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10 facts about Iceland
Thanks largely to the UEFA European Football Championship that took place in 2016 in France, the whole world got interested in the distant and seemingly cold country of Iceland, since its footballers highlighted the tournament with several loud break-throughs, and thus promoted their homeland. In order to keep up with the trend, OUTLOOK decided to share the coolest fun facts about the country of elves and trolls, volcanoes and glaciers.
15.04.2021 | Iceland, 10 facts
Aqaba resort: Sea in Jordan style
Nine months per year Aqaba is blessed with perfect weather. It is time for sailing, snorkelling, water skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving or sunbathing. Travelers who arrive at this southern city from the north, say that Aqaba is like a breath of fresh air, a very sought-after gateway in hot winds blowing through the pink sands of Jordan.
14.04.2021 | Jordan, tourism
Postcards from Tbilisi
Tbilisi is a city that does not leave anyone indifferent. It is depictured by a talented photographer Pavel Khomenskyi and published in theoutlook.com.ua edition. While browsing the photos, you will take a sightseeing tour of one of the most beautiful capitals in the world.
13.04.2021 | Georgia
The way they dance
What is it that characterizes any nation without much words and long explanations? Dances, of course, because it is these movements, refined over centuries, that can tell a foreigner about other peoples much more than thick history books. If you carefully watch and feel the way people dance in different countries, their mind set will become much more comprehensible. And these aren’t mere words.
Balkan constellation: 5 vibrant cities of the peninsula
Often the Balkan countries are deemed to be something very close to us in terms of mentality, culture and traditions, that traveling there seems to be something second-rate, no match for a trip to Europe, or to some islands. However, today we would like to tell about magic Balkan cities that can compete with the much favoured tourist centres!
Peru. Places of power
Israel, India, Mecca - these geographic points are very important for the followers of various religions and not for them only: while on pilgrimage, one can experience the grace and feel the most powerful concentration of energy, even if being non-believer. In the territory of the South America, in Peru, there are also places of power about which writes our reader and author Iya Zaitseva.
10.04.2021 | we were there, Peru
Hungaricums: Parts of Hungary around the world
What unites footballer Ferenc Puskás, delicious goulash, Tokaj wines, Racka sheep and Lake Balaton popular in Europe? All of them arelisted as Hungarikums in the Collection of Hungarian Values. Today OUTLOOK is telling our readers about this unique collection.
09.04.2021 | Hungary
Skopje: Gratitude in Balkan Style
Having survived economically difficult 1990s, dissolution of Yugoslavia and even several wars, Balkan countries have been recovering from the spin and becoming not just stable but also popular for tourism. Alongside wonderful climate and relative availability, they win hearts of travelers with ancient cities, rich in terms of monuments of culture. Today we talk about one of them – Macedonian Skopje.
08.04.2021 | Macedonia
Round the edge of the world. Cape Horn
For sailors to round Cape Horn situated in the very South of Argentina is a success that equals to Everest ascent for alpinists. Rush under sails around “sailor’s graveyard” defying gigantesque waves and hurricane wind turned out a success for the first time on January, 29, 1616.
Where stars are “set glowing”
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
Carpets, marble and deserts - Turkmenistan guide
This mysterious eastern country can surprise even the most experienced tourist. We are convinced of this and will gladly tell you why. And let's start with the fact that tourism in today's Turkmenistan is a rather promising and dynamic economic sector.
05.04.2021 | travel, Türkmenistan
From Tashkent with love
There are such popular places on Earth, about which you can safely say - people go here to lie on the beach or look at architectural monuments, and then go shopping. You can’t exactly say the same about Tashkent - it is too many-sided and diverse, so the banal phrase that everyone here finds his own one works in full.
04.04.2021 | Uzbekistan
History of the street: Brivibas
Today in our review dedicated to the most interesting streets of the planet we are going to talk about Brivibas. The old city of Riga is truly magnificent and finely preserved part of Latvian capital. Verily here there are more tourists and less local citizens, however, 350-400 years ago around it there was nothing and city resembled inaccessible medieval fortress in semi-Scandinavian and semi-European style. All of its population could place here…
Eilat: Oasis of pleasures
Eilat springs on a guest suddenly, like a desert storm. Among sands and rocks, a garden of tellurian bliss blossoms; stones, melted with heat of fables, acquire gift of speech; and springs of King Solomon’s wisdom shoots through kaleidoscope of entertainments. With a sight wandering along placid mirror of waters by the shore of the Gulf of Eilat, everyone becomes a philosopher. And after a couple of sips of spicy cocktail – also a poet!
02.04.2021 | Israel
National winged symbols
Each state has its own official symbols: flag, coat of arms and anthem. But in addition to the traditional "identification mark" there are symbols chosen by people, for instance, a favourite bird. It is about them OUTLOOK expands below. To register the people's love by document, in 1960 in Tokyo at the International Conference on the Protection of Birds was created the concept of "national bird".
Baltic gold: Amber running through veins
We have amber flowing through our veins, joke the Balts. They believe that a sunny stone comes from tear drops of their goddess Jūratė. According to legend, she was careless enough to fall in love with a mere mortal fisherman named Kastytis who day by day cast his nets to the Baltic Sea.
31.03.2021 | art, Lithuania
Duduk: music evocating love
This music is one and a half thousand years. Gentle and penetrating melodies played on the flute duduk have been called ‘the voice of eternity’. In Armenia where people esteem national motives believe that in duduk there is a soul of apricot tree what made tree sound. Staying plangent and soul-touching, they are framed with the sound evocating light wistfulness.
30.03.2021 | music, Armenia
Filthy creativity
Dirty cars are like a host for an artist. One may treat such art differently. Someone will wrinkle his nose and disdainfully wrestle his clothes. Others necessarily want to put a finger in such a picture in order to check the fragility of the "canvas" and smear its outlines. However, others will definitely make a selfie. However, nobody can pass by.
29.03.2021 | art
Islamabad is the capital of…
Despite its declarative name, Islamabad is probably the most secular, cosmopolitan and westernized city of the Islamic Pakistan; and it is also the capital of this state. And although Islamabad is difficult to rank among the lucky ones since important strategic roads have always been on the sidelines, it has something to surprise you with. What its life is about read further in OUTLOOK.
Ohrid: Jewel in tourism crown of Macedonia
Travel industry features a lot of long-time firmly established stereotypes: if you want to enjoy shopping session, go to Milan or Paris; if your soul seeks quiet pacification of ancient temples, your path goes directly to Jerusalem or Istanbul, and if after tough working days you are capable for a lazy beach holiday only, find your gateway on remote islands.
27.03.2021 | Macedonia
Suriname. 7 Reasons to visit the smallest country in South America
Suriname is not a popular destination, it is some kind of South American Africa, pure, raw nature, little-known and quite non-touristic country, with specific English and overnights in hammocks in the fathomless jungles. But if you are not afraid of unknown getaways, here you are with 7 reasons to become a pioneer of this country till it got spoiled by hordes of tourists.
26.03.2021 | Suriname
The magnificent world of land-art: Patrick Dougherty
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti.
25.03.2021 | art, nature, personalities
Mary King’s close: little Anny asks for dolls
On the canvas of Scottish legends, mystical patterns are embroidered. Local people believe in ghosts. The famous Scottish legends were not only at the books’ pages. They are assured that every day view the souls of ancestors watch them. Today OUTLOOK will tell you about the secrets hidden in the Mary King’s close.
Gjirokastër: “Albanian Rome”
A function of UNESCO World Heritage Committee is to work in the most careful manner year after year on studying objects that constitute outstanding culture civilizations and are unique in their origins. Under number 569 of an impressive list of the organization city of Gjirokastër, the one from the south of Albania, is located – it is it we are going to study today through the length and breadth.
23.03.2021 | Albania, travel
Issyk-Kul: Main Treasure of Kyrgyzstan
Good tourist is not just someone who is always quick off the mark and ready to embark on a journey any minute. It is the one who is also known for an ability to carefully plan holidays six months in advance. If you are one of them and already think where to go in summer - our next story about gigantic Issyk-Kul Lake and kinds of recreation there is for you.
22.03.2021 | nature, the Kyrgyz Republic
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Vilnius
Today we are spending precious crisp green note that depicts an outstanding American finance expert Alexander Hamilton. What it is worth in a cozy Vilnius of Lithuania – read further in OUTLOOK. Nowadays Vilnius, just as the whole Lithuania, is in the state of gradual and steady economic growth...
21.03.2021 | Lithuania, 10 dollars
Mongolia with the eyes of Pavel Petrushko
Mongolia with incredible spaces of the beautiful untouchable nature is one of the most fashionable travel directions. This year the authoritative international ranking included it in the top-10 of the brightest countries in the world. It recommended this country to visit compulsory along with Columbia, Bermudians, and Ethiopia. This country is not the most comfortable for the rest but it is pretty interesting and exciting. For Europeans it is unbelievable civilization, and the trip there is like the extreme tourism. The TV-operator Pavel Petrushko told us about his unusual experience of travelling to Mongolia.
20.03.2021 | Mongolia
We were there: Japan - the subtleties of Tokyo life
Not every tourist will come to Japan. But Marina Belka, a fashion designer, did it, because the mysterious Land of the Rising Sun was her childhood dream. She shared with us her impressions of Tokyo and gave practical advice to future tourists.
19.03.2021 | Japan
Art of topiary
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
18.03.2021 | art, nature
Travel to Columbia. Another Cartagena
In the world there are two Cartagenas. In both, their inhabitants speak Spanish, love bullfighting, and in the evenings they go to the beach to skip the mojito and breathe the salty wind. But only in one of them a rhythm of hot salsa, placers of emeralds and pearls can burst into a languid city walk, and bright, hot beauties can cross the road. And this is Colombia!
17.03.2021 | travel, Columbia
Let's play Chuko Bones
Shagai, chükö, asyk, ashyk, oshuq... This game has many names and one great love for it unities a lot of generation in Central Asia. According to old legends, Nasreddin Hodja loved to play it. Sultans and merchants, ordinary people and children played it. For the youngest, it was a popular entertainment until the end of the last century, while new technologies did not supplant yard games.
16.03.2021 | culture
Dallol: Bright glory of Ethiopia
Countries often flaunt their natural beauties: they invite tourists allowing them to examine closely every detail of jewellery coined by the nature. Among beauties, there are some that are the most extravagantly bright, showy and bizarre, and sometimes even wild for our eyes. African Ethiopia grabbed one of the most beautiful accessories - Dallol volcano.
15.03.2021 | travel, Ethiopia
Tea empire of the world
Few of us, while our favourite tea is steeping, are scrutinizing about the way this drink went through to get into our mug. Of course, stereotypically, we know that most likely it came from India or China, but in fact origin can vary. In the world there are about 30 countries which are very seriously engaged in tea business, and within this community a very clear hierarchy emerges, headed by the so-called Big Tea Seven.
Timanfaya. Devastatingly beautiful
Canary Islands are not only the sea, beaches and cocktails. They are also the charred history of this part of the earth, the fire-breathing vents and salt mines. Especially hot temper among the rest of the islands, the land of Lanzarote is famous. Earlier on this land, volcanic eruptions occurred with an enviable regularity. Now, here tourists go to see the power of fire and magma and even look into the "underworld".
13.03.2021 | nature, Canary Islands
Belleville: Paris Babylon
Probably, every person on Earth knows the myth about the famous Babylon Tower that different peoples were destined never to build. Surprisingly, what failed in fiction occurs before our eyes: tens of various peoples peacefully reside in Belleville, neighborhood in Paris, and erect Tolerance Tower, for everyone to see.
12.03.2021 | France
Puppetry: Another face of Prague
It is amazing how diverse history is! It is shining with golden domed churches and temples of Kievan Rus' era, tapping wooden klompen from Holland, rises heaven high along with ancient pyramids of Egypt. Yet, in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, history has a doll face.
11.03.2021 | Czech Republic
Mosque: Shrine of the Muslim world
Mosque, is a prayer building with a dome. It has adjacent minaret towers, there can be not more then nine minarets; stepping inside a pilgrim sees ancient writings which are lines from the Quran. Only Arabic words adorn the walls, portrait painting is prohibited. Today we will tell our readers about the most extraordinary treasures of the Muslim world.
Azerbaijan inside out: Henna Nights
We continue publishing author’s column of Sabina Safarova on traditions of Azerbaijan.We have already learned about the matchmaking and the engagement, and now OUTLOOK proposes to plunge into the traditions of rituals and xinayaxdi – henna nights ceremonies which precedes the wedding itself.
09.03.2021 | traditions, Azerbaijan
Brand history: Jean Patou
He succeeded in understanding the boisterous spirit of the twentieth century to transform the ideals of the epoch in the fashionable fancies. Joy, speed, and easiness represent emotions that help to sell, but the recollections connected with the brand of Jean Patou will be verily like that.
08.03.2021 | fashion, brand history
Shrimp fishing at Oostduinkerke: Horses for courses
If early morning you walk along sandy beaches of Oostduinkerke, located in one of Belgium western provinces, you can see several suns. One, of course, is in the sky, and others are bright yellow spots riding horses carrying heavy wicker baskets, while plying the shallows along the North Sea coast for shrimps. Oostduinkerke and shrimps are hand and glove, so horseback shrimping is still practiced here.
07.03.2021 | traditions, Belgium
10 facts about Lebanon
Being one of the most ancient countries in the world, Lebanon has been implied in the Old Testament more than 75 times while the local city Bibl is officially considered as the oldest in the world. The first human settlements within the area of republic harken back to the sixth millennium BC that again and again proves that verily Middle East is the cradle of humanity. Today we would like to tell about one of the main pearls of this part of the world, Lebanon.
06.03.2021 | Lebanon, 10 facts
What do they eat: Peru
Today Iya Zaitseva shares her impressions of Peruvian cuisine that is rightfully considered one of the most diverse and delicious in the world. The word is that even meticulous researchers from Guinness World Records lost count when including Peruvian cuisine as the richest in terms of number of dishes.
04.03.2021 | Peru, what do they eat
Azerbaijan inside out: Engagement
We continue to publish the stories of Ukrainian women with Azerbaijani blood Sabina Safarova about the amazing culture of Azerbaijan. The girl continues her author's blog and today offers to learn the subtleties of such an interesting tradition as engagement.
02.03.2021 | traditions, Azerbaijan
PHOTOproject: Many Facets of Singapore
Today in our selection: incredible Singapore, city-state located on isles in South-Eastern Asia. Let’s get to know it through the lens of Vitaliy Sharavara – a photographer who travels around the world and captures most incredible spots!
01.03.2021 | Singapore, Photoproject
To save and protect
Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote "You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.", but, alas, with each passing day those who committed to and trust us decline in number. We are talking about endangered animals, to save them is a sacred duty for Homo Sapiens, otherwise worthless is statements that people are the top of the evolutionary chain.
28.02.2021 | nature
Chile: Land That Breathes with Fire
A thing that for tourists is a reason to click photo cameras in amazement, for local citizens is a source for constant concern and even grave danger. A chain of fire-breathing volcanoes, banded with salt lakes and thermal geysers, is believed to be one of the most astonishing spots on the planet. But one thing is to have a look and leave and completely another – to constantly ‘sit on a powderkeg’.
27.02.2021 | nature, Chile
We were there: Cyprus. Affordable and beautiful
The streets are teeming with tangerine trees and fruits, falling right under your feet, fill the air with a pleasant citrus scent... Camera operator Pavel Petrushko has been to Cyprus five times and considers it an ideal budget-friendly place for a relaxing holiday. He told us how to arrange your stay there comfortably.
26.02.2021 | we were there, Cyprus
Salta landmarks: Nothing else but beauty
It is dubbed the spot of Spain in the heart of Argentina. Founded by the Spanish conquerors and surrounded by beautiful nature with a mild warm climate, Salta attracted immigrants from many countries. Intensive mixture of European style and Latin volcanic character resulted into striking and unique new culture. The city is so beautiful, that people nicknamed it Salta la Linda - Salta the Beautiful.
25.02.2021 | República Argentina
What do they eat: Malaysia
It is easier to try teasing odor of Malay cuisine than to describe it. Give a shot at throwing into a boiling kettle a thimbleful of India and a pinch of China, spice it up with pungent infusion of Indonesia and sultry spirit of Morocco, add a couple of drops of Siam and stew on slow fire for several hundred years watching scattering of Portuguese influence melt in checkered amalgam of culinary traditions of peoples of Malaysia – and you will taste bliss.
24.02.2021 | Malaysia, what do they eat
Azerbaijan inside out: Small and big matchmaking
A Ukrainian woman with Azerbaijani blood Sabina Safarova respects her family roots and, being a member of the Union of Azerbaijani Youth in Ukraine, popularizes the culture of her country. Today, the story of a girl about one of the most interesting traditions of Azerbaijan - matchmaking, we are launching her author's blog, which will be filled with cognitive facts and subtleties of manners.
23.02.2021 | traditions, Azerbaijan
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