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 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.

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

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

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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.

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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 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… »

The world’s largest fair has just started! Today, marked the beginning of the 180th celebration of Germany’s most famous festival. Everyone is welcome to visit and party in Theresienwiese, the area where the festival is held in Munich.

At 12:00 noon today, October 21, 2013, Christian Ude, the current mayor of Munich tapped the first barrel of beer in the “Schottenhamel” beer tent. Christian Ude is a member of the German Social Democratic Party and has been the mayor of Munich for two decades. With two strikes, Ude drove the tap into the barrel and spoke the magic words: “O’zapft is!” – “It’s tapped!”

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Mr. Ude handed the first mug of beer to the Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer. Since this will be the last term of office,  somebody else will serve the beer to Horst Seehofer next year. Ude has already reached the the maximum number of terms, thus he can no longer run for office again. 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… »

It is finally September! I heard over the news on televison last week that the first day of September is the beginning of the meteorological autumn in Northern hemisphere. Since I am currently located in this part of planet Earth, I have to accept the fact that autumn is finally here. If you are located in the Southern hemisphere, your meteorological spring also begins last 1st of September.

Back to the main topic.It was a long trip with the bus from Germany to Besancon, a city in Franche-Comté of France. It was actually a short sightseeing in this city before we proceeded to our first overnight in Lyon.

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Entrance Gate to the Citadel in Besancon.

“The Citadel, built by the famous architect Vauban in the 17th century is the major attraction in this town, comprising both a museum and a zoo-where lions, baboons and fish you can touch all provide a fantastic experience for the young and old alike. There is the opportunity to see impressive views of the countryside and the town on a walk around its fortifications. “

Since 2008, Besançon’s Vauban citadel has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

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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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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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