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If you like arts in any form or small historic cities, this one is for you. If you’d rather wander hours on narrow streets and cross tiny bridges over the canals in a constant curiosity, here you’ll feel more than fine. I’ll add that this is a city you’d probably fall in love with. This is Venice. First of all, I’m talking about a city in Italy and this says a lot. I don’t know what kind of spell is on that ground, but everything I’ve seen in Italy was picturesque. It’s in the romantic air, in the buildings’ architecture, the tasteful food, and that addictive Italian gelato! My personal history with Venice starts at a film festival, where I’ve seen the “Venice Syndrome” documentary. And it’s not only about the fact the city is really sinking. But it’s more about the phenomenon of depopulation, with more tourists than inhabitants.…

I live in Bucharest, Romania and I must admit that I did not really visit our neighbors. Shame on me, right? That’s why this year I wanted to begin paying courtesy visits. I started with a weekend getaway to Bulgaria during the last weekend of April (April 28th – May 1st) with Veliko and Nesebar. Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia, Moldova, you are next!

Welcome to Baku, Azerbaijan’s pearl and it’s capital city. Resting on the shores of the Caspian Sea, this city has a rich culture that you can never be bored with. Baku was born at the confluence of Persian, Arabian and Russian influences and you can see that in its architecture, art, culture and cuisine.  But wait, are you here for a short stay? Here’s my list of top destinations you can visit in one day and still get the taste of the local life.

It’s the beginning of spring here and I’ve planned a weekend away from Bucharest, in the heart of the country, in Poiana Brasov, the mountain resort, and Brasov city. Brasov is a wonderful city in Transylvania, surrounded by the mountains with Saxon influences in art and cuisine. We spent most of the time outside, for sightseeing and hiking, so this kind of escape is suitable especially for nature lovers. How to get there: Brasov is just 170 km away – this means three hours by car from Bucharest (take route E60), in good traffic conditions and also about three hours by train. Tip:  Valea Prahovei is very beautiful, with inspiring mountain landscapes and hiking routes, historic castles and with a lot of tourists in the weekends. So I recommend taking the train to Brasov, during season it’s the best way to avoid traffic jams. The train stops also in other mountains…

City-breaks are a gift from God or whatever deity you pray to during office hours. You should not waste them. Never, ever. And when you do hit the shut down button and pack your bags, please leave all worries behind. Just enjoy the time off and once in awhile let serendipity work its magic. That’s what I did for my 3 day trip to Prague. The plan was to wander around the streets and visit some of the lovely street cafes, have late brunches and taste the famous ale, maybe visit a castle in the sun and tread along Charles bridge. As it happens, I did some of that. But rain was dripping as wind and thick fog clouded any landscape and dampened us to the bone. So I could tell you about castles, brick cobble and twirling narrow streets, I could do listicles on where to go and what…

Christmas is my favorite holiday! It’s also my boyfriend’s birthday and the time of the year when we split our time between his family and mine.

This year has been filled with both wonderful events and challenges, so I thought it would be the perfect time for a change and a little surprise. That’s how I decided that for a Christmas/ birthday present I would get tickets to visit my brother in Amsterdam. I’ve never been to Amsterdam before, so it was all new for both of us and although our main goal was spending time with my brother and sister in law, I admit I was a bit thrilled we had a couple of days to explore the city on our own.