Faro is the gateway to the Algarve, a popular beach destination with plenty of mass tourism. Yet the town itself has preserved its character and it’s fun to explore on foot!
When I considered moving to the USA as part of an exchange program, the first opportunity was to go to Boston, Massachusetts, and I had a photo of Boston Harbor on my desk for months. After it fell through and I ended up in San Francisco, the city I fell in love with, I returned to Boston as a visitor … Continue reading
Riga, the capital of Latvia, is steeped in history, it’s easy to explore the old town on foot, you can discover it’s Art Noveaux buildings or learn about modern history! And you can have great food like at Domini Canes while staying at nice hotels like the Radisson Blu Ridzene or Radisson Blu Daugava and it’s inexpensive when compared to other European capitals.
If you have a few days in Lisbon, I recommend you include a day-trip to Sintra, only 45 minutes from the city in the mountains, with two fantastic palaces, an old fortress and a chance for some nice hiking! The beautiful setting has inspired a few writers in the past and attracts lots of visitor today to spend a day … Continue reading
I explored the Baltic States on my Baltic Explorer trip and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was such a wonderful surprise. The old town had been lovingly restored with the towering walls and castle, churches and cobblestone streets. If you want to see “old Europe” – this is a great alternative from the busy capitals in Western Europe!
Krakow in Poland has a proud history and the Castle above the city is a great place to explore it. Find out more about Krakow, the Royal Castle, or if you don’t have much time, the Perfect Day Itinerary for this enchanting town! And if you are staying at the Radisson Blu Krakow, you can take a leisurely walk through the park to get to the castle!
One of the most unusual tourist sites in Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves just 15km North of the city. They are 400 million years old and served early settlers as shelter and guano farming later. But what makes them a top tourist attraction is the temple hidden inside! It’s one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and … Continue reading
If you are living in Europe and are looking for a more exotic beach getaway, Bali is a great choice: It’s easy to reach from most major European airports, there is a lot to do, from party-beaches to quiet, romantic beaches and the peaceful forests and rice paddies around Ubud to the many historic temples all over the island. And … Continue reading
While this might look like a coin, for the Inkas who created it, it had purely decorative value and was most likely used to hold the two parts of a cape or tunic. Tragically, the Spanish conquistadores, saw a lot of monetary value in the gold and destroyed the Inka Empire that stretched through large areas of the Andes in South America. Robin took this picture in the Gold Museum in Bogota and the capital of Columbia is worth a visit! To see more of Robin’s fascinating photos, check out Robin’s photo site! You can order the photos or create photo products with them!
In addition to Bogota, I recommend to visit Machu Picchu, the most famous reminder of the Inka Empire. Hiking the Inka Trail was one of my most memorable experiences in South America!