Growing up in communist Romania had its own advantages. I could tell you all kinds of dreadful stories about those times and they would all be true, but not everything was bad. Yes, there were five of us living in a one bedroom apartment (sometimes even more when relatives came to visit); the lines to the grocery, Read More

Since beauty is so subjective, what makes a city attractive? Is it architecture, landmarks, cultural life? If you traveled long enough you probably discovered that the world is full of boring, colorless and uninspiring cities. And yet there are so many captivating ones that will steal your heart and lure you back on and on. For world travelers it’s easy to recognize a spectacular city. They, Read More

On the island of Djurgården, just a short 30-minute walk from Stockholm’s city center, lies one of the world’s oldest open-air museums. Skansen was Arthur Hazelius’s dream to show the way of life in Sweden before the industrial era. Between 1833 and 1901 he purchased 150 historical Swedish buildings and relocated them to Stockholm’s Djurgården Island.  The buildings came from all, Read More

Stockholm surprised me in every way. Perhaps because it’s under-talked-about. Or perhaps because I tried to keep my expectations low. It is an unusual city. Despite being spread across 14 islands, Stockholm seems pretty well-connected and essentially very compact. Due to the 57 bridges that connect the 14 islands you don’t feel that Stockholm is in fact an, Read More

Romania is a country of many customs and traditions where Christmas is undoubtedly the most tradition-filled time of the year. Many of these Christmas traditions are very old and quite unique.. Others are newer and most likely borrowed from other European countries. Although some customs may differ from region to region, Christmas in Romania is celebrated in the same manner throughout the country. During the Communist era, Read More

Stockholm is a metropolis of islands. The 700 years old Swedish capital spreads across 14 different islands connected by 57 bridges, so you can enjoy great views of the water wherever you go. This beautiful, clean and historical city is nothing short of a marvel. By virtue of its location on the shores of Lake Mälaren,, Read More

  Gamla Stan, the historic Old Town of Stockholm is not short of fancy restaurants to match its picturesque streets. Pop into any of them and you’ll have a great gastronomical experience. But if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, something totally unique, you should go the the quirky Pharmarium. The bar/restaurant, Read More

Towering over the waterfront of Kungsholmen island Stadshuset or Stockholm City Hall flaunts its redbrick façade and 100-meter tall bell tower topped with the Three Crowns of Sweden. It is most likely the city’s most impressive landmark, one that you will surely be drawn to as soon as you set foot in Stockholm. Although a relatively new building (1908-1909), Stadshuset made, Read More

When King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden commissioned the Vasa in 1628 he had high hopes for her. The warship was to be part of the military expansion he initiated in order to maintain Sweden’s military position in Europe. She was going to be big and powerful, armed primarily with bronze cannons that were cast specifically for her. She was to, Read More