Cusco – The Historical Capital of Peru

Located on the bank of the Huatanay river this city with a rich cultural and historical heritage is the most popular tourist destination of Latin America.

The attractions in Cusco range from churches, architectural monuments, museums and art galleries.

The main attraction of Cusco is the Coricancha Inca Ruins literally meaning the Temple of the sun. This structure still draws crowd for its architectural brilliance of interlocking stones block and amazing stone masonry .The second important attraction is the Plaza de Armas where the ancient ceremonies of the Incas were held. Finally a trip to the Saint Blas District of Cusco gives tourists an opportunity to experience the local culture very closely.

Other important attractions include the Inca Roca’s Palaces, Church of Santo Domingo, Church of the Compania de Jesus, Santa Catalina Convent, Museum and Museo de Historia Nacional, and Cuzco’s Regional History Museum.

Shopping items in Cuzco includes alpaca garments and woven tapestries, Mate de Coca tea, ceramic products, traditional adornments, and replica of ancient Peruvian weapons .

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Budapest – The Paris of the East

The land locked capital city of Hungary is a moving testimony through the epics of time, yet very peaceful and warm in its heat.

The main attraction of Budapest includes the Royal Palace on top of the castle hill. Once a royal residence, today it houses many museums depicting the fascinating history of Budapest. The next important attraction is the parliament building famous for its intricate architectural designs. Third in the line is The Matthias Church- where all important functions of the royalty were held. Finally The Chain bridge which is one of the world’s most beautiful bridge.

Other attractions include the Gellért Hill, The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum, Plaza of Heroes and the Millennium Park.

Speciality shopping items in Budapest includes, ceramics, embroideries, hand-painted “Herend” porcelain, “Halas” lace, and dolls in folk costume Zsolnay porcelain. Also food items like red paprika salami, cherry brandy, wines and apricot.

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Üdvözli a Brüsszelben

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, architectural wonders and a bi-linguistic population the capital city of Belgium is a perfect place for any traveler to start his/her Europe tour.

The main attraction of Brussels is the Grand Palace, proudly exhibiting the architectural wonders of the middle ages. Second attraction is the Mannekin-Pis , the statue of a peeing boy , which has somehow become so identical with the city’s image . Third is the Atomium, which symbolizes the 1958 world fair of Brussels.
Lastly, there is the Hôtel de Ville which is described as the most spectacular civic building of the contemporary era.

Among the Museums of Brussels the famous ones includes The Cinquantenaire Museum, Autoworld Car Museum, Scientastic Museum and the Museum voor Moderne Kunst

Other important attractions includes Palais Royal, Comic Strip Museum, Delirium Café and Bruparck

The most famous items to shop for in Brussels are chocolates known as (pralines) locally. Other items include lace, custom rings, antiques, Belgium beer, tapestries and glass ware.

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Sofia – A city that Time Forgot

As the name suggests this is Europe’s one of the oldest and romantic cities.

The key attractions are many, starting from the neo-classical Stalinist architecture to the open air cafes and mineral baths the list in non ending.

The biggest attraction of Sofia is Church of St Sofia dating back to the 4the century. This church is one of the few living example of the ancient Christian architecture in this region. Other important churches include The Boyana Church, the Russian church, and the Sofia Synagogue known as the largest Synagogue in south Eastern Europe.

Among the museums of Sofia, The National Archaeological Museum, The National Historical Museum, & the National Art Gallery are particularly important. Each one of them built on some historical site, houses millions of artifacts dating back several centuries.
Other important attractions include the Ivan Vazov National Theater, Eagles’ Bridge, National Opera and Ballet building, Borisova Garden and the Chervilo Club.

Shopping in Sofia includes folk-art ceramics pottery, painted wooden toys, and dolls, feather goods like pillows or duvet.

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Prague-The Golden City

The City of Prague is located on the Vltava River, in the center of the Bohemian basin; it is the sixth most visited city of Europe is one of the most beautiful and oldest cities of central and Eastern Europe.

The Attractions of Prague are countless, however some important sites are The vaulted gothic Old New Synagogue of 1270, The New Town with its busy and historic Wenceslas Square, Prague Castle with its St. Vitus Cathedral known to be the largest castle of the world, The Písek Gate which is the last preserved city gate of Baroque fortification, The Mucha Museum, showcasing the Art Nouveau works of Alfons Mucha.

The Estates Theatre where the premiere of Mozart’s Don Giovanni was held is popular.
The Franz Kafka museum, and finally The Prague Zoo elected as the 7th best zoo in the world by Forbes magazine are all here to see.

Tourists can buy items like the crystal ware and accessories, puppets, hand painted eggs, wooden toys, army surplus hats, knives and badges as memorabilia of their visit.

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