San Marino claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world, and it might even be true since their dependence (from the Roman Empire) goes back to the early year of 301, and their Constitution is dated back to 1600!
Talk about old.
First view of this beautiful country. Fun fact: capital of San Marino is - surprise surprise - San Marino!
Cheering on an imaginary football game in an empty Sammarinese staduim.
You think this is a view? You've seen nothing.
You might not notice, but those are the battlements surrounded by the forest.
Sleeping Beauty, here we come!
Park your noble steed here.
Well, that was fast.
A bit uphilly.
Now this is what I was talking about.
Situated at 749 m or 2457 ft above the sea level, San Marino (capital) is really unique. I'm afraid of heights, but I wasn't scared at all, even though I sat really close to the fence. You just don't have the feeling you're so high.
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Enjoying the local beer, Titanbrau, which you can buy only in San Marino. You can get tipsy (as I did) since it's really strong.
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An interesting relief.
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I just LOVE these blue windows.
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San Marino Parliament.
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I would like to climb the battlements so much...
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A view to the world...
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What could I be looking at?
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What did they keep here? Or who?
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Wheel (or whatever) of funicular, and a beautiful view...
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So we're walking down the street, midning our businesses, when suddenly! a loud thunder appears. And trust me - you don't know what's loud until you've experienced this one. It must've struck really close; the volume was so loud, people instinctively covered their ears, looking for a shelter. Interesting thing is, it was "roaring on dry", i.e., there was no rain. I'm not afraid of thunder, but man oh man, was it loud. We continued our tour...
...and it started to rain. Yay. It was coming very quickly and very strong, so we knew those kinds of shower usually ends in a couple of minutes. We hid under the awning of a souvenir shop, waiting for the rain to stop.
There, we met the most random person we could - an American from San Francisco, on a trip through Europe. When he asked us where are we from, he mentioned he was in our country and capital two weeks ago! What a small world.
Luckily, the rain stopped soon, and off we went.
Okay, in case if you're wondering, I had to split up blogs into two parts, because:
1) some pics didn't work, so I had to fix 'em
2) when I did, it wouldn't allow me to post because the limit is 10 pics per post (so I had to delete some).
New post will be called "Part II/I".