Category: History & Culture

Where To Experience A Brand New Culture This Spring

We all have different reasons for wanting to travel, but it’s a natural human instinct whatever way you look at it. Some of us, for example, want to learn more about other people’s cultures and simply experience something completely different to their day-to-day lives. If this sounds like you, read on to discover some of the amazing places that are perfect for visiting during the spring time.

Celebrate New Year in Thailand

Although Thailand is already very hot at this time of year, that might not bother you if you love warmer climates and your sense of adventure won’t be dampened by the heat. If you venture further from the popular hub of Bangkok, you will most likely discover a lot more of the local culture in this beautiful country.

The great thing about this time of year, whether you’re in the capital or not, is that Thai New Year is celebrated in the middle of April. Due to the hot weather, a traditional public celebration will usually be centred around a huge water fight, so you can cool off while literally soaking up another country’s vibrant culture.

See the iconic sights in Rome

The weather is absolutely perfect in Italy during the run-up to summer, if you prefer things a little cooler than the likes of Thailand. Quite a lot of walking will probably be involved around the centre of Rome, so you won’t want to get too hot and bothered. The main sites are mostly within walking distance, but this could take you some time.

A few days is enough to wander around the partially-ruined Colosseum, visit Vatican City and experience the hugely popular Trevi Fountain for yourself. If you take the time to read and listen as you go, you will probably learn a huge amount of history from this European cultural capital.

Explore the hidden secrets of Jordan

This underrated destination is located close to the most western edge of Asia, and has more in common with Egypt than you might realise. It has a wide array of fascinating ancient ruins to explore, with incredible palaces carved into canyons which are best explored on the back of a camel.

Unlike Egypt, however, a large amount of Jordan is covered with lush, green nature including wild flowers and fruit trees. This is especially true during the spring, making it the ideal time to visit before the much hotter summer months. Overall, it’s a place not to be missed, and the rich culture here may well surprise you if you don’t have much knowledge of the country.

Tips for Travelling to Romania

Romania is probably one of the most underrated countries in Europe. Many tourists from the west aren’t really aware of all the benefits of visiting this wonderful place, and don’t even realise how spectacular it looks, the variety of different places there are or even the sheer scale of the country itself. If you do decide to travel to Romania on holiday (and we highly recommend you try it once), here are the best tips for enjoying it and making the most of your time.

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1) Enjoy the cheap prices

There are no particularly amazing money-saving tips for travelling to Romania, but you won’t need them to save a ton of money compared to other more popular tourist destinations. Everything is extremely cheap, especially food and drink. Accommodation will also be very affordable especially in less popular cities where you can opt to stay in a hostel or similar.

2) Make the most of the weather

Romania’s landscape is very varied, and so are its seasons. In different places and at different times of the year, you could go hiking in snowy mountains or spend your days on a scorching hot beach. Choosing your destination and the time of year you travel will have a big impact on your activities.

3) See the religious history

Romania is one of the countries in Europe with the most religious history behind it. There is plenty of fascinating architecture to see, each with rich history to learn about. You’ll find interesting monasteries and cathedrals almost everywhere, and they’re all unique.

4) Spend time in Bucharest

The capital of the country boats hundreds of years of history, with impressive buildings and museums to visit all over the city. There are also plenty of modern attractions if that’s what you’re interested in. To experience the best of what Romania has to offer you should at least stop off at Bucharest for a while, although it’s important to see the rest of the country to get a complete picture.

Why You Should Visit Malta

The island of Malta is not the best known destination in the Mediterranean, but it is an incredible gem that you should really consider visiting. It has 7000 years’ worth of rich history, which is reflected in the architecture and incredible scenery all over the islands that make up Malta. In fact, many people have described the country as one giant museum, since there is so much to see and experience.

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One of the reasons Malta stands out from other similar destinations in the region, such as many parts of Spain and Greece, is that its historical areas have barely been affected by more modern developments. In fact, the vast majority of its impressive and historical buildings and ruins have been preserved very well over the centuries, so it’s still possible to see them in almost the same condition they would have been in many hundreds of years ago.

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Exciting Things to Do in Turkey

Turkey is one of the countries where you have a lot of things that you can enjoy. Therefore, during your next vacation, it is good that you make a point to visit the country and have the best. In addition to having a lot of attractions, there are also many things that you can do here in order to spice up your holiday. Here are some of the things to do in Turkey.

Istanbul

When you are in Istanbul, there are a lot of things you can do here and get the best experience. This is where you get introduced into the Turkish tradition that offers a lot. Here you can visit different mosques, ruins, museums, spice market and enjoy great shopping experience. If you are a social person, you can decide to visit some of the entertainment spots in the city where you get to enjoy a lot of nightlife activities. You can decide to visit Taksim square where there are many bars, clubs and lounge. This means that there are no limitations of things that you can do here.

Derinkuyu

This is an eight level city where you will be totally fascinated on the life that many people led in order to run away from being prosecuted by the Roman Empire. Here you get to learn a lot about history and see the churches, cellars, rooms of food storage and many others.

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History of Turkey

Turkey is one of the countries in the world that has a rich history. The history of the country covers a time frame of more than four thousand years. It is believed that the Turks lived in central part of Asia around 2000 B.C. Later on, some of them moved from this area and spread around. They established many empires and states that were independent from each other within a large area of Europe and Asia. Some of these empires included the Uygur Empire, Avar Empire, Hazar Empire and others.

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The Turks began to settle in the early eleventh century by the way of incursions and continual migrations. The malazgirt victory that occurred in 1071 against Byzantines opened the gates of Anatolia to the Turks. From then the Turks conquered the entire Anatolia and created the Anatolian Seljuk state and was the first state in Turkey. The state declined after invasion by Mongol that began in 1243. The Ottoman ruled what is now Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, all islands in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East region.

Beginning in the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire lost its military and economic power compared to Europe which experienced great development with the renaissance. Europe developed as a result of conquering new territories, access to raw materials and the industrial revolution. The Ottoman Empire could not adapt to the new developments.

This led to shift of power in favour of states in Europe. There arise nationalist movements that began in the 19th century and the rebellions by the Balkan countries with support from Russia and European powers made the empire to decline to a great extent.

First World War

The decline of the empire continued until the end of the First World War. The empire was defeated in the war making all its territories to be occupied by Russia, Britain, Greece and this was the end of this empire.

A national liberation and resistance movement arose leading to quest for Turkish self-determination and national independence. The united sporadic army in Anatolia organized themselves into a strong army to fight for creation of Turkish state. This was under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal was later on named as the father of the Turks. This resistance became strong and the Turks gained the ability to fight a serious for liberation. The Turkish National Liberation was dedicated to create a new nation from the ruins of the empire which life had come to an end. This lasted for four years as from 1919 to 1922 leading to great victory that led to the development of the modern days Turkey. On July 24 1923 Greece, Great Britain, Italy, France and other states signed a treaty that recognized the creation of borders or Turkey and assured its fill independence.

Republic of Turkey

The country claimed it full independence on October 29 1923. From this time the Turkish people enjoyed self-rule and Mustafa Kemal was elected as the first president of the country. He was able to introduce reforms in all sectors that have acted as the foundation of the country up to today.

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