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.
Whenever I feel like I need fresh air I leave Dortmund hop on a train and in 45 min I’m in Düsseldorf. Less than an hour ride and here I am doing what I love doing most - walking the streets, watching people and visiting my favorite places. There are quite a few which I became attached to during the past years. I also always make sure that there is time for a ramen break, but Japanese theme in Düsseldorf is worth a separate post.
But before hustle and bustle I’d have a coffee and breakfast - nothing beats a good cup and a snack for a good day start.
In case you also prefer to start your day with a good meal and a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or simply need a break when in Düsseldorf, here are 5 favorite places which haven’t failed me yet.
It’s not an easy task to find a secluded beach these days. In Cyprus being a popular vacation destination for British and Russian tourists this mission equals to impossible. But there are still lovely and less crowded beaches which will keep one happy.
Stayinng close to Protaras in Famagusta district during our 10 days stay we tried to explore as many beaches as possible and had discovered some pretty patches of sand with rock formations which to our taste we less packed. In this post I would like to share with you our findings - 5 favorite beaches. Please keep in mind that we didn't visit any beaches on the Northern part of the island thus no recommendations here.
P.S. All the beaches mentioned below are kids friendly.
Finland was the very first country I have traveled to. It was 1992 and my mom and I took a bus from St-Petersburg across the border all the way to Helsinki. I don't remember much from that trip only that for some reason we bought skiing and two woolen scarfs. Many years have passed since that journey, I have travelled to different countries trying to absorb as much as I could, learning different cultures and their way of life, but the feeling that Finland is special has stayed with me for all these years.
It is high on my favorite countries list and I by now have good friends living in Helsinki. Visiting Helsinki has become a yearly tradition which I try to preserve. Helsinki is some of the Worlds coziest and stylish capitals, where you can reach everything by foot or bike, where everything is thought through with a note of care and childhood. Afterall, Finland living standards are rated among the Worlds leaders.
Perfect for a weekend trip or for staying and living your life, Helsinki should be high on everyones must-see list.
Hope that my tips on 10 great things to do in Helsinki the local way will engage you in planning your own trip. Oh, and I still wear those woolen scarfs =).
Namibia's greatest wildlife sanctuary, Etosha National Park, is a paradise for anyone with a love for wildlife. Basically that's why you go there - to drive around and watch for animals crossing your path, feeding, playing and hunting. With some species you have to be lucky, leopards are a rare catch. But the other Big 5 gang members are not hard to spot as soon as you know where to look. Giraffes, zebras and wildebeests are the ones which you'll see plenty and eventually stop screaming from excitement after every turn (I didn't though). Being inside the park feels like you become a part of a National Geographic show.
We have spent 2 nights 3 days inside the park and it was good timing to learn the area and not to get an overdose on animals. Let me share with you some tips on all the things you need to know before visiting Etosha National Park. This post is for independent travelers who are planning to drive their own vehicles inside the park, not for organised tour groups.
The only country in South East Asia without direct beach access attracts visitors for it's authenticity and rural charm. It is worth coming to Laos for laid back experience since it's a coutry not overrun by tourism as it's direct neighbours.
Laos vivid history as a french protectorate and the modern socialist system along with terror of the Vietnam war created a controversial yet unique soil for the way modern life floats. As of today Laos remains one of the poorest countries in South East Asia facing environmental problems and low economy rates. I'm not going deeper in these topics, but keep this information in mind when crossing the border.
Traveling in Laos is easy and relaxed - a perfect place to clear your mind and devour all the pleasures of slow traveling.
If you made up your mind of coming to Laos, hope my bucket list post is going to help you planing your itinerary.