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Belarus

Pariah of Europe, Belarus is on the edge of Eastern Europe and seems determined to avoid the integration with the rest of the continent, at any price, taking leadership of the Soviet Union instead of the European Union. However, this is at the heart of its appeal – while the rest of Eastern Europe has charged headlong into capitalism, Belarus offers the opportunity to visit Europe with almost no advertising, litter or graffiti. Much more than the “last dictatorship in Europe” – words of Condoleezza Rice, has come to haunt the country democratically to challenge Alexander Lukashenko – Belarus is a country of humor earth, friendly people and political courage in adversity bleak. Outside the capital, Belarus offers a simple and pleasant landscape of fields ominous, dense primeval forests and picturesque villages. While travelers will always be subject to curiosity, which is always also on the receiving end of very warm hospitality.

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While the country to acquiesce in the Second World War means that there is relatively little historical interest to see three most attractive cities of Belarus – Minsk, Brest and Vitebsk, offer a surprising number of visitors – from the nightlife and the cosmopolitan sparkle the capital, tragic remnants of the fortress of Brest, and the childhood home of the painter Marc Chagall in Vitebsk. The country also offers two excellent national parks, both well worth a visit. The largest mammal in Europe, or European bison zoobr, you can see in Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, while the Pripyatsky National Park, the “lungs of Europe” offers great bird watching in its extensive wetlands.

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Lithuania

Rebellious, flamboyant, vibrant, Lithuania (Lietuva) is Europe’s best kept secret. Pushed forth between the pillars of Russia and Nazi post, tenacious little Lithuania stunned the world when he played David and Goliath with the strength of the Soviet Union – and won its independence just over a decade ago. Today the nation that disappeared from the maps of Europe is back with a vengeance: it is part of the EU, was the first of the 25 EU players to give the European Constitution a stamp of approval and is a full partner law ‘n’ the fight of NATO – at home no less than four F-16 military jet alliance used to police Baltic skies.

This is a country with a colorful history, once has an empire that stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Her cousin pagan roots fuse with Catholic fervor – the Polish heritage sets it apart from its Baltic brothers – to create a land where Catholics and Orthodox are mixed happily in the forest to pick berries and mushrooms from the altar of nature. Its capital, Vilnius, is an incredibly small (can that be a capital?) With startling contrasts – dark mysterious courtyards, eccentric artist community, awesome arts and beautiful Baroque style. Its natural treasures, forests, lakes, magical saliva Courland west of Lithuania – brightness, while its oddities: the Hill of Crosses and a Soviet sculpture park – add a flavor found nowhere else.

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Port of Klaipeda, 315 km west of Vilnius, is the springboard to the natural beauty of the Curonian Spit. But as the third largest in Lithuania, the city is worth a stop in its own right, especially Germanic flavor and architecture that reflects the fascinating past of Memel Prussia capital. The city was destroyed in the Second World War, during which he served as a Nazi submarine base, but a small patch whistle of the old town survived unscathed – like a tower of red brick magnificent accounts of the castle.