6 Fairytale castles in Ireland: myths and legends

  Ireland, the green heart of Europe, is the land of fairies, elves, leprechaun and legends. We visited it several times but with every trip we discovered something new: surprises here are always around the corner. With a national heritage of more than 30,000 fortified buildings of various sizes to …

Feel Free onboard the Norwegian Epic

Announcing I wanted to plan my own honeymoon, adding “I prefer Hawaii to cruising” has probably convinced people here I’m completely insane. The fact is that here cruises are a very popular way of seeing the world. It’s common practice to enjoy a cruise as a honeymoon, and maybe fall …

5 life lessons learned from Krakow

When I have been to Warsaw, people kept on telling me that I absolutely had to see Krakow before to leave Poland. I was honestly confused: I found Warsaw pretty beautiful, so how could Krakow be even better? Unfortunately I was in Poland for work and I didn’t make it …

The first 3D Planetarium in Italy: Naples and the management issues

Once upon a time there was an abandoned steel mill, closed in 1992. Bagnoli became a quiet area. The sirens weren’t screaming anymore to call the workers back to the plant. Yet the huge metal skeletons scared everyone. One day someone decided to try and do something about it. The …

Best pubs to celebrate Paddy’s day in Cork

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, lovingly called Paddy’s day, there’s no one better than the Irish who knows how to celebrate. Yet if you’re thinking of green beer and corned beef and cabbage, think again. For the 4.7 million people living in Ireland, St. Patrick’s traditions have been …

Italian getaway at Tuscia Viterbese

The Tuscia Viterbese is an area in Italy that includes parts of three regions: Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. It’s the ancient Etruria, an historical region in the middle of Italy, where the Etruscan civilization endured from before the 700 b.C. until its assimilation into the Roman Republic in the late …

7 outstanding day trips from Amsterdam by train

When I published the article with my tips for a nice weenend in Amsterdam I had no idea it would’ve been read by so many people. Yet I received comments and a lot of messages on my Message Box (here on the right) asking for more. Some of you requested …

Why forgetting is a crime: a trip to Auschwitz

“Standing in line for vegetables or something like that I told my neighbour standing next to me that now they start to kill the Jews in the concentration camps and they even make soap out of them. And they said Frau Bonhoeffer, “if you don’t stop telling such horror stories …

Your Krakow adventure begins here: Hotel Kazimierz III

Hotel Kazimierz III is the newest 3 stars  hotel of a group that already owns other five hotels, most of them situated in the Jewish District in Krakow, Poland.  It offers 28 rooms and a 24 hour front desk. We have stayed here during our Winter trip in Krakow. The …

The magic of Vienna’s Christmas markets

From the third week of November until Christmas, Vienna‘s prettiest squares turn into magical Christmas villages. The air is filled with the delicious scents of gingerbread, cinnamon and hot punch, nights shine with all the Christmas lights and candles: the city exudes a fantastic atmosphere. The present day markets date …