatsu in Japan and cotoletta in Italy. In particular, Wiener Schnitzel is a popular Viennese dish made of veal and…

Nikolai Quarter (Nikolaiviertel): The birthplace of Berlin

#uniquedestinations In the centre of the ever-bustling Berlin, next to the impressive Rotes Rathaus and the iconic Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower), lies the unique and picturesque Nikolai Quarter or Nikolaiviertel in German. Although the district is the oldest residential area in the city, it was built in its current form after World War II. It…

The Golden Chippy – The world’s best fish and chips

Fish and chips is considered the British national dish and it is a common take-away food all over the United Kingdom. It consists of fried fish (most common are cod and haddock) in crispy batter, served with chips (French fries or wedges). The dish originated in England, where these two components had been introduced from…