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Karkonosze - snowy mountains

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The Karkonosze (Czech. Krkonoše) Mountains are a mountain range located in the south-west of Poland and the north of the Czech Republic, part of the Sudetes mountain system. The Czech-Polish border, which divides the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia, runs along the main ridge.


The origin of the name is usually interpreted as a compound of "krk" or "krak" - an Old Slavonic word for Krummholz (reference to local vegetation) - and "noš" - derived from "nosit" (carry). Alternative linguistic theories mention a connection with the pre-Indo-European word "Corconti," which is first listed by Ptolemy and refers to a pre-Celtic or Germanic people. In 14th century the mountain range was also called the Sněžné hory (Snowy Mountains).


The modern names of Karkonosze (Polish), Krkonoše (Czech), and Riesengebirge (German) became widely accepted only in the 19th century. The range is also often referred to in English as the "Giant Mounta…

Mumlava Waterfalls

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Mumlava river is one of the beautiful river in Krkonoše (Karkonosze) Mountains. The river flows through the Harrachov, the recreational mountain resort in Czech Republik. In Mumlavský důl near Harrachov, the currents of the wild Mumlava River flow over some rocky steps. It is right here that you can admire the nearly 8 meter high Mumlava Waterfall.


Mumlava waterfalls are the most powerful waterfalls in Czech part of Krkonoše mountains. There is a trail that leads to it from Harrachov and it can be used in any weather.





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Highlands

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The Highlands refers to that part of Scotland north-west of the Highland Boundary Faul with capital in Inverness. The Scottish Gaelic name of A' Ghàidhealtachd literally means "the place of the Gaels" and traditionally, from a Gaelic-speaking point of view, includes the Western Isles and the Highlands. A wider definition of the Highlands is that used by the Scotch Whisky industry.

The Highlands contains the most mountainous terrain in Great Britain, including the highest peak, Ben Nevis. The region is largely composed of ancient rocks from the Cambrian and Precambrian periods which were uplifted during the later Caledonian Orogeny. The entire region was covered by ice sheets during the Pleistocene ice ages. The complex geomorphology includes incised valleys and lochs carved by the action of mountain streams and ice, and a topography of mountain ranges, irregularly distributed mountains whose summits have similar heights above sea-level. The weather changes very rapidly.…

Most beautiful coastline in the world

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The Scottish coast is thousands of miles long and is probably most varied in the world. The shoreline is filled with incredible wildlife, and offers breathtaking views. In my opinion Scotland has the most beautiful coastline in the world




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King's Palace and Garden in Wilanów. Magical Winter Lights

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Wilanów garden and palace complex was erected in 17th century as a summer residence of Jan III Sobieski (King of Poland). A visit to Wilanów provides an opportunity to experience the core of Polish tradition and history. King's Palace in Wilanów and its beautiful garden does not fall asleep  in the winter.

On some winter evenings, the façade of the Wilanów Palace becomes a place of 3D mappings. It is a three-dimensional show combines light, image and sound. Mapping is displayed on the facade of the palace of Wilanow and uses his architectural elements to create the illusion of an animated building. During mappingów the King Jan III Sobieski and the Queen Mary  appearing at the windows of the palace. The viewers are witness of arrival of the king to the Palace and a court dance show.



In the Wilanów garden is located an extraordinary light installation. While walking along the illuminated alleys of the King's Magic Garden, you will to admire a variety of plant and animal species …

"There is no freedom without dwarves". The story of Wrocław’s dwarfs

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Since the beginning of the 21st century in Wrocław began to appear dwarfs figurines made of bronze. Figurine of a dwarf is the symbol of the Orange Alternative. It was the most picturesque element of Polish opposition to communism. The main purpose of Orange Alternative was to offer an alternative way of opposition against the authoritarian regime by means of a peaceful protest that used absurd and nonsensical elements. The first actions of the Orange Alternative consisted of painting dwarf graffiti on spots created by the police's covering up anti-regime slogans on walls of the Polish cities. They created often surrealistic slogans such as "There is no freedom without dwarves". 

Orange Alternative organized happenings in several Polish cities. The culmination point in the movement's history was the action organized on International Children’s Day (1st June 1988), known as the "Revolution of Dwarves", during which more than 10 thousand people marched throu…

Piran - Slovenia's prettiest town

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Piran is a small and very picturesque town is located in Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea.
The name of the town most probably originates from the Greek "pyrranos", which means "red", because of the reddish flysch stones commonly found in the town's area. Of the competing theories, is that it is derived from "pyr", the Greek word for "fire", because the peninsula was originally used primarily as a grounds for lighting fires to guide ships to the nearby settlement of Aegida.

The city has a very rich and turbulent history. The area of present-day Piran was settled by Illyrian tribes who were farmers, hunters and fishermen. In the next centuries the Piran peninsula was a part of Roman Empire, Byzantium Empire, Holy Roman Empire, Venetian Republic, French Empire, and Austro-Hungarian Empire. After World War I Piran came under the rule of Italy, and following World War II, Piran was a part of Yugoslavia, and from 1991 it is a cit…
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