the temple of Apollo
Mali is one of those countries that are not very well known to Russian tourists. Even sophisticated travelers do not know much about her.
In the Middle Ages, this country was famous in the East and in Europe for its extraordinary wealth, the generosity of its rulers and the friendliness of the common people. One Arab traveler even wrote that the “Country of Blacks” is so rich because gold grows there directly on the trees.
Today, Mali cannot boast of its former splendor, but its inhabitants have retained all the best features of their ancestors and can rightfully be called the “children of kings.”
A friendly disposition is not the only thing that the Malian people have inherited from their forefathers. We are talking about beautiful examples of architecture. Continue reading
There are a little less than two months left before the New Year, and we are already looking forward to getting ready: we are making plans for the holidays, we are thinking about presents … But what is it – holiday fever is marching around the planet.
Sunday – working day
From November 1 to the end of December, Finnish shops, contrary to their usual routines, operate on Sundays. According to the pre-Christmas schedule, on the seventh day of the week, Finland’s stores will be open from 12:00 to 21:00, except November 8 (Father’s Day) and December 6 (Independence Day).
The theme of the shops on Sundays is one of the most pressing for the Finnish – and not only – the public. By the end of 2009, a law is expected to be passed, according to which stores can, if desired, serve customers on weekends all year round, and small stores with a sales area of no more than 400 square meters – even around the clock. Continue reading
Kaliakra is a long narrow cape in the southeastern part of the Dobrudzhan plateau. The coast of the cape is distinguished by sheer cliffs, almost vertically hanging over the sea – their height reaches 70 m.
Kaliakra is a natural and archaeological reserve where you can observe dolphins, cormorants and pinnipeds in the natural habitat. It also presents the remains of fortified walls, a water supply system, a bathhouse and the residence of the ruler of the Dobrudjan despotate Dobrotits, who at one time moved the capital here from Kavarna.
The fortress of the same name of the late XIV century became a symbol of this place after it played a decisive role in the naval battle of 1791 between the Russian and Turkish fleets. This battle determined the success of Russian soldiers in the Russo-Turkish war.
Also at the very tip of the cape is a small chapel of St. Nicholas. Continue reading