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Ortaky
Ortakoy
#Once a Village, Today the Picturesque Quarter of Istanbul

The Ortaköy quarter, which means "Middle Village" ("orta" is the middle, and "koy" is a village), was once a village on the banks of the Bosphorus. Today the neighborhood is connected to the city, within a quarter rich in picturesque alleyways, which sits mostly on the water.

On the waterfront in the neighborhood, you should reach the wide promenade, with wide-open trees. The area also houses art galleries and handicrafts. On the waterfront, there are cafes and restaurants, with fish, seafood and traditional Turkish food. In the evenings there are night clubs here, some offering an oriental atmosphere, including belly dancing.

It's best to visit here on Sundays, when the artist flea market is open throughout the day, with paintings, souvenirs, and art pieces. Some criticize the market for being too commercialized recently - up to your decision.



#Tips

In summer evenings and weekends, the quarter can get pretty crowded.

For the artist flea market, come on Sundays.


A Closer Look at the Quarter:

https://youtu.be/BcoEegA9ftc


Dinner with a belly dance show? - Press the floating button ...

https://youtu.be/cipmhwt64JQ
Trastevere
Trastevere
#Rome's Entertainment District

The Trastevere district beyond the Tiber River is the city's entertainment district. Although up to the 20th century this area was populated by poor workers, today Trastevere quarter is the most trendy and popular area in Rome. There are a lot of students here, studying at the American John Cabot University which runs here.

Trastevere, known for its picturesque alleys paved with stone, contains a labyrinth of alleyways with excellent restaurants, popular bars, cafes and tea shops, and a variety of cute stores

Santa Maria Square is the main square, and a fountain with four giant oysters and wolf heads stands in its center. Every evening the square fills with vacationers and becomes the entertainment center for the city's young people. Talented street artists and a variety of stands with jewelry and art objects complement the wonderful atmosphere in the square.

In general, Trastevere is a lively district, especially known as the center of the entertainment scene of the Italian capital. This place is happening at all hours and one can also go shopping almost every hour of the day until late at night.

Located south of Vatican City, it is the 13th quarter of the city.



#The History of the Quarter

Etruscans settled in Trastevere dating back to the 8th century BC. The people of Rome themselves did not want to build houses there. They used to call it "the quarter across the river." Only a wooden bridge connected it to the city back then.

The writings of Philo of Alexandria, who arrived in Rome in the middle of the 1st century CE, attests that in this period the city's Jews were concentrated in this area, on the right bank of the Tiber River in a place called Trastevere. The Latin name, by the way, means "across the river Tiber."

In the time between then and now, the Roman settled their captives here as slaves and servants to the capital of the empire, Rome.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/n7YqQCCR2Yc



At Night:

https://youtu.be/LwgL4ZhilHA
Ueno
Ueno
#About Ueno Town

Ueno is a neighborhood that is part of Taito Square, which is in the historical center of Tokyo, Japan. Ueno is known for its famous park, its temples and its national museums.

Ueno is located in the regional park, Ueno Park, where the National Museum of Tokyo, which accounts for about 10 percent of Japan's national treasures, is located. Not far from it is the National Museum of Western Art (KokuritsuSeiyo Bijutsuka). Also in the park is the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Shitamachi Museum, Toshogu Temple from 1651, and the Ueno Zoo, with glorious pandas, considered the oldest species in all of Japan.

Ameyoko Market is a paradise for fake designer clothes and Japanese snacks. Another point of interest is the statue of the famous samurai Saigo Takamori at the southern entrance of Ueno Station.



A Closer Look at the Lively Neighborhood and Market:

https://youtu.be/fSAbSGkSd_I
Brera
Brera
#The Bohemian Quarter of Milan

The Bohemian district of Brera, north of the city center, is close to the Duomo and near Sforzesco Castle. This is Milan's stylish and lively university quarter.

In the elegant district, there are quite a few galleries, restaurants and trendy cafés, along with designer shops and nice little boutiques. Because this chic district is also considered the fashion district of the city. Alongside the prestigious fashion houses, you will find other luxury shops, popular cafés and modern art galleries.

The Brera Art Gallery is also located here, a great and amazing museum that should not be missed in Milan.

And if during the day it’s all about fashion and style, every evening, it becomes the city's entertainment district. The Quarter wears its party robe and attracts many, as the center of the best entertainment for the young people of Milan and the tourists who visit it. Come out here in the evenings and enjoy the great experiences of Milan the party animal!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/DlkbRz7_0v0

Neighborhoods

Plaka
Plaka
#About the Ancient Neighborhood in Athens, that Come to Life at Night

Picturesque, ancient, and very entertaining, the Plaka is the most ancient and famous neighborhood in Athens. It lies in the northeastern foothills of the Acropolis, and it is incredible that this neighborhood has been inhabited continuously for 5,000 years.

In our day, Plaka is considered the ancient part of Athens. It is located in the most central area of the city, and is considered one of the most famous tourist attractions Athens has to offer. Wandering in the neighborhood with the nickname "old Athens," is a must-see for any thorough tourists, and a visit to the past.

Plaka was born from an ancient neighborhood that was here in ancient times, and built on the foothills of the Acropolis. During the last century, it has gone downhill and become a neglected, poor, and failing area. Only its tavernas and its location under the Acropolis kept its status as a tourist destination. Tourists come here to wander around, eat and drink, and mainly spend the evening hours.

In the way of poor neighborhoods, that suddenly surprise and return with full force, the Plaka in Athens is also slowly evolving as a place vibrant with life, fashionable, and a wanted location by youths. Young people came for the cheaper living quarters, and changed the buildings' exteriors. Many houses were renovated in the past decades, and to the famous tavernas, many souvenir shops have opened up, and currently, it is a lively spot in the evenings and at night.

Many tourists come here to wander around, do some street shopping, sit at a cafe in the district and at the busy tavernas. Most of the streets in the district are meant for pedestrian traffic, and in the square are usually live performances to enjoy.



#About the Plaka's Architecture

The Plaka neighborhood is divided by the main road, Andrianou Street. From both sides, spread across the entire neighborhood, are Upper Plaka (Ano Plaka), and Lower Plaka (Kato Plaka).

The Plaka neighborhood is a type of village within the city. Inside the maze of narrow alleyways, you can see beautiful buildings on both sides of the street, designed in the neo-classical style, many of the houses have red tiled roofs, and picturesque terraces full with growing flower pots.

One next to the other, the houses here are well tended, next to the ancient ruins and ancient archeological remains of ancient Greece.

The Greek style is also wonderful, and comes to life here. The special character here is set by the colored tables of the tavernas in the neighborhood, white and blue for the Greek flag, the blooming geraniums and bougainvillea, the yellow ancient stones, and colorful garlands that are turned on at night.




#History of the Plaka

Plaka was built right over the Ancient Agora that was once here during the days of ancient Greece, on the foothill of the Acropolis. Under the Ottoman Empire, the Plaka neighborhood became a Turkish quarter, and even the Turkish governor resided here.

During the Greek independence war, many residents abandoned the Plaka, and returned only once a new Greek state was declared, under the King Otto.

At the end of the 19th century, many Albanians settled in the neighborhood, that were part of the community, which the new neighborhood's name was named after - the Arvanite Quarter.

In 1884, a fire burned many of the houses in Plaka, which started digs in the areas, and led to fascinating archeological discoveries, with ancient Roman buildings being discovered from ancient Athens.

In the 1960's, a Greek musical culture developed in the neighborhood, and in the 1970's, it became a center for bars and wild night clubs.

Today, the Plaka returns to its place as a tourist destination, that combines youths, adults, and the elderly, tavernas and cafes with middle working class customers. From almost any point here the Acropolis is visible, what in the past gave Plaka a nickname, "neighborhood of the gods."




A Closer Look at the Plaka in Athens while Wandering in the Daytime:

https://youtu.be/dXj9pDpHT10


Pictures from this Beautiful and Old Neighborhood:

https://youtu.be/YzUW9N3_gJ8


Wonderful Restaurants and Nighttime Entertainment in Plaka:

https://youtu.be/cza8DiZRygk
Strada Lipscani
Lipscani District
#About the Ancient Neighborhood for Going Out

Lipscani District (Strada Lipscani) is an ancient district in Bucharest, and is a central location for daily life and nightlife. With many pubs and cafes, clothing stores, and entertainment areas, residents and visitors come to the district.

This special district was the residents of the city's nobility in the 15th century, and has since become a popular trading area for craftsmen. Around the district workshops opened, for a variety of things, like horseshoes, metalworks, leather, and more. Today the tradition of the workshops continues, alongside designer stores offering different things, usually made by the owner or designer themselves.

During a tour of the district, you will see modern sites next to the ancient building. There are many small magical streets, interesting workshops, cafes, and boutique stores in different style buildings, with a lot of design and thought about little details.

The population that lives here has been very varied throughout the years. There are those who live here with long Romanian root, as well as Jews, Turks, Germans, and more. The secret and charm of this area seems to be that the district allowing visitors to soak in the atmosphere that has characterized this place for many generations.

Craftsmen that settled here, became an inseparable part of the district. Until today, streets are named after the workshops that operated here. There is Sandel Street, Sword Fixer Street, and others.

Bucharest residents are grateful that this district was not destroyed during the Communist rule over the city. There were some plans that never reached the stage of construction. When ancient buildings in the district go through renovations today, they do so with loving hands, and not with bulldozers that flatten the ground for new buildings.

#Tips

Lipscani is also a big shopping area. Thanks to the galleries and stores here, with the antique, local products, worthy art pieces, all without any large international brand names.



A Closer Look at the Photos from the Old Lipscani Neighborhood:

https://youtu.be/fG8yD88S18Q
American German Colony
American German Colony
#About the Colony the Americans Built, the Germans Continued, and its Real Estate Value

The American-German Colony, where you are located, is located between Florentine on the East, Jaffa on the West, and on the way to the sea.

The colony's story starts on September 2, 1866, when American settlers arrive to the Jaffa shores on the well-stocked ship, "Nelly Chippin." The beginning in the Holy Land was difficult. Bureaucracy with the Ottomans delayed the purchase of land, and the settlers spent a few months in tents on the Jaffa beach. Many settlers got sick during this time, and nine of them, mostly children, died within those first few weeks. They ate from hand to hand and at the end of 1866 they legally purchased land and built 10 houses on the two streets assigned to their neighborhood, today Auerbach Street and Bar Hoffman Street.

This is how the first half of the colony started in the second half of the 19th century by the Mormon Americans. This is a group of 157 pioneers from the "Messiah Church," whose leader was an eccentric preacher George Adams. This was a Protestant sect that believed the Jewish nation's return to Israel will bring back the Messiah, and establish "A Thousand Year Monarchy." They believed that this will also bring to the recognition of the Jewish community that the Messiah is Jesus.

But the settlers were innocent. They were unable to adapt to the new country and they didn't even have an income. At a certain point they left the country, with the help of a rich traveler who paid for their journey home. A few years later the colony belonged to German Templars, who were expelled from Germany after World War II, and whose houses were owned by the British, and during the establishment of Israel, ownership was transferred to the Israeli government.

In the past few years this colony has undergone restorations and advance renovations. Today, similar to adjacent Neve Tzedek, the American-German colony provides a window to the first settlement of Tel Aviv, prior to the official establishment of the city.


#Take a look at a few of the houses from the small neighborhood

#Auerbach 4

The Eckley Norton House was one of the first wooden houses built by the American settlers. One of the first wooden structures built by the Americans, with wood brought with them from the US on their boat. All these wooden houses were two floors, and the front had a terrace and special woodwork. The house was later purchased by a British Mission, and for many years was the center for its operations. A restaurant used to also be here, the legendary Keren, a barrier-breaking Israeli restaurant.



#Auerbach 6

This is the first brick house built by the group. This was a house with three floors that was built by two brothers, and started out as a Grand Hotel. But when the brothers fell into financial problems, they were forced to sell the property and it went to the new colony residents - the Templars. The hotel's name was later changed to Hotel Jerusalem, used to be one of the best hotels in the country. A fence around its building and a gate, the building number in both English and German, are witnesses to the glory days of the hotel that once was.

The one who upgraded the hotel and put it up to European standards and demands was Ernest Hardage. He turned the hotel into one of the most important hotels in Jaffa. When the Templars left Israel, during World War II, the hotel stopped operating. With the establishment of Israel it moved to government ownership, was neglected, and abandoned in the 1960's. Only during its latest renovation did it become a luxurious apartment building.



#Auerbach 8


Here is where the Beit Emanuel Hostel is located. This place used to be Hoffman's wooden home, who was one of the Templar pioneers. Later the building was purchased by Platon von Ustinov, a Russian Baron that turned it into a big hotel name "Du Park" in the late 19th century. The German Emperor Wilhelm II slept here during his visit in 1898, the same visit where he met Benjamin Theodore Herzl.

The impressive banyan tree is what is left from the impressive hotel gardens that included among its plants tropical plants and different animals, like parrots and monkeys. Sit under the tree and look across, at the Immanuel Church built in 1904 in the Neo-Gothic style.



#Auerbach 10

This house has a really unbelievable story. This was the Frank House, belonging to the Frank Templar family. Originally that house was built by the Wentworth family from the US. In 2002 the house was purchased, due to its abandoned statues, by an American couple named Jane and Reed Holmes. During the restoration work on the house, Reed Holmes discovered the initials of the person who brought the wood from the US originally. Holmes, who wrote the book about the colony's history and knew by heart all the members of the colony, was surprised to find out he had bought his own family's original home!

The couple established on the ground floor the "Maine Friendship House" - a sort of museum where you can see different items that were used by the original settlers.



#Bar Hoffman 16

At the Floyd House here used to live Rolla Floyd. He and his wife lost their child during the first few weeks in the country, but stayed in the colony and built their home. Floyd turned out to be a glorious businessman, and used the carriage he brought with him from the US to drive around travelers from Jaffa to Jerusalem. He was one of the few that stayed in Jaffa, after most of the colony returned to the US.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lsUNy4JJho



A Marketing Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=T47J7EWbgMY
Mishkenot
Mishkenot
#About the Neighborhood that Was Built Across the Old City Walls

Mishkenot is a pioneering neighborhood in the history of Jerusalem. This is a Jewish residential neighborhood, the first to be built outside the Old City walls. In the mid-19th century, it required a lot of guts for Jews to settled outside the city walls and live on the outskirts of the Old City.

The Mishkenot neighborhood is located near the Yamin Moshe neighborhood, right across from the Old City, at the well-known Hagai area. This is the famous Ben Hinnom Valley. Here, during the age of the monarchies, terrible rituals of sacrificing young children to kings were made here, part of the pagan patron ceremonies that the Jews were enthusiastic about.

Mishkenot was built in the Ottoman period, above what is called the Sultan's Pool. It was built at the initiative of the British-Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore, a man of many projects in Jerusalem, of which quite a few neighborhoods are named after him. The neighborhood was finished in 1860, what many do not know, is the fact it was all built from the annexes of the estate of a rich man from New Orleans, named Yehuda Tura.

Montefiore, the living spirit in the establishment of the neighborhood and a big donor for the cause, devoted himself at that time, with all his heart, to promoting industry in the Land of Israel. In addition to the flour mill, he also built a textile factory and a printing press and initiated other projects designed to enable Jews in Jerusalem outside the walls to earn a livelihood and advance economic security for the future.

Many today know the windmill built by Montefiore in Mishkenot, and this is one of the symbols of the new Jerusalem. Indeed, this neighborhood was one of the first development projects in the new city of Jerusalem at that time. Its establishment symbolized the beginning of the era of "leaving the Old City walls" of Jerusalem.

Apart from the symbolic flour mill, the houses of Mishkenot now have conference centers, a music center and guesthouses. This was done after renovation and preservation at a very high level while preserving the quality and safety of the ancient buildings.

Next to Mishkenot is the Yamin Moshe neighborhood, which also joined the new neighborhoods outside the walls of Jerusalem and, surprisingly, is named after Sir Moses Montefiore.




A View of the Neighborhood from Above:

https://youtu.be/tyavJPJU-hc



The Story of the Mishkanot Neighborhood:

https://youtu.be/MM9AkAMKn7o


Warsaw Old Town
Stare Miasto
#About Old Warsaw

The Old City of Warsaw is old and nostalgic, with a history of more than 700 years. It was founded in the 13th century as a headquarters and fortified settlement. During World War II it suffered serious and significant damages that destroyed about 85% of its buildings and killed about half of its residents. At the end of the war, extensive renovation and restoration were carried out through old sketches, photographs and plans (which remained from the buildings that were destroyed). The restoration was done in such a high quality and precise manner that the international community expressed its appreciation by introducing the quarter to the list of unique heritage sites around the world, and it became one of the cultural sites of the Polish capital.

Today, this wide and beautiful street is pleasant for the masses of travelers and the residents of its square. The atmosphere is pleasant and in the background there are colorful buildings, from which you will discover palaces, churches, museums and luxury hotels. The area of ​​the Quarter is not large.

In the area you will find a many of the cultural sites of Poland: the Royal Palace, King Sigismund III's Column, St. John's Cathedral, the Church of the Jesuits, St. Martin's Church, the Pharmacy Museum, Bell on Kanonia Square, the Historical Museum of Warsaw, the Stairs of the Old City and much more.



A Closer Look at the Old City:

https://youtu.be/6kTVlQhwQRg
Akihabara
#About a Huge Area That is Like a Candy Store for Electronic Enthusiasts

Akihabara, Tokyo's gadget and technological neighborhood, is the dream for the average man, and quite a few women. People who like innovations for electronics, computerized toys and gadgets, as well as Japanese anime and manga addicts, here are called "Otaku."

The many electronics stores that each year attract millions of customers who; enjoy the latest gadgets, purchase computing and electronics products at affordable prices, need and to know that this is the most up to date versions of products in the computing world.

Another cool thing about Akihabara is the cultural center for anime, the famous subculture of the successful Japanese animation. On the streets of the area and in stores you can often see locals dressed up or working in fast food restaurants and in the cafes that will serve you your food, dressed as a familiar anime character.

It can be said that Akihabara is the "Mecca" of electronics. Come here, even if you do not want to buy, and be impressed by the many innovations and technological abundance that the Japanese really get hooked on.

Besides smartphones and computers, smart home appliances and robots, you can go into stores and be impressed by the Japanese culture. From stores dedicated to the successful Japanese manga comics, to other stores with books of all kinds and and for all ages, alongside Japanese anime movies with large-eyed figures, to toy stores where you will see new and surprising games alongside fun robots for children.



#Tips
You can find everything on the main street of the neighborhood.

Specific recommendations? Look for stores like Laox, Sofapa, Yodobashi Camera and Yamada Denki.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/WCKM26VG6WY
Kadikoy
#About Istanbul's Asian side

Kadıköy is a village, which looks and acts more like a suburb near a big city. It is located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus River, and was built on ruins of a village from the Byzantime period named Chalcedon. There are some who are sure that this village was built on an even earlier period.

To Kadıköy you can sail to with cheap prices, the sailing is really nice and only half an hour long. The ferry, that will bring you to Kadıköy, will have great views of Istanbul. It will be easy from here to identify Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, and some of the large bridges over the Bosphorus.


#What Will you See Here?

At Kadıköy you can leave the dock directly to the wonderful fish market full of flavors. There are fresh local fish and pickled, all possible seafood, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, excellent breads and a range of delicious Turkish delicacies.

There are also all kinds of pickles, nuts, dried fruits, honeycomb, traditional Turkish breads, fine marzipan, divine Turkish sweetness and soft juice.

For excellent Turkish sweets, try the Ali Muhidin store in the neighborhood, which has been specializing in them for over 200 years.

In the next street you will find a variety of shops with art and painting suplies and a few bookstores. On Baghdad Street you will find shops with world-class and modern products.

After that you can enter the street of restaurants, with lots of traditional Turkish food and excellent cooked food and a variety Istanbul offers in these small working restaurants.

In the streets you can see a variety of Ottoman houses, most notably the building of the local railway station "Haiderpasha," which opened in 1908 and from which trains traveled to Syria, Iraq and all the other countries of the Middle East.

There are also shops for fabrics, fashion and sweets, but we must not forget the bars and pubs and of course the traditional and modern cafes in it. Turkish coffee is served with espresso and European cappuccino. There will also be branches of Starbucks and McDonald's and other global chains. In between, musicians and street artists will entertain you, with excellent music and spectacular skills. In short, it's the same Istanbul from the other side of the river, but a little different.



#Tips

A ferry to the Kadikoy market can be taken from Amino, Bashiktas and Karakoy. Say that you are interested in Kadikoy 's market for your ferry destination.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/MfxACc4y1lg



#Photos:

https://youtu.be/_PP1OckaP2k
Covent Garden
#About Covent Garden

Covent Garden was the first shopping and entertainment square built in London, and one of the most charming places in town.

Covent Garden is one of the most recognized and popular areas in London. One of the most prominent features of the area is the theater and street performances which take place. Despite the modern shops and cafes that are located in every corner, there is still a clear sense of what London was like 100 or 150 years ago. Street shows and rose sellers were popular then as well. It is no coincidence that the best and most successful street performances in the city are concentrated here. The actors in the compound undergo auditions and only the best are accepted.

After seeing the colorful street performances of the complex, you can look at the square of the seven dials (the whole area is called "the seven dials" - not only the square itself, but also the seven streets emerging from it). In the past, this area was very poor and in fact was one of the inferior areas of London riddled with crime. At that time, seven families could live in one building without electricity or running water. Today there are prestigious boutiques, excellent coffee shops and restaurants. However at that time, these stores sold second-hand items in completely worn condition.

Also, note the Royal Opera House located in the area. Next to it you will see four red telephone booths and a gorgeous dancer statue - a perfect picture for your next Instagram!



#History

In 1728, John Rich, an actor and theater director, commissioned The Beggar's' Opera. The Opera had three acts, and is the only example of this specific genre- a satirical ballad opera.
This genre has remained popular to this day. New lyrics were fitted to popular ballad tunes, known arias of the time, church hymns and folk songs.

The success of the project provided the capital sum enabling the establishment of the first Royal Theater which opened on December 7, 1732. During its first 100 years, the theater was used mainly for plays. Covent Garden, along with the Drury Lane Theater, were the only theaters to own exclusive rights to a drama show in London.

Handel’s operas were the first serious musical creations played at Covent Garden. From 1735 to 1759, these works maintained opera seasons regularly. Handel’s organ was bequeathed to John Rich, the same actor and theater director mentioned earlier. The organ was then placed in a prominent spot on the stage at Covent Garden. However, as a result of a fire in 1808, the organ was destroyed among many other valuable items in the theater.



A Closer Look at Covent Garden:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is1-okwCOKg&t=63s


Bloggers:

https://youtu.be/oM2xfutqC8g
Shoreditch
#The Neighborhood of Graffiti and Young Creatives

In recent years, the Shoreditch neighborhood of East London
has become one of the youngest, most colorful and vibrant neighborhoods in London. It’s hard to believe that not long ago, this trendy and sought after neighborhood populated by millennials and perceived as a vibrant artistic and cultural center, was a failed neighborhood in the city, identified by its unflattering moniker, "the Slums." However the rising housing prices in London, as well as the potential of the aging and neglected neighborhood brought young people here in droves. Thus, Shoreditch became a neighborhood that piqued interest and attracted many young people looking for the cheap and simple life in the big city, but notwithstanding cozy cafes and other charms of the neighborhood.

In fact, bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops are now being opened in Shoreditch which have become a magnet for young people who come in throngs from all over the region. Naturally, this cultural change is expressed chiefly by graffiti art which covers the neighborhood’s walls in vibrant color. Every tour of Shoreditch exposes the visitors immediately to what has become the identifying symbol of this newly awakened neighborhood - the paintings of street artists and talented graffiti artists.

Shoreditch has artworks on its walls, though these are not simply inscriptions and scribbles. They are real works of art. Here you will find works by artists such as Noir, the French graffiti artist who was the first to paint on the Berlin Wall and his characters are known to graffiti enthusiasts from all over the world, StinkFish is known to spray through stencils he creates with characters he has photographed in the past. Some of Stik’s work, the world's most famous street artist, is around the neighborhood walls for admiration. There are areas that are a product of collaboration with other artists. Besides the art, it is also a form of criticism on the distortions and breakdowns in modern society, which has long become the hallmark of this mysterious and invisible art.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/OUhzNjfy8qY


Virtual visit:

https://youtu.be/xVzFuU2akJU


Bloggers with Shoreditch and other Graffiti zones:

https://youtu.be/NHj5Epx4bHk
Asakusa
#About the Place that Resembles the Old Tokyo

Asakusa is the area around the Sensoji Temple, the oldest, colorful and most loved temple of Tokyo. This is one of Tokyo's most important historical sites. The character of Asakusa is reminiscent of the old Tokyo and it is pleasant to spend time in the temple and the market nearby, even for a whole day.

On the Nakamise Dori Street, the street leading to the Sensoji Temple, you will see the Nakamise Market, which offers many stalls and shops, with Edo art crafts, traditional Japanese clothing, kimonos and many tourist memorabilia.

At the entrance to the Sensoji Buddhist Temple stands a large two-story red gate called Kaminarimon. The name of the gate means "God of Thunder," and indeed, on the gate you can see the decorations of the figures of the gods of the wind and the thunder.

On the second floor of the gate there is a library in which Buddhist and antique books are preserved. The gate, the pagodas and the other structures in the Temple were destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed with precision.

After the Kaminarimon Gate, enter the road that leads to the temple, a 300-meter road with a colorful and spectacular street market. In this market you will see hundreds of colorful and cozy stalls offering local souvenirs, fortune tellers and other intriguing Japanese surprises.

Both to the Sensoji Temple and to the large market adjacent to it, the entrance is free.



#The History of Asakusa

Asakusa’s district is the remnant of a distant historical era. While wandering around, you can feel how the passersby felt, in an age when pleasant, smiling geishas walked there. In Kannonura Street you can also see from time to time, women wearing such clothes.

Between the 17th and 19th centuries, when Tokyo was the capital of the military Tokugawa Shogunate, the Asakusa area was the center of their entertainment.

Today Asakusa is one of the most important historical sites in Tokyo, a place reminiscent of Tokyo of other, earlier times.


#Tips

The entrance to the temple is free.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/NiEi1Vp7zcw


More of Asakusa:

https://youtu.be/RuCcoLw7omI


A Trip Around the Entire Area:

https://youtu.be/b5AurdhTcUc
Lesser Town
#About Prague's Prestigious District

Although it is part of Prague's Old Town, Lesser Town (Malá Strana, or Malastrana) is one of the least decorated areas in Prague. The name means "small side" and derives from its limited location on the west bank of the Vltava River, at the foot of the hill where Prague Castle stands. Of course the quarter is small compared to the vast areas of the city, those on the other side of the Charles Bridge, on the east bank of the river.

If at the start the quarter was home to ordinary people, later noblemen and important people lived there. Apparently the artists and especially the writers living in the quarter are the source of many of the fairy tales and mystical stories of Prague, which were born there.

Today Lesser Town is one of the most prestigious and luxurious districts of Prague. Here sits the Czech Senate and here lies the government of the state. There are many palaces here and most of the city's wealthy prefer to live in the desirable quarter.

If you are one of those who came to see the wonderful architecture of Prague, in Lesser Town you will find what you are looking for. Many of the most beautiful and unique houses in the city are here. Even if you are less concerned with architecture, it will be hard to ignore the beauty that surrounds you here. Enjoy!



#The History of Lesser Town

The Quarter was built in the 13th century, when in 1257 King Přemysl Ottokar established a merchants' market in the area that later became Lesser Town Square. Around this square, settlements in the area will grow and the Mala Starna quarter will be born.

Later, during the Renaissance, many nobles began to move into the quarter and it became more popular during the Baroque period. Over the years, they have established magnificent palaces, among them the Wallenstein Palace and its magnificent gardens, the ‪Sternberg Palace‬, the Lichtenstein Palace and others.

Over the years, many of the greatest Czech artists have moved to the quarter, among them figures such as the famous composer Bedrich Smetana, the realist poet and writer Jan Neruda, the writer Karel Čapek, who by the way is considered by many to be the pioneer of science fiction and who coined in his book in 1920 the term "robot."



A View from Above of Lesser Town:

https://youtu.be/WFYapfjkPqE



Here are Photos from Lesser Town:

https://youtu.be/7PQqBwDn3NU
Downtown
#About the Quarter

The city's business and government district, Downtown, is one of the areas declared as a historic park. At the end of the 19th century, the Mexican settlement of Los Angeles was established in this area. Who then thought that years later it would become one of the largest and most prominent cities in the United States.

Today, most of the city's regional and municipal structures are concentrated in this area, which constitutes an urban and financial center and home to various ethnic neighborhoods. In addition, the area has enjoyed an impressive culinary boom in recent years - a lot of new and creative restaurants that emphasize local produce have been opened, the popular bars are full especially in the evening, and plenty of inviting food stands.

If you start walking around a bit, you can see various points of interest: the impressive city hall (yes, the one that became a star in Superman's film), the Union Railway Station (which also became a set in films like Blade Runner, The Italian Job and Pearl Harbor). Here you can also see MOCA Museum branches, Little Tokyo and Chinatown.


Traveling around downtown:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sECORR612_g
Little Tokyo
#About the Quarter that Resembles Tokyo

Little Tokyo, the Japanese Quarter and the heart of the Japanese community in the city, is the region of the city where Japanese immigrants arrived in the region in 1910. Today, too, the Quarter preserves Japanese features in the design of houses and streets and the behavior of its residents. Despite the fact that today they do not live there, and it is more used for Japanese businesses and culture in the city.

Here lived since the Japanese population, which was deported, humiliated and imprisoned during World War II, in special camps, mainly for fear of treason. Their property was confiscated then, but at the end of the war, the Japanese residents of the quarter returned and resettled there.

Today it is concentrated in the flourishing Japanese-American community district of Los Angeles. There are those who claim that here is the largest concentration of Japanese outside of Japan. Here are the institutions that serve them, Japanese shopping centers and restaurants, as well as bookstores selling Japanese books and manga, which are Japanese comics.

Here also there are celebrations of the Japanese-American community of the city, such as the Spring Festival held in April and May, each year.

A wonderful Japanese garden is found in James Irwine Park, on the west side of San Pedro Street.

Among the attractions of the neighborhood are the Japanese American Museum, the Japanese-American Cultural Center and the Los Angeles Public Library, which focuses on American-Japanese history and culture.

One of the experiences here is to eat ramen soup at one of the best local restaurants.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ApcpP6YGza4


The Streets of Little Tokyo:

https://youtu.be/XL5bVGba3hE


Skadarlija
#About the Bohemian Quarter of Belgrade

Almost every big city has such an area - a neighborhood, or a complex with a concentration of small restaurants, bars, cafés and lively and vibrant entertainment venues. In Belgrade, this is a lively and popular urban pedestrian mall filled with good food, coffee, beer and music, alongside intriguing galleries and shops. Here we are having fun!

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Skadarlija Street began to develop as the Bohemian region of the Serbian capital. Even then, here was the place where Bulgarian intellectuals and artists used to meet, to spend time and sometimes to live and create.

Indeed, to this day the Skadarlija quarter, continues its stone-paved streets and special lighting at night, to be the Bohemian Quarter of Belgrade. This is where many young people in Belgrade spend their evenings.

More than once we compare this pleasant, Balinese neighborhood with its creative, artistic and bohemian atmosphere to the Montmartre area of ​​Paris. Indeed, alongside galleries and design shops and antiques, the Quarter offers a variety of restaurants, cafés and cozy entertainment venues.

You should come here in the evening, but also during the day. Try both times of the day for the special character and aesthetics, and also to absorb the wonderful atmosphere that prevails here. A tour of the pleasant, evening-time district is real Bulgairan entertainment.
Cinque Vie
#The Archaeological Area of ​​Milan

Cinque Vie is a district centered in the oldest point of Milan. In fact, the center called the Cinque Vie is the intersection of five streets where they meet. The intersection is in the center of Milan's preserved quarter and is surrounded by historic streets and squares.

In the Piazza San Sepolcro, in the era of the Roman Empire, was the ancient city center of Milan. Around it, were many Roman archaeological sites, including the Imperial Palace, the Circus, the theater and the Imperial Money Mint.

Today there are ancient and impressive churches in the area. Among them stands the Santa Maria El Forte, the exterior was designed by the artist Richini. Also nearby are the San Sebastiano Municipal Church, Santa Maria Podone Church, San Giorgio El Palazzo and the Church of San Maurizio El Monstro Maggiore.

The Archaeological Museum and the Old Roman Wall Tower, San Sepolcro and San Sisto are also located in the quarter.



#Tips

The streets leading to the intersection are Via Marbigli, Piazza Cordusio, Via Orpisi, Via del Torchio, Via Serco, Via Cappuccino and Via Luini.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/VUYQq-hISzw
Prenzlauer Berg
#The Prenzlauer Berg Borough for Tourists

This borough, which is in fact a part of another borough, Pankow, has 144,000 young residents. This is a very fashionable borough. There are many hotels and hostels here, which is not a coincidence. It is very close to city center. Berliners don’t always appreciate this area, and many nickname this area “baby housing’ (because this borough has the highest birth rates in Berlin) and also the “Bourgeois District” because according to them it's expensive and boring. But it’s interesting that the beautiful buildings, the quiet and the cleanliness are what make the area the most liked by tourists.

You can enjoy here hopping through difference cafes, stops at boutique stores and shopping tours, second hand retro-style furniture stores, and eating at fantastic local restaurants and bars.

The borough is full of young families with children arriving from all across Berlin, along the original East Berliners. They live in buildings with about 30-40 apartments each. The earnings of the residents here are the highest in Berlin.

Truth is, originally the architects did not want to build buildings that were adjacent to one another, but they did not succeed with this because of growing population numbers and the rise in local real estate.

It is recommended to travel around here by foot or bike, both popular mode of transportation in the area. You can see here many bike lanes, and where there aren’t any – enlargements of streets to fits this style of commute. You can rent bikes at local bike shops or different locations in the city.



#The Borough in History

If you were wondering about the difficult name, Prenzlauer Berg
is named after the main street leading from North-West Berlin towards the city Prenzlau. Most of the residents that originally lived here were intellectuals, artists, and students.

Not by accident did this place make it through World War II. It was mostly populated by poor workers, as opposed to other areas where military and governmental leaders were living, and was therefore not an important bombing site.

Right after the fall of the Berlin Wall many young people came here because of the low real estate prices, and its proximity to the city center.

The area underwent a massive renovation – houses that were previously heated by coal stoves and without bathrooms and were renovated and all modern systems were implemented.

In 2001, the "neighborhood reform" occurred here, Prenzlauer Berg was reunited with Pankow and Oiisenza neighborhoods. Many of the residents are still not used to the change, and they still use the old names and not the new one, the unified name "Pankow."

In the 2000’s tourists began to find a lot of interest in the area, and is considered even by locals a popular location. The local residents tend to be ‘hipsters,’ and young families with creative and free professions.



#What is There to See in the Borough?

A few spots you don’t want to miss: the old water tower, Kollwitz Square (Kollwitzplatz), Chestnut Avenue (Kastanienallee), The Prater Beer House (Prater biergarten), the Jewish Cemetery at Schonahauser Avenue (Schönhauser Allee), and the old microbrewery that was repurposed as a cultural brewery (Kulturbrauerei).

At Kollwitz Square and Helmholtz (Helmholzplatz) weekly markets are held, and at Chestnut Avenue (Kastanienallee) there is action during all hours of the day.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3t3qlYilIY
Kreuzberg
#About Berlin’s Young and Bohemian Quarter

Kreuzberg borough (whose name means ‘Cross Hill’), is a great place in the city. The houses are painted over with graffiti, the residents are young, dressed in a varied colorful and dirty style, all together creating a very thrilling experience. Many of the residents are Turkish and Israeli families.

The area is full of flea markets, odd stores and urban artist projects. There is also a local Turkish market, open on Tuesdays and Fridays, located at the entrance of the alleyway. Here you can buy fruits and vegetables, desserts, clothing and jewelry.

At the North end of the borough you can see Checkpoint Charlie, where the entire square is full of historic attractions that make it a popular tourist destination.



#About the Borough's History

It can be said that the borough has changed a lot after World War II. Prior to the war, the entire quarter was industrial and important, it housed printed warehousing and newspaper warehouses together with a few hundred thousand residents, the war changed all this. The bombings over Berlin destroyed many parts of the quarter. Several attempts were made to develop the area, but by the time that came around, the Berlin Wall was built, and it surrounded the borough on three sides, essentially closing the area.

The quarter became inaccessible and closed off, what resulted in its lowered popularity. With that, rent control was put in place to help the area regain its prestige, and prevented landlords from caring enough to take care of their properties. The borough became a poor and neglected area that many immigrants started moving in here from Turkey, Pakistan, as well as squatters.

When the Berlin Wall finally fell, this area received the much needed care it deserved. It became one of the central popular areas in the city. The government put its weight behind it and invested a large sum of money in the quarter. Real estate prices started to rise, and the local community improved.

Inside large portions of the quarter, among them also the small streets, one can walk along and see many buildings from the end of the 19th century, today very expensive. Adding to the feeling of wealth are the local coffee boutiques, art galleries, and industrial lofts that today are offices for startup companies. Rent here can get as high as 15 euros per square meter, and selling price up to 3,500 euros for square meter.



#About the Borough for Tourists

As tourists, you would be able to easily spend full days here.

You can begin from the historic landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie, the crossroad between East and West Berlin. At the checkpoint is a museum that transcribes that history of the Berlin Wall and the escape attempts of the people, there is a Jewish Museum and Technological Museum.

If you can to take a short rest, Victory Park with a view at the top of the hill, will do the trick. Another gorgeous park is the Gorlitzer Park, where many free concerts and events are held.

The quarter is packed with street performers and artists, and the night life here can provide many hours of entertainment. You can go to any of the many techno and house music clubs, like Watergate, Prince Charles, club SO36, the legendary concert hall, and more. Another popular bar is located on the banks of the river Spree, adjacent to the borough, the Berghain, it has a large swimming pool located right on the water.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbERwOWyzqI
Friedrichshain
Centrul Civic
Memorial of Rebirth
Chinatown
La Barceloneta


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