Battleship Potemkin is a 1925 Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein which presents a dramatised version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against its officers. The film was the ultimate expression of his ideas, which culminated in the last scene, the Odessa Steps sequence. The sequence incarnates Eisenstein’s theory of dialectical montage by which the meaning is generated by the collision of opposing shots.The actual Odessa Steps is a giant stairway in Odessa, which is considered the formal entrance into the city from the direction of the sea, and its most famous symbol.
The Ancient Agora of Athens (Αρχαία Αγορά Αθηνών) is perhaps the most famous and visited archaeological site of Athens apart from Acropolis. It was the centre of social, economic and political life of the ancient city of Athens. However, few of the thousands of Greeks and foreign visitors who come here every year know that until the 1930s it was the location of one of the most vibrant and central neighbourhoods of Athens, during the first decades as the capital of the new Greek state. …
Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and inextricably linked to the history of music as Mozart’s birthplace. Salzburg’s Altstadt (historic centre) is famous for its Baroque buildings and is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. During your visit to the town make sure to visit the renowned Café Tomaselli on the Alter Markt. It is the oldest coffee house still in operation in Austria and its history goes back to 1700. It has been owned by the Tomaselli family since March 12, 1852.
Squares are an integral part of a city and are usually the focus of its daily life. A city or a village is often characterized by the beauty of its squares. In this article we revisit six of our favorite smaller squares in Europe, which are often overshadowed by larger and more spectacular ones.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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…
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…
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