Again in Budva Old Town or Mild Winter on the Adriatic Shore

Budva Old Town, Montenegro.

Budva Old Town, Montenegro.

If anybody tells you that visiting Montenegro in winter is a waste of money, don’t you believe it. We have brought in the New Year in Budva Old Town four years in a row. Of course, summer vacation in Montenegro means overcrowded beaches and noisy nightlife until dawn. Some people need it. But autumn, winter, and spring are perfect for comfortable living on the Budva Riviera and visiting other regions of Montenegro and even neighboring countries.

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Alkmaar Cheese Market or Donut Hole for Inexperienced Tourists

On the cheese market in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

On the cheese market in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

If we talk about Holland, we recall windmills, cheese, and tulips. But do you know the Netherlands is the second-largest producer of cheese in the world? The first one is France. Although my wife and I prefer French cheeses, we couldn’t resist the temptation to visit the Alkmaar cheese market (Kaasmarkt) in Holland, a region on the western coast of the Netherlands.

At the end of our two weeks of travel around Belgium and the Netherlands, when we already finished the investigation of key features of the Holland school of painting, we decided to visit Alkmaar, the Dutch city which is similar to our favorite, Bruges, Belgium, with its architecture and canals. It was Friday, the special day for this city, when usually cozy and quiet Alkmaar turns into a world-famous tourist center.

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