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The Abandoned Villages of Romania

A map of all the abandoned settlements in Romania.

When the Communist Regime in Romania wanted the local industry to boom, they relocated many people from villages to cities. The population, which was predominantly rural, started to shift, as more and more people moved to the country’s urban centers. When the regime fell, many things changed in Romania, but that trend didn’t – more and more people are leaving villages today, up to the point where entire villages are deserted. A new study has…

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Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Things to do

Stunning Enchanted Library Opens up in Bucharest

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In the heart of Romania’s capital Bucharest, a lovely XIX century edifice was transformed into a cultural jewel – a spectacular display filled with a collection of both classic and modern literature, albums, DVDs, and of course – tea. The Cărtureşti Carusel, also called “The Carousel of Light” is located on a street with long standing tradition – it was the place where merchants of old from Leipzig, Krakow and all around Europe came to sell…

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Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Europe

The Amazingly Beautiful Metro Stations in Moscow

Dostoyevskaya. The construction of the station started in the 1990s though soon the station was conserved due to insufficient funding. The construction process resumed only in 2007 and the station became functional in the Summer of 2010. A special station for literary fans,  K is named after the famous author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and displays several striking murals depicting scenes from his most famous works such as Crime and Punishment and The Idiot.

1. Kiyevskaya Metro Station Moscow is an amazing city which should definitely be on the top of your ‘To Visit’ cities; but while many know about the attractions in Moscow, not so many are aware that the Russian capital has some of the most beautiful metro stations in the world. 2. Mayakovskaya Metro Station The subway is the brainchild of the tsars, but it was only built by Stalin, whose idea to make the city’s metro…

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Eastern Europe, Photography, Sightseeing

Off the beaten path – a portrait of Romania in photos

Rodnei Mountains, copyright Ovidiu Lazăr

Because there are so many wondrous places this country hides, we’ve decided to show you the beauty of it, in a way that requires no words to describe its magnificence. Rodnei Mountains Omu Peak Statue of Decebalus Apuseni Mountains Brașov County Sighișoara Bâlea Lake Scărișoara Cave The Black Sea Transfăgărășan ……

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Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Europe

Aesthetic of ugliness – abandoned USSR buildings

Abandoned concert hall, Ukraine via flickr.com

USSR left its mark on the worldwide history and culture (or lack thereof) and this is a fact. While the historical facts are highly popular and often thought of as too obsolete to draw any more attention, the social sides of the story are often left out. Here’s why there are photographers all around the world preoccupied with telling a visual story of the kid of mark the communism actually left. ……

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Eastern Europe, Food

Romania on a plate: delicious traditions from Eastern Europe

Photo Credits: jocooks.com

The central characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by repeated waves of different cultures: the ancient Greeks, with whom Romanians traded; the Romans, who gave the country its name; the Saxons, who settled in southern Transylvania; the Turks, who for centuries dominated Romania; as well as Slavic and Magyar neighbors. All of these influences gradually blended into the varied and delicious Romanian culinary tradition (Nicolae Keppler –…

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Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Things to do, Uncategorized

Romanian pub immersing visitors into the steampunk universe

Photo Credits: 6sense.ro

Joben Bistro is literally out of this world – fairy and sensuous for all the steampunk lovers, this fantastic paradise is nothing but a regular pub, in Cluj Napoca, Romania. As you’ll discover here, there’s more than Dracula to this country and although its position in Eastern Europe suggests it’s a developing country (and it is!), there are dazzling places to explore here. The steampunk heaven we’re talking about is very trippy, and its first…

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Destinations, Eastern Europe, Travel List

Sochi in the aftermath of the Olympics

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Russia is many things to many people – and so is Sochi. Sochi was the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and you’re probably wondering why there’s still a lot of fuss around it – especially since the Winter games ended a while ago. Well, by now, you’re probably assuming that Sochi is a destination for winter lovers – but here, I’m gonna give you quite some reasons for which it’s pretty much the contrary…

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Destinations, Eastern Europe, Europe, Things to do, Travel List

The best inside tips before your trip to Budapest

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Hungary’s landmarks aren’t as popular as you’d think and before even packing to come here you should take a set of things into consideration. First, there are the amazing destinations and attractions that you shouldn’t miss, then there are the people who have some special customs and secrets to share with whomever is willing to pay some attention. After all, knowing the people does take you a step closer to understanding their culture. The city…

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Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Food, Things to do

Off the beaten path: where glorious landscapes and appetizing cuisine collide

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I haven’t seen anyone yet wake up one morning and say ‘Yeah, I’d love to go to Serbia’. But this is the kind of attitude you need when it comes to Eastern Europe! Sure former communist countries get a lot of bad rep, but you’d be surprised how many opportunities they hold for tourists who are ready to walk off the beaten path – and Serbia is the perfect example! As long as you’re paying…

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