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Hiking in Romania: Padis – Cetatile Ponorului, Apuseni Mountains

Hiking in Romania: Padis – Cetatile Ponorului, Apuseni Mountains

I told you in the previous post in the Hiking in Romania series that the harder a place is to reach, the cleaner and the more exciting it is. Apuseni Carpathians trails are hard to reach indeed, especially if you don’t have a car, but they are worth the pain. Those...

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

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.

Did the Hermits of Meteora Greece Lose Their Privacy to Tourists?

Did the Hermits of Meteora Greece Lose Their Privacy to Tourists?

I can’t believe how many fears of our ancestors have provided popular touristic objectives of today. If we only think of how many citadels and fortresses are there, we see that throughout the history humans were anything but friendly. Everybody wanted something that...

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

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 high-school....

Fethiye Saklikent Gorge, Turkey, The Place Where Time Stops

Fethiye Saklikent Gorge, Turkey, 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 Fethiye Saklikent Gorge in Turkey. These places have a strange power to bring happiness and peace in your soul. For the entire time you are...

Did the Hermits of Meteora Greece Lose Their Privacy to Tourists?

Did the Hermits of Meteora Greece Lose Their Privacy to Tourists?

I can’t believe how many fears of our ancestors have provided popular touristic objectives of today. If we only think of how many citadels and fortresses are there, we see that throughout the history humans were anything but friendly. Everybody wanted something that...