Last fall, when we traveled through Europe, we spent 1 day in Rotterdam. I did not know anything about Rotterdam other than it's in the Netherlands and that there's this remarkable bridge - Erasmus bridge. But that one day became the most vivid memory of our trip (the gardens of Versailles is the second best).… Continue reading Rotterdam in a Day (part 3)
Our day in Rotterdam began with a typically European picturesque Saturday market surrounded by mind-twisting architecture. After lunch we rented beautiful most comfortable cruisers at StayOkay hostel located in the Cube Houses and went to explore the city. The weather gave us its best gift - perfect warm golden autumn day! The whole point of… Continue reading Rotterdam in a Day (part 2) – Windmills – Jo’s Monday Walk
If you have only one day to spend in Rotterdam, let it be a Saturday. Because Saturday is market day. The central square is transformed into a wonderfully atmospheric old-fashioned market, with its friendly buzz, a melting pot of colors, smells and tastes, a treasure hunt and a sociologist's dream. Such markets are found only in… Continue reading Rotterdam in a Day (part 1) – Jo’s Monday Walk
Perhaps, Las Vegas is the most unlikely place for a Renaissance Fair. But guess what? Age of Chivalry (http://www.lvrenfair.com) is a tremendously popular event! It's an open-air festival, held annually in the beginning of October. The location could not be better - a huge park with shady trees, green grass and a lake turns into a… Continue reading Renaissance Fair in Las Vegas – Jo’s Monday Walk
Today I'm taking you to Vienna, to visit a village within a city. The village so perfectly unfit to the general perception of the city of Vienna, that its existence is all the more remarkable. Hundertwasser Village is a dwelling block, with an apartment building and a a shopping/dining place separated by a court… Continue reading Jo’s Monday Walk: Hundertwasser House in Vienna
In Feng-Shui, the concept of personal inner energy and strength is referred to as personal Wind Horse. In any given year, a strong Wind Horse empowers one to notice, grab and benefit from the opportunities the year has to offer. However, if one's Wind Horse is weak, there is no way to make the best… Continue reading Wind Horse in the Mountains
Where in the World is this place!? Switzerland, my friends. 30 mins drive North from the capital, Bern. This idyllic town is the perfect setting to satisfy you appetite for All Things Medieval. Welcome! According to Wikipedia (and who would doubt the integrity of the source?), the settlement of Solothurn dates back to Paleolithic era.… Continue reading Where is Solothurn?
Versailles. Do I need to say more? No, I don't. But I still will! Literary genre: A travelogue Atmosphere: The most romantic warm and sun-felt day in October Background: The most romantic palace in the world Plot: A girl walking to where her dream comes true, through a battle with the society, overcoming personal weakness, to… Continue reading Oh, Versailles!
Inspired by Jo's Monday Walk around Santa Luzia There is a mysterious mosaic in Odessa, known to few, noticed by no-one. Not in a church, but out in the open, up above the heads of passerbys, beneath the rooftops. It is right there, just a few steps into the city from the famous Potemkin Stars.… Continue reading Jo’s Monday Walk – Mosaic in Odessa
If you doubt that biking and kayaking count as "walk", try it yourself and then talk! Big Bear Lake is a snow-fed lake in California, surrounded by mountains with pine forests. It's a hot touristic place for winter sports, but it also offers any kind of outside activity you can think of during the summer… Continue reading Jo’s Monday Walk – Big Bear Lake, California