Each one has own notion of a perfect rest: some need ocean, beach and an exotic cocktail for a perfect relaxation; others are drawn to conquer new mountain peaks; some people live in anticipation of acquaintance of ancient ruins… But there are people who dream of cutting loose at full throttle, forgetting everything and anything else!
And for the latter kind we’ve selected five best European cities, where you forget all about seasonal depressions and have a deep plunge into a whirl of bright night life.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
This city won fame of the main European capital of loud parties a long time ago. A special atmosphere reigns there: the city doesn’t sleep, regardless of time of the day or season. Many famous DJs stay in Amsterdam during their tours to arrange true galas for youngsters. Musicians developed fancy for the oldest club called Escape that accommodates about 2000 people of all others. Sweet spots for guests of the city are coffee shops where one can absolutely legally purchase marihuana or products with its addition, as well as world-famous Red-light District. But it needs to be said that despite all the revelry, Amsterdam is considered one of the safest cities in the world.
Berlin is rightfully considered a retreat for various musical cultures: in local clubs you can hear rock ’n’ roll, electro pop, underground… But the most popular style in establishments of the city is techno, every youngster goes crazy about it. One of the most popular institutions of the city, a golden dream for every partygoer is Berghain Club, near which there are always miles-long queues. However, lasting anticipation is rewarded with ineffable atmosphere, bursting cocktails and performances of best DJs. And by the way, it is located in the premises of a former power plant: concrete aisles, iron cages and mysterious brume create a completely unforgettable setting.
Dyed-in-the-wool clubbers know Budapest as a city of unusual dance-floors and bars, exhaustingly hidden in most unexpected nooks. If you do manage to find any of them after all, you’ll be amazed with quality of music and hospitality of the locals: you’ll be treated like family and they won’t let you leave a party until the last lively track goes silent somewhere around dawn time. Most famous club with a distinctive atmosphere in the city is A38; it is built in a shape of a huge ship. Best European DJs shake waves there pretty often.
Barcelona gives youngsters so many options for entertainment that one doesn’t know where to look first: from on-shore clubs and buzzy bars to free art-spaces where people can gather in companies and listen to some good-quality music by true virtuosos of own trade. Eclipse Sky Bar that looks like a sail and is located on the upper floor of W Hotel is considered one of the most fashionable clubs of the city. Not just alcohol drinks and dancing till morning make heads swirl there but also amazing views of the city and the sea… Another famous club is La Fira, that doesn’t leave a chance for boredom to anyone: funfair mirrors scattered all around the establishment create an atmosphere of a truly reckless fun.
Aiya Napa, Cyprus
May through October this little town gets filled with young people from all over Europe. At local Nissi Beach disco dancing and contests are organized every day and afterwards everyone jam-crowds into best local restaurants and bars. With night approaching, craving for fun rushes youngsters to local clubs that sometimes don’t stop operation for several days in a row. Most popular night establishments of the city are Senor Frog’s Bar and Castle Club.
The Embassy of Palestine in Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mohammed Al-Assad organized a trip for journalists to Palestine. OUTLOOK team was among them. We launch a series of videos about this country and start with Bethlehem!
Christmas arrives with a warm overjacket on its shoulders. At night it brings warm light of the first evening star and in the morning it wakes you up with shine of white but warm sun. If my great-grandmonther’s grandmother had been asked about her Christmas feelings, I believe, her words would have been identical to mine. Because together with a bowl of kutia, generations of Ukrainians transfer their traditions from hand to hand.
Austria Tyrol area is very distinctive. It has its unique cuisine, and even its own style of singing. Here the centuries-old history is perfectly coupled with natural beauty and sport facilities. Top of diversity manifestation is small mountain town of Innsbruck. It is the administrative centre of Tyrol, as well as one of the cleanest places in Europe, popular sports resort and a world-famous centre of contemporary art.
They build ice hotels and carve ice fountains pouring white wine, make samovars and even kerosene lamps. Photographers went even far and got the hand to use dry ice to create the effect of smoke and fog in picture. In search of more and more sophisticated ways to use frozen water, humanity almost forgot about another fascinating feature it suggests. So, dig into your wardrobes and find lovely hats with pompoms, fluffy "ears", scarves, mittens, sweaters and... skates. In the spirit of holidays, OUTLOOK prepared for you a selection of the world most popular ice arenas.
Icerink instead of heated floor. Bomber hat and a puffer jacket as an alternative to terry robe. Eco-hotels and cafes in Canada, Romania and even hot Dubai offer a possibility to have leisure time a-la North Pole.
The cold season brings not only such important things as wrapping into a reindeer sweater, drinking hot chocolate and once again reviewing Christmas comedies. Thus, sport has not been canceled yet, so OUTLLOK compiled top five ski resort bucket list for you to cheer up and get out of your winter sleep.
The closer winter holidays are, the louder all-nation weeping for the lost charms of New Year night is. Rains, fogs, and ordinary tiredness obstructed the way of joy into city, and fairy-tale stands back at the North, in far Lapland. The shivering glow of the polar lights fleshes out the ancient tales and blows off the golden dust from the holiday cards directing way to the village of Santa Claus where Christmas fires have never gone down.
Vitamins, development of resistance to cold, correct day regimen... That's all good and useful, especially when the winter weather swirls in, but sometimes we all have to pamper ourselves and at the same time to be protected against germs and colds. And the best way to do it is to sip some mulled wine.
A little son came to his father and suggested to run away from mom and granny to the North Pole? Now, do not indulge into tragic speeches of severe frosts, pitch darkness of the polar night and hungry polar bears! Give a conspiracy wink to a little brave one, and give him a real man's job for his school winter holidays that is to learn how to build an igloo, night shelter in ever-frost lands.
The architecture of temples has interesting and sometimes controversial history. Quite often the novelties and fundamentals of movements in architecture started with the building of temples with sophisticated design. The Polish Roman Catholic churches are rather bright in their beauty.
They didn’t get as much problems from conquistadors as other native people of Latin America had. The rumors touched the interesting fact how the inhabitants of valley Otavalo quickly reached royal chambers. They also were masterful in getting the cloth from wool of lamas and vicunas created by the Indians. Spanish men put a render fee to the high art while Otavalo citizens were called as ‘useful Indians’.
In Japan there is a city with the citizens who trust each other. It seems that they drink water from one source that flows along their houses. As well, they wash hands after the meals in the same places. Satoyama in translation means an ideal place for life in harmony with the nature. It is situated in Northern prefecture Gifu that is isolated from the rest of the world with the mountain tops and rice fields.
On the 13-th of December in National library of Ukraine for children the ceremony of giving books happened. Afterwards, in the residence the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Spain to Ukraine Silvia Cortes Martin organized diplomatic reception.
In honor of the 26-th anniversary of Republic Kazakhstan, in Kyiv the reception was carried out. In honor of this event in Kazakhstan as well as all around the world the important official and celebration events are going, such as conferences, round tables, diplomatic receptions.
When Hawaii folk costume is mentioned, imagination immediately pictures a hula skirt with lei flower necklace and coconuts; the same immediate association is gorgeous sari embracing India; while Japan is tightly folded into silk kimono.
Many scientists and historians unanimously agree that Middle East, particularly, Arabian semi-island is the cradle of human civilization because almost every nation among those present there is one of the most ancient on our planet. In this list there are citizens of Yemen who created the interesting in a travelling way country bounded by two seas and Indian Ocean simultaneously.