7 Aug, 2017 in Lodz

If you tell someone you’re from Maastricht and they’ve heard of Maastricht before, then it’s probably because of Andre Reiu, Maastricht’ local export and pride, roaming around the world with his orchestra bringing popular folk and classical music to the eager masses. His Maastricht concerts around July are world famous, and his concerts are very […]

11 Jul, 2017 in Bristol

Had the pleasure of visiting the Bristol area twice briefly in the past year, and each time was a different time of year showing different aspects of the Bristol charm. The first time, it was autumn-winter, the next spring-summer. I previously wrote about the lovely Clifton Suspension Bridge and Observatory and the intriguing Underfall Yard […]

14 Jun, 2017 in Sicily

Visible from almost every corner or Sicily is the impressive active volcano mountain – Etna. Occasionally it erupts and has a devastating impact on the area, but most time it’s on fair low heat and visitors can hike up all the way to the top and get a glimpse of the volcano. We were less […]

23 Apr, 2017 in Limburg

Lots of funky underground tunnels all over the Limburg area around Maastricht. I previously wrote about the remarkable Roman Catacombs in Valkenburg and the Fort Sint Pieter and underground tunnels Maastricht, and today I’ll mention two more, and there’s another that I’ll write about later on, which is a bit more unique. If you’re visiting Valkenburg and the Valkenburg […]

14 Jan, 2017 in Sapporo

I spent most of the last summer in Japan, and most of that was spent in Sapporo of the northern region of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is famous for its natural scenery, skiing in the winter, and the relatively cooler chilled out pace during the hot Japan summers.  Sapporo, the Hokkaido capital and biggest city, is also […]

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 […]

16 Jun, 2016 in Guadalajara
Plaza Fundadores Guadalajara Historic center (8)

It’s been over a year since I visited Guadalajara and going back to revisit some of the memories, I realized that I have not done justice to this lovely city and have yet to share some of what the historic center has to offer. The whole historic center is walkable, and I strongly recommend that […]

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 […]

26 Apr, 2016 in Rotterdam
Rotterdam walking tour Netherlands (1)

For the last newyears I headed up from Maastricht to central Netherlands around Dan Haag and Delft and on newyears did my first visit to Rotterdam with a very long walk through the very quiet post-celebrations city. Funky modern architecture with long streets along canals and rivers made for an especially pleasant tour, even if it […]

10 Feb, 2016 in Moscow
Kremlin Moscow (11)

A symbol of the former USSR, the Kremlin in Moscow brings up all sorts of associations, but there’s so much more to the Kremlin than history of cold war politics. For the tourist, the Kremlin offers grand Russian architecture with palaces, churches, cathedrals, and museums. I skipped the museums, and headed to the Kremlin complex […]

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