It was winter season in Spain during our holiday. I expected it to be very  cold   but the weather in Andalusia region was very friendly especially in Seville.   It is the beautiful capital and the largest city of Andalusia. It is also the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. The city is situated on the banks of Guadalquivir River, which divides the city into two, Sevilla and Triana.

The  wonderful winter weather in Seville, Andalusia, Spain. I love the blue sky  and the sunshine  during our visit. The building in the middle is the Seville Cathedral. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies. Read more… »

I am back here again! I have such a busy life that I was not able to  post some updates here. Besides I just came back from a trip in Italy and still trying to regain some  lost energy from that trip. I am glad that I am here again to  give you an update.

The House of the Blackheads in the Old Town Square. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga.

Let’s go back to Riga this time.  Time flies so fast that it is over a year now since I visited Latvia’s capital city. It was autumn last 2012 and the weather was already cold in this pat of the  Baltic States.  I have been to many capital cities in Europe and I would say, Riga has its won beauty. No wonder it is also visited by  international tourists from around the globe. Read more… »

I always feel good everytime I remember my past travels. The memories, fun, excitements and the many experiences, happy or sad, always makes me feel wonderful…all the time!  It simply makes me feel “rich” in many aspects.  I remember these words that says about traveling, ” Traveling is expensive but it makes you rich”. Now I understand why! It  makes me rich  after visiting a certain place or country. Rich not in terms of monetary value but with the many priceless experiences I gathered  after each travel.

Let me share a bit about my wonderful travel in Avila.  My friends in Madrid decided to have a picnic despite the winter weather that time. We took a train from Madrid Chamartin station going to Avila. The weather in Madrid that time was sunny  with a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.

The Alcazar gate in Avila.  taken last March 2012. ©


I finally visited one of the capital cities I long to see in Scandinavia and in Europe! The dream of visiting Copenhagen finally came true. It is the beautiful capital of Denmark. I am glad to step on this lovely city. It was only a day visit but I am already contented of what I saw and experienced.

The lovely fountain in Amalienborg palace in Copenhagen, Denmark. Read more… »

One of the things I love when I go sightseeing in Europe are the architecture of the buildings. One of my favorite buildings  are the historical churches and cathedrals in this continent. I have been to many of these and I am always fascinated by its architecture especially the paintings, carvings and fresco  inside the churches and cathedrals I visited.
Exterior of Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. I was there twice.

One of the beautiful churches I visited in Europe is located in Germany, the Cologne Cathedral.  This site is considered to be one of the most visited landmark in Germany, considering around 20,000  tourists a day. No wonder when I was there twice, there are always a lot of  people. I believed I am lucky to visit it twice and might probably visit it again this spring time. A friend is inviting me to go there and I guess I will be the travel guide again. I always love showing places in Europe to friends and their families. Read more… »

The night before was our last night in Lithuania. We already packed our luggage because it was almost time to leave Vilnius. From our hotel in Vilnius, we just took our breakfast that morning, went back to our room to brush our teeth and did some personal necessities. We have to bring  our luggage again inside the bus for our next trip to Kaunas. We were with a group of retired German people  during that trip.

DSC03943The cobbled street in the Old City of Kaunas in Lithuania. We went there last October 2012.
After almost two hours of bus riding, we finally reached our next destination. It was raining when we arrived Kaunas. Read more… »

Turkey is included in my bucketlist to see. I found a very cheap trip  there last 2011, the reason why we were able to visit it.  I did not  wait too long and immediately booked that 10-day trip to Turkey. We also visited a lot of places in this country. One of  it is Istanbul. I can’t believed   that this city has a lot  to see in terms of historical sights.

One of the sights we visited was the  Dolmabahçe Palace.  It is located in the Besiktas district of Istanbul on the European coastline of the Bosphorus Strait. It served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval (1887–1909) in which Yıldız Palace was used. It was built  between the years 1843 and 1856   under the order of Abdülmecid I, the Empire’s 31st Sultan.

We had a tour inside the palace. I was  saddened after knowing  that taking photos  inside the premises is not allowed.   I was amazed by the interior of this palace. I  just   wished that I was allowed to take pictures inside. But sorry it is forbidden. So just be patient seeing these snapshots I took during our visit last September 2011.

The entrance to the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country.

The entrance to the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country. ©

A  fountain  at  Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country last 2011.

The entrance gate  to the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country.©

The entrance gate to the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country.


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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.