Dubrovnik, “The pearl of the Adriactic”.


Sailing Croatia!

Like heaven on Earth with its rich architectural heritage, stone palaces and medieval monasteries, Dubrovnik has once again become a holiday destination as well as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dubrovnik! Restaurants, bars, and port. The old town is UNESCO Cultural Heritage


Take the chance and visit the island of Mljet, not far from Dubrovnik. A third of its territory is protected as a national park and is an extraordinary place to find peace and tranquility. Its beauty attracts hikers, divers, bike-tourists, and lovers of quietness and nature. Also, if you can go visit Lastovo island. Life is to short to miss out on the wide range of experience it has to offer. There are plenty of free activities awaiting and Croatia will certainly provide you with the funniest and live life to the full. It’s not always easy to keep track of what’s possible around the world and probably better to keep it simple because we can miss out on things and either run out of time if not well planned due to lack of time to research. Croatia has more than 1000 islands, plenty of ferries allow you a great holiday. In Hvar, I found great luxury sailing opportunities, amazing cozy restaurants, and terraces, nightlife up on the hill! Get ready to walk up and down but I assure great fun! In Split, there is the Festival Ultra-Europe in Summertime. I did enjoy and plan to spend holiday around Croatia and the neighbor countries are also on the list to re-visit. If you’re in Italy is easy to get to the port in Ancona coming from Rome. Italians usually are in good mood on their holiday and you’ll meet good people and laugh all the way. From Portugal is still not the easiest country to reach but is possible with Ryanair and it’s worth the way. As soon as possible I’ll update the blog with some alternatives. You’ll find introverted but beautiful and generous people in Croatia.

UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites in Croatia:

1 Episcopal complex, Porec

2 The historic city of Trogir

3 The historic centre with Diocletian palace in Split

4 the old town of Dubrovnik.

There are several National Parks in Croatia such as Risnjak, Plitvice Lakes (scenic lakes linked by waterfalls), Paklenica, Kornati and Mljet already mentioned.


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Greece itself is luxury

The blueness of the sea, the whiteness of the air and the brightness of the sun are all here, in these flags. Visit Greece.

Luxury for all budgets! Crete – Greece!

Perfect to visit all year round, particularly for outdoors’ lovers and wishing to find adventures in nature. More than 486 beaches and 9 marinas were awarded Blue Flags. You will beneath crystal clear waters and swim around the colourful fishes.

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature has announced that, out of a long list of 47 countries, Greece ranked number two on the Blue Flag quality awards last year. In total, the region of Halkidiki collected the majority of awards with 71 flags. In 2016, 430 beaches and 9 marinas around Greece were honoured with the quality Blue Flag award.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced “2017” as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Furthermore, the Blue Flag programme has reached 30 years of successfully accrediting awards to beaches and marinas worldwide.

The well-known island of Crete invites you for its National Park

Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge is at world’s biosphere reserve and a great tourist attraction. Take the chance to visit the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and the Nautical Museum. Discover the amazing underwater life at the CretAquarium.There are more than 2500 species.

Each tank of CretAquarium bears labels with hosted species’ names printed in nine languages (Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Czech).
For all those interested in getting to know more about the organisms hosted by CretAquarium, to learn more about its operation and the ecology of the marine environment, there are tour options. Check http://www.cretaquarium.gr/en/

Milos is another option for those who need a peaceful getaway. Relax, swim and go snorkeling. There are many cruises, choose the one that fits you. Next time in Greece we will go hiking so, please follow us if this is of your interest.

Nature and Blue Flag Global

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) is the oldest national environmental NGO in Greece, founded in 1951, and strives continuously for the protection of Greek nature since. It is active along four axes: environmental intervention; nature conservation; environmental education; sustainable management and general public awareness raising.

It has established the “Byron Antipas” prize, which is awarded to an individual or organisation that has decisively contributed to the protection of Greek nature; among its recipients is the renowned environmentalist Luc Hoffmann (2005), and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (2011).

It is a member of major international conservation organisations, such as the IUCN, and has been honoured for its work, it by the Academy of Athens, the Council of Europe and the Ford Foundation.

The Blue Flag Global deserves a long visit. For the coastal environment, water quality, safety and access for all: the Blue Flag represents a serious and profound commitment to both people and the environment.

There are not many tour operators but planning yourself is quite easy. Yes, it’s time-consuming but I rather decide where to go, when and where to stay. Greece needs tourists. Go and visit! If by chance you like to book hotels, resorts, or a B&B do it now.

There are hundreds of crafts available and ferry services in the Aegean Sea connecting each island with its neighbours or with the Greek or Turkish mainland. Times and routes are subject to variation.

Golfing in Crete is a matter of Course

The Crete Golf Club at Hersonissos, Crete, is an 18-hole golf course of international standards designed by architect Bob Hunt and recently renovated to perfection.


Aegina, the island of light and artists

Offering clear bright light, significant archaeological monuments and wonderful nature, Aegina has always been a favourite place for Greek artists.

Ancient trails, cleared and signposted by the Aegina Active Citizens, enable trekkers to explore the island. The culture paths include a route that goes around Mt Ellenton; a trail from Stefentouri to Eleonas; a walking route in Ancient Eleonas that runs from Marathonas Beach to Pachia Rachi; and a trail from Pachia Rachi to the Panagia from Chrysoleontissas Monastery.

Nobody leaves Aegina without pistachios, a protected designation of origin (PDO) – status product rated as one of the world’s best in its category. Pottery has flourished on Aegina for approximately 3,000 years. Renowned ceramic artist Theodora Horafa and visual artist Katerina Giannaca live and work on the island.

Peru, Land of Hidden Treasures

Peru: Rich Destinations


Eco resort
Some recommended attractions by experts and travellers:



Salinas de Maras

Manu National Park

Pisac Market

Paracas National Reserve


Located near Ica, Huacachina is a tiny oasis town surrounding a small natural lake and itself surrounded by towering sand dunes. Once a playground for the Peruvian elite, these days Huacachina mostly attracts international tourists. The big draw here is the opportunity to sand board and taking dune buggy rides on the sand dunes.

Iquitos (Amazon River)

Uros Islands

Made of dried Totora reeds, the artificial islands of the Uros are Lake Titicaca’s top tourist attraction. The lives of the Uros, a pre-Incan people, are interwoven with these reeds, which is a primary source of food and are also used to make their homes, their boats and even a reeds flower tea. Reeds are added to the top of the islands constantly, about every three months, as they rot from the bottom, so the ground is always soft and springy.

Colca Canyon

Inca Trail

Machu Picchu


We try to promote the welfare of local communities and seek to encourage sustainable development without upsetting the balance of the environment.

Gastronomic Tourism

Here you can find the cuisine that is the result of the initial fusion of culinary tradition of ancient Peru and Spanish cuisine.

Peruvian Gastronomy

Discover the flavours of one of the world’s top culinary destinations


Peru has the second highest number of bird species in the world. Counting only breeding species, Peru ranks first.

Cultural Tourism in Peru









Inca Trail

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered by experts one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world.

Festivities and events Last September 2019

Virgin of Cocharcas

Virgin of the Nativity

Festival of Saint Nicolas de Tolentino and the Virgin of the Nativity

Lord of Huanca

Festival of the Patron Saint, the Lord of Gualamita

Must – See

Machu Picchu leads the list of “Top 25 Landmarks – World” on TripAdvisor

If you plan to visit the wonderful Inca citadel, you can quickly and easily buy your electronic tickets here.

Top destinations in Peru

Lima, Cusco, Madre de Dios

Qhapaq Ñan

for attractions reviews and further reading, I suggest:



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Free of charge outdoor attractions around the globe

Explore Asia an an English teacher. Help out the communities. English teachers are in high demand and development is in urgent need.

Outdoor attractions around the globe

Ahu Tongariki at Rapa Nui National Park (Easter Island) – Chile

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy and the Vaticano City.

Giant’s Causeway and one of the most extreme bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island. The site is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Lake Como, Northern Italy

Romeo and Juliet home in Verona

The perfume of the vegetation in Krabi province. Never had a feeling such as this one. Railway beach, Krabi in Thailand.

The perfume of the vegetation in Krabi province. Never had a feeling such as this one. Railway beach, Krabi in Thailand.

The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen

Kruger National Park in South Africa

Cafe du Lage in Botanical Garden a must see in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marrakech Souk’s!

Museum Auschwitz – Birkenau

Manueline styled exterior of Jerónimos Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage – Lisbon

Outdoor theater in London

Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom

Blue Lagoon Hot Springs – Iceland

Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France

In Asia I had the chance to travel. May you like visit my blog where I share about Vietnam. Get organised and look at some tips by reading the World Travel Atlas.

After several months in Hanoi I took the chance to work in the South of Thailand and today I’m in Malaysia. This is the country for those we enjoy diversity but nature welcomes us around here. Nevertheless, Indonesia should go on my bucket list.

China Town in Bangkok

China Town in Bangkok

For shopper lovers and top gastronomic experiences, China Town should be in the list.

In my country there is much to appreciate such as Madeira island, The Azores, Peneda do Geres and the Schist Villages.

“World Travel Atlas (Columbus travel guides) ”
Thematic maps include climate, time zones, health risks, driving regulations, major airports with approximate flight times, three letter airport codes, main cruising ports, principal railway and ferry routes, cultural sites, beaches, ski resorts, national parks.

World Travel Atlas for Travel Professionals


“World Travel Atlas (Columbus travel guides) “


Ethiopia, a land beyond your imagination

Bleeding – heart baboon

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Ethiopia has been proclamated 2nd best world destination! 

A land of origins, UNESCO world Heritage sights, the Simien National Park among with fabolous people are top contributers for this rich destination.The archaeological site of Aksum, the Fasil Ghebbi & Gonder monuments, the rock – hewn churches in Lalibela.The Awash Lower Valley, the carved steles of Tiya and the Omo Lower Valley are listed in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites.

Madeira “The Pearl of the Atlantic”

Madeira and Porto Santo

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a heaven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two-thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.



Madeira island - Portugal

Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Calheta, Porto Moniz, São Vicente, Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz! Are you ready to see the island?! Let’s start the tour!









The Flower Festival takes place in Funchal from the 4th to the 21st of May 2017

Sports, events and all about Madeira!

The Levadas of Madeira

One of the best-known “Levadas” starts at Ribeiro Frio. A “Levada” is an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the Portuguese island of Madeira. The “Levada das 25 Fontes” leads from Rabaçal to the foot of the cliff with several springs cascades into it but there are many walking trails along the maintenance path. Madeira and Porto Santo are also well known for water sports and paragliding.





Some out of many interesting touristic places are: Monte, Curral das Freiras, Pico do Areeiro, Cabo Girão, Ribeira Brava, Paul da Serra, Sta. Maria Madalena, Camacha…The Archipelago of Madeira consists in the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens.

Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.
Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.

Having been colonized on behalf of the Infante D. Henrique, it was harbour of departure for Christopher Columbus (Cristóvão Colombo) on his discovery of the “New World”. Its rare and natural beauty has volcanic origins. Its several mountains can reach heights up to 1.850 m. Also due to its climate, it is a place suitable for the growing of fruits and flowers, some of them being very famous because of its quality. In conclusion, Madeira and Porto Santo are fantastic places to relax, far away from the city stress. Don’t miss “Câmara de Lobos” where Cristiano Ronaldo grew up which is a small and very particular village with great “tascas” and enjoy the best “Poncha” cocktail in Madeira.

Cabo Girão – as good as in China

Portugal ranks as one of the best destination worldwide and Madeira Archipelago worths a week minimum. To get there I recommend TAP Airways and Easyjet. Transavia also does Madeira. To Porto Santo island go by ferry with Lobo Marinho or by plane from Funchal or directly from Lisbon and Porto. When to go? Every single day of the year seems to be a good time, however, there is no ferry in January. Where to stay? Funchal has more than 1000 hotels from Luxury like Reid’s and The Cliff Bay to hostels. I lived in both islands and as a tourist, I recommend them both.

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An option to the ferry "Lobo Marinho"  may you wish.
An option to the ferry “Lobo Marinho” may you wish.





Secret destinations – Siberia

Siberian tourism and travel events.

The North Express and the Audacious Trans-Siberian Express

In remote Russia, the Tsar had come to the conclusion that more comfort was needed on the best train linking Kiev with Odessa, and as early as 1864 the service began offering primitive bed carriages with armchairs in which passengers could lie down.

In February 1882, Nagelmackers sent the Count de Chazelles to negotiate with the Russians. This resulted in an agreement permitting Wagons-Lits vehicles t run over the Russian State Railways from the Wirballen (the German frontier station).

Thus, in 1884 Nagelmackers Nord-Sud Express was born. It would run in one train station from St. Petersburg to his hometown, Liège.

The first Russian-built Wagons-Lits (in 1887 Nos. 211-215 for St. Peterburg-Warsaw) came from the Russian-Baltic Wagon works at Riga, which together with the Upper Volga wagon works at Twer, supplied some 50 vehicles, mostly sleepers with some diners, to CIWL.

In the 1930s, the Soviet Union once again opened the trans-Siberian to foreigners, the classes of travel being hard, soft and international.

Two through sleeping-car services join Moscow with Peking, one through Mongolia past Ulan Bator-the capital-over a new line. This reduces the distance to 7,865 kilometers instead of 9,001 kilometers by the old route via Harbin (Pinkiang), still followed by the second service).

The best of Siberia!

The best way to discover Siberia is certainly across the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Russian Trains - Siberian Experience

The Russian Trains – Siberian Experience

The Russian train experience

The Trans-Siberian Railway has many routes; however, the main one is that which starts in Moscow and goes east to Vladivostok. The Trans-Siberian splits off into a few other interesting directions as well. In 1891, approval was given to begin construction of this railway across Siberia, linking Moscow to the Pacific. The route was divided into six sections for construction. If you wish to sandwich your trip with stays in Moscow and Beijing, both of which offer a feast of history and culture.

Lake Baikal

Because it is situated in a pretty remote location in Siberia, Lake Baikal is not frequented by many tourists. Get a window seat as the train loops around the lake – the deepest and oldest lake in the world.

However, there are some places where you could stay and visit the surroundings of the lake.

By far the most popular destination for tourists is the village of Listvyanka. It is located less than 2 hours away from Irkutsk, a city which is served by international airlines.

Lake Baikal Fauna & Flora

Lake Baikal formed 25 million years ago, provides a haven for 1,200 animal species, 600 types of plants, and the world’s only freshwater seals.

Kazakh Eager Hunter, Mongolia

Of these plants and animals, 75 percent are found only in the Lake Baikal region, making its preservation crucial.

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal


• IEC Novosibirsk Expocentre, Novosibirsk, Russia

Sections of the Exhibition:

  • Tour operators;
  • National tourist offices;
  • Tourism Authorities of the Russian Federation regions
  • Accommodation facilities;

The exhibition SITT features a special attendee support program “Professional Guest” focused on the professionals from Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, Barnaul, and Tomsk. Within the framework of the program, the specialists from these cities can benefit from a free courtesy vehicle to the International Exhibition Complex “Novosibirsk Expocentre” and back.

If you plan your journey by yourself and need a hotel discount you can get it here.

If you plan to visit China as a starting point for taking this tour I recommend reading this China Guide which has everything!

If you prefer walking… take a look at the Top 10 Historic Walks


Miss Universe Venue 2018

Visit Philippines - Miss Universe Venue 2017 will be hosted there.
Explore, repeat! Visit the Philippines

The Country of Philippines has been hosted Miss Universe, international contest of beauty last 30th January of 2017. A good reason to rise up tourism in the country. Natural Heritage Sites such as Puerto – Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park.


The Country of Philippines will be hosting the next contest of Miss Universe, the 30th January of 2017.If by chance you travel do not miss Philippines’s Unesco Natural Heritage Sites such as Puerto – Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park.

                     Philippines - UNESCO World Heritage


Chocolate Hills



Puerto Galera South of Manila

Donsol , located in the province of Sorsogon, a place of pristine beaches, stunning waterfalls and unexplored caves, the sleepy fishing village of Donsol is the place in the Philippines to see whale shark

Mayon Volcano

Malapascua Island

Tourism continues at http://www.tourism.gov.ph

We trust turopia as a resource http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-the-philippines/

Go visit the Philippines!

This year 2017 the winner from France, still the first destination in the tourism worldwide rank. In 2018 we expect to see much more in Australia and the President, Mr Donald Trump will certainly be there.

CNN says it all!


The best Event on Earth – Carnival Rio!

Will you be at the Rio Carnival 2019?





Rio Carnival is Samba

Street Parties, Samba Parades, and Flashy Carnival Balls

The Africans have subsequently influenced the Carnival with the introduction of samba music in 1917. Samba is now considered as traditional Brazilian music, and you can experience its rhythm at the Rio Carnival 2018.

Almost all the music played during Rio Carnival is samba. It is a uniquely Brazilian music originating from Rio, a dance form that was invented by the poor Afro-Brazilians.

Dates for Rio Carnival 2018

Friday, February 9th, 2018         Schools under Access or Gold Group perform – Day 1

Saturday, February 10th, 2018    Schools under Access or Gold Group perform – Day 2

Sunday, February 11th, 2018       Samba Schools of Special Group Competition – Day 1

Monday, February 12th, 2018     Samba Schools of Special Group Competition – Day 2

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018     Children’s Parade Commences

Saturday, March 14th, 2018         Champions of Special Group Parade at Sambódromo

Insight into Carnival history

The word Carnival originates from the Portuguese ‘Carne Vale’, interpreted as ‘Farewell to meat’.

The phrase refers to the Carnival as being the ultimate celebration before a period of abstinence from alcohol, meat and pleasure begin. This period lasts up to the Easter holiday, the date when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Here, you can book and get a download a free guide with all about 2018 Rio Carnival events, venues, Rio Carnival’s history, 2018 Rio Carnival tickets, costumes for the 2017 Samba Parade and “Sambódromo” information, accomplished with insiders’ recommendations.





Well-known Top attractions in Rio

Cristo Redentor in Corcovado Mountain, the funicular to Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour), Ipanema and Copacabana beach. Enjoy the amazing Copacabana Palace Hotel. Drink some “água de coco“.

Let National Geographic’s City Destination map of Rio de Janeiro guide you as you explore this fascinating city, known for its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and unique Carnival.






Maracana Stadium

Jardim Botanico

Go extreme! Parasailing & Paragliding in Rio de Janeiro! 

See also TripAdvisor, the Brazilian most reliable Website with reviews from travellers.

Take some time off in Búzios  and or Angra dos Reis – RJ

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The Sunset Between Two Continents – Welcome to Istanbul

The sunset between two continents - Istanbul

Follow me to Turkey


Turkish coffee! I love the details!
Take a break from the traffic…go visit the Prince Islands!
The Blue Mosque at praying time.Free to visit.

The tourists start to arrive and the festival season kicks off in Istanbul

Top events by month in Istanbul

March: Akbank Short Film Festival, Nevruz

April: International Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul Tulip Festival

June: Istanbul Music Festival July: Efes Pilsen One Love, Istanbul Jazz Festival

September: Istanbul Biennial, Efes Pilsen Blues Festival

October: Akbank Jazz Festival and Istanbul Design Biennial

Istanbul is perfect for a family-friendly break

children will be appeased by the fantastic Baklava, Lokum ( Turkish delight) and Dondorma (ice cream), the castles, the underground cisterns, and parks. Toddlers and bigger kids love ferries, and Istanbul offers loads of chances to climb aboard. The Princes’ Island is a good offer as the kids love taking a horse-drawn carriage and can also hire bicycles to get around. The city’s contemporary art gallery has several exhibits which include multimedia and teens will amuse and engage.

Top 8 attractions as a local 

Markets -street vendors such as in Kadikoy, selling fruit and vegetables. Most neighborhoods have a produce market where the stallholders hawk farmhouse cheese, olives, and fish.

The Grand Bazaar, my favorite place in Istanbul. Safe as everywhere else. And the kindness of people is unbelievable!


Be aware of the rules when you visit the mosques. Even though very touristic, the primary function is a religious one so avoid visiting on prayer times. The Ottoman mosques are jewels in the city’s crown.

Picnicking and promenading are some of the local’s favorite pastimes and there are many parks and gardens free to the public. Enjoy the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet,the Yildiz Park and the Emirgan Woodson the Bosphorus!

The sunset over the world’s most beautiful skyline, the fortune to see it in between two continents.

Wander the streets surrounding of the Galata Tower, while enjoying an aperitif and admiring the boutiques. The Old City is unique.

The Salt Galata, the 19th-century building has been converted into a cutting-edge cultural centre.

Experience the ethnic enclaves by visiting Fener, a traditionally Greek suburb that has at its heart the symbolic headquarters of the Greek Orthodox church.

Babylon is an Istanbul institution with a diverse program of live music and Salon an intimate venue in the headquarters of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts.

Topping the seven hills of the Old City is not necessarily a lifetime journey. In every corner, a fantastic cultural experience lies and Istanbul invites you to come back! This magical meeting place of East and West is made of beautiful people, very kind and friendly. The details in the way they are in hospitality and the culinary heritage are extraordinary. The restaurants in Istanbul are known as the best in the country and they are all over. However, most visitors prefer to sample the succulent kebabs or the freshly caught fish and that are the city’s signature dishes. As far as we know, Turkey is on the world best destinations rank along Mexico and France and if you’re trying to guess why we invite you to get the tickets and find out by yourself! Tips while in Istanbul: try Turkish coffee and the Turkish bath. And be prepared to drink tea all over the day. Do not worry, there are plenty of takeaway, ATM, ferries, buses, and nobody misses home. Oh, Turkish people speak English pretty well but they can be a bit shy. Hopefully, not for too long! Great people make great destinations.

I want to say THANK YOU to the Turkish people! Your hospitality is the reason why you’re at the top of the world tourism ranking and I’m very grateful to you!

Go, visit, explore Turkey. I’m are sure that you won’t regret!

Meet Istanbul:#1 go on a journey into the history of candy making in Istanbul. Here’s the story of these colorful and delicious candies from the royal Ottoman cuisine to today #2 explore the coast of tranquility “If the world was one country, Istanbul would be its capital” Napolean said.

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