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Poland

Overrun countless times by thieves aggressors, subjugated to the dominant foreign domination for centuries, and now told their beloved vodka can do anything, the Polish nation has suffered more than most. However, Poland, a country crushed flat so many times it has become indestructible, is shaking off the last vestiges of sleep and forced current with great abandon in a modern 21 st century.

Despite the country’s rush to embrace the future, your past can not be ignored, especially when confronted at every turn. Warsaw may include New World cuisine, café culture and clubs that never close, but still find the farmers selling flowers in beautifully restored old town. Drive through northern extension and meet a string of 14-century Gothic castles, as the shining example in Malbork, the last remnants of the Teutonic Knights, once powerful. Take a low-cost flight to Krakow and Wroclaw and arrive in magnificent medieval centers. Or choose almost any major city of Lublin in Poznan – and small towns too – and I bear witness to the extermination camps established by Nazi Germany, abandoned Jewish cemeteries, and dark political prisons, terrible reminders of the past 70 years .

This massive land in the heart of Europe has become the epitome of a changing continent. Now a member of the EU, which is enjoying the benefits – and experience the challenges, the exclusive club. Money has begun flowing into the country, repairing roads, building shopping centers and street beautification, but progress is painfully slow for some. Poland still has an unemployment rate twice as high as some of his compatriots in the EU and its citizens young and educated are leaving mass of richer pastures.
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While rapidly modernizing cities, the landscape still retains its rustic charm. On stretches of southern Poland, dominated by mountains covered with trees, the cliché of the horse-drawn carts transporting hay fields remains valid. Bucolic splendor spreads from the outskirts of urban centers, as far as the eye can see, and pockets of virgin forest in the northeast shelter herds of wild bison. The clear waters of the Great Masurian Lakes prove irresistible to sailors and kayakers, and long sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea coast offers a great opportunity for the summer, stays near the sea.

Hungary

No place like Hungary (Magyarország). Located in the heart of Europe, this kidney-shaped country can claim a unique place in the soul of the continent. Those who doubt this should listen to the music of Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók, see the romantic Danube River and dramatically divides Budapest into two or taste of the nation unique (and paprika-infused) cuisine to convince. The impact of Hungary in Europe’s history and development has been much greater than its current size and population would suggest. The Hungarians, who call themselves Magyars, speak a language and form a culture unlike any other in the region – a distinction that has been a source of pride and an obstacle to more than 1100 years.

Hungary is the best place to go into both Central and Eastern Europe. While some of its neighbors can have a spectacular landscape or monuments oldest and most important, Hungary abounds in things to see and do, and those with special interests – fishing, horseback riding, botany, bird watching, biking, hot springs , Jewish culture – is a treasure here. Under the former communist regime, most of the orientation of the government and the money went to Budapest. As a result, foreign visitors rarely ventured beyond this splendid city to the river Danube, except on a day trip to the Danube Bend or Lake Balaton. These sites should be visited, of course, but do not ignore other cities and regions off the beaten track: the Vilagut Tanya (the farm in the world) of the South Flat, ethnically rich northeastern Hungary, the hills south of Transdanubia covered Villány vineyards and traditional Őrségi region in the far west.

The 90 star was not a time for the republic reborn. Its economic development was in limbo and the serious economic problems that affected all aspects of daily life. Fortunately, these days have passed and many are now Hungary, with his intelligent and hardworking people, and rich and vibrant culture, as the star performer and the most interesting destination in the new Europe.

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About 45km south of Kalocsa on the banks of the Danube, is of Baja California, a town best known as a holiday and sports center. It is a perfect place to relax during the summer, the beaches and flooded forests full of banks, and the city itself gets a good balance between rest and activity. It is also famous for its fish soup, a local blend of carp, pike perch, catfish and ubiquitous species paprika.