Leprosy was once a major disease in Tenerife, with thousands dying each year. In 1943 a leprosy village was built near a coastal town of Abades. Now the station, along with its hospital, church and crematorium, is abandoned… but was it ever used?
Porto is one of my favourite cities in Europe, I’ve spent more almost two months exploring its streets, churches, restaurants and wineries. Now I’ve prepared a walking tour of all the must-sees and dos in this unique town, along with some unknown and unforgettable places. Here’s everything you need to see in Porto – and more!
Apparently some dreams do come true as I visited Kyoto, Japan this year. It was the most amazing experience of my life but I’m positive though that one of the best places to visit was the remote Otagi Nenbutsu-ji temple in Arashiyama.
The temple itself is about 12 centuries old and has been destroyed three times. The last time was in 1950s when a typhoon hit Nenbutsu-ji, leaving it in terrible state. In 1955 a famed sculptor and restorer of Buddhist statues named Kocho Nishimura became the head priest of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, which was then a forgotten and desolate temple in the North of Kyoto. Nishimura didn’t have the funds to restore the temple to its former glory but in 1981 he had a magnificent idea.
For the past year I’ve stumbled upon blog posts titled “the most beautiful village in Poland” on various blogs and portals. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the village was close to the city my family lives in, Krakow! I had no choice but to to check if Zalipie was worth all the hype.
Zalipie is know for its hundred years old tradition of decorating the houses with colourful flowers and plants. It was started by Felicja Curylowa who first decorated her home for Catholic feast called Corpus Christi, held in the beginning of summer. The other ladies in Zalipie liked the idea and painted their houses as well. It’s not a forgotten custom though, every year a competition for the most beautiful house is held with more than 100 people taking part! The rules of the contest are harsh though, as contestants have to remove the previous year’s designs from their walls.
Lisbon’s Alfama district must be the weirdest and most unexplainable place in Portugal. Being the oldest place in the city, just by the walls of Sao Jorge castle, it attracts a great number of tourists who love walking its narrow and steep streets. Alfama is like a medieval village, not only because it’s small and has a provincial feel, but also thanks to its community of people who lived here their whole life and know each other pretty well.
The people of Alfama have become quite an attraction themselves. Tourists are obsessed with Alfama’s quirky decorated doors, street art and most of all – laundry. That’s right, fresh laundry hanging outside the residents’ windows is the most documented sight of Alfama!
The best and quickest way to get to know Lisbon’s old town is by tram 28, which will take you on a tour around the most popular sights of Alfama, Baixa and Estrela districts.