It was largely undiscovered; a country many placed the word “the” in front of and a place dominated by outdated stereotypes.
But Ukraine has come of age.
Ukraine turned 21 in 2012 and finally appears to be shaking off the ghosts of the Soviet Union, this year also marked the country sharing hosting right with neighbors Poland for the Euro 2012 UEFA European Football Championship – the world’s third-largest sporting event.
The eyes of the sporting world turned toward Eastern Europe as the continent’s top 16 national teams battled in the four-week football festival. But it was away from the soccer pitch that Ukraine won hearts.
Largely overlooked and undiscovered by tourists, that looks set to change as the world is beguiled and charmed by this country set in the center of Europe.
Here are Ukraine’s top cities.
THE true face of Paris is in its unknown sights, such as A Cat House on the Trocadero, The Opera Bastille – a meeting place for informal groups, Le Marais, Mare Quarter and others.
Everyone knows the obvious things to see and do in Paris – visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and much has been written about these sights.
So Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha explores seven points of interest in Paris that are not usually included in tourist itineraries.
NOTHING is safe when it comes to hotel rooms.
It seems if it is not screwed down it can be taken.
You will not surprise anyone if you take a mini shampoo bottle or a sample of body lotion home with you.
The same goes for food, robes, slippers and towels.
However, sometimes the things guests steal are nothing short of weird.
Booked.net writer Svetlana Malukha charts some of the more unusual things to disappear from hotels and asks the question”why?”
WHILE most guests usually check out of hotels at the end of their stay, if you believe in things paranormal, there are some guests who check in for eternity.
It is the time of year when our thoughts turn to the supernatural, spooky and scary.
Of course, for those that don’t believe, the whole event can be written off as just more crass commercialism and in the United States it is big business.
But believer or not, these hotels might just give you an experience that extends beyond finding mints on your pillow.
Planning a trip around Halloween? Choose one of the most haunted hotels in the US and share your trip with ghosts, if you dare.
Here is Booked.net‘s top-three hotels to visit on Halloween.
DUBAI in the United Arab Emirates is known as a city of superlatives.
It’s a deserved reputation.
The city holds the highest building, the biggest enclosed shopping mall and the only seven-star hotel in the world.
Dubai is a city that likes to show-off, offering a multitude of entertainment and places for tourists.
But what if you have only one day to tour all these places?
Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha presents a few ideas about what to visit in Dubai in one day.
TWO cities in the United Kingdom were to play a crucial role in the huge cultural shift globally that epitomizes the Swinging Sixties – London and…Liverpool.
As unlikely as it seems this gritty port and industrial was to spawn a musical legacy unrivalled anywhere in the world.
And the legacy of pioneering Liverpudlian or “Scouser” musicians have led to the city claiming titles that have yet to be challenged. Liverpool is known as the World Capital City of Pop – a title bestowed upon it by Guinness World Records because the record 56 number one singles produced by the city’s musicians still stands.
The names are synonymous with Western pop culture – The Beatles…Gerry and the Pacemakers…Billy Fury.
Later acts like Frankie Goes to Hollywood have further added to that status.
While, many believe the city peaked with the Mersey Beat sound of the ’60s, before becoming a symbol of economic decline and stagnation, this is a city rapidly on the comeback.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the song that launched Beatlemania and the Beatles – Love Me Do – Booked.net samples Liverpool.
EVERY city likes to market its best side to the world, directing tourists to only the most picturesque and safest parts of the city.
In Detroit, Michigan, that is a little more difficult.
A once great and wealthy city, lauded by filmmakers as the “American Dream” in action, celebrated by musicians and writers and synonymous with the automotive industry.
But, the heyday of the American automobile industry has long passed and the city is in crisis.
It is as intriguing as it is heartbreaking.
But is there hope?
Booked.net visits this once mighty city.
IN just nine days the German capital, Berlin, will see the light, so to speak.
It is a revelation that promises to be spectacular, but it is not the first time…
The annual Festival of Lights is entering its eighth year and transforms the city into a sparkling oasis as more than 50 of Berlin’s iconic landmarks are bathed in lights and projections.
In the past eight years, those landmarks have included the Brandenburg Gate, radio tower and Berlin Cathedral, for this years’ festival, which runs from October 10 to 21, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the Europa-Center will be added to the list of attractions.
TO walk the streets of London is like being dropped in the center of a movie set, so recognisable are the city’s landmarks.
Despite two millenia of history, in this city the old and the new sit alongside each other in perfect harmony.
One of the world’s truly great cities, from London has it all from its illustrious and colorful history to art and culture, iconic architecture, royalty and an ethnic diversity in part built from its past as the hub of an empire and in part from its present – where its sheer scale draws people like moths to a flame.
From the Tower of London, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square, the list of sites for the average visitor to check off on their list is both exhaustive and exhausting.
In the final of our series Booked.net gives you some tips on how to take in the wealth of London without spending a fortune.