Started the year right with travel! Spent 4 days in Copenhagen with my big sister, and it was fun catching up with her! I took the buss (nettbuss.no) from Oslo, which took about 8 hours. It was nerve-wracking, because I forgot to bring my passport. I had my visa card, tickets and photos of the … More Visiting Copenhagen, Denmark in early January
Norway is nature’s paradise. It is admirable how Norwegians value their natural resources, despite the growing urbanism in the country. They love nature so much that they have plenty of walking paths in the woods, and they prefer the quiet life in “hyttas” or cabins located deep in the forests most of the holidays. I, … More NORWAY: A long walk in Skotta nature reserve on a hot summer day!
Aside from the private tours to Delphi and Meteora, the free walking tours and the solo exploration in Athens, I also had a taste of Greek hospitality. I think that it is nice to meet locals when traveling so as to get a better idea of how it’s like to live in a certain place. … More GREECE: A side trip to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion and to a local beach resort in Voula
After learning a ton about the Sanctuary of Delphi and taking dozens of breath-taking photos, we headed towards the second destination of the private tour: Meteora. The name speaks for itself. It means “suspended in the air” or “middle of the sky”. It is one of the largest complex of Greek Orthodox monasteries, built on … More GREECE: A trip to the monasteries “suspended in the air”, Meteora!
After spending three days exploring the city of Athens, I took the chance to travel northward, to the ancient site of Delphi and to the high stone temples and monasteries of Meteora. Since I wasn’t very familiar with the Greek public transportation system, I chose to book a private tour on viator.com. I first heard … More GREECE: Visiting the Sanctuary of Delphi, the omphalos (navel of the world)
The museum-lover in me instantly fell in love with the National Archaeological Musuem in Athens. It became an easy favorite, a museum I would love to talk about whenever Athens or Greece is mentioned. At first, I was hesitant to include it in my itinerary because it is located outside the city center where the … More Must-do’s and see’s in ATHENS: The National Archaeological Museum
Archaeological finds are not just found on the Acropolis Hill or the exclusive Ancient Agora. It is literally scattered all across the city of Athens. And so, I continued getting to know the city by boarding “the happiest hop on, hop off train” ever – the Athens Happy Train! I also booked a “free” walking … More Must-do’s and see’s in Athens: Exploring the city by Happy Train and Free Walking Tour
If there’s one thing that would represent the city of Athens best, it’s undoubtedly the Acropolis. Situated on top of a rock that rises 150 m above sea level, the citadel consists of a complex of ancient buildings, temples and structures. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its historical, … More Must-do’s and see’s in ATHENS: The Acropolis
Visiting Greece for a week is a dream come true! I still couldn’t believe I managed to pull a solo trip to “one of the oldest cities in the world, the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political science, Western literature, historiography, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy”. I … More Must-do’s and -see’s in ATHENS: The Ancient Agora (Αγορά)
The Fellegvár Citadel in the castle town of Visegrad is a famous destination for excursions and hiking tours. In 1323, the town 40 kms north of Budapest became the center of Hungary, guarding the kingdom from intruders, monitoring the commercial routes along the Danube River, and hosting several important historical events like the the Royal Summit … More PEST: A hiking tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrad