ΞΧΞ – The mysterious island of the Saronic Gulf

#uniquedestinations In the centre of the Saronic Gulf (Σαρωνικός Κόλπος), there is a small island surrounded by mysterious and eerie beauty. It is the island of Metopi (Μετώπη), also known as ΞΧΞ, located between Aegina (Αίγινα) and Agistri (Αγκίστρι). The island from above looks like a sword and a mysterious red lake dominates its one end. The…

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…

Limeni – The historic harbour with the emerald waters

Limeni (Λιμένι) in Mani (Μάνη), in the south Peloponnese, is one of those magical places that if you visit it once it is certain that you will never forget it. It is a small settlement and harbour, with a long and important history that leaves its visitors speechless with its unique wild beauty and the…

Where to taste the best focaccia in Genoa

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread similar in style and texture to pizza; in some places in Italy, it is called “pizza bianca”. Focaccia can be served as a side dish or as sandwich bread with various toppings (mainly savoury but also sweet). In Ancient Rome, panis focacius was a flatbread baked on the hearth. The word is derived from the Latin focus which means…

Annecy – A Sunday morning at the Venice of the Alps

Annecy is the capital of the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of southeastern France. It is located on the north shore of Lake Annecy, 35 km south of Geneva. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the French Alps” in Raoul Blanchard’s monograph describing its location between a lake and mountains, the city has a wonderful lakeside…

Visit the palace of a Homeric king in Pylos

#uniquedestinations Nestor’s Palace (Ανάκτορο Νέστορος) is a central mansion of the Late Greek Age, surrounded by a fortified enclosure and is considered by archaeologists to be related to the heroic King Nestor, who played a key role in the Trojan War. It was an impressive building that included storage rooms, laboratories, baths, skylights, reception areas,…

Black Light Theatre Srnec : A visit to a Czech national treasure

Black light theatre (in Czech cerne divadlo) is a theatrical performance characterized by the use of black box theatre augmented by black light illusion. The characteristics of black light theatre are the use of black curtains, a darkened stage and black lighting. At the same time, the performers wear fluorescent costumes in order to create visual illusions. This form of…