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My stay at Hotel Pacai in Vilnius

Hotel Pacai is a five-star hotel in Vilnius (map), the capital of Lithuania. Opened in 2018 after five years of restoration work, this hotel is located in a 17th century Baroque palace in the Old Town of Vilnius. Built as the home of the influential Pacai nobles in 1677, the palace played an important role […]

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An evening stroll in medieval Erfurt

Erfurt (map) is a historic city in the central German state of Thuringia. Located about 300km southwest of Berlin, Erfurt is famed for having one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Germany. If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ll know how much I love medieval towns (such as these in Costa […]

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The salt room resembles a space-age salt cave! Image courtesy of Vytautas Mineral Spa.

The art of wellness in Birštonas

A strange tickling sensation on my back woke me up. The second I jolted back to life, I sensed an ethereal feeling of lightness, like I was floating in the air. I opened my eyes and chuckled. I was in the Vytautas Mineral Spa in Birštonas, Lithuania, in a pool filled with mineral water so […]

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Discovering the origins of Bauhaus in Germany

When I was a kid, I was always in awe of an uncle of mine. An architect by profession, his minimalist, functional designs never ceased to intrigue me. His work, be it a house or office building, always stood out. Clean lines, grey and white surfaces with varying textures, shady spaces and large windows with […]

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Sitges: more than just a beach town

Sitges is a small coastal town situated 34 kilometers southwest of Barcelona. The beaches are the main attraction but I highly recommend spending at least a few days there as there are a lot more things to do in Sitges. Aside from the beaches, there are Art Nouveau buildings, picturesque lanes, centuries-old festivals, museums and […]

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My birthday weekend in Amsterdam

It’s a bit of a tradition for me to celebrate my birthday by going on a leisurely cruise along the canals of Amsterdam. I would normally hire a boat, invite some friends and pack some food and wine for a three-hour cruise. This year, I decided to do something different: I planned a whole birthday […]

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Plane views: Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. Lying on the banks of the Tagus estuary and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon boasts an incredibly rich history, and a plethora of atmospheric neighbourhoods, grand monuments, picturesque lanes and broad boulevards. My recent visit reminded me yet again why it’s one of my favourite […]

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What to do in Ljubljana – a video guide

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and is situated along the banks of the Ljubljana River more or less in the centre of the country. Ljubljana (and Slovenia, for that matter) had been on my list of places to visit for a long time and when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it! After several […]

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The best of Puglia – the ultimate guide

Puglia is a region that occupies the ‘heel’ of southern Italy and is home to historic towns (many of which have histories that go back thousands of years), diverse landscapes, excellent food and some of the best beaches in southern Italy. The main entry points for most international visitors are Bari and Brindisi (both have […]

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Ten things to do in Dresden

Dresden (map) is a historic city in eastern Germany, situated approximately 200km south of Berlin. Renowned for its historic Baroque architecture, the city is the capital of the state of Saxony and boasts a rich cultural heritage. Heavily bombed during World War II, the historic centre was rebuilt and many of its grand monuments, such […]

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