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    Tartu, the University Town of Estonia

    Tartu, the University Town of Estonia

    Outside the Town Hall of Tartu in Estonia is a statue of two students kissing. Or maybe they are newlyweds? The Kissing Statue was added to the fountain in Town Hall Square fifty years after it was built. This fountain was considered to bring good luck so newly-weds and their guests would visit…

  • Japan GPSMyCity Guided Articles
    Minato, a Tokyo Time Capsule

    Minato, a Tokyo Time Capsule

    On a clear day you can see Mount Fuji from the top of the Tokyo Tower. So, I was delighted to discover that the tower was just five minutes walk from my hotel, Shiba Park Hotel. When I arrived and found I was staying in Minato I was disappointed as I missed the fast past of the central suburbs. …

  • Japan GPSMyCity Guided Articles
    At Peace in a Park in Hiroshima

    At Peace in a Park in Hiroshima

    Stepping off the tram at the Peace Park in Hiroshima I had no idea what to expect, or even, why I was there. I was immediately struck by the stark reality of the disaster that struck the city on seeing the Atomic Dome (Genbaku Dome) with its shredded dome ...

  • Japan GPSMyCity Guided Articles
    Miyajima Island – Molluscs and Momiji Manju

    Miyajima Island – Molluscs and Momiji Manju

    There was an air of anticipation as we crossed the narrow channel of water between Hiroshima port and Miyajima Island. Everyone was craning their necks for the first view of the torii gate of the famous "Itsukushima shrine. A veil of mist draping the island enhanced the moment as we drew closer…

  • Japan GPSMyCity Guided Articles
    Matsumoto - A Taste of Traditional Japan

    Matsumoto - A Taste of Traditional Japan

    Matsumoto, in Japan, is a beautiful blend of ancient and modern. Strolling down the modern main streets I realised something was missing. The street lighting is not fuelled by an intricate web of overhead power lines as they are in every other city I had visited ...

  • Greece GPSMyCity Guided Articles
    Corfu - A Tale of Two Fortresses

    Corfu - A Tale of Two Fortresses

    It seemed like such a simple plan at the time. Catch the local bus into Corfu town or Kerkyra and make my way to one of the two fortresses I had seen from the ferry when I arrived on the island of Corfu. I knew very little about the island or its main town as my visit was unexpected ...

  • Albania GPSMyCity Guided Articles
    Vlora on the Albanian Riviera

    Vlora on the Albanian Riviera

    Vlora (also spelt Vlorë) resembles a butterfly emerging from the Communist chrysalis that enveloped Albania. Ideally situated on a a stunning coastline Vlora is the second largest port in Albania. Its seafront has already been transformed into an open area surrounded by bars ...

  • Albania GPSMyCity Guided Articles
    Gjirokaster, the Silver City of Albania

    Gjirokaster, the Silver City of Albania

    We arrived at Gjirokaster (also spelt Gjirokastra) in Albania mid-afternoon. The perfect time to explore this UNESCO world heritage site – in the cool of the day when golden rays from the sun enhanced the silvery grey stone of the buildings above and below us.

  • Albania
    Some Secrets of Southern Albania

    Some Secrets of Southern Albania

    Today Albania may be off the beaten track as far as many tourists are concerned but it has a lot to offer. You should go before everyone else discovers its secrets.

  • Italy Verona
    Foundations of Verona - Austrian Verona

    Foundations of Verona - Austrian Verona

    Austrian Verona could also also be described as the Hidden Verona. The period when Verona was part of the Austro-Hapsburg Empire was not a happy time for the Veronese ...