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A conductor before the choirs

Estonia’s Fondest Festival

The epitome of Estonian culture and zenith of the national calendar, Estonia’s Song Festival is held in Tallinn in early July every five years, attracting crowds of 100,000. Over the course of two concerts, 35,000 singers (from over 1,000 choirs) perform. Hearing them all sing at once is a truly … Read More

Popular beach at the Marjan peninsula in Split, Croatia, viewed from above.

Split’s Shining Shores

Split’s beaches may not draw crowds like Hvar and Brac, but they shouldn’t be underestimated. Split’s swimmable shores have excellent water quality, with the clarity and color that bring many to the Adriatic in the first place. We asked Antonija and Lidija, our Split locals to spill the beans on … Read More

Authentic gelato

Traditional Italian Food Dos and Don’ts

Italy is a land of tremendous variety, from dialects to architecture to hand gestures, and nowhere is this diversity more clear than in the country’s food and culinary traditions. Italy may be ancient, but the country is quite young, having only unified in 1861 (sans Rome, which forcibly joined in … Read More

A Cultural Wonder: The Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Founded as a theater festival in 1950, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival quickly became one of the region’s largest cultural events. Running from July 10 to August 25 every year, the daily performances range from theatrical plays to classical and folk music, from contemporary dance to ballet. With its open-air stages … Read More

House of Parliament at dusk

Budapest’s Unparalleled Parliament Building

When you’re in Budapest, it’s impossible to avoid catching a glimpse of the Hungarian Parliament Building, a Gothic Revival wonder. The largest building in Budapest, and tied with St. Stephen’s Basilica for the country’s tallest structure (after St. Adalbert’s Basilica in Esztergom), the Hungarian parliament is a temple of democracy. … Read More

A spread of Georgian food

Georgian: 2019’s Cuisine of the Year

Exotic and tasty, if tricky to pronounce, Georgian cuisine is finally getting the credit it deserves. Hospitality-trend forecaster af&co declared Georgia’s food its 2019 “Cuisine of the Year,” and Khachapuri its “Dish of the Year,” in part because it’s so photogenic. Scroll down this page and you’ll see what we … Read More

Aerial view of Zlatni Rat beach close to the town of Bol on the island of Brac, Croatia.

Croatia’s Best Proposal Spots

Croatia’s our most popular destination for honeymoons and destination weddings, but such a romantic locale is naturally a great spot to get down on one knee and pop the question. We asked our local staff for their favorite romantic places, although you don’t need to be on the verge of … Read More

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