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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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Maestro

Moscow is such a fascinating city if you visit it like a local. This summer is interesting for outdoors enthusiasts who like music as they can embark on the Maestro to admire the summer panoramas of the Moscow River and to enjoy concerts under the naked skies.

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Naplavka

When in Prague, don’t follow the tourist crowds. The city has a lot to offer if you want to explore it like a local. You will find many surprising spots to hang out if you get off the beaten path. One of them, Naplavka, also known as “Prague’s hipster hangout,” is a stretch of pavement along the River Vltava.

It all started with Bajkazyl, a bike shop and bar founded in 2010 by Martin Kontra. When people discovered it, they found the neighborhood irresistible, and soon, other venues popped up. Today, Naplavka stretches from Palackého most to the railway bridge at Vyton. It is a lively spot with buzzy sidewalk cafes and restaurants serving good food and drinks al fresco.

The locals usually come here to spend a couple of hours at a terrace, but other activities may include roller skating, cycling, or attending a cultural event. Evenings are full of laughter, with many live concerts taking place in summer months. The Rašínovo nábřeží embankment in Naplavka is the perfect spot for beautiful panoramic views of the Hradčany Castle too.

On the official website of the Naplavka neighborhood, you can find a map of the boardwalks, practical information, and a list of events. Among the latest, the farmers’ market is a must see. It takes place every Saturday, from 8:00 am till 2:00 pm. Besides fresh flowers, fruit, and vegetables, at this market, you will also find original culinary creations, including cakes, pies, strudels, cookies, fresh juices, ice cream, chocolate, coffee, tea, beer, wine and handmade toys and jewellery. You can also drop in for ready meals at breakfast or lunch. The market is also the occasional site for thematic events like beer and wine festivals, live concerts, and more.

Last, but not least, Naplavka is where you will find four Busking sites. Busking is a musical, theatrical or artistic production run in public places with the purpose of obtaining a cash contribution from passersby. You can find more information here.

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With two hotels in Poland’s capital of cool, Mamaison Hotel Le Regina and Mamaison Residence Diana, we are more than an ideal choice for travelers who visit Warsaw with children. We have excellent conditions for you to spend a family vacation with the comfort of a true home in our hotels. If you plan to visit Warsaw with children, here are some of the most fun activities to keep them entertained.

Take the Kids to the Warsaw ZOO

The Warsaw Zoological Garden (Miejski Ogród Zoologiczny w Warszawie), known simply as the Warsaw ZOO, was established in 1928. It is one of the most popular zoos in Europe, and it welcomes around 1,000,000 visitors annually. It is famous for its elephants, but it also has an impressive shark aquarium and an indoor pool for hippos. Children will also enjoy the ‘Fairytale Zoo’ (Baśniowe Zoo), where they can pet and feed the animals.

Copernicus Science Centre

The Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik) on the bank of the Vistula River is one of the most interesting attractions for children in Warsaw. It organizes Family Workshops, where children (5–8 years old) together with their parents or carers can carry out experiments, and it also has sections designed with young minds in focus: for example, the Buzzz! gallery for preschool children and the RE: Generation gallery for young adults.

Take Them to the Planetarium

Heaven of Copernicus (Niebo Kopernika) is part of the Copernicus Science Center. It is a young institution, operating only since June 2011. It boasts a dome with a spherical screen having a diameter of 16 m, with 4 digital projectors, planetarium projector system and devices for laser shows. It can accommodate 139 viewers at a time for any show.

Relax in Nature at Jezioro Zegrzyńskie

Jezioro Zegrzyńskie, or the Zegrze Reservoir, is a popular summer destination for locals and tourists alike. It has excellent conditions for sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. There are regular sailing races on the lake, which attract both professionals and amateurs. In the winter, when the lake is frozen, it can be also used for ice skating.

Go for a Cruise

The Cruise ship to Serock (Rejs statkiem do Serocka) departs every weekend, May to September. It is offered by the Żegluga Stołeczna company. The “Zefir” ship departs from the landing at Podzamcze next to the River Cafe.

Besides these attractions, the city boasts numerous entertainment centers, playgrounds, parks, cafeterias serving delicious cakes, family-friendly restaurants, theaters, and cinemas. You will always find something interesting to do with the little ones.

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dolphins

Moscow is a fascinating city, with enough to see and do to keep you busy for years. Besides the attractions heavily advertised by travel guides, like the Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Red Square, the fantastic Tretyakov Gallery, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Novodevichy Convent, and
Gorky Park to mention a few, there are newer attractions to enjoy this summer.

The Moskvarium is an oceanography and marine biology center, the largest of its kind in Europe. The massive landmark, which opened in 2015, is already among the top things to see with children. It has a 2300-seat auditorium, which offers water shows with three-dimensional projections of whales, dolphins, and other fascinating creatures. You can also visit the Moskvarium to swim with the dolphins.

Another fun attraction to see with children is the Roller Family, a roller skates school with indoor spaces at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, perfect to practice year round. The school offers both group and private lessons for adults and children.

Europe’s largest indoor water park, Kva-Kva Park, offers a wonderful playground for children, large pools, jacuzzi, lagoon and a special “Children’s Town” area with pools heated at 34°C to offer a pleasant environment for little guests to play. The sauna complex of the park includes four saunas, spa pools, Turkish bath, and a cooling zone.

Equestrian center and sports complex KSK Bitsa is a wonderful choice for horseback riding tours. The complex also features a well-equipped fitness center, archery training facilities and classes for all skill levels, a swimming pool with six lanes, and a shooting range.

Spa by Algotherm at Mamaison Hotel Pokrovka is an urban oasis, with excellent natural algotherapy treatments for face and body, thalassotherapy, hammam, Russian sauna, and even a Moroccan Rhassoul steam room, alongside 8 treatment rooms and other facilities. Spa by Algotherm brings mind, body and spirit into balance with natural European and Asian spa treatments, luxurious pampering packages, and even natural beauty treatments for your hair. All spa treatments are designed by expert therapists, with a better you in mind.

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June is a busy month in Budapest, with plenty to do and see. You have a choice of two Mamaison hotels to book for your Hungarian adventure: Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest and Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest. Make sure you book directly on our official websites for the best online prices. You can also check out our HOT TOWN special offer for discounts of up to 20% in the warmest season of the year.

The first festival of the month is Belvárosi Fesztivál (or BelFeszt) also known as the Inner City Festival Budapest, a free event that offers entertainment in the streets from Erzsébet tér to Szabadság tér along Zrínyi utca for three days, from June 3rd to 5th. You can see the upcoming schedule of concerts and events on the official Facebook page of the festival.

The prestigious Danube Carnival will kick off on June 3rd this year, promising a rich program till the closing day, June 18, 2017. The festival features an international dance competition, a spectacular parade between the Danube Promenade and Vörösmarty tér, and the crown gala presented in the fabulous surroundings of the Margaret Island Open-Air Theater. Tickets are already available online on the official website of the festival. Book early, as they sell fast.

June also has a festival for bibliophiles: the Budapest Book Week on Vorosmarty Square. Although the event is mainly designed for Hungarian readers, you will also find books for English speakers. Plus, there will also be free concerts to add a plus of fun to the festival, which in 2017 takes place between 8 – 12 June.

Beer lovers can attend two different thematic festivals in June: the Craft-Beer Festival in the City Park (Városliget) from June 10 till June 12, 2017, and the Buda Castle Beer Festival at the Royal Palace’s Oroszlános and Hunyadi courtyards, and the Savoyai terrace on June 11 – 14, 2017.

Culture buffs will enjoy the prestigious Night of Museums in Budapest on June 24 this year. The theme of the event in 2017 is “Heroes, explorers, innovators/Hősök, felfedezők, újítók” and you can enjoy a variety of programs supporting the theme in museums and art galleries all around the city. The Hungarian National Museum will turn into a “Square of Superheroes.” Check out detailed information on participating venues and routes here.