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Kozmodemyansk (Mari El Republic, Russia)

Русская версия If tourists only knew about the existence of Kozmodemyansk, they would never go to the places like Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kamchatka, Karelia, Baikal, and other popular regions and cities of Russia. We are absolutely serious: Kozmodemyansk is Russia off the beaten path with unique charm and not less attractions per capita than in Moscow; these attractions are also very unusual. Moreover, there is a lot to see nearby: in Mari Republic, Chuvashia, and Tatarstan.

Karen (Long Neck) and Other Tribes in the North of Thailand

Русская версия After seeing the real Karen village, we set off to the tourist one. It is one of the multiple villages between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, with several sectors, each dedicated to a different tribe.
tribe village

Sremski Karlovci, A Day Trip from Belgrade

Русская версия If you saw more than enough of classic and alternative Belgrade, take a day to see something beyond it. Many head to Novy Sad, which is very nice, but there is also a town of Sremski Karlovci really close to both Belgrade and Novi Sad (reachable by train) which is not less rewarding than any of these big cities.
Sremski Karlovci

Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design

Русская версия The design is probably what Sweden is mostly known for – from Scandinavian design in general to Ikea in particular. To learn about Swedish design, we set off the Swedish Center for Architecture and Design neighboring the Modern Museum and indeed learned even more than we expected. The Center does not have an entrance fee which is why the experience is even more precious.
Swedish Center for Architecture and Design

Getting to Know Lisbon, or What we learned from Lisbon Free Tours

Русская версия On our very first day in Lisbon we decided to start with the free city tour. Such tours exist in most European capitals (read about our experience here), and once we published the post on how to get to a free tour and what to expect from it. Due to the high demand, there is a huge number of companies offering free tours and the competition is quite serious. We assume that is why most of them might be as good as our tour guide Fred from New Lisbon Tours, although he was more than perfect (so why risk?).
Lisbon Free Tours

Jerusalem: 5 Neighborhoods outside the Old City to Visit

Русская версия If you are tired of the tourist crowds concentrating in Jerusalem Old City or it seems to you that you have seen all of it, you should remember that Jerusalem is far more than just the old city. Many other neighborhoods deserve exploration and may bring about the impressions completely different from that of the Old City.