PEST: A hiking tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrad

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

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”

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