Photo Diary: Monschau in Summer

The town of Monschau is located in the narrow valley of the Rur river on the border of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Monschau was historically known for its cloth-mills, today popular mainly with tourists. Picturesque, narrow streets have remained nearly unchanged for more than hundreds of years. Perfect location for a weekend getaway and for overindulging in cuteness. Below

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Best of Paris: Canal Saint Martin

Canal Saint Martin has been on our Paris bucket list for some time already. Recently my Parisian colleague confirmed that this gentrifying, 19th century waterway  is a great summer hangout. Namely, in recent years, this shabby-chic area in northeastern Paris started drawing trendy crowds. Iron-footbridges, cosy restaurants, cute shops, and interesting architecture make for a picturesque district

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Paris’ Elevated Park: Coulée verte René-Dumont

What today feels like an urban oasis 10 meters above the street level were once rail tracks, which linked Place de la Bastille with Varenne-Saint-Maur since 1859. The Coulée verte René-Dumont, also known as the Promenade Plantée, was converted into the world’s first elevated park walkway in 1993. At that time most residents thought that redevelopment of

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Europolitan Seven: Brussels City Instagrammers

Our City Instagrammers series showcases the life in cities across Europe. We find some of the most hip city photographers across Europe – from Helsinki and Cologne to Lisbon and Trieste.  Here we profile seven Brussels-based Instagram accounts you have to follow to keep up with what is going on in that mysterious city.  If you follow them, you will learn

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Europolitan Six: Trieste City Instagrammers

Europolitan Trends aims to showcase the life in cities across Europe. Instagram offers genuine and timely captures of city life, neighborhoods, lifestyle, people and culture revealing some of the most original content on cities and regions.  We look at Instagram daily to find some of the best city photographers across Europe – from Helsinki and Cologne to Aberdeen and Barcelona. Here

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Top Reasons to Visit Vilnius

If you arrive to Vilnius by plane, the first thing that grabs your attention is the airport, which looks rather like an old train station than an airport arrival hall. It was built in 1950s in a typical Soviet style architecture. On the borderline of Europe, Vilnius is a wonderful, unique capital full of contrasts, churches, hidden

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Why You Need to Pay Attention to Street Names When in Vilnius

We have heard that Lithuanian law bans street name plaques in different languages, presumably with the aim to protect Lithuanian national identity; however, throughout Vilnius we were captivated by multilingual street name signs. And honestly, we loved seeing those plaques in multiple languages pointing out to rich cultural history of the city, while honoring national minorities who played

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3 Reasons Why Parisian Patios are Unique

While walking in Paris, we were astonished by numerous green terraces and rooftops. Consequently, we questioned ourselves why and how did Paris develop such a sense for greenery and aesthetics. We have made three observations: There is abundance of flower shops on the Parisian streets. As a result, Parisians easily buy plants somewhere close to their

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