12 Aug, 2019 in Limburg

Beringen in northeastern Belgium is a former mining colony, turned cultural center, with a museum, various culture and community activities, and some food and shopping options. I came by to learn about the transformation the town has gone through in the first half of the 20th century, with immigrants coming from all across Europe to […]

11 Aug, 2019 in Malta

The last day in Malta I spent touring the west coast, taking in some gorgeous coastal views and historical sites. I started off at Dingli cliffs with breakfast and a short walk, made my way down to the 3200 BC Ħaġar Qim ruins, the Stonehenge of  Malta, and the spectacular Blue Grotto natural caves.   […]

28 Jul, 2019 in Valletta

Valletta was my first stop in Malta, the largest city in the very small country of Malta. It’s a gorgeous city, all walkable, and with some grand views and wonderful attractions. The time I was visiting was the time of the carnival, so that added to the fun. I spent a day and a bit […]

19 Jul, 2019 in Antwerp

In my last visit to Belgium, I toured the north eastern part of Belgium to explore areas I’ve never visited before. Up north, close to the border with the Netherlands, is a town by the name Turnhout that has an interesting history – it was once the center of manufacturing of playing cards. Because of […]

10 Jul, 2019 in Maastricht

TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair, is one of the world’s largest art fairs, and for some reason it annually takes place in Maastricht in the Netherlands. I lived in Maastricht for a while, so that was the first time I had the chance to visit, back in 2017, and felt a bit out of […]

11 Jun, 2019 in Padua

The University of Padova is one of the oldest universities in the world, dating back to the 13th century. A few months ago I attended a seminar at the university, and there would be all sorts of tours taking us to see various historical parts of the campus. The first session was held in the […]

10 Jun, 2019 in Obidos

A short drive away from Obidos in Portugal was an unexpected delight that took me completely by surprise. A funky attraction in the most unlikely place. The Buddha Eden Gardens are so out of place, and so strange, yet so nice, that I wasn’t entirely sure how I feel about this place. At the beginning […]

25 May, 2019 in Padua

Earlier this year I attended a one week workshop in Padova (Padua) in northern Italy. Padua University in one of the oldest universities in the world with famous folks like Galileo Galilei as resident scholars. When not in the workshop, we enjoyed tours of the university campus and the city. We visited some lovely historical […]

24 May, 2019 in Turin

Last summer I visited Turin in Italy, and rented a car to roam around to surrounding mountains. I first headed east, to catch grand views of the city from above, starting from Faro Della Vittoria, an old lighthouse from the 1920s to commemorate the victory of Italy on Germany and Austria during the 1st World […]

27 Apr, 2019 in Turin

After a few days of touring around Turin (:), I headed out to the nearby mountains, first stop at Rivoli Castle, a large 17th century castle turned contemporary art museum, with wonderful exhibits and the most wonderful scenic views of the area. I adore contemporary art museums and so spent a couple of hours wandering […]

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