5 May, 2016 in Moscow
Novodevichy Convent - Moscow (1)

On a gloomy weekend day, I headed over to the Novodevichy Convent to visit one of the most well-known church-convent in Moscow. Founded in the 16th Century by the tsar it combines religious worship and solitude with fortifications to guard the area against invaders. It is now a UNESCO heritage site for its fine architecture and decorative details. […]

4 May, 2016 in Florence
Boboli Gardens Florence Italy (4)

Florence is a beautiful city with much to see and do. My favorite part of Florence were the Boboli Gardens, up on the hill south of the river, which is a lovely open air museum-park, with gardens, fountains, and sculptures. Just behind the Pitti palace, these gardens date back to the 16th century and offer grand […]

2 May, 2016 in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Jewish museum Netherlands-001

In one of my recent visits to Amsterdam’s UvA, I stayed overnight at the campus area only to realize that nearby is the old Jewish area. I visited the Jewish Portuguese Synagogue, which was in a combined ticket with the holocaust memorial and the Amsterdam Jewish museum. I think the building itself is the former Ashkenazi synagogue, and […]

1 May, 2016 in Eastern Spain
Jardines de Monforte & del Real Valencia Spain (8)

While I was exploring Valencia on foot, going around the circular river turned green that encompasses Valencia’s old town from the north, Tripadvisor came up with a small attraction I decided to detour and check out. Jardines de Monforte, or the Monforte Gardens were described as “probably the most beautiful garden in Valencia”, “A wonderful oasis”, and […]

29 Apr, 2016 in Vancouver
Vancouver Harbour Canada (23)

  Last summer I had the pleasure of stopping over in Vancouver for a few days to see some of my former colleagues who were attending a conference. The conference was downtown in the conference center area, which is situated right next to the gorgeous Victoria harbour.  So, I had plenty of opportunities to roam […]

26 Apr, 2016 in Rotterdam
Rotterdam walking tour Netherlands (1)

For the last newyears I headed up from Maastricht to central Netherlands around Dan Haag and Delft and on newyears did my first visit to Rotterdam with a very long walk through the very quiet post-celebrations city. Funky modern architecture with long streets along canals and rivers made for an especially pleasant tour, even if it […]

20 Apr, 2016 in Saint Petersburg
Krestovsky Island Saint Petersburg Russia (11)

On my second day in Saint Petersburg, I decided to head to the northern part of the city and explore the local island parks – Krestovsky Island  and Norway Park. Krestovsky Island was very quiet when I visited, and the amusement park wasn’t open, so I just had a stroll around and watched the locals row on the […]

19 Apr, 2016 in Amalfi and Capri
Villa Rufolo Gardens Ravello Italy (9)

My first glimpse of the gorgeous coastline of the Italian Amalfi region was in Ravello, after having crossed the Parco Regionale dei Monti Lattari by car. There are many different villas worth visiting in Ravello, and we randomly choose the Villa Rufolo Gardens. There are gardens, a fountain, and some buildings, but definitely the main attraction is the […]

18 Apr, 2016 in Barcelona
Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Barcelona Spain (17)

My favorite moment in my last visit to Barcelona was up on the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sagrat Cor) with panoramic views of gorgeous Barcelona from high up in the mountains. A short bus ride from Barcelona through the winding roads up to the tallest mountain of the area, a climb through […]

11 Apr, 2016 in Antwerp
Plantin-Moretus Museum Antwerp Belgium-004

My visit to Antwerp was very short and on very gloomy weather so I didn’t get to see and do much of the tourist attractions in the city. There was one exception, though, the Plantin-Moretus Museum in honor of the printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. This is a great speciality museum taking you through the […]

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