Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, also historically known as Pressburg, is the capital (since 1993) and the largest city in Slovakia, located in the southwest of the country, just across the border with Austria and Hungary and near the border with the Czech Republic. The Carpathians begin on the territory of the city crossed by the Danube. There are medieval towers and even imposing buildings of the 20th century. Unfortunately, big changes began in the 21st century and classical baroque style buildings have been lost and modern buildings were built around the historic centre. There is still a little old, pedestrian centre with coloured houses, cobbled streets and baroque churches. There are also several universities, many museums, theatres and other cultural institutions with a multi-cultural past linked to the presence of ethnic people: German, Hungarian, Slovak and Jewish. To visit: the National Theatre, the National Museum, the National Gallery, the Museum of natural history, the Mirbach Palace, the Museum of watchmaking, the Gothic Cathedral of Saint-Martin, the Palace Grassalkovitch (residence of the president of the Slovak Republic), Bratislava castle, among others. There’s also the New Bridge on the Danube with its panoramic restaurant flying saucer shaped dating from the 20th century.

Tips

The visit of Bratislava is usually done in 1 day, given the proximity of Vienna, you mustn’t sleep there because apart the small old centre there’s no great thing to see.

If you’re there for a weekend, there are several bars, pubs and small restaurants in the historic centre but the atmosphere of bars and breweries is quite young. The panoramic restaurant is quite chic but there is also a pretty nice bar which will also allow you to have a beautiful view over the city without paying a fortune.

Another beautiful view you will have from the castle which is at the top of the city.

Cernobbio, Como, Lombardy, Italy

Cernobbio is a municipality in the Province of Como in the Italian region of Lombardy, located on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of Mount Bisbino and is known as a tourist resort with magnificent and renowned mansions. The most famous are Villa d’Este, where royal members have already stayed (today is a luxury hotel, furnished with a princely decor and surrounded by a charming garden) and Villa Erba, dating from 1800 and today it was transformed into a congress center which still preserves the magnificent rooms and the elegant park.

Tips

You can reach the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the summit of Mount Bisbino, at 1300 meters and rolling over there, you will get a magnificent view of Cernobbio with the lake and its colorful houses.

If you like walking, there is a small marina where you can stroll around by taking a good ice cream or simply enjoy a typical Italian dish in one of the restaurants that surround the harbor.

You can stay there because there are several hotels and from there you can visit the different towns and villages that surround the lake. For example, the city of Como is just 4 kilometers away.

Saint Paul de Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Saint Paul de Vence is a French commune in the Alpes-Maritimes region, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The village stands on a rocky outcrop between the Maritime Alps and the Mediterranean, 26 km from Nice. At the time of François 1st, he ordered to raise the ramparts of the city (1544-1547) and we still find them there. There are several interesting places to visit such as the Cemetery of St-Paul de Vence where we find the tomb of Marc Chagall and St. Michael Chapel; the Collegiate Church of the Conversion of St-Paul (XII-XIII century); the Pontis (a passing above the High Street, dating from the fifteenth century); Seigneuriale tower that is currently the Mayor (at the church side), the Aqueduct of Moulins (that fed the mills of the town); the Local History Museum; the Chapel of the Holy Cross ((seventeenth century), among others.

Tips

It is a beautiful place to spend a quiet holiday and to know the history of the town and feel transported several centuries away.
It is also a place of art. The Maeght Foundation hosts temporary exhibitions and sculptures in situ in the park; you can visit the rooms and gardens.
There is another important famous place but visits; aren’t allowed; the Inn of the Pigeon of gold where there are works of great painters as Modigliani, Picasso, Braque, Chagall. among others. The place works as an inn and restaurant anyway.