Where would you like to travel today?

What a Mud Volcano Can Do for Your Travel Photos

How would you like to take photos of you on another planet? We may have to wait a little until space travel becomes mainstream, but I’ve managed to take some surreal photos in a place I’m going to reveal in a moment. There is this unusual area in Romania,...

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...

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,...

Moinho de Vento

Do you want to know what this and this and this look on the outside? Here’s the thing: an abandoned windmill, or a moinho de vento, as the Portuguese would call it. The history of the windmill is quite uneven. It’s interesting how the windmill, known from...

Art on Cows in Brussels

In my weekend getaway to Brussels, I witnessed an unusual art exhibition: Art on Cows. The happy cows were spread across the entire city, with a bigger concentration in the Atomium area. I took several photos, because I thought the idea was cool. It seems many people...

Brussels City Break: Things You Can See Over a Weekend

For many years, I was one of the best students in my class. I knew everything about everything, I had the best answers to my teachers’ questions, I felt like the “star of the show”. Well, there were two exceptions: history and geography. I couldn’t see how knowing...

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia is a beautiful but sad museum. It went through a series of transformations which you can read about in David Lansing’s article about the history of Hagia Sophia.

Greeks of Kayakoy, Go Home! The Bitter Meaning Of Going Home

She was almost blind. Her myopia was so advanced that she had to stick her nose into a book to be able to read. Despite her thick glasses which looked like two jar bottoms, she was one of the most smiling and optimistic in our class, if not in the entire highschool....

Saklikent Gorge, The Place Where Time Stops

Out of all places I’ve been to, two have the magic power to stop the time. One is Mount Olympus in Greece. The other one is Saklikent Gorge in Turkey. These places have a strange power to bring happiness and peace in your soul. For the entire time you are there, you...

The Oludeniz Earthquake – How Close Do We Get to Places We Visit?

It’s strange how we get attached to things in our lives. Wardrobes full of clothes we don’t wear anymore, boxes crowded with old photos, bookcases and bookcases with books we read once, every little nail and screw from dismantled household appliances, old magazines,...

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...

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...

Destination Bali, Indonesia – Hot Springs and an Active Volcano

Those who have been following my blog for a while may know how much I like hot springs and thermal waters. I’ve been fascinated by the Szechenyi Baths in Budapest, I fell in love with Lake Ursu in Sovata, and I’ve been happy to find out that I can relax in the warm...

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...

On the Beach All-Inclusive Holidays: Relaxing or Boring?

Jane had chosen Belek, in Turkey, for her summer holiday. Although I’ve visited Turkey more than 10 times, I never saw Belek. I asked her what she thought about the town, the surroundings, about short trips in the neighbourhood, about things to do, see or eat. She...

Passiflora – My Passion for the Passion Flower

Passiflora is a genus of about 500 species of flowers. That’s what Wikipedia says. I say Passiflora is my favorite flower. I had the pleasure to grow several Passiflora plants in the past. Since I started travelling for bigger periods of time, I gave away almost...

Air New Zealand – The Airline of Middle-Earth

Do you remember those boring briefings you have to watch each time you board on a plane? Sometimes they are projected as movies on a screen, some other times there’s the cabin crew showing you what to do in various emergency cases. Either way, after flying a few...

Art on Cows in Brussels

In my weekend getaway to Brussels, I witnessed an unusual art exhibition: Art on Cows. The happy cows were spread across the entire city, with a bigger concentration in the Atomium area. I took several photos, because I thought the idea was cool. It seems many people...

Brussels City Break: Things You Can See Over a Weekend

For many years, I was one of the best students in my class. I knew everything about everything, I had the best answers to my teachers’ questions, I felt like the “star of the show”. Well, there were two exceptions: history and geography. I couldn’t see how knowing...