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This place is special to me because... growing up I used to love eating at Milk Bars. These diners were like a 🕑 time-machine for me. They offered a rare insight into the everyday life under Communist regime. Luckily, some of them are still open and operating. Have a look at the map, pick a place and go!
Imagine a medieval wonderland preserved throughout the ages. Now imagine eating delicious Polish donuts (pazcki). A place that displays its rich history with every brick and tile. A place that incorporates tradition into every cultural aspect. Who wouldn't want to see a city that has so many mysterious treasures? A fire-breathing dragon, an estate artfully crafted out of salt, and a haunted castle! Certainly a special place to explore!
This place is special to me because this is where I grew up. The map is, in a way, my very own "Penny Lane" - an illustrated ode to the residential Moscow, Russia neighborhood of my youth, seen through a fairytale lens of sorts. It's not big on landmarks, but if you want to come face to face with a moose or see a power plant up close and personal, this is absolutely the place to visit.
Kapana is a small walkable district in the town of Plovdiv. Its history dates back to the 16th century, when it was the merchant and crafts center of Plovdiv. A few of its streets are actually named after the craftsmen that practiced there for centuries: Zhelezarska Str. (Blacksmith Str.), Zlatarska Str. (Goldsmith Str.), Abadjiyska Str. (Coat-Tailor Str.), Kozhuharska Str. (Fur-Tailor Str.). The name itself (Kapana) means “trap” or “labyrinth”. And it’s well-deserved too — one can easily get lost in its cobblestoned streets that always meet at peculiar angles. Having lost its liveliness since the mid-20th century (the streets being mostly packed with parked cars), in the past few years the neighborhood has been revived again, largely thanks to Plovdiv's nomination for the European Capital of Culture 2019. Today Kapana is the colorful heart of Plovdiv — a social place with an artistic spirit and unique atmosphere.
Plovdiv is special to me because of its mix of millennial history, culture and laid back style of its people. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited throughout the centuries. Among the things to experience here are the ancient roman ruins that lie at the heart of the city, the atmosphere of the old town, the artistic and social places in Kapana district, the monuments and architecture of its recent history and the breathtaking views that open from the tops of its hills.I hope this map will make you think of visiting my hometown!
Test your strength and reach for the sky on a climbing trip to Slovakia’s highest summit – Gerlach Peak.