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… »

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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It was one of the most memorable   travels I had last 2013.  That cruise in the Baltic Region of Europe was indeed a great experience seeing various cities and countries in the region.  One of the cities we visited was the capital of Estonia, Tallinn.  The sightseeing tour we had in the city was all worth it seeing its most historic sights from Medieval Old Town, Raekoja Plats and its Town Hall, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, City Wall and more. We also passed-by its famous Viru Gate and here a photo of this gate.

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The Viru Gate is an entrance to the Old Town of Tallinn. One of two remaining towers that were once part of a larger fourteenth-century gate system.
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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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It was a wonderful winter trip in Leipzig! The weather was not so cold and the sun was shining. From our hotel in Schwarzheide, it took us over two hours to reach the city of Leipzig. It was a bus trip and buses usually have limited speed in German autobahn or highway. If I am not mistaken, bus drivers are only allowed up to 100 km/h. If you are driving your own car, it is quite faster because you can drive faster on the highway.

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Leipzig is a historic trade city since at least the time of the Holy Roman Empire. It is the second largest city in the German federal state of Saxony. It is also the industrial center of the region and a major cultural center, offering interesting sights, shopping possibilities and lively nightlife. 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… »

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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