30 Jul, 2016 in Sintra
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Park National Palace of Pena Sintra Portugal (3)

One of the highlights of beautiful Sintra, a quick daytrip from Lisbon in Portugal, is the Park and National Palace of Pena. It’s a 19th century UNESCO heritage Romanticist castle on top of a mountain overlooking the town of Sintra from above. I visited quite a few castles around my world over the years, but this Disney like […]


I was visiting northern Limburg with my parents, and after roaming around and seeing white town Thorn and some of the nearby lakes, we decided to head over and check out Roermond. Turns out that Roermond features a very large outlet center and my parents wanted to see if there was anything interesting to bring […]

Museum aan het Vrijthof Maastricht (19)

In mid April Maastricht in southern Netherlands hosted its first Museum night (“Museumnacht Maastricht”). From 8pm to 12pm all museums in Maastricht were open to the public and hosting funky events. That’s when I realized that Maastricht actually has quite a few specialty museums, and that night I visited 3 of those. The last of those […]

Finca La Milagrosa Coffee Plantation Tour - Boquoete Panama (17)

In my short stop in Boquete up on the central mountains of Panama I did a couple of tours. The first was a horseback riding hotsprings tour I wrote about before, and in the rainy afternoon we were taken to the coffee plantation to hear a bit about the blooming Panama coffee industry and see […]

22 Jul, 2016 in Limburg
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Valkenburg Castle Netherlands (20)

Valkenburg, only a 20 minutes drive east of Maastricht is a gorgeous little town with lots to see and do. Surprisingly for the Netherlands, there are hills, and so many of the Valkenburg highlights are about things that are either on top or under the hills. There are hills with chairlifts (A GoGo Valkenburg), and […]

Gardos Belgrade Serbia (1)

On my last day in Belgrade I crossed the river to the southern side of Zemun, to climb up to the Gardos Tower to get views of Belgrade from afar. This tower dates back to 1896, and located in what used to be an old fortress and town, now a lively Gardos area, a cool […]

Wilhelmina Tower Vaalserberg Netherlands (1)

One of the great things of living in Maastricht down in the southern Dutch region of Limburg is that it’s very close to the border with Belgium and Germany. There is one area in Vaals, where you can stand on the exact point where the three countries supposedly meet. If you’re looking for grand panoramic scenic views of […]

Font Magica de Montjuic Barcelona Spain (2)

In my last day visiting Barcelona, I joined a local expat for a final exploration of the city. I was looking for a place that would be central but new and impressive, and was taken to Font Magica de Montjuic. We started with a rooftop view over the Plaça d’Espanya from the nearby shopping mall, then walk up the Avinguda de la Reina […]

Castelo de Saint Jorge Lisbon Portugal (23)

Upon my arrival to Lisbon coming out of the subway I quickly identified the potential in the mountain high fort overlooking the Lisbon old city central area. The following morning, I looked it up, and made my way up to see the Castelo de Sao Jorge (São Jorge Castle), a Moorish castle dating back over 2000 years […]

Botanical gardens Moscow Russia (5)

One of the last things I did on my visit to Moscow was to pay a visit to the Moscow botanical gardens. Russians seem to be very passionate about gardens, and there are several all around Moscow. This botanical gardens are located in the north-central part of Moscow, and I decided to stop by on […]

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