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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.

Last days of Patarei prison in Tallinn

Русская версия One week ago we visited one of the landmarks of Tallinn – Patarei prison (‘battery’). October, 2 was announced as the last day of existence for this complex in its present form. For the last 15 years, it was a kind of a museum, as well as a place for filming movies or organising events. The building goes to ruins and in most places it is unsafe; investors for its restoration have not been found, so it is going to be closed. Today we pay the tribute for this place.
Patarei prison

New Vietnamese Adventures: Da Nang and Hoi An

Русская версия Our favourite region in Vietnam is of course Dak Lak, but the rest of the places we visited (excluding Nha Trang) left very positive impression too. On this day it was time to get from Da Lat to Da Nang – the seaside city and a great hub for visiting various sights.
Da Nang-1IMG_3205

Langar – Alichur – Murgab – Osh (Pamir): The Border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

Русская версия As we have already mentioned the transport infrastructure in Pamir is not really developed. Perhaps, the most complicated section which almost every tourist has to cover (unless he or she travels by plane from and to Dushanbe and avoids seeing Kyrgyzstan) is a road from Pamir to Osh (Kyrgyzstan). To cover it you will have to go through Murgab – the district capital of the highest altitude out of all post-Soviet countries; at the same time this is the capital of the largest yet the least densely populated district of Tajikistan. If you manage to find transport to cover this way, you will not regret: the road is really wild and different from what you see in central Pamir.
Pamir Mountains

Wakhan Valley: Yamchun Fortress and Bibi Fatima Hot Springs (Pamir, Tajikistan)

Русская версия Having spent a day and a night in Tuggoz, in the morning we started looking for the transport to Yamchun fortress and Bibi Fatima hot springs, encountered the inadequate prices for getting there by local cars and decided to go on foot. It was 7-8 kilometer walk up to the mountains, the only trouble was the hot sun, but we were not afraid of difficulties.
Wakhan Valley

Spring is coming to Estonia, or 5 unusual places you can visit near Tallinn in one day

Русская версия Unfortunately, so far we did not have any stories about the country where we have been living for five years – Estonia. Today we will write about the weekend, when spring finally came to Estonia, and we made a day trip in the area surrounding Tallinn.