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Europe is an amazing continent to visit. It has a total of 50 countries with a population of 739 million. The most spoken languages in Europe are Russian, German, French, English, Ukrainian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.

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Driving in Italy & San Marino – Venice to Rome Road Trip

Driving in Italy & San Marino - Venice to Rome Road Trip

Driving in Italy Venice to Rome Road Trip Italy is possibly every traveler’s dream. If you’re looking for history, renowned cuisine, friendly people or lively music, Italy is one of the most exciting and romantic European destinations. On one of my trips to Italy, I flew into Venice and then out from Rome. I got a rental car in Venice and indulged myself on a fabulous 1255 km / 780 mi road trip in Italy, all the way to Rome via San Marino – one of the smallest independent states in the world. Driving in Italy is very easy because roads are excellent and there are always road signs with directions everywhere. Road distance from Venice to Rome Map of Venice to Rome Road Trip Italy road trip itinerary: Venice, Ferrara, Ravenna, San Marino, Urbino, Foligno, Assisi, Amalfi, Positano, Pompei, Rome and Vatican. Visiting Italy without targeting its vast historical heritage…

Amalfi Coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea – Italy

Idyllic views of the Amalfi Coast and Positano, Italy

Visit Amalfi Coast Undoubtedly one of the most impressive landscapes in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is famous for its magnificent vistas. The Amalfi Coast has many restaurants and hotels with amazing views over the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. In 1997, all this region was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s list as a cultural landscape. Visit Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast extends for about 60 km / 37 mi from Salerno to Sorrento along the Tyrrhenian Sea. This idyllic place offers the most beautiful Italian coastal views. For its natural beauty, picturesque towns and romantic landscapes, Amalfi is often used in the film industry. What to see in Positano Positano Positano town is the most charming in the whole Amalfi Coast. Looking at it from afar already gives you a clue of what you are about to visit: A fashionable Italian town where the panorama of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding…

90 of the Best Places to Visit in Iceland

90 of the Best Places to Visit in Iceland

Visit Iceland Iceland is famous to have one of the most beautiful vistas in the world. Combining stunning landscapes with incredible natural phenomena such as geysers, active volcanoes, glacier lagoons and breathtaking waterfalls, Iceland definitely keeps us busy for a few weeks. Iceland is a European island located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. For Nature lovers, lonely hikers, adventure seekers, daring drivers, photographers or mountain trekking enthusiasts, YES! – Iceland welcomes you. On this page, I make a list of 90 Amazing Places which are undoubtedly the country’s major tourist attractions. The sequence of the photographs has to do with my trip along the Ring Road and the Westfjords for two weeks. So I organized them by order of my visit. I hope you enjoy. Read my page: 15 days driving in Iceland – Ring Road + Westfjords 90 Amazing Places to Visit in Iceland 1 –…

18-month Travel Around the World – My Itinerary & Costs

Travel Around the World

Travel Around the World A few years back, I went traveling around the world during 18 months without any programmed destinations. I had no pre-arranged itinerary. I went along, feeling the trip, visiting countries that were emerging in my mind and on my wish list. I visited and stayed the time that I felt like to. If I liked a place I’d stay more time, if I didn’t like it so much, I’d move on. The main purpose of the trip was to visit all the seven continents: Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Asia and Pacific. On this section of my Round the World Travel Guide I’m not going to magically tell you how to go around the world for free, yet, I’m going to simplify and show you real data, detailed information with real facts, prices and travel ideas so that you can get inspired and motivated to…

Khertvisi – Georgia, the stunning 2,500-year-old fortress

Khertvisi - Georgia, the 2,500 year old stunning fortress

Khertvisi, now in ruins, is one of the oldest forts in Georgia. Georgia is a country of the Caucasus, on the coast of the Black Sea, located both in Europe and Asia. 250 km distance from Tbilisi – the country’s capital, Khertvisi fortress protects the entrance of the valley of Erusheti Mountains that head towards the extraordinary Vardzia cave monastery. The Khertvisi fortress is charmingly situated on the top of a high rocky cliff, on the entrance of a narrow canyon at the confluence of Mitkvari (biggest river in Georgia) and Paravani rivers. The collection of old Georgian Chronicles testify to its existence from the most ancient of times. The exact date of its foundation is unknown but it’s thought that the first fort was erected a few centuries before the arrival of Alexander III of Macedonia (a.k.a. Alexander the Great). As the legend says, Alexander of Macedonia visited the site…

Best Travel Experiences

Best Travel Experiences

Best Travel Experiences Throughout the World, there are many wonderful places to travel to. Yet, some unique experiences remain secrets, only a few people having the chance to become involved with them. On this page, I will describe some of the best travel experiences I’ve had, examples that can easily provide inspiration and motivation for your future travels. Please note: I’ve been traveling since 1999. So, some of the older photographs on this page are taken with more standard equipment and are of lesser quality than more recent images. Berber Triple Marriage in Sahara Desert I had the opportunity of being invited to an authentic Amazigh (Berber) triple marriage in the southeast Moroccan Sahara Desert. Having been living and working near the Erg Chebbi Dunes for four years, previous involvement with the local community facilitated my reception of this type of invitation. Although many people no longer marry in such a…

Venice Iconic City – Memorable and Unforgettable Images, Italy

Venice Iconic City - Memorable and Unforgettable Images, Italy

Venice, Italy Venice is a place that almost doesn’t need any words to describe it. It’s famous, historical, culturally on, memorable, outstanding. Getting the opportunity to visit Venice comes out to be one of the nicest experiences a traveler might have. Either visiting its palaces, exploring the museums, wandering along its old streets, discovering small alleys, crossing the countless picturesque bridges, taking a serenaded gondola ride on the canals, food and wine tasting, or just enjoying the romantic atmosphere, well, Venice will definitely keep you busy for a few days. Top 7 things to do in Venice 45 minute romantic gondola ride Visit the famous St. Mark’s Square Venetian wine and food Birdseye view of Venice from the top of the 99m / 325ft St. Mark’s Campanile Rialto Bridge view over the Grand Canal Tintoretto’s paintings at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco Venetian ice-cream Venice was founded around the year…

Driving in Russia – Winter road trip Madness Edition

Driving in Russia - Winter road trip Madness Edition

Driving in Russia Russia is the biggest country in the world. It is approximately 75% bigger than the United States or Canada. And it is 186 times bigger than my home country, Portugal. It has about 143 million people and covers an enormous distance going from Europe, through Asia to the Pacific Ocean – to the other side of the globe in the Sea of Japan and even close to Alaska just after the Bering Sea. I was always very curious about a possible trip to Russia so, while living in Finland, I decided to cross the border and drive along during the Winter season. Why going to Russia from Finland? Because I got a scholarship to study Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Kankaanpää, which belongs to the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. So, the Russian Federation was just there, across the border. My driving adventure through Russia took me to explore 4383km…

100 of the Best Places to Visit in Portugal

100 of the Best Places to Visit in Portugal

Visit Portugal Cradle of world history, Portugal is a unique travel destination. It is interesting how such a small country offers such a variety of landscapes, history, architecture and gastronomy. To visit Portugal is a great and unforgettable experience. Portugal tells the history of a country and even a bit of the world, through its historical and archaeological monuments from prehistoric times, with dinosaurs and rock carvings, to the discovery of faraway lands beginning the globalization process through the Discoveries. Portugal is a small country located at the westernmost edge of Europe, but it is a nation of great achievements. The more I travel, the more I understand how this country is so rich in landmarks and heritage. Visit Portugal – 100 of the Best Places 1- Sintra Sintra is a town that seems to have come out of a fairy tale. Sintra’s green landscape is featured here and there by…

126 Days Around The World Without Flying – Itinerary Suggestion

Around The World Without Flying

Around The World Without Flying Earth is a big place and suggesting a route to travel around the world is almost impossible. Each traveler will yearn for different places and experiences. Budget, time, and means of transportation, all these variables will impact the plan. Considering that planning an itinerary with only flights is simple, I decided to design a overland trip around the world without flying, going around the world to the west, departing from France. It won’t be too cheap nor too expensive. It won’t be too slow nor too fast. It will be balanced to be compatible with more people. Around The World Without Flying Stage 1 – From France to Brazil (Estimate: 20 days) The goal is to reach South America without flying, so you’ll have to travel on a ship. For that, it’s better to go to Le Havre, in France, from where you’ll officially depart to…

Tiraspol, the capital of a country that doesn’t exist: Transnistria

Tiraspol, the capital of a country that doesn't exist: Transnistria

Did you know that some countries don’t exist? Well, they do exist, but they are not recognized by the United Nations. This doesn’t prevent those “self-proclaimed” countries from being ruled and have a governmental administration. This is the case of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic – PMR. Have you ever heard of it? How about Transnistria? Does it ring the bell now? Pridnestrovie is a small territory on the right side of Moldova and southwest of Ukraine, close to Odessa. Although this country is not officially recognized, there are actually land borders with police and passport control. Flag of Pridnestrovie – Transnistria The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic is a de-facto constitutional independent republic located between Ukraine and Moldova. This breakaway state is internationally known as Transnistria, and it has its own currency, its own parliament and politicians, its own police force and army (in fact Russian military). On this page you have a…

Chernobyl & Pripyat, Ukraine – Surviving the Dead Zone

Chernobyl & Pripyat - Surviving the Dead Zone

Chernobyl is an infamous place in Ukraine that got the world’s attention on April 26th, 1986, when the Reactor No. 4 of its Power Plant exploded. The worst nuclear disaster in the history of mankind caused 400 times more radioactive contamination than Hiroshima atomic bomb launched by the USA over Japan. As the old concrete sarcophagus is slowly collapsing (which had already happened in 2013), a new $1.4 billion dollars / €1 billion euros steel sarcophagus is being built over Chernobyl Reactor No. 4. This huge steel arch-shaped construction is 190 m / 623 ft wide and 200 m / 656 ft long. Today it’s possible to visit the site of the worst nuclear catastrophe which affected mankind. Apart from being a sad place to visit, the Chernobyl tour is shocking, ecologically outrageous, yet historically interesting. Chernobyl Tour Highlights This page is about my trip and personal experience inside Chernobyl Exclusion…

Monsanto de Idanha-a-Nova – Awe-inspiring Stone Village, Portugal

Monsanto de Idanha-a-Nova - Awe-inspiring Stone Village, Portugal

Monsanto is a unique granite built village in the center-east part of Portugal. Settled among huge stones on the top of the Cabeço de Monsanto hill, the village is of an incredible and unusual beauty. The streets of Monsanto are sided with granite houses, embedded in colossal stones. We can walk up the village until we reach the castle from where we enjoy amazing views over the region all the way to the Spanish border. The human presence in Monsanto dates back as early as the Lower Paleolithic (early Stone Age during the ice-ages), but the site was also inhabited by the Romans, the Visigoths and the Arabs. The Muslim rule of Monsanto lasted until 1165 when King D. Afonso Henriques defeated them. Consequently King D. Afonso Henriques donated Monsanto and the surrounding lands to the Order of the Knights Templar with the responsibility of repopulate and defend it. It was…

Driving in Iceland: Ring Road + Westfjords Road Trip – 15 Days

Driving in Iceland - 15 days road trip - Ring Road + Westfjords

Driving in Iceland Iceland Road Trip I spent 15 days exploring Iceland driving on my own. Iceland is a transcontinental island located in Europe and North America, between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. Driving in Iceland is very easy, somehow lonely and introspective. During two weeks I had the opportunity to drive the Iceland’s Ring Road + Westfjords and visit many of the best destinations that the country has to offer. Iceland is definitely not a country to visit if you’re in search of history, monuments, and museums. Basically, this is a country for nature lovers. Iceland is famous for its gorgeous scenery, amazing nature, endless glaciers, fabulous fjords, cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls, geysers and all kinds of other geothermal phenomena. I really enjoyed my trip to Iceland and is actually a country that I am thinking to visit again very soon. After a couple of days dedicated to visiting…

Meaning of the Flags of Europe

Meaning of the Flags of Europe

The flags represent the national identity of each country. Each color has a meaning in the history of nations. European flags vary on color and meaning. On this page, I list all flags of Europe and their colors. Flags of Europe Flag of Albania 2 colors: red, black. Meaning of the flag of Albania: Red symbolizes hardiness, bravery, strength and courage shown by the people and the willingness to defend freedom. The black two-headed eagle in the center represents government and church, two important part in Albania’s history and national identity. Flag of Andorra 3 colors: blue, yellow, red. Meaning of the flag of Andorra: The colors represent Andorra’s independence from France and Spain. Blue and red were taken from France; red and yellow were taken from Spain. The coat of arms contains the motto at the bottom: “Strength United is Stronger”. Flag of Armenia 3 colors: red, blue, orange. Meaning…

Inspiring Places to Visit in Europe – Travel Guide

Europe Best Destinations – Europe Travel Guide

Europe Travel Guide “Europe is a fascinating continent to visit. It has a total of 50 countries with a population of 739 million. The predominantly spoken languages in Europe are Russian, German, French, English, Ukrainian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.” My Top Europe Europe’s only monkeys, the Barbary macaques of Gibraltar Sintra’s palaces and castles, Portugal London, United Kingdom 10th century Rila Monastery, Bulgaria 2200 m / 7217 ft Ushguli community, the highest village in Europe 15th, 16th and 17th century wooden churches of Southern Lesser, Poland Venice’s historic center, Italy Istanbul: crossroad to Asia, Turkey Paris: City of Light, France Transylvania: Dracula’s birthplace in Sighisoara, Romania 3454 m / 11332 ft Top of Europe train station in Jungfraujoch, Switzerland 18th century Suomenlinna Sea Fortress in Helsinki, Finland Amalfi Coast, Italy Barcelona, Spain Sevilla, Spain Saint Petersburg, Russia Suzdal, Russia Inspiring Places to Visit in Europe 1- Visit Lisbon, Portuguese…

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