Time for my annual travel blogging round-up, looking back at 2021.
2021 was again not an easy year for any of us as passionate world travelers . We started the year off with another lockdown, and since then it’s been a second year of covid, cancelled plans, bad news, and endless negativity and arguing all over the media. The best thing I could do was waiting to receive my 2 vaccines before buying flighttickets to avoid disappointments.
This year I still managed to travel, returning to cities and visiting new ones.The first part of the year I have explored more of Belgium and France and during the second part of the year if have travelled to the Middle East , Asia and Africa.
Travel is still the most intense mode of learning and there is still lots to learn so here is my blog where 2021 brought me.
The year 2020 has
arrived—and with it, the beginning of a new decade.
Now, i’d like to look
back to another amazing year with interesting trips.
Travel is still the most intense mode of learning and there is still lots to learn so I hit the road in 2019 to 12 countries!
We went first to Yvorycoast. It was a great
journey! Côte d’Ivoire, also usually known as Ivory Coast is a country located
in West Africa with its south facing the North Atlantic
Ocean coast. It is shares its borders with Ghana to the east, Liberia to the
west, Guinea to the northwest, Mali to the north, and Burkina Faso to the northeast.
After crossing the border we ‘ve explored Ghana. It’s of the most popular tourist
destinations in West Africa. I love the diversity of the country.From its
cosmopolitan capital to historic cities. On the coast, beautiful beaches with
forts that serve as a reminder of Ghana’s tragic role in the slave trade.
Next was Togo
I love to
travelling off the beaten track, Togo was a rewarding destination. Its great
diversity of landscapes ranges from lakes and beaches along the Atlantic
coastline to the rolling forested hills in the centre; we’ve headed further
north, aswell to visit some traditional villages.
last destination during this big tour is without doubt the most fascinating
country i’ve been to in West-Africa. There was Voodoo and much more!
The Middle Eastern nation of Lebanon is a
country of stark contrasts: beautiful Mediterranean beaches and high mountain
ranges, Christianity and Islam, ancient history and modern
lifestyles. However, what makes Lebanon even more special are the locals with
their warm hospitality, generous food culture as well as both love and respect
for their own country.
of Katia. We went for the wedding of the year and we’ve catched up mainly with
family and friends. Lima is the capital and the
largest city of Peru.The food is fantastic.
There are few cities in Latin America that pride themselves on cuisine as much
( Concert Rammstein)
Probably the biggest and most impressive show
in the history!
SUMMER ROCKS @ IBIZA
we’ve explored the island during the daytime and
friends in the capital of The Netherlands.I have been there many times but Amsterdam
is one of Europe’s most picturesque capitals and always a pleasure to come
visiting friends was our main goal in the capital of Germany. Berlin is rich
with history and culture. Badly fractured during World War II and the cold war,
Berlin has recreated itself into an international city with diverse cultures
Back off to West-Africa! Known as “The Smiling
Coast of Africa”, the West African country The Gambia is officially Africa’s
smallest mainland country but a country with one
of the most unique identities and spirit. The destination is renowned for its
stunning sandy beaches, hospitable people, three UNESCO heritage sites and
year-round sunshine. The Gambia, with its capital Banjul,. is bounded by
Senegal with a narrow Atlantic coastline of around 80 kilometers.
December: USA-Florida & the Keys
real US journey. Since we have relatives living in Tampa we went to Florida and
spent Christmas.Florida has miles of beaches, tons of activities, an diverse
wildlife, and of course theme parks! I drove all the way to Key West, pearl of
the Florida Keys.
Since Miami is close to The Bahamas, It is not difficult to come up with the idea to visit the wonderful Caribbean nation of the Bahamas.The archipelago’s geographical location, its 700 unique islands, the weather, and the Junkanoo Carnival Parade was the perfect place for ending this great year of traveling.
It took me a long time but YES, I did it! I have visited all countries in Europe. Totally now Europe includes 51 independent states.
In this post i will introduce 57 destinations i’ve been to in Europe!
is one of my trips I loved the most in Europe. Albania with many faces has it
all! In the rugged north, the Alps are
so fierce they’re ‘accursed’,
while the south enjoys one of Europe’s least known and most beautiful coastlines.
Tirana is filled with craziness, from its traffic to its nightlife, but on its
doorstep are mosques, citadels, Ottoman architecture and a stunning dose of
medieval Balkans. The real surprise of Albania is the people. Their warmth to
strangers is infectious and you’re bound to find yourself swapping stories over
a glass of raki or three.
is a tiny country in south western Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees
mountains and bordered by Spain and France. I did some walks in the
mountains along tracks, paths, and lakes. Everywhere there are wonderful spots
and picturesque villages. But essential and
ongoing part of Andorran culture is its folk dances, performed with pride and
enthusiasm at festivals and other events. Andorrans consider their culture to
be an important part of their modern, everyday lives, particularly at festival
times. That’s why I went during a festival a true highlight of my trip to
was part of a big amazing Caucasus trip. Armenia is one of the oldest countries
of the world. It’s a mix between an ancient, millennia-old
civilization with stunning mountain landscapes and remote canyons and the
modern bustling cultural hub of Yerevan. Home to amazing world heritage sites,
hidden monasteries and boasting a wonderfully laid back and friendly culture
of my first countries in Europe I’ve travelled to, but I still Austria remember
as yesterday. The land of Mozart and waltz, is a medley of sparkling
alpine lakes, majestic mountains, and elegant cities, with a rich cultural
heritage and one of the highest living standards in the world. And while the
capital steals the show with its imperial grandeur, world-class art, and
alluring café culture, there’s much more to this small landlocked country than
been interested in travel to off the beaten path places and Azerbaijan definitely falls into this
category. Azerbaijan matched my expectations: Baku; a modern
capital steeped in oil money, while the rest of the country is incredibly rural
with small towns surrounded by gorgeous mountains and farmland. In tiny
villages, old men with canes sat in town squares gazing at passersby.
Azerbaijan is the perfect country for the true adventure travelers.
was one of my best travels of the last years. The Azores has pretty much
everything you could need from a destination, from affordable prices to spectacular
scenery, delicious food options to deserted beaches, from dozens of hikes to
even more viewpoints. The Azores are located right in the center of the
Atlantic Ocean, almost mid-way between the west coast of Europe and the east of
the United States. We explored Flores, Pico, Faial and Sao Miguel.
Belarusis a relatively lesser known countryin Europe that has lots of great places tovisit
that most people don’t know about. The
country used to be a part of Soviet Union, the remnants of which you can still
see here. In most of the small towns, and even in some places in Minsk, capital
of Belarus, you will still find monuments of Lenin and Soviet signs. One of the
main places to visit in Belarus is Minsk, and we were there during Minsk Half
Marathon, a major sport event held as part of the Minsk City Day celebrations.
country where I was born and still I ‘am proud to be Belgian but my country is
a very special case. It is divided into 2 small regions: Flanders and Wallonia.
My house is located on the border between both regions and 50 meters from the
French border. Belgium is mostly known for its medieval towns. Visiting Bruges,
for example, is a must experience for any travel lover, and in this city, you
will feel as if you have traveled back in time to the middle ages. Ghent is
another pearl of Belgium where there is much to visit and discover. Antwerp,
Liège and the capital, Brussels, complete the list. If it is true that Belgium
is the heart of the European Union and here is its capital, then it is also
true that Europe is only truly known when you visit this country and its most beautiful
9. BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA
Europe’s less-visited countries, the former-Yugoslavian nation of Bosnia &
Hercegovina is a treasure-trove of architectural and natural beauty. I did an
intensive journey to see all the best it has but it’s definitely a country I
want to go back a second time. Even I if should have just a couple of days,
it’s worth to go! Mostar’s iconic bridge or to stroll the Ottoman-flavored
alleys of Sarajevo.
Bulgaria is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe
I’ve been to. Most people think about sunny beach but not me! Bulgaria’s beauty
does not stop at beaches. Indeed, it barely starts, given the country’s
remarkably picturesque mountains. The Rila range with Bulgaria’s highest peaks.
There are more than 120 monasteries in
Bulgaria!One of the most popular is the Rila
Monastery, which resides in the Rila mountains. And if you go to the capital of
Sofia make sure you visit St Aleksander Nevsky
Cathedral. The building is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in
11. CZECH REPUBLIC
Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Czech Republic – and its capital in particular – has evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. Most visitors love Prague Old Town it’s full of charme, with its colorful buildings, the small souvenir shops, and the lovely cafés. It’s always crowed so I went as well to some other places in the country. Of course, the capital city of Prague is simply gorgeous but we highly recommend visiting and exploring smaller towns and villages as well.The Czech Republic is a beautiful country full of gorgeous castles and chateaux, picturesque villages, bustling towns, natural attractions and more.
is an impressive destination to travel.
“The island of beauty” is one of the most beautiful places
I’ve visited in the Mediterranean. If you dream as well of a Mediterranean escape
with perfect beaches, remote mountain villages, boating experiences and amazing
food – Corsica is your destination!
ancient walled towns to gorgeous beaches framed by sparkling blue waters,
there’s nothing you can’t find in Croatia, a land of great natural beauty and
astounding cultural heritage. I was in Croatia during a hot summer and explored
the country by boat, bike, public transport, and on foot. It’s a very popular
tourist destination and if you decided to go Don’t miss the majestic
Diocletian’s Palace in the heart of Split, or the ancient city walls of
If you want
to travel to Cyprus as well hire a car like we did. The Island is an ideal
location for a road trip. The island is packed with hidden gems and
off-the-beaten-track finds. We had to rent a car in the Northern part and
another one in the Southern part.
Cyprus truly is an island fit for kings and queens with its beautiful
landscapes, traditional villages and inviting beaches.
Visiting friends was the main reason to make a trip to Denmark. Copenhagen is one of the world’s best cities to live. If you go in summer you can also enjoy nice beaches with stunning cliffs. Danish food is far way different from my background. Smørrebrød is the typical Danish snack. is basically an open sandwich which consists of a dark brown rye bread slice, topped with various ingredients. Locals usually spread a thin layer of sauce and add a piece of their favorite fish or meat then some fresh herbs or vegetables. Delicious and healthy!
England is a country found in the nation of United Kingdom. England is rich in history and culture, the people and our friends living there are gracious and accommodating. London is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world. But England is much more than London only. There are plenty of other great cities I’ve been too and from Cornwall’s rugged cliffs and golden beaches to the gentle rolling hills and honey-stone dwellings of the Cotswolds, and then again, the granite fells and glassy meres of the Lake District. England has lots to offer
cold day ( -14°C) in Tallinn, it was so cold in the capital of Estonia! But the
cobbled streets, Gothic architecture and good food of
medieval Tallinn Old Town put this charming city on top of the most
charming cities in the world i have been too.
report claims that Finland is world’s happiest country. Helsinki is the capital of independent Finland, since
1917. Before it was under the Swedish and Russian rule. I went to visit Helsinki on the coldest day of the year!
I live on the in Belgium right on the French border, so I only have to
cross the bridge and I ‘am in France. So that means I’ve been to France
countless times. Seductive, melodious France has something for everyone, from
the glitzy resorts along the sun-drenched Côte d’Azur to charming bistros and
priceless art in Paris, pretty hilltop villages in Provence, and fabulous
skiing in the Alps. And then there’s the wine and cheese, the art de vivre,
and the rich history that surrounds you here.Much of the country’s beauty comes
from the diversity of its landscapes, but it also derives from its exclusive
haute couture scene and remarkable architectural heritage, which includes
everything from stunning Gothic cathedrals and Romanesque churches to splendid
Renaissance chateaux and striking Art Nouveau jewels.
Part as well of my big Caucasus
really didn’t know what to think about going to Georgia in the beginning but
honestly this country absolutely blew my mind. It was literally something that
I was waiting to discover. Mountains higher than the Alps, sub-tropical forests
along its Black Sea coast and even a patch of semi-desert on the south-east
border … for a country a little smaller than Ireland, Georgia packs in a
serious amount of geography. Amazing place!
I am a Flemish
Belgian, born and raised in the Flemish part of Belgium and in many aspects my
culture and country is very close to German. We also share a common 204-kilometer-long
land border and my language Dutch sounds to
most Germans like something between another regional dialect of German and a
foreign language. Germany is a diverse country with many attractions!
So, I’ve been there many times for many reasons, but Oktoberfest; the world’s
largest beer festival was unforgettable. And the combination of old-world charm
and modern urban cities make Germany an ideal destination for
22. GRAN CANARIA
The Canary Islands lie approximately 100 kilometers from the south coast
of Morocco. An archipelago of seven main islands, they may be part of Spain,
but seem to have more in common with the Caribbean due to their laid-back vibe,
island time and stunning beaches. We went to explore Gran
Canaria which is stunning! Green and steep in
the north, dry and flat in the south. From lush volcanic craters to desert-like sand dunes at Mas Palomas, from
beautiful beaches to rocky hills, Gran Canaria has it all.
A road trip across the mainland of Greece.The Greek mainland is sometimes overlooked as a sun-and-sea holiday destination – but there are plenty of idyllic discoveries to be made here. Meteora is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places we’ve ever visited and it quickly took its place as the highlight of our Greece road trip.
South Greenland expedition was fantastic! Greenland, an autonomous nation within the
Kingdom of Denmark, can truly be said to be a world apart. The population
numbers less than 60,000 in this, the most sparsely populated country and the
largest non-continental island on earth. Icebergs and glaciers are probably the
most famous features of the environment. Colossal fantastic shapes of blue and
white float on a sea of deepest azure.
We are neighbourgs and Amsterdam is probably the first stop on anyone’s trip to the Netherlands—and for good reason. But there is so much more to this small country than its capital city. Think rows of windmills, fields of tulips, and cities bursting with culture and charm. This picture is taking in the northern province of Friesland.
Budapest, its cosmopolitan capital city to its charming countryside, there are
plenty of reasons why I recommend to visit Hungary soon. This central European
country offers something for everyone, from delicious food to traditional folk
culture. With over 1,000 hot springs running beneath its surface and more
medicinal spas than any other European country, Hungary is a hot spot for
did the “Iceland Full Circle” during the summer. Most of the
highlights in Iceland, such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls,
Dyrhólaey and the
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, are close by the Ring Road.
in fact, full of interesting places to visit. The most famous is undoubtedly
Dublin, its capital. But when I think about Ireland. I always remember my visit
during the nation day. St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick,
the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of
Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole
lot of green.
Italy, It’s one of my favorite countries in Europe. Last summer we did a road
trip through the north with Milan as starting point. Milan, a city of
ancient Roman origins, today it is the most modern and avant-garde city in
Italy. The economic, financial, and technological capital. And by no means
lacking in food and fun. The city’s restaurants offer an ample selection of
flavors. The Italian kitchen is my personal numero uno !
Kosovo might not be the first destination you
think about for vacation due to its past and the location at the middle of
inland Balkan. However, you shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Kosovo as a travel
destination because it has a lot to offer its visitors! That’s something I learned and experienced when visiting Kosovo for the
first time. Nature is beautiful, people are friendly, prices are cheap and the
fact that it’s quite unexplored makes it a lot more exciting to explore!
Hopefully, you too will discover
Kosovo’s beauty as well, Europe’s newest country.
My first visit to the Baltics began in Riga, the
capital of Latvia. This country is sandwiched between Estonia and Lithuania and
yes, Riga is the biggest and most vibrant city in the Baltics. But I do not
only remember Riga. From waterfalls to national parks, Latvia offers
great views and plenty of outdoor activities. Beaches, forests and medieval
was my 121th visit country. Liechtenstein is a really small country you can’t
even see it properly on the map. It was founded in 814 and occupies the area of only 160 square kilometers
(I managed to walk half of the country, no matter how insane that sounds) with
around 35.000 inhabitants.
After my road trip through Latvia in the past, I was more than happy to go back to the Baltics for a second visit. Lithuania was next. Combining cultures of east and west, it’s a fascinating destination. One of the most special places I’ve been to in Lithuania was the Hill of Crosses, just north of the city of Siauliai, the Hill of Crosses is believed to have come into being after a battle in 1831 at the site. Since, crosses and crucifixes large and small, as well statues of the Virgin Mary and Lithuanian patriots, have been left by Catholic pilgrims. The hill is now home to some 100,000 crosses.
with Luxembourg is that its relatively small size means it’s fairly easy to do
quite a lot when you visit the country (you could drive from North to
South in about 1 – 2 hours) and it also means that the people here are a lot
friendlier than you’d typically find in much larger places. Luxembourg is one
of Europe’s smaller countries and it’s one of the most charming places in
Europe to visit plus it’s so close to Belgium so there is always a reason why I
history goes way back, and Macedonia is actually one of the places that have
been settled the longest in Europe, and there is evidence showing that a
civilization flourished here as early as 7000 years BC. That means you
will find plenty of historic sites here. The location itself is interesting too
because the region has had so many different eras and rulers over the years.
So, if you like history this is one of the places to visit in Europe! I really
liked Skopje, it was a vibrant city full of restaurants, bars, and a nice vibe.
This was combined with the old parts with cobblestone, the fortress and all of
the majestic statues, squares, and museums. I’ve been to many places in the
world, and this country is one of the most interesting ones I’ve visited. I can
highly recommend visiting Macedonia while there are still so many hidden gems
to discover! Another good reason to visit Macedonia, it’s really cheap and you
get lots of value for your money. It’s
one of the least explored countries in Europe, and that’s why you should visit
Macedonia, it’s really interesting, welcoming, and affordable!
in the middle of the Atlantic, the island of Madeira is a haven of natural
beauty. The exotic colors of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation;
this is an archipelago where two thirds are a protected area! We did some great
walks and enjoyed the carnival parade in February.
in the middle of the Mediterranean, the Maltese Archipelago fuses modernity
with a rich heritage and culture. Malta-Gozo-Comino each island was great.
With One of Europe’s least visited countries, it’s slowly revealing itself to be packed full of worthwhile attractions. Moldova is a sovereign country that was once part of Romania. I’ll be honest: Chișinău, probably the ugliest European capital, was not at the top of my travel bucket-list. But thanks to my local guides I have great memories, not only of the capital but the entire journey to all interesting places in Moldova. With a private driver and a hosted by a local family I had a great time in this small but interesting country. It’s the people that make Moldova special! Wine is the pride of the Moldovan people and it’s what makes this country truly special! Moldova has the highest percentage of land dedicated to vineyards in the world. Don’t wait until this country gets discovered by travelers worldwide. Now is the time to visit.
It took me a long time but YES, I did it! I have
visited all countries in Europe.
Totally now Europe includes 51 independent states. And MONACO was the last one
to visit. The year before I was in Nice, but
that was only for its beautiful carnival and there was no possibility left to
travel to Monaco, so later I went especially back to visit this tiny country. Squeezed into just 200 hectares, Monaco might be the
world’s second-smallest country (only the Vatican is smaller), but what it
lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. A magnet for high-rollers and
hedonists since the early 20th century, it’s also renowned as one of the
world’s most notorious tax havens and home to the annual Formula One Grand
A visit to the capital of
Norway and the very top of Europe: The Arctic region around Tromso.It was cold,
very cold, but I could see the northern lights!
There are lots of interesting and beautiful
places to visit in Poland, and it’s a destination that you can travel to 365
days a year. Every season has something special to offer visitors who come
here. I love Poland, and I’ve traveled quite a lot around the country, but
there are of course a lot of places that I’ve yet to discover. But if I can
recommend I city it’s Poznan. I instantly fell in love with the old town of Poznan,
what a beauty! One of my most sombre experiences, was my visit to Auschwitz –
Birkenau Concentration Camps. The two camps i visited, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz
II-Birkenau, were built during World War II by the Nazis in Oświęcim, a Polish
town west of Krakow. They served as the center of the mass extermination of
Jews, Poles, Roma Gypsies, and other ethnic groups
I have been
several times to Portugal and I love it! I discovered all regions, from north
to south. This photo has been taken in Lisbon the capital of Portugal. The city
is easy to explore in a day or two, Lisbon’s historic
center is fairly compact for a European capital.
I like to travel to Eastern Europe, but Romania is the Wild West. Romania exhibits a very beautiful and diverse scenery: from high mountain peaks reaching almost 3,000 meters – the Carpathian Mountains, to hills and plains, the Danube Delta and the Black Sea shore. So, it’s really a summer destination. In the past, the city’s elegant architecture earned Bucharest the nickname of “Little Paris”, but unfortunately today’s architecture is rather a blend of some old palaces dating back to the 19th century, art-deco buildings and new modern blocks of flats. Architecturally, Bucharest,is a mixed bag with some clean and well-maintained areas next to neglected, dirty ones.
travelled Russia from Moscow to
St. Petersburg part by public transport and part on the Volga River. These are the two most-visited cities in
Russia and it was a good choice to visit both Russian capitals in one trip. Moscow and St. Petersburg are noted for their beauty, cultural
heritage, outstanding museums, theaters, architecture and delicious food. This
immense country has a huge variety of landscapes to offer and less know cities worth
to explore. Enough to see and do for another trip!
45. SAN MARINO
is Europe’s third smallest country just ahead of the Vatican City and Monaco.
It is a landlocked micro-state completely surrounded by Italy. Geographically
part of Italy and world’s oldest surviving republic. I had an opportunity to
visit San Marino on a day trip from Bologna. My shortest visit in a country
ever. San Marino is small, and I would not recommend to stay more than a day.
San Marino City, the capital of San Marino, is located on a steep hill with a
massive cliff on one side facing the Adriatic Sea.
I have been twice to Scotland. During the first
time we travelled by train and the second time it was a walking adventure in
all weather conditions. Scotland’s dramatic scenery spans lush woodlands,
stunning lochs, rugged coastlines, and green rolling hills topped with
One of Europe’s best kept secrets. This was a
reason too why I went. Curious how it is like. The capital Belgrade is Belgrade is like an ugly girl with a
beautiful soul and mind. Once you get to know it, you don’t care about the
outside. Every building you walk in is gorgeously designed. One of the coolest parts of visiting
Belgrade for me at least was exploring all of the different types of
architecture on display. What makes Belgrade quite interesting is that it
doesn’t really have a single look to it. Even just walking a matter of blocks
across town from the fortress to the train station and you’ll see all sorts of
But there is much more to see! Uvac Canyon is by no means a Serbian
secret. Canyons of Serbia are surrounded by pristine nature, high cliffs and
stunning landscapes which are impossible to forget.
is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has an incredibly rich history
that can be felt at every step, amazing beaches with breathtaking crystalline seas, and locals famed for
their hospitality and delicious cuisine. We did a roundtrip by car and visited
the best places.
Bratislava is one of Europe’s most affordable
capitals, at least when it comes to food and drink and
accommodation. That, combined with all the historic buildings and fine
architecture in the old district of Bratislava makes it an exciting
destination, especially if you are looking for a place that is not crowded with
thousands of tourists everywhere. Bratislava’s medieval center is one of the lovely old
towns in Europe.
ever been to a capital that feels like a small town, yet has some stunning
architecture and lively restaurant scene? Well, that’s exactly what to expect
from Ljubljana. A cozy capital with beautiful architecture and everything you
could possibly want. I love the capital. Just go and you will fell in love as I
did. Gorgeous churches, charming restaurants, shopping, and street art.
Ljubljana is a great reason why you should visit Slovenia. Slovenia is small
and had a great time in summer. Triglav national park, is a jewel and I
I have been many times to Spain. Spain has the third most Unesco world heritage sites out of all the countries in the world (after China and Italy) with 45. The country’s rich and multicultural history is kept very much alive by the many impressive sites that dot the country: from the Roman Tower of Hercules in the north to the breathtaking Alhambra fortress in the south. After previous visits to Andalucía, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia…now I discovered Zaragoza, one of Spain’s major cities.
a reputation as a high-cost destination, Sweden often gets cut from the budget
traveler’s itinerary. I was luckily to stay with a friend of mine in the
capital Stockholm. More than happy when I had the chance of driving his private
boat though the Stockholm archipelago, a chain of small islands, extends around the capital
city of Stockholm, which gives travelers easy access to thousands of beautiful
islands and islets, only a fraction of which are inhabited. If you have not visited Sweden yet, then you
are missing a lot of beautiful natural scenes, breath-taking historic sites,
and the company of friendly people.
I have friends living in Switzerland, that was
always a good reason to go back. Another reason are its mountains, the Alps,
always spring green or snowy in the winter. But Switzerland is not just that.
Historical cities like Bern, Montreux and Zurich offer tourists something more
to visit than just mountains and lakes.
heard of Transnistria? Unrecognized by any United Nations member state,
Transnistria is designated by the Republic of Moldova. Transnistria is a self-declared republic
sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine. It’s a demilitarized zone with links to
Russia, and is the closest you can get to the real Soviet vibe. I was very quiet
everywhere think I was the only tourist that day.
Kiev is considered as one of the cheapest among the European capitals.
There are so many reasons to visit Kiev, from amazing architecture to
interesting history and vibrant atmosphere and each of them is already a good
excuse to plan the trip to the capital of Ukraine. I was very lucky to meet
some great locals but my best memory I have was my lunch with Mike Spencer Bown
(World’s Most Traveled Man) Canadian
Mike has been backpacking most of his life, has been all the world’s countries
and now settled down in Kiev. So, we had many stories to share.
Chernobyl is the most famous Ukrainian phenomenon. On
the 26th of April 1986, the world greatest nuclear incident occurred at the
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, a town in northern Ukrainian Soviet
Socialist Republic. It was a catastrophic nuclear accident in which the No.4
reactor entered uncontrolled reaction conditions due to inherent reactor
design flaws and a late-night safety test, resulting in an explosion and
subsequent open-air graphite fire. It was the worst nuclear accident in
history. The blast, which blew the 2,000-ton lid off the reactor, sent out 400
times more radioactive fallout than the Hiroshima bomb, contaminating more than
77,000 square miles (200,000 square km) of Europe. Roughly 600,000 people were
exposed to high doses of radiation, and more than 350,000 people had to be
evacuated from contaminated areas. Nowadays Chernobyl is safe to visit and this experience was like
nothing else on earth.
56. VATICAN CITY
City is the world’s smallest sovereign state. What was once part of Rome was
declared independent in 1929. The Vatican is the headquarters of the Holy Roman
Church and it has fewer than 1,000 citizens. Inside its walls there are many
collections of art, religious artifacts and rich traditions. I was impressed by
the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Wales is a country
and a nation, but not a sovereign state. Wales is part of
the union of countries the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland. It is situated on the island of Great Britain, to the west
of England. Because of Wales is one of my favorite outdoor places in Europe; I
really wanted to add Wales in my list of European destinations. I have been there twice and when
I think back of Wales, I’ll remember my first hike around mountain Snowdonia National
Park on a cold Christmasday.I did some biking too in the beautiful range of
mountains and hills located in the county of Gwynedd. During my second visit I explored the countryside by
car. Wales has all sorts of scenery, from rolling hills to amazing coastlines.
The roads through some of this scenery are twisting and so narrow that two cars
literally can’t pass one another.