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European Capitals of Culture

By Linda Tancs

Marseille-Provence in France and Košice in Slovakia ring in 2013 as the year’s European capitals of culture.  The cultural heart of Marseille Provence includes an area stretching from Martigues to La Ciotat.  As usual, the opening ceremony in each city promises to be a spectacular kick-off event.  In Marseille, the opening is a two-day event on 12 and 13 January.  The twelfth features such events as a flyover of Patrouille de France, an art trail in Aix, and the Grande Clameur (a wall of sound incorporating ships’ sirens, bells and fog horns).  The thirteenth offers treasure hunts across the region and a fireworks display at dusk over the Rhone at Arles.  Košice will likewise inspire with a two-day opening beginning on 19 January.  One of the most architecturally significant symbols in old Košice is the indoor pool, a structure experiencing an exciting makeover as an art and media showcase thanks to aid from the European Commission and the European  Capital of Culture project.

The Tallest Small Mountains

By Linda Tancs

In the northern part of Slovakia bordering Poland you’ll find High Tatras, the tallest small mountains in the world.  Twenty six of its peaks are 2500 meters above sea level.  Of those accessible to tourists, Lomnický Peak is one of the most popular.  Reachable by guided hike or via cable car from Tatranska Lomnice, the peak once known as Dedo (“Grandpa”) sports the the highest situated Astronomical and Meteorological Observatory in Slovakia at the cable car station.

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