In love with Tatra mountains

One of the first winter walks this year in Polish Tatra mountains was nice and easy, can be easily made in up to 4 hours. Starting from Palenica Bialczanska parking, the blue path leads to Rusinowa Polana and subsequently green one to Gesia Szyja. Even though not as much seen as expected as weather decided to be quite moody, the walk, snow, peace and quiet was all worth it. Love Tatra mountains. Advertisements

Winter and dwarfs in Wroclaw

City weekend away is always a good idea. For two days you manage to do all the “must sees”. Some of the merits any Polish city has to offer in winter are mulled wine, magical christmas market square and feeling of bliss when entering a cosy coffee place or resto after wandering around in low temperatures. What you probably would not get to see anywhere else than Wroclaw is how much dwarfs can take over the city. They are everywhere giving special artistic flavour to the city started as commemoration to anti-communist movement in Poland. Ostrow Tumski is not to be…

Reims – the city of surrender

Being born and raised for the first seventeen years of my life in a small village somewhere in Western Ukraine, I must admit I have slept through most of history classes. The names of the cities where major historical events took place did not make much difference to me. They were too abstract, they were too far, almost like in a different universe. Never could I have imagined back then that I would one day be able to travel and experience the world. As such only a few days before our trip to Paris and Reims for pre-Christmas celebration I…

The Streets and Views of Milano

This time it took me over a month to actually pull myself together and share the view of Milano. I have heard a lot before going there for a weekend, mostly the comments were along the lines “nothing worth to see”. Well… I respectfully disagree. Duomo di Milano in the weather we have had was just spectacular. You will need to wait in a queue for some 40 minutes, but eventually when you get there the view is worth a wait. Piazza Gae Aplenti is a really impressive modern square to walk around in the evening and it can be a pleasant stroll after a…

Venice “behind the mask”

Italy attracts for it’s beauty so much european. Through not tourist-friendly (why would they be if tourists are flooding to Venice so much danger is it can finally sink in?), Italians love their country and tourists love Italy. But somehow there is a hate-hate relations between locals and tourists no matter how interdependent they are. Venice stroke us during the first hour being there. Literally. The stroke was hard, ie. my nose against the spotless glass door of the hotel we were staying in. The next hour or two we spent browsing on Internet all about symptoms of nose breaking,…

Malta, Gozo & Comino – Dos and Don’ts

Having not planned the trip as usual we found that being spontaneous pays off the most. All we knew was address of the place we are going to stay at for the first three nights in Sliema and that the weather should be around 27 degrees in late October. This was the extend of our preparation for Malta. We have learned a few things a hard way, so are some tips to keep in mind when planning to visit Malta, Gozo and Comino: Five Don’ts: do not expect to be taken on a bus even if though it still got some space do…

Bodensee, Rheinfall and a flower island

It is already the second year of travel to Ladenburg to start yet another driving journey in and around Germany, France and this year Switzerland as well. Even Germanwings cancelling my flight and making my five days holidays two days shorter did not manage to spoil the mood. Highways to and from Stuttgart is still something Germany needs to work on, but the stay in Drachenburg & Waaghaus in Gottlieben close to a Swiss boarder with a picturesque view on Rhine, Europe’s biggest waterfall Rheinfall in Schaffhausen and of course a flowery Insel Mainau made a few traffic mishaps worthwhile….