Via Francigena • Walking through Europe

The Via Francigena is not a unique way, but a stack of streets that, beginning in Canterbury, England, leads to Rome. It is a yielding path, with lots of alternatives, and it is one of the main peregrine paths, together with Camino de Santiago and the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The total length is…

Lopburi, Thailand • Living with the Monkeys

On the way from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, there is one of the weirdest cities of the world, mostly because its population is mainly composed of monkeys! Lopburi, in fact, is the city of monkeys and especially of a particular species, the macachi cinomolgo (or, generally tailed macaque ). The city, above all, is famous because of a festival, organized…

Muzinë, Albania • The Blue Eye: A Natural Phenomenon

Syri i Kalter means “the blue eye” in Albanian, but it is not the name of a painting, an artwork, or a film. It is neither the name of a monster, but what it truly is, a marvel of nature, leaves you astonished as a divine apparition does. On the Western slope of  Mali i…

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…

Paro, Bhutan • Unbelievable Way of Life

Bhutan isn’t a top ten destination, but maybe it’s better that way. Nature and religion mixes with daily life. Buddhism is not only a practice, but a way of approaching our world, and I am sure that the word “stress” is not used nearly as much as in the Western world. Even if no one…

Castell’Arquato, Italy – Discovering Medieval Hills

Castell’Arquato is a small medieval hamlet situated in Piacenza’s province, in Emilia Romagna. It is not far from my house and I have often been there, for two reasons: The town is in a beautiful hill area, full of Medieval castles, mills, fields and nature. During the summer, there are lots of festivals and celebrations…

Kandy, Sri Lanka – An Eclectic Gem Hidden in the Jungle

On the hill town of Kandy, in Sri Lanka, surrounded by jungle and wildlife, appears a fancy mix of colours, an explosion of art, kitsch and oddities. Is that a hidden world? It’s maybe some strange alien dropped down from Mars to create an alternative lifestyle residence? Mmmh…no, dear travellers, you can leave your worries…

Turkmenistan – Door to Hell

In Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert, a strange blaze comes out from a huge hole. Is that Hell? Maybe, but actually, the “Door to Hell,” as this crater has been called, is the result of an accident made by Soviet engineers in 1971 when the area collapsed into an underground cavern. The crater sits near Derweze village, which…

Lapland, Finland – Sleep Under the Northern Lights

In Lapland, Finland, from the end of August through April there is a phenomenon for dream lovers: the enchanting aurora borealis. Lovers of nature, solitaries and intellectuals alike will be delighted to know that there is a hotel that offers the possibility of sleeping under this amazing sky without freezing! Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort  offers rooms, no…

Cebu, Philippines – The Sleepy Little Town of Moalboal

Comprised of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines are a tropical paradise. Every island seems to have its own identity and offers something to each traveler. Friendly locals, beautiful beaches, and volcano treks are just a few things that draw people to the Philippines. But as you will quickly find out, there is so much to…

Faroe Islands – A Northern Paradise

The Faroe Islands are a unbelievable and uncontaminated world, well known by bird-watching lovers, but hidden to the rest of the population. There are 18 islands, separated by narrow sounds or fjords. Although they are really close to one another, these islands offer a large variety of traditions, landscapes, culture, and sights. The Faroe Islands are divided…

New York City – True Sicilian Is Hard to Find

You may know what Italian food is in general, but a select few can actually point a finger on what Sicilian cuisine stands for. Having visited Sicily last December, I can give you a quick rundown of what you are looking for: culturally diverse, passionate, fresh, abundant, and rich food. Think of Sicily’s soils, one…