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… »

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 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… »

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 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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A friend who had a cruise in the Mediterranean last 2011 told me it was a great experience for her and to her whole family having a cruise in this part of the planet. One of the cities they visited was Dubrovnik, Croatia. Even before my friend told me about this city, it is already included in my places-to-see.

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The Old Port of Dubrovnik, Croatia. You can see the walls of the city and one of  its gate in this photo.

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I just waited for the right time when I can find a cheap trip going to Croatia. I waited months and almost 2 years and finally, it did happened. Last January, I found this cheap trip to the Balkan Peninsula. One of the places included in that travel is Dubrovnik. I did not wait too long but immediately booked the trip before it will be totally sold-out. I was lucky because there are still some seats available. When I booked the trip, I was also asked if I will also buy a travel insurance for that holiday. I declined because I already browsed one at Down Under Insurance. If you are patient enough, sometimes, you can really find cheap travel insurance.   Read more… »

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!

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