Epic Swiss train rides

Trains are not the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of Switzerland. Chocolate, cheese, army knives, and cows with huge bells, those I can name off the top of my head. But trains? In a mountainous country like Switzerland? Not really. As it turns out, I couldn’t be more wrong. This Alpine…

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7 fascinating facts to love about Vals

A couple of images of old rustic stables scattered on steep pastures were enough. I fell in love with Vals as soon as it came up in my pre-travel research of Switzerland. “This is where we’re going!” I announced to my husband. He just rolled his eyes, frustrated over my fixation with a place I…

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6 restaurants that are worth travelling to Vis island for

Calling this post “the list of the best restaurants on Vis island” would be a bit pretentious. Simply because the number of restaurants you can visit during a one-week stay hardly qualifies as extensive research. Besides, judging by the quality of food at this limited selection of restaurants, there must be at least a dozen…

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5 things to see and do in Hiroshima …

…besides visiting the Atomic Bomb Memorial Park and Museum, that is. But let’s skip the obvious and focus on a couple of less familiar sights and experiences that Hiroshima offers. See Mazda cars roll off the production line Even if you are not a huge car buff the Mazda museum is worth a visit. It…

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Thatched roof houses of Shirakawa-go

I love traditional Japanese guesthouses. They are the perfect combination of rustic, simple and unusual to appear exotic. Combined with genuine hospitality of their owners, fabulous home-cooked meals and ubiquitous hot baths they make for a most enjoyable stay. So, it comes a no surprise that a stay at one of the thatched roof houses…

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The first three things I’ll do when we land in Japan again

Does this ever happen to you? Do you, after you’ve returned home from some great trip ever imagine the things you would do if you had a chance to stay a while longer or to return just for a couple of days?  This happens to me all the time. So it may come as no…

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Top night photography spots in San Francisco

Here’s my list of four San Francisco spots I actually had a chance to visit, four other places I would like to return to at night but didn’t, plus a bonus tip. Golden Gate Bridge Let’s start with the obvious: The Golden Gate Bridge. It would make it to the top of my list even…

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Seattle dining with a pro

Browsing through Airbnb Experiences became one of my preferred ways to plan our days at a new destination. Sometimes only for inspiration, others to get to know a place from a local person’s perspective. Admittedly, there are a lot of hit and miss options. For instance, I’d never sign up for an Instagram photoshoot to…

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Magome – Tsumago hike: A side of Japan I never knew existed

Japan surprised me in many ways. But the most unexpected was the part of the Nakasendo trail between Magome and Tsumago. It is the place to experience rural Japan that seems to be worlds apart from its sprawling cities. The 8 km hike up in the hills of Kiso Valley balanced my image of this…

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Do’s and Don’ts of New Orleans Jazz Fest for Beginners

New Orleans Jazz Fest is the equivalent of Mardi Gras for music lovers. To avoid some of the common faux pas of a first-time visitor, here are some basic do’s and don’ts to observe.

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