Istanbul simply fascinates, like any other huge metropole. But beyond the fascination it provokes by its immensity, by its history, and even politics and recent events, it also lends itself to a more downbeat, calm contemplation, should the visitor stay off the beaten track. Then a lot of it seems homey and inviting. So it seemed on my second Istanbul visit. Granted a local guide in Fritzi, we went out to explore the other ... [read more]
This is what we do: wander around. No guide books and no guided tour. We don’t want to cheat ourselves out of the possibilities of an adventure, with its ups and downs. And usually, the less we know about the tourist attractions and hotspots beforehand, the better. It’s sure nice to discover, first hand experience. So as we wanted to escape the Istanbul frenzy for a while, flying to Bodrum thinking of giving us 4 days of ... [read more]
Twice I’ve been in Istanbul so far. Both times the feeling that there is too little time to explore everything around was more powerful than anywhere else I visited. First thing that comes to my mind when I think of Istanbul is the sheer size of it and immediately I remember the images of the city disheveling on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait, gigantic, uncontainable to the view, even from the window-seat of ... [read more]
Not a lot of places give you the impression you are on Mars, or at least not on this planet. One of these places is the plateau of the Mud Vulcanoes of Paclele Mari in Romania. We found it especially eerie at sunrise, and given the recent earthquake, the activity of the place was quite intense. Powerful landscape, yet peaceful atmosphere.
Me and Fritzi got stranded on an island for 7 days. It was by choice and the island was good to us, with all its dormant volcanoes, breath-taking coasts, whales, dolphins, natural hot pools, some weird traditions, evergreen forests and sunsets of a lifetime.
It wasn’t long since we moved to Portugal that me and Fritzi got our feet itching for traveling and exploring around. And one of our first big trips was in the Azores. We ... [read more]
I wanted to walk around the world. I fell short of that by 6 years and many tens of thousands of kilometers, after starting in Harrogate, UK, and stopping in Pitesti, Romania.
I’ve been thinking on and off the last four years about whether or not to keep writing here and what would I write in this first post. Yes, four years of thinking about oneself and the world around. I won’t expose it all in this article. I cannot. It would ... [read more]