The Ukrainian president has called on NATO to send warships

Only Ukrainian citizens will be allowed to travel to the Crimea after the imposition of the Military Law that will apply until December 26

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The Ukrainian border service announced Thursday that only Ukrainian citizens will be allowed to travel to the Crimea after the imposition of the military law that will be in force until December 26th.

President Petros Poroshenko earlier accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of wanting to annex the whole of Ukraine and called on NATO to send warships in the sea shared by the two states.

“In connection with the imposition of the military law, the administrative borders with the Crimea under temporary occupation can only pass people with Ukrainian documents,” said a spokesman.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian sailors who have been arrested during a skirmish with Russian border guards on Sunday off the Crimea were transferred to a prison in Moscow, two lawyers today told the French Agency.

“They were transferred to Leforthovo Prison in Moscow,” said lawyer Jemie Temichev, who said he has this information from “lawyers in Lefortovo”, a famous prison in the Russian capital.

“The Ukrainian sailors were transported by airplane to Moscow” in the afternoon, “may have already landed,” said another lawyer, Emine Abamileva.

According to Jemil Temichev, he and other lawyers tried to see their clients at the detention center in Simferopol, the capital of the Crimea, but they were not allowed to enter it.

The two lawyers did not specify whether all sailors were transferred to Moscow, especially the three hospitalized in the small town of Kerts, near the point of conflict. The latter left the hospital, a source told TASS news agency at the hospital.

The Simferopol Court detained by January 25 the 24 sailors arrested in the conflict off the Crimea.

Ukraine called yesterday “barbarism” this “illegal” detention. Kiev considers these men to be “prisoners of war” and calls for their “immediate” release, according to a statement by the Ukrainian diplomacy.

 

"Running in Vyshyvanka" – the main sporting event for the Independence Day of Ukraine – 112.ua

  On August 24, 2018, more than 2 thousand racing fans will start on the Rusanivsky embankment in Kiev in the fifth anniversary, “Run in embroidery”

This year the main adult distances will be 5 and 10 kilometers, for children – 100 meters. In addition, the event involves a charity run of 1 kilometer long. Organizers will purchase sportswear for boarding schools for funds collected during the run.

“Running in Embroidery” is a bright patriotic and family holiday, a holiday of unity, when Ukrainians gather together and all together, dressed in embroidered clothes, take part in a mass rally, symbolizing the will and independence of our country and the nation. The author of the idea is Alexander Kuzin, the master of sports of the international class in athletics, the best marathon of Europe in 2007. In 2014, the event brought together 400 racing lovers who crossed 5 km on the territory of the National Exhibition Center “Expocenter of Ukraine”. In 2016 and 2017, the number of participants increased to 1,500 people, and the “Running of Vyshyvanka” moved to the Rusan embankment and received support from Ukrainian associations not only in the country but also abroad: from Rivne, New Kakhovka, Washington, New York, Dubai …

The purpose of the event is to spread patriotic mood among Ukrainians, attract people to regular physical education and sports, to develop mass sports in Kyiv and Ukraine, and to create a positive image of our country in the world.

The organizers will purchase sports clothes for the Complex Children and Youth Sport School № 1 of the Bakhmut City Council “(KDYUSSH №1). At the school, at 13 sports departments: athletics, volleyball, boxing, kickboxing, Football, basketball, table tennis, powerlifting, freestyle wrestling, judo, sumo, sambo, shooting more than 1200 children and adolescents of different ages. Among the star pupils of the KSYUSS bronze prize-winner of the Olympic Games 2012 in London, the winners of numerous championships, European Cup world.

 

Ukraine: chronology of a political and military conflict

Ukraine: chronology of a political and military conflict

  • Ukraine is one of the most powerful countries emerged after the end of the USSR.
  • President Yanukovych’s prorous tendency unleashed violent citizen protests that left dozens dead and his dismissal and flight.
  • After taking over a provisional government the Russian armed forces deployed in the Crimea, the area of ​​Ukraine where more ethnic Russians live.
  • We review the main dates of the Ukrainian conflict.

Militares rusos en Crimea Russian soldiers of the Marine Corps defend the Russian warship ‘Orsk’ anchored in the port of Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine. Maxim Shipenko / EFE

Shortly after the enactment of the amnesty law in Ukraine, the surroundings of the Supreme Rada (Parliament) in Kiev became the scene of violent clashes between protesters and riot police, with dozens killed and wounded on both sides.

Ukraine, after Russia the most powerful country emerged from the disintegration of the Soviet Union, has lived since November in the midst of citizen protests because of the discontent with the refusal of the authorities to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union ( EU).

After President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by popular pressure and after taking over the provisional government, Russian troops entered the province of Crimea, claiming to defend the interests of the Russians residing there and securing their naval base in Sevastopol.

These are the main dates of this convulsive situation:

2013

May 18: The first protests begin under the slogan “Stand Up Ukraine” against the management of President Viktor Yanukovych.

November 21: The opposition calls for rallies due to the government’s decision not to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and to strengthen its relations with Russia instead.

November 22: The Government holds the International Monetary Fund responsible for the decision, and criticizes the harsh demands to refinance credits granted to Ukraine in 2008 and 2010.

Image result for ukraine military November 24: Great demonstration in Kiev under the slogan “Ukraine is Europe”.

November 26 : The EU keeps open the option of signing the association agreement, but rejects Kiev’s proposal to launch a three-way dialogue with Russia.

December 1 : After numerous demonstrations in the preceding days, tens of thousands of opponents take the Plaza de la Independencia and demand the resignation of Yanukovych and his Government. It is the most massive protest since the Orange Revolution of 2004.

December 8 : “March of the million” in Kiev: The crowd blocks the Government Quarter and knocks down a statue of Lenin.

December 17: Putin and Yanukovych are in Moscow an economic agreement , with the granting of economic aid and a substantial reduction in the price of gas supplied.

December 22 The political and citizen opposition creates the Maidan Popular Union and demands early elections and constitutional reform.

2014

January 12 : Tens of thousands of people demand early elections from the symbolic Independence Square in Kiev.

January 15 : The opposition blocks the Rada (Parliament).

The protests, initially concentrated in the capital Kiev, have spread throughout the country From 19 to 22 January : The protest is radicalized by the repressive laws , according to the opposition, dictated by the Government. They go against freedom of concentration and expression.

January 24 : Alexander Popov, the mayor of the capital, Kiev , is dismissed.

January 26 : The protests spread throughout the country .

January 28: The Government of the Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov resigns. In addition, the Parliament repeals the “gag” laws and, the next day, approves the amnesty of the detainees in the protests.

January 31 : The Army urges Yanukovych to take urgent measures to stabilize the country.

6 of February : The Ukrainian Parliament agrees to agree on a project of constitutional reform that retakes the Magna Carta of 2004, abolished by Yanukovych.

February 16 : End of the occupation of the Kiev City Council and other administrative headquarters, after two and a half months demanding the release of the detainees in the popular protests.

February 17 : The amnesty law comes into force , which benefits the protesters arrested in the popular protests.

February 18: A new protest in which the protesters demanded the restitution of the 2004 Magna Carta ended clashes between the authorities and the demonstrators and left at least 26 dead, ten of them police and hundreds of wounded. Opponents set fire to the headquarters of the ruling party.

Protestas en Ucrania. February 19: The Ukrainian riot police began to evict the Kiev Independence Square after the outbreak of violent disorder in the capital. President Viktor Yanukovich announced an anti-terrorist operation throughout the national territory to stop violent disorders. The cessation of the Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Vladimir Zaman, who had refused to mobilize the troops to put an end to the disorder is decreed.

February 20: A new clash between police and protesters leaves 21 dead, up to 35 according to some sources. The foreign ministers of the European Union reach a political agreement to impose sanctions on those responsible for violence and excessive use of force in Ukraine. The Minister of the Interior orders the delivery of combat weapons to the Ukrainian police.

February 21: Yanukovych signs an agreement with the three leaders of the parliamentary opposition for the holding of early presidential elections, the constitution of a government of national unity and a new constitution.

February 22: Yanukovich rules out resigning and describes the changes in Ukraine as “coup d’état”. The president makes his statements in Russian and from the city of Kharkiv, in the east of the country. That same day, the Ukrainian Legislature dismisses Yanukovych and his trail is lost, being unaccounted for.

23 of February: The parliament of the Ukraine designates like president in function of the country to Alexandr Turchinov, right hand of the ex- prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, that same day left the hospital of Kharkiv where it was imprisoned after decreeing the national Parliament its putting in freedom. Timoshenko was sentenced in 2011 to seven years in prison for abuse of power.

February 25: About one hundred riot police asked for forgiveness on their knees in the city of Lvov, in western Ukraine, and promised that they will always be with the Ukrainian people .

February 26: Acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avákov announced on Tuesday the dissolution of the riot police ‘Berkut’ (‘Eagle’), used in the repression of popular protests that led to the fall of the Viktor regime Yanukókich. The interim president of Ukraine, Turchinov, assumes the position of supreme head of the Armed Forces.

Thousands of supporters of Russia and Ukraine are demonstrating in front of the Supreme Rada (Parliament) of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which is debating whether it supports the new authorities of Kiev . Three Ukrainian ex-presidents, Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko, have denounced Russia’s intervention in the internal affairs of the country, particularly in the Crimea, with a Russian-speaking majority.

Russian President Vladimir Putin orders the alerting of military units in the west and center of the country to verify their readiness for combat , Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigú said.

The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine issues an international search and arrest warrant against the dismissed President Viktor Yanukovych, who has been missing since Saturday, February 22. An international arrest warrant is also issued against the deposed Minister of the Interior , Vitali Zacharchenko, who allegedly gave the order to suppress opposition demonstrations in Kiev.

February 27: A group of about 30 men armed with rifles and machine guns breaks into the parliament at dawn and the seat of the provincial government of Crimea in an action that left no victims , and entrenched inside.

February 28: The Crimean Parliament appoints a new regional government headed by the leader of the Russian Unity party, Sergei Aksenov, in protest against the new authorities appointed in Kiev after the ousting of President Yanukovych.

Military with unidentified uniforms begin to enter the Crimea , while the Interior Minister of Ukraine, Arsen Avákov, denounces the blockade by Russian military of the airport of Sevastopol, in the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea, action that described as “military invasion and occupation”.

The president of the United States, Barack Obama, asks respect for the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine and assures that a hypothetical Russian military intervention would have “costs” .

Soldados armados sin identificar, presuntamente rusos, bloquean la entrada a la base naval ucraniana de Novoozerniy. March 1: Russian President Vladimir Putin obtains permission from the Russian parliament to intervene militarily in Ukraine, while his troops continue to deploy and control military and strategic installations in the Crimean peninsula.

March 2: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseni Yatseniuk declares that movements of Russian troops in the Crimea are “a declaration of war” against Ukraine and asks Putin to withdraw his soldiers , while calling for the mobilization of army reservists ukrainian

The commander-in-chief of the Navy of Ukraine, Rear Admiral Denis Berezovski, swears allegiance to the Crimean people and to the acting Government of Kiev. Some media talk about mass desertions of the Ukrainian military.

Barack Obama, asked by a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to return his forces to his bases in Crimea and to refrain from any interference in other parts of Ukraine, and warned him of the consequences that this will have for the international position From Russia.

The United Nations and Great Britain describe Russia’s attitude as “provocation”. NATO demands Putin “the end of military activities and provocation . ” The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, also telephoned Putin and demanded dialogue with the Kiev government to avoid a conflict.

March 3: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says at the UN that Russian troops deployed in the province of Crimea will remain until the rights of the Russian minority are respected. “Those who have taken power in Ukraine are imposing their victory to attack the fundamental rights of the Russians,” he says. Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev announces that Russia will carry forward the project to build a bridge over the Kerch Strait, which separates the Crimean peninsula from the territory of Russia.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseni Yatseniuk, responds by saying that the autonomous region of “Crimea will not be handed over to anyone”, while Russia denies having given an ultimatum for the disarmament of the Ukrainian military in Crimea

The military crisis in the Crimea causes the Moscow Stock Exchange and that of the main European markets to fall . Prussian protesters take government offices in the Odessa and Donetsk regions.

March 4: The Crimean Prime Minister announces a referendum on the situation in Sevastopol .

Putin orders the Russian troops deployed on the border with Ukraine to return to their bases, but no reference is made to the unidentified military that has been deployed in the peninsula , which remain in place.

The United States suspends trade negotiations and military cooperation with Russia. Military cooperation includes bilateral meetings, joint military maneuvers , planned conferences and port visits.

5 of March: the Russian forces manage to take control of the bases of two battalions of missiles of the Ukrainian Army in the Crimea, according to informed a military source mentioned by the Russian news agency Interfax.

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo, meets in Madrid with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, who asks for respect for national and international legality in Ukraine , including the inviolability of the borders, the territorial integrity of the country and national sovereignty “without external interference”.

US President Barack Obama warns his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that Moscow “has no right” to use force to intervene in Ukraine and reiterated that Russia is “violating” international laws .

7 of March : the Ukraine denounces that Russia has deployed 30,000 soldiers in the region of Crimea. The Polish Minister of Defense, Tomasz Siemoniak, confirms the arrival at the Lask base of the first F-16 fighters and at least 300 US military personnel.

March 9 : Violent clashes between pro-Russians and proucranians take place in demonstrations held in various parts of the Crimea a week after the referendum, in which the Crimeans will be asked if they wish to join the Russian Federation.

March 10 : The Security Council of Russia prepares a series of proposals that will be presented to the United States to try to solve the crisis of Ukraine in the framework of international law, as announced by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

March 11: The regional parliament of Crimea approves a declaration of independence from Ukraine and reiterated its aspiration to enter the Russian Federation .

March 12: A few days after the referendum in Crimea, the authorities of this peninsula decided to shield its territory and closed until March 18 its air space for all commercial flights from the rest of Ukraine.

For his part, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announces that he will travel to London to meet on Friday 14 with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and will present “options” to solve the crisis in Ukraine. In parallel, Obama says after a meeting with the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseni Yatseniuk, that he will not recognize the Crimean referendum.

On the other hand, G-7 leaders are calling on Moscow to “immediately cease all efforts” in support of the referendum, “contrary to Ukrainian law and a violation of international law,” they said in a statement.

March 13 : Angela Merkel dismisses the military option to deal with the Crimean crisis , but warns Moscow that, if there are no changes in its attitude, next Monday the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) will approve new sanctions

Russia accepts international supervision in the Crimea as its armed forces intensify their military maneuvers in several regions bordering Ukraine.

March 15: The Supreme Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine dissolves the Legislative of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which has called for a referendum on its annexation to Russia the following day.

On the other hand, Russia vetoes in the UN Security Council the resolution presented by the United States to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine and not recognize the Crimean referendum, thus staging Putin’s isolation at the international level.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Army deploys troops and aircraft in the region of the Isthmus of Arbatskaya, one of the few links by land that connect the Crimean peninsula with the rest of Ukraine, before the landing of Russian troops in the area.

March 16: Day of the referendum in Crimea . Election day goes by without any major incidents, although the Ukrainian media denounces that there are 30 “self-declared international observers” who are supposedly supervising the consultation. On the same day, Ukraine announces a “truce agreement” with Russia for the Crimean region whereby Moscow is committed not to attack Ukrainian military installations in the Crimea until March 21st.

The result of the referendum was as expected, according to the previous polls: 96.77% of the Crimeans said ‘yes’ to return to be part of the Russian Federation, with 100% counted.

March 17: One day after the referendum, the interim president of Ukraine decrees the partial mobilization of the country, while the prime minister assures that Kiev will never recognize the result of the referendum. The Crimean Parliament officially calls for annexation to Russia after adopting a Declaration of Independence in which it addresses the UN to recognize the sovereignty of the new republic and, at the same time, to the Russian Federation to accept this territory as a subject federal .

In parallel, in a meeting in Brussels, the Twenty-eight decide to restrict the visas and freeze the goods in community territory to 21 Russians and Ukrainians considered responsible for the instability in the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea. The US, for its part, issues an executive order with sanctions against seven senior Moscow government officials in response to the referendum, and also orders sanctions against four Ukrainian individuals, including deposed President Viktor Yanukovych.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the document by which he recognizes Crimea as a sovereign state and, therefore, with the capacity to make decisions outside of Kiev.

March 18: Putin and the leaders of Crimea and Sevastopol sign the agreement to integrate the peninsula into Russia. After the signing, both Crimea and Sevastopol (where the Black Sea Fleet is based), they automatically became subjects of the Russian Federation. In parallel, the Ukraine denounces that a soldier of his died in the Crimea by shots of Russian soldiers. According to the Kiev version, Russian special troops assaulted a military unit , killing a Ukrainian non-commissioned officer. The United States announced more sanctions against Russia.

March 19: Two military bases in the Crimea were taken by pro-Russian and military civilians and the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Navy, Rear Admiral Serguei Gaiduk, was arrested. The Ukrainian government approves a plan to evacuate, if necessary, the Ukrainian citizens of Crimea.

March 21: At least 72 Ukrainian military units stationed in the Crimea raise the Russian flag. Among others, six warships and 25 support ships pass to the jurisdiction of Russia , according to the Government of Crimea.

March 24: The Ukrainian President, Alexander Turchinov, orders the withdrawal of all units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine located in the Crimean peninsula. That same day Russian troops in the Crimea assault the landing ship Konstantin Olshanski, one of the last two Ukrainian ships that had not yet surrendered to the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

March 27: The UN General Assembly approves a resolution that supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, points out that the Crimean referendum “is not valid” and asks that the crisis created by its annexation to Russia be resolved peacefully.

7 of April: the Ukrainian official Stanislav Karáchevki dies after receiving a firing of a Russian soldier in a military barracks in the west of Crimea, according to the Russian version by a confrontation that he caused and according to Ukraine by a personal question and after a persecution. That same day, pro-Russian protesters entrenched in the seat of the Government of the Ukrainian region of Donetsk proclaimed on Monday the independence of that Russian-speaking zone of Ukraine and called for the holding of a referendum of accession to Russia.

April 8: Special forces of the Ukrainian police evict the seat of the regional government in the city of Kharkiv, occupied since Sunday by pro-Russian protesters, according to the Minister of the Interior of Ukraine, Arsen Avákov. ” Nearly 70 separatists have been arrested, ” Avákov wrote on his Facebook page. However another armed pro-Russian group occupies the headquarters of the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU, former KGB) in the eastern city of Lugansk “they have planted mines and hold about 60 people hostage .”

April 9: Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to demand from Ukraine the advance payment of Russian gas to continue supplying it, due to the bulging debt of the neighboring country, which exceeds 2,000 million dollars (1,450 million euros).

April 10: Acting President of Ukraine Oleksander Turchinov announces that they will not persecute pro-Russian protesters who occupied government buildings in the east of the country if they surrender their arms, surrender and abandon their positions.

April 11: The Crimean Parliament approves the new Constitution of this peninsula and the autonomous city of Sevastopol , after its incorporation as a republic to the Russian Federation. At the same time, the Russian Government ratifies a modification of its Constitution that includes the incorporation of the peninsula.

April 12: Radical pro-Russian activists from southeastern Ukraine took a police station in Slaviansk, 120 kilometers from Donetsk. Soon after, three other police stations in the Donetsk region, specifically in the cities of Krasni Liman, Druzkovka and Kramatorsk, were occupied by pro-Russian activists.

April 13: Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reports that an official of the Ukrainian security services has died and another five have been wounded during the ‘antiterrorist operation’ undertaken by the Kiev government against pro-Russian separatists They have taken two headquarters of the Ukrainian security forces in Slaviansk. The separatists also suffered casualties, in an indeterminate number, the minister reported.

April 14: Ukraine assures the UN Security Council that what is happening in the east of the country is “a large-scale terrorist operation orchestrated by Russia” and guarantees that its government will not let what happened in the Crimea happen again. That same day, the deadline for the ultimatum presented by the interim president of Ukraine, Alexander Turchinov, was due to the pro-Russians to lay down their arms and abandon the public buildings they keep occupied in the southeast of the country.

April 15 : In a telephone conversation, Obama asks Putin to use his influence to contain the violence in the Ukrainian east. The conversation takes place at the initiative of the Russian president, according to the White House. Obama again threatens sanctions if Russia does not withdraw its troops. Putin takes advantage of the conversation to deny that Moscow is meddling in Ukraine and calls for “the shedding of blood” to be avoided.

The interim president of Ukraine, Alexader Turchinov, announces the start of an anti-terrorist operation in the Donetsk region.

April 16: At least 20 armed pro-Russian separatists take control of the Donetsk town hall in eastern Ukraine, while a column of armored Ukrainian Army defected and joined the pro-Russian separatists.

NATO announces that it will deploy military resources by land, sea and air due to the crisis in Ukraine and that it will “protect every ally and defend any threat to our fundamental security “, while asking “Russia to be part of the The solution is to stop destabilizing Ukraine and withdraw its troops from the borders. “

21 of April: Vladimir Putin approves amendments to the Russian legislation by virtue of which the rusófonos of the old Soviet republics will be able to acquire the Russian citizenship , according to has informed this Monday the Kremlin.

When Ukraine competes with Poland

 

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In Poland, Ukrainian carriers with cheap diesel fuel are more and more likely to be driving for Polish bosses. Ukrainian drivers also become self-employed to compete in the European market.

Since the start of the war with Russia in 2014, Ukraine has reportedly lost more than five million people. If the causes of this demographic decline are multiple (low birth rate, loss of territory, victims of armed conflict), the most important is economic emigration. Thus, in less than five years, Russia and the European Union each hosted nearly two million Ukrainians. On the European side, Poland , which shares a common border with Ukraine and a similar language, is the first recipient of these flows, ahead of Germany and the Czech Republic. It is also in great need because, with an unemployment rate that fell below 4% this year, it does not find enough workers to provide for the needs of an economy that is still growing (4.6% in 2017, as planned in 2018). This is also true for road haulage companies, which already employ around 40,000 Ukrainian drivers. However, not all Ukrainians are satisfied with driving for Polish bosses. Although they are better paid than in their home country – one-to-three – many are self-employed and use their knowledge of both countries to exploit each other’s comparative advantages and compete with Polish carriers on their own. field . They are also accompanied by transport entrepreneurs in Ukraine who, failing to find manpower at home, are moving their business and fleet to Poland.

Many advantages
Asked by the information portal trans.INFO, Dmitry Leushkin of the transport company Prime explains the benefits. First of all, the business climate is more favorable in Poland than in Ukraine, where the administration is deemed to be more prone to corrupt practices. On the other hand, truck maintenance costs are lower on the Ukrainian side, which is why old vehicles bought in Poland are sent there to be refurbished before returning to the EU … the tank full. In Ukraine, the liter of diesel is charged less than € 0.9, against almost € 1.2 in Poland. In addition, the legislation allows tax-free imports of 600 liters per vehicle, the equivalent of a full tank. In this way, according to Dmitry Lekshkin, Ukrainian carriers can offer better fares within a radius of 800 kilometers from the eastern border of Poland. They would already be a thousand on the market.

18 things to do when you are in Lisbon

 

There are a few places you should see while on a trip to Lisbon and a few without whom you can not leave the city if you have not visited them!

See what are the most interesting things you can do in the Portuguese capital.

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Take surfing

The beaches are not far from Lisbon (some are only 20 minutes drive from the center), and residents like to dive into the sea every time they get the chance. If you spend your time in Lisbon, this is the perfect opportunity to learn to surf.

Visit the castle

There are several tourist sites that should not be missed and the visit to Mauritania Castle “St. George” is one of them. In addition to the castle you will enjoy wonderful views of the city.

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Go dance

In Lisbon, listeners will find every style of music, from pop to hip-hop, African music and Brazilian beats. Everywhere there are dances, some happen on the streets, and clubs are scattered from the center to the more distant neighborhoods.

Dinner by the river

Enjoy a delicious Portuguese meal, such as fresh seafood, while watching sailboats sailing slowly along the river. There are many restaurants you can choose from, especially in Das Nações Park and between Cais do Sodré and Belém.

Get on the tram 28

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This is the best way to see the different areas of Lisbon, and so on the colorful tramcans that are so emblematic for Lisbon.

Walk around the city

Walking is an even better way to explore the city. Take a moment to look at the small souvenir shops where there are plenty of cork and canned sardines. After the city center, walk down the streets to the north, stopping from time to time to eat a leg or coffee.

Eat in Tasca and talk to the locals

Visit the small traditional tasca restaurants and talk to the locals who will be happy to share with you interesting stories about Lisbon and Portugal.

Boat trip

Boating along the river is a unique experience that everyone has to experience at least once and provides a perfect romantic ambience for couples in love.

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The Belem Tower

The Belém Tower is a must-stop for which you have to spend time. But keep in mind that the whole area is wonderful and spends more time – the monument, the local houses and gardens, the cozy restaurants and the cafes.

Listen Fado

The Portuguese traditional fado music was born in Lisbon and listening to several songs will give you a unique look at the urban melancholic side. You can choose a fado music room and enjoy it while you eat traditional dishes.

Explore the churches and monasteries

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Since Portugal is a Catholic country, there is no shortage of churches and monasteries to visit. Most of them have existed for centuries and have unique and fascinating stories that you can learn.

Visit underground Roman galleries

These tunnels are open only for a few days each year, so if your visit coincides with those days, do not miss the opportunity to look at them. The Roman galleries in Lisbon were discovered after the great earthquake of 1755.

Buy a souvenir

Beautiful, colorful, painted tiles are an integral part of Portuguese culture. They are usually sold as souvenirs, so you can bring a piece of Lisbon home.

Explore the markets

Portuguese cuisine is one of the best in the world! In addition to the meals offered by restaurants, try to visit some of the markets where you can buy fresh meat, cheese and wine.

Visit a festival or other event

Particularly in the summer, many festivals and outdoor events are organized in Lisbon. Many of them have a free entrance and are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the city atmosphere and have fun with the locals.

Unique views

The numerous restaurants and bars located on the hills of Lisbon mean you can easily get fantastic city views while enjoying a meal or a drink. From the top of some of the rooftop bars, the views include the castle, the river and a complete view over Lisbon.

Learn about Portuguese literature

Portugal loves the literature, especially the one written by local authors. Some of them, like Fernando Pessoa, are known all over the world and will open your eyes to another way of thinking and being.

Get ready for sweets

Lisbon is home to an abundance of patisseries, each of which offers visitors delicious pastries. Even if you are only in the city for a short time, you should definitely try the local specialty pasteis de nata. We highly recommend Confeitaria National and Pastelaria Versailles.

 

 

 

 

 

11 Free Places to Visit in Milan

 

Who said there are no places to go to Milan for free? Here you can find a list of 12 interesting offers to visit without even opening your wallet …

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1. Visit city museums

Every day at 16:30 and every Tuesday from 2 pm you can get free access to all Milan municipal museums (except the Museo del Novecento).

2. Get to know the churches in Milan

With the exception of Milan Duomo, all the city churches, along with the works of art that are found inside, can be visited without a ticket at any time.

3. Find House Museums

Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano and Museo Francesco Messina offer free access throughout the working hours. Do not miss them!

4. Browse Cimitero Monumentale

Cimitero Monumentale is freely available every day. It is an authentic open-air museum that regularly hosts readings, concerts and other cultural events.

5. “Travel” between different cultures in Mudec

The MUDEC Cultural Museum maintains a collection of finds from different cultures around the world, from ancient civilizations to the Far East, accessible to visitors every day.

Italy awaits you

Visit the Milano abbey

Strada delle Abbazie will take you to Milan’s southern belt with the Clairvaux, Viboldone, Mirasole and Morimondo monasteries, which are open for free.

7. Expenditure in urban parks

Milan has over 50 parks, green areas and gardens, ideal for a relaxing break, a walk or a picnic amidst nature.

8. Relax in Villa Necchi Campiglio

Milan’s hidden jewel or Villa Necchi Campiglio is a unique oasis that is worth spending time and enjoying.

9. Get to know the modern artist in Hangar Bicocca

Together with PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea and Fondazione Prada, Hangar Bicocca hosts great contemporary art names in its exhibition halls and will not cost you any entrance fee.

Find the Botanical Garden and the Astronomical Museum

The Botanical Garden will fascinate you with its diverse flora, and the Astronomy Museum will be interesting to you, even if you are not the biggest fan of astronomy. It is also suitable for the youngest visitors who will surely have fun.

11. Spend at Idroscalo

In Idroscalo you can freely use for running, skateboarding, skating, fishing or mountain biking. Free entry to the Aulì Ulé Children’s Corner – the Garden of Forgotten Games and Art Park.

 

 

 

Split – sea or landmarks? You choose!

 

The Croatian town of Split can rightly be called the capital of the historical and geographical area of ​​Dalmatia because it has the largest population in the region.

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He is mostly associated with the Roman emperor Diocletian, who died in the palace he built. In fact, the city evolved 1700 years earlier, at the time of the Greek colony that inhabited it, which was named after a spiny bush growing in the area called Aspalatos. The ancient Greeks baptize the city on their own, and later the Romans changed his name to Spatatum, and later changed to Split.

Croatia is waiting for you

The favorable climate turns Split and other cities along the Dalmatian coast into year-round destinations. The peak summer season is preferred by tourists for their vacation, but the rest of the city has a lot to offer. If the weather is sunny, you can even meet New Year’s Eve on the beach, under the sounds of salsa or bachata, because then one of the biggest European dance festivals is held.

 

April offers guests and locals a theater festival and an 8-day boat race, which every year enjoys the interest of international celebrities. In May, the underground halls of Diocletian’s Palace host the International Flower Fair. Experts from all over the world create real masterpieces, trying to portray their flowers in the most artistic way. The oldest district of Split – Radunica also has its holiday, which is celebrated in June with various cultural events. For the melodies July and August are a good choice to visit the Croatian city. Then there are several music festivals, the most famous of which is Ultra Europe, bringing together the hot names of the world club scene. For this musical event, however, tickets have to be purchased much earlier. In August, the inhabitants of Split have honored their Emperor with the Diocletian days. Then, scenes from the Roman period of the city are recreated. Alternative cinema has its preserved dates in the cultural calendar of Split in September. Innovative cinema industry professionals compete for recognition and cash prizes in several categories.

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The city is suitable for different tastes because it offers both traditional objects, such as churches and museums, as well as more atypical places, such as the Frog Museum, presenting funny and different poses of all frogs. The small islands and the famous Blue Lagoon and Blue Cave near the coast of Split are an exciting invitation for a one-day escape to the lovers of swimming and diving. For more active people who are not accustomed to spending their vacation mostly on the beach or on a mug of beer in a resort, tours are organized to the Krakra waterfalls, which are relatively close to Split. Most hotels offer a pre-booking for such mini-trips, the price includes transportation, an experienced driver and a team of equipment if the destination requires it.

 

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The western part of Split includes the Marian peninsula, which is hilly and with winding hiking trails, revealing splendid views. There are the chapels “St. Nicholas and St. “Jerome”. Above the latter there are medieval caves, where there were hermits. Another landmark of the peninsula is the zoo.