20 of the Most Exotic Places In Eastern Europe!
Western Europe is a region of the world that’s hugely popular with travelers, but not nearly as many people choose to travel to Eastern Europe. Sadly for them, they’re missing out. From natural wonders to architectural treasures and cultures that are as diverse as you can imagine, here are 20 exotic destinations for you to visit when traveling in Eastern Europe:
20. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is widely known for being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, if not the world. The Hungarian capital boasts geothermal springs, botanical gardens, parks, and numerous architectural gems such as its iconic parliament building.
19. Uvac Valley, Serbia
The Uvac River flows from southwestern Serbia into eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It features remarkable meanders that can be viewed from the surrounding hills. Wildlife also abounds in the region, so it’s popular with nature lovers.
18. Kotor, Montenegro
This beautiful little town of just 13,500 people is situated on the Montenegrin coast. Kotor is straddled by enormous limestone cliffs, and its old port is surrounded by Venetian fortifications that were built during the 18th Century.
17. Bratislava, Slovakia
Home to many renowned universities, museums, theaters, and art galleries, Bratislava is the political, cultural, and economic capital of Slovakia. Its skyline is dominated by Bratislava Castle, which overlooks the River Danube.
16. Sofia, Bulgaria
Due to its location in the center of the Balkan Peninsula, the Bulgarian capital is within each reach of the Aegean, Black, and Adriatic Seas. Sofia is full of interesting architecture, coupled with beautiful green areas.
15. Moravian Karst, Czech Republic
The Moravian Karst is one of the Czech Republic’s foremost natural landmarks. Located near the town of Blansko, this protected nature reserve includes over 1,100 caverns and gorges for you to explore.
14. Minsk, Belarus
The Belarussian capital is home to over 2 million people, making it by far the country’s largest city. Despite its many attractions and rich history, Minsk doesn’t attract the amount of international visitors that other European capitals tend to. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful place that’s definitely worth seeing.
13. Brac Island, Croatia
The Dalmatian Isles off the coast of Croatia in the Adriatic Sea are known around the world for their beauty. Brac Island is one of the largest in the archipelago, and is home to one of the best beaches in Europe – the Zlatni Rat.
12. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
The Hill of Crosses is a site of religious pilgrimage for Roman Catholics. Over the years, pilgrims have placed many crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary, and rosaries on the site. Although its exact origins are unknown, there are believed to be over a 250,000 crosses on the hill.
11. Saint Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia between 1713 and 1728, and 1732 until 1918. There are no less than 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city, together with 4,000 outstanding individual monuments. Cultural establishments number in the hundreds.
10. Crooked Forest, Poland
This forest is part man-made, consisting of hundreds of pine trees that were planted circa 1930. There’s nothing unusual in that, but the way the trees are shaped is highly unusual. They are thought to have been bent into a curved shape using an unknown technique.
9. Skopje, Macedonia
An eclectic blend of Christian and Islamic culture, the territory where the Macedonian capital lies has been inhabited since at least 4,000 BC. Throughout its long history, it was destroyed many times, however it’s still replete with historical landmarks that attract people from all over the world.
8. Tatev Monastery, Armenia
Sitting high atop a basalt plateau near the village of Tatev, this monastery was constructed in the 9th Century. Some 200 years after its construction, more than 1,000 monks and artisans called the Tatev Monastery home.
7. Ljubljana, Slovenia
The culturally-rich capital of Slovenia has been inhabited since Roman times, but its downtown area can trace its architectural roots back to the Middle Ages. Its outskirts have given rise to numerous modern buildings, further diversifying its unique mix of architectural styles.
6. Chisinau, Moldova
Formerly known as Kishinev, Chisinau is the capital city of Moldova. Located in the center of the country, the city is a hub for industry, culture, politics, and commerce, not to mention 23 universities, various museums, theaters, and a wide range of cultural events.
5. Maly Semyachik, Russia
On the Kamchatka Peninsula lies a sparkling blue lake that sits in the crater of a dormant stratovolcano, which last erupted in 1952. Its color contrasts beautifully with the rugged surrounding landscape, but you wouldn’t want to swim in it, because it’s highly acidic.
4. Brasov, Romania
Located in central Romania, this city is a great starting point for exploring the country and beyond – it’s within reach of Black Sea resorts, Modovan monasteries and other tourist attractions. It’s also a popular ski resort due to its proximity to the Southern Carpathian Mountains.
3. Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Slovenia’s only national park was established in 1981, and is home to some truly spectacular scenery, from imposing mountains, to tranquil lakes, and plenty of wildlife. If you happen to enjoy a good walk or hike, the park has many hiking trails.
2. Gergeti Trinity Church, Georgia
Perched on top of a mountain in the Caucasus mountain range, this church was built in the 14th Century. It sits in an isolated and unspoiled area of Georgia that overlooks the Chkheri River, and is a popular resting spot for trekkers. You’d better be fit if you want to see it – it’s a three-hour climb to get there.
1. Belgrade, Serbia
The name Belgrade translates into English as “White City”. The Serbian capital is home to over 1.3 million people, with architectural treasures galore to be discovered. What’s more, the city is steadily building a reputation around the world for its vibrant, riverfront nightlife.
English Translation of Al-Quran
 Surah Al-Baqarah [The Cow]
Ayat 228. And divorced women shall wait (as regards their marriage) for three menstrual periods, and it is not lawful for them to conceal what Allah has created in their wombs, if they believe in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses, etc.) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect, etc.) to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them. And Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.
Tafseer of Surah Al-Baqarah Ayat 228. Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. Islam tries to maintain the married state as far as possible, especially where children are concerned, but it is against the restriction of the liberty of men and women in such vitally important matters as love and family life. It will check hasty action as far as possible, and leave the door to reconciliation open at many stages. Even after divorce a suggestion of reconciliation is made, subject to certain precautions (mentioned in the following verses) against thoughtless action. A period of waiting (‘iddah) for three monthly courses is prescribed, in order to see if the marriage conditionally dissolved is likely to result in issue. But this is not necessary where the divorced woman is a virgin: 33:49. It is definitely declared that men and women shall have similar rights against each other. The difference in economic position between the sexes makes the man’s rights and liabilities a little greater than the woman’s. Q. 4:34 refers to the duty of the man to maintain the woman, and to a certain difference in nature between the sexes. Subject to this, the sexes are on terms of equality in law, and in certain matters the weaker sex is entitled to special protection.
English Translation of Hadith
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah image001.jpg [SAWW](PBUH) said, “A matron should not be given in marriage except after consulting her; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission.” The people asked, “Messenger of Allah cid:image004.gif@01D3D74F.53EF0D40 (SAWW)(PBUH) ! How can we know her permission?” Messenger of Allah cid:image004.gif@01D3D74F.53EF0D40 (SAWW)(PBUH) replied and said, “Her silence (indicates her permission).”
Lesson: as mentioned above in Surah Al-Baqarah Ayat 228. And divorced women shall wait (as regards their marriage) for three menstrual periods, and it is not lawful for them to conceal what Allah has created” This Hadith is truly explain teaching of Islam that it’s the right of women not be forced into marriage against their will and without her consultation and liking, further example of Some rights of women in Islamic Law are, women are spiritually equal to men, and both genders are obligated to uphold the Five Pillars, or acts of worship, women have the right to legal personhood, meaning that they can represent themselves in a court of law, in a contract or financial agreement, without a co-signer or legal guardian when they reach adulthood, women have the right to own property, and the right to buy, sell, loan or otherwise dispose of it as they wish, women have the right to speak and participate in public life, and to be equal partners in calling for social justice, women have the right to an education within the means of their family and society. This may be seen as a personal obligation upon a girl’s guardians, or upon her husband, or as a collective responsibility to provide for the education of girls on Muslim society as a whole, husbands have no claims on their wife’s property, and the dowry belongs to the woman to spend as she wishes, women have the right to inherit from male and female relations; in some circumstances, the female’s share of inheritance is half that of the male, because in contrast to men, women have no obligation to support male or female relatives under any conditions, women have the right to initiate divorce, and have the right to protection and support from their husbands and male relatives in case of divorce.
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The complete guest list for President Donald Trump’s first state dinner
By CNN Staff
Updated 0107 GMT (0907 HKT) April 25, 2018
(CNN)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are hosting the administration’s first state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and media mogul Rupert Murdoch are among the guest attending Tuesday night’s dinner at the White House, along with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Here’s the complete list of expected attendees provided by the White House, specifically the Office of the First Lady:
The Honorable Jerome Adams, Surgeon General, and Mrs. Lacey Adams
His Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States of America and Mr. Pascal Blondeau
Mr. Bernard Arnault and Mrs. Hélène Arnault
Her Excellency Nicole Belloubet, Keeper of the Seals and Minister of Justice
Mr. Philippe Besson
His Excellency Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education
The Honorable John Bolton and Mrs. Gretchen Bolton
Mr. Thierry Breton
His Excellency Christian Cambon, Senator for Val-de-Marne, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Senate
Ms. Laurence des Cars
The Honorable William Cassidy, United States Senator from Louisiana, and Dr. Laura Cassidy
Mr. Timothy Cook and The Honorable Lisa Jackson
Mr. Pierre-Olivier Costa
Ms. Sarah Coulson and Dr. Douglas Bradburn
Mr. Christian Dargnat
His Excellency Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Ms. Meghan Duggan
The Honorable John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana and Mrs. Donna Edwards
Ms. Laurence Engel
His Excellency Philippe Étienne, Diplomatic Advisor, G7 and G20 Sherpa of the President of the Republic
Ms. Barbara Frugier, International Communication Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic
The Honorable Joseph Hagin
Mr. David Hamilton and Mrs. Catharine Hamilton
Mrs. Marillyn Hewson and Mr. James Hewson
The Honorable Fiona Hill and Mr. Kenneth Keen
The Honorable Stuart Holliday, former Ambassador for the United States, and Mrs. Gwen Holliday
The Honorable John F. Kelly and Mrs. Karen Kelly
The Honorable John Kennedy, United States Senator from Louisiana, and Mrs. Rebecca Kennedy
The Honorable Henry Kissinger and Mrs. Nancy Kissinger
Mr. Henry Kravis and Mrs. Marie-Josée Kravis
The Honorable Lawrence Kudlow and Mrs. Judith Kudlow
The Honorable Jared Kushner and The Honorable Ivanka Trump
Ms. Christine Lagarde
The Honorable Ronald Lauder, former Ambassador for the United States, and Mrs. Jo Carole Lauder
His Excellency Aurélien Lechevallier, Deputy Diplomatic Advisor, G7 and G20 Sherpa of the President of the Republic
The Honorable Paul LePage, Governor of Maine and Ms. Lauren LePage
The Honorable Christopher Liddell and Mrs. Renee Liddell
His Excellency Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Finance
The Honorable James Mattis, Secretary of Defense
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy and Mrs. Judy McCarthy
The Honorable Jamie McCourt, American Ambassador
Mrs. Ronna McDaniel and Mr. Patrick McDaniel
The Honorable Stephen Miller
Mr. Emmanuel Miquel
The Honorable Aaron Wess Mitchell and Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell
The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury and Ms. Louise Linton
Dr. Mary Morton and Mr. Keith Forman
Mr. Rupert Murdoch and Mrs. Jerry Murdoch
The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security and Mr. Chad Wolf
Her Excellency Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces
The Vice President of the United States and Mrs. Karen Pence
Mr. Emanuel Perrotin
Mr. Thomas Pesquet
The Most Revered Christophe Pierre, Titular Archbishop of Guneia, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
Mr. Hervé Pierre Braillard
The Honorable Michael Pompeo and Mrs. Susan Pompeo
The Honorable Dina Powell and The Honorable David McCormick
General Benoît Puga
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and Mrs. Jane Roberts
Admiral Bernard Rogel
The Honorable John F. W. Rogers and Ms. Deborah Lehr
Mrs. Virginia Rometty and Mr. Anthony Mark Rometty
The Honorable, Wilbur L. Ross, Junior, The Secretary of Commerce and Mrs. Hilary Ross
The Honorable Edward Royce, United States Representative from California and Mrs. Maria Royce
Mr. David Rubenstein and Ms. Gabrielle Rubenstein
The Honorable, Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and Mrs. Janna Ryan
The Honorable Sarah Sanders and Mr. Bryan Sanders
Her Excellency Marielle de Sarnez, National Assembly Member for Paris, President of the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee
Mr. Guy Savoy
Mr. Stephen Schwarzman and Mrs. Christine Schwarzman
The Honorable Thomas Shannon, Jr.
Mr. John Shuster
Ms. Annette Simmons and Mr. Gerald Fronterhouse
Mr. Frederick Smith and Mrs. Diane Smith
The Honorable, John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of State and Ms. Graciela Rodriguez
Mrs. Julie Sweet and Mr. Chad Sweet
Mr. Hugo Verges
Dr. Benedict Wolf and Mrs. Ursula Wolf
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Matrix Chambers Members Prof. Takis Tridimas
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“A leading writer on EU law, as well as a busy barrister practising in this area.”
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Professor Takis Tridimas is a leading author in European Union law and his work as barrister covers the whole spectrum of EU law and the European Convention of Human Rights. He specialises in public law and judicial review, competition law, company law, banking and financial services, commercial law, and conflict of laws. Since 2008, he has been advising both the banking sector and state organizations on matters relating to the financial and the Eurozone crisis.
He has handled cases before the Supreme Court of the UK, the European Court of Justice, the EU General Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. He has been involved, among others, in cases on economic sanctions, competition law, mergers, asylum, mutual recognition of professional qualifications, customs law, extradition of tax offenders, free movement of goods, persons and services, EU constitutional law, employment law, and EU external relations. He has acted for individuals and corporations as well as for HM Customs and Excise, and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Takis has been retained at various times as counsel or consultant by all EU institutions, namely the Council of Ministers, the Commission, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank and, the Court of Auditors. He was also legal secretary for Advocate General Sir Francis Jacobs at the European Court of Justice.
Takis is one of the most frequently quoted academic authors by Advocates General of the European Court of Justice and, on matters of EU law, by English courts. His academic work has also been cited by Belgian and Irish courts. For a list of cases where Takis’s work has been cited by English and European courts, click here. He speaks regularly in international conferences on EU and financial law and has often appeared in the media in the UK, Europe, and the United States, most recently in relation to the financial crisis.
He is also qualified as a Greek advocate and offers advice in Greek law, especially company, commercial, tax, and administrative law. He has acted as expert witness on Greek law in English courts.
In 2003, Takis was senior legal advisor to the EU Presidency. He chaired the Group set up by the EU Council of Ministers to draft the Accession Treaty by which eight States of Central and Eastern Europe, plus Cyprus and Malta, joined the EU on 1 May 2004. He was also involved in the discussions over the proposed EU Constitution and giving legal advice on the UN plans for reunification of Cyprus.
Takis became a member of Matrix in April 2004. He was previously a tenant of Hailsham Chambers.
Chair of European Law, Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London (2013)
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Nancy A. Patterson Distinguished Scholar and Professor, School of Law, Pennsylvania State University (since 2004)
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Professor of European Law, College of Europe, Bruges (since 1999)
Legal Advisor on EU Law to the EU Presidency held by Greece (2003)
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Chair, EU Council Group for the Drafting of the Treaty of Accession to the EU of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia (2003)
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