What is Baba Marta ? Baba Marta (Bulgarian: Баба Марта, “Granny March”) is the name of a mythical figure who brings with her the end of the cold winter and the beginning of the spring The name of the holiday means “Grandma March” in Bulgarian and the holiday and the wearing of Martenitsi are […]

Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan and a major tourist destination. It is home to numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Prominent landmarks include the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and the Katsura Imperial Villa. Kyoto is also sometimes called the thousand-year capital […]

Teatro La Fenice (“The Phoenix”) is an opera house in Venice, Italy. It is one of “the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre” and in the history of opera as a whole. Especially in the 19th century, La Fenice became the site of many famous operatic premieres at which the works of several […]

The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. It is similar to a canoe. It is propelled by a gondolier, who uses a rowing oar, which is not fastened to the hull, in a sculling manner and acts as the rudder. For centuries, the gondola […]

A tea ceremony is a ritualized form of making tea practiced in Asian culture by the Chinese, Koreans, Japanese,Indians, Vietnamese and Taiwanese. The tea ceremony, literally translated as “way of tea” in Japanese “etiquette for tea” or “tea rite” in Korean and “art of tea” in Chinese is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea The Japanese tea ceremony is […]

Hutong ( 胡同 衚衕 hútòng) are a type of narrow street or alley commonly associated with northern Chinese cities especially Beijing. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The […]

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