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Statue that can be seen over 3 days in Krakow - Photo credit: Roman Polyanyk from Pixabay

What to Do Over 3 Days in Krakow, Poland

Located in southern Poland, Krakow is one of Eastern Europe's many hidden gems. Its old medieval architecture blends well with the more modern remnants of the city's time under communist control, - one of the reasons why Krakow attracts visitors from all over the world.  But Krakow offers so much more than meets the eye for travel newbies and seasoned veterans alike. After spending a month navigating the city on a bicycle, it's safe to…

On the Spetside Way whiskey trail in Scotland

Speyside Way Whiskey Tour – A Dram Good Time

“Let’s go on a hiking trip together sometime,” my friend Susan suggested. My response was immediate: “Where? When?” We decided on Scotland, a year hence. Meanwhile, I came across information about the Speyside Way Whiskey Tour, and since I didn’t care where in Scotland, and Susan is a single-malt-whiskey enthusiast, it was agreed. The only fly in the ointment was a hunk of titanium and a dozen metal staples. Surely six months would be sufficient…

Aare Gorge

Aare Gorge Canyon Walk in Meiringen

The Aare Gorge canyon walk is another one of Switzerland's fabulous nature excursions. It's an easy, family-friendly experience that takes at most, a half day. Access is straight-forward from the town of Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland. (To get your bearings, Interlaken is just 25 minutes west by car.) The glacier fed Aare River - Switzerland's longest river - cuts through a narrow limestone gorge thousands of years in the making called the Aare Gorge.…

Grand scenery from the summit

Brienzer Rothorn via a Scenic Steam Train

Visit Brienzer Rothorn, the highest mountain of the Emmental Alps in Switzerland via an outrageously scenic ride on the Brienz Rothorn steam train. You can of course hike up if you're feeling energetic - or down, but the train is a fun experience and a great way to enjoy the landscape. Sitting at an elevation of 2,350 m, the Brienzer Rothorn enjoys superb views of Lake Brienz - the lake that lies directly east of…

Biking Adventures in Transylvania Romania

“My revenge is just begun! And I spread it over centuries, and time is on my side!” You may recognize this line from Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula novel. And Dracula may be the only thing that comes to mind when thinking of Romania, right? In fact, there’s so much more to discover about this Eastern European destination. With low tourist numbers and few marketing campaigns to promote the country, no wonder people have no idea…

Grapes are almost ripe in Austria

Photos of Austria to Inspire a Visit

Austria is a charming, mountainous land-locked country in the southern part of central Europe. Vienna, the capital city, is gorgeous especially in summer with flowers seemingly everywhere. On a walking tour of the Czech Republic I had a chance before it started to spend a solid day in Vienna along with the better part of a day in Austria's beautiful wine country, starting in Hollabrunn, an hour's drive outside of Vienna. For the next 10…

Gorgeous view from Alp Bovine

Adventures in Europe You’ll Want to Do

These 5 adventures in Europe are ones you'll want to try. I've done them all and recommend them for the landscapes you travel through, the sense of accomplishment that comes with getting through every day - and at least on the trails, the wonderful camaraderie you encounter. On any adventures in Europe you need to go prepared - so you minimize the blisters, aching shoulders and sore butts from biking. Workout for weeks in advance…

Troll's Tongue hike - Photo credit: Jeremy Elliott from Pixabay

Attractions in Norway for the First Time Visitor

Are you a first time visitor looking for the top attractions in Norway? Try to arrange your flights so that you fly in to Oslo and out from Bergen or Stavanger, easily done with several airlines, budget or other. Below are suggestions for a few days in Oslo before you head to the fjords of Western Norway - one of the top attractions in Norway. And if you enjoy hiking (which I think you do,…

Eagles Path Hike in the Polish Tatra Mountains

The Eagles Path hike in Poland is a spectacular though tough one. And it's very rewarding.  This mountain range is very small but very special not only to the Polish people but also for their southern neighbors - Slovakians - as it is located at their common border. Large parts of the national parks - both Polish and Slovakian - were declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Eagles Path hike in Poland is probably one…


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