PEST: Visiting Fellegvár, Hungary’s ancient acropolis and “cloud castle”

The castle town of Visegrad is a good alternative to the crowdy and bustling city center of Budapest. Just about 50 minutes away via train, the town offers castle ruins and fortifications dating from the 1200s and an awesome view of the Danube River Bend. The castle complex consists of the Lower Castle, including the … More PEST: Visiting Fellegvár, Hungary’s ancient acropolis and “cloud castle”

PEST: A trip to the high fortress of Visegrad in the Danube Bend

The out-of-the-city center trip to the castle town of Visegrad about 40 kms north of Budapest was probably the highlight of my short trip to the capital of spas and thermal baths – Hungary. My UP schoolmate and I took the 50-minute train ride from Nyugati station in Budapest to Nagymaros, and then the 5-minute … More PEST: A trip to the high fortress of Visegrad in the Danube Bend

BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking day tour to the House of Terror, Heroes’ Square, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, National Museum, Central Market, etc.)

One thing I like about traveling solo is meeting like-minded people from all over the world. During my 10 day trip to Hungary and Greece last summer, I came across several amazing travelers and locals. One of them is a student from Australia who’s doing some programs in Hungary and the rest of Europe. We … More BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking day tour to the House of Terror, Heroes’ Square, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, National Museum, Central Market, etc.)

BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (Exploring the Castle District, Budapest Eye and St. Stephen’s Basilica)

Last summer, I went solo traveling in Hungary and Greece for 10 days, and those days absolutely go to my list of unforgettable adventures. Hungary has a very colorful history, from its tribal years to medieval monarchy to the world wars and eventually, communism under the Soviet Union. Today, the country  is practicing democracy and … More BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (Exploring the Castle District, Budapest Eye and St. Stephen’s Basilica)

BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking tour in the Jewish District)

Traveling solo is an ultimate life experience! And I was blessed enough to have visited a number of countries on my own. It teaches one to be independent, resourceful, open-minded and appreciative of the world we live in. Last summer, I went solo traveling in Hungary and Greece for 10 days, and those days absolutely … More BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking tour in the Jewish District)

MAASTRICHT: A sightseeing tour around the medieval city

Aside from the beautiful river Maas/Meuse, old and new bridges, and the well-known Vrijthof Square and its medieval and Gothic churches, Maastricht is also home to 1677 national heritage sites (Rijksmonumenten) and lots of ruins, watermills and canals. One will find the contrast between modern structures and well-preserved sites really fascinating — even making Maastricht a … More MAASTRICHT: A sightseeing tour around the medieval city

MAASTRICHT: A city of “joie de vivre”!

Maastricht is a river city located on both sides of the river Meuse/Maas. It is debated as the oldest city in the Netherlands, serving as a Roman settlement and a medieval religious center. Today, it is a modernized, industrialized city housing 1677 national heritage sites (Rijksmonumenten). It is the birthplace of the European Union, the … More MAASTRICHT: A city of “joie de vivre”!

MAASTRICHT: Château Neercanne – The only terraced castle in the Netherlands

Château Neercanne is a Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant located in Maastricht, a province bordering the Netherlands and Belgium. While my friend and I didn’t get to eat there, we still managed to get a glimpse of the only terraced castle in the Netherlands. The scenery from the castle was astounding! It is surrounded by a … More MAASTRICHT: Château Neercanne – The only terraced castle in the Netherlands

Riga’s Ball of Flowers: A gathering of horticulture and floriculture professionals and enthusiasts

The Puķu Balle or Ball of Flowers is an annual summer event organized by the Latvian University Botanical Garden in collaboration with the Botanical Garden Friends Society. It aims to gather horticulturists and floriculturists in a venue which showcases their skills and creativity. Together with Couchsurfers, I went to the University of Latvia (Latvijas Universitāte) to witness … More Riga’s Ball of Flowers: A gathering of horticulture and floriculture professionals and enthusiasts