19 Aug, 2016 in Visions, Warsaw
Visions of Warsaw Poland (1)

During my last visit to Poland, I started my tour in Warsaw. My previous visit to Warsaw was over 20 years before that, back in the grey days of post USSR collapse, and it was during winter time, so my memories were of a pretty bleak and tired Warsaw. That visit was also not touristy, […]

18 Aug, 2016 in HKUST, Visions
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HK Visions (15)

I recently revisited my old home of Hong Kong and stayed over as a guest on the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) campus at the new hotel next the new buildings for the business school and the Institute of Advanced Studies (Conference Lodge). Although I know this campus and the Sai Kung […]

3 Jul, 2016 in Visions, Wallonia
Visions of Namur Belgium (7)

On the way back from a roadtrip to Dinant close to the Belgium-French border I had a quick stopover at Namur to get a taste of the views. I climbed up the Citadel of Namur to see panoramic views of the Meuse and Sambre meeting point and see the city from above. Together with a short stroll through […]

30 Jun, 2016 in North Brabant, Visions
Visions of Den Bosch Netherlands (1)

On every trip I took from Maastricht up north to Utrecht or Amsterdam there was a stop called ‘s-Hertogenbosch. How to even pronounce that? I thought, but it’s pretty straightforward if you use the short Den Bosch, a little gem of a town which opened my eyes to the incredible art of 15th century Hieronymus Bosch, […]

19 Jun, 2016 in Bavaria, Frankfurt, Visions
Visions of Wurzburg Germany (4)

Würzburg is a lovely town in northern Bavaria, a quick getaway trip from Frankfurt or Munich. It has a very picturesque old town next to the wide Main River, with the imposing Fortress Marienberg, reachable by very old bridges from the old center, offering panoramic views of the town from above. A walk through the city […]

7 Jun, 2016 in Poznan, Visions
Visions of Poznan Poland (6)

It’s been 20 years since I last visited Poland under very different circumstances in a time following the Soviet collapse, so I’ve been wanting to go back and visit for quite some time. Looking for a quick weekend getaway, it turned out that my little town of Maastricht has an airport that holds very cheap […]

12 May, 2016 in Eastern Spain, Visions
Visions of Girona Spain (3)

Girona is a charming often overlooked town. I wasn’t planning to do anything much there myself, but my cheap RyanAir landed in that airport, and I heard it has a charming old quarter and great views from the university and so decided to stay the overnight and have a look, and I’m very glad that […]

9 Apr, 2016 in Serbia, Visions
Visions of Novi Sad Serbia (5)

My visit to Serbia was short, so centered mainly around Belgrade with a quick getaway trip to Novi Sad. In Novi Sad I had exactly enough time to visit the hill-top fortress and see a bit of the old town center. Although Novi Sad suffered some of the heaviest NATO bombing during the war, there’s […]

8 Apr, 2016 in Belgrade, Visions
Visions of Belgrade Serbia (8)

I did a crazy 10 days tour of the Balkans a few years back, but have not made it to Serbia, and so decided to take a weekend to go and visit. Since it was very short, I could only do Belgrade and the nearby Novi Sad, and get a feel for it all. I’m not […]

7 Apr, 2016 in Limburg, Visions
Visions of Valdenburg Netherlands (12)

Netherlands is filled with surprises. Just 20mins by train or bus from Maastricht to the east in the Limburg province in southern Netherlands, is the lovely town of Valkenburg. It has, TA-DA, hills! hills so high (compared to the rest of the Netherlands) that someone thought it was worth setting up a gondola cable chair […]

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