15 Jul, 2017 in Barcelona

Barcelona is an exciting vibrant city, with lots of tourist attractions, but perhaps the most famous of those is the La Sagrada Familia, which has been under renovations for ages. It’s not the only cathedral worth visiting, and in the Gothic quarter is the Cathedral of Barcelona which had lots of open markets and artists […]

27 Jun, 2017 in Ghent

Ghent is one of Belgium’s top city attractions, featuring a charming old town center, filled with canals and cathedrals, with a laid back bohemian feel, plus lots of options for drinks and food, with music and culture everywhere. During my very short visit I strolled around a lot, did a boat trip around the main […]

2 Jun, 2017 in Bruges, Visions

Ever since moving to Europe and living next to the Belgium border, I’ve been hearing that I have to go visit Bruges, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that I found the opportunity to go for a short visit before flying out of Brussels. Yep, Bruges is gorgeous, history, gigantic cathedrals, canals, windmills, chocolates, swans, […]

30 May, 2017 in Geneva

I arrived at Geneva early morning and had half a day to explore around before work called, and so a quick search indicated that the best place to get a view of Geneva and the region from above was Saint-Pierre Cathedral. It’s high on the central old town hill, and has old stairs going up to […]

11 Apr, 2017 in Berlin

Berlin is a vibrant cultural city with much to see and do dealing with a complicated past. In every street corner you’ll have reminders of the troubled past and in-your-face reminders of dark times as Germany confronts its own history head on. When I visited, I was situated fairly close to what some would consider to be […]

15 Jan, 2017 in Ghent

Europe has an interesting way to offer grand panoramic views of a city. Netherlands and parts of Belgium also have the challenge of being flat, so hills and mountains are usually ruled out. Not that many skyscrapers, especially in the the more historical towns. What usually stands out in the background? churches and cathedrals, and […]

20 May, 2016 in Moscow
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Moscow Russia -004

Walking distance from the Kremlin in Moscow is one of the tallest churches in the world. Most of my Moscow visit was sunny and cheerful, but my visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was during gray cloudy weather which made the church seem even more striking. It has gone through some hectic history, almost completely destroyed […]

18 Apr, 2016 in Barcelona
Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Barcelona Spain (17)

My favorite moment in my last visit to Barcelona was up on the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sagrat Cor) with panoramic views of gorgeous Barcelona from high up in the mountains. A short bus ride from Barcelona through the winding roads up to the tallest mountain of the area, a climb through […]

8 Nov, 2015 in Saint Petersburg
Saint Isaac

When I stopped over in Moscow for a few days I was contemplating whether I have enough time to go see Saint Petersburg, but everyone I asked recommended that I do without any hesitation. So, early morning I took the 4-hour fast train to Saint Petersburg without doing any homework and not knowing what to […]

5 Nov, 2015 in Milan
Milan Cathedral  Italy (20)

The Milan Cathedral, or Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of St Mary of the Nativity, is impressive. Even though I’ve seen hundreds of cathedrals all around the world, some of them grander and older than the Milan Cathedral, and you could say I’ve become so bored with them to a point of not caring, this cathedral still took […]

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