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 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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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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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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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… »

Turkey has been one of the countries that is included in my bucketlist. I thought it was just a dream when I visited it but I was truly there! I can’t believed that this country has a lot of interesting sights to see including its history, culture, traditions, its people and all its historic monuments and buildings. There are simply a lot of things to experience in  Turkey!

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The hot springs and travertines in Pamukkale, Turkey. It is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year. These petrified waterfalls/travertine are a UNESCO World Heritage site. 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.

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

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

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I can’t believed  I was able to visit the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Yes, it is  in Ephesus located in today’s place called Selçuk in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia. I can’t even believed that I stepped to where Jesus walked before in this area.   That was truly a memorable moment in my life visiting historical places like Ephesus.This historical  ruins is truly worth to visit when you plan to go to Turkey.

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The great  Theater in Ephesus, Turkey. Taken during our 10-day trip in Turkey last 2011. © 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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