The Old Town of Xanthi (Η Παλιά Πόλη της Ξάνθης) is one of the largest urban traditional settlements in Greece, which has remained unaffected by time and preserves its nobility, grace, cultural importance and historical value. It was characterized as a traditional protected settlement in 1978. It is located in the northern part of the modern city of Xanthi, forming its historic core and covers an area of 380 acres.

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Black light theatre (in Czech cerne divadlo) is a theatrical performance characterized by the use of black box theatre augmented by black light illusion. The characteristics of black light theatre are the use of black curtains, a darkened stage and black lighting. At the same time the performers wear fluorescent costumes in order to create visual illusions. This form of theatre originated from Asia and can be found in many places around the world. In modern European culture, the black box trick was adopted by the Russian director Konstantin Stanislavski, the film director George Melies and various French avantgarde directors during the 1950s.

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If you are visiting the wonderful town of Krakow in Poland, you should also visit the historic Jewish quarter, called Kazimierz. The area was destroyed during World War II and in the communist era gradually fell into disrepair. Rediscovered in the 1990s, thanks to the fall of communism and worldwide exposure, as the place where the movie Shiedler’s List was filmed, Kazimierz has become a lively neighbourhood packed with historical sites, cafes and art galleries. In the heart of Kazimierz, at Plac Nowy, you will see an historic round building called Okraglak. The stalls here sell a Krakowian street food known as zapiekanka (plural zapiekanki).

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After our successful article on the Secret Sights of Athens, we decided to expand our research to the suburbs of Athens and try to discover places few of us know exist. Sometimes, although we are aware of their existence, we are unaware of their real significance. In this article we present (in chronological order) 6 unique places in the Athenian suburbs.

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While most tourists head straight to London, only a few visit United Kingdom’s sleeping giant, the unique Birmingham. It is just 90 minutes by train from London and the second largest city in UK. Birmingham is a historic city and played an important role during the Industrial Revolution. Although the city’s industrial past is evident, a long and successful reconstruction project has gradually transformed Birmingham into a vibrant and modern city. The sights of the city are many, interesting and unique. Birmingham also has an important cultural scene, while its culinary scene is very active and refreshing (it is the city in the UK with the most Michelin stars). …


A bar mleczny (milk bar in Polish) is a type of cafeteria in Poland which according to Wikipedia “during the communist era provided government-subsidized traditional Polish cuisine at low cost”. The first milk bar opened in Warsaw in 1896 by the Polish dairy farmer Stanislaw Dluzewski. He named it milk bar due to the large number of dairy items on the menu. But at the same time it served a wide range of traditional Polish dishes like soups, sausages, dumplings and cakes. The commercial success of the first milk bar encouraged other businessmen to open more restaurants like it. After World War I milk bars became more popular and appeared across the country. They offered cheap but tasty comfort food. …


Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a lively and welcoming city, known for the friendliness of the Dubliners and famous for its “craic” (crack) — a mixture of humour, intelligence and assuring calm, that has attracted writers, intellectuals, and visitors for centuries. Situated on a bay on the east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey, it is a city with many merits and interesting attractions. It is a also a dream destination for music lovers, as the bithplace of many famous musicians and singers, and has an active and energetic rock and folk music scene.

Now that traveling is difficult or even impossible, let’s embark on a two-day virtual walking tour of this unique European capital. …


In recent years, every time I go to the centre of Athens for a walk or for shopping, I will always remember passing by Romvis to check if the lions are still in place. In the small Petropoulos Arcade (Στοά Πετρόπουλου) at 13 Romvis Street (Οδός Ρόμβης), at the exit to Evangelistrias Street (Οδός Ευαγγελιστρίας), there are two marble lions, watchful guards of the arcade. They are placed far from each other and at different levels of the arcade. Doing a little research and asking the shop owners in the arcade (most of them with sewing items and wedding preferences), no one knew when or why these lions were placed there. So my interest became more and more intense and I started researching for such sculptures. …


In the strange times we live in there is no reason to lose hope. We will always have the beautiful memories of the past and the dreams of the future. Our team searched our previous articles and found the best places for food that we had suggested in the past and identified which of them have delivery service during the lockdown. These are ten restaurants and a patisserie that could bring unique pleasures and flavours to your door :

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There are many places in Athens that make pies of all kind. It is impossible to visit them and try them all. In this article we will focus only on places that according to our taste have the best traditional Greek pies. What characterises a traditional Greek pie (pita / πίτα in Geek) is its phyllo sheets made of fresh ingredients. Different processes and recipes are carried out to give each phyllo a different texture; sometimes thick and rich, and sometimes thin and translucent. There are pies made with a large number of sheets, layered one on top of the other and filled with ingredients like cheese, meat and various vegetables. …

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