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Time flies so fast! It seems like last week when October started. In less than 24 hours from now, another month is about to come! And hey, happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy but be safe please!

First of all, I want to express my gratitude from UP above for making me well and healthy from time to time. I have never been in my deepest moment in my life when I was confined for 25 days at the hospital. Thanks God, I am recovering now. I continue to hope and pray for full healing and recovery. Read more… »

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My travel confirmation is finally here! I am so happy after checking the mailbox yesterday. When I opened the envelope, I found out that it is already the confirmation of my next trip. Where would be the next destinations? For now, I will keep it secret!

After finding the cheapest airfare, I immediately booked it before it will get expensive again. Being a frequent  traveler,  I already learned a lot  on how to save time and money when planning or booking for my next vacation. Read more… »

It was the third day of sightseeing in Turkey.  We stayed in a nice hotel in Ayvalik and from there, the bus will start rolling going to our next destination which is Sardis.  That morning, I set the  alarm at 5:30 and even set it two times to make it sure that I will wake up at the right time.  I need to be ready before before going  for breakfast which starts at 6:00.  At around 7:30, the bus already started its journey.

The Altar outside the entrance of Artemis much older than the temple, from as early as the 6th century BC. In the Hellenistic period the altar was incorporated into a large stepped platform that still exists.

The sky was gray and cloudy when we left Ayvalik. After an hour driving on the road, the sun was slowly shining. This is the advantage of going in a group tour, everything is already organized and you don’t need to worry about accommodation, meals and transportation. Read more… »

Switzerland is one of the 22 countries (or I would say 23 over-all including my second home Germany)  I visited last 2013. It was so far the most traveled year I had during my existence on planet earth. I am wondering if it will happen again? As of now, I had visited 6 countries and many cities especially in Asia and Europe.

St. Moritz is one of the places I experienced in Switzerland last summer 2013. During that time, we took the Bernina Express from Tirano, Italy to Pontresina, a municipality in the district of Maloja in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. From there, we took the bus going to St. Moritz.

The Tower of the Church in St. Moritz. This was taken during my visit in summer 2013.

The city of Lisbon is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in Portugal. This historical city has many ancient cathedrals, churches and monuments.

Jeronimos Monastery.

The Jeronimos Monastery is the place where the explorer Vasco da Gama is buried. Visitors will be able to explore the cloisters of the monastery. The Sao Roque Church is a famous church, considered to be one of the most expensive churches to be built. This church was built using gold from Brazil. The decorations were carved from agate, ivory, gold and silver, and part of the church is decorated with colourful mosaics. Nearby visitors will find the baroque Santa Catarina Church.

Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal. Thanks to my friend Jean for this photo. Read more… »

There are so many amazing family holiday destinations to choose from these days, especially in the Mediterranean. How are you to know which one is best for your family however, if they’ve all got amazing beaches, great climates and exciting activities to experience? The island of Gran Canaria has been popular for many years with sun-seeking tourists, and for good reason.


It literally has everything a family would ever need when it comes to a vacation destination, including plenty of fantastic entertainment options for the kids! If you’re thinking of travelling to Gran Canaria this summer, let’s take a 48-hour tour of the best things to try out. Read more… »

If you’re heading to the Big Apple there’s bound to be plenty on your to-do list. From Central Park to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State building, New York is renowned for a number of fantastic attractions, yet more and more people descent on the world’s most famous with another purpose in mind – shopping! New York certainly isn’t short of retail outlets to challenge your bank balance, so check out our guide to some of the city’s best shopping venues.

Times Square

The big screen, the decorations, the huge crowds… we’ve all seen Times Square in the movies and serious shoppers should definitely make it their first stop for a spot of retail therapy. Fashionistas can splash their cash at the likes of Forever 21, American Eagle and Levi’s while beauty addicts should head to MAC, Bare Escentuals, Sephora and L’Occitane. There’s also a great selection of speciality shops including the Disney Store, M&M’s World and Hello Kitty’s Sanrio Store – perfect for picking up gifts and souvenirs!


One of the largest cities in Germany, Frankfurt is not only beautiful, but rich in history and culture. Its striking modern skyline is deceptive; the streets are actually full of elegant old buildings and places like Römer Square, which have barely changed in a century. It is also a tremendously cosmopolitan city, with almost half its population having been born abroad and this has contributed to its rich character and thriving arts scene.
The Römer in Frankfurt. Taken during my second visit last Nov. 2010. ©

Museums and galleries

There are a great many museums in Frankfurt, but exploring them is easier than might be expected, as no less than 20 of them are clustered together in the Museumsufer, on either side of the River Main. A festival is held to celebrate them each year, at the end of August, with live music, street performances and other cultural activities. The most significant of these museums is the Städel, which houses one of the greatest collections of art in Europe, with work by the likes of Rembrandt, Renoir, Monet and Picasso on display. The Modern Art Museum is also not to be missed; it has pieces by Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol. Finally, there is an enormous and eclectic collection of marvels from around the world at the Senckenberg Museum.


If you are planning  for a tour in Europe and  want  to travel to London or any areas  in UK, you’ll want to stay in a typically British hotel to really get the feel for British life, instead of a basic chain hotel. England is well known for its bed and breakfasts, which are usually small, cozy houses that only serve a handful of guests and offer them a home cooked breakfast.


Travelling is more than just boarding your flight, checking into your hotel, and exploring some of the attractions of your destination. It’s about allowing yourself the opportunity to get outside of your comfort zone, to have an open mind and to be flexible, so that you can experience something new and enriching.

Travelling is about throwing qualms, and sometimes caution, to the wind to turn your trip into an unforgettable adventure. No amount of money or planning can do that. While some planning does help, it’s more about your attitude and willingness to go with the flow. Read more… »


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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.