The Fantastic Small World of Cotswold Villages

Stretching across five counties in south-central England, the villages and market towns in the wolds (forest on a high land) offer a fairytale picture of English countryside life. From the southern city of Bath to Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon in the north, the Cotswold area is a blend of natural beauty and centuries of history revealed by medieval castles, old stone houses and churches. Known for the wool trade since the…

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Iceland – A Weekend Escape in the Land of Ice and Fire

Iceland's wild scenery, photographed by Rafn Sign, is hard to imagine if you have never set foot in the land of ice and fire, as many visitors have called it. Walking among craters, waterfalls and geysers, swimming in hot blue lagoons at zero degrees or less and watching the whales swirling around your boat is a miracle that you can really achieve in three days. It may seem unrealistic that…

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The Tragic Story of a Submerged Village in Transylvania

Bezidu Nou is a small village in Transylvania, in the north-central part of Romania. Not far from Târgu Mureş, the seat of the county, surrounded by forested hills, this place hides unexpected stories. From the religious restrictions of the medieval age to the freedom of spiritual beliefs in modern times, and ending with the tragic rupture generated by Nazism and Communism, Bezidu Nou represents the submerged history of Transylvania. Sabbatarians –…

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The Abandoned Villas of Athens

When I visited Athens in the summer of 2014, one year before the onset of civil unrest and fears of near bankruptcy, the contrast between the beauty of the ancient city and the desolation of its historic buildings struck me. It seemed like the whole town had become a character in a Greek tragedy. Financial crisis and its consequences The 2007-2008 global financial crisis has left Greece more economically weakened…

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