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Glasgow

Glasgow is the 21st-century magnet of Great Britain, with an energetic, yet sophisticated vibe. Formerly Britain's major center of industrial prowess, it has been rapidly transforming into a booming hub for art and culture in the past decades and prides itself on a never-ending stream of up-and-coming musicians and a thriving nightlife. Glasgow is also home to many excellent modern Scottish restaurants dedicated to preserving their Scottish heritage, and some of the best shopping in the country.

Vimmerby

What do you think of when you hear the name, Vimmerby? Do you think of Astrid Lindgren? Do you think of Småland? Most people know of Vimmerby because of Astrid Lindgren, since this is where she was born and grew up. She has put her mark on the whole area, and today Vimmerby is the place where families find adventures and the very best experiences. The award-winning Astrid Lindgren's World, Virum Moose Park and the beautiful contryside are examples of the sort of outings that provide every opportunity for a fun-filled holiday. Welcome!
Antwerp, Belgium

Tasty in Antwerp: Theatre Area

The Theatre District owes its name to the many theatres here. This is the working habitat of many directors, actors, dancers and musicians: in the pubs you can almost hear the creativity bubbling away. It’s worth a visit during the day, too, because you’ll find many fashion, antique and interior design shops here, as well as two small but beautiful museums: the Maiden’s House Museum and the Museum Mayer van den Bergh.
Antwerp, Belgium

Tasty in Antwerp: St. Andrew's

St. Andrew's was once known as ‘the Parish of Hardship’, but those days are long since passed. The Fashion Museum is the public face of the neighbourhood, and in the Nationalestraat and Kammenstraat area vintage clothing and haute couture go hand in hand. There’s always something going on in this district. And don’t miss Kloosterstraat, with its shops full of antique treasures and bric-a-brac.

Jeddah

For centuries, Jeddah has been a meeting point for traders, travelers and pilgrims in the Red Sea. It is a major port, an important commercial center and the second largest city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, famous for its wealth of restaurants, cafes and shopping districts and for its comparatively liberal social life. But to many the city is more important because it is a gateway for millions of pilgrims on their way to the holiest places in Islam: Mecca and Medina. It is a grand city with history, personality and tons of opportunity.
Antwerp, Belgium

Tasty in Antwerp: Historic centre

The old city centre is steeped in history. You will find it in ancient building-fronts on narrow streets or in the imposing Grand-Place. The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the only museum in the world to be classified as a Unesco World Heritage site. In the shadow of the Cathedral of Our Lady, the city teems with life in intimate pubs and restaurants. The banks of the Scheldt are a great place for a breath of fresh air.

Kaunas

Formerly the capital of Lithuania, Kaunas impresses today’s visitor. The city welcomes the visitor with statues of freedom fighters, poets, and grand dukes. The city's heroic past is present in the remnants of a castle. The fact that Kaunas was Lithuania's capital during the 1920s and 1930s has left the city with many architectural gems of that period. Many universities make Kaunas a city that is pulsing with the energy of youth. Now, clearly looking to the future, it has a vibrant, welcoming vision ready to share its once hidden charms and designed to meet every visitor’s needs. So, do come and visit Kaunas -you will find more than you expected.

Islamabad

The majestic Faisal Mosque stands against the backdrop of the lush Margalla Hills as a symbol of a Pakistan placed firmly in the modern day, while holding on to its history and traditions. The capital city of Islamabad is a forward-thinking metropolis nestled among the green base of the Himalayas, and though it has traditionally been thought of mainly as a diplomatic city, it has recently grown to become an important business and financial centre for the region, as well as an emerging travel destination, one which, together with its neighbouring sister city of Rawalpindi, gives travelers in-the-know a taste of all sides of contemporary Pakistan.

Nottingham

‘City of Caves’ and ‘Queen of the Midlands’ are two names fondly given to the city of Nottingham, which accurately reflects its hugely diverse nature, rich with cultural heritage and modern day entertainment. A city with a fascinating past and an exciting and buzzing present, Nottingham has everything to offer – from high culture, haute couture and widely acclaimed restaurants to the world famous legend of Robin Hood. Visitors are spoilt for choice for things to do and see in this number one destination city. Whatever you are into, be it art, music or walking, Nottingham is sure to satisfy all tastes, styles and ages.
Kaunas, Lithuania

Boat trips

The sailing season is from May until the first week of November. Regular routes: Kaunas Old Town and its vicinities by the rivers Nemunas and Neris. Duration 1.2 h. Departure from Old Town Pier of Kaunas, near the Church of Vytautas The Great. Ticket prices: 6 EUR, senior - 5 EUR, Family ticket (2+2) -15 EUR. Children up to 5 years old travel free of charge. Timetable: II-V 16.00-17.20 18.00-19.20 Trip Kaunas - Raudondvaris - Kaunas (visit in Raudondvaris manor). Duration 5 h. Departure from Old Town Pier of Kaunas, near the Church of Vytautas The Great. Timetable: VII (Sundays) 12.30 - 17.30 Ticket prices: 15 EUR /14 EUR, Family ticket (2+2) 42 EUR. Children up to 5 years old travel free of charge (at least 10 persons to depart). Trip Kaunas - Kačerginė-Kaunas sailing river Nemunas. Duration 5 h. Departure from Old Town Pier of Kaunas, near the Church of Vytautas The Great. Timetable: VI (Saturdays) 11.30-16.30 Ticket prices: adult-15 EUR, senior-14EUR, youth from 6 up to 12 years old-8EUR, family ticket (2+2)- 42 EUR, children up to 5 years old travel free of charge.
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Kaunas, Lithuania

The Era of Diplomacy in Kaunas

Historical circumstances led to the 1919-1940 period being named the era of diplomacy in Kaunas. Thanks to historical circumstances, Kaunas became the temporary capital of the reborn State of Lithuania (1918). Lithuania took the first steps to nationhood there: the country’s most important institutions and foreign diplomatic missions were founded. Kaunas was never officially ratified in writing as the temporary capital. In diplomatic terms, Kaunas became the de facto capital of Lithuania when the provisional government moved there from Vilnius on 2 January 1919. That same year, the central street of the town was renamed Laisvės Alėja (Liberty Avenue), and a street abutting it in honor of February 16th. And the streets still have those names today. The first president in the history of Lithuania was elected in Kaunas. On 4 April 1919, in Kaunas, the Council of Lithuania elected Antanas Smetona. The Constituent Assembly of Lithuania gathered in the capital, Kaunas, for its first meeting on 15 May 1920, in the the State Theatre, the current Musical Theater. The country’s most important institutions operated in Kaunas, among them the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which had a critical challenge to establish diplomatic relations with foreign countries and represent Lithuania in the international arena. Diplomatic missions gradually began to settle here. First of all the diplomatic missions of the great powers visited Kaunas – the US, Britain, and France – and later permanent embassies and consulates of these and other countries settled in. These government agencies and foreign representative offices operated in Kaunas in 1939: 1. Lithuania Presidential Palace (Vilniaus g. 33) 2. Lithuanian Seimas Chambers (Gimnazijos g. 3) 3. Chambers of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Lithuania and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Maironio g. 27) 4. United States Consulate and Embassy (V. Putvinskio g. 68) 5. Czechoslovak Embassy and the Argentine Consulate (V. Putvinskio Gatvė 60) 6. Papal Nunciature Building (V. Putvinskio g. 56) 7. Honorary Consulate of Hungary (V. Putvinskio g. 54) 8. Honorary Consulate of Hungary (V. Putvinskio g. 42) 9. Swedish Consul General (V. Putvinskio g. 40) 10. French Embassy (V. Putvinskio g. 14) 11. Honorary Consulate of Norway (Nepriklausomybės a. 7) 12. Metropolis Hotel (S. Daukanto g. 21) 13. Polish Embassy (Kęstučio g. 38) 14. British Embassy and Consulate (Kęstučio g.29) 15. German Embassy (Gedimino g. 19) 16. Danish Embassy (Vytauto pr. 55/Griunvaldo g. 2) 17. Latvian Embassy (Vytauto pr./Kęstučio g.) 18. Finnish Consulate (Kęstučio g. 8) 19. Italian Embassy (Vydūno al. 13) 20. Japanese Consulate (Vaižganto g. 30)
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