Precede by the Austrian Empire (1804–1867), the dual monarchy known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire lasted 1867–1918.
To rule over such a huge amount of territory, there were parliaments in both Austria and Hungary. In theory, the monarch had absolute power over the territories and was tasked with making sure these two parliaments worked together, but, in practice, the royals had little influence.
For decades the empire underwent rapid economic development, but things were to come crumbling down in the early 20th century. When monarch Franz Ferdinand visited Serbia in 1914 he was assassinated by militants, sparking a conflict that turned into World War I. By 1918, the Allied powers won the war and various countries started to declare independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
It might have been short-lived as empires go, but Austria-Hungary played a huge role in European history. To this day you can see some of the immense palaces built during the Imperial age when you visit national capitals such as Vienna, Budapest
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.