It was a memorable trip last summer 2014 in Poland. You know why?  It is where I celebrated my birthday. One of the places I visited was Opole. It is a city in southern Poland on the Oder River (Odra).  The city is also known as the capital of the historical region Upper Silesia.

I had the chance to go around the city with other   German tourists. We actually had a tour guide that time.  After the tour, we were given the time  to explore  the place on our own.  For now, let me just share this photo of a beautiful fountain in Opole since I am slowly going to workland.

The fountain on the Daszynski’s square in Opole, Poland, sculpted by Edmund Gomansky.

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.

It seems that somebody is traveling again soon. This will be my first official  travel in 2014. I am not really an official but I am  just saying that this will be my first  long trip  for this year.  This was already booked  last year and it was  very cheap considering all the things that are included in this holiday.

With this coming travel, I am already researching the main sights to see or things to do  in these places that we will be visiting.

The Doumo or Florence Cathedral during my visit in autumn 2013. It is also known as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.

We actually had a discount because we booked it earlier last November 2013. I received a travel flyer  saying that if we book it before November 11, we will have a discount of 200.00 Euros. This is really a great holiday package.  Read more… »

After St. Petersburg, our destination the next day was Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It was our fifth day of cruising the Baltic Sea, called by Germans as Baltikum or Ostsee. The Baltic Sea is a mediterranean sea located between Central and Northern Europe.

The Promenade at South Harbor in Helsinki. You can find a lot of tourists in this are especially during summer season. There were also kiosks and stands selling different foods and products. Taken  during  our cruise last summer 2013.  

Helsinki was founded in 1550, the “Daughter of the Baltic” has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg.    Read more… »

I am trying to remember some trips I did last 2013. I have a lot to share visiting 23 European countries last year but my time is always limited. I am such a very busy person and never gets bored when I am at home. 2013 was so far the most-travelled year I experienced in my life. I might not be able to do it again this year but for sure, I will be travelling again soon.

Buildings and shops  near the Town Hall of Maribor.

Maribor is one of the cities I visited in Europe last spring  2013. It is the second largest city in Slovenia. It is located near the Slovenian border with Austria, beside the Drava River. We had a limited time during our visit but I made the most of it seeing some of its sights. Read more… »

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… »

The weather was perfect! I thought it was cold during our visit in St. Moritz lately but we were lucky because the weather was really friendly with sunshine the whole day. I packed with me umbrella and raincoat during that visit to this city.  I did not check the weather forecast  before our trip there. Besides, there is no free  WiFi in our hotel and it was quite expensive if you want one.  I guess 5.00 Euros per hour.  Unlike with the other Italian towns and cities I visited in the past,  6-hours of WiFi only cost 5.00 Euros and sometimes it is for free. I need to buy a  Web stick  soon so that I can have an internet connection  in most European Union countries. It is also not so expensive compared to internet charges at the hotels.

The UNESCO World Heritage RhB in St.Moritz, Switzerland during our visit last June 12, 2013. ©


It reminds me of home when I see coastal places like this. Yes Dubrovnik! I finally stepped on your beautiful soil! Well, not really soil because I walked on almost cemented ground in this beautiful coastal city. Dubrovnik is truly a lovely place. I cannot compare it with the many places and cities I visited in Europe and other continents in this world because it also has its own uniqueness and beauty.

That was quite a long trip yesterday from our hotel in Biograd going to Dubrovnik but it was all worth it. Considering the road condition, it is also not possible to drive faster because not all roads we drove through are not highways but back roads. I am still thankful because I experience this fantastic city in Adriatic Sea coast of Croatia. More travel experiences  when I  return home from my trip.  I have to say goodnight now.   I have to wake-up tomorrow for another day trip to Albania. I am quite excited! Take care everyone! Goodnight Europe and have a wonderful one to all!

View of the city of Dubrovnik near the bridge. This bridge looks like the Yokohama bridge in Japan. Taken last April 12, 2013 during our visit.
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Verona is not only famous for its many historic sites like Arena de Verona but it is also famous because Three of Shakespeare’s plays are set in this city, the Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.

That was a nice thing experiencing one of the most interesting city in Italy. As the saying goes, Photographs speak a thousand words, here are some of the photos I took during my visit with friends last 2011.

DSC07020Historic and colorful buildings in Verona, Italy.

DSC07048The famous Arena de Verona, one of the must-to-see sights in this city.

I wish I am in Barcelona right now! But I am happy that once in my life I was there! Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in Europe. Sad to say, I did not see a lot of sight during our visit. One of my fave sights in Catalonia’s capital city is Park Güell. This garden complex with an architectural design and elements is a perfect place to go and unwind especially during summer. It is situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona.

During our visit, our tour guide show us around including the Gaudi House Museum, the Doric columns, Bird nests, Pavilion at the entrance, Gaudí’s unique tiles in Parc Güell, Colonnaded footpath, the dragon and other interesting sights in this garden. That was so far a wonderful trip in Barcelona.

IMG_0752A round- Mosaic tile and on the middle is the dragon in Park Güell. There were many tourist that time since it was summer when we visited  Barcelona.

Par Güell was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It has an extension of 17.18 ha (0.1718 km²), which makes it one of the largest architectural works in south Europe. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. 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.