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Almyrida
Almyrida
#About the Village that Sits Over a Great Turquoise Bay

Almyrida Bay is a turquoise bay that is relaxed and beautiful, and has a great beach for children, and the whole family. It is located 14 kilometers before the city of Chania, in south Crete.

The village of Almyrida near the bay is a small fishing village, with real tavernas on the shoreline, great and cheap food, and amazing accommodations.

Those dreaming of the relaxing Greek beaches, will love the air of vacation over this area. In the wonderful beach of the bay you can enjoy a more Greek village vacation, without big crowds of tourists.

Here, you can sit at a cafe near the water, or on the beach itself, with your feet in the warm water, and kids playing around. The secret to this beach is not only the absence of waves, but also the depth of the sea, about 60 centimeters, safe for children to enjoy. The atmosphere here fits the scene- kids playing on the beach and in the water, without too much supervision, but without excessive yelling and screaming.

In short, with the hypnotizing bay, the great beach, that delicious food and welcoming people- it is worth to stop by here, even for a few hours, for a few days, and enjoy the island.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/TqyttvnXBlc


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/HGjhrA0vBbU


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/nWIY8Hwk19Q
Ilonda
Elounda
#About Sofia's Village

In its past, Elounda was a small and quiet fishing village on the beaches of Crete. However, today the village has become an expensive and popular tourist destination, located right across from the island of Spinalonga. The island that was in the past called "Leper Island." From the East side of Elounda you can go for a nice boat ride, about 15 minutes, to that island.

The town and its coastline are located at a great spot in Crete, North of Agios Nikolaos and East of Hersonissos, that is packed with tourists. Winding roads lead to Elounda, located on one of the most beautiful bays on the islands. Next to simple hotels, Elounda is home to some of the most luxurious hospitality on the island.

Today, the village is a popular tourist destination, even if Elounda has lost some of its authentic and small village Greek charm, it is still a wonderful spot for a vacation, less commercialized than other towns, and surrounded by mountains and clear waters.



A Closer Look at Elounda:

https://youtu.be/gVgdM7QRrCg



Elounda's Ruins:

https://youtu.be/uyg6LI8lHaY
Sozopol
Sozopol
#About the Fishing Village

Sozopol is a fishing village that has become a nice port city, popular and full of life, that offers visitors a beautiful strip of beach, wooden cabins built on stone bases, wonderful stone streets, narrow alleyways with ancient buildings that are full of magic and two wonderful beaches.

Here the ancient Greek city Apolonia used to be located, that for hundreds of years was a successful and independent city, until the Romans destroyed it, which it never recovered from. From that impressive city, a small fishing village remains, that survived until the 19th century, and then 150 big white houses were built, in the traditional Black Sea style.

Sozopol is about 30 kilometers south of Burgas, and it is about a 40-minute ride. The interesting part of the city is the ancient part, located on the land in the north of the newer area. You can enjoy a tour, combined with a good and inexpensive breakfast, or spend a few days and go wandering around the beaches.


#Tips

There is a bus from Burgas to Sozopol every 20 minutes, the ride is about 40 minutes long.

At a look at the nice stalls with embroidery.

The nudist beach will allow you to swim and tan without a bathing suit.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/_gbnJAVOMBU


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/UJTELN8kPE0
Tai O
Tai O
#About the Fisherman's Village with Stilt Houses

On the other side of Lantau Island, the side opposite from where the Buddha Statue is and Po Lin Temple, you will see a fishing village called Tai O. This fishing village was built hundreds of years ago, and has retained its individuality, laying on the outlet of a small stream, and wooden houses are standing on logs, between the flowing canals.

The people in the village float from house to house on boats. There is a fish and seafood restaurant in the village that is really good. Nearby there is also a nice market, where fresh and dried fish and seafood are sold.

The people of the village, from the Tanka tribe, are used to living on boats. When the houses began being built about 300 years ago, they wanted to remain near the water. This is what led the tribe to build houses on the logs on the water. Some houses are large and have two floors, while others are small and delicate. The reason for this is a fire back in 2000, that burned some of the houses, and this led locals to build smaller houses afterward.

Work, life, family - The crowded houses here symbolize the center of life for the local residents. Everything is done here, while the house itself is used for living, and also the processing and storage of marine produce. The village residents live, eat, cook, laugh and talk in front of the tourists walking by them in the houses. Many times they peak through the doors and onto the balconies that overlook the streets to see the tourists. Sometimes, seafood stands have been assembled and sold merchandise brought in from fishermen on the boats tied in front of the homes.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/eDd_HW0Lv7Y


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/v-H_4gRU8Xg


A View from Above

https://youtu.be/4UdjXEO2cNo

Villages

Kat Hing Wai
Kat Hing Wai
#About the Family Village with the Ancient Walls

The heavy metal gate that stands in the ancient walls built 600 years ago, is 6 meters wide, and marks the only entrance to the Kat Hing Wai village.

Hundreds of the residents of the village, in the Yuen Long District, carry the name Tang, a hint to the fact that they are all members of the same family. They are all descendants of the Tangs, one of the "Five Great Clans" that inhabited the area.

The residents of the village speak in a Weitou dialect, a Yue dialect, rather than a Hakka. And so, in contrast to popular belief, all the residents are descendants of the Punti people, and not descendants of the Hakka, like many think. The Punti came around the 17th century from South China and were the first residents of Hong Kong.

Often mistakenly believed to be Hakka, whose people have similar traditions. However the Punti people were from Southern China and the first to settle in Hong Kong

It is really interesting to look at the women of Kat Hing Wai, dressed in garments with hats. The old and curious women are used in this town as a sort of "model" for fashion and ancient dress, that used to be the norm here from ancient times. Notice the wide hats that are worn.

These big-boned women sit at the entrances of the small schools, many of which have been renovated in the past few decades. Take the time to roam around the narrow alleys of the village, until you reach the temple at the end. This is a special type of peace.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/W40OJpS5wFM


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/iBtB_ZDrH00


A Tour

https://youtu.be/izp8V_T1w7U
Anogia
Anogia
#About the Town of Anogia

It is always true that the less touristy and visited places are the ones where one can see the most culture and feel the local atmosphere. It is worth it to visit Anogia, the town of weavers. Beyond the typical look, narrow alleyways and white houses with blue doorways, the town of Anogia is a traditional center for colorful weaving, which is offered for sale at almost every home.

In this town you will be able to see weaving, tailors and artists creating carpets and fabrics which are completely authentic to the town. At almost every corner there is a weaving workshop, with a bent over weaver that will happily show you their work, all hand made.

More than cloths and the weaving, Anogia is a great place to escape the summer heat and find some cool places to hide from the Greek summer. The old Greece was somehow managed to maintain here. If you sit at a taverna or at a cafe, you will immediately understand what we mean.

As with many towns on the island, in Greece and across the globe, in this traditional town many of the young people have left. There are almost no young families and most of Anogia's residents are older citizens. Among these, the men are often dressed in traditional clothes and can be found in the town's squares, usually shaded under various trees like plum, fig or strawberry trees.



#Anogia's Trauma

Anogia today looks quiet and serene, so much so it is hard to believe that the residents here have endured suffering and evil, or cruelty of an occupying army. But once, in the past, this town was the center of a particularly cruel attack, that left deep marks. This cruelty was unusual even in terms of history and occupiers of Crete.

This happened during World War II, when a large majority of the town's youth helped British intelligence with information and espionage, against the Germany army that conquered the island.

The Nazis, when the cooperation with this group of locals with the British was exposed, responded in a mean and evil manner. The German soldiers burned the streets and killed at gunpoint all the men of the town. This is how the town was left burnt, with widows and father-less children.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oSj3i1u9xx4



Country Side Wedding:

https://youtu.be/5QqBuvkJ6yg



Anogia Celebration and Music:

https://youtu.be/kXDixl0ZW74
Axos
Axos
#About the Small Village with the Glorious Past

The village of Axos is built upon the ruins of a Byzantine city, which is also the home of Aphrodite's Temple. According to Homer, Axos was one of the prominent cities in the chain of major cities of the island of Crete in ancient times.

In fact, the existence of Axos was already mentioned in the Mycenaean period. This city has been mentioned since the beginning of the 13th century BC. According to the historian Herodotus, it reached its peak in prosperity during the 7th - 8th centuries BC.

The archaeological finds and historical artifacts found here in the excavations are no longer in the village itself. They were transferred to the museum in Heraklion.

Today, it resembles a typical village. Today's village of Axos is peaceful and typical to those in the Greek islands. It sports some nice shops and a village bar with lion heads, an enjoyable spot to spend some time before continuing on one's travels.

Axos is about an hour and a half drive from Heraklion and a 10-minute drive from the village of Anogia.



Nightlife in Axos:

https://youtu.be/25Yxc-RCfp4
Margarites
Margarites
#About the Village of Potters

The village of Margarites is known in Crete as "the village of the potters." This is because Margarites is known as the island's capital of potters. It seems that here you can see through every window the variety of pottery items offered in the village for sale.

In addition to residential buildings, most of the houses in the village, which is located between Heraklion and Rethymno, are used as workshops for ceramics. Potters and artists create with their own hands and in the best of ancient tradition, a variety of jugs, crockery, ornaments and other clay and ceramic pottery.

At Margarites you can look at the working craftsmen and purchase tools, decorative products and clay objects they offer for sale. This is the place and opportunity to buy some souvenirs and gifts home.



#Tips

The tools and artifacts at the entrance to the village tend to be too expensive and touristy. It is worth trying to get a little more inside, into the village, where you will find more authentic ceramics at reasonable prices.



A Closer Look at Margarites :

https://youtu.be/C-KyOO-ErqE



A Woman Potter form the Town:

https://youtu.be/Aop32JxdTQs


Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans
#About the Ancient Village of the Netherlands

One of the mandatory sites of the Netherlands is only 20 kilometers from the center of Amsterdam. This is the Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, a 17th-century village with an amazing collection of windmills, restored and picturesque houses, swans, wooden houses, ducks, barns, workshops and artist workshops, just like the old days.

Zaanse Schans became an open museum, where you can learn about the 17th century Netherlands. There is a large concentration of active wind stations that can be accessed for 4-6 euros. In addition, a collection of village houses which are also traditional shops, allows the existence of this special place with free entry for tourists.

Millions of visitors visit the picturesque village that has become a village of artists every year and was declared in the Netherlands as a national project for the preservation of Dutch rural history, culture and traditions. There are dozens of craftsmen and artists who create and manufacture traditional products in the style of the old Netherlands.

The highlight of the trip is what is expected, those that produce the Dutch wooden shoes, such as Klompenmakerij, the wooden boot factory, where you can watch free of charge the demonstration of the manufacturing of clogs made of poplar wood.

It takes about 20 minutes to get here from Amsterdam. A round trip ticket costs about 8 euros per person.


Here's a Glimpse of the Place:

https://youtu.be/J49K4WSdiJc


A trip:

https://youtu.be/_Wmpj3XBgDc
Plakias
#About the Charming Beach and Town

Plakias was once a peaceful and picturesque fishing village on the waterfront in southern Crete. Today the spot has become a charming little town, with beaches reminiscent of the Far East.

It is hidden in a small bay and apart from landscapes, a pleasant atmosphere and a sea breeze, it is one of the most popular places on the island and a favorite haven for beach lovers. The sandy beach is great for swimming and water sports, it is well organized and ideal for a full day's entertainment.

In the surrounding area, one can go hiking. If you choose to head east towards Damnoni you will find more isolated beaches, some of which are even nudist beaches.



A Closer Look at Plakias:

https://youtu.be/1W5AQMWVxLk



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/SohyGQC-NgE
Stavros
#About the Beach and Village of Zorba the Greek

The village of Stavros is located at the northern part of Akrotiri Peninsula. It is a fishing village famous for the Sirtaki dance from the film Zorba the Greek, where Anthony Quinn dances on the village shore. The film was released in 1964 and was based on a 1952 book by Nikos Kazantzakis, a Crete native.

The film tells the story of a man who meets a mine worker full of zest for life and leads him to a significant change. Kazantzakis was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and lost it to Albert Camus by the margin of a single vote. That year, Albert Camus died, claiming that Kazantzakis was worthy of the prize and he was not.

Incidentally, not many people know that the Sirtaki dance that was immortalized in the film is not a traditional folk dance, but a dance that was invented for the film. Following the film's success, the dance became popular all over the world and in Greece itself. It is a unique folk dance created in the studio.



The Dancing Scene from Zorba the Greek on the Stavros Shore:

https://youtu.be/fPWU8hy0McY



The Beach Today:

https://youtu.be/OH0IaxDIn_s



The Beach from Above:

https://youtu.be/NezCM0IPwcY
Cheung Chau Island
#About the Chinese Fishing Village Where Time Stands Still

The main center at Cheung Chau Island is a traditional Chinese fisherman village, where time seemed to stop. The island is not far from the city center, about a half hour ferry ride. The meaning of the name "Cheung Chau" means "Long Island."

The island is great for a trip outside the city. A relaxed trip along the promenade on the waterline is a great opening for a visit here. Later on, you can rent bicycles and ride along the harbor.

You can also spend some leisurely hours on the beach, in the alleyways and the harbor. You can always spend your time at the pleasant cafes, eating seafood in fantastic restaurants on the island and seeing the locals and how they live. These, by the way, are nice and sweet people. They are always happy to hello, even with their broken English.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/OWYWHRou-Jk


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/eJx_dtVaprY


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/pBskcqMvPcI
Kinderdijk
#About Holland's Windmill Town

Kinderdijk is a windmill town. This town has the most dense population of ancient windmills, no less than 19 windmills that have survived since 1740. Since they were built, they were located one next to the other, to drain water from the ground, and pour it into the nearby river, helping dry wetlands for agriculture.

Today many tourists come here to see this beautiful sight, and a technology that dates back 200 years, along with Holland's modern settings. Windmills are the parents of wind turbines, which are much more advanced and known to us all today. Just like then, besides draining the ground, windmills were already being used as a source of energy from water and wind, which was crucial to the Dutch people.



The Windmill Town:

http://youtu.be/cl9IHy_PZIU
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
Stanley Market
#About the Wonderful Colorful Market of the City of Stanley.

The colorful and vibrant Stanley Market is an ancient and open market, full of narrow and curving alleyways. It offers a variety of cheap stores which are fun to walk around to see their goods.

The market is located in the city of Stanley, and is mostly geared towards western tourists. Here you can buy souvenirs and Asian items, and fill the need for shopping. At the market stalls you will find very varied merchandise, including clothes, jewelry, dresses, bags, sporting clothes, drawings, art pieces and more.

Many see Stanley Market as the best market on the island, though we are not sure why. The prices are not the cheapest on the island, and neither does it have the most variety of merchandise. Maybe it's the better level of goods, or the order of the market, or maybe the charming way it leads from the city center.

Either way, the town of Stanley is on the southern tip of Hong Kong Island. Once it was the village of Stanley, which is considered the largest fishing village in Hong Kong. Today it is known mainly by this popular market. After you have finished and if you have not stayed there for a long time, you can stroll along Stanley's scenic promenade, with beautiful sea views along the south coast. Here you can enjoy the lovely cafes, bars and restaurants on the promenade.

Further along the promenade, you can see the Blake pier, whose roof is more than 100 years old and has already passed through some of the beaches of Hong Kong until it was posted here. It was named after Sir Henry Arthur Blake, the 12th British governor of Hong Kong.



#Tips

The prices at the market are up for haggling, do not hesitate.

After wandering around the market, at the exit from the market turn to Stanley Road where there are many different restaurants and food stalls that are worth trying. There is also a viewpoint over the whole area, with a wooden promenade and cafes and different foods.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/BFp3ktttLV4


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/fPj6felyoO0
Nessebar
#About the Gem of the Black Sea

About an hour and a half drive south of Verna, and about 30 kilometers north of Burgas, a beautiful ride, as you are surrounded by the views of the Black Sea, the green forests and villages, you will reach the ancient fisherman village of Nessebar.

Nessebar is a wonderful ancient village, that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is located on a small island connected to the beach by a road. There are many ancient buildings, a few churches, archeological sites from the Byzantine period, and more.

The ancient fishermen village is a nice place with a wonderful atmosphere. In this picturesque village, you will find yourself wandering around ancient stone alleyways, and surrounded by about 40 churches, the oldest of which are from the 5th century AD.

It is best to come here during the day hours. In every corner, you will find beautiful sights and local beauty, that will be definitely Instagram worthy.

This is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Already in 1983 the archeological remains here, the Greek Acropolis, Apollo Temple, and the Agora, were declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


#What Can Be Seen Here?

In the picturesque streets of the village you can see stalls, part are authentic and some commercial, wooden cabin restaurants, with great Bulgarian food, souvenir stores, and relaxing cafes with great views. The older part of the village offers stone sidewalks and houses of stone. In the seafood restaurants are delicious and romantic tastes of the ancient city, there is a sea breeze, and many souvenir stores and small hotels.

In Nessebar you will find Bulgarian authentic markets, where the vendors offer the best of the local products, embroidered table clothes and ceramics.


#History of the Place

As a site that has been settled by the Greek culture in the 2nd century BC, Nessebar is one of the oldest populated villages in the world.

From the 5th century AD, this place became one of the important strongholds of the Byzantine Empire. With the Ottoman conquering of the area in the 15th century, Nessebar's glory dimmed. It began to shine again only in the 20th century, as tourist expanded in Europe, and in the Communist bloc, and this area became a magical village, very picturesque, very touristed and a popular destination in the country.

The village of Nessebar was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO a long time ago. As a result, many of the sites here are undergoing renovation and preservations.

Today, Nessebar is considered one of the leading tourist destinations, and the point of many popular trips around the Burgas area. This is also an area for trips from Verna, which is not far from other places in the country.



#Tips

About every 20 minutes, a bus leaves from Burgas to Nessebar, about a 40-minute ride.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/FZVcEINMqNg


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/rJLcnECs4Yc

Another Look:

https://youtu.be/gFvHVJDjZBg


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/bZAdfmbjMLw
Nessebar
#About the Gem of the Black Sea

About an hour and a half drive south of Verna, and about 30 kilometers north of Burgas, a beautiful ride, as you are surrounded by the views of the Black Sea, the green forests and villages, you will reach the ancient fisherman village of Nessebar.

Nessebar is a wonderful ancient village, that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is located on a small island connected to the beach by a road. There are many ancient buildings, a few churches, archeological sites from the Byzantine period, and more.

The ancient fishermen village is a nice place with a wonderful atmosphere. In this picturesque village, you will find yourself wandering around ancient stone alleyways, and surrounded by about 40 churches, the oldest of which are from the 5th century AD.

It is best to come here during the day hours. In every corner, you will find beautiful sights and local beauty, that will be definitely Instagram worthy.

This is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Already in 1983 the archeological remains here, the Greek Acropolis, Apollo Temple, and the Agora, were declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

#What Can Be Seen Here?

In the picturesque streets of the village you can see stalls, part are authentic and some commercial, wooden cabin restaurants, with great Bulgarian food, souvenir stores, and relaxing cafes with great views. The older part of the village offers stone sidewalks and houses of stone. In the seafood restaurants are delicious and romantic tastes of the ancient city, there is a sea breeze, and many souvenir stores and small hotels.

In Nessebar you will find Bulgarian authentic markets, where the vendors offer the best of the local products, embroidered table clothes and ceramics.
History of the Place
As a site that has been settled by the Greek culture in the 2nd century BC, Nessebar is one of the oldest populated villages in the world.

From the 5th century AD, this place became one of the important strongholds of the Byzantine Empire. With the Ottoman conquering of the area in the 15th century, Nessebar's glory dimmed. It began to shine again only in the 20th century, as tourist expanded in Europe, and in the Communist bloc, and this area became a magical village, very picturesque, very touristed and a popular destination in the country.

The village of Nessebar was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO a long time ago. As a result, many of the sites here are undergoing renovation and preservations.

Today, Nessebar is considered one of the leading tourist destinations, and the point of many popular trips around the Burgas area. This is also an area for trips from Verna, which is not far from other places in the country.

#Tips
About every 20 minutes, a bus leaves from Burgas to Nessebar, about a 40-minute ride.


A Closer Look

https://youtu.be/FZVcEINMqNg


A Visit

https://youtu.be/rJLcnECs4Yc


Another Look

https://youtu.be/gFvHVJDjZBg


A View from Above

https://youtu.be/bZAdfmbjMLw


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