23 Jul, 2016 in Boquete
Finca La Milagrosa Coffee Plantation Tour - Boquoete Panama (17)

In my short stop in Boquete up on the central mountains of Panama I did a couple of tours. The first was a horseback riding hotsprings tour I wrote about before, and in the rainy afternoon we were taken to the coffee plantation to hear a bit about the blooming Panama coffee industry and see […]

22 Jul, 2016 in Limburg
Valkenburg Castle Netherlands (20)

Valkenburg, only a 20 minutes drive east of Maastricht is a gorgeous little town with lots to see and do. Surprisingly for the Netherlands, there are hills, and so many of the Valkenburg highlights are about things that are either on top or under the hills. There are hills with chairlifts (A GoGo Valkenburg), and […]

21 Jul, 2016 in Belgrade
Gardos Belgrade Serbia (1)

On my last day in Belgrade I crossed the river to the southern side of Zemun, to climb up to the Gardos Tower to get views of Belgrade from afar. This tower dates back to 1896, and located in what used to be an old fortress and town, now a lively Gardos area, a cool […]

20 Jul, 2016 in Limburg
Wilhelmina Tower Vaalserberg Netherlands (1)

One of the great things of living in Maastricht down in the southern Dutch region of Limburg is that it’s very close to the border with Belgium and Germany. There is one area in Vaals, where you can stand on the exact point where the three countries supposedly meet. If you’re looking for grand panoramic scenic views of […]

15 Jul, 2016 in Barcelona
Font Magica de Montjuic Barcelona Spain (2)

In my last day visiting Barcelona, I joined a local expat for a final exploration of the city. I was looking for a place that would be central but new and impressive, and was taken to Font Magica de Montjuic. We started with a rooftop view over the Plaça d’Espanya from the nearby shopping mall, then walk up the Avinguda de la Reina […]

12 Jul, 2016 in Lisbon
Castelo de Saint Jorge Lisbon Portugal (23)

Upon my arrival to Lisbon coming out of the subway I quickly identified the potential in the mountain high fort overlooking the Lisbon old city central area. The following morning, I looked it up, and made my way up to see the Castelo de Sao Jorge (São Jorge Castle), a Moorish castle dating back over 2000 years […]

11 Jul, 2016 in Moscow
Botanical gardens Moscow Russia (5)

One of the last things I did on my visit to Moscow was to pay a visit to the Moscow botanical gardens. Russians seem to be very passionate about gardens, and there are several all around Moscow. This botanical gardens are located in the north-central part of Moscow, and I decided to stop by on […]

10 Jul, 2016 in Milan
Sempione Park Milan Spain (7)

At the center of Milan is a large green park with a 15th century castle now serving as a museum complex. The Sforza Castle, one of the largest citadels in Europe at the time, now hosts museums for ancient art, old instruments, archaeology and history, and much more. You can easily spend half a day touring around […]

9 Jul, 2016 in Vancouver
Stanley Park - Vancouver Canada-022

Last year I was in Vancouver for a conference, and had a day to explore around a bit. The conference was taking place at the large conference center next to the Vancouver Harbour and so I set out to walk west from the conference center towards Stanley Park. The park was quite lovely, with lots of green and little […]

8 Jul, 2016 in Eastern Spain
Torres de Serranos Valencia Spain (19)

Aside from the insane City of Arts and Sciences, the lovely old gardens and parks, and the funky Las Fallas festival, there is also the old town and the surrounding old walls, protected by a series of gates around the city. The Torres de Serranos (Serranos Gate) is one of those gates dating back to the 14th century, offering […]

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