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Mihaela Lica Butler

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Mihaela Lica-Butler is travel writer and travel public relations consultant by profession, lover of cultures and cuisine. She has built a fun career while chiming in on many topics, from relating the trials and tribulations of the people of Kosovo, to experiencing, first hand, the heroics of the Romanian soldiers serving for the UN. But she thrives in conveying her love for travel and places in written word, and she is happy to be a constant contributor for some of the world's best travel sites.

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You don’t always have to count on the mainstream media to learn that one of your favorite destinations is „cool,“ but when they rank it as the „Coolest Capitals in Europe“ things change. Because you know that, with superlatives, the crowds flood in. Prices rise. Quaint parks get busy. Your secret spots are not-so-secret anymore. And, Warsaw is now „Poland’s capital of cool.“

According to The Independent, one of the several publications that now describe Warsaw as a „cool“ spot, the Polish capital is „abuzz with creativity,“ boasting hummus bars, design shops, hipster squares, playful cafes, and the list goes on. Verve Magazine describes Warsaw as the rebuilt capital of Poland, famous for its pulsating nightlife – a city reborn, rebuilt with „eerie accuracy.“ We live metaphors and superlatives. We love Warsaw.

The Courier describes this Mamaison address as an exciting city break destination, „packed with museums, bars, nightlife and a whole lot of history.“ These are three of the main players praising Warsaw and setting it up as the coolest destinations in Europe in 2017. This means that tourist numbers will soar this year and that prices for accommodation are also going up. But Mamaison still keeps balance with Mamaison Hotel Le Regina and Mamaison Residence Diana – you can still book with us at exceptional prices – provided that you book directly on our sites.

Warsaw deserves the monicker of „capital of cool.“ Where else would you find „Bach in the Subways“ concerts, Chopin tours, and traces of John Paul II? The city offers something for all ages if entertainment is your concern, as well as lively activities in nature, and a wealth of things to see and do for art lovers. If culture is your thing, also check out our five must-see museums in Warsaw that are usually not recommended by mainstream publications and travel guides. Bookmark our official blog for more insiders‘ tips worth knowing before mainstream media finds out about them!

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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with universal appeal. It is celebrated in countries and cities all over the world. If you happen to be in Moscow on March 17 and the weekend following the date, you will have plenty to do to mark the festival.

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Febiofest SK

MFFK Febiofest is at its 24th edition in March. The international film festival takes place from 2 to 8 March in several venues around the city, including Kino Lumière, Kino Mladosť, Zrkadlo, Foajé, Kino KLAP (VŠMU), and several others. Access to each venue besides Kino KLAP, which is free, is usually between 3.50 and 4 EURO. With a Febiopas ticket – available to purchase here – you gain access to all the cinemas in Bratislava for 15 €. After performances in Bratislava, the festival will tour 10 other Slovak cities till April 4, 2017.

The 24th edition of the MFFK Febiofest international film festival has a rich program, featuring 140 films in 10 sections. The highlight of the event is the themed competition “In the middle of Europe.” Viewers will enjoy the newest Slovak productions, as well as international films in original language with subtitles. The official site of the festival offers timely updates and schedules for interested parties.

You can also follow Febiofest SK on Facebook to learn what’s new.

Besides film screenings, the festival also includes discussions with filmmakers, master classes open to the public, introductions by directors, and audience polls regarding movies participating in the themed competition “In the middle of Europe.”

MFFK Febiofest 2017 promises to be an interesting event for lovers of cinematography. It is also an affordable cultural event that makes the beginning of March a great time to visit Bratislava.

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Fall Prague

The UK Post Office Travel Money ranked Prague among the top budget-friendly destinations for UK travelers in 2017. The Czech capital follows European destinations like Algarve (Portugal), Sunny Beach (Bulgaria), Costa del Sol (Spain), and Marmaris (Turkey). The top continues with Paphos (Cyprus), Budapest (Hungary), Sliema (Malta), Corfu (Greece), Porec (Croatia), Sorrento (Italy), and Nice (France). Tokyo (Japan), Cancun (Mexico), and Cape Town (South Africa) are also considered to be among the most affordable destinations for UK vacationers according to the Holiday Money Report 2017.

Top Cheap Destinations 2017

The UK Post Office Travel Money monitors the price of eight tourist items – comprising dinner for two with wine, a range of drinks, suncream and insect repellent to generate its Holiday Money Report. Out of 44 resorts and cities around the world, the report has found that Europe takes 9 of the top 10 places – with Tokyo at number 8 before Sliema and Corfu.

Prague and Budapest offer excellent value accommodation and dining opportunities, as well as quality entertainment year-round. For visitors interested in luxury without paying an arm and a leg, Mamaison offers a good choice of accommodation and dining at the two destinations: Mamaison Hotel Riverside, Mamaison Residence Belgicka, and Mamaison Residence Downtown in Prague, and, in Budapest, Mamaison Hotel Andrassy and Mamaison Residence Izabella. Booking directly on our corporate website guarantees guests the best online prices and a variety of other perks.

Our hotels and residences are centrally located and close to some of the most interesting and attractive tourist and cultural landmarks of the two cities. You can choose Mamaison hotels for accommodation when you travel on business too, as well are equipped to satisfy your needs, offering free WiFi and business amenities. You have dining choices at your Mamaison hotels, or you can explore their neighborhoods to find something for your budget too.

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moscow

Russian photographer Kristina Makeeva shows you Moscow like you’ve never seen it before! The talented photographer shares fresh images on Instagram every day to show the world how beautiful the Russian capital can be any time of the year.

Her work got media attention after the photographer shared some of her spellbinding images on Bored Panda. Some of her most shared pictures on Instagram include the Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theatre, and other important landmarks, as well as everyday people enjoying the atmosphere.

„In Moscow, winters are cold, of course, but this time of the year is the most beautiful, in my opinion,“ she wrote. „In our city, there are a lot of lights that are often lit up all night, so those nights in Moscow, when it is snowing, the atmosphere is really fabulous.“

The following images illustrate the talent of the photographer and the magic of Moscow. A city beautiful every season, Moscow is at its most inviting in winter. So plan your Valentine’s Day with us. Check out the special offers at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow for more winter magic. For example, our Winter Wonders package allows you to save up to 20 % on your accommodation for bookings made directly on our site until March 31, 2017. We leave you with the photographic art of Kristina Makeeva for inspiration.