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Capitals of Culture open in three countries

All three European Capitals of Culture for 2023 are up and running after Elefsina in Greece and Timisoara in Romania held their grand opening ceremonies this month, following first-off-the-mark Veszprém-Balaton in January.

Melina Mercouri exhibition at Capital of Culture Elefsina

Memories of a much-loved actress, activist and politician

Greek actress and politician Melina Mercouri was jointly responsible for the idea to start a European Capital of Culture program in 1985, and the initiative has now been awarded to 68 places continent-wide to date. Appropriately, an exhibition dedicated to the multi-faceted lady is ...

Elefsina is smallest, oldest city in history of capitals of culture

The ancient Greek city of Eleusis or Elefsina is fast approaching the long-awaited date of February 4 when festivities will begin to mark its declaration as one of three 2023 European Capitals of Culture along with Timișoara in Romania and Veszprém-Balaton in Hungary. The ...

Elefsina, Greece: European Capital of Culture 2023

Ancient mysteries shaping modern lives

This year’s three European Capitals of Culture are Hungary’s own Veszprém-Balaton, Timisoara over the border in Romania and the Greek seaside town of Elefsina, the latter being the smallest and oldest in the history of the program since it began in 1985, coincidentally just ...

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Capitals of Culture open in three countries

All three European Capitals of Culture for 2023 are up and running after Elefsina in Greece and Timisoara in Romania held their grand opening ceremonies this month, following first-off-the-mark Veszprém-Balaton in January.

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Travel after the pandemic #2: Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava blues a little more promising now

The enticing motto “Bratislava, the 72 Hour City”, as newly devised by the Bratislava Tourist Board, not only offers a warm welcome to this alluring river city but also suggests much to see and do in the three-day time frame. My response to this ...

Travel writers organisation returns to the road

Promoting tourism in post-plague times

It was a case of “worth the wait” when the Croatian sector of the Fédération Internationale des Jounalistes et Ecrivains du Tourisme (FIJET, World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers) held its annual Marco Polo awards ceremony in Zagreb on December 9, having had ...

Szolnok with an unexpected Estonian twist

A tale of two Tallinns

This wintery, restricted-action January I yearned for a day out. It did not matter where. In haste, I took the first train out of the city and went to Szolnok. I had no real aim in mind other than to be the mere tourist ...