Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
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There is always so much to learn from each other “when Europe meets”. I love our #EuropeTour project meetings on cultural tourism development in rural areas of Europe, such as the one we organised in Austria last year, or the one that had me travel to (and get to know) the culture of North-Eastern Romania for the first time last year.
This year in the spring, our Spanish project partners of the “Camino Lebaniego” located in the Cantabrian mountain district of the “Picos de Europa”, called for a meeting right on time: To celebrate the “Jubilee Year” of the Holy Forgiveness, an important date for pilgrims of all kinds to the Spanish Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana. (If you are curious to learn more about this particular jubilee, read more about it here).
… where Cantabria, with its “Picos de Europa” national park & many exciting, cultural traditions, has provided a rather perfect example of small-scale, innovative marketing & networking in cultural tourism for us.
Together with my colleagues, we have spent two days of continuing our work on the Training Modules for Cultural Tourism in rural areas, as well as the Social Media Guidelines to be published later this year. It was, and continues to be, hard work bringing together specific requirements, different points of view, and interesting knowledge from around the continent, and kudos to our wonderful project team leader Karin Drda-Kühn for always managing the group dynamics just so perfectly!
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(A piece of the) Cross of Jesus. Mountain cheese made in a cave, following centuries of tradition and protected under European law! Church banks made my architectural master mind Antoni Gaudí, that only we and the royal families of old have had an opportunity to sit on. Finally, an opportunity to almost touch hands with, an ancient cave painting dated 32.000 years old … culture, you ask? Righteously so, it can be called the main travel motive for visiting Europe in the world. Now let’s focus on making the very rural, very sensitive areas of Europe all the better qualified and educated for dealing with good quality cultural tourism.
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