What I wanted in Brașov

I didn’t want to leave Brașov. That small adorable town, protected by mountain slopes, where colorful pastel buildings in art nouveau style decorated the streets. Where a sweet smell transpired in the evening as the street vendors distributed warm chimney cakes. Where there was an aspiration to be in the past, and yet to live … Continue reading What I wanted in Brașov

The Baltics: Vilnius, Lithuania – the G-spot of Europe?

Lithuania was my first stop on my 9-day backpacking through the Baltics (plus Helsinki). History wasn't kind to this country. Its independence was recognised in 1918 (precisely 100 years ago, which makes this year very special), but this didn't last for long. The 20th century was about to bring very bad news. We all know … Continue reading The Baltics: Vilnius, Lithuania – the G-spot of Europe?

Budapest, the city of the recovered grandeur

I always need a “post-trip” period to properly absorb a new place I’ve visited, to have a more accurate realisation of its impression on me. Often I get a small souvenir for myself, for my little collection. Lately, my photographs have been my best souvenir. However, I’ve realised there is something that comes back with … Continue reading Budapest, the city of the recovered grandeur