Another Exploration of Iznalloz (and Extra Tapas!)

One of the most spectacular sights in our hometown is the Castillo, whose remains date from the Arab times. First, a couple of pictures taken from the main road: Starting from the church, you can easily climb the streets and look at the ruins. And if you are not afraid of narrow and steep streets, …

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Exploring a Landmark with a Surprising History – Kemmelberg

"Kemmel" stands for the name of the village where this hill formation is located, whereas "berg" means "mountain" or in this case "hill". Moreover, Kemmel comes from Camulos, the Celtic god of war. With its height of 156 meters, the Kemmelberg is the highest point in the province of West Flanders. We Belgians are quite …

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Exploring the Judaica Trail in Warsaw

Lars and I were only in the Polish capital for 2 days and we knew that it was better to concentrate on one theme instead of running around aimlessly. The very first day, we went to the closest tourist information office possible. We chose the places that appealed the most to us. To be honest, …

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Exploring the Gruesome Past of Terezin

From the outside, Terezin looks like any other town. But dig a bit deeper, have a close look around, and you can still see the scars of a very troubled past. Terezin's history changed radically when Germany occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. Its Small Fortress was first changed into a Nazi prison. One year later, the …

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Exploring an Underground Palace in Brussels

I am not sure if you are aware of this, but there is more than one royal palace in the region of Brussels. The one in Brussels itself is the main residence. Let's call this the office of the king. It is also the place where he receives other royalties and heads of states. And... …

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Destroyed Villages in France

Another week, and a new destination, because today we take you to France. But instead of the good old Eiffel Tower or another touristic highlight, we take you to a lesser-known corner of the country. Today, we are in the département of the Meuse, at the Villages Détruits (Destroyed Villages). But what exactly are these? …

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The Ultimate Guide to the Amphitheatre of Durrës

After 10 years of traveling around all over Europe, I can say that I have 3 favorite countries: Poland, Romania, and Albania. These three underwent dramatic historic changes, boast magnificent sceneries and breathtaking architecture. On top of that, Albania is the best representative of Mediterranean food, with fresh ingredients such as fish, seafood, vegetables, and …

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Fortress Oratea

In the Footsteps of Vlad the Impaler – Bonus 3: Fortress Oratea

Welcome to the third and last bonus episode of our journey through Romania, in the footsteps of Vlad Tepes. Unfortunately, not so much is known about our location of today. Moreover, it's quite difficult to reach and to photograph it unless you have a drone. Nevertheless, let's introduce you to Fortress Oratea. Little is known …

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Tihatu Pass

In the Footsteps of Vlad the Impaler – Bonus 2: The Tihuta Pass

Our post of today has nothing to do with Vlad himself, but rather with his literary counterpart, Dracula. Have a look at these quotes from the novel by Bram Stoker... At the Borgo Pass my carriage will await you and will bring you to me. I trust that your journey from London has been a happy one, …

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Dealu Monastery

In the Footsteps of Vlad the Impaler – Bonus 1: Dealu Monastery

Today, I present to you the first of 3 bonus posts - as I have promised you before, which concern locations that are indirectly linked to either Vlad Tepes or Dracula. Let's have a look at the first one. Not so far from Târgoviște, you can visit one of Romania's oldest monasteries, Dealu Monastery, which …

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