Minsk – a brief introduction

Minsk – a brief introduction Belarus is nicknamed the “Last Dictatorship in Europe,” and it’s often described as a vestige of the Soviet Union, a sort of museum piece. But a visit to the country quickly gives you a different impression. Beyond the airport, there are few signs this is the kind of place that […]

VietNam – Land of the Viet People

Vietnam – Land of the Sleeping Dragon Vietnam is a country of enprmous contrasts – from the calmness and tranquillity of the countryside to the madness of the traffic in the big cities. This is from our journey from north to south in the winter of 2018 CLICK

Cyprus: Aphrodite’s Island

Aphrodite's Rock at Petra tou Romiou

You can feel the presence of the “Goddess of Love” all over the island. There is the Petra tou Romiou where Aphrodite is believed to have risen from the foam of the ocean, her sanctuary at Kouklia or her bath in the grotto near the town of Polis on the north coast (but still in […]

Estonia – in transition from the East to the West

Tallinn Main Square

Our trip to Estonia revealed a small but proud nation – making a peaceful transition from Soviet rule to western democracy. In 1989, during the “Singing Revolution“, in a landmark demonstration for more independence, more than two million people formed a human chain stretching through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, called the Baltic Way. All three […]

On the Normandy Beaches

The American Cemetary at Colleville-sur-Mer

The Normandy Beaches are a full size open air museum The Normandy beaches stretches from Utah Beach in the west to Sword Beach in the east. Everywhere you’ll find a WWII monument, a museum, a cemetary or some other kind of remains of the D-Day invasion. All designated to the memory of and a tribute […]

Three days in Kiev, Ukraine

This spring brought three very pleasant days in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, or Ukraina as the ukrainians themselves say. Purely by chance, it turned out that the third day of our visit was on the Ukrainian National day ot Victoryday on may 9th (A real stroke of luck) This beautiful city is situated […]

Moscow with a Guide

Moscow with a Guide There are quite a few difficulties facing anyone who comes to Moscow as a tourist. The major one is, to my experience, the language. Not only is it impossible to understand what they are saying, it is also impossible to read any sign. Because Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, it is […]

Being in Berlin

Berlin is a central part of our recent history. and the Brandenburger Tor (or square) is Berlin’s iconic center. The gate is spectacular by night with all the lights. It stands at the end of Berlin’s famous avenue, Unter den Linden (linden tree). No visit to Berlin is complete without a vist here.