European Adventures

THE BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS – THE POLISH “WILD WEST”

Posted by on Kwiecień 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

The road winds steeply, ever-upwards, deeper and deeper into the Bieszczady Mountains in the south-eastern corner of Poland. Below you can see the sea of green valleys and fast flowing rivers. I am on the hunt for little Przewalski horses and bisons which are under protection and live in small conservation centres. Deep in the […]

THE BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS AND ITS COLOURFUL ARCHITECTURE TRAIL – A STEP INTO THE POLISH PAST

Posted by on Styczeń 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

It’s early morning and I am ready to start a discovery trail in the far-flung corner of Poland’s   Bieszczady Mountains. This rugged and isolated terrain bordering with Ukraine and Slovakia is full of gentle peaks with sweeping pastures known as “Poloniny” at the top, dense beech forests and fast flowing rivers in the valleys. […]

ELEGANCE AND PORCELAIN BEAUTY OF MEISSEN

Posted by on Maj 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

It is the beauty of porcelain figurines and elaborately painted dinner sets that come to your mind when Meissen is mentioned. It was a great success story when Germany unravelled the mysteries of porcelain production in the 18th century. Before it has been zealously guarded by the Chinese who had a total monopoly and could […]

KONIGSTEIN – EUROPE’S BIGGEST MOUNTAIN FORTRESS

Posted by on Maj 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Perched on a hill and overlooking a small Saxony town of Konigstein is the mighty Festung Konigstein (Konigstein Fortress). In its 800 years of existence it has stopped all its enemies and remained unconquered until the arrival of present-day tourists eager to climb its walls, admire its might and enjoy great vistas from the top […]

WEIMAR – GERMANY’S CULTURAL GEM

Posted by on Maj 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Two heavyweights of German literature – Goethe and Schiller stand side by side and gaze above us at the Theaterplatz in Weimar. Just by looking around the centre I can see that this compact  city is a stunning architectural pearl. If you ever travel through Thuringia in the south-east part of Germany just make a […]

WONDERS OF THE LAKE MAGGIORE

Posted by on Styczeń 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Set among the foothills of the Alps, the main Italian lakes of Maggiore, Como and Garda have their own characters but they share one thing in common – stunning locations, sumptuous villas, magnificent gardens and an old world charm. This area  has always been a major draw for the rich and famous. Still, the Lake […]

CESKY RAJ – THE PARADISE REGION IN CENTRAL EUROPE

Posted by on Grudzień 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

From fairytale castles, otherwordly rock formations to cobblestone villages and lush forests, the Czech Republic and its “Cesky Raj” – paradise region offers a timeless experience for all visitors. Who in Central Europe has not heard about a famous robber Rumcajs, his wife Hanka and son Cypisek? Though he’s a fictional character from the forest […]

HAMBURG – NAUGHTY AND COOL

Posted by on Grudzień 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Hamburg’s reputation was built on the Red Light District and rock n’ roll. But the infamous port city is transforming itself into one of Germany’s coolest and sophisticated cities. Standing outside a bar around day-trippers wandering along the Reeperbahn between girlie bars and music clubs I observe a mix of decay and gentrification. You could […]

CADORNA LINE (LINEA CADORNA)- A UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF MILITARY ARCHAELOGY IN ITALY

Posted by on Kwiecień 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I stagger down the slopes of Monte Spalavera, looking for the nearest beer. The sun is merciless, temperature soaring and my group have nothing to drink on exposed peaks above Lake Maggiore. Compared with towering granite High Alps, climbing Mount Salavera or Mount Morrisolo may seem like a walk in the park but not during […]

VAL GRANDE NATIONAL PARK – ITALY’S LAST WILDERNESS

Posted by on Marzec 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Val Grande is like Italian Shangri La – wild and rugged mountain peaks surrounding isolated valleys devoid of people but with remnants of the past mountain civilisation. It is an area of more than 15,000 hectares roughly 100km to the north of Milan near the Maggiore Lake (Lago di Maggiore). National Park was founded in […]