Taormina & Giardini Naxos, Sicily • The Greeks are Still Alive 

Taormina and Giardini Naxos are well known in Sicily and in the rest of Italy because of their history and beauty. We departed early morning for the ancient Greek archeological site of Naxos, the first Greek colony in Italy. Naxos takes its name from the Greek island of Naxos and shares with it also the main…

Plovdiv, Bulgaria • The Oldest City in Europe

Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria, located 150 km east of Sofia, the capital city. The first impressive fact about Plovdiv is that it has been inhabited continuously for over 8000 years! You can see this in the extensive variety of archaeological and historical buildings in the Old Town. First, the Roman amphitheatre…

Banguio, Philippines • Bury Your Bad Mood

If you feel bad, negative, or gloomy, this is the time to take a stroll into the Cemetery of Negativism (or Lost Cemetery), in Banguio, Philippines. It is situated at Camp John Hay.  Established by the base’s command general John Hightower in the 1980’s, it is a place where negative thoughts are buried, together with bad…

Chiloè Island, Chile – Stroll with Ancient Souls

Chiloè Island is located on Southern Chile, but its residents, the Chiloti, don’t like to be compared to the rest of the country. They are proud and a bit grouchy, and they will reveal their popular wisdom to those who want to know more about their stories and culture. One of the beloved localities is Muelle…

Scotland – The Historic Stronghold of Dunnottar Castle

Rising from a clifftop of jagged rocks and crashing waves along rugged coastline, sits Dunnottar Castle. Steeped in dramatic history, this majestic Scottish fortress has played home to an array of Monarchs; from the brave and fierce William Wallace, to Mary Queen of Scots and a whole host of notable historic figures, it’s not one…

Brooklyn – History by Train

On the edge of Brooklyn Heights, not far from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, stands The New York Transit Museum. For fans of trains, history or transportation, this is definitely a worthy stop for all ages. It is the largest museum in the United States focused on public transportation and is even located in a former subway station….

Le Havre and Honfleur, France – The Seine’s Mouth

Le Havre was 85% destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt again in a no-frills way, without ornaments. It has received many disapprovals, but despite this, the centre of the city (created by the architect Auguste Perret) has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. This city does not have many tourist attractions but its position,…

Brooklyn – Relics and Knick Knacks

New York City is littered with museums; art, history, science, fashion. Whatever you can think of, New York’s got it. But what about a museum about New York City itself? At the City Reliquary in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, you’ll find just that. The Reliquary is a non-profit museum and city organization, that believes in the…

Clonmacnoise, Ireland – Not One Ruin but Seven, and a Cathedral!

So you’re in the swing of experiencing ‘real’ Ireland… you’ve enjoyed Irish cuisine, danced the night away in an Irish bar and enjoyed all the capital has to offer? You’ve probably even visited a peaceful Irish village, marvelled at the sweeping countryside and slept under a traditional thatched roof by now… but you’ve missed a trick…

Coolderry, Ireland – Haunt Yourself Out

Thrilling and frightening, Leap Castle in County Offaly fulfills all your childhood fears but this time it isn’t fiction. Hidden some 4 miles from the nearest town, and inhabiting a half-human, half-beast who is rumoured to omit a foul sulphur stench on the stairwell, this off-the-beaten-track haunt is a must see… if you dare. Dubbed the…