Rabat – the less known capital of Morocco and Unesco World Heritage Site

Imagine reading through The Economist prognosis for changes in 2018 while taking a train from Marrakech to Rabat, passing by Casablanca. At one point you come across a page with news on improvements to train system in Morocco. The note actually says that the new trains will be almost twice as fast as they currently are on a way from Marrakech to Moroccan capital… (sic!) Casablanca. At one point I was speechless. Was I mixing something, did I not do proper reading about the country I am visiting to the point as not to recognise the capital properly or, which…

On a way to Erg Chebbi Dunes in Moroccan Sahara

The trip has started at unreasonable 7 AM. No one from the group known, but positive attitude maintained at all times. Turned out the group was ideal Bezos’ two pizza team, easy to make decisions with and keep on moving. The trip as planned was taken through Atlas mountains at the hight of 2260 m on Tfizi n’Tichka pass, Ait Ben Haddou UNESCO heritage site and movies set, Ouarzazate, Tinghir, grand Boumalne Dades and eventually to Merzouga with its Erg Chebbi sand dunes. While it was one of the most organized part of my seven days Morocco trip, I must…

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…

Mont Saint Michel au péril de la mer

Normandy has greeted us with a really nice weather, as we left Paris where it actually started raining. Not that Paris does not look nice at any weather, when the plans are all outdoors the sun is very much welcomed. Four hours drive and two rounds of game of “guess who am I?” (do not really know the real name for the game, but the made up name pretty much gives the gist) we arrived at the beautiful countryside of one of France’s most recognisable landscapes. Hosting around 3 million people a year free shuttles leave every few minutes from parking to the island…

De Lyon à Marseille – voyage de 2014

Covered with blanket and drinking hot mint tea – there no better way to spend cold winter night than to search through lovely memories of recent and not so recent trips. Though this was not my first trip to beloved France, it was as expected full of wine, french countryside spirit and a few lost games of petanque. The memories seem to have such a strong effect even more now, since in two months the next voyage is due to begin and Paris is the destination. This is why I love France as much as I do… In Lyon everything can be expected, but…

Кавказская пленница in Armenia

Temple of Garni – former summer residence of the Armenian kings Ararat Temple of Garni View from Temple of Garni on Basaltic Organ mountains 🙂 Best Tour Guides & it is true – I cannot remember more than 10% of all the stories said by Armen 🙂 Copies of khachars at the Geghard monastery Geghard monastery – UNESCO World Heritage, Kotayk Province Original khachkars known as an Armenian cross-stone View from afar Persian leopards Inside Geghard monastery Gatah – Armenian pastry Wine Republic “Джентльмeны удaчи” Vigen at “Джентльмeны удaчи” 🙂 ATATAR Brandy Factory The Barrel of Peace ARARAT museum Complimentary barrel – one of…