Thinking to move to a warmer country like Portugal?
You have a job opportunity to relocate to capital Lisbon or Oporto, Portuguese 2nd largest city?
Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon offers all the delights you would expect of Portugal ’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are all part of the colorful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets.
As bright yellow trams wind their way through curvy tree-lined streets, Lisboetas stroll through the old quarters, much as they’ve done for centuries. Village-life gossip in old Alfama is exchanged at the public baths or over fresh bread and wine at tiny patio restaurants as fadistas (proponents of fado, Portugal’s traditional melancholic singing) perform in the background.
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Meanwhile, in other parts of town, visitors and locals chase the ghosts of Pessoa in warmly lit 1930s-era cafés or walk along the seaside that once saw the celebrated return of Vasco da Gama. Yet, while history is very much alive in centuries-old Lisbon, its spirit is undeniably youthful.
In the hilltop district of Bairro Alto, dozens of restaurants and bars line the narrow streets, with jazz, reggae, electronic and fado filling the air and revelers partying until dawn. Nightclubs scattered all over
town make fine use of old spaces, whether on riverside docks or tucked away in 18th-century mansions.
The Lisbon experience encompasses so many things, from enjoying a fresh pastry and bica (espresso coffee) on a petite leafy plaza to window-shopping in elegant Chiado. It’s mingling with Lisboetas at a neighborhood festival or watching the sunset from the old Moorish castle. Continue reading →
Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is the second most populated city in Romania, following the national capital Bucharest, and is the head town of Cluj County, in the northwestern part of the country.
The city is considered the unofficial capital of the historical province of Transylvania.
Cluj-Napoca has a continental climate, characterized by warm dry summers and cold winters. The climate is influenced by the city’s proximity to the Apuseni Mountains, as well as by urbanization. Winter temperatures are often below 0 °C (32 °F), even though they rarely drop below −10 °C.
The city’s population is over 300k inhabitants, or 1.6% of the total population of Romania. Just over 80% of the population of the city is ethnic Romanian, with the second largest ethnic group being the Hungarians, who form 16% of the population.
Location: Central Romania (County: Cluj)
Size: 42 sq. km
Inhabited since: 200 BC
Things to do
Cluj-Napoca has a diverse and growing cultural scene, with cultural life present in various fields, such as visual arts, performing arts and nightlife.
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As an important cultural centre, Cluj-Napoca has many theatres and museums. The latter include the National Museum of Transylvanian History, the Ethnographic Museum, the Cluj-Napoca Art Museum, the Pharmacy Museum, the Water Museum and the museums of Babeş-Bolyai University—the University Museum, the Museum of Mineralogy, the Museum of Paleontology and Stratigraphy, the Museum of Speleology, the Botanical Museum and the Zoological Museum.
Cluj-Napoca hosts a number of cultural festivals of various types. These take place throughout the year, though are more frequent in the summer period. “Sărbătoarea Muzicii” (Fête de la Musique) is a music yearly festival on 21st June, organized under the aegis of the French Cultural Centre. In September, the Transilvania Philharmonic hosts the “Toamna Muzicală Clujeană” Classical Music Festival. Additionally, Splaiul Independenţei, on the banks of Someşul Mic River, hosts a number of beer festivals throughout the summer; among them the “Septemberfest”, taking after the German Oktoberfest.
The Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) held in the city since 2001 and organized by the Association for the Promotion of the Romanian Film, is the first Romanian film festival with international features. Continue reading →