18 May, 2016 in Southern Spain
Museu de Fogueres Alicante Spain (1)

Alicante in Spain has a couple of top attractions, like the beaches and the gorgeous mountain-top Santa Bárbara Castle. Other than that, it’s a pretty sleepy town. There are a couple of smaller attractions, which I finished in about an hour or two of walking through downtown, both featuring some of the cultural heritage of the […]

17 May, 2016 in Limburg
Alden Biesen Castle Rijkhoven Belgium (1)

At the small village of Rijkhoven in the eastern Belgium region of Limburg bordering with the Dutch Limburg and the city of Maastricht is a 16th century castle – Alden Biesen. It’s not the grandest or the most beautiful castle in the area, but if you’re in the area, or looking for a day trip […]

16 May, 2016 in Amalfi and Capri
Amalfi drive Italy (4)

The Amalfi region in southern Italy is absolutely breath-taking. Mountains overlooking a long coast, clear blue water next to wild green, ancient Italian architecture meets hiking and beaches, crazy long winding roads with insane Italian drivers. It might be a bit over commercialized and touristic, but as far as tourism goes, this is probably as good […]

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 […]

10 May, 2016 in Eindhoven, Limburg, North Holland
Thorn white city Netherlands (8)

Thorn is a lovely little town at the northern part of Limburg province in the Netherlands, dating back to 10th century and featuring an array of, well, white historical houses. At the tourist VVV center you can get a map for a walking tour of an hour or two to explore some of the older […]

9 May, 2016 in Limburg
South Limburg Old Steam Train Netherlands (39)

I was looking for some interesting attraction within the Limburg province no too far away from Maastricht, and folks kept suggesting a historic steam train in the area that runs on Sunday. So on a chilled weekend when my parents visited we decided to go and give it a try. The South Limburg Steam Train is, […]

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 […]

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