I am back here! I know this is quite too late but let me wish you first an awesome year of the monkey! I hope that you first weeks of  year 2016 is doing great. So far, I cannot complain for the moment and I am thankful for everything that comes around.

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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has one main dome, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I.

Let me share this photo in memory of the victims of the suicide bomber’s attack in Istanbul, Turkey  last Tuesday, January 12, 2016. It happened  in one of the my favorite spots in this historic city, the Sultanahmet district. This is also the same area where you can find one of the  famous and must-see sight  in Istanbul, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.  Prayers and condolence to the family, relatives and friends of the victims of Istanbul attack and all the victims of inhuman acts in this planet. .  May the souls of the victims rest in peace.  Also sending my prayers and Read more… »

The sun is shining in this part of the planet! This makes me feel good and it always brightens  my day. How are you folks? I am doing okey  but I miss traveling again. I know  I just returned from my recent travels  but here I go again planning for the next trip.  After cancelling two trips for next month due to career change, I picked-up the phone again awhile ago and booked for a  trip in Europe. I super love this beautiful continent.

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The picturesque town of Perast in Montenegro. It lies beneath the hill of St. Ilija (873 m), on a cape that separates the Bay of Risano from that of Kotor, and overlooks the Verige strait, the narrowest part of the Bay of Kotor.

Let me finish this post before going to work. I have to accept the truth that I fall in love with Montenegro the first time I stepped on it.  When I visited it for the first time back in 2013, I told myself that I wanted to go back there again.  It did materialized during  my recent round trip in the Balkans last month. 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.

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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… »

The sky was gray during that visit. It was winter and this is what you can expect during this season of the year. Regensburg is one of my favorite cities especially in the region of Bavaria, commonly known as Bayern in German. It is a beautiful city and its medieval centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I can’t exactly remember how many times did I already visited the place but when I have visitors from afar, I  always take them here.

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Regensburg, also known as Ratisbon in English is a historic city and it is considered as one of the oldest town of Germany. It was founded by the Romans in 179 A.D.
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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.

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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… »

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.

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Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal. Thanks to my friend Jean for this photo. 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.

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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 was browsing some old photographs from my previous travels last night. I landed in one of the albums with 10GB used space in my external hard drive. This is the photo album during my previous vacation in England, almost five years ago.

Oh yes, it was a great trip in one of the beautiful countries in Europe called England, which is a part of United Kingdom. During that three weeks vacation, I was able to visit many places and cities including the famous birthplace of William Shakespeare called Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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The remains of William Shakespeare inside Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Taken in November 2008.

Other places and cities I visited include London, Windsor, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Yorkshire, Leeds, Manchester, Harrogate, Knaresborough and the others, I still have to browse in my album…so please be patient. Read more… »

I finally visited Maribor, one of the cities  chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2012 along with Guimarães in Portugal. It was only a short stop over for two hours and I am glad that I was there! It was actually a 9-day trip to the different  places and countries in Southeast Europe.  We visited  4 countries and another stop-over to Bosnia-Herzegovina  and that is then a total of 5 countries.  Not really bad,  considering the many things included during that trip and the  hotels we stayed ranges from 3 to 4 stars hotel. Tour guides, breakfast buffet and dinner, trips to  various places were also included in that  holiday package.

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The Franciscan Church in Maribor. Taken last April 2013. © www.europetravelpad.com

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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.

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The Alcazar gate in Avila.  taken last March 2012. © www.europetravelpad.com

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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.

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