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How to Plan Your Next Romantic Getaway in Italy

There’s a reason Italy is such a popular destination for honeymoons. Of course, everyone knows that the food is incredible and that it’s rich with history and full of culture. But after arguably the most romantic day of their life, it’s no surprise...

Szechenyi Thermal Bath, the Best Spa Experience in Budapest

In my many road trips to Vienna, I never passed Budapest without a sigh. I had been hearing so many good things about this city, that visiting it became one of my biggest wishes. However, when someone else is the driver and your destination is not Budapest, you can do...

6 Best Day Trips from Milan

Of course you can shop until you drop. Milano is the perfect destination for this. There are clothes, shoes and bags for all budgets and tastes. There are hundreds of cathedrals, ruins, monuments and museums. You can spend a full week in Milan and still not have...

No Rhododendrons on the Ciucas Mountain

I was much too tired to remember why I went up there in the first place. The wind through my hair and through my wet clothes was fabulous, a true catalyst for forgetting. For a moment, I had no past. I was only eyes and skin, kissed by wind and sun together. I even...

Wines of Romania: Bringing People Together

Wines of Romania are just like wines of every other place. They cover a range starting with vinegar-like, barely drinkable ones, going up to wines that were awarded the gold medal in the Brussels Wine Awards Contest (Concours Mondial de Bruxelles). Funny enough,...