February 2016

How to Speed up your Drupal site: CDN integration using KeyCDN

  • How to Speed up your Drupal site: CDN integration using KeyCDN

    Published: 29 February, 2016 seen 695 Drupal Development

    In today's Drupal development series I will show how easy you can setup a true CDN for your Drupal site using third party CDN provider -  KeyCDN.  Get a free $10 bonus by signing up for KeyCDN About Content delivery network A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a globally distributed network of proxy servers deployed in multiple data centers. The goal of a CDN is to serve content to end-users with high availability and high performance. CDNs serve a large fraction of the Internet content today, including web objects (text, graphics and scripts), downloadable…

12 Budget (Under $400) Laptop / Notebook Computers for Students as of 2016

  • 12 Budget (Under $400) Laptop / Notebook Computers for Students as of 2016

    Published: 29 February, 2016 seen 624 Online Shopping

    Chromebooks might be a very good and affordable alternative for those on budget and not required to run MS specific programs (see Top 11 Chromebooks Under $250). If a Chromebook is not an option for you right now,  I have listed twelve great budget laptops (under $400) most students and budget shoppers will be happy about.  Among recommended you will find Lenovo, ACER. ASUS, HP and Toshiba brands. They all are among my favorite when choosing a new laptop. I would add that this list is missing DELL laptops, which are great, but doing this research on latest releases (as of 2016) I didn't find…

Shopping in Tallinn: Ülemiste Mall

  • Shopping in Tallinn: Ülemiste Mall

    Published: 29 February, 2016 seen 486 Shopping Venues

    Ulemiste shopping mall is the biggest in Estonia, it features more than 210 stores and has a parking lot capable of handling 1300 cars.  I don't remember actually why we chose exactly Ulemiste as our shopping destination in Tallinn, most probably somebody recommended it because of Ulemiste being the largest one. We get here by using public bus leaving somewhere from the city center (Don't remember anymore bus number, but ticket price was about one euro) Ulemiste shopping mall in Tallinn, Estonia Bigger and better than ever before, the new Ülemiste Centre is the largest fashion and family…

China Inn Restaurant in Tallinn

  • China Inn Restaurant in Tallinn

    Published: 29 February, 2016 seen 314 Restaurant reviews

    Are you looking for a Chinese restaurant in Estonian capital city of Tallinn? China Inn restaurant located in Tallinn's Old Town might be the right answer. First discovered this venue back in Summer of 2015, during a two day trip to Tallinn. Chinese food is among my favorite food of the World  - here at China Inn in Tallinn you can get the same you would get in any other regular Chinese restaurant across the Globe. That's one of the reason I love Chinese restaurants - they have developed restaurant standards almost the same as McDonald's have. China Inn Restaurant is located on the lively…

Italian Cemetery

  • Italian Cemetery

    Published: 28 February, 2016 seen 156

    Life is not always about life, sometimes it's about death. Although not a huge fan of cemetery photography, I mus admit  - cemeteries are interesting for photography, best if no one you use to loved rests there. During a week long trip to Italy we made a short stop of some of the Italian cemeteries... Feelings after visiting such cemetery? Like from some Gangster movies... Perhaps it would be even more dramatic if following photographs were done in B&W Italian cemetery  Ferrari family At Italian cemetery At Italian cemetery

Enjoying narrow Italian roads and Dancing Waltz in Town Square

  • Enjoying narrow Italian roads and Dancing Waltz in Town Square

    Published: 28 February, 2016 seen 152

    It was on the afternoon of January 1st, we had left Venice in the morning and traveled towards Verona, we made a few stops before in some local lovely municipalities. Our car radio was tuned to some Italian radio who played The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert under the baton of Mariss Jansons. Janaury 1st is magical, streets are empty and those at the wheel can enjoy empty roads Empty and narrow Italian road Town square in Italy We turned max volume on our car radio and danced for about 5 minutes in this town square. Just lovely, surreal and magical.. Few windows were opened and few…

Postcards from Tallinn

  • Postcards from Tallinn

    Published: 27 February, 2016 seen 189

    Tallinn is a small and cool, naval town in Baltic's. I spent here my 30th birthday back in 2015 and here is how I (we) saw it.  One of the famous Tallinn towers Tallinn's Old Town Air balloon flying over Tallinn Towers of Tallinn It's just fascinating to see how well old and new architecture blends in here in Tallinn The times we had I asked some American tourist to make a capture of us here in Tallinn right next to this lovely wall with inscription - The Times we had. B&W photography seems an excellent choice.  Painter in streets of Tallinn

Estonian War of Independence Victory Column

  • Estonian War of Independence Victory Column

    Published: 27 February, 2016 seen 319 Military Heritage

    The War of Independence Victory Column  is located in Freedom Square, Tallinn,Estonia. It was opened on 23 June 2009 as a memorial for those who fell during the Estonian War of Independence, through which the people of Estonia will be able to commemorate all those who had fought for freedom and independence. The pillar is 23.5 m high and consists of 143 glass plates. The memorial incorporates the Cross of Liberty, Estonia’s most distinguished award established in 1919. I visited this site back in Summer 2015, during a short two day trip to Estonian capital city of Tallinn. For soldiers and…

30 Day Challenge - Limiting Access to Time-Sucking Web Sites

  • 30 Day Challenge - Limiting Access to Time-Sucking Web Sites

    Published: 26 February, 2016 seen 217 Personal development

    In this article I'm describing two simple techniques how to block or limit your time spent on time-sucking websites in order to increase your overall productivity. I'm challenging myself for the next 30 days to limit my access social networks. I love challenges, the whole idea behind this blog has been built and inspired by different kind of challenges, I guess I wouldn't achieve about 50.000 monthly visitors to this blog, if at the start of this blogs journey I wouldn't challenge my self for a 365 days blogging in a row. I made it a habit, and haven't stopped ever since (it's more than two…

Blog Income: 289% YoY Increase in Google AdSense Revenue

  • Blog Income: 289% YoY Increase in Google AdSense Revenue

    Published: 26 February, 2016 seen 527 Blogging

    Learn how I increased revenue from Google AdSense by 289% Year over Year and how you could too.  For a prelude: I have been using Google AdSense for six and a half years by now, from whom first four and a half years generated a really modest sum of EUR 100 ($110 according to exchange rates as of 02/26/2016).from many low traffic and let's be totally honest - thin content websites (I had installed AdSense ad units on dozens of sites). There was a time when I took a pause from any attempts to build new or maintain existing low value websites of mine for about two years. At the end of 2013 (…

Something from the Past - Hotel 'London' in Tbilisi

  • Something from the Past - Hotel 'London' in Tbilisi

    Published: 26 February, 2016 seen 2,538

    There was a time when after a visit to local literature cafe in Tbilisi, I felt in love with works of Russian poet and writer Mikhail Lermontov. Who knows, maybe it's time to get familiar with another great writer of his time - Knut Hamsun. In today's Piece of Life photo story series old Hotel "London" in Tbilisi, or about  more precisely what's left from old day fame. Stairways at Hotel London in Tbilisi I'm amazed of seeing some elements at this building in pretty good shape, despite more than century old history, Soviet times and revolutions. What you can see on walls are very well done…

Saint Ekvtime Takaishvili Church in Tbilisi

  • Saint Ekvtime Takaishvili Church in Tbilisi

    Published: 26 February, 2016 seen 333 Churches and Monasteries

    There is a small church located on Baku street 1, Tbilisi (on the right side from David Aghanashebeli avenue, first cross-street before Tamar Mephe avenue). I have wondered about this church for the couple of the last 3 years, while been living in this neighborhood.  It was day 131/365 from my photo project, when I decided I'll go and photograph exactly this church and probably will learn more about it. So I went... Saint Ekvtime Takaishvili Church in Tbilisi I installed a tripod and started to play with panorama techniques (as I couldn't get this building in a horizontal frame),…

Georgian Tavern Tbilisi in Tallinn

  • Georgian Tavern Tbilisi in Tallinn

    Published: 25 February, 2016 seen 884 Restaurant reviews

    Georgian cuisine lovers rejoice - I have just found another restaurant of Georgian food, this time in Estonian Capital city Tallinn. Discovered by accident during wanderings around Tallinn's Old Town, tried once back in Summer 2015. Shortly I left St Michael's Swedish Church I noticed my darling was sitting on the stairs and finger pointed above her head - I smiled - something so familiar, something close. Georgia Tavern Tbilisi in Tallinn (Ruutli street) I entered this place and spoke out loudly: GAMARJOBA! All I was get in return was some cold faced Estonian skinhead waiter, replying me -…

St Michael's Swedish Church in Tallinn

  • St Michael's Swedish Church in Tallinn

    Published: 25 February, 2016 seen 254 Churches and Monasteries

    St Michael's Church or St Michael's Swedish Church is a Lutheran church used by the Swedish congregation in the old town district of Tallinn, Estonia. We were off in the streets of Old Tallinn wandering what should we see, and I noticed this church and decided to go inside to adjust my church interior photography skills, at this point I didn't yet realized it is a Swedish church nor I had a clue what is the name of this church. St Michael's Church, Tallinn So I went inside looking for some best places to take inside photography, when some church lady approached me and in English started a…

Facebook's New Reaction Buttons - Like it, Love it or Be Angry

  • Facebook's New Reaction Buttons - Like it, Love it or Be Angry

    Published: 24 February, 2016 seen 195 Blogging

    It has been a while already, since the rumors of Facebook to implement dislike button has circulated over the internet, today (February 24) a new Reaction buttons were implemented on Worlds largest social network Worldwide. Today by visiting Facebook I noticed a new emojis on my fan page.  There will be five new emojis: Love, HaHa, Wow, Sad and Angry You can see the new Reactions by holding down like on mobile or hovering over it on desktop in order to see the Reactions images.  Facebook like and share buttons for websites have not been "affected" yet.

Postcards from Este, Italy

  • Postcards from Este, Italy

    Published: 24 February, 2016 seen 160

    It was sunny January 1st afternoon when we visited Este in northern Italy. One of our first stops in 2016. Este, Italy One of the main sights in Este is the Castle Carrarese of Este ​ Roundabout in Este I would say a very piccolo roundabout Ice rink in Este town square

Castle Carrarese of Este

  • Castle Carrarese of Este

    Published: 24 February, 2016 seen 265 Tourism objects

    It was January 1st, 2016 when we visited Castle Carrarese of Este, during our drive from Venice to Modena. It was our second stop after we enjoyed a cup of cappuccino at lovely Candiana town. Read more: Bar Rialto in Candiana)  The castle overlooking the town of Este consists of large master towers and massive walls, about a kilometre long, which embraces the extreme southern edge of the Euganean Hills. This mighty monument bears witness to the important role that the territory of Este played in medieval times. Castle Carrarese of Este The oldest part of the fortification is located on the…

St. Nicholas' Church, Tallinn

  • St. Nicholas' Church, Tallinn

    Published: 23 February, 2016 seen 232 Churches and Monasteries

    St. Nicholas' Church is a medieval former church in Tallinn, Estonia. It was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the fishermen and sailors. Originally built in the 13th century, it was partially destroyed in Soviet Bombing of Tallinn in World War II. It has since been restored and today houses a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, focusing mainly on ecclesiastical art from the Middle Ages onward. The former church is also used as a concert hall. St. Nicholas' church of Tallinn is located in the Green area in Harju street, Tallinn St. Nicholas' Church in Tallinn I could only wish I…

Green area in Harju street, Tallinn

  • Green area in Harju street, Tallinn

    Published: 23 February, 2016 seen 310 Tourism objects

    On the second day's morning, during our short two day trip to Tallinn, we left our hotel and went out to explore city. Soon we were in area which featured parks, gardens and architectural pearls - as I leant latter this place has a special name - Green area in Harju street.  It's a pretty lively street in Tallinn, featuring some shops, bookstores and cafeterias.  Medieval tower in Tallinn Now I can only wonder what is the name of that tower,as we actually didn't visited it. ave you been to Tallinn recently, can you help me out naming this tower? Drop a comment! Green area in Harju street…

Latest Toshiba Touch Screen Laptop / Notebook Computers of 2016 (Windows 10)

  • Latest Toshiba Touch Screen Laptop / Notebook Computers of 2016 (Windows 10)

    Published: 22 February, 2016 seen 4,263 Online Shopping

    Do you feel it is the right time tp upgrade your current laptop to a touch screen laptop? Are you into researching mood for Toshiba laptops?  Update: This article might become outdated, please see Top 20 Best Touch Screen Laptops Take a closer look to the following eight Toshiba Satellite touch screen laptop models already equipped with latest Windows 10 OS available for sale on Amazon. A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I will earn an affiliate income at no cost to you. Prices for…

Georgian National Opera Theater

  • Georgian National Opera Theater

    Published: 22 February, 2016 seen 1,047 Tourism objects

    The Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi  is an opera house situated on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi,Georgia. Founded in 1851, Tbilisi Opera is the main opera house of Georgia and one of the oldest such establishments in eastern Europe. Recently gone through 6 years long renovation works, Georgian National Opera and Ballet theater has been opened for public on January 30, 2016. Tbilisi Opera house on Rustaveli avenue Since 1896, the theater has resided in an exotic neo-Moorish edifice originally constructed by Victor Johann Gottlieb Schröter, a prominent architect of Baltic…

Prospero's Books & Coffeehouse in Tbilisi

  • Prospero's Books & Coffeehouse in Tbilisi

    Published: 22 February, 2016 seen 476 Shopping Venues

    Those of you looking for a literature in English or perhaps to enjoy a cup of latte, while in Tbilisi there is a great place where to have both - meet Prospero's Books located on Rustaveli avenue. At Prospero`s Books & Caliban`s Coffeehouse you will be delighted to find : English and other language general books, English Language Teaching Books and Used books that are exchanged  for an in-store credit At Prospero's Bookshop in Tbilisi Features a cafeteria and lovely yard terrace to enjoy a cup of English tea (perhaps) while reading some good story.  Bookshelves at Prospero's bookstore…

Restaurant 'Three crowns' in Tallinn

  • Restaurant 'Three crowns' in Tallinn

    Published: 21 February, 2016 seen 248 Restaurant reviews

    The restaurant “Three crowns” is located in the heart of Old Town, in the center of street Vene 8. Cheerfully opens the door’s for all people who love well-prepared cuisine, there is combined Estonian and European cuisine with interesting wine list of Old Town and New world.  Although hotel we stayed during our short stay in Tallinn also featured a restaurant it ain't no fun eat at you hotel if you can go and eat at neighboring hotels restaurant, right? Three Crowns Restaurant in Tallinn At time we discovered this restaurant I was informed that kitchen will be closed in 20 or something…

Mad Murphy's Irish Pub in Tallinn

  • Mad Murphy's Irish Pub in Tallinn

    Published: 21 February, 2016 seen 391 Restaurant reviews

    Mad Murphy's Irish Pub is located in Tallinn very close to city's town square on Mundi street 2. If you are up to for a Nightlife in Tallinn, make sure you visit this pub, I visited this pub back in Summer of 2015, during our short two days trip to celebrate my thirty birthday, shortly we were checked in at our hotel (Read my review here: St. Olav Hotel in Tallinn) we decided to explore our lively neighborhood, and it was a very lively. It was a warm August evening.  Mad Murphy's Irish pub in Tallinn I'm not that kind of person who loves to spend his time in bars and pubs, but... what…

Bar Rialto Candiana

  • Bar Rialto Candiana

    Published: 20 February, 2016 seen 172 Restaurant reviews

    I have always loved local cafes and restaurants where tourists barely step their foot in, we were of from Venice and traveled to Modena, when I said, let's visit some of the local villages and see what's good there.  Back at this stage I even didn't know that village we were to enter is called - Candiana, shortly we parked our car and noticed a local pub/bar/restaurant - so we entered this place, which I learnt latter is named - Bar Rialto Candiana and ordered a cup of cappuccino. It was January 1st, some local folks were inside, lady approached me - raised her hand, hugged me and told - …

St Mark's Square in Venice

  • St Mark's Square in Venice

    Published: 20 February, 2016 seen 253 Tourism objects

    St Mark's square probably is every travelers dream destination when traveling to Venice, Italy. So did it was among mine - must have destinations. We traveled to Italy and especially to Venice for a New Year's eve to celebrate 2016.  I was so found of photography, and especially fireworks photography, that I started to prepare already about a month before our departure. huge was my disappointment, when I was not able to find a single spot to make any decent fireworks photography from St Mark's square. It's hard to tell, but I believe there were at least some 10,000 folks that night gathered…

Fourth Traffic Spike - How to get 10,000 Pageviews in One Day

  • Fourth Traffic Spike - How to get 10,000 Pageviews in One Day

    Published: 19 February, 2016 seen 1,127 Blogging

    Yesterday (February 18) marked another important milestone for my blog - for the very first time my blog traffic crossed 10,000 page views in one day. Now, don't get me wrong - I would love to report 10,000 daily page views instead of 10,000 in one day, which happened thanks to the huge traffic spike made by a dozen of referring links.  By now my blog gets about 2,000 page views per day, which of course is already a very great result, but having that traffic bump made me smile this morning. OK, I was actually closely monitoring stats already since yesterday and hoped I will manage to crack 10…

St.Olav Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia

  • St.Olav Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia

    Published: 19 February, 2016 seen 249 Hotel reviews

    St. Olav Hotel is located in the heart of Old Tallinn just a few hundred meters away from Tallinn's Town Hall square. We stayed at this hotel in August, 2015, during a short travels to Estonian capital to celebrate my thirty birthday. Lai street in Tallinn Our hotel was located in the heart of Old Tallinn, since it was a Summertime, many cafes and restaurants were opened in our and nearby streets, so we had a plenty to choose from. St.Olav hotel in Tallinn The St. Olav is located in a historic building, and is decorated with antique furniture. The heated rooms have stone and brick elements…

Tallinn Town Hall Square

  • Tallinn Town Hall Square

    Published: 19 February, 2016 seen 284 Tourism objects

    One of the most impressive tourist sights in Tallinn, most probably is Tallinn Town hall square and its surrounding restaurants and cafes. Speaking of the Town Hall it is the oldest town hall in the whole of the Baltic region and Scandinavia. We visited Tallinn's Town Hall square while headed to our hotel (located somewhere close) during a short 2 day trip to Estonia's capital to celebrate my 30th birthday. To enter into Old Town we had to cross Viru gate Viru Gate in Tallinn, Estonia The barbican of Viru Gate was part of the defense system of Tallinn city wall built in the 14th century. By…

Planning a trip to Georgia? Here are ideas for a week long travels!

  • Planning a trip to Georgia? Here are ideas for a week long travels!

    Published: 18 February, 2016 seen 2,365 Tours in Georgia

    Are you planning your visit to the Republic of Georgia? Traveling via Kutaisi international airport? Wondering how to make your trip unforgettable? Here are some ideas which might help, if you are planning your trip here for seven days. Actually, most of the listed below comes from my own travels around Georgia in one week, so it's definitely possible! Book an individual and handcrafted tour in Georgia [view:referenced_items=block_1]

Vardzia Cave Town Monastery Complex in Georgia

  • Vardzia Cave Town Monastery Complex in Georgia

    Published: 18 February, 2016 seen 2,381 Churches and Monasteries

    Vardzia cave town is definitely a must have tourist attraction when traveling to Republic of Georgia, located in region of Samtkshe - Javakheti in about one hour drive from Akhaltsikhe town. For years I have been reading and heard a lot of stories of this place, but first visited just at the end of 2015. I was missing a lot. We arrived here after sightseeing of Rabati castle in town of Akhatsikhe. Twilight was approaching and I was left with no options as to use best photography techniques I was familiar with, to get a decent photo story from Vardzia Cave town. Vardzia cave town in Republic…

Armenian Apostolic Church of Tallinn

  • Armenian Apostolic Church of Tallinn

    Published: 17 February, 2016 seen 649 Churches and Monasteries

    Huge was my surprise when walking from Tallinn Bus Station to the city centre I discovered an Armenian Apostolic church, surrounded by skyscrapers. Just a year ago I spent my birthday in Yerevan, Armenia. Now a year latter, seeing an Armenian Church seemed like a sign for me. I still don't know what kind of sign, but that was a great reason to photograph here. Armenian Apostolic church in Tallinn, Estonia Surrounded by skyscrapers, this Armenian church in Tallinn is almost invisible for untrained eye. Inscription plate in Armenian and Estonian Although I don't speak either language, I…

Wizz Air: Opens Seven New Routes From Kutaisi Airport

  • Wizz Air: Opens Seven New Routes From Kutaisi Airport

    Published: 17 February, 2016 seen 657 Living in Georgia

    Budget travelers - rejoice - 7 new routes will be launched from Kutaisi airport in Georgia. Berlin, Munich Memmingen, Milan Bergamo, Dortmund, Thessaloniki,  Larnaca and Sofia I believe it is just a next logical move from Wizz Air, after recently European Union agreed to lift Visa requirements for Georgians entering European Union. Could this possibly mean a new start of possible immigration wave? Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, on February 17 announced it will begin base operations in September at David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport with one…

Tallinn Bus Station

  • Tallinn Bus Station

    Published: 17 February, 2016 seen 327 Railway / Bus / Ferry

    The Tallinn Bus Station  is the main long-distance bus station of Tallinn, Estonia. The bus station is located in the southeastern part of the city centre (Kesklinn District), in Juhkentali neighborhood.  When I was a young exchange student in Finland, I used this bus station frequently to travel back to my native Riga (Helsinki - Tallinn by ferry). Last time I was here, probably was back in 2006. We arrived here from Riga bus station using Lux Express bus to celebrate my 30th birthday in Tallinn and I was pleasantly surprised to see how this place has changed (seems it has gone though…

Fried Land Fast Food in Venice

  • Fried Land Fast Food in Venice

    Published: 16 February, 2016 seen 511 Restaurant reviews

    After we finally arrived to Venice, settled up in our hotel room, it was still a few hours until New Year, we decided to locate some charming Venice restaurant, but they all either were fully booked or just looked suspicious, suddenly we noticed a small fast food shop, and I decided to take a look, so that's how we found Fried Land in Venice. Huge was my surprise when searching for this places coordinates I found that on TripAdvisor Fried Land ranks #1 as Venice Restaurants (as on January 27, 2016) - Well, the explanation can be simple, the dude who prepared shaurmas for us, asked would we…

Photo of the month - January 2016

  • Photo of the month - January 2016

    Published: 16 February, 2016 seen 441 Digital Photography School

    January was pretty hard month - after a lovely trip to Italy at the end of 2015, we returned back to Tbilisi at start of 2016 and I got ill for about two weeks. For those two weeks I still managed to take a photo a day. Being absent to leave my apartment I photographed indoors, experimented with close ups, photographed our cats a lot and even tried B&W technique. None of these techniques performed as great as landscape photography (and yes, HDR rocks).  A quick note: for determining my best photo of the month I'm using the most simple tactic to count on - fave count on Flickr. Photo of…

Hotel Guerrini Review in Venice, Italy

  • Hotel Guerrini Review in Venice, Italy

    Published: 16 February, 2016 seen 241 Hotel reviews

    We booked hotel Guerrini in Venice for New Years night (2016), because of it's location - Located just off the characteristic Venetian street of Lista di Spagna and 400 m from Santa Lucia Railway Station, Hotel Guerrini offers free Wi-Fi and simple air-conditioned rooms. Now the biggest surprise was to learn out, that heating in our room didn't worked (seems it didn't worked for all the hotel), so called simple air conditioner also didn't helped much (it constantly showed +17C). Bathroom (for the price paid) was a parody (small, narrow)... I could complain of this place a lot, but probably…

Top 21 Best Selling Asus Laptops in 2019

  • Top 21 Best Selling Asus Laptops in 2019

    Published: 15 February, 2016 seen 111,423 Online Shopping

    Think of upgrading your laptop? Think ASUS!  Asus brand is very popular in the laptop/notebook market. In fact, in 2019 ASUS models take about 15% laptop share in Amazon's TOP 100 best sellers Laptop Computers list.  I have been a proud owner of ASUS X552 since the end of 2015, and have no regrets.  Asus has manufactured laptop models that will suit almost all consumer verticals, starting cheaper editions with free Chrome OS (affordable for students), ending very powerful laptops designed for gamers. Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This article contains…

Replacing Roof - Part 3: Removing the old roofing (Losing Chimney)

  • Replacing Roof - Part 3: Removing the old roofing (Losing Chimney)

    Published: 15 February, 2016 seen 253 Home Remodeling

    Now, when you are familiar with part 1 and part 2, it's time to tell the third part on home remodeling series replacing roofing.  Today's roof replacing adventures were about the most dangerous so far (with happy ending). It all started in quiet August morning, when I get up earlier, to remove old roofing, so we can continue our works on leveling beams and dragging over crosswind sheet latter that day. I was waiting help (brother and dad) to arrive around a noon, so I had a plenty of time to excel my demolisher skills. Today we faced unpleasant discovery, we had to remove atop of the chimney…

Replacing Roof - Part 2: Beam Leveling & Crosswind sheet

  • Replacing Roof - Part 2: Beam Leveling & Crosswind sheet

    Published: 15 February, 2016 seen 258 Home Remodeling

    It was second day morning when we re-started works on roof replacing. If you haven't already red, read Part 1: Removing Old Roof. The idea was simple - if we are going to replace roofing, we will follow latest trends, and one of them involves using a crosswind sheet, which protects both against wind and humidity, I bought some super expensive crosswind sheet for about EUR 200 to cover in total about 180m2.  Since we were replacing roofing by parts today we had to drag a crosswind beam over leveled beams and add lathing. Measuring crosswind sheet Yup, the surrounding views are amazing…

How Valentine's day was celebrated in Tbilisi

  • How Valentine's day was celebrated in Tbilisi

    Published: 14 February, 2016 seen 754

    We were of to Tbilisi streets looking for Valentine's day photography, when I concluded - Valentine's day, thus not popular in Republic of Georgia, makes some good for local economy - first of all for local flower markets, second for cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants.  We made a dozen of photos today, experimented with black and white, panorama and other photography techniques. Tbilisi didn't seemed too busy on celebrating Valentine's day, but we found some interesting scenes in Old Town and local flower market.  This is how we saw Valentine's day was celebrated in Tbilisi, 2016, Piece of…

Postcards from Rabati Fortress

  • Postcards from Rabati Fortress

    Published: 14 February, 2016 seen 1,984

    I first visited Rabati Fortress in Akhaltsikhe, Republic of Georgia, in Summer of 2014, during a two day rafting drive on river Mtkavri, next time we booked a lovely hotel inside fortress complex at the start of 2015, during our stay here I created a lot of pictures and crafted an article about Rabati fortress Castle featuring 48 pictures. (You think its a lot? I have an article from Keukenhof's tulip garden in the Netherlands with 136 images). At the end of 2015 we visited this site for the third time, I was armored with a DSRL camera, tripod and knowledge of taking HDR pictures. Rabati…

Samikitno / Machakhela Restaurant review (Meidan square, Tbilisi)

  • Samikitno / Machakhela Restaurant review (Meidan square, Tbilisi)

    Published: 14 February, 2016 seen 2,402 Restaurant reviews

    Samiktno / Machakhela is a restaurant chain located in Tbilisi, Republic of Georga. One of it's prominent restaurants is located at Meidan Square, just in the heart of Tbilisi Old Town offering breathtaking views towards Metekehi church (in front of which is located Vahtang Gorgasali statue). This is one of the rare places in Georgia where you can get combos We are proud, that we were among the first to bring to Georgian market so-called ”combos”.  That is, combined portion dishes which are intended for one person and differ from the practice of delivering dishes to traditional Georgian feast…

Postcards from Venice, Italy

  • Postcards from Venice, Italy

    Published: 13 February, 2016 seen 181

    We went to Venice on New Year's Eve (2015/2016), for me as a beginner photographer it was a great challenge to photograph here. I prepared well (brought tripod and practiced a lot previously) but I made a huge mistake this night, I messed up with the clock (Flying from country to country is a mess with time, so I have stopped to look in watch when traveling), so we went out for a New Years fireworks one hour earlier. This extra hour resulted in a very cold and unpleasant weather and in aftermath we just got sick.  Venice in fact didn't seemed very tourist friendly place, when we arrived here…

Postcards from Florence, Italy

  • Postcards from Florence, Italy

    Published: 13 February, 2016 seen 150

    Florence is a destination to head for if you are looking for renaissance art.  Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages" In today's Piece of Life photo series - Postcards from Florence, taken at the end of 2015 View towards Florence If you are new to Florence and might wonder where are the best points to photography the city, get to the Michelangelo Square, from this place all Florence is on your palm.…

Sergos Duqani restaurant in Akhaltsikhe

  • Sergos Duqani restaurant in Akhaltsikhe

    Published: 12 February, 2016 seen 531 Restaurant reviews

    Sergos Duqani is a lovely restaurant in Akhaltsikhe, serving traditional Georgian cuisine. Located just in the footsteps of Rabati Fortress complex. We first discovered and met lovely owners of this place, when stayed in hotel in Rabati (Hotel Rabath & Gino Wellness) and were looking for some local place to have dinner. Frankly speaking sashlik served here is among the best I have ever tried in Georgia (and price for them are ridiculously low  - about 6 lari per skewer.) Segos Duqani restaurant in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia Menu items at Sergo Duqani restaurant  Inside interior  Turkish…

How to Prepare Traditional Dolma (Grape Leaves Roll)

  • How to Prepare Traditional Dolma (Grape Leaves Roll)

    Published: 12 February, 2016 seen 680 Food blogger

    Hello everyone and welcome to another post from my experiments being a food blogger. OK, for following recipe I wasn't actually preparing that tasty dolma, instead I experiment with new food photography technique. About food photography: Today I decided to experiment with 100mm lens and used long exposures (obliviously from a tripod). Find more tutorials on Digital Photography School About Dolma (Grape leaves roll) - Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes common in the Middle East and surrounding regions including the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia. Common vegetables to…

DrupalGap Native App - Part 2: Creating And Linking Custom Views Listing Page

  • DrupalGap Native App - Part 2: Creating And Linking Custom Views Listing Page

    Published: 11 February, 2016 seen 1,125 Drupal Development

    I was working on my blog's native Drupal app, and decided to share my discoveries on how to create additional custom Views Json listing page and how to link it in  your apps menu. For the content on this page I decided to list all articles from my blog whose location are set to Georgia, and give it name - Georgia Travel Guide. Georgia and Drupal is special for me, so this was just logically the most "urgent" task I wanted to achieve next while building my native Drupal app. Read more: How to develop Native Drupal app using Drupalgap - Part 1: Custom Front Page Using views - Images and Date…

How to develop Native Drupal app using Drupalgap - Part 1: Custom Front Page Using views - Images and Date

  • How to develop Native Drupal app using Drupalgap - Part 1: Custom Front Page Using views - Images and Date

    Published: 11 February, 2016 seen 1,654 Drupal Development

    There was a time when I was really eager to develop native Drupal app, back then I decided to stick with Drupalgap. Now, more than a year has already passed since, and I haven't achieved my goal (s) yet. Until recently, I decided to finish works on native Drupal app I started back in 2014. Speaking of my app -  nothing fancy here, just my latest blog posts, with ability latter to extend functionality adding more native app features (geo location, for example) . As I like to call it - minimum viable product approach. I installed DrupalGap module and all its dependencies on my site, I must…

How to take and create HDR Panoramic photos

  • How to take and create HDR Panoramic photos

    Published: 10 February, 2016 seen 352 Digital Photography School

    In today's digital photography school tutorial series I'll show how to create HDR panoramic photos. Make sure you check my previous tutorials on HDR photography - How To Take and Post-Process Night HDR Images , How to Capture and Post-Process Professional HDR Photos Using HDR Efex PRO Now, regarding panorama photos, there is not always a need to create a 180 or 360 degree panoramas, sometimes you just want to fit in your frame a little bit more than a regular shot can do, then comes in panorama technique.  HDR panorama photography Shooting mode A sturdy tripod is must have, also a DSRL…

Hotel Edelweiss Review in Gudauri

  • Hotel Edelweiss Review in Gudauri

    Published: 10 February, 2016 seen 331 Hotel reviews

    Located in Gudauri, a 10-minute walk from the nearest ski lift, Edelweiss Hotel features an on-site restaurant serving Georgian and European cuisine and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. We booked hotel Edelweiss for 2015 Christmas (December 23-25) and enjoyed our stay at this place a lot. Thus the price we paid for this hotel is well above average (about EUR 100 per night) we are paying for hotels in Georgia, the service offered for price was just excellent. Alternatively check out Hotel Shamo Review in Gudauri or see TOP 10 Best Gudauri hotels. Hotel Edelweiss in Gudauri, Georgia As it…

The Gabriadze Theater in Tbilisi

  • The Gabriadze Theater in Tbilisi

    Published: 10 February, 2016 seen 1,552 Tourism objects

    Though modest in size, The Gabriadze Theater is among the world’s preeminent cultural institutions. Presenting mature puppet performances full of depth and meaning, it has gained the respect and recognition of international audiences and critics alike. Located in the heart of Tbilisi Old Town, just right next to the Anchiskati church, this theater building offers some interesting architecture as well. Thus, I have never visited a spectacle here (though I have bough tickets for a few times, but due to my laziness never visited) - I believe the Gabriadze theater this is one of the top tourist…

Replacing Roof - Part 1: Removing the old roofing

  • Replacing Roof - Part 1: Removing the old roofing

    Published: 9 February, 2016 seen 502 Home Remodeling

    In today's home remodeling series I'll share some epic experience on roof replacement works. If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably have noticed that in Spring 2015 we inherited an old and very bad managed rural house. That Summer taught me a lot  - I learnt how to use a scythe to move a grass, and also excelled as a construction worker (Room One - Wall and Ceiling Painting with Water Based Paint, How to Patch and Plaster Walls in Your Old Rural House), but nothing compares to experience like actually changing a roof. It was already more than 3 months since we started…

House Of Food / Fontaine Palace in Liepāja

  • House Of Food / Fontaine Palace in Liepāja

    Published: 9 February, 2016 seen 397 Restaurant reviews

    House Of Food is a place to eat good, quick international food from all corners of the world. Louie Fontaine, the owner and rock musician, has designed the place with a feel similar to a 50’s American diner, with an open kitchen and restaurant booths so high you’ll sit cosy and private in your own restaurant. Located at the canal front downtown in an old factory building - this place absolutely rocks! Hotel Fontaine Royal in Liepāja Fontaine Royal offers a swimming pool, health centre, conference hall, restaurant, bar and various shops. The hotel design is out of this world, full of royal…

Top 20 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Computers - February 2016

  • Top 20 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Computers - February 2016

    Published: 8 February, 2016 seen 640 Online Shopping

    Feel it is time to upgrade your laptop? Have you experienced any OS related problems lately? Out of hard disk drive? Those are just a few symptoms indicating it is time to move on. Recently I enabled secure HTTPS pages for my website (www.reinisfischer.com) and decided to take a look how well my site renders on older machine (HP laptop back from 2006) with Windows XP operating system - I wasn't able to connect to my blog. The reason? Windows XP doesn't support modern TLS chipper suites. At first I panicked, but latter investigating more - I realized - Microsoft have stopped support for…

Cafe bar Gradus in Gudauri

  • Cafe bar Gradus in Gudauri

    Published: 8 February, 2016 seen 428 Restaurant reviews

    Cafe bar Gradus is located in Georgian ski resort town in Gudauri. Located  just between the first and second ski lifts, this place offers great cuisine, drinks and lovely view to Caucasus mountains. It's outdoor terrace is great for sun bathing. The prices here are in - it depends category, although not high compared to Western standards, there are some items with higher price attached and some for very reasonable price. So for a 5 years old Georgian Sarajishvilli brandy I paid about 6 Lari (50 g), while a small portion of dumplings cost twelve lari. Hard to tell.  Interior at cafe bar…

Coffee house 'Dom Kofe' on Agmashenebeli avenue in Tbilisi

  • Coffee house 'Dom Kofe' on Agmashenebeli avenue in Tbilisi

    Published: 8 February, 2016 seen 475 Shopping Venues

    Coffee lovers - rejoice - I just found great coffee house on Agmashenebeli avenue 148 - Dom Kofe. Dom Kofe is a specialized store, selling not only take away cappuccinos and latte's they sell professional coffee making equipment as well, this might be useful for offices and both for individuals.  Coffee makers for sale at Dom Kofe I have been noticed this place on Agmashenebeli avenue for some time already, but just recently I actually paid a visit here. I was agreeably surprised after sales girls started to educate me on some 17 species of coffee, although I wanted to get just a regular…

Postcards from Gudauri

  • Postcards from Gudauri

    Published: 7 February, 2016 seen 296

    Gudauri is a popular ski resort located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort is situated in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Cross Pass, at an elevation of 2,196 meters (7,200 ft.) above sea level. We have been heading to Gudauri at least once in a year. There are few great reviews about Gudauri on my blog, Gudauri - Georgian Winter Capital for skiing, snowboarding, paragliding and heli-skiing or Gudauri - Cost Free And Fun Outdoor Activities but for today's Piece of Life photo project series I decided to…

Turtle lake in Tbilisi

  • Turtle lake in Tbilisi

    Published: 7 February, 2016 seen 1,637 Lakes

    Turtle lake is a direct English translation of Kus Tba (Georgian: კუს ტბა), a small lake at the outskirts of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, so named due to the perceived abundance of turtles living in these places. Those of you who have been following my blog, probably have noticed I have mentioned Turtle lake a lot on my blog, I have been heading here in hot summer days to breath a fresh air and done some Drupal development from here, also I have headed here for lovely hiking treks around and up Turtle lake. Read more: Best Hikes In Tbilisi Are Located Near Turtle Lake Turtle lake is very…

Linode: How To Secure Nginx with Let's Encrypt on Ubuntu 12.04

  • Linode: How To Secure Nginx with Let's Encrypt on Ubuntu 12.04

    Published: 6 February, 2016 seen 6,729 Servers

    Encrypted HTTPS websites are pretty much a hot topic nowadays. I have seen a lot noncommercial websites and blogs using HTTPS protocol lately.  I believe cheap prices for certificates and possible SEO boost from Google are pushing more and more to add HTTPS. Including me! In fact this article is first since my blog is HTTPS, to celebrate that I decided to write shot tutorial how you too can enable HTTPS on Ubuntu 12.04 running Nginx and optionally running a Drupal site on Linode VPS. Install free TLS/SSL certificates Wait, did I just said a free certificate? Totally free? No hidden costs?…

Loft cleaning - Preparation works for replacing that leaky roof

  • Loft cleaning - Preparation works for replacing that leaky roof

    Published: 6 February, 2016 seen 410 Home Remodeling

    It was already last weeks of July, and we had bought already our return tickets back to Tbilisi, Georgia, and there was still one urgent task to complete if we wanted our rural house to survive upcoming rain and winter season - we had to replace roofing. Oh, boy - back then I had no idea how frustrating, yet fun experience it will be. After finishing temporary repair works at home's first floor - I went upstairs and decided it's time to clean house's loft before moving on to more drastic roofing works. Instead of removing just old junk from loft, we had to remove about a ton of bricks and…

How to open a bottle of wine with a hand drill

  • How to open a bottle of wine with a hand drill

    Published: 6 February, 2016 seen 253 Home Remodeling

    There are many options to open a bottle of wine without using a cork screwer, last summer I tried a new method - using an old school hand drill. f you have been following my blog and especially home remodeling series you have probably noticed I have been trying out a lot of interesting tools lately, how about mowing a grass with a scythe?  Tools you will need: A bottle of Badagoni, semisweet Khvanchkara wine (produced in Republic of Georgia) An old school hand drill Optional: A good company Here is the drilling process Author of this blog captured in action Opening bottle of wine with hand…

Stacking firewood in barn

  • Stacking firewood in barn

    Published: 5 February, 2016 seen 239

    Last summer taught me a lot of new things. I tried mowing grass with a scythe after which I "upgraded" to a trimmer. After all I was doing a new thing for me - home remodeling.  In today's Piece of Life photo series I will share with you another great outdoor activity I did last summer - stacking firewood in barn.  Firewood waiting to be stacked in barn Stacking firewood in barn Stacking firewood in barn Stacking firewood in barn Turns out there are even tutorials on how to stack firewood in barn the right way: When it comes to preparing firewood, stacking may be the most pleasant part of…

How to prepare traditional Solyanka soup

  • How to prepare traditional Solyanka soup

    Published: 5 February, 2016 seen 1,065 Food blogger

    In today's food blogger series I'll share a photo recipe on how to prepare traditional Solyanka soup. Solyanka is among my favorite soups and I prepare this some 3-4 times in a year. Pictures in this article are back from summer 2015 when I boiled a large pot with this delicious soup. Solyanka is a thick, spicy and sour Russian soup that is common in Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union. There are three basic types of solyanka, with the main ingredient being either meat, fish, or mushrooms. All of them contain pickled cucumbers with brine, and often cabbage, salted mushrooms, …

Michelangelo Square in Florence, Italy

  • Michelangelo Square in Florence, Italy

    Published: 4 February, 2016 seen 648 Tourism objects

    Michelangelo Square is one of the best place in Florence to take picturesque panoramic views of Florence. We found this place thanks to suggestions on some travel guide and indeed, the pictures taken here are amazing. We were lucky enough to find this place quickly as it was located in just some 3 minute drive from our hotel. Read more: Villa Carlota hotel review. We parked our car at Michelangelo Square, I installed a tripod and took some lovely views towards city of Florence. Views toward Florence from Michelangelo Square Views toward Florence from Michelangelo Square in HDR Yup, I couldn…

How To Take and Post-Process Night HDR Images

  • How To Take and Post-Process Night HDR Images

    Published: 4 February, 2016 seen 883 Digital Photography School

    In today's digital school photography project I'll show how to take night HDR images and post-process them in Adobe Lightroom and Postmatix.  A year ago - taking a decent night photo sounded mission impossible for me, since I have acquired a DSLR camera a lot has changed, and I'm starting to feel being capable of creating even night HDR's now. Take a look on this tutorial: Practicing Photography: Doing Night Shots - Tbilisi By Night. Although I don't like to spend a lot of time on post processing images, I must admit - post processing is very valuable science to master to make your photos…

Median Household Income in US by State 2014

  • Median Household Income in US by State 2014

    Published: 3 February, 2016 seen 2,765 Economic notes

    After reviewing minimum and average salaries in member states of European Union, I decided to take a look on US average wages -  and compare all 50 American States + D.C. It was easier to come up with idea than actually get data, as it turns out in US they prefer more count household income rather per-capita. So the closest data I found worth of comparing - median household income. Which, basically means following - Median income is the amount that divides the income distribution into two equal groups, half having income above that amount, and half having income below that amount. Mean income…

Hotel Villa Carlota in Florence, Italy

  • Hotel Villa Carlota in Florence, Italy

    Published: 3 February, 2016 seen 283 Hotel reviews

    Villa Carlota hotel in Florence is a 4-star hotel. We stayed here overnight just day before New Year in 2015. We arrived here after paid a visit to the leaning tower of Pisa and short wanderings around Tuscany vineyards. Previous night we spent at another 4-star hotel in Lucca. Read more:  Albergo Celide Hotel Review in Lucca, Italy. Villa Carlota compared to Albergo Celide is a truly a 4-star hotel and I will definitely return to this hotel next when spending time in Florence. Villa Carlota hotel in Florence, Italy Villa Carlotta is a 19th-century country manor surrounded by parks and…

Vineyards in Tuscany, Italy

  • Vineyards in Tuscany, Italy

    Published: 3 February, 2016 seen 268

    If there are a thousands things to see before we die - I believe to see vineyards in Tuscany are among them. At the end of December 2015, we traveled around region of Tuscany in Italy and to memorize those fascinating places I created a few panorama photos. Vineyards in Tuscany - Piece of Life. Vineyards in Tuscany It is amazing to observe how using a simple DSLR camera with kit lens I figured out to create a panorama photo here (stitching together some 6 photos). I believe it is all about experiment and never stop, so even when in travels you can end with a decent looking final images.…

'I Fossi' Restaurant in San Gimignano, Italy

  • 'I Fossi' Restaurant in San Gimignano, Italy

    Published: 2 February, 2016 seen 292 Restaurant reviews

    I Fossi is a small roadside restaurant located in San Gimignano town in Italy. We arrived here just shortly we paid a visit to the Leaning tower of Pisa. We made a stop here by chance, just because noticed there is one free parking spot available. Unfortunately we managed to order just two cappuccinos and noticed there is a queue with cars on the nearby street, some lady had arrived to the hotel (turns out there is a hotel as well at this place) and waited to park her car. I told her, could she wait for some 10 minutes while we will finish our cappuccinos and then she well have a place to…

Roadside cafe near Surami Mountain Pass

  • Roadside cafe near Surami Mountain Pass

    Published: 2 February, 2016 seen 292 Restaurant reviews

    I'm not quite sure what name this pace actually wears - I started to call it Perevelnaya (From Russian: Перевальная) which in English might sound like Next to the Mountain Pass. Since this cafeteria is actually located next to the Surami mountain pass, I believe there is nothing wrong with such of interpretation by me. This cafe is a regular stop for me, whn traveling from Tbilisi to Kutaisi by car, in most cases I'm heading to Kutaisi airport to pick up some friends or relatives who have arrived there and needs to get back to Tbilisi, it's always lovely to enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee or…

Top 5 Latest arrivals on Nikon DSLR cameras of 2016

  • Top 5 Latest arrivals on Nikon DSLR cameras of 2016

    Published: 1 February, 2016 seen 7,214 Digital Photography School

    As and eager beginning photographer I'm following trends on new camera releases regularly, although proud owner of a Canon manufactured camera, I decided to take a look on what's new from Nikon in 2016. Just recently Nikon released  D500 flagship DX camera which seems a great rival to Canon 7D Mark II model, I believe more pro  photographers this year will upgrade their camera bodies to Nikon D500. Another Nikon D5500 digital SLR camera definitely is a great camera for beginner (like me) photographers, although speaking of me - I'm looking upgrade my DSLR to full frame camera, probably at the…

Cafe 'Jumis' in Skrunda

  • Cafe 'Jumis' in Skrunda

    Published: 1 February, 2016 seen 324 Restaurant reviews

    Cafe Jumis in Skrunda was among my top dining places during Summer 2015, because of it's close location to our rural house. Located next to the highway connecting Riga with Liepaja in Skrunda town, they serve a typical bistro food here for a very attractive prices. They definitely have the best desserts I have tried in these parts of Latvia. Banana, plum and other milkshakes just rocks here. Cafe Jumis in Skrunda Daily menu at Jumis cafe Typical Latvian bistro food - boiled potatoes, cabbage salads and meat sauce The same menu, but instead of meat sauce you can choose meatballs  They have…

Cafe 'Pagrabiņš' in Kuldīga

  • Cafe 'Pagrabiņš' in Kuldīga

    Published: 1 February, 2016 seen 310 Restaurant reviews

    If you are the lucky one and you have a chance to visit picturesque Latvian town of Kuldīga, make sure you make your dinning out at town's of of the best cafe's/ restaurant - Cafe Pagrabiņš. Or take a look of another Kuldīga restaurants here. Located in the heart of Kudlīga Old town on Baznicas street, this place offers traditional Latvian cuisine for a very reasonable prices.   Cafe Pagrabins in Kuldīga Located next to the town square in Kuldīga, where major town events are held, like Feast in Kuldīga ​ Cafe Pagrabins Logo Interior at Pagrabiņš  Menu at cafe Pagrabins They have a wide…