In a time where technology steadily makes an increasing mark on everyones life, from being available 24/7 to always having a screen to look at, it can be nice to know that there are alternatives out there. And as Christmas is getting closer, at least I start to feel a little bit nostalgic. From the cobbled paths of Kitzbühel to the silver mint of Potosi, here are 5 towns where time has stood still.
In the heart of the Austrian alps, in between Innsbruck and Salzburg you will find the small medieval town of Kitzbühel. The streets here are made of cobblestone, the shops are owned by local businesses and the air is as natural and crisp as the surrounding landscape. Even though this is a popular destination, especially for skiiers, the atmosphere still breathes history, as if no one told Kitzbühel about the world outside.
Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, still staying true to its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by beatufiul inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. To this day, the same fishing industry is maintaining Lamu, which makes the harbor town a mesmerizing mix of tastes and aromas as well as a historic place for Swahili culture.
When you are walking around in the fortified structures of Carcassone, it can be hard to remember that it is 2015. As you look over the walls and admire the French countryside, it is almost like you can feel the warm embrace of history in the cobbled paths and stone clad structures, which are surrounding you all over the city. This iconic city continues to inspire travelers seeking an authentic experience.
By the Puhui River in the Minhang District of Shanghai, this treasure of a town can be found. I mean that literally, as the town’s name translates into Town of Seven Treasures. What these seven treasures are is up to you to find out! If you start feeling unexpectedly adventurous, it might also be because the character Chang Chong-Chen from ‘The Adventures of Tintin‘ was inspired by Zhang Chongren, a great painter that resided here.
The story of Spanish silver dates back a long way, and it usually begins here, in Potosi. The city was built at the feet of the mountain called Cerro Rico, which translates into ‘rich mountain’. The National Mint of Bolivia was placed here, and it is where a major part of Spanish silver came from during the 16th century, and this is why the city bears such historic importance. Today, the mint is no longer used, but you can visit it, as it is now home to arguably the most important museum in Bolivia. There is much more to see here, mainly the amazing wildlife that dominate the area surrounding the city. This is a place free of pollution, where you can go hand in hand with nature.
Loves architecture, old landmarks and prefers to spend his time abroad in quaint, small towns or in the countryside. Is the happiest when sitting at a local café with the only sounds being a dog distantly barking in harmony with chatter in foreign languages. The next item on his bucket list is the Easter Island.