3 destinations in Europe blogger Jessica Nabongo inspired us to visit
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Jessica Nabongo, the founder of Jet Black, a travel company, is busy touring Europe and exposing some of the most beautiful places along the way. Here are our top 3 places from her trip that we absolutely want to see.
Belgrade is the capital and the largest city of Serbia. Its name translates to ‘White City’ ,with a population of over 1.23 million. The city is rich in culture, monuments and nightlight, catering for all ages. Nabongo said on Instagram: “Hang out in Belgrade!! Belgrade is a really cool city! It was way hotter than anywhere else that I've visited in the last day and for some stupid reason I walked 8 miles in this heat,” she said.
She gushed about the food, “The best part of my trip was by far having dinner at Ambar. It is one of my fave restaurants in DC and they have a location here. The staff and food were as amazing here as they are in DC!!! Check out my stories for more of Belgrade.”
Facts about the city
*The city has 15 names. From Alba Graeca, Alba Bulgarica, Fehérvár, Nandoralba, Nándorfehérvár, Landorfehérvár, Weißenburg and Griechisch-Weißenburg, Castelbianco, Veligrad(i)on or Velegrada, Dar Al Jihad, we cannot keep count of how many names it has.
*There is a place called Silicon Valley. The Strahinjića Bana Street is popularly called the Silicon Valley because of the cosmetically enhanced attributes of the women who visit the neighbourhood.
Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country's capital and commercial center. Its iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Other landmarks to look out for include the historic Lipscani district, home to an energetic nightlife scene as well as tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche Palace, where Prince Vlad III once ruled. In one of her social media post, Nabongo raved about the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, as mentioned above. She said the building is "heavier" but slightly smaller than the US's Pentagon.
Facts about the city:
* Legend has it that the city has been named after a shepherd called Bucur, in love with a young lady called Dâmboviţa.
*Bucharest is also called “Little Paris”. It was very similar to Paris in terms of architecture and lifestyle.
Moldova is an Eastern European country and former Soviet republic. It is known for its wine regions like Nistreana, known for red wine, and Codru, home to some of the world’s largest cellars. Nabongo admits that her first impression of the country was horrible after being ripped off twice by locals before going to her hotel. However, instead of sitting in her hotel room, she decided to visit a wine tour at Milestii Mici that has over 2 million bottles of wine.
Facts about the country:
*It is the least visited country in Europe. There was less than 100 000 visitors in 2015.
*People like to drink. Maldova is the second booziest nation in the world with each person drinking an average of of 16.8 litres of booze per year.