Bird’s Eye View over Stockholm

I took this picture from the top of Storkyrkan Tower in the old center of Stockholm. A great way to escape the mid-summer crowds in the charming streets below, the climb – only available with a guided tour – is worth the effort. Storkyrkan is a medieval-era church, and the tower was originally used to…

A Guide to Some of the Lookout Points in Lisbon

A guest post by Paroma from Year of the Monkey Lisbon is unlike any other capital city in Western Europe. It does not have Paris’s Eiffel Tower, London’s Big Ben nor Berlin’s Great Wall. What it lacks in a major landmark is made up for by its understated charm, friendly people, and the beautiful miradouros…

5 Best European Destinations to Visit in June

June is one of the best months to explore the European destinations. You cannot choose wrongly, no matter what country you have in mind. Northern Europe is warm now and Southern Europe is not yet hot. The tourists are not all over the places, either.

Bird’s Eye View Over Budapest

As a Hungarian, Budapest has a special place in my heart. With its famous ruin pubs, spas, farmers markets, historical buildings, museums and parks it has something for everyone. Gellért Hill is a nice lookout point at 235 meter. It is a part of the World Heritage Sites List from 1987. It’s a bit of…

Airline Review: Ryanair

Here’s a review I have never expected to write. Why? Let’s just say that Ryanair didn’t exactly make my “must fly” airlines list. And for good reasons: I’ve heard so many stories of things going the wrong way that I didn’t know where to start to have a decent experience. Researching our wedding anniversary trip…

20 Free things you can do in Arad, Romania

There are quite a lot of free things to do in Arad, making this lovely city in Western Romania an affordable place to visit. 1. Take a walking tour of the city. Map in hand, get “lost” checking out the sights. 2. Go for a walk on Mures Embankment (or the bank of the River…

Bird’s Eye View over Tallin

This picture was taken from one of the many lookouts over Tallinn, Estonia on the medieval city walls. Tallinn has one of the most incredible old towns, filled with magnificent buildings, intricate architecture and delicious food. Within the defensive walls, there are tiny, twisting alleyways and crooked steps, intermingled with ornate grand houses and dozens…

Bird’s Eye View over Barcelona

If you ever go to Barcelona in Spain, take a bottle of cava, snacks and a blanket and head to Bunkers del Carmel. Previously, this place was part of anti-aircraft battery during the Spanish Civil War. Nowadays, it’s full of young people gathering every night to socialize, accompanied by the bottle (or few!) of wine.…