Cologne is my dear friend. When I moved to Germany in 2007 I have spent a lot of time there. Living and studying in Bonn - Cologne neighbour - Cologne was the next biggest city to visit. I have brought all my visitors there and climbed the famous Cologne Cathedrale what felt like a hundred times.
Apart from my warm feelings Cologne is also a perfect weekend trip destination with enough points of interest to get you through but not too many that leave you undecided on where to start. Everyone would find something special here - let it be crazy Carnival party, marvelous Cologne Cathedrale or vibrant student life - Germany's largest university is in Cologne.
So let me tell you about my favorites in case you decided to spend a weekend in this cozy city along the Rhine river.
Palermo is a great weekend trip destination especially during the off season months of May and September. It is full of sunshine, sea breeze and history. As the whole island the city has changed religions and countries within the centuries and this is depicted in it's architecture and taste.
Street food, mafia, trash problems and 'God Father' filming - Palermo has seen it all.
Our flight back home was leaving from Palermo, so we decided to stay longer and spent 48 hours in the Sicily's capital.
I like Eastern Europe. I always feel home there. Countries with similar history and lifestyle each unique in their own way. Spending my first 20 years in St-Petersburg surely does play a significant role in my sympathie for the East Block.
Bucharest visit came rather spontaneously, actually as a necessary stop over. But we decided to stay a little longer than just between the flights and spent 3 full days in Romanian capital. Every time I told someone we are going to Bucharest I always got an answer back: 'What are you going to do there?' As if the city with almost 2 million inhabitants and centuries of history had nothing to offer! I was a bit discouraged, but as I believe that there are always things to see and do as soon as you keep your eyes open I thought that we'll manage anyway.
Long story short, we loved Bucharest (no big eyes, please) and realised that to 3 days is way too little to learn the city. This said, let me share with you some our discoveries and thoughts on how to make the most of 48 hours in Bucharest.
Пишу этот пост, сидя в тени деревьев во дворике студенческой столовой Хайдельберга. На улице солнце, плюс 25. Дворик забит студентами, стоит очередь в столовую - обеденный перерыв. Я - наблюдатель. Моё студенческое время закончилось уже почти 10 лет назад.