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North Moravia and Silesia is one of Czech Republic’s most industrialised regions. Nonetheless, attractions are not limited to technical landmarks. There is a diverse offer on things to do from spas to mountain hikes and from city-life in Ostrava to the most unusual sights like the leaning church in Karvina. I had few days to explore a bit of the region, here’s some of the best highlights!
Many travellers backpacking or interrailing around Europe simply visit the capitals and big cities. In Czech Republic, Prague is unmissable. However, a real Czech experience is not complete until one visits Ostrava in the north-eastern region of Moravia and Silesia. Ostrava is the third largest city in this landlocked Central European country. In essence, Ostrava is a young city that is reclaiming it’s industrial past, with many youth-driven projects and initiatives, that make the city more attractive and welcoming to visitors.
Let’s start with the negatives, Praga has a bad reputation in Warsaw. It’s known to be the poorest area in town until it has been rediscovered and had a new life as a hipster and artistic base in Warsaw. Nevertheless, it remains a bit of dodgy area but overall safe. That’s why, I decided to stay there on both times I visited Warsaw! I had a great time as the area is safe and buzzing! Here is what I discovered during my stay in Praga, Warsaw’s artists hub!
As of this writing, I am still in Poland. I’m enjoying the cheap meals, the rich history and the amazing culture. I started my trip in Lublin, in East Poland. This city is definitely not on the main tourist trail for visitors but I think it should be! I stayed at one of the main and most famous hotel in town, the IBB Grand Hotel Lublinianka. From there, there is one main trail to take all the way to the castle passing by the main attractions in town.
After cancelling last minute my trip to Kazakhstan due to long visa processing times, I had no choice but to find another place to go so I don’t ruin my holidays. Kenya was luckily a great option as, firstly, my dad had a work trip I was able to tag on board of. Secondly, Kenya offers e-visa for visitors which was processed in a couple of hours. My trip consisted mainly on a city-break in Nairobi, the upcoming Kenyan capital.
Saudi Arabia is well-known as a place for Islamic Pilgrimage. In fact, most tourists visiting the kingdom are actually pilgrims. When I went on my pilgrimage trip, I was hesitant on what I needed to pack for Saudi Arabia. Other than the extreme climate, I had to keep in mind that it’s a conservative country and so clothing must meet some standards in public space. So here’s my tips on what to pack for a trip to Saudi Arabia.
I love action movies especially those that make me travel across the world in 2 hours. The best examples are James Bond movies as most of the movies scenes take place in different locations. The 2006 Casino Royale took Craig Daniel to the scenic landscapes of Lake Como in Italy. There was also a very special appearance of a stunning villa known as Villa del Balbianello. On my visit of Lake Como, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to step into the world of James Bond for a day.
When travelling, it’s almost impossible to avoid a bit of disappointment. Sometimes, you don’t get the window seat you wanted in the plane, sometimes all your stay is ruined by rain and bad weather and sometimes the most famous attractions in a city are simply a disappointment. I like to visit the most famous monuments a city has to offer so that I know, I’m not missing out anything from my visit. But I only wish, I never visited these 5 monuments in Europe!
“Stolpersteine,” or stumbling stones, are present under your feet everywhere you go in Berlin. These golden small palm-sized stones bear the names of those murdered by the Nazis. It reminds me as I walk around Berlin of the dark past of World War II, marking one of the most touching tragedies of our history. Over 60 million people lost their lives around the world including 6 million Jews in Europe. Clearly, the history of Germany will always be associated to those tragedies. However, right now the German Jewish community, most affected by war and genocide, is flourishing again especially in Berlin which hosts many Jewish attractions.
There’s a border between Italy and Switzerland. Although it’s an open border, there are many contrasts between both countries. Even at the closest points like Como and Lugano, it’s very clear that one is Italian and the other is Swiss. However, the most common striking point is that this area is absolutely stunning. So I managed to visit and combine both during a Dolce Vita weekend gateway!