This tiny capital of Slovakia is both the youngest and smallest capital city in the Euro region. And it is delightfully compact, which means that the quaint architecture, cobbled streets and colourful centre is easy to navigate on foot.
At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the Republic of Georgia has been home to one of the oldest Jewish diaspora in the world dating back to the Babylonian exile some 2,600 years ago.
Since then, waves of refugees arrived escaping Byzantine persecution in the sixth century, then again after the Spanish Inquisition of 1492, and during the early 19th century, with the arrival of first Ashkenazim
By my estimation, if I stood in a certain position and stretched out my arms diagonally, I could simultaneously touch the dark wood concierge’s desk that sits to the left of the doorway of this Georgian town house and the white, dark wood-topped curvy reception desk a little way in on the right side of the small lobby.
Few of us need a particular reason to visit Tuscany but, if you do, the Puccini Opera Festival, commemorating the 90th year since the Italian maestro died, should do the trick.
There is, certainly, nowhere better to enjoy Puccini’s soaring operatic melodies than on warm nights under a moon-lit sky at an open-air amphitheatre on the edge of Lake Massaciuccoli in Torre del Lago.