Suomenlinna, island of the maritime defense spirit

Suomenlinna or Sveaborg. You can choose one of this word, how to call this fort. Around 1700, Finland was part of the Kingdom of Sweden, so there are inscriptions written in both languages, Finnish and Swedish. So Suomenlinna, it means literally a Finnish castle. And Sveaborg means a Swedish castle. Fort served as protection of Sweden against Russia. Even…

Dream hunter in Helsinki

It’s early in the morning. The sun should climb out of the horizon, like every day. But not today. This Saturday was not meant for nice weather. Should it stop our plans? Could we stay home and get bored? Never. On a rainy morning Saturday, we planned a tour of the entire Helsinki. On the other part…

Path to the Finnish home

This journey was not taken as a holiday. Everyone asked me how I enjoyed it. And they called it vacation again. But how do I answer, when you are where you feel more at home than in your real home? ,,Yes, it was beautiful, thank you for asking?” It’s maybe sad, but my heart is somewhere nearly 2,000 kilometers…

Finland – traveling around Helsinki

So I am here. We have been planning this trip for almost an year. Now I am standing at a beautiful coast and gazing into endless sea. I am saying my goodbye to country of reindeer, rocky shores and metal music. We planned to do a picnic on the day of our arrival, but my…

Czarina in the summer residence.

After the incident with the dinner, we got a morning breakfast as we imagined. ,,The Swedish tables” were back. Even in Russia I tasted orange juice. If I had to compare one I would definitely not choose the best. But for digestion, this is the best thing you can do in the morning with bitter black Russian tea,…

Croatian flare

Once upon a time. I was 15 and I went with my parents to one of the many trips to Croatia. The company was made by some old friends. This will not be a classic travel article. I have many times remembered this tour. When I was in the Netherlands and then too. But I don’t only remembered Croatia and Živogošće where we…

Sodom and Gomorrah in Northern Europe

You all probably  know the cities mentioned in the biblical book ,,Genesis”. Yes, they are cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. These cities lay at the Jordan River. And this area was in Genesis compared to the garden of God. In the Christian and Muslim tradition, Sodom and Gomorrah are the symbol of hardened sin, fall, and God’s…

Experience village life in Holland from 17th century

Zaanse Schans. A unique restored village with windmills, hard work and lots of cheese farms and clogs. Today the village serves as an open-air museum. Tourists from around the world come here to experience Holland in the 17th century. I also had a chance to be there and come back in time to see it. The Netherlands isn’t just Amsterdam…

Dinner in hell or in heaven?

Day 2 in Saint Petersburg. In the morning, when I took off the blue curtains ,that fell to the ground, I was  very  surprised. I stared at a gloomy day. It rained, and I knew it was cold outside. I still could not believe I should wear two sweatshirts and a warm vest in August. But such weather there…

Hills and water of Alps in Austria

Another day, another experience. In my previous post,  I briefly introduced Bad Gastein as a destination of our vacation. We took a walk through the town and climbed Stubnerkogel, one of the famous mountain in Alps. So the next day after Stubnerkogel, we decided to explore Bad Gastein’s surroundings a bit more, despite mild tiredness….

Head in the clouds in the Austria’s Alps

Literally. Bad Gastein. Spa town on the south of Austria, surrounded by misty mountains and endless forests. Forget big cities and capitals and crowded streets full of noise; nature is true heaven for me. Thing to notice – Bad Gastein is truly living by label “spa town”. Most of the people you meet are tourists….