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Top Things To Do in Budapest, Hungary

Top Things To Do in Budapest, Hungary

There are so many things to do in Budapest, yet some people choose to spend most of their time in Szechenyi Baths, the best thermal spa in the city. I'm one of them. For years, I've been thinking that winter was the best time to visit Budapest, to enjoy the outdoor...

How to Visit Peles, the Most Amazing Castle in Sinaia, Romania

How to Visit Peles, the Most Amazing Castle in Sinaia, Romania

If I were to tell you that Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania, is one of the first buildings to feature central heating and air conditioning in the world, wouldn't you want to visit it? Built between 1873 and 1914, Peles Castle is one of the best preserved and the most...

What a Mud Volcano Can Do for Your Travel Photos

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, at Berca,...

Szechenyi Bath, the Best Thermal Spa in Budapest?

Szechenyi Bath, the Best Thermal Spa 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. Unfortunately, I had to travel for business, so whether I wanted to visit Prague or...

From Emotion to Meaning and Return. A Cultural Trip Through Oltenia

From Emotion to Meaning and Return. A Cultural Trip Through Oltenia

The growling of what sounded like a bear made me stop and listen carefully for a few seconds. I looked around me. The forest was young, there wasn't any chance a tree would have been able to withstand my weight. My next thought was that bears can climb trees and I...

No Rhododendrons on the Ciucas Mountain

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: Bringing People Together

Wines of Romania are just like wines of every other place. If you were to experience the best wine country vacations around the world, you'd see that you can find great wines just about everywhere, provided that the climate allows for the vineyards to grow. Romanian...

How To Visit the Ancient Cities of Ephesus & Troy in Turkey

How To Visit the Ancient Cities of Ephesus & Troy in Turkey

Turkey is one of the most surprising countries in the world. Not only is it a realm of contrasts, where the rich meets the poor, and the new meets the old in a kaleidoscope of flavors, but it is also home to some of the most important vestiges of the ancient Greek...

5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Greek Islands You Should Visit

5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Greek Islands You Should Visit

The beauty of the Greek islands is well known. The dazzling azure blues, the white sand-fringed bays and the breathtaking cliff-top views have long been celebrated in literature and cinema. Perhaps then, it is understandable that most tourists who flock to this part...

Your Ultimate Guide To Lugano, Switzerland

Your Ultimate Guide To Lugano, Switzerland

Located in the Ticino region, Lugano, Switzerland, is one of the most peaceful and serene cities on Earth. At least this is what you'll be inclined to think at the first contact with this place. If you visit Lugano in winter, you'll be surprised to see palm trees and...

Day Trips from Athens that Will Make You Want To Return to Greece

Day Trips from Athens that Will Make You Want To Return to Greece

After two days of exploring Athens with its Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, Plaka, Syntagma, the Archeology Museum and the many ruins of ancient buildings, most people start wondering what would be the best day trips from Athens. If you are one of them, I have some...

Things To Do in Athens, Greece, in Two Days

Things To Do in Athens, Greece, in Two Days

There are so many things to do in Athens, Greece, that you won't be able to cover everything in one day. Athens is a wealth of culture and civilization, a city full of vestiges, but also modern in an original way. As visiting the Acropolis is one of the main...

5 Must-See Chania Beaches (Your Handy Beach Guide To Chania, Crete)

5 Must-See Chania Beaches (Your Handy Beach Guide To Chania, Crete)

The most popular tourist destinations are famous for something. Meteora, in Greece, for instance, is well-known for its monasteries built on top of huge rocks. Egypt is famous for the Giza pyramids and the Valley of the Kings. But what makes Chania beaches, or any...

Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome – Hadrian’s Tomb, Repurposed

Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome – Hadrian’s Tomb, Repurposed

Do you remember my article about the coffin that tells stories (The Ludovisi Battle sarcophagus)? Here's now a full tomb that also tells stories, Hadrian's Mausoleum, better known as Castel Sant' Angelo or Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant Angelo.. Back in the year 135...

Ostia Antica, Best Day Trip from Rome – Why Visit & How To Do It

Ostia Antica, Best Day Trip from Rome – Why Visit & How To Do It

There are so many things to do and see in Rome, that you could easily spend two weeks without getting out of the city. However, should you want to take a day trip from Rome, consider visiting Ostia Antica. There are many good reasons why Ostia Antica is the perfect...

Why Visit the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome

Why Visit the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome

The church of San Luigi dei Francesi (Saint Louis of the French) is not only one of the most beautiful churches in Rome, but also home to three paintings by Caravaggio. The beauty of Rome is that you don't have to pay a fortune to visit museums, if you don't want to....

Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus – The Coffin that Tells Stories

Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus – The Coffin that Tells Stories

The Ludovisi Battle sarcophagus was by far the piece that impressed me the most out of everything I've seen in Rome. Palazzo Altemps, which hosts the Ludovisi Battle sarcophagus, was one of the first museums I've visited during my six days in Rome. Palazzo Altemps is...

Where to Stay in Rome

Where to Stay in Rome

If you've ever visited the charming capital city of Italy before, you probably know by now that seeing the best of Rome involves a lot of walking. Public transport isn't the most reliable of all, so you can easily end up wasting a lot of your precious time waiting for...

Things to Do & See in County Donegal, Ireland

Things to Do & See in County Donegal, Ireland

Ireland is one of my favorite countries in Europe. I've covered only a small part of it: Killarney, Kenmare, and Dublin. I also found time to take a few day trips from Dublin. Located at about 250 km from Dublin, Donegal requires more than one day to explore. Until my...