Slovakia, or the Slovak Republic, is a high-income advanced economy situated in Central Europe, bordered by Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. Staying in the capital, Bratislava, the only capital city which borders two countries – Hungary and Austria, Carl & I had the chance to explore one of the oldest castles in Slovakia … More Interrail Adventure 2018 Day 5: Exploring Bratislava – the beauty on the Danube (Devin Castle, UFO Observation Deck, Old Town)
Day 4. Time for us to leave the fairytale city of Prague and move on to our next stop: the little big city of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. It was “first visit” to the said country for both of us, so we were excited and thrilled! Bratislava, known as the city of Pressburg until 1919, … More Interrail Adventure 2018 Day 4: Prague – Bratislava (2.travel day)
Prague Zoo (or Zoo Praha) is the 8th zoo Carl and I visited together. It was TripAdvisor’s 5th best zoo in 2017. (Loro Parque in Tenerife, which we visited in 2016, scored #1.) Located north of Prague, the zoo sits on Troja hillside, a land which was donated by the farming tycoon Alois Svoboda in 1922 … More Interrail Adventure 2018 Day 3: Prague Zoo – the fifth best in the world!
Zahara de los Atunes is a small village in the province of Cádiz in Andalusia, south of Spain. Ideal for sunbathing, short sightseeing walks, and seafoods (especially the red tuna) dining, the town has been a favorite stop-over destination for visitors in the region. It has wide fine sand beaches kissed by aquamarine seawaves, desert species … More SPAIN: Of deserted beaches, crowded fish restaurants and an ancient fortress in Zahara de los Atunes
As the title suggests, the port and city of Cádiz in Andalusia in southwestern Spain is an ancient jewel for local and foreign visitors alike. It offers beautiful beaches, well-preserved fortifications, majestic cathedrals among others. It is one of the places where one should know a little bit of Spanish to get a message across. … More SPAIN: Exploring Cádiz, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in western Europe
On the third day of our summer vacation in Spain, we headed towards the sophisticated beach resort town of Marbella. It is considered the classiest and most expensive of all the towns comprising the Costa del Sol region in Southern Spain. Up to this day, many rich people, including Arab kings and famous actors like … More SPAIN: Spending a summer day in Marbella – Costa del Sol’s chic and most expensive beach resort town
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!
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
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”