8 Jun, 2016 in Barcelona
Gothic quarter Barcelona Spain-022

On my recent visit to Barcelona, I stayed near the Gothic Quarter, the old city center, with buildings and architecture dating back hundreds of years. It’s filled with funky stores, comfy little cafes and restaurants, and shopping options. There are lots of walking tours of the area, but sometimes it’s best to just wonder around and let yourself […]

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 […]

6 Jun, 2016 in Moscow
The red square Moscow Russia (18)

Possibly one of the most recognizable icons to anyone anywhere in the world, definitely to all Russians and former-USSR countries, the Red Square (together with the Kremlin) is the heart of the Russian political authority. A UNESCO heritage site, with magnificent cathedral structures, the Kremlin hosting the Russian president, the Lenin mausoleum, all surrounding a wide open-space […]

2 Jun, 2016 in Lisbon
University of Lisbon campus (2)

In my last visit to Lisbon I had a meeting at the Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics and so decided to make half a day out of it to explore the nearby area and the University of Lisbon campus. It was a gloomy day that didn’t allow for a full appreciation of campus and it […]

31 May, 2016 in Limburg
A GoGo Valkenburg Netherlands (7)

One of the last things you might expect to find in the very flat Netherlands is a chairlift or cable car. In most of the Netherlands, there are no hills, but on the southern province of Limburg, you’ll start to see a hill here or there, and in Valkenburg, not too far away from Maastricht, […]

30 May, 2016 in Boquete
Horseback riding and hotsprings -Boquete Panama (17)

After a few days in Panama City and the gorgeous islands of Bocas del Toro I took a boat and bus down south and up the mountain to Boquete, considered one of the best American Xpat retirement towns. For a small town, there’s plenty to do, and only once I arrived I realized I could have probably planned for longer. […]

29 May, 2016 in Jerusalem
Jerusalem northern city walls walk (35)

A good way to get started on your tour of the gorgeous old city of Jerusalem is to go on a walk on the old city walls. If you approach the old city from the Jaffa gate you can do the walk in two directions – one going on the southern walls into the Armenian […]

25 May, 2016 in New York City
Wall street NYC New York (7)

I’ve been to New York City so many times, but somehow never really got around to taking shots of the famous Wall Street. Back in my 6th grade year in the US I remember coming out of the metro on Wall Street and for the first time in my life seeing the endless row of […]

24 May, 2016 in Florence
Piazza della Signoria Florence Italy-003

Piazza della Signoria is seen by many to be the heart and core of Florence. It’s definitely considered one of the tourist highlights, as in the area you have Loggia della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Palace of the Tribunale della Mercanzia, the Palazzo Uguccioni, and the Palace of the Assicurazioni Generali, all gorgeous buildings dating […]

23 May, 2016 in Lisbon
National Pantheon - Lisbon Portugal (3)

The 17th century Church of Santa Engrácia is now the official Portuguese National Pantheon serving as the burial grounds for famous figures in Portugal. Poets, thinkers, politicians, generals, religious figures, leaders, it’s a wide collection of people that are at the political consensus. It’s an impressive building, the architecture is glorious, and best thing of all, ofcourse, […]

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