June 2017

What to do and see in Istanbul in less than 24 hours

Published: 30 June, 2017 seen 191 Travel guides

So you have just 24 hours for Istanbul? In this short indie travel guide, I will list places you could easily manage to visit and see in less than 24 hours.  My story short - at the end of May we booked connecting flight from Riga to Tbilisi, via Istanbul, we had an option to have a shorter waiting time, but we decided to spend one night in Istanbul's Sultanahmet area, which offers great access to the most of the tourist sights in Istanbul. If you are traveling from Istanbul Ataturk airport, there is a metro system connecting to the City Centre, though you will need to make a transit to the…

Postcards from Istanbul

Published: 29 June, 2017 seen 38

Istanbul has been on my travel radar since 2009, when I first visited it during a layover flight to Telaviv, Israel. Since then I've traveled countless times to and back from Istanbul.  So did happened during our latest trip Riga - Istanbul - Tbilisi, we booked a lovely hotel Dosso Dossi in Sultanahmet district and spend one night in Istanbul, trying out local street food and visiting most iconic sites in Istanbul. Street food in Istanbul Filled potatoes. Yummy Minarets of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Read more here: Sultan Ahmed Mosque Blue Mosque

Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Published: 28 June, 2017 seen 148 Airports

Istanbul Atatürk Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, and the biggest airport in Turkey by total number of passengers, destinations served and aircraft movements. Opened in 1924 in Yeşilköy, on the European side of the city, it is located 24 km (15 mi) west of the city centre and serves as the main hub for Turkish Airlines. The city's other, smaller, international airport is Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. As of 2017, 273 destinations are served from Istanbul-Atatürk, making it the airport with the second-most destinations worldwide after Frankfurt Airport. I've…

Dosso Dossi Istanbul Old City Hotel

Published: 27 June, 2017 seen 183 Hotel reviews

We booked this 4-star hotel in Sultanahmet district, Istanbul for a one night stay during a layover flight Riga - Istanbul - Tbilisi at the end of May 2017.  We paid about EUR 50 for one night stay at this hotel Located in Sultanahmet district, Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City is within a walking distance from historical sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum, Basilica Cistern and the Blue Mosque. Sultanahmet Tram Station is just a 4-minute walk from Dosso Dossi. The property offers facilities including a Turkish bath, a sauna, and a fitness centre. The rooms of the hotel are equipped with…

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Published: 26 June, 2017 seen 502 Shopping Venues

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.  In 2014, it was listed No.1 among world's most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors. The Grand Bazar at Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world. During my latest trip to Istanbul, which was actually a layover flight connecting to Tbilisi, I stayed for a one noght in Sultan Ahmet district and decided to photograph some cool sites in Istanbul,…

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Published: 25 June, 2017 seen 180 Churches and Monasteries

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque  is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque's lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary…

Summer Solstice 2017

Published: 23 June, 2017 seen 146 Home Remodeling

This is already fourth Summer Solstice featured on this blog. see how three years ago we made a barbeque on our Tbilisi's balcony and how we celebrated our first Summer Solstice in our newly inherited house two years ago. Also compare how did it go last year. This year we celebrated Summer Solstice already for the third time at our rural country house, see home remodeling.  This year it was just us two and cats. Nothing fancy. Improvised DJ Remote control and some snacks  Fireplace Golden hour sunrise during Summer Solstice 2017

Abava Rumba Waterfall

Published: 22 June, 2017 seen 54 Tourism objects

Abava Rumba is the second widest waterfall in Latvia (after Venta Rumba) ,up to 1 m high and 35 m wide. I had a chance to visit it and spend some hour in lovely photography session at the end of May 2017, just after our Germany trip in the Mossel Valley. There is a camping area located just next to the rapid.  Abava Rumba in Latvia I find such places tranquil and quite inspiring for my photography.  Hiking trek near Abava Rumba As an active outdoors fan I could resist to go deep in the "jungle" Camping area near Abava Rumba

How & Why To Buy Crypto Currencies (bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin) Online - Coinbase

Published: 21 June, 2017 seen 400 Investments

The other night I was talking with a fellow affiliate marketer on Facebook, our conversation for some reason started to focus on investments, stocks, and cryptocurrencies. Seems that alternative finance income ideas like peer to peer lending, stocks and of course cryptocurrencies are pretty hot topic in 2017. In the past, I've heard something about crypto currencies, mostly about bitcoins, but never have taken such investment opportunities too serious. I believe the vast majority of this blog readers feel the same. Frankly speaking, I felt surprised that there exist a lot more…

3 day leisure trip to Germany (The Mossel Valley)

Published: 20 June, 2017 seen 169 Travel guides

This is a round up post about our latest travel to Germany, at the end of May 2017. Our trip started at Dortmund airport, were we got a nice Nissan X-trail rental car from Hertz (about EUR 250 for 4 days). Although I've traveled to Germany countless times in the past, this is just third recap featured on blog, in fact about 2 years ago we made a similar trip to Germany but extended it it by visiting the Netherlands, see: My Germany and The Netherlands Travel Guide, also I briefly visited Berlin last Summer between layovers to 7 day trip to Spain This trip was interesting because of this time…

Postcards from Germany

Published: 19 June, 2017 seen 58

Welcome to another Piece of Life postcards from series. In today's article - Germany. We traveled to Germany for about 3 days at the end of May 2017.  I was not at all in photography this time, but still managed to capture some cool sceneries. Sunset in Gudenberg, Germany One of rare HDR's I made during this trip. Folks interested in such an interesting architecture, make sure you plan your travels to the region of Hesse in Germany, Porta Nigra in Trier My first trip to this place happened back in 2005 and it was nice to rediscover this place again in 2017. See more: Porta Nigra in Trier…

Top 23 Best Selling and New Acer Laptop Notebook Computers 2017

Published: 18 June, 2017 seen 4,543 Online Shopping

Acer laptop models have been among the best selling items on Amazon electronics list for a while, in this article you will find 23 best selling and new models available in 2017. Both traditional laptops and chrmobeooks are available, also a popular choice from Acer are powerful gaming laptops. Update: Top 15 Best Selling Acer Laptops / Notebooks 2018 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 might earn an affiliate income from that. Prices for laptops listed on this page are retrieved using…

Hotel Monopol in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Published: 17 June, 2017 seen 41 Hotel reviews

This 3-star hotel offers comfortable accommodation in Gelsenkirchen's northern Buer district. It is 3 km from the Veltins Arena and 1 km from Gelsenkirchen-Buer Nord train station.  Hotel Monopol was our last accommodations while in Germany for a short few day trip, unfortunately I was not in the photography mood and didn't made much photos in the past days and almost forgot to photograph this hotel. In fact I captured just the entrance doors for this place.  Hotel Monopol The tastefully furnished rooms at the Hotel Monopol are all equipped with cable TV and a safe. Wi-Fi is also available.…

Haus Daniela Superior Apartment in Cochem, Germany

Published: 16 June, 2017 seen 90 Hotel reviews

I now have pretty ambivalent feelings regarding booking apartments instead of hotel rooms. Despite my feelings, Haus Daniela was a really nice stay in Cochem. For this spacious apartment we paid about EUR 200 for a one night stay, but it featured 3 bedrooms, a huge outdoor terrace with an electrical grill and very well equipped kitchen. Offering free WiFi and a sun terrace, Haus Daniela Superior is set in Cochem. Cochem Castle is 400 m away. Free private parking is available on site. Haus Daniela apartment in Cochem  You can play table tennis at the property, and the area is popular for…

Rose Cottage in Udler, Germany

Published: 15 June, 2017 seen 45 Hotel reviews

Featuring free WiFi and garden views, Rose Cottage is a holiday home, situated in Udler. It provides free private parking. We booked this place on booking.com for a one night stay during our few day leisure trip in Germany, sadly there are few good words I can use to describe our stay here. As this place is one of the few that actually kind of ruined our holidays. Anyhow let's start with positive - the rental property is decent, a lot of plastic roses, but hey it's decent. I haven't been to the UK, but I got feeling that indoor style at house is something British. So far, so good. About…

Cochem Imperial castle

Published: 14 June, 2017 seen 151 Tourism objects

The contours of the neo-gothic building rise more than about 330 ft above the river Moselle on an outstanding hill. The silhouette of the towering hill seems to continue in the building which is topped by the slate roof of the massive keep. As for its structure, Cochem Castle belongs to the category of castles protected by height that had to be protected all around. Romanesque fragments found in the well indicate a reinforcement of the castle around 1056. For the sake of this article, I must admit - I didn't visited castle itself, because I found more interesting to photograph such huge…

Eltz Castle

Published: 13 June, 2017 seen 127 Tourism objects

Eltz Castle (German: Burg Eltz) is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family (the Eltz family) that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. Bürresheim Castle (Schloss Bürresheim), Eltz Castle and Lissingen Castle are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate which have never been destroyed. I paid here a brief visit in May 2017, during a few day trip around Germany. The castle is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River, a tributary on the…

Monastery of Maria Engelport

Published: 12 June, 2017 seen 199 Churches and Monasteries

The monastery of Maria Engelport (Kloster Maria Engelport) is located on the edge of the Hunsrück in the Flaumbach Valley near Treis-Karden, Germany.  We made here a briefly stop while traveling by car around these parts of Germany, it was overcast day, I was not in the mood for photography, just made some quick shots. Kloster Maria Engelport The following written is a rough translation from German using automatic Google translate: The monastery was founded around 1220 by the knight Emelrich of Monreal and settled by Cistercians from the monastery Kumbd. Due to lack of economic support from…

Planing a trip to Greece: How to get a Prepaid SIM Card with Internet

Published: 11 June, 2017 seen 10,077 Travel guides

I traveled to Greece for about 2 weeks in June 2017, our final destination was island of Crete. One of the reasons I was looking for prepaid sim card in Greece is simple - for navigation (Google maps helps a lot). From my previous experience with dealing with different sim cards in multiple European countries I already knew, it shouldn't be a problem to get one in Greece. Planing a Trip to Spain: How to Get a Prepaid SIM Card in Spain I planned to purchase whatever operators SIm card with broad coverage at Athens airport. Unfortunately when there I forgot to do that, and bought one after a…

Porta Nigra in Trier

Published: 10 June, 2017 seen 206 Tourism objects

The Porta Nigra (Latin for black gate) is a large Roman city gate in Trier, Germany. It is today the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. It is designated as part of the Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site. I first visited Trier and in particular Porta Nigra back in 2005, when arrived here from neighboring Luxembourg. My latest trip to the Porta Nigra was in May 2017, during a few day trip in Germany. The Porta Nigra in Trier Germany The name Porta Nigra originated in the Middle Ages due to the darkened colour of its stone…

Weekend trip to Telavi (Georgia) and Vicinty

Published: 9 June, 2017 seen 293 Travel guides

This is a short recap article about our latest trip to the region of Kakheti in Western Georgia, during a weekend trip we stayed in a lovely Chataeu Mere hotel near Telavi and explored the nearby vicinity. We did this trip as indie travelers, first booked a hotel room, then contacted the hotel and asked for transfer service from our Tbilisi apartment to the hotel (and back). For such transfer, we paid GEL 70 (one way). Once at the hotel (which cost us about EUR 300 for a 3-day stay) we ordered a local taxi service and hired him to take us to some cool local places, for GEL 50 we were taken to…

Peter's Market in Liepaja

Published: 8 June, 2017 seen 135 Shopping Venues

Peter's market is centrally located on Kuršu street in Liepāja, Latvia. There are more than 200 sales outlets. It's the largest market in Liepaja and second largest in Latvia (after Riga Central market).  Make sure to visit Peter's market once in Liepāja. Although not so impressive than those in Philadelphia, Barcelona or Riga, it's still quite interesting place. I believe over the time Peter's market has potential to become one of the most visited tourism attractions in Liepāja. Peter's market in Liepāja We come here to buy some plants for our rural country house. Lovely selection of many…

Sunset hotel in Jurmala

Published: 7 June, 2017 seen 48 Hotel reviews

I now have a great selection of Jurmala hotels, in todays article the latest addition - Hotel Sunset on Pilsonu street in Jurmala. When traveling to or from Riga and looking for a cheap stay I prefer Jurmala (as it's close to Riga) or some suburbs in Riga. Although some might think Jurmala is an expensive city  in fact - it's not. For a decent hotel room in Jurmala you could easly find value deals for about EUR 40.  That's how we booked Sunset Hotel in Jurmala. Hotel Sunset in Jurmala There is a signboard saying - For Sale. If you are looking for investments in the Baltics, might be an…

Drupal 8 Minor upgrade using Putty SSH Terminal

Published: 6 June, 2017 seen 296 Drupal Development

In this article I'll shed some light on how easy it is to perform a minor Drupal 8 upgrade between versions using free Putty SSH terminal and just a few lines of code.  I assume your Drupal is configured under a VPS (take Linode, for example) and your installation path is /srv/www/ See: How to upgrade Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 - Process , Upgrading Drupal 7 (minor upgrade) Drupal security updates By accessing available updates page (admin/reports/updates/update) we can easy update modules by just clicking update button, but if you are asked to update Drupal version a manual operation is asked…

Postcards from Telavi

Published: 5 June, 2017 seen 75

It was on an overcast day, we decided to leave our cozy room at Chateau Mere hotel and go explore Telavi. I've been to Telavi several times, and I always thought there is nothing much to see, except the Telavi market or try khinkali at Kafe - Bari Zodiako. Turns out I was wrong - Telavi has to offer much more. At hotel reception desk we asked for a city taxi to arrive and pick us up and just drive and explore nearby vicinity. The result - Telavi is really cool small town, without doubts I'm looking to return and explore more. Central square in Telavi Despite an overcast day I managed to…

Apartment Alte Pfarre in Gudensberg, Germany

Published: 4 June, 2017 seen 92 Hotel reviews

Alte Pfarre Gudensberg offers pet-friendly accommodation in a historical timbered house in Gudensberg, 17 km from Kassel and 42 km from Bad Hersfeld. The unit is 18 km from Bad Wildungen. Free private parking is available on site. After a visit to this place we have agreed, let's include such apartments in our future travel plans instead of just simple hotel rooms. Stay at apartments gives much better local touch.  We booked Alte Pfarre Gudensberg  on May 17, 2017 for a one night stay and it turned out that we were first visitors this year and as a gift we got a bottle of champagne. Lovely.…

May 2017 Dividend Income Report - $65.45

Published: 3 June, 2017 seen 237 Investments

There are two financial goals I'm looking to achieve. The short term goal is to earn from dividend paying stocks more than $100/mo by February 2018. The long tern goal -  to land 1 million dollars in my savings account by the time I will turn 60 (that's in 2045). I started my wealth building adventure (portfolio) January 2017 with goal to invest $8,561 this year in several batches. Now, five months latter I'm publishing my first dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from stocks and peer to peer lending in May 2017.  About portfolio in May 2017 Most of my investments right now…

Cafe - Hotel Kandava

Published: 2 June, 2017 seen 47 Restaurant reviews

Kandava is a small but lovely town in the Western Latvia. I haven't been here many times, just some 3-4, but I really enjoy these small and tranquil Latvian towns. We were just driving around Latvia and around meal time discovered we are in Kandava. In the city center on Sabiles street we found a lovely cafeteria with clear name - Kandava.Turns out there is both cafe and hotel available at this place. Probably next time when in Kandava, a hotel room in the city center might be great option. Interior at Cafe Kandava ​I was surprised of after seeing such cozy interior. But not surprised at all…

Spare Hotel in Riga

Published: 1 June, 2017 seen 44 Hotel reviews

Spare Hotel is located a 5-minute drive from Riga International Airport and 7 minutes from the historic city centre. It features free parking and an on-site bowling complex. We booked Spare hotel for a short stay in Riga for one night.  Spare hotel in Riga Seems the hotel is located in former dwelling house, but our stay here was decent. Had a lovely dinner at hotels restaurant and simple free breakfast. All rooms of Spare Hotel provide a bathroom and cable TV. Most rooms offer a seating area and a work desk. Guests of the Spare Hotel can enjoy the breakfast buffet and other meals in the on-…