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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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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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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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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My year 2017 in pictures

Facebook keeps reminding me how great my 2017 was: According to Zuckerberg’s algorithms I made X new friends, earned Y likes, wows and hahas and gained a couple of “biggest fans”. But what does this really say about the last twelve months? Not much, as it turns out. Apart from the fact that I posted…

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Milford Sound Road – a Tourist Deathtrap?

“Gateway to Fiordland becoming a deathtrap for tourist drivers”. The article on a New Zealand online news site immediately caught my attention. Of course I wanted to find out how exposed to risk we were just a couple of months back without even knowing it. “Along with its reputation as being one of the most…

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Instagram is ruining travel for all of us

Maybe I shouldn’t cast the first stone when it comes to Instagram hype as I’ve been feeding the beast too. But lately Instagram has become almost like a professional sport where it’s increasingly hard to keep up with the competition. I never went the extra mile so my profile leaves a lot to be desired.…

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