Bologna lies in the heart of Emilia-Romagna, Italy’s gastronomic capital. While that alone makes this city a must-visit especially for food-lovers, Bologna’s got a lot more going for it.
The city itself is beautiful and picturesque, filled with historic medieval and Renaissance structures. You can spend an afternoon relaxing in the Piazza Maggiore and walking around the cobbled streets under the shade of the porticoes. You can go up Italy’s tallest leaning tower from where you can capture a gorgeous panoramic view of the city.
Bologna’s central location also makes it an excellent base for road trips around northern Italy – from the foodie cities of Modena and Parma to the beaches of Rimini – and even across the border to San Marino.
If you’re looking for a holiday filled with delicious food, road trips, and a relaxing city break, Emilia-Romagna’s capital city is the perfect destination. Here’s where to stay in Bologna.
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A couple of years ago, my friends and I attended a convention in Seoul, South Korea. In a classic work/travel balancing act, we managed to sneak in a short road trip to the countryside south of Seoul.
Back then, we were all visiting South Korea for the first time. By the end of our first day in Seoul, we were so in love with the city – everything about it was amazing! From its delicious food to its dazzling nightscape, to the lively shopping districts…
But the best was before us: beautiful roads, stunning lakes and mountains, and lovely villages. An hour into the road trip, any misgivings we may have about trading extra days shopping in Seoul for a road trip to some unknown were immediately dispelled.
But I’m getting way ahead of this story. Here’s how my first trip to South Korea went – and why I’ve come back so many times since. Continue reading “Road trip in South Korea – from Seoul to the countryside”
Budapest is a city that has it all. One moment you’re walking along the glitzy Andrássy Avenue lined with designer shops and fancy restaurants, the next you’re looking up at bright murals painted on firewalls amidst the buildings of the 7th and 8th districts, all in various stages of renovation and transformation.
Whether you’re here to explore the historical landmarks, relax in the thermal baths, or shop and dine in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, a fantastic holiday awaits.
Your first task? Choose where to stay in Budapest. Find the neighborhood that best fits your travel style with this handy guide.
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Chocolates and cheese – these were the only reasons I needed to jump on a chance to spend a couple of days in Geneva, Switzerland’s second largest city.
As it turns out, there’s a lot more to enjoy in Geneva beyond the truffles and fondue. There’s the breathtaking Lake Geneva, a mere glimpse of the many gorgeous natural landscapes you can explore in Switzerland. There’s the picturesque old town, its winding alleys leading to art galleries, quiet leafy parks, and intimate cafés. And then there’s Carouge, a hip neighborhood just outside Geneva where you can instantly catch a Mediterranean vibe.
Whether you’re in Geneva for business or a little holiday, make the most of your stay in one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Here’s how to spend 3 days in Geneva. Continue reading “3 days in Geneva, Switzerland – best things to see and do”
Can’t decide whether you want a vacation where you can just kick back and relax on the beach with a fruit shake or do some shopping, sight-seeing, and food tripping? I’ve got the perfect destination for you: Busan.
If you haven’t heard of Busan, this is South Korea’s second city, sitting on the southeastern edge of the country’s main island. It’s the perfect mix of Seoul’s dynamic and vibrant city vibe and Jeju’s relaxing atmosphere and gorgeous subtropical landscapes. Coupled with South Korea’s staples of high-speed internet, efficient public transportation, delicious seafood cuisine, and terrific shopping options, Busan is the perfect destination for anyone who wants everything.
Here’s how to spend 3 days in Busan. Continue reading “3 days in Busan – what to see and do in South Korea’s vibrant seaside city”
A visit to Alsace is a trip back to your childhood.
You know, those long nights spent under a blanket with only a flashlight to guide you through the crumbling pages of a well-worn, well-loved book, its pages filled with beautiful princesses, dashing men, and eloquent animals. While the heroes and heroines would eventually find their way to enchanted forests and abandoned castles, their adventures would always begin in a tiny town, with pastel houses and wooden beams, a stork’s nest on a lookout tower, rickety bridges over quiet waterways, and glistening emerald hills in the distance.
That picture right there – the one in your mind right now – that’s precisely what Alsace looks like. Well, sans the magical animals, but it’s pretty close.
If you’ve ever wondered if the places in the storybooks are real, check out these real-life pictures of Alsace and relive your childhood adventures. Continue reading “10 best things to do in Alsace, France – a real-life storybook destination”
Driving in South Korea is a fun way to discover the country. The country’s cities are exciting and a great start to your adventures, of course, but to really get a sense of South Korea, you have to venture to its small quaint towns and have a taste of its amazing countryside.
While it is possible to go around South Korea using public transportation, driving around is a lot more convenient and fun. It definitely saves you travel time and if you plan your trip right, it can even save you money. Plus: it’s a lot easier to do than you think – even if you don’t speak their language.
Here are my tips for renting a car and driving in South Korea.
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“Prague won’t let you go, the little mother has claws,” so said Franz Kafka, the capital’s most famous son.
And while Franz Kafka obviously had a deeper connection with the city, once you’ve been to Prague, it doesn’t quite let you go. One moment you’re walking to work, running through your never-ending to-do list in your mind, when a sight of an old rusty street lamp brings you back to Prague’s narrow and dimly-lit cobbled streets, the smell of roasted duck intermingling with the sweet aroma of cinnamon, strains of classical music and that unmistakable sound of clinking beer mugs spilling out onto the streets.
There’s much to love about Prague. While it is certainly a grand example of an old medieval city, with centuries’ worth of Gothic, Romantic, and Baroque architectures splendidly preserved and standing proudly after world wars, fires, and natural calamities failed to bring them down, there’s also always something new going on in the city. It could be a new row of restaurants, a new edgy café in an up-and-coming neighborhood, or a new quirky art installation.
All these led to the Prague of today: a city that goes from medieval to modern, conventional to quirky, historic to hipster, and sacred to scandalous in a few blocks.
So it goes that your experiences in Prague can depend heavily on which neighborhood you choose to spend your days and nights. Whether you’re up for a crash course in European history and arts, a romantic holiday peppered with food and shopping trips, or you’re here for the beer, there’s a lovely Prague district that won’t let you go. Continue reading “Where to stay in Prague – a complete guide to the city’s best neighborhoods and hotels”
Fancy a holiday where you’ll be able to hop from one gorgeous beach to the next, visit all kinds of quirky museums, and see stunning natural landscapes? South Korea’s “island of the gods” – Jeju Island – is the perfect destination for you.
Jeju definitely has a lot to offer. But what most first-time visitors are surprised to find out is that Jeju is huge. Even with a rental car, you can’t go around the whole island in one day. The island’s many attractions are far apart, and this is why you need to make sure you know exactly where to stay in Jeju, depending on what you’re in the mood to see and do. Continue reading “Where to stay in Jeju – a guide to South Korea’s gorgeous holiday island”