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
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
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.)
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)
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)