As any other activity, hiking has its own set of words and expressions that are commonly used within the community. You might not understand a phrase such as How often did you zero when thru-hiking the PCT? if you’re not… Continue Reading →
Built almost 2 thousand years ago, this 42 km (26 mi) long Roman engineering masterpiece routed water from the hills of Mons to Fréjus (Var, France), a city founded by Julius Caesar and then called Forum Julii (meaning ‘market of Julius’).
Located at the southern tip of Norrland, Sweden’s Northern Lands, Gävle is the oldest city of that region.
I had the opportunity to spend an unplanned 24 hours there and was happy I did.
The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, Germany, and is featured on both the city’s coat of arms and flag, so it’s no wonder than you can find (mostly) colorful bear sculptures on sidewalks while wandering around.
Located just outside of the Galeria Kazimierz in Krakow, Poland, these beautiful benches are original art pieces. Representing open books, each one is designed by a different artist.
The 9-story tall Quistorp lookout tower, erected in the early 1900s in the middle of the Arkoński forest in Szczecin, Poland, was 45 m (148 ft) tall.
How it was destroyed is still unknown.
This Polish city boasts of its internationally famous murals, but you most likely have never heard of them.
If you love street art, it might be worth making a stop there on your next trip to Poland.
Hidden in plain sight on the streets of Wrocław, Poland, are hundreds of bronze gnomes going about their daily activities: working, doing business, playing music, napping, watching TV,…
On sidewalks or hanging from poles, on windowsills and in offices, they are everywhere!
In Bulgaria, every year on June 2nd at exactly 12:00pm, air-raid sirens throughout the country resonate to honor all those who died for its freedom from Ottoman rule.
One of my favorite places in Prague, the Franciscan garden (Františkánská zahrada) is a little-known oasis right in the middle of the city, completely surrounded by buildings and very close to Jungmann Square and Wenceslas Square. It is a place… Continue Reading →
Located on the outskirts of Budapest, far from the tourist crowds swarming around Castle Hill and the Chain Bridge, the largely ignored Memento Park is an open-air museum where statues and sculpted plaques from the Communist period are on display.
The Upside Down House (Tagurpidi Maja) is located near the Estonian National Museum in the Raadi neighbourhood, on the outskirts of Tartu, Estonia. Everything inside is also turned upside down, with furniture hanging from the ceiling.
Scattered around Budapest near some of the most crowded and touristic locations are a bunch of tiny statues, hidden in plain sight. Those are much more than a local secret, since many residents don’t even know about them!
The life-size bronze equestrian statue of King Christian IX, in Christiansborg Palace’s inner courtyard, was created by Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen. The sculptor sought throughout the country for the right horse to stand as a model, but finally found it in… Continue Reading →
“Books are a world of adventure you can hold in your hands.”
On this World Book Day, here are some recommended travel books, full of inspiration and destination ideas.
The traditional Danish smørrebrød consists of a piece of buttered rye bread, a dense, dark brown bread, on which topping (pålæg) is added. Topping can be cold cuts, fish (pickled herring is a classic), cheese, spreads, boiled eggs, prawns, etc…… Continue Reading →