It is true, Liechtenstein makes a fabulous wine and cheese hour trivia subject – I knew it was the sixth-smallest country … Although ruled by an iron will monarch who lives in a Gothic castle on a hill … Yes, right? really is the world’s largest producer of dentures … But if you visit the principality of pocket just for bragging rights cocktail, keep the undercover operation. This theme park micronation has its independence seriously and shuddered at the thought of being considered for the novelty value alone. Liechtenstein will not be remembered for its stunning natural beauty.

It measures only 25 miles long and 6 miles wide, the country is almost bigger than Manhattan. And although it may not seem much more on a map, close is full of numerous hiking and cycling trails that offer spectacular views of cliffs, picturesque villages, friendly people and lush green forests.

Liechtenstein visit from December to April for skiing, and from May to October for sightseeing and hiking. All alpine resorts, but closed in late April, May and November.
Liechtenstein has no military service and his tiny army (80 men!) Was dissolved in 1868. It is best known for wine production, postage stamps, dentures (an important export product) and its tax haven status. In 2000, financial institutions and policies of Liechtenstein were shaken by allegations that money laundering was rife in the country. In response to international outrage, the banks agreed to stop allowing customers to bank money anonymously. However, it remains under pressure to introduce more reforms.


Think of the Caribbean and inevitably evoke stereotypical images of white sand beaches and tropical drinks with little umbrellas. It’s a nice thought, but we’re here to tell you that the islands offer much more.

The contradictions that is pressed upon arrival. With a history built on piracy and identity of sugar, slavery and colonial rebellion, the islands support a vibrant mix of cultures. There are cricketers and dreadlocks, the Cuban rebels and lobster. The shifting sands on the beaches come in shades impossible protected, from white sugar and brown salmon pink to brown and black coal. While some islands shine just above sea level, others stand out as green icebergs.

It is an archipelago closely linked to the sea and you’ll fall under his spell at the time to taste the salt on the skin. You will always remember seeing the first float of sea turtles and the feeling of a smile with a snorkel in your mouth. You’ll climb the highest peaks forests redefine the ‘green’, the word where tropical birds flutter in the flashes of color and fill the air with a symphony of whistles and song. You’ll dance to the rhythms of reggae, salsa and strain. You will eat fresh seafood and spicy dishes, and spend lazy afternoons in hammocks. And yes, it’s likely a drink decorated with little umbrellas while watching the sunset from a beautiful white sand beach



Montenegro is emerging from the shadow of Yugoslavia and began to be admired for the beauty that is. No longer must visitors think they will fall by the edge of the world when traveling east beyond Dubrovnik. Sapphire blue Adriatic Sea Croatia does continue. But here is supported by a steep mountain range of gray, leaving enough room for a strip of coastal cities in a sweep of sandy beaches and small coves stretching to the border with Albania.

Historic walled towns as Stari Bar, Budva, Kotor and Herceg Novi are ideal for exploring, and anywhere along the coast you can find private rooms in a rest-away village by the sea. The interior is a setting of spectacular mountains, crowned with pine forests dotted with lakes and dizzying marked by deep canyons. The highest region, the Durmitor National Park is a favorite for winter skiing and summer hiking in a pristine mountain scenery, while Tara canyon deep down, beams intrepid defied their rapid fall. So much for a small country – the world’s newest nation.

While only 293 miles long, the packages off the coast of Montenegro in some of the best coastline of the Adriatic has to offer. From the border with Albania, endless sandy beaches, interspersed with small coves of fishing boats floating, carried all the way to a dramatic end of the fjord of Kotor on the border with Croatia.
Kotor, with its picturesque walled city located in front of the deepest fjords of southern Europe has a more dramatic setting of Montenegro. In a gloomy climate of the atmosphere becomes all dark shades of Wagner and cut the fingers of sunlight, while on a sunny day the wind-waves in the water sheen purple. Stari Grad (Old Town), located in the lee of a mountain, is a maze of cobblestone streets linking small boxes that contain the old churches and ancient aristocratic mansions.


The midnight sun, snowy winters, meatballs, herring, Vikings and Volvos, ABBA and the Hives – whatever your pre-existing notions about Sweden may be a visit to this multifaceted country is required to confirm and confuse both them. Although it is unlikely that the bank was received by a crowd of drinkers of mead Berserkers in Viking ships, the evidence of the Vikings and their days of looting is easy to find. A walk in the Swedish field usually leads to a picnic in a burial mound of the ancient king. Cycling routes often pass through fields crowned tombstones shaped boat. In the cities and along highways, rune stones firmly declared the historical equivalent of “Ingmar was here.” But Sweden as a nation warlike days are gone. Instead, national and international policies serve as models of neutrality and consensus building. This is, after all, the birthplace of Nobel Peace Prize. Today’s travelers are more likely to be murdered by visions of pastoral beauty – intense green, impenetrable forests, red booths on remote islands, and everywhere, as you know the clear blue water of Sweden.

This does not mean that all the excitement ended for thousands of years – far from it. While tradition reigns in places like Dalarna in the Swedish heartland and the Sami in the north, much of Sweden today vibrates with a contemporary energy. A wave of immigration in recent years has added sparkle and variety to the cultural milieu. Urban centers such as Stockholm, Göteborg (aka Gothenburg) and Malmö consistently churn out cultural artifacts for an international audience (think IKEA, H & M, Absolut Vodka). The island of Gotland, situated approximately midway between Sweden and Latvia, is the richest history of Sweden, but also has a hip party atmosphere. Travelers come to Sweden for both clubs and pioneering flash new restaurants that do it for walks and visits to factories wild wooden horse.

In short, try the meatballs and dig the Vikings, but do not stop there – the story is not so.
An exceptionally attractive and rewarding place to hike, the 75 square kilometers, Abisko National Park extends from the southern shore of scenic Lake Torneträsk. It is less resistant than any of Sarek or Padjelanta, and easier to get, well served by trains, buses and scenic mountain highway between Kiruna to Narvik.