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Athens4 hotel (Monastriraki) in Greece

Athens4  is a small boutique hotel in the capital city of Greece, Monastriraki area (city center). This hotel features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV. The property is located 1.2 km from the Acropolis, 300 metres from…

Pinch of Spice Restaurant in Agra

Pinch of Spice is restaurant located in Agra, India serving Indian and Chinese cuisine. We made our lunch break after visiting the Worlds famous Taj Mahal.Spent some good time and tried delicious cuisine. During this trip to India I was fond of fish…

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the right bank of the river Yamuna in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was commissioned in 1631 by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (r. 1628–1658) to house the tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz…

Inn Tawang Hotel In Delhi

Hotel Inn Twang is located 3.5 km from the New Delhi Railway Station. Free WiFi access is available in public areas. We stayed at this hotel for two nights at the end of December during our 3 week trip to India. The hotel was offered to us by a tour…

India Gate

The India Gate is a war memorial located near the Kartavya path on the eastern edge of the "ceremonial axis" of New Delhi, formerly called Rajpath. It stands as a memorial to 84,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died between 1914 and 1921 in the…

Pindi Restaurant New Delhi

Pindi Restaurant is located on 16 Pandara Road Market, New Delhi, India. We came here together with our tour guide in Delhi after visiting Jama Masjid of Delhi. Exactly at this place I fell in love with tasty Indian fish curry and garlic naan.I'm…

Jama Masjid of Delhi

Masjid-i-Jehan-Numa, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India.It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656, and inaugurated by its first Imam, Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari. Situated…

Nahei Cottage near Martvili

Featuring a garden and views of the inner courtyard, the Nahei cottage is a sustainable guest house located some 7 km from Martvili and 35 km from Okatse Canyon.

We booked this place for a one-night stay back in September 2023, while returning from…

Maria Guest House, Palolem, Goa

Nestled just 200 meters from the enchanting Palolem Beach in Goa, India, Maria Guest House beckons with air-conditioned accommodations adorned with terraces and complimentary WiFi.Maria guest house takes pride in offering family rooms, creating a…

Goa International Airport (Dabolism)

Dabolim Airport is an international airport serving the state of Goa, India. The airport is located in Dabolim, in South Goa district, 4 km (2.5 mi) from the nearest city of Vasco da Gama, 23 km (14 mi) from Margao, and about 30 km (19 mi) from the…

Ophitara Three Cascade Waterfall

Ophitara three cascade water wall is located near the Kutaisi - Tskaltubo - Tsageri - Lentekhi - Lasdili highway, after the village of Ghvedi. We first discovered this beauty back at the end of September 2023, returning from Ushguli via Lentekhi…

Indira Gandhi Delhi International Airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary international airport serving Delhi, the capital of India. The airport, spread over an area of 5,106 acres (2,066 ha), is situated in Palam, Delhi, 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of the New Delhi Railway…

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is an Anglican church in the City of Westminster, London, England. Since 1066, it has been the location of the coronations of 40 English and British monarchs,…

Tower of Love in Svaneti

As you make your way from Mestia to Ushguli, one of the highest settlements in Europe, look out for the “Tower of Love”, which stands on a huge boulder in the river Enguri.

This three-story tower has high floors that are connected with one another…

Big Ben

The Elizabeth Tower is the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster in London, England. It contains the Great Clock, a striking clock with five bells. The tower is nicknamed "Big Ben", a name which was originally applied only to the largest bell of…

Enguri Dam

The Enguri Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Enguri River in Tsalenjikha, Georgia. Currently, it is the world's second-highest concrete arch dam with a height of 271.5 meters (891 ft).

It is located north of the town of Jvari. It is part of the…

Stansted

London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is an international airport serving London, England. It is located near Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, 42 mi (68 km) northeast of Central London.

London Stansted serves over 160 destinations across Europe, Asia and Africa.…

Khobi

Khobi Central Park

Khobi is a small town in western Georgia with a population of 4,242. The settlement of Khobi acquired the status of a town in 1981 and currently functions as an administrative center of the Khobi District within the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region.

I…

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Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Featuring 3 international restaurants, the Radisson Blu is just a 2-minute walk from Stansted Airport Terminal. Guests can enjoy stylish, non-smoking, modern rooms featuring free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped gym.

We booked this hotel for a night's…

Dadiani

Dadiani Palace

Dadiani Palace is an interesting site to visit once in Zugdidi, there is actually located the histroy and architecture musem.

The Dadiani Palaces History and Architecture Museum is considered to be one of the most eminent palaces in the Caucasus.…

Hotel Intourist Batumi

Hotel Intourist Palace Batumi

Intourist Batumi Hotel is located in the popular Black Sea resort of Batumi, 300 metres from the nearest beach.

We booked a one-night stay here at the end of October 2023, paying a little less than EUR 80 (breakfast included).  After arriving here…

Art Cafe Qartuli in Khashuri / The Georgian

Ar Cafe Qartuli also called The Georgian is a lovely roadside restaurant near the town of Khashuri (located next to Khashuri - Borjomi highway) which serves typical Georgian cuisine.

The pricing is quite affordable, the cuisine is delicious and the…

Sweet Home garage apartment in Borjomi

Sweet Home apartment is located on Rustaveli street 51, Borjomi. What really makes this place stand out - this is a kind of garage apartment or more precisely apartment built a top of a garage.

We booked this place for a one-night stay at the end…

Champ de Mars

The Champ de Mars  is a large public greenspace in Paris, France, located in the seventh arrondissement, between the Eiffel Tower to the northwest and the École Militaire to the southeast. The park is named after the Campus Martius ("Mars Field") in…

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. Constructed from 1887, it is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.

I first visited this iconic place back in 1990…

ABC Land - Children's party service in Tbilisi

ABC Land children's party service is located in Saburtalo, Tbilisi on University Street N8.

I first heard about this place some time ago from another expat family here in Georgia, but first visited together at the start of September 2023, when we (…

Luxembourg Gardens

The Jardin du Luxembour, known in English as the Luxembourg Garden, colloquially referred to as the Jardin du Sénat (Senate Garden), is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France.

Creation of the garden began in 1612 when Marie de' Medici,…

La Fregate French Restaurant in Paris

La Frégate is set on the Left Bank of the Seine in central Paris between the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens and the Musee d'Orsay. This stylish brasserie is said to be built on the site of the house occupied by Field Marshal D'Artagnan, the character…

Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport or simply Paris CDG, is the principal airport serving the French capital, Paris (and its metropolitan area), and the largest international airport in France. Opened in 1974, it is in…

Boutique Hotel Sainte-Beuve in Paris

Boutique Hotel Sainte-Beuve is located in the heart of Paris on a small and quiet street of Rue Sainte-Beuve 9 in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.

The hotel is conventionally located within walking distance of neighborhoods Montparnasse and Saint…

Louvre

The Louvre or the Louvre Museum, is a national art museum in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st arrondissement (district or ward) and home to some of the most canonical works…

Shumi winery and vineyards near Tsinandali in Kakheti, Georgia

Founded in 2001, Shumi Winery is a leading producer of high-quality Georgian wines. Its large estate is located in the Kakheti wine region’s famous Tsinandali village.

A nice stop when traveling to the region of Kakheti. There is a wineshop,…

Latvian Villa Kursa near Sighnaghi in Georgia

Villa Kursa offers friendly accommodation near Sighnaghi, in the village of Anaga, some 6 km from Sighnaghi center and 9 km from Bodbe Monastery. The property features a large terrace, a garden as well as a shared lounge area. Guests can enjoy a…

Swimming Pool and Spa at Tbilisi Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel is a 5-star hotel located in the heart of Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue.

For the past few years, we have been heading here for its indoor swimming pool. There is also a small gym and a simple spa center with a Steam room and…

Jomardi X Park And Rafting

"X Park" run by “Jomardi” Rafting Club is located nearby Tvalivi village on the left side of Pshavis Aragvi River at 900 meters above sea level.

I have been familiar with the Jomardi Rafting Club since 2011 when I took my first rafting ride here in…

Vialand Amusement Park in Istanbul

Vialand Theme Park is a huge amusement park and shopping mall located in Istanbul, Turkey.

We visited this theme park at the end of May 2023, during our weekend trip to Istanbul. We paid a 240 USD entry fee for a family of three (also kids pay full…

Hotel Baykal in Istanbul

Hotel Baykal is located on the shores of Golden Horn in Unkapani, Istanbul.

This hotel is located about 3 km from the historical Sultanahmet area.  Free WiFi is accessible in all areas.

We booked Hotel Baykal for a 3-night stay at the end of May…

Elia Monastery near Dedoplis Tskaro

Elia monastery is located in Kakheti, in the southern part of Dedoplistskaro, on a double-peak limestone mountain. The Temple of Saint Ilia Tezbiteli is located on Mount Elia since the sixth century. Many people gather here every August 2, on the…

Savanna Guest House in Dedoplis Tskaro

Savanna Guest House is located on Mosulishvili Street 51 in the town of Dedoplis Tskaro.

We booked this guest house for a one-night stay at the start of June 2023, paying about gel 150 for a separate house with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a shower, a…

Hilton Garden Inn Tbilisi Restaurant on Chavchavadze

Hilton Garden Inn Tbilisi Restaurant on Chavchavadze Street (Vake district) is one of my favorite lunch places in the city - we keep heading to this place for dinner, as our company office is located just around the corner.

Also, the business quick…

The Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, Israel

The Carmel Market (also, the Shuk Hacarmel) is the largest market, or shuk, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

It’s a vibrant marketplace where traders sell everything from clothing to spices and fruit to electronics.

Visiting the Carmel Market is a fascinating…

Mayer House Hotel in Tel Aviv

Mayer House Hotel in Tel Aviv is located on  Dizengoff Street 98. It featured an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace, a restaurant, and a bar.

We booked this hotel for a 2-night stay at the start of 2023, before returning back to Tbilisi. We paid…

The Nachlaot Pearl/ King Salomon apartment in Jerusalem (Be'er Sheva Street)

The Nachlaot Pearl / King Salomon room is an apartment we booked via Airbnb for a two-day stay in Jerusalem on New Year's Eve of 2023.

The price we paid seemed a bit high, paying about $350 for a small studio room,  but as we didnt know what to…

Beruwalage Gems & Jewelry Moonstone Mine in Sri Lanka

During our latest trip to Sri Lanka at the start of 2022, we visited this small and interesting Moonstone Mine - Beruwalage Gems & Jewelry. 

We were taken here by our driver / guide we ordered back in the hotel for the day trip to Galle. …

Paul French Restaurant on Paliashvili street (near Vake Park in Tbilisi)

There is a lovely French restaurant and bakery located on Paliashvili Street near Vake Park in Tbilisi. We keep heading here for delicious French-style desserts and one of my favorite vegetable soups.

We come here occasionally, after visiting Vake…

Statue of Medea in Batumi

The Statue of Medea is located at Europe square in the Batumi city center. The Statue is dedicated to Medea, Colchian Princess from Greek mythology. 

Statue was opened to the public back in 2007. I have visited for many times Europe square and the…

Grill Town Restaurant in Batumi

Grill Town restaurant in Batumi is among one of my best finds in recent years. Located close to the Sheraton Hotel on Rustaveli Avenue in Batumi. 

We first discovered this restaurant in some of our previous Batumi trips, so this time it was a no-…

Ben Gurion International Airport

Ben Gurion International Airport, is the main international airport of Israel. Situated on the northern outskirts of the city of Lod, it is the busiest airport in the country. It is located 45 kilometers (28 mi) to the northwest of Jerusalem and 20…

Ramon International Airport near Eilat in Israel

Ramon Airport, named after Ilan and Assaf Ramon, also known as Eilat-Ramon Airport, is an international airport located in the Timna Valley in southern Israel. Ramon Airport is the second busiest in Israel (after Ben Gurion Airport) and has replaced…

Shopping in Batumi: Metrocity Mall

Metro City Forum is one of the largest shopping and entertainment centers in Batumi in terms of its area. The building, with an area of over 35,000 sqm, with a unique design is becoming a new landmark for the area. 

A located bit outside of the…

Tbilisi Hills Golf Resort with Residences

As the name suggests - Tbilisi Hills Golf & Residences is a place that offers golf and real estate. Kind of a millionaires oasis. But you don't have to be a millionaire to enjoy the perks of this place - playing the golf or at least having…

Batumi international Airport

Alexander Kartveli Batumi International Airport is an airport located 2 km (1.2 mi) south of Batumi, a city on the Black Sea coast and the capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia.

The airport is named after Alexander Kartveli…

Boutique Hotel O. Galogre Review in Batumi

Offering a rooftop terrace and free Wi-Fi, this hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Black Sea Coast. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV, and the historic St Nikolay Church is a 2-minute walk away.

We have been eyeing Hotel Galogre for many years…

Herods Boutique Hotel in Eilat Review

Herods Boutique Eilat a Premium collection by Fattal Hotels is a 5-star superior hotel located at the end of Eilat's promenade, on the shores of the Red Sea in Israel. It offers luxurious rooms with a balcony, a swimming pool, and a spa. Free WiFi…

Strada Mosashvili near Vake Park

Strada is a chain of restaurants in Tbilisi, serving contemporary American and Asian cuisine, created by an international team of chefs. 

We love coming here for a glass of wine, meatballs, seabass, or tom yum soup. 

Located on Mosashvili street…

Sevanavank Monastery Complex on the shores of Lake Sevan

Sevanavank is a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia, not far from the town of Sevan. Initially, the monastery was built at the southern shore of a small island. After…

Khedi Restaurant Tbilisi

In today's article, I am excited to announce the resumption of my restaurant reviews series, with a special focus on Tbilisi restaurants. I recently discovered a trendy restaurant called Khedi on Ketevan Samebuli avenue, and I cannot wait to share…

Monument to 50 Years of Soviet Armenia in Yerevan

The monument to the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution is located in the Arabkir administrative district of Yerevan, at the beginning of Azatutyan Avenue, above the Cascade complex.

The monument was built in 1967 and is dedicated to the…

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan

Centrally located on Republic Square, Marriott Armenia Hotel Yerevan offers soundproofed rooms with classic-style décor and fine international cuisine. A bar and an outdoor summer terrace are also available.

We booked this hotel for about 3 day…

Sairme Pillars

The pillars of Sairme are a rock massif in the region of Racha - Lechkhumi, Georgia. 

The region of Lechkhumi is rich with remarkable natural and historical monuments. Among them is one of the natural monuments, the rocky massif- Sairme Pillars.

I…

Alpana Waterfall

Alpana waterfall is a small waterfall along the Alpana - Tsageri road in the Racha - Lechkhumi region of Georgia. 

I was taken here by our driver we ordered back in Ambrolauri, just shortly after visiting Sairme pillars during our weekend trip to…

Defunct Tkibuli - Tskhrajvari Cable Car

During our latest (and yet first) Racha trip we discovered this quite awesome, but defunct Soviet cable car station near Tskhrajvari.

Turns out, it has been the second largest Second longest aerial tramway in Georgia and Soviet Union with 3644…

Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

Mahane Yehuda Market often referred to as "The Shuk"  is a marketplace (originally open-air, but now partially covered) in Jerusalem.

Popular with locals and tourists alike, the market's more than 250 vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables; baked…

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

The Church of the Nativity, or Basilica of the Nativity, is a basilica located in Bethlehem, the State of Palestine.

The grotto it contains holds a prominent religious significance to Christians of various denominations as the birthplace of Jesus…

Western Wall in Jerusalem

The Western Wall is known in the West as the Wailing Wall, and in Islam, as the Buraq Wall is a portion of ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem that forms part of the larger retaining wall of the hill known to Jews and Christians as…

Hotel GreenWood in Bakuriani

Greenwood hotel is located in Bakuriani on the A. Tsereteli street is next to the forest and close to the ski lifts and city center.

We booked lux family rooms during Christmas 2022, paying about GEL 1,000 for a 3-night stay, thus as there was…

Pullman Tbilisi Axis Tower Gym and Pool

Pullman Tbilisi Axis Towers Wellness Center is located in Vake (37M Ilia Chavchavadze Avenue) on the 6th floor at Axis Tower. It has a 25 meters heated indoor pool with a retractable roof, sauna, steam room, gym (more like a fitness), spa treatment…

Shaori Reservoir

Shaori Reservoir is an artificial lake located in the region of Racha, Georgia  - some 170 km northwest of the capital Tbilisi.

I first visited it in mid-October 2022, during our first trip to Racha
The Shaori reservoir stretches from the southwest…

Sikvaruli Waterfall in Racha

The Sikvaruli waterfall (Waterfall of love) is located in Racha, near the town of Ambrolauri, Georgia

The waterfall flows on the mossy rocky massive and creates marvelous sight. Waterflow is located across the Rioni River.

We discovered this place…

Sakhluka Rachashi, Cozy Cabin in Racha / Agara

Sakhluka Rachashi cabin house is located in Agara in the Racha region of Georgia.

We booked this place on Airbnb for about a 2-night stay in mid-October 2022, during our Racha trip. In total, we paid about $300 for our stay here.

As this time we…

Nikortsminda Cathedral

Nikortsminda Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox Church, located in Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia.

I first discovered this beautiful cathedral in mid-October 2022, during our first trip to the region of Racha.

It is said, that Nikortsminda…

Navtlugi Farmer's market Tbilisi

Navtlugi farmers market is located in the Samgori metro area, Tbilisi.

It seems it is possible to buy here fresh veggies from local farmers, kitchen sinks, electric lamps, bicycles, and many more.

Navtlugi market seems is like a mix of a Dezerteer…

Guest house / Glamping Laimes taure

Located in the village Vabole, the region of Latgale in Latvia, some 20 km from Daugavpils, guest house Laimes taure offers accommodation with a garden, water sports facilities, a terrace, and free WiFi.

We booked this place for a one night stay,…

Sadmeli Winery & Guesthouse

Located in Sadmeli village, close to Ambrolauri town in Georgia's Racha region - Sadmeli Winery features a garden, terrace, spectacular views towards the valley, and free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house has family rooms. 

We booked a…

Ambrolauri Airport

Ambrolauri Airport is a small regional airport serving Ambrolauri, a town in Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, Georgia. The airport is owned and operated by United Airports of Georgia, a state-owned company.  It has been open in its current form…

Natakhtari Airfield / Airport

Natakhtari Airfield is a small domestic airport located in Natakhtari, close to Tbilisi, Georgia.

It is privately owned and operated by the parent company of Vanilla Sky Airlines, Service Air. Domestic flights to Batumi, Mestia, and Ambrolauri are…

Dumas Restaurant Tbilisi / Axis Tower

Dumas is a French Restaurant with a Southern European accent, located on the 36th floor of the landmark Axis Tower in Tbilisi.

Looking to impress your date, business partner, or simply good coffee - Dumas restaurant is the way to go.
Named after…

Basilica of the Assumption, Aglona

The Aglona Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Aglona is one of the most important Catholic spiritual centers in Latvia.

I have visited Aglona cathedral several times and always have left quite inspired. If there…

Christ The King Mount

Christ the King Mount (Kristus Karaļa kalns) is located near the Aglona Basilica in Latgale. This place have been opened to the public in 2006.

Several large wooden sculptures depicting biblical characters can be seen here.  This is a great place…

Hotel Kopola in Tskneti Review

Hotel Kopola is located in Tskneti, the suburbs of Tbilisi. Kopola Hotel features an indoor pool, a green garden, and a sun terrace with sun beds. There is a bowling alley at the hotel and guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

I have been…

Coffeeshop Company Tbilisi

Coffeeshop Company is located on Mosashvili street 11 in Tbilisi and despite the interesting name - they actually serve nice brunch menus here and of course some coffee. 

Discovered by chance, when looking for brunch menus. As this place is located…

Nida Pebble Beach

Nida Pebble beach is the most Southern public beach of Latvia located on the Baltic sea shores just 1 km from the Lithuanian border.

The pebble beach is quite uncharacteristic for a typical Latvian seaside beach and that already a good reason to…

Cafe Somersēta in Aglona

Cafe Somersēta is located on Somersētas street in Aglona town, the region of Latgale in Latvia. We discovered this place by a chance shortly before visiting the famous catholic cathedral in Aglona.

It seems the place is very popular among tourists…

Piloru oak grove

Pilori Oak grove is located on the banks of Lake Ežezers in the region of Latgale. Total area is about 19.6 ha

It is one of the rare oak groves in Latvia with a nature protection status granted already in 1928. The oldest oaks are around 300-400…

Lake Ežezers

Lake Ežezers is located in Kraslava municipality, in Ezernieku and Andzeļu parishes. It is the richest island lake in Latvia and even in the whole Baltic region. There are 35 islands in a total area of 77.6 ha and 70 islands formations or shoals.…

Coffee shop KUUP, Rēzekne

Kuup coffee shop is a chic place in Rēzekne, which offers coffee roasted in Latgale. 

We found this place by a chance, thanks to TripAdvisor when searching for top restaurants in Rēzekne. We arrived here for some 40km from Varakļāni, just to have…

The Sacred Heart Cathedral of Rēzekne

The Sacred Heart Cathedral of Rēzekne is located in Rēzekne, Latvia.

I briefly visited this cathedral at the start of August 2022, during my birthday trip to the region of Latgale
On the site occupied by the church, there existed a wooden temple…

Rēzekne Castle ruins

Rēzekne Castle ruins are located in the downtown of Rēzekne, Latvia, a city in the center of Latgale. The castle served as a base of the local Livonian order landlords until the 16th century and also as the main military support base for battles…

Guest House 'Odumiņi'

Guesthouse Odumiņi is located close to Varakļāni town in the historical region of Latgale, Latvia. We booked a one-night stay here at the start of August 2022, during our weekend trip to Latgale.

For a one-night stay here we paid about EUR 100,…

Varakļāni Palace

Varakļāni Palace is located in Varakļāni, in the historical region of Latgale, Latvia.

We visited this place shortly at the start of August 2022, during a weekend trip to Latgale. I was not sure what for to look in the area and just googled the top…

Koknese Castle

Koknese Castle is a complex in Koknese, Latvia, dating from the 13th century. The castle was situated on a high bluff overlooking the Daugava river valley. In 1965 a hydroelectric dam was built downriver, creating a reservoir that partially…

Quail Farm Rīta Putni / Olalā Koknese

Rīta Putni is located in one of the most picturesque places in Latvia - Koknese county Bilstini just a few minutes away from Perse and Daugava river, where an impressive view of Koknese castle ruins can be seen.

I first heard about this place, or…

Church hill Daugavpils

Baznīckalns or Church hill in Daugavpils is said to be one of the main tourist attractions in the city. This was one of the rare times I visited Daugavpils and I must admit I didn't had any clue what should we see here and just Google for the top…

Guesthouse Pirts Baudas

Guesthouse Pirts Baudas is located in Ilzenes parish, Aluksnes county. The property is 24.1 km from Alūksne, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.

We booked this place during our day trip to Valka and the…

Velēna church

The Velēna Lutheran Church is at the crossing of the Smiltene-Gulbene-Lizums roads. I would call this as one of the most beautiful churches in Latvia.

It's said the first built church here was a wooden church with a turf roof. This is where the…

Cafe Papes Vēji

Cafe Papes Vēji is a summer cafe located next to the Pape channel in Western Latvia near the Pape Lighthouse.

This place serves traditional Latvian cuisine, and cold beer and some can buy smoked fish (apparently in the season)

I have been fond of…

Summer Cafe Kazbārs in Kazdanga

 

Summer café-bar “Kazbārs” is located next to the watermill in the heart of the scenic park of Kazdanga.

This place serves freshly ground coffee, Italian dessert affogato, refreshing soft ice cream (including vegan options), cold live beer, and…

Cafe Pāvilostas Enkurs

Cafe Pāvilostas Enkurs is located on Dzinstaru street 69 in Latvian Summer Capital Pavilosta.

they serve fish and chips, pizza, and traditional Latvian cold soup here. 
One of the best fish and chips I've tried in Latvia
Seems like a popular place…

Friends Hub village Guest house review in Vazisubani

Friends Hub village guesthouse is located in Vazisubani, near Gurjaani in the region of Kakheti, Georgia, some 2-hour drive from Tbilisi.

Oskars, the host, invited me to visit his new place at the start of May 2022. After a few stops at McDonald's…

International Scout Centre Rustavi

The industrial town of Rustavi, approximately 25 km southeast of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, offers a modern international scouting center.

The youth center offers space for a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. The facility is available…

Dashbashi Canyon & Waterfall with 240 meter long Glass Bridge

If there is a reason to visit Dashbasi canyons near the Tsalka in Georgia - the canyons themselves, cascading waterfall and the glass bridge hanging over the gorge should raise some interest.

Dashbashi Canyon Natural Monument is part of Khrami (…

Batumi Central Park / 6th May park

Batumi Central park is really cool and relaxing attraction with a huge lake in the middle located in front of the Hilton Hotel.

It's said that the park/garden is more than 130 years old and was constructed together with Batumi boulevard back in…

Best Western Premier Batumi Hotel

Best Western Premier Batumi hotel is one of our best finds in Batumi, the price corresponds to the service. Budget-friendly 4-star hotel with a swimming pool.

I booked this hotel directly by calling to the reception instead booking online and got a…

Goldigen Room Artisan Pizza In Kuldiga

Welcome to another Kuldīga Restaurant review - today I will write about a lovely pizza place located just in heart of Kuldīga town - Goldingen Room Artisan Pizza.

The family restaurant Goldingen room, located in the heart of the old town of Kuldiga…

Svan Tower in Tbilisi (Turtle Lake)

Svan Tower near Turtle lake is a well seen, but less visited tourist attraction in Tbilisi. Best reached while hiking near Turtle lake.

Hiking Trails in Tbilisi - Turtle Lake (Kus Tba) - Tskneti
Hiking trails near Turtle lake, Tbilisi in Winter
We…

Gudaleti Monastery Complex

Gudaleti monastery complex is located in the village of Gudaleti on an elevated spot, on the edge of a high gorge on the river Gudaleura. The church is located about 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Tbilisi. The complex includes the Church of the…

Bristol Hotel and Spa Bakuriani

Bristol Hotel and Spa Bakuriani is offering accommodations in Bakuriani. The property provides ski-to-door access and ski storage space, as well as a restaurant and a bar. The hotel features an indoor pool, sauna, karaoke and a 24-hour front desk.…

Spice and Herbal Garden No7 near Bentota, Sri Lanka

Spice and Herbal garden No7 is located next to the Galle - Hambantota - Wellawaya Hwy near Bentota in Sri Lanka.

We visited this place during a day trip from our hotel (Taj Resort & Spa) to Madu Ganga river when returning back to our hotel. We…

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery Sri Lanka

Kosgoda Turtle Care program aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates.

I had a chance to visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery in Sri Lanka at the start of January 2022, during a day trip from our hotel at Bentota. After returning from…

Bentota Beach in Sri Lanka

Bentota is a small coastal resort town, about a 2-hour drive away from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

We visited Bentota and Bentota beaches at the start of January 2022, while staying at the 5-star resort hotel Taj Bentota and Spa
It is said that Bentota has…

Bandaranaike International Airport / Colombo, Sri Lanka

Bandaranaike International Airport,  commonly known as Colombo International Airport is the main international airport serving Sri Lanka.

It is named after former Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and is located in a suburb of Negombo, 32.5…

Villa Park Gori

If there is a reason to visit Gori in Georgia, then a visit to Villa Park Gori restaurant in Georgia would be at the top of my priorities.

Villa Park Gori is an elite-class restaurant in Gori, with comfortable spaces and a variety of dishes.…

Cinnamon Island, Sri Lanka

Cinnamon Island is situated in Bentota in Sri Lanka. This is a little, but a charming island that offers a few fun activities for you. Here you will be able to learn about cinnamon cultivation and if lucky will meet a monkey or at least a dog.

We…

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa Hotel Review in Sri Lanka

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa -  is located in Sri Lanka's Galle District, offering breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Pampering spa services, an outdoor pool, and 5 dining options are provided.

We booked this 5-star hotel for a 3-night stay at…

Royal House Gori

The Royal house is said to be a 4-star hotel located in Gori, Georgia.

I booked this place for a one-night stay at the end of January 2022.  The pictures on Booking.com and reality are totally different.  Luckily the price I paid was just GEL 64 (…

Galle Face Green

Galle Face is a 5 ha (12 acres) ocean-side urban park, which stretches for 500 m (1,600 ft) along the coast, in the heart of Colombo, the financial and business capital of Sri Lanka.

The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir…

Sulfur Bath N5 in Tbilisi

Sulfur Bath N5 is located in the Tbilisi Bath district of Abanotubani. 

We have been heading to these bathhouses a lot in the past (back in 2011-2013), since then we have changed our location, visiting other, not so fancy ones on Kyiv street, but…

Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo

Independence Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from British rule with the restoration of full governing responsibility to a Ceylonese-elected legislature on February 4, 1948.…

Restaurant at Georgia Gold Hotel in Gori

Georgia Gold is a 4-star hotel located just in the heart of Gori, Georgia. Seems this place has been opened to the public just recently. 

Anyhow, we didn't stay here for a night, but come for a breakfast and got some of the most delicious ones. …

Galle Fort in Sri Lanka

Galle Fort is located in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. The port was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological…

Gori Railway Station

Gori Railway Station, a small stop on the Georgian Railway line, is an intermediate station on the Tbilisi-Batumi route which sees more than a dozen trains passing through each day. 

Whether you are looking to travel to Gori from Tbilisi by train…

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala Hotel Review

Surrounded by coconut trees and vast green lawns, Cinnamon Bey features bright and spacious rooms with a private balcony. It provides an outdoor pool and 6 on-site food and beverage options.

We booked this 5-star hotel at the start of January 2022…

Gorijvari

The ancient church called ‘’Gorijvari’’ stands between the Trialeti Mountains and the river bank of Mtkvari close to the Gori town in Georgia.

The church was named after Saint Georges, which was originally built in the 12th century.  It was burned…

Tsunami Honganji Vihara

Tsunami Honganji Vihara is a Buddhist Monument in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

We discovered this place at the start of January 2022 while taking a local driver for a trip from our hotel in Bentota to Galle. Our driver told us the tragic story about…

Barberyn Lighthouse

Barberyn Lighthouse (also known as Beruwala Lighthouse) is a lighthouse located on Barberyn Island some 800 meters offshore from the town of Beruwala on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka.

I noticed Barveryn Lighthouse from our hotel (Cinnamon Bey…

Gori Fortress

Gori Fortress is a medieval citadel in Georgia, situated above the city of Gori on a rocky hill.

I've visited Gori several times, and several times have seens this impressive fortress, once I even made a nice photography with impressive warrior…

Colombo Town Hall

The Town Hall of Colombo is the headquarters of the Colombo Municipal Council and the office of the Mayor of Colombo. Built-in front of the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka, it is the meeting place for the elected municipal council.

I…

Pshavi's Champions Natakhtari Restaurant

Pshavi's Champions is another awesome roadside restaurant located in the village of Natakhari (Gudauri highway)

We love coming to this area for dinner and have discovered already a few Natakhtari restaurants so far. We were jsut returned from Sri…

Hilton Colombo Residence Apartment Review

Located in the heart of Colombo city, Hilton Colombo Residence offers rooms and suites with panoramic views of the city, harbor, or the Indian Ocean. Boasting an outdoor pool, it also has a fitness center, squash court, and tennis court.

We booked…

Seema Malaka Buddhist temple in Colombo

Seema Malaka is a Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The temple is mainly used for meditation and rest, rather than for worship. Situated in Beira Lake, the temple was originally constructed in the late 19th century. Seema Malaka is a part of…

Hotel Marino Beach Colombo

Marino Beach Colombo has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and bar in Colombo. 2.4 km from Galle Face Beach and 1.7 km from U.S. Embassy, the property offers a garden and a terrace. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk…

Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo

Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, Sri Lanka, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence. Located on the Beira Lake, it was completed in the late 19th century.

We were for the second day in Colombo, at…

Madu Ganga River Boat Safari

Madu Ganga river boat safari is a fun and pretty easy attraction in Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

We booked a tour on Madu Ganga (and a few other destinations) from a local guy at our hotel's beach (Taj Bentota Resort & Spa).

We agreed to pay 8,000…

Hamad International Airport

Hamad International Airport is the sole international airport in the state of Qatar, and the home of Qatar’s flag carrier airline, Qatar Airways. Located south of its capital, Doha, it replaced the nearby Doha International Airport as Qatar's…

Šaha Kluba Apartmenti Kuldīga

Šaha kluba apartmenti is a beautiful place to stay in Kuldiga and enjoy the unbeatable atmosphere of the old city and its surroundings, which is recognized as one of the Top 10 tourist attractions in Latvia.  

Apartments are located in a renovated…

Shavnabada Monastery

Shavnabada Monastery is a medieval Georgian Orthodox monastic complex that is located upon Shavnabada Mountain, approximately 30 km away from Tbilisi, Georgia.

I have noticed this monastery atop of the hill in the past, mostly when driving to the…

Vet House Hotel and Hospital in Tbilisi

Vet House is a 24-hour hospital with all kinds of veterinary services, a hotel for pets, a rehabilitation center, grooming, a zoo shop, a veterinary pharmacy, and a school for future doctors. 

Vet House is located on Adam Mitskevichi Street 70,…

Center for Immunization and Prevention in Tbilisi

Center for Immunization and Prevention in Tbilisi is located on Tashkent street 10a.

My first visit here happened after a stray dog bit me in the leg, and being afraid of rabies I asked my partner what should I do. She called to our insurance…

Latvian National Opera

The Latvian National Opera and Ballet is an opera house and opera company at Aspazijas boulevard 3 in Riga.

Its repertoire includes performances of opera and ballet presented during the season which lasts from mid-September to the end of May.…

Le Meridien Batumi Hotel Review

Le Meridan hotel is one of many 5-star hotels in Batumi I've stayed in so far.

We booked a one-night stay here in August 2021 to celebrate my 36 birthday. For this stay, we paid about $340, and this seems a bit overpriced. I still prefer Radisson…

Chateau Bruale Tkhilistskaro

Chateau Bruale offers accommodations in Tkhilistskaro. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

We booked a one-night stay at this place at the end of…

Prometheus Epic Hotel & Spa near Tskaltubo

Located just some 500 meters from Prometheus Cave, Prometheus Epic Hotel & Spa provides accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, and a bar.

We booked this hotel for a 2-night stay at the start of…

Eagle Canyon / Gorge

Eagle Canyon also Eagle Gorge or Artsivi Gorge is located close to the town of Dedoplitskaro in Georgia.

The natural monument represents a unique complex consisting of two sites. The first one is a limestone rock canyon, while the other is an…

Big Shiraki Abandoned Soviet Airfield in Georgia

If you are into military heritage or have some interest in Soviet history - Big Shiraki airfield in the Georgian dessert (steppe) might be an interesting object to visit in Georgia.

I had not a single idea there even exsit such place here in…

Restaurant Lakeside Tskaltubo

Restaurant Lakeside is located in the town of Tskaltubo, Georgia on the lake Tsivi.

First discovered and visited at the start of September 2021
In the evening life music was performed. Really chill atmosphere. Food was good.

Surami Fortress

Surami Fortress is located in the town of Surami, not far from Khashuri. The fortress itself is located on a rocky mountain.

If you have been traveling arund Georgia, especially by the Tbilisi - Kutaisi - Batumi road, you probably have noticed this…

Tsivi Lake in Tskaltubo

Tsivi lake is located in the town of Tskaltubo, region of Imereti, Georgia. A direct translation into English - The Cold lake. 

We discovered this place (more precisely we discovered the cafeteria located near the Tsivi lake) at the start of…

Takhti-Tepha Mud Volcanoes in Georgia

Takhti-Tepha mud volcanoes, sometimes also referred to as Vashlovani mud volcanoes is a landform created by the eruption of mud, slurries, water, and gases in the proximity of Takhti-Tepha mountain range.

I had heard about this beautiful place many…

Paravani lake

Paravani lake is a volcanic lake in Georgia, located in Javakheti Plateau between Abul-Samsari and Javakheti Ranges in the Samthske Javakheti region, some 2h 30 minutes drive (around 130 km) from Tbilisi.

In the shores of Paravani lake, there is…

Hotel Newport Kutaisi Review

Built in 1914, former courthouse building has transformed itself into a modern 4-star hotel, located in the heart of Kutaisi.

Featuring a bar and a terrace, Newport Hotel Kutaisi is located in Kutaisi, 400 m from Colchis Fountain and 1.5 km from…

Dalis Mta Water Reservoir

Dalis Mta water reservoir is a man made reservoir built on Iori river, at the distance of 30 km to the south of Dedoplistskaro, in the vicinity of Chachuna Managed Reserve. 

We first discovered it during a Vashlovani trip in the Summer of 2021, we…

Valka Bus Station

Valka bus station is centrally located in Valka and offers quite convenient intercity connections to Riga, Valmiera, Rūjiena, and Smiltene.

The bus station in Valka was opened to the public in 1965. There is cafe Walk across the square. 

Saghamo Lake

Saghamo Lake is a lake of Samtskhe-Javakheti, southeastern Georgia, just south of Gamdzani. It covers an area of 458 hectares. It is located north of Madatapa Lake and Biketi Lake. The village of Saghamo lies on its eastern bank.

We made a brief…

Okatse Canyon and hanging cliff trail with a platform

Okatse Canyon is another breathtaking landmark in beautiful Georgia. The main tourist attraction at Okatse canyon probably is the 780 m long hanging cliff trail with the 20m long platform at the trail end, hanging above the canyon and providing…

Kinchkha Waterfall in Georgia

Kinchkha Waterfall is located in Georgia near the village of Kinchkha, some 300km away or 4h 30m drive from Tbilisi / or about 55km 1h20m drive from Kutaisi.

The waterfall is located in the river gorge of Okatse (Satsikvilo) at 843 meters above sea…

Wooden church near Paravani Lake / Phoka monastery

Poka St.Nino Nunnery - is located at the shore of Paravani lake, Ninotsminda Municipality, South Georgia.

The Little Wooden church is located bit outside the Poka village, on the left side on Tbilisi - Kojori - Tsalka - Ninotsminda road. That' s…

Martvili Canyon

Martvili Canyon is a picturesque landmark of water and rocks, located some 50km west of Kutaisi, Georgia.

It is located 5 km from the town of Martvili, and 2 km from the village of Gachedili (which gave the canyon its other name, Gachedili Canyon…

Naukšēni Manor

Naukšēni Manor is a two-story manor house located in the Naukšēni Municipality, Naukšēni Parish, in the historical region of Vidzeme, northern Latvia.

We discovered this manor by a chance by traveling Valka - Rūjiena road in the mid July 2021
Built…

Phoka Nunnery in Georgia

Phoka – a village in Georgia, In the municipality of Ninotsminda, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, on the shores of Lake Paravani, with an altitude of 2080 meters above sea level.

Distance to Ninotsminda – 28 Km, to Tbilisi – 128 Km.
There are a public…

Coworking Space in Tbilisi - Terminal on Abashidze street 34

Time after time I love working outside my lovely home office, starting from a Turtle lake ending a yard in a countryside.

A couple of years ago i discovered the beauty of working at Fabrika coworking space in Tbilisi, but today I had a chance to…

Putraimi - guest house and recreational area near Kuldīga

Putraimi recreational area is located in Snēpele parish, Kuldīga municipality, some 170 km from nation's capital.

I discovered this place by a chance in the Summer of 2021, and though I didn't stay overnight here I would love to return here and…

Ampelo Resort Kardenakhi

Ampelo Resort is located in the Kardanaki village some 2 hour drive from the Tbilisi. Reosrt feature a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge, and a garden.

There is an outdoor / infiniti pool, but at the time we visited this place it seemed the water is…

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia is an open-air museum located just outside Riga, the capital of Latvia, on the lightly wooded shores of Jugla Lake.

The museum currently occupies 87 hectares and displays 118 buildings, as well as more…

Abano Mineral Lake Natural Monument

Abano Mineral Lake Natural Monument is a small lake in Kazbegi Municipality in Truso valley on the left bank of Terek River, to the east of the village Abano at 2,127 m above sea level.

First discovered back in Summer of 2021, during the Kazbegi…

Nīcava restaurant

Restaurant Nīcava is located in Nīca town, Latvia. some 230 km from the nation's capital Riga, sandwiched between Liepāja and Jūrmalciems.

We paid here a short stop in mid-July 2021, while traveling to the Pape beach
Turns out there is both a motel…

Hotel Butterfly House in Pāvilosta

Set some 3 km from the city center of Pāvilosta  Butterfly House offers accommodation with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden, and free private parking.

We booked this place for a 2-night stay in mid-July and paid EUR 266. We chose this hotel as…

Guest house Otrā Elpa in Valka

Otrā Elpa is located in the center of Valka. Guests are welcome to use free Wi-Fi in all areas of this property.

I have stayed in this hotel a few times, and last time did it so back in the mid-July 2021, when had a quick trip to Valka and nearby…

Gveleti Small Waterfalls

Gveleti waterfalls are located in the region of  Kazbegi region near the small village Gveleti.

Outdoor lovers and hikers will enjoy this little waterfall a lot .

I first discovered this place at the end of July 2021, during a weekend trip to…

Terek Valley Viewpoint

Terek Valley viewpoint is located along the Georgian military road, close to the border with Russia. Maybe not as impressive as Georgia - Russia Friendship monument located near the Gudauri, still, if you happen to be in this area of the world, give…

Andrejsala

Andrejsala is an area located in the Pētersala-Andrejsala neighborhood of Riga, Latvia within a former territory of an industrial port next to the city center.
Andrejsala is a chich, urban place to visit. 

It is currently developed into a…

Ērģeme Castle Ruins

Ērģeme castle is located in the parish of Ērģeme, Valka county, some 170 km north from the capital of Riga.
Ērģeme castle served as a powerful fortress for the protection of the Livonian Holy Order eastern border and as a castle-front for the Cēsis…

Truso Valley

 Truso Valley is known for its mineral water springs, white/yellow travertines, mineral lake with bubbles, towers of middle ages, -most notably Zakagori castle, villages on a very high altitude such as Resi (2350m), tasty cheese and Ossetian…

Khertvisi Fortress

Khertvisi fortress is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia and was functional throughout the Georgian feudal period. It is situated in Khertvisi village of Aspindza Municipality, Southern Georgia, in Meskheti region. The fortress was first…

Salty Garden Tavern in Mlashe

Salty Garden Tavern is an awesome place located in Mlashe village, some 60 km from the nation's capital Tbilisi near the Bazaleti lake

We discovered this place at the end of May 2021 and were surprised to learn that the owner of the tavern - David…

Restaurant Chiko near Aspindza

Restaurant Chiko near Apsindza is one of our best discoveries lately here in Georgia, the restaurant no only offers amazing and spectacular views but it also serves tasty cuisine for a very very affordable prices.

First discovered in June 2021,…

Hotel Abastumani Residence

Located in Abastumani village, this hotel features a shared lounge, garden, BBQ facilities, and free WiFi. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service, and…

Green Cape near Batumi

Green cape is one of the most beautiful places in Georgia, located just some 9 km outside of Batumi. 

Batumi Botanical Garden is located within Green Cape's picturesque setting. You can reach Green cape from Batumi by a taxi or bus.



Pebbled…

Hotel Dalis Mta

Hotel Dalis Mta is located some 35 kilometers from the Dedoplitskaro town, right next to the Dalis Mta water reservoir in the Chachuna managed area.

We had a chance to stay here overnight at the start of June 2020, as the trip was organized by a…

Hilton Batumi Hotel Review

Located in the centre of Batumi, just 200 m from the Black Sea coast, Hilton Batumi is a pet-friendly 5-star hotel offering a modern interior design and high-quality facilities. Dolphinarium is 300 m from the hotel and Europe Square is 900 m away.…

Zedazeni monastery

Zedazeni Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery, located on the Zedazeni mountain the hills of Saguramo, northeast to Mtskheta, and to the east side of the Aragvi River.

There is a pretty steep but good-quality road heading to the monastery…

Admiral Fish Restaurant near Birtvisi / Algeti

Admiral Fish restaurant is located near Birtvisi canyon literally on Algeti river. We discovered this place a few years ago while hiking at Birtvisi canyon and have returned ever since,

They have both a restaurant and fish farm on site, the place…

Husky MotoPark in Tbilisi

Husky moto park is located on the left side of Tbilisi - Kojori highway, not reaching Mtatsminda.

I had a chance to spend some 20 minutes at Husky moto park and filming Enduro ride with DJI Drone Active track (unfortunately I failed), so I plan to…

Aparani Church / Martkopi

Aparani Church of Saint George, Martkopi is located on Vaziani-Martkopi-Norio road, some 30 km from Tbilisi.

Our must-go destination for apple twigs around Easter time. Seems this area is nice for some barbeque too.

Here is some info I found about…

The White Dune At Saulkrasti

The White Dune is one of the landmarks of Saulkrasti, on the Vidzeme gulf coast. The dune offers a splendid view of the sea, the mouth of the Inčupe River and the vast beach.

Probably, best visited in Summer, we made a short visit here in February…

Guest House Laidi

Guesthouse "Laidi" is located in a beautiful place in the Kuldiga region. The guest house will welcome everyone who wants to relax from the daily rush, enjoy a swim in the beautiful pond or organize any important celebrations.

We found this awesome…

Camping Vērbeļnieki

Guesthouse and camping "Vērbeļnieki" is located on the road Klaipeda - Liepāja, 6 km from the city of Liepāja in Nīca parish (Latvia)

We discovered this place by accident, during a random driving around in the area at the start of February 2021.…

Cēsis Castle

Cēsis Castle is one of the most iconic and best-preserved medieval castles in Latvia.

The foundations of the castle were laid 800 years ago by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword. The most prosperous period Cēsis Castle experienced was during its…

Piltene Lutheran Church

Piltene Lutheran church is located in Piltene, some 20km from Ventspils. The church was originally built-in 1557.

The pride of the Piltene church is gilded wooden altar and pulpit, organ with 9 stops, wooden images of XII century Apostles, benches…

Gray Dune Area in Ventspils

Gray dune area in Ventspils is a part of “Preserving, Exhibiting and Developing Tourism of Culture History and Nature Heritage of Northern Courland” of the Ventspils Museum project, during which the creation of an infrastructure of the South Western…

Saint Simon's Church of Valmiera

Saint Simon's Church in Valmiera is one of the most noticeable objects in the city, located in the heart of the city on Bruņinieku iela 2.

The architecture of St Simon's Church combines the Romanesque and Gothic styles. The church boasts 15th-16th…

Valmiera Music school

Valmiera music school is located next to the Gauja river banks on Pilskalna street 3 (Valmiera)

I had a chance to explore the area at the start of January 2021, while doing a day trip to Valmiera and Cēsis.

Discovered by accident, I decided to…

Užava Lighthouse

Užava Lighthouse - a lighthouse located on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea.

The lighthouse stands in an isolated location, on a 28 metres high sand dune, which is permanently threatened by the Baltic Sea waves' erosion.For this reason, the…

Vilgāle

Vilgāle (formerly also Saldenieki) is a village in Kurmāle Parish, Kuldīga District, Latvia. Located on the shores of Lake Vilgāle. Distance to  Kuldīga 17 km, 181 km from Rīga.

Back in September 2020, I bought a flat in this village in an online…

Embūte Castle

The ruins of Embūte Castle are located in Embūte, Latvia, in Embūte Parish, Vaiņode Municipality, not far from an ancient hillfort erected by Curonians.

It was an ancient Curonian settlement and is mentioned in ancient chronicles as a place with…

Zaķu krogs near Jūrkalne

Zaķu krogs is both a restaurant a hotel located near Jūrkalne in Latvia.

We discovered this place while driving around Užava, Pāvilosta, and decided to take here a quick stop to order some food for our toddler girl.  Just later I learned there is a…

Devil's Dam Embūte (Joda Dambis)

Devil's Dam of Embūte is an awesome place for hiking and trekking in the Courland region. 

We first discovered this site at the end of 2020, and plan to return here more often.



Devil's Dam from a drone flight

Taken with DJI MAVIC AIR 2

Here is…

Embute Church Ruins

The Embūte church is located in the Embūte Nature park, nowadays, there are just remains left from the old day glory.

It was in a hazy December 2020 afternoon, I took my DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone and made some nice aerial photography and even a video…

Īvande Manor

Īvande Manor, also called Lielīvande Manor, is a manor house in Īvande parish in Kuldīga municipality in the historical region of Courland, in western Latvia.

The manor Groß-Iwanden was created by the merger of several small estates. In the middle…

Ēdole Castle

Ēdole Castle is a Gothic Revival castle situated on the banks of Ēdole Lake, Ēdole parish, in the historical region of Courland, western Latvia.

Originally consisting of two residential buildings linked by a stone wall, the castle is surrounded by…

Kronvalda Park in Riga

Kronvalda Park (originally Strēlnieku dārzs) is a part of the greenery of the Old Riga canal bank. The total area of the park is 11.92 ha. Kronvalda park which borders Elizabetes and Kr. Valdemāra Street, as well as Kronvalda and Kalpaka Boulevards…

Apriķi Lutheran Church

Apriķi church is located in the Apriķi village, Laža parish, Aizpute district in the Western part of Latvia (Courland).

Apriķi church is considered to be the pearl of Courland sacral art because the glory of its indoor interior is remembered by…

Enzo’s Ezo Italian Restaurant in Kakheti

Discover chef Enzo’s Italian yard  with a positive vibe and happy atmosphere in the center of Chateau Mere hotel, close to Telavi 

It's said that the place serves home-made simple rustic Italian food and 36 hours of rising dough pizza.

We had a…

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral, Karosta / Liepāja

The St Nicholas Naval Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox cathedral church located in Karosta in the north of Liepāja, Latvia.

I have visited this cathedral just a couple of times, but always have been impressed by the glory of the place. 

It was at…

Rudbārži Palace

Rudbārži Palace is a palace in Rudbārži parish in Skrunda municipality in the historical region of Courland, in western Latvia.

The estate was, from 16th century to 1661, owned by the family of Eberhard von Goes  and from 1778 till 1920 by the von…

Sapara Monastery

Sapara Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located in the Akhaltsikhe District of Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia.

I had a chance to visit this monastery at the end of September 2020 and capture really awesome drone photography / catching…

Ķemeri Forest House

Ķemeri Forest house is really cool outdoors tourism attraction located close to Jūrmala

The park centre is located in Ķemeri, in the “Forest House” . We first discovered this place back in Spring 2018 and made some nice hiking in the area, see: …

Atskuri Fortress

Atskuri is a medieval Georgian fortress located on the right bank of the Mtkvari  River, approximately 30 kilometres from Borjomi, in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

We discovered this fortress by accident while driving to the town of Akhatiskhe. As…

Rike Park Concert Hall - Music Theater and Exhibition

As the name suggests, the Rike Park Concert Hall is located inside the territory of Rike Park, Tbilisi.  

The other name Music Theatre and Exhibition hall



Rike park concert hall in Tbilisi

The project site is located inside the green area…

Paragraph Resort & Spa Shekvetili, Autograph Collection Hotel in Georgia

Set in Shekhvetili, some 40km from Batumi, Paragraph Resort & Spa Shekvetili, Autograph Collection offers 5-star accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a fitness center. 

We booked this hotel for an about a 4-day stay…

Rustaveli Borjomi Hotel

Set in Borjomi on Rustaveli street this Hotel has a bar, shared lounge, garden, and free WiFi throughout the property.

This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. Free private parking is available and the hotel also offers bike…

Carved Stone Sculptures near Sno - Akhaltsikhe - Juta road

Driving into the village on the winding Sno-Akhaltsikhe-Juta road, just before the entrance, you pass a collection of massive stone heads, somewhat reminiscent of Easter Island, carved out of granite.

It was in mid-August 2020, we took a day trip …

Orio Center Shopping Mall in Bergamo

Located next to the Bergamo airport, Orio center is one of the largest shopping centers in Italy.

We visited this shopping mall in mid-November 2019, a day before departing back to Tbilisi from the Bergamo airport.

Arrived here from Hotel '…

Tbilisi Open Air Museum of Ethnography

The open-air Museum of Tbilisi is one of the coolest attractions in Tbilisi, situated in the footsteps of Turtle lake. Many cultural events are held here.

The museum is located west to Turtle Lake on a hill overlooking the Vake district, Tbilisi.…

Lower Bethlehemi Church

The Lower Bethlemi Church, also known as the Church of Saint Stepanos of the Holy Virgins is a church in Tbilisi, Georgia. Built as an Armenian church, it now operates as a Georgian orthodox church.

Discovered by accident while hiking from other, …

Holy Mother of God Church of Bethlehem, Tbilisi

Holy Mother of God Church of Bethlehem also now known as the Upper Bethlehem Church, is a church in Tbilisi, Georgia. Built as an Armenian church in the 18th century, on the site of an older church, it now operates as a Georgian orthodox church.…

Mother of Georgia Monument

The Mother of Georgia or Kartlis Deda monument is located atop of the Sololaki hill in  Georgia's capital Tbilisi.

The statue was erected on the top of Sololaki hill in 1958, that year Tbilisi celebrated its 1500th anniversary. Prominent Georgian…

Restaurant Pepo near Dashbashi Canyon

Restaurant Pepo is located in the village of Dashbashi, some 200-300 meters from the Saint George Church.

The cafe is an ideal base camp for exploring the famous Dashabshi Canyon. That's actually how we discovered this place in July 2020, during an…

Batumi Boulevard Dancing Fountains

Batumi Boulevard is the main and most visited sightseeing of the city.

One of its central elements is the dancing fountains located just in the heart of the city.



Batumi fountain square from a drone's flight

It was at the start of August 2020,…

Djansug Kakhidze Garden

The Djansug Kakhidze Garden is located on Agmashenebeli Avenue (behind the Bank of Georgia building) in Tbilisi. The park is very popular among people living nearby. There is a little kid playground in the park s territory.

The park is named after…

Pheasant’s Tears Restaurant Sighnahghi

Pheasant's Tears is an awesome and authentic restaurant serving authentic Georgian cuisine. The restaurant is located in Sighnaghi, some 120km from the nation's capital Tbilisi.

We have heard a lot about this place in the past but actually visited…

Saint George Church in Dashbashi

St. George's Church  / Ahalkalaki St. George Church is located close to the Tsalka town in the village of Dashbashi.

It was in mid-July 2020, when we discovered this place by accident, during an unplanned trip to Tsalka, we decided to look for the…

Radisson Blu Hotel Batumi

Located within a 3-minute walk from the Black Sea beach in Batumi, this hotel features indoor and outdoor pools, a rooftop restaurant and free WiFi. 

We booked one night here at the start of August 2020 and paid about $120 for a family room and…

Hotel 'Castello Visconteo' in Cassano dʼAdda, Italy

Castello Visconteo is a 13th-century fortress located in Cassano d'Adda, Italy.

We booked a hotel room here for a one night back in November 15, 2019 and paid about EUR 100 for that. We choose to book this hotel as it was pretty close to the…

Mziuri Park in Tbilisi

Mziuri park in Tbilisi is located on Vere river valley, the park has two entrances, one from the Chavchavadze Avenue, and second from the Chabua Amirejibi highway (also knows as the New Road) - opposite side to the Tbilisi Zoo

The renovated park…

Milano Centrale railway station

Milano Centrale is the main railway station of the city of Milan, Italy, and is the largest railway station in Europe by volume. The station is a terminus and located at the northern end of central Milan.

It was officially inaugurated in 1931 to…

Vine Yard Restaurant in Kvareli

Restaurant Vine Yard in Kvareli is located just next to the city walls fortress opposite to the Kvareli Public service hall building. This place serves typical Georgian cuisine, VISA accepted. 

This restaurant has been our radar since late 2018,…

Sevsamora Resort & Spa

Sevsamora Resort & Spa is located in the village/town of Saguramo, some 15 minutes drive from Tbilisi.We booked a family room for a 2-night stay here in the middle of June 2020, paying about GEL 600 (USD 200), with free breakfast included.The…

Restaurant 'Vero Cinese' Milan (via Boscovich)

Restaurant 'Vero Cinese'  is located on Boscovich street in Milan, Italy. This place serves Chinese cuisine. 

We had a chance to dine here in November 2019, during our few day trip to Italy, with stop in Milano. 

I find it always interesting…

Kindzmarauli Church and Monastery

Kindzmarauli church and monastery complex is located in the region of Kakheti, some 3 km off from the main road (Road 43 Telavi - Kvareli)

We discovered this small monastery complex while driving from the Lopota lake resort to the town of Kvareli …

Kapiloni Restaurant in Telavi

Kapiloni restaurant in Telavi is located on Barnovi street 10, just opposite to the King Erekle museum.

I had a chance to visit this place at the start of July, during our trip to the Lopota lake

Kapiloni restaurant serves typical Georgian cuisine…

Hotel Berna Milan

Hotel Berna is a 4-star hotel,  located 200 m from Milan Central Train Station and Metro.

 Free tea, coffee and snacks are available all day. All rooms are soundproofed and include air conditioning, free WiFi and a satellite LCD TV. 

We booked…

Buenos Aires (Milan Shopping Street)

Corso Buenos Aires is a major street in north-eastern Milan, Italy. With over 350 shops and outlets, it features the highest concentration of clothing stores in Europe. The architecture of the area is mostly late 19th- and 20th-century style; the…

Tbilisi Sea Club

Tbilisi sea club is a popular and paid recreational area located next to the Tbilisi sea.

For an entrance fee of GEL 20/per person (kids are free) you could get a free parking lot, free sunbed, free entry to the outdoor pool, and great access to…

Restaurant Imeruli Ezo

Restaurant Imeruli Ezo is a nice roadside restaurant located in Natakhtari (this area is famous for its restaurants)

We made a lovely dinner here at the start of June 2020, returning from our adventures at the Poppy fields near Mchadijvari…

Happy Kids Saldus

Happy Kids Saldus is a cool kid's amusement park in the town of Saldus, Latvia.

I first read about in on a local Latvian Daily Business newspaper, and soon as I had the chance took our baby girl to play here.

Amusement park "Happy Kids" at the…

Poppy fields near Mchadijvari

Summers in Georgia are very beautiful, traveling around the country is a pleasure. One such travel happened at the start of June 2020, when we decided to find the real poppy field.

Let me explain, a couple of weeks ago we already started to search…

Saint Dimitri Tesalonikeli Fathers Moanstery near Mtksheta

This is a little monastery near Mtskheta, best reached via Mtskheta-Shiomghvime monastery road.

That's how we actually discovered this place at the end of May 2020 - during a random drive to the Shio-Mgvime monastery, we looked for some nice picnic…

Oskars Kalpaks Museum and Memorial Place "Airītes"

Oskars Kalpaks Museum and Memorial Place "Airītes" is a branch of the Latvian War Museum established in memory of the hero of the Latvian War of Independence Colonel Oskars Kalpaks in "Airītes", Zirņi Parish, Saldus Region.

On March 6, 1919 during…

Church of the Archangels of Mchadijvari

Mchadijvari Archangels Church is an architectural and historical monument in Georgia,  in the center of the village of Mchadijvari. 

We discovered this church when searching for the poppy fields in Georgia, at the start of June 2020 (hint poppy…

Khatsiri Forest Park

Khatsiri Forest park is a nice recreational area next to the town of Tianeti in Georgia. 

We discovered this place by accident after spending a day at Kuzh Park in Tianeti (sometimes we love to drive to the Tianeti town to walk in the Kuzh park…

Tsilkani cathedral

The Tsilkani cathedral of the Mother of God is a Georgian Orthodox church in the village of Tsilkani, Mtskheta Municipality, in Georgia's eastern region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

Originally built in the 4th century, the church was repeatedly remodeled…

Rundāle Palace and Garden

Rundāle Palace  is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia, the other being Jelgava Palace. The palace was built in two periods, from 1736 until 1740 and from 1764 until 1768. It is situated at…

Guest House Old Wall in Lagodekhi

Offering a barbecue and children's playground, Guest House Old Wall is situated in Lagodekhi.

Property is set within the historic walls of the old castle Lakuasti. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and…

Akhasheni Wine Resort

Akhasheni Wine Resort is located near the town of Gurjaani, Georgia.

This 4-star resort offers a 24-hour front desk. Guests can chill out in the outdoor swimming pool. 

We booked this hotel at the start of September and paid about $95 for a one…

Hotel 'San Francisco' Milan

Hotel San Francisco is a 5-minute walk from the Politecnico di Milano University. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and a TV. Loreto Metro Station is just 300 m away.

We booked this hotel for a one night stay during our trip to Italy, Switzerland back in…

Taverna in Bauska

Taverna is a restaurant,  centrally located in the Bauska town, Latvia, serving traditional Latvian cuisine.

I have been coming to this place once in a while (if in the area), so did happen last time, back in July 2019, while we were en route to…

Best Point Hotel Old City Istanbul (Sultanahmet)

Located in the Old City of Istanbul, this hotel is within walking distance to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Best Point Hotel Old City offers air-conditioned rooms. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

We booked here a one…

National Library of Latvia

The National Library of Latvia, also known as Castle of Light is located on Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga - on the left side of river Daugava, opposite to Old Riga

The current building was designed in 1989 by noted Latvian-American architect Gunnar…

Drunk Cherry Gudauri Restaurant

Drunk Cherry is a stylish restaurant located in Gudauri next to the GoodAura ski-left (New Gudauri ski resort)

Discovered during a weekend trip to Gudauri. And I should say I was really impressed. The food, service, and even the prices are as if…

Condohotel 'GVC 217' New Gudauri

GVC 217 is a condo/aparthotel located in the New Gudauri ski resort, some 120 km from the nation's capital Tbilisi.

We booked here a weekend (2-night stay) in January 2019 and paid $138 for that. Despite we booked via Booking.com they accepted only…

New Gudauri Ski Resort in Georgia

New Gudauri is a rapidly developing ski resort in Georgia developed by REDCO Real estate development company, the resort is located some 120km from the nation's capital Tbilisi in Gudauri.

Surrounded by some of Europe’s most dramatic peaks, Gudauri…

Lindt Factory Shop Induno Oluno

This Lindt factory shop is located in the town of Induno Oluno (Varese), Italy on Largo Edoardo Bulgheroni street 1.

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG, more commonly known simply as Lindt, is a Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company…

Villa Porro Pirelli, Induno Oluno, Italy

Villa Porro Pirelli is set in Induno Olona, 5 km from Varese and 8 km from the Swiss border. It features air-conditioned rooms and a free outdoor pool, gym and solarium.

We booked here a one night stay in the mid-November 2019, and paid about $70…

Restaurant Wineland Telavi

Restaurant Wineland is located close to the town of Telavi in the region of Kakheti, Georgia.

We discovered it in early January 2020 while driving Tbilisi - Tsinandali (via Gombori pass), as it was getting late already and we were approaching our…

Resort Collina d'Oro - Hotel & Spa in Agra, Switzerland

Located in a scenic location in the Ticino countryside, a 15-minute drive from Lugano’s centre, this exclusive 5-star resort on 25 hectares of grounds offers panoramic views.

We booked here a one night stay in early November 2019,  for our stay…

Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia

Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia is situated in Tsinandali, 1.4 km from Tsinandali Palace Museum, and offers free WiFi.

An infinity outdoor swimming pool with view and pool bar is available on site as well as spa facilities,…

Odo's House in Tsinandali

Odo's house is a family-run bed&breakfast style guest house, located in Tsinandali, some 100 km from Tbilisi in Georgia. 

We booked Odo's house at the start of January 2020 for a two-night stay and paid about USD 40 for that (free parking and…

Postcards from Lugano

We traveled to Lugano in Switzerland at the end of 2019. 

Visit to Lugano officially adds marks 18th country on my travel map I've visited (since 2013)

We arrived here from Italy's Lecco town using our rental car (Sicily car), a quick border check…

Aparthotel Autosole Riga

Located opposite a park in the historical centre of Riga on Hospitāļu street.

Aparthotel Autosole offers to its guests 10 comfortable apartments and studios.

We have been staying at this hotel several times, with the first stay being back in 2017…

Ilia Lake

Ilia Lake is located near the town of Kvareli in the region of Kakheti, Georgia.

First discovered back in 2014, while staying at Royal Batoni hotel next to the lake. Since then I've headed here several times. It was at the start of 2020 when I…

Tremezzina near Como Lake, Italy

Tremezzina is located on the western banks of Lake Como, right in front of Bellagio, and is the result of a recent merger of the comunes of Lenno, Mezzegra, Ossuccio, and Tremezzo.

We discovered this picturesque Italian town during our about a week…

Semarah Lielupe Hotel & SPA

Lielupe Hotel SPA & Conferences by Semarah is located in a calm area of Jurmala, surrounded by forest and 400 m from the Baltic Sea. It features a spacious kids club with different games and toys.

We booked this hotel in mid-December 2019, for…

Guest House 'Rivendell' in Borjomi

Rivendell, Eco-friendly hotel with wooden rooms and organic garden, is located in Borjomi.

After discovering that we spend more and more time at luxury hotels across Georgia, we decided to return to the roots and instead of fancy 5-star hotels to…

Fabrika Tbilisi

Fabrika Tbilisi is a stylish hipster place located on Egnate Ninoshvili street 8 in a renovated Soviet Era factory building, 

Fabrika is the space for rebellious minds to create and share.

Once a Soviet sewing factory has been revived and…

Keti's Bistro

Keti's Bistro is another stylish  Tbilisi restaurant located on Tamar Chovelidze street 3 (opposite to hotel Stamba)

My better part took me here just before the New Year 2020, and I found this place quite a chill. 

We agreed to order here some…

Hotel Lenno (Italy)

4-star hotel Lenno is set in an elegant building just off the main road, and right on the shore of Lake Como, in the fantastic Gulf of Venus. There is free Wi-Fi.

We booked this hotel in mid-November 2019, during our week-long trip to Italy/…

Lecco town in Italy

Lecco is a small city in northern Italy, some  50 kilometers (31 mi) north of Milan. The city lies at the end of the south-eastern branch of Lake Como.

The Bergamo Alps rise to the north and east, cut through by the Valsassina of which Lecco marks…

Tori 'Cafe-Restaurant' near Akhaldaba

Tori is a small roadside cafeteria located near the town of Akhaldaba.

We have made a stop and dinned here at the end of June when traveling to Borjomi



Cafe Tori Restaurant

Well, what can I say about this place? A typical roadside cafeteria,…

Grand Hotel Del Parco - Bergamo Airport

The Grand Hotel is a modern, peaceful hotel set in parkland just 6 km from Bergamo.

It offers air-conditioned rooms and suites, a fitness centre and free parking. A scheduled shuttle service to/from Bergamo Train Station and Orio Al Serio Airport …

Mushtaidi Park in Tbilisi

Mushtaidi park and garden in Tbilisi is great for activities with kids - it features a Ferris Wheel, choo-choo train, carousels and more. The entrance in the park is free, but there is a fee for carrousels. 

Park is well maintained and quite…

Azcot Hotel in Baku

Set in a 19th century building on Fountain Square, Azcot Hotel is located in the heart of Baku and offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen satellite TV. It features a 24-hour front desk and free parking on site.

We booked Azcot Hotel for a…

Georgian Parliament Building in Tbilisi

The Parliament of Georgia Building is located in Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue, close to the foothills of Mount Mtatsminda.

The building complex was constructed as the House of Government of Georgian SSR on the site of the demolished 19th-century …

Tavada Restaurant in Baku

Tavada restaurant is another fine example fo great Azerbaijani cuisine and service. Located on Mardanov Brothers street this place serves fine Azerbaijani and European cuisine.

Discovered in early August 2019, during a weekend trip to Baku.

Kid…

Nergiz Restaurant in Baku

Nergiz restaurant is located on Fountain Square in Baku, this places serves typical Azerbaijani cuisine and let me name it as of the best Baku restaurants. 

Discovered in early August, during my birthday trip to Baku. 

Just like another excellent…

Orio al Serio (Bergamo) International Airport

Orio al Serio International Airport (IATA: BGY, ICAO: LIME), officially also known as Il Caravaggio International Airport, is the third busiest international airport in Italy.

The airport is located in the municipal territory of Orio al Serio, 3.7 …

Gino Paradise Water Park in Tbilisi

Gino Paradise is a multifunctional water park located in Tbilisi near Tbilisi sea. At the complex, there is located a grand aqua park and unique relaxation wellness center, fitness hall and catering objects.

Gino Paradise is one of the most…

Ambassadori Kachreti Golf Resort

Located in Kachreti village, some 75 km from nations capital Tbilisi this 5-star hotel offers a tennis court and air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV.

We booked a night here, returning from Dedoplis Tskaro at the end of June 2019. We paid…

Baku Old City

Old City or Inner City is the historic core of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

The Old City is the most ancient part of Baku, which is surrounded by walls which were easily defended. The Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs …

Picnic Area - Vashlovani National Park 32 km

This picnic area is located on the crossroads before Chalaubani  - the Tsnori - Dedoplitskaro-Kvemi Kedi​ road.

We made here a stop after our car malfunctioned while offroad driving trying to reach Patara Tba near Dedoplis Tskaro and it happened so…

Maiden Tower in Baku

The Maiden Tower is a 12th-century monument in the Old City, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Along with the Shirvanshahs' Palace, dated to the 15th century, it forms a group of historic monuments listed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical…

Patara Tba near Dedoplis Tskaro

Patara Tba or Little lake is located near the town of Dedoplis Tskaro in the region on Kakheti, Georgia.

We tried to visit this lake at the end of June 2019 but as the road heading here turned into an offroad turned our car back - as a rule of…

Yanar Dag / Burning Mountain in Azerbaijan

Yanar Dag literally meaning "burning mountain" is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Flames could jet into the air 3 meters (9.8 ft) from a…

Monadire Dedoplis Tskaro Restaurant

Monadire is a small roadside restaurant located in the town of Dedoplis Tskaro, we made a stop here at the end of June during our explorations in the area.

The places look bit abandoned or not well maintained, but despite first looks - the place is…

Nukriani Lavender fields in Georgia

Nukriani lavender fields are located near Nukriani village in the region of Kakehti, Georgia.

Best way to get here when driving from Tbilisi is to take a shortcut before Chalaubani and drive the road Tsnori - Dedoplitskaro-Kvemi Kedi​.

We took a…

Orbeliani Square

Orbeliani square has recently undergone some serious renovations works and has been opened for public.

It's said that about $31 mln has bees spent on renovation works, which took more than two years.

It's interesting to notice President Salome…

Fairmont Baku hotel at Flame Towers

Located in the Flame Towers Complex, just a 3-minute walk from the famous Martyrs' Alley, 5-star Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features picturesque views of Baku City or Caspian Sea.

We booked a two-night stay at Fairmont Baku in early August, during…

Dolma restaurant in Baku

Dolma restaurant is located on M.Rasulzada street 8 in Baku, this places serves typical Azerbaijani cuisine and is named as of the best Baku restaurants.

This  restaurant was a recommendation from a Tripadvisor, we got here from our hotel room in…

Buratino Lake

Buratino lake is a relatively small, artificial (man-made) water reservoir near Manglisi town in the region of Kvemo Kartli, Georgia.

We first discovered and visited Buratino lake in the mid-August 2019, after getting directions here from the…

Guest house / Viesu Māja 'Kuncīši' near Murjāņi

Featuring free WiFi and a barbecue, Viesumāja Kuncīši Murjāņos offers accommodation in Murjāņi, 41 km from the center of Rīga. Free private parking is available on site.

We booked guesthouse Kuncīši for a one night stay in July 2019, we paid EUR…

Baku Boulevard

Baku Boulevard also is known as National Park is a promenade established in 1909 which runs parallel to Baku's seafront.

Its history goes back more than 100 years, to a time when Baku oil barons built their mansions along the Caspian shore and when…

Manglisi Cathedral

Manglisi Cathedral or Manglisi Sioni Cathedral is a 6th-7th-century Georgian Orthodox cathedral near the town of Manglisi, Tetritsqaro Municipality, Georgia.

For me, it was interesting to observe the traditional cross from the Russian orthodox…

Hotel 'Keizarmezs' Review in Riga

The Keizarmezs is located on the shore of Lake Kisezers in the Mezaparks district, a 20-minute drive from Riga’s centre. A private car park is available free of charge. 

We booked a couple of nights here in July 2019, during our visit to Riga hotel…

Baku Central Railway Station

Baku central railway station has gone through some serious modernization recently.

We booked a train to Baku from Tbilisi in early August 2019, and that's how I first visited this railway station.

Tbilisi - Baku by Train Ticket Information…

Georgia / Azerbaijan Border Crossing by train (Gardabani / Boyuk Kasik)

When traveling by train from Tbilisi to Baku, there are two border checkpoints (one in Georgia, and one in Azerbaijan)  - the total border crossing procedure can take around 2 hours (an hour for each side) and you can stay inside the train during…

Algeti National Park Visitor Center Manglisi

The main entrance of the national park is located near the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary of Manglisi.

Algeti National Park Administration has a small infrastructural unit – a picnic area with auxiliary buildings and a forest…

Grill&Fish Jomas terase, Jūrmala

Grill&Fish Jomas terase is another stylish restaurant located on central Jomas street in busy Latvian seaside town Jūrmala.

We visited this place in early May 2019, during a short  10 day trip to Latvia. 

Grill bar Lighthouse serves…

Heydar Aliyev International Airport Baku

Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport is one of the six international airports serving Azerbaijan. The airport is located 20 kilometers northeast of Baku, connected to the city by a modern highway. The airport serves as the home base for national…

Goodwill Gori Higway

Goodwill near Gori - Tbilisi Highway is a convenient rest area/supermarket/ eatery while driving to Tbilisi (from Kutaisi or Batumi, for example)

Goodwill was one of the first supermarket chains in Georgia. I wouldn't call this store a supermarket…

Antalya Aquarium

As one of the biggest aquarium complexes of the world, Antalya Aquarium offers inspiration, entertainment and education all at once.

After touring the 40 thematic aquariums, you will come across the biggest tunnel aquarium of the World with a…

Gonio Fortress

Gonio fortress, previously called Apsaros, or Apsarunto, is a Roman fortification in Adjara, Georgia, on the Black Sea, 15 km south of Batumi, at the mouth of the Chorokhi river. The village sits 4 km north of the Turkish border.

Gonio has been on…

Kirman Belazur Resort &Spa Review in Antalya, Turkey

Situated at the seafront, Kirman Hotels Belazur Resort & Spa has a private beach but you don't need a beach when you have one of the longest warm water outdoor pools. 

There is a water park and a bowling alley on site and guests can enjoy the…

Latvian - Georgian Cafe 4You in Gori

Now besides hostel in Tbilisi, Latvians have a cafe in Gori

Latvian - Georgian Cafe 4You is located on Ilia Chavchavadze Avenue 34, Gori. 

Opened for the public in 2018, this place serves pastry, cakes and a huge menu of a different kind of meals…

Gori Fortress & Memorial of Georgian Warrior Heroes

Gori Fortress is a medieval citadel in Georgia, standing above the city of Gori on a rocky hill.

The fortress is very well visible from the city, unfortunately, I have never climbed up to the fortress, but I believe very cool aerial photos might be…

Georgia Palace Hotel & SPA Kobuleti

Georgia Palace Hotel & SPA is the first Georgian Brand five-star Resort hotel located on the Black Sea shore of Georgia's famed summer resort in Kobuleti, Georgia.

We booked this 5-star hotel for a one night at the end of April 2019, during a…

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin is located in Gori on Lomouri street 7, just opposite to the Gori Fortress. 

Some might be surprised noticing that this church looks like a typical Catholic church rather than a typical Georgian…

Black Sea Arena Georgia

Black Sea Arena is an indoor arena located on the coast of the Black Sea in Shekvetili, Guria, Georgia, some 45 km north of Batumi, the country's second largest city.

The venue, designed by the architects from the German company Drei Architekten,…

Batumi McDonald's

The coolest McDonald's building probably is located in Georgian seaside town Batumi.

Officially opened for public already back in 2013, this place has been featured in countless architecture award magazines across the World.

Named as the World’s…

Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori

The Joseph Stalin Museum is a museum in Gori, Georgia dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who was born in Gori. The Museum retains its Soviet-era characteristics.

The museum has three sections, all located in the…

Villa St Maria Boutique hotel Jūrmala

Offering a sauna, boutique hotel Villa St Maria is set in the heart of Jurmala on the main pedestrian promenade Jomas street, some 400 m from Dzintari Concert Hall.

In summers guests can enjoy a lounge terrace on the rooftop of the hotel and an on-…

Resort Ujarma

Resort Ujarma is located on the banks of Iori river some 32 km from Tbilisi (about 40 minute drive with a car)

The main feature of the Resort Ujarma is healing water with iodine and bromine. The entire territory of the resort covered in forest. The…

Grill Bar Lighthouse Jūrmala

Grill bar Lighthouse is centrally located on Jomas street in Jūrmala. 

We visited this place in early May 2019, during a short  10 day trip to Latvia. Before diving in details - I should note - grill bar Lighthouse is a kid-friendly place, our then…

Secret Tunnel Near Tbilisi Sulfur Bath's

Ok, probably this tunnel is not so secret after all.

In fact, I was more than 100% sure that the name of this place is Kolga Tbilisi Photo Tunnel, as I have seen a photo exhibition at this tunnel, but Kolga.ge is stubbornly silent on this matter.…

Rebi Gurjaani Restaurant

Rebi Gurjaani is a restaurant located in Gurjaani, we discovered back in September 2017, while returning from a weekend trip to Kakheti back to Tbilisi. Seems Rebi Gurjaani is not only a restaurant but also a hotel. In case you are traveling to…

Castello Mare Hotel & Wellness Resort

Located at the seafront, Castello Mare Hotel & Wellness Resort is located between Kobuleti and Chakvi seaside villages in Western Georgia. The hotel offers spa facilities, an indoor pool tennis court, and a fitness center.

We booked this hotel…

Cabo Cafe

Cabo cafe is a cafe with a unique charm, located in Mežaparks, on the very shore of lake Ķīšezers.

Cabo cafe serves burgers, french fries, and delicious shashlik. First discovered by a recommendation from a friend. Now visited pretty regular once…

Chateau Eniseli

We booked a stay at Chateau Eniseli back in September 2017.

During our stay here we had a great opportunity to enjoy the rtveli or grape harvesting, see: Grape Harvest Rtveli in Georgia (Region of Kakheti)



Wine cellar at Chateau Eniseli…

Restaurant by Plane Tree / Telavi

Restaurant by Plane Tree in Telavi is located next to the Giant Plane Tree.

Because of a touristic spot, prices at this restaurant is well above the average, though the food is delicious.



Restaurant by Plane Tree



Cucumber/tomato salads

Autosole Economy Motel in Riga

Autosole Economy is set in a wooden building, 3 km from Riga’s Old Town.

We booked Autosole Economy for one night back in September 2017, paid for a stay here ~ EUR 60. 

Despite a week ago we stayed at 4-star Park Hotel by Radisson hotel in Riga,…

Restaurant Antre Batono Ubisa

Restaurant Antre Batono Ubisa is located near the Ubisa village in the region of Imereti, Georgia some 170 km from Tbilisi.

We made a stop here and discovered this lovely place, while traveled to Batumi via Tbilisi - Senaki - Leselidze highway at…

Restaurant Marani in Vertkvichala

Restaurant Marani Vertkvichala is located near the village Vertkvichala on Tbilisi - Senaki - Leselidze highway some 160 km from Tbilisi in the Imereti region of Georgia.

We stopped here for a brief stop to take a meal and have some rest before…

Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara

Built in 2016, Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara invites its guests to stay on the western side of Daugava River with good connections to the Old Town, Riga International Airport and main sights. Guests can enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant,…

Hofbrau Munchen Gudauri

Hofbrau Munchen Gudauri is a roadside cafeteria located in Georgia (some 20 km from Gudauri)

I'm not very well familiar with Hofbrau Munchen brand but seems this is a popular German brewery brand in Germany and abroad, the one located on Gudauri…

Tsalka

Tsalka is a town and municipality center in southern Georgia's Kvemo Kartli region located some 100 km from Tbilisi. Next to Tsalka is located the largest water reservoir in Georgia - Tsalka reservoir. 

Town of Tsalka is known by many abandoned…

Restaurant 'Piano" in Liepāja

The 'Piano' is a World class restaurant located in Promenade hotel in Liepāja

Enjoy delicious meals and a romantic, relaxed atmosphere at "Piano" restaurant located in "Promenade Hotel". 

I first discovered and tried Piano restaurant back in…

Mount Kazbek

Mount Kazbek, is a dormant stratovolcano and one of the major mountains of the Caucasus located on the border of Georgia's Kazbegi District and Russia's Republic of North Ossetia–Alania.

It is the third-highest peak in Georgia (after Mount Shkhara …

Hotel Stancia Kazbegi

Hotel Stancia in Kazbegi is a great and cheaper alternative to the more stylish and lavish Rooms Kazbegi hotel. 

Featuring a garden and a restaurant, Stancia Kazbegi is set in Stepantsminda. Among the various facilities of this property are a…

Tsalka Lake / Water reservoir

Tsalka reservoir - is the largest water reservoir in Georgia,  located in the Tsalka municipality, some 100 km from Tbilisi, at 1506 meters above the sea level in the valley of Khrami river.

The total area for Tsalka reservoir is 33.7 km²,  Maximum…

Hotel Talsi

Hotel “Talsi” is located in a picturesque place, next to Vilkumuiza lake. Hotel "TALSI" offers 53 different standard Single, Double rooms and comfortable Suites. 

I booked Hotel Talsi, for a couple of days (nights) in August 2017. As there are not…

Birtvisi Canyon in Georgia

Birtvisi canyon is located in the Tetri-Tskaro district in Kvemo Kartli  region about an hour drive from Tbilisi. Canyon is ideally suited for those loving hiking (see: Hiking In Birtvisi Canyon (Hidden Trails Of Georgia)) and outdoor activities.…

Google Market Kazbegi

There has been a Google market in Georgian Stepatsminda / Kazbegi town at least since 2011. 

No, you cannot get here cloud storage or keyword ideas for your next AdWords campaign, instead, there are tasty Georgian lemonades and other goodies you…

Kobi Gudauri Cable Car Station

Kobi Gudari cable car has been opened for public since January 2019.  I first discovered in it early April 2019, while having a road trip Tbilisi - Gudauri - Kazbegi (Stepatsminda).

Not far from the cable car station there is located Kobi mineral…

Mount Arejvani

Mount Arjevani is located in the central part of Georgia, some 70 km west of the Tbilisi. The top of Mount Arjevani is 2,757 meters above sea level or 779 meters above the surrounding terrain. The width at the base is 24.5 km.

The terrain around…

Bīne Restaurant in Talsi

Bīne restaurant is located in Talsi, on Krišjāņa Valdemāra street 13, close to the Hotel Talsi.

That's how I actually discovered this place back in 2017, while I stayed for a couple of nights at Hotel Talsi this restaurant/cafeteria was the closest…

Taglaura Restaurant on Tbilisi-Kojori street road

Taglaura is one of the most successful restaurant chains in Georgia owned by VD Capital group, the same group owns several other popular restaurant brands in Tbilisi and Georgia. 

The one I will talk about today is located on Tbilisi - Kojori…

Asureti / Elisabethtal

Asureti is an interesting village situated on the road Koda - Tetriskaro, some 45 km from Tbilisi in Georgia. 

Discovered by accident, while doing (trying to do) a trip to Ninotsminda (in the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti)  in January 2019.

I had…

Cinevilla Studio backlot

Cinevilla is a backlot in the Tukums Municipality in Slampe parish, Latvia, and was created for the outdoor shootings of the feature film Defenders of Riga.

It is the only backlot in Latvia, and consists of replicas of historical buildings and…

Jūrmala airport

Jūrmala Airport (ICAO: EVJA) is an airport located 5 km (3 mi) in the Engure parish, Latvia, southeast of Tukums. The airport is located in the territory of the former army airfield.

All of the airport's technical infrastructure, runway and…

Ninotsminda Cathedral

Ninotsminda Cathedral is located in the Ninotsminda village near Sagarejo, in the Kakheti region, Georgia.

Ninotsminda Cathedral is highly significant to the development of Georgian architecture as constructed in AD 575 it predates Jvari Monastery …

Cafe / Bistro Dukāts

Cafe/bar/ bakery Dukāts is located in Dubulti, Jūrmala close to the Dubulti church. 

During 2018 we lived for a while next to the Dukāts and visited this place quite often to have a bistro style dinner or buying some delicious cake from the bakery…

Restaurant Natakhtaris Veli

Restaurant Natakhtris Veli is located in the Natakhtari village, accessible when driving from Tbilisi via Mtskheta to Gudauri. 

This place serves typical Georgian cuisine. Cozy atmosphere, fast service, friendly staff. Actually a pretty touristic…

Chailuri Fortress

Chailuri fortress is located between Manavi and Kakabeti villages in the region of Kakheti (or about one hour drive from Tbilisi towards Sighnaghi) on a hill right next to the Kakheti highway.

Fortress is a small pentagonal citadel with towers. The…

Restaurant Laivas

Dine in amazing ambiance on the banks of Lielupe river, in Jūrmala, Latvia. 

We visited Restaurant Laivas for a brunch menu (if I remember correct EUR 18 per person) back in June 2018. 

Now I have another great addition to Jūrmala restaurants list…

Moxy Hotel Lobby Bar in Tbilisi

Moxy hotels lobby bar in Tbilisi serves delicious coffee latte and offers a really stylish interior. The one you could find in the fine NYC hotels or at least high-end hotels in Georgia. 

Discovered by accident in January 2019  while walking with…

Charlie Pizza, Mazeikiai

Charlie Pizza is a Lithuanian fast food chain located all across the country, serving pizza, salads, pasta and other freshly prepared dishes.

It was in May 2018, when we visited the one located in the Mazaikai town. 



Starter plate at Charlie…

Tbilisi sea

The Tbilisi sea or Tbilisi reservoir is an artificial lake in the vicinity of Tbilisi that serves as a reservoir. The lake has a length of 8.75 km and a width of 2.85 km. It was opened in 1953 and has become a popular recreation spot.

There have…

Pokaiņi Forest

The Pokaini Forest, located 80 km south-west of Riga, Latvia near the small town of Dobele is a place where myths, superstition and mysterious events co-exist.

The Pokaini Forest is a picturesque location and an ancient holy site famous for the…

Degusto (Aghmashenebeli avenue 148-150)

Degusto is a popular diving chain in Tbilisi. The food here is sold by weight for very budget-friendly prices. 

They have excellent sweets and really tasty cappuccinos served at Degusto. The one located on Aghmashenebeli avenue 148-150, Tbilisi is…

Rustavi Auto Market (Buying a Car in Georgia)

Rustavi auto market is one of the most popular and useful places for buying a used car in Georgia (imported mostly from the US, but probably also from Asia and Europe). 

It was at the end of 2018, we decided to buy a car here in Georgia. After…

Panorama Riga Observation Deck (Latvian Academy of Sciences)

The 107-meter tall building is considered the first high-rise in Latvia. It has been a prominent fixture of the Riga cityscape since the 1950s.

There are a total of 766 rooms on the 23 floors, occupied by scientists, researchers, historians, and…

Dzveli Duqani

Dzveli Duqani is a typical Georgian cuisine restaurant located next to  Didi Dighomi II  Micro District on Davit Aghmanashabeli avenue's 12th km (you can get here when driving from Tbilisi mall back to the city)

Discovered by accident in January…

Hualing Tbilisi Sea Plaza

Tbilisi Sea Plaza trading center is located in the eastern suburbs of Tbilisi City, near the Tbilisi Sea.

I first heard about this "project" back in 2013 or something, and actually tried to visit it already in 2015, without luck. Turns out this…

Cafe "Kāpenieki" in Aizpute

Cafe Kāpenieki has been one of my best finds in the Aizpute town in Western Latvia. Tasty, traditional Latvian cuisine for a very decent price. 

The fun fact, at this place in May 2018 I opened my first online brokerage account and soon started to…

Chinese Restaurant Ensemble (Hotels & Preference Hualing Tbilisi)

Chinese Restaurant Ensemble is located in a 5-star hotel "Hotels & Preference Hualing Tbilisi" near the Tbilisi Sea in the so-called - Tbilisi Sea New City. 

I got a recommendation to visit this restaurant from some other Tbilisi expats. So…

Bird Watching Tower on Sloka Lake

Bird watching tower on Sloka lake actually is a floating platform which is a very popular tourist attraction among the locals and bird watchers.

Discovered in the early May 2018, during our "living in Jūrmala" series. 



Bird watching tower on…

Saint Peter and Paul Monastery Complex of Bolnisi

Saint Peter and Paul Monastery Complex of Bolnisi was built in 2012 and is located on Mount Elia close to the Bolnisi town in Georgia.

First discovered and kind of visited in mid-December 2018, during a day trip to Bolnisi region. Originally I…

Mangaļsala Pier

The Mangalsala Dam or the Eastern Mole has been built between 1850 and 1861 and rumor has the Russian Empire's Tsar actively followed the developments (back in those days there were two tsars ruling the Empire, Nicholas I and Alexander II). …

Mosque in Kvemo Bolnisi

There is not much information available online about Kvemo Bolnisi mosque in Georgia, except that the construction of the Mosque in Kvemo Bolnisi village started in 2005 and ended in 2007. The Mosque started functioning the same year. 

It was in…

Borjomi Likani Hotel, SPA and Health Centre

Luxury 5 star Hotel Borjomi Likani is located 177 km away from Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia) in the middle of the coniferous park in Borjomi city, famous of its naturally carbonated mineral water from springs in the Borjomi Gorge of central…

Tsughrughasheni Church

Tsughrughasheni is a Georgian Orthodox church in the Bolnisi District, Georgia. It is situated approximately 2 kilometers from Bolnisi Sioni basilica, on the right bank of the Bolnisistsqali River.

The church was built in 1212–1222 supposedly by…

Hotel Baltvilla in Baltezers

Baltvilla is a 4-star hotel located some 15 km from the city center of Riga, on the shore of a lake with a private beach area and on the Via Baltica highway (E67).

Baltvilla is located 4 km from Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum. Free WiFi is…

Bolnisi Sioni Cathedral

Bolnisi Sioni Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox basilica in the Bolnisi village of Bolnisi District, Georgia. The cathedral was built in 478–493. It is the oldest extant church building in Georgia. Bishop David was the overseeing church leader for…

Zip Line Tbilisi (Georgia)

Zip Line Tbilisi is another cool thing to do while in Georgia.

I might be late to the party, as discovered Zip Line Tbilisi just at the end of 2018, but seems it was first opened for a public already back in June 2017. It was during our latest trip…

The Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia

The Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia is located in Pardaugava (Kandavas 2), just a 10-minute ride from the central part of Riga. The garden was founded in 1922.

Over 15ha visitors can explore hothouses and outdoor collections with some…

Puzata Hata, Khreschatyk Street, Kyiv, Ukraine

Puzata Hata is a popular (and probably the largest) chain in Kiev - it serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine for a budget price.

Puzata Hata was one of our favorite Kiev restaurant chains we visited during our latest trip to Kiev in August 2017. See…

Kvareli Public Service Hall

Kvareli Public service hall is located in the center of Kvareli town near Chavchavadze Street.

Public Service Hall is an agency of the Georgian government which provides a variety of public services, these include the services of the Civil Registry…

Tutarchela Megrelian Restaurant in Tbilisi

Restaurant Tutarchela is located on Archil Mishveladze street 76, Tbilisi, just next to the Vake Park. 

I was a bit surprised to learn that here is served Megrelian cuisine, and should admit that Megrelian cuisine is as great as Georgian

According…

Hotel Kvareli Eden Review

Kvareli Eden Hotel is located in a remote place some 1 or 2 km from the Kvarteli town center, Georgia.

Kvareli Eden features an indoor swimming pool and a wine therapy spa center. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are provided.

We booked a stay…

Roshen Candy Store in Kiev (Khotynska Street)

Roshen Confectionery Corporation is a Ukrainian confectionery manufacturing group.

The leading manufacturer of confectionery products in the country, it operates facilities in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Vinnytsia and Kremenchuk, as well as in …

Pet Food Store in Tbilisi - Zoomart on Abashidze street (near Vake park)

Zoomart on Abashidze street 78  (located very conveniently close to the Vake park) has been our favorite pet food store (actually the only one) for several years already. We came here regularly to buy special cats dry food. 

According to Zoomart…

Trinity Monastery of St. Jonas in Kyiv

The Trinity Monastery of St. Jonas is a Ukrainian Orthodox monastery in the Kievan neighborhood of Zverinets, a short distance from the medieval Vydubychi Monastery.

We discovered this monastery back in 2017 when visited Hryshko National Botanical…

Hryshko National Botanical Garden in Kiev

Turns out there are at least two botanical gardens in Kiev. In today's article, I will write and provide photographs from Hryshko National Botanical Garden taken back in Summer 2017.

Apparently, we got here by a taxi from our hotel (Hotel Ukraine…

Shio-Mgvime monastery

The Shio-Mgvime monastery is a medieval monastic complex in Georgia, near the town of Mtskheta. It is located in a narrow limestone canyon on the northern bank of the Kura River, some 30 km from Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital.

It took me more than…

Hotel Gino Wellness Mtskheta Review

There are at least two Gino Wellness hotels in Georgia (probably more), one is located in the Rabati Fortress in the town of Akhaltsikhe and the other one is located really close to Tbilisi, in Mtskheta. In today's article, I will speak about the…

Istanbul Airport

Istanbul Airport will be the main international airport serving Istanbul. It is based in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey.

The opening ceremony took place on 29 October 2018, scheduled so as to coincide with the 95th…

Funicular Restaurant Complex

High above Tbilisi you will find the most stylish centre for food and drink in the city: the Funicular Restaurant Complex.

Without doubt, the Funicular Complex is one of the most important places in Tbilisi, with its significant long history dating…

Mtatsminda Park in Tbilisi

Mtatsminda Park is an amusement facility located atop on Mount Mtatsminda on a 770-meter height overlooking the Georgian capital Tbilisi. 

It is the highest point in Tbilisi. Located on more than 100 hectares. Park has more than 100 years of…

Tbilisi TV Tower

Tbilisi TV tower probably is the most visible construction in the city, located inMtatsminda  I haven't heard though it would be opened for public. 

Here is what we know about it:

Georgia Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower is a free-standing tower …

Cafe Gardeni Tbilisi

Cafe Gardeni is located on D. Aghmanashebeli street in Tbilisi, just behind the Bank of Georgia building. I have been coming to this place for years just to enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee.

Over the years I have learned here are served great homemade…

Kalvene Railway Station

Kalvene Station is a railway station on the Jelgava – Liepāja Railway.

The station is located in the Kalvenes municipality of the Aizpute district in Latvia. I noticed this railway couple of years ago and was amazed by its impressive heights…

Gutmanis Cave in Sigulda

Gutman's Cave (Latvian: Gūtmaņa ala) is the widest and highest cave in the Baltic countries, located on the Gauja River in the National Park of Sigulda, Latvia.

It started forming more than 10 000 years ago when meltwater eroded the sandstone rock…

Cafe Ivetas Ķēķis / Jura Staļļi / Grobiņa

Cafe Ivetas Ķēķis (Iveta's Kitchen) is located in Grobiņa municipality, some 10km from Liepāja, this cafe/restaurant actually is part of another cool attraction Jura Staļļi (George's Stables). From my understanding, it's a family run business. 

It…

Red Sun Buffet Liepāja

Red Sun Buffet is a stylish cafe/restaurant located in the heart of Liepāja town.

Visited it briefly in the mid-August 2018, just to take some coffee take away.



Interior at Red Sun Buffet

Featuring elements Latvians are proud of - Brainstorm,…

Wild Horses at the Lake Pape (Latvia)

Now, this is an interesting story - we didn't meet any wild horses tonight, but found some great information. At least I did. It turns out, wild horses have been living here just since 1999 when WWF-Latvia started to stimulate the return of wild…

Europa City Amrita Hotel Review in Liepāja

Europa City Amrita Hotel is located in the centre of Liepāja. We booked this 4-star hotel in mid-August 2018 and stayed here for two nights in total paying EUR ~110.

The 4-star hotel offers rooms with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a minibar…

Pape Lighthouse

The Pape Lighthouse (Latvian: Papes bāka) is a lighthouse located on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea. I paid a short visit here during my 33 birthday in August 2018.

The lighthouse was built in 1910; in a place of a former lighthouse (which…

Padure Manor in Latvia

I'm continuing to explore manor houses located in Latvia. This time a short stop at Padure manor near Aizpute



Padure manor in 2018

In 2018, there was located Laža special school in Padure manor. See: http://lazasskola.lv/

Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church

Dubulti church, the most expressive object and the visual dominant of the surrounding area is the most monumental and exquisite Art Nouveau building in Jurmala from the viewpoint of historical and sacral architecture.

The size and details of the…

Pica Diāna - Pizzeria in Ventspils

Pizza Diana probably is the most popular pizzeria in Ventspils. This Pizzeria offers more than 25 types of pizzas and various second dishes at very friendly prices.

Located on J.Poruka street in an old 5-story Soviet apartment house, the pizzeria…

Viewing Platform In Ventspils

You can have a look at the city from the bird’s eye view from the 19 meters high viewing tower located next to the Ventspils Southern quay.

When visiting a new place for the first time I'm always looking for some observation desk to make some great…

Venstpils Livonian Order Castle

The Castle of the Livonian Order, which houses Ventspils Museum since September 2001, is the oldest preserved building in Ventspils, built in the second half of the 13th century (first mentioned in 1290).

The castle was built as a convent-house…

Rāmkalni restaurant near Murjāņi

Rāmkalni is a popular recreational area near Murjāņi (some 60km from Riga), this place features a traditional Latvian Cusine restaurant/bistro

The venue is on the edge of the Murjāņi-Valka road (A3) and in the Gauja River Valley. It offers Latvian…

Miciņi

Miciņi has a very special place in my heart. I spent a good time in my early teenage years living here together with my dear granny. In fact, she was born here in 1929. Back in these days, a life buzzed in this area. Now, little has left over from…

Valmiera Market

Valmiera market is another market I've visited latelty in Latvia (See: Riga Central Market, Liepāja market and Kuldiga market). 

Though I believe some could buy here goodies grown by local farmers, last time I visited this market (July 2017) all I…

Mazais Ansis Restaurant Near Valmiera

Mazais Ansis is a popular roadside cafeteria/restaurant located some 15 km from Valmiera town (if driving from Riga). This place serves a traditional Latvian cuisine.

When traveling to the Vidzeme region in Latvia, I love to take a stop here and…

Former bath-house of Emilija Racene in Jurmala

When thinking about bathhouses the first thing that arrives in my head is the sulphur bathhouses located in Tbilisi, should they be located in the Abanotubani district or the old and neglected Kiev's bath. 

Turns out there is not less interesting…

Lake Ķīšezers

Ķīšezers is a lake in Riga, Latvia, with a primary inflow of the Jugla River. The lake is 1,730 ha (4,300 acres) large, it has 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in) of average depth and reaches 4.2 metres (14 ft) at the deepest point.

Lake Ķīšezers is a popular…

Pontoon Footbridge Over Mill Lake In Kazdanga

The pontoon footbridge over Mill Lake in Kazdanga, Latvia is a recently built and opened for a public a really cool tourist attraction.

Such tourist attractions seem is really gaining the momentum in Latvia, as in fact, this is already third such…

Eden Beach Hotel Review in Agia Marina

During our about a month-long trip around the island of Crete back in 2017, we stayed at Agia Marina twice -  for about 2 nights at trips start and about 5 days at the end of the trip. For the start, we chose Vergina beach hotel which was good and…

The Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk

The Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk is a popular tourist destination in Kemeri National Park, offering visitors a chance to explore the bog and its inhabitants.

As we have been relocated to Latvia's Jūrmala for some time, we decided to explore nearby…

La Playa Taverna Cafe Ouzeri Near Rethymno

And again I must say - strange how it works - I almost missed coordinates for this place but with a little investigation from pictures and help with Greek transliteration and even Greek car plate registration table I was able to locate this place…

Restaurant Istabas In Talsi Review

Restaurant Istabas in Talsi is among the best restaurants I've tried in Latvia lately, located on Liela street 31 in Talsi city, the restaurant offers great views of Lake Talsi .

Istabas restaurant serves great European/American cuisine.

First…

Galaxy Iraklio 5-star Hotel Review (Heraklion, Crete)

Located in Heraklion's elegant district, this 5-star hotel offers 2 gourmet restaurants, a free wellness centre and a large freshwater pool. Luxurious rooms feature balconies with pool and city views.

We booked this hotel for a one night stay back…

Talsi Evangelical Lutheran Church

On the top of the abrupt Baznīcaskalns (Church Hill) stands the white masonry Talsi church – the dominant of the old town.

It was built in 1567 and later rebuilt for several times. A transept and sacristy are attached to a rectangular, elongated…

Talsi Regional Museum

Talsi has been on my radar since the Summer of 2017. One of the first tourism attractions I discovered here is Talsi Regional Museum. 

For a long time, I thought it's probably some manor house or something, but doing a Google search I learned I was…

Pesto Cafe Review in Kiev

Pesto Cafe is a popular restaurant chain located in Kiev, Ukraine. We visited branch located near the Independence square (located inside the shopping mall Globuss). Actually, that was the closest restaurant from our hotel room at Hotel Ukraine,…

Varenichnaya Katyusha Restaurant in Kiev

Varenichnaya Katyusha (Вареничная Катюша) is another cool Kiev's restaurant, discovered by accident back in the Summer of 2017.Turns out Вареничная Катюша is a popular restaurant chain across the Kiev. But I didn't know that back when discovered it…

Disco Boat Tours in Kiev, along the Dnieper River

Boat Tours in Kiev, along the Dnieper River kind of reminded me a popular track from early 2000 by Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage. Loud music, a lot of booze and hell - it's really cool.

We were just checked in at Hotel Ukraine, had some rest…

Hotel Ukraine in Kiev Review

Hotel Ukraine is a 4-star hotel located on Independence Square in the heart of Kiev, this hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and suites with elegant décor. It is a 3-minute walk from the Maidan Nezalezhnosti and Kreschatik Metro Stations.

We booked…

Hiking Trails in Kemeri National Park (Near Forest House)

Kemeri National Park in Latvia is special for its great biological diversity, the unique Kemeri Bog, mineral waters and therapeutic mud found here.

It was on a lazy Sunday afternoon we decided to visit Kemeri National Park, as we had no idea what…

Palios Mylos Restaurant Review near Argiroupoli Springs, Crete

Ahh, I love these lovely roadside cafeterias which are hard to locate, after visiting and leaving, on the map. This time I was lucky enough and turned out I had pictured the name of this place in Greek. A bit patience and usage of Greek language…

Rixwell Elefant Hotel Riga Review

Rixwell Elefant Hotel is a 4-star superior hotel and it is conveniently located between Riga International Airport, which is a 5-minute drive away, and the city centre. Shopping center Spice is within walking distance from the hotel and 10 km away…

Filenia Cretan Restaurant near Triopetra

Filenia restaurant was a really nice discovery after we checked in at Triopetra Notos Hotel  - traditional Cretan lamb (and not only) dishes.

We were just driving around the area after caught a very beautiful sunset at the Libyan sea, see: Catching…

Triopetra Notos Hotel Review in Crete, Greece

Triopetra in Crete is among the most abandoned places I've traveled lately, if they wouldn't have a sea and a lovely beach, I would compare this place to the remote and almost abandoned desert village in Georgia, Udabno.

During our about one-month…

Taverna Plateia in Mirthios, Crete

Ok, this is just another roadside cafeteria, discovered by accident - meet Taverna Plateia in the village of Mirthios, on the island of Crete.

At least I believe it is located in Mirthios village, as we did our trip to Crete back in June 2017, now…

Lake Kournas in Crete

Lake Kournas is a lake on the island of Crete, Greece, near the village of Kournas. It is in the Apokoronas municipality of Chania regional unit close to the border with Rethymno regional unit, 47 km from the town of Chania. Kournas is a fairly…

Thanasis - Cretan Taverna in Stavros

Thanasis is a typical Cretan taverna located in the town of Stavros. We visited this place during our stay at Kavos beach apartment in June 2017.

Friendly staff, amazing food, affordable prices and amazing sunset views.



Outdoor deck at Thanasis…

Kavos Beach Apartments & Studios Review in Stavros, Crete

Kavos beach apartments are among one of my favorite hotels discovered in Crete. We stayed here for a couple of nights in June 2017, during about a month long trip to Crete.

Stavros is a village and a popular beach destination located close to the…

Red Cafe Tbilisi (Near Marjanishvili Theatre)

Red Cafe Tbilisi is another interesting place to visit if you are looking for an all-day brunch menu. It seems that lately, brunch menus have been very popular across Tbilisi restaurants.

Stylish, elegant. Pretty interesting menu items. One of the…

11 Katkha Tbilisi Restaurant on Nikoloz Baratashvili street

11 Katkha has been my favorite Georgian cuisine Tbilisi restaurant for years, for a long time I loved to visit 11 Katkha restaurant near Dinamo stadium, sadly one-day I learned that Dinamo stadium branch is closed.

From my understanding 11 Katkha …

Hurma Cafe Shop in Tbilisi

Hurma cafe shop is a recently opened hipster style coffee house serving not only great coffee lattes, but also smoothies, delicious brunch and all day breakfast for a very affordable prices.

Located close to the Tbilisi Philharmony on Petre…

Metis Tbilisi Restaurant Review

Metis is a French-Georgian fusion restaurant bar offering a twist of exotic flavor, centrally located in Tbilisi Old Town (Shavteli street 8). Seems that this Tbilisi restaurant has opened just recently (Summer of 2017), but it already has gained…

Village of Kandanos in Crete

Kandanos is a town and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. We made a short stop here, during our latest trip to Crete in June 2017. 

The view in front of us was so amazing, that I decided to make some photography here.…

Libyan Princess Hotel Review in Palaiochóra, Crete

The Libyan Princess Boutique Hotel is located in one of the most beautiful resorts of Crete, gorgeous Paleochora, also known as “Nymph of the Libyan Sea” 75km from the city of Chania.

Paleochora, built on a peninsula between two scenic gulfs, is an…

Cozy Latvian Family Run Tbilisi Hostel 17/17 - Centrally located, Close to the Opera

Hostel 17/17 is a family run Tbilisi hostel, located on the Rezo Tabukashvili Street No. 17.  This place has been just recently renovated and opened for public.

Hostel 17/17 offers great quality for a budget price - you should be willing to spend…

Beata's Orange Juice Bar, Crete

It was on our third-day trip around Crete, when we discovered an interesting roadside cafeteria promising breathtaking views, just later, post-processing photos with the help of Google Maps I was able to track down coordinates and name for this…

Matsoni House

Matsoni is a Georgian fermented milk product, kind of similar to yogurt. Made from cow’s milk. Now, there is even a Matsoni House, where some (probably you) can try this product served with honey or nuts and so on. There is even an ice cream made…

Kvareli Lake Resort

Kvareli lake resort is located in the heart of Kakheti, one of the most beautiful regions of Georgia and to the east of the small city Kvareli, beneath the southern slope of Great Caucasus mountains.

The unique and beautiful Kvareli Lake Resort…

Alaverdi Monastery in Georgia

Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located 25 km from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia.

While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present-day cathedral was built in the 11th century by …

Rose Garden 'Dailas Rozes' near Tukums in Latvia

We received a special request, from a special person, to deliver park rose Rītausma, which could translate as Dawn in English.

Rītausma is a local, Latvia selected park rose breed. To get one (seedling price was about EUR 5), we had to cross half…

One of The Best Traditional Cretan Restaurants - Gramvousa in Kaliviani

There is another clear winner in my top restaurant list - Gramvousa Restaurant in the small Cretan village Kaliviani. Discovered by the accident, during our travels in Crete at the start of June 2017.

We headed here after failed attempt to reach…

Discoveries in Crete - Rough Road To Balos Beach

Balos Beach & Lagoon have been listed as one of the TOP 10 Best Europe's Beaches in 2017 according to Trip Advisor. We didn't know that yet when planned our trip here with a rental car we took earlier this morning at Agia Marina beach.

This was…

Mavros Molos Beach near Kissamos, Crete

Mavros Molos beach is a quiet and kind of remote, tourist unspoiled beach located near Kissamos, some 40km from Chania. 

We made here a short stop during our Crete exploring trip back in June 2017

Mavros Molos Beach is the largest beach in…

Cafe Mixail Malandrakis in Kalydonia, Crete

Cafe Mixail Malandrakis is located in a small village of Kalydonia, Crete in distance some 25km from Chania town.

We discovered this place by accident, when, after checking out from a hotel room in Agia Marina (see: Vergina Beach Hotel Review, Agia…

Red Dragon Restaurant Review in Platanias

Red Dragon is a Chinese restaurant in Platanias, Crete serving kind of combo tourist meals for IMHO bit high prices.

Anyhow, as we booked a hotel room in a nearby Agia Marina town (which seems is a hotel area), then most of the dinning options are…

Tampakakis Bakery in Agia Marina, Crete

Tampakakis bakery is a lovely place in Agia Marina, many pastries and tasty coffee available here. Tampakakis was closely located to hotel we stayed for couple of days in Agia Marina (Vergina Beach Hotel Review, Agia Marina, Crete)

Fresh morning…

The Stones Restaurant Review - Platanias, Crete

The Stones restaurant is located in Platanias, Crete. Located kind of remote / roadside. We visited this place on a rainy day, after checked in at hotel in nearby town of Agia Marina (see: Vergina Beach Hotel Review, Agia Marina, Crete). The walk…

Vergina Beach Hotel Review, Agia Marina, Crete

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Set right on the sandy beach of Agia Marina, Vergina Beach Hotel offers free WiFi in all areas and air-conditioned accommodation with views over the Cretan Sea. It includes a beach bar and a cocktail…

Chania Bus Station

There is a cheap and pretty convenient way to travel to the nearby beaches and more distant routes in Crete from Chania town. Your journey will start at Chania bus station.

In fact there is a bus service to/from Chania airport, with ticket price…

Lithinon Studio Apartment in Chania Review

Situated 100 m from Chania Old Venetian Harbour in Chania Town, this air-conditioned apartment features a terrace. The apartment is 100 m from Mosque of Kioutsouk Hassan. Free WiFi is provided .

We booked this apartment in Chania for a one night…

Taverna En Plo in Chania

This was a very long and tiring day, in the morning we left Tbilisi to travel to Athens, spent whole day there, and in the evening fled to Chania, Crete, after we checked in at out apartment in Chania, I took a tripod and we made a lovely evening…

Athens International Airport

Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", commonly initialized as "AIA", began operation on 28 March 2001 and is the primary international airport that serves the city of Athens and the region of Attica.

It is Greece's busiest airport …

Chania International Airport (Greece)

Chania International Airport, "Daskalogiannis"  is an international airport located near Souda Bay on the Akrotiri Peninsula of the Greek island of Crete, serving the city of Chania, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) away.

Moreover, it is a gateway to western…

Ancient Agora of Athens

The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos,…

Phidias Lounge Bar in Athens

Phidias lounge bar in Athens was mine second cafe / restaurant in Greece, as just early in the morning we arrived from Tbilisi to Athens and had a few hours before our connecting flight to Chania, Creete.

We used spare hours and from Athens airport…

Istanbul Atatürk Airport

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,…

Dosso Dossi Istanbul Old City Hotel

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,…

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

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-…

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.…

Abava Rumba Waterfall

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…

Hotel Monopol in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

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…

Haus Daniela Superior Apartment in Cochem, Germany

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…

Rose Cottage in Udler, Germany

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…

Cochem Imperial castle

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…

Eltz Castle

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…

Monastery of Maria Engelport

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…

Porta Nigra in Trier

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…

Peter's Market in Liepaja

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…

Sunset hotel in Jurmala

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…

Apartment Alte Pfarre in Gudensberg, Germany

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…

Cafe - Hotel Kandava

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…

Spare Hotel in Riga

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 Mezaparks in Riga

Hotel Mezaparks in Riga is a really great value deal for a very affordable price (we paid about EUR 30). Located next to the lake Kisezers and just 15 minute drive from the Old town. We booked hotel Mezaparks for one night stay in Spring 2016. …

Lopota lake Resort & Spa

Lopota Lake Resort & Spa is ideal for those seeking a peaceful place to rest. Your personal piece of paradise is located in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia, surrounded by the famous Caucasus mountains, just 2 hours drive from Tbilisi, the…

Hotel Chateau Mere near Telavi

We booked hotel Chateau Mere Telavi at the start of April 2017 and were hoping to enjoy early spring in Kakheti. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side, and instead we enjoyed a couple of rainy days in a stylish hotel complex.

For getting…

Sulfur bath house in Biisi, Georgia

Georgia is well known of it's sulfur bath houses, most recognized are located in the Tbilisi' s Old Town (see Abanotubani district), but there are more across country. One such is located in Biisi village (Shida Kartli region).

I was taken here by…

Ateni Sioni Church

The Ateni Sioni Church  is an early 7th-century Georgian Orthodox church in the village of Ateni, some 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the city of Gori, Georgia. It stands in a setting of the Tana River valley known not only for its historical monuments but…

Chateau Ateni (Winery in Georgia)

Here comes another interesting, though small winery I've visited here in Georgia. Meet Chateau Ateni near Gori. I was taken here in the frames of short day trip to Gori with my business partner David Gablishvili from Traveltogeorgia.net.

Chateau…

Uplistsikhe Cave Town in Georgia

Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, located some 10 kilometers east of the town of Gori, Shida Kartli.

Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to…

Magic Fish - Tbilisi Restaurant

Magic Fish is another interesting restaurant I've discovered in Tbilisi (see complete list with Tbilisi restaurant reviews). The fun fact is following, I had seen this place countless times by passing it by on lively Aghmeneshabeli avenue, but never…

Hard Rock Cafe Tbilisi

I've found one of my favorite Tbilisi restaurants - meet Hard Rock cafe Tbilisi, located on lively Vasil Petrashvili street 1, near Tbilisi Philharmonic building.

Hard Rock Cafe Tbilisi, in fact is first Hard Rock cafe I've ever visited, but now I…

Famous Tbilisi Restaurant Review

Famous restaurant in Tbilisi is another so called high end restaurant located in the quiet are of old town on Abo Tbileli street (Puri Square)

Famous restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy European & Georgian cuisine in Tbilisi in a …

John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK, FAA LID: JFK) is a major international airport located near South Ozone Park in the borough of Queens in New York City, United States, 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Lower Manhattan. It is…

PAUL Depuis 1889 Bakery & Restaurant in Tbilisi

I'm glad seeing more good dinning places and restaurants popping up in Tbilisi, there is huge demand for a good place, and worldwide known French Paul bakery & restaurant brand seems have made a good decision opening a branch in Tbilisi on…

The Empire State Building & Observation Deck Tour

OK, this finally is off from my bucket list. Here is the tip I would give to myself - buy "skip the lines" tickets to avoid long hours waiting in the lanes.  it started to remind me my dear Georgia after the second hour of waiting in the lanes and…

Khinklis Sakhli / Khinkali House on Moscow Avenue, Tbilisi

I usually don't hang out in this area of Tbilisi, just recently we returned by marshrutka from Hiking Route in Georgia - Norio Village - Martkopi Monastery and were really starving, and agreed to leave the minivan as soon we will notice some…

Martkopi monastery

Martkopi monastery complex is located some 30km from Tbilisi, Georgia. This place is best reached by car, but some could get here by hiking too, see: Hiking Route in Georgia - Norio Village - Martkopi Monastery

We first discovered it the end of…

The Chronicle of Georgia, Monument Near Tbilisi Sea

The Chronicle of Georgia, also called History Memorial of Georgia is one of the hidden gems of Tbilisi.

Not at all a popular tourist spot, but definitely one of the impressive sites I have discovered lately. Located near the Tbilisi sea (it's a…

Norio Village

Norio village is located in Gardabani district some 50 km from Gardabani and 25 km from nations capital Tbilisi.

My travels took me to Norio village at the end of February 2017, when we decided to make a lovely hiking trip to Martkopi monastery, we…

Restaurant at Best Western's Tbilisi Art Hotel

This article is about restaurants review at Best Western's Tbilisi Art hotel located on Apakidze street 11 (behind the sports palace)

We visited this place on a Valentine's day 2017, ordered some basics, like Caesars salad, meal from fish and a…

Hee Korean BBQ Grill in Chelsea, New York Review

Our latest trip to the United States was accompanied a lot by visiting local Asian cuisines, a Japanese Sushi place in Financial district (Zen Ramen and Sushi House, New York City) or Chinese noodle house in Philadelphia (Spice C - Hand Drawn…

INNSIDE New York NoMad Hotel Review

From the footsteps of mount Kazbegi in Rooms Hotel (Georgia) to the footsteps of the Empire State Building in New York city - that's how I could describe in short our hotel choice during the holiday season of 2016/2017

We booked Hotel Innside by…

Spice C - Hand Drawn Noodles in Philadelphia

I first discovered Spice C noodle house in Philadelphia back in 2013, and mentioned it on my article about streets of Philadelphia.

Now about 3 years later, re-discovered this place again, after arrived to Philly from NYC and stayed at a lovely…

House of Madatovi - Tbilisi Restaurant

House of Madatovi is a really lovely Georgian style cuisine restaurant, located on the recently renovated part of David Aghameshabeli avenue.

See: New Life for Agmashenebeli avenue, Tbilisi

Madatovi restaurant features not only authentic Georgian…

Champions Academy Tbilisi

Champions Academy in Tbilisi is a gym/ fitness / crossfit training facility, located on a 4-storey building on David Agmanashebeli avenue. 

I've enrolled at Champions Academy at the start of February 2017, with a goal to train my heart using cardio…

Restaurant Kus Tba (Turtle Lake) in Tbilisi

Restaurant Kus Tba is located next to the popular recreational area Turtle lake in Tbilisi, here serves a traditional Georgian cuisine in a touristic sauce. 

I have been to this place several times, I cannot tell neither good, neither bad - I'm…

Sleep Inn Philadelphia

Offering a fitness centre, Sleep Inn Philadelphia is located in Philadelphia. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and cable channels. There is also a microwave. Featuring a bath or shower, private…

Carpe Diem Cafe Bar in Tbilisi

Carpe Diem is a cozy cafe bar in Tbilisi, located between Narikala fortress and Shardeni. Here at Carpe Diem you can try tasty home made burgers and have a herbal tea in pot. 

Because of this place been located in a steep uphill between Narikala…

Former Archaeological Museum Building in Tbilisi

Former Archeological Museum Building in Tbilisi is a great example of the Soviet architecture in Georgia.

I had a chance to discover this place and explore surrounding area, first time in February 2017, thanks to the Tbilisi Soviet Architecure …

Restaurant Kala in Tbilisi

Restaurant Kala in Tbilisi's Old Town actually is one of the first restaurant I've visited once set my foot on Georgian land back in April 2011. 

I have spent countless evenings here, enjoying Georgian red wine, listening to great live musicians…

Darbnīca Cafe Liepāja

Centrally located on Lielā street in Liepāja, Darbnīca Cafe is another nice addition to my Liepāja restaurant reviews (they are few, I know).

We travel to Liepāja once in a while, during our Summer's in Latvia, mostly for buying some construction…

Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market found at 12th and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Over one hundred merchants offer fresh produce, meats, fish, artisan cheese, groceries, ice cream, flowers, grilled cheese,…

Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal

There is a super cheap way to travel across the United States using intercity buses. Back in the Summer 2013 I made a long journey from New York to Houston, Texas for about USD 200 per 2 persons using MegaBus. 

Last time I was in the US, we decided…

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Secaucus, NJ

Once in the Burger bar - order burgers. That's how in short I could describe my experience at Red Robin Gourmet Burger in Secaucus, NJ.

Located in the some building were La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands, in which we stayed during my…

La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands

La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands was our first hotel in United States, during our latest trip here. We booked this hotel as a secret deal on hotwire, as we wanted to get a reasonable price for a hotel with easy access to the Manhattan…

Zen Ramen and Sushi House, New York City

Nestled in the middle of financial district, New York City, we discovered this place by an accident. After wondering around Manhattan, I took the wrong subway ride and once we left subway, we were in a cool neighborhood somewhere in Midtown.

This…

Central Park, New York City

Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with about 40 million visitors yearly, also it's one of the most filmed locations in the world.

Central Park should be on…

Independence Square in Kiev

Maidan Nezalezhnosti (literally:Independence Square) is the central square of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

One of the city's main squares, it is located on Khreshchatyk Street in the Shevchenko Raion. The square has been known under many…

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Located at the base of Kazbek Mountain in Stepantsminda Village, 7 km from the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, Hotel Kazbegi features a lobby bar with a library (I even got local Georgian Forbes magazine in English) and free Wi-Fi.

We booked…

Tasty Ukrainian Cuisine on Khreshchatyk street in Kiev

Wow, my first (yet, only one) Kiev restaurant review and I can't remember name of this place.

Shame on me. On the other hand it was not planned to make any Kiev restaurant reviews this time, as we were having just a layover flight in Kiev before…

Cafe at Hotel Mate in Khulo

I just love those small roadside cafeterias and cafe at Hotel Mate in Khulo (region of Adjara in Georgia) is just another great discovery. 

Hotel Mate is located in the center of Khulo in front of the hospital up the hill from central road. Address…

Kyiv-Passazhyrskiy Railway station

Kyiv-Passazhyrsky, also called just as Vokzalna, is a railway station in the capital of Ukraine, Kiyv (Kiev)

The Kiev Metro station Vokzalna is adjoining the complex, constituting the station's main intersection with city transport. The Kiev tram …

Kiev Boryspil International Airport

Boryspil International Airport  is an international airport in Boryspil, 29 km  east of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

It is the country's largest airport, serving 65% of its passenger air traffic, including all its intercontinental flights and a…

Makhuntseti Arched Bridge

The Makhuntseti Arched Bridge is located in the village with same name, in the Keda municipality (region of Adjara in Georgia) on Batumi - Khulo road.

The bridge is pretty large and holds together on the natural rock stones and lime. The bridge is…

Makhuntseti Waterfall

I was more than sure that the name of this waterfall in Keda municipality (region of Adjara) is Queen Tamar Waterfall, and was surprised latter to learn official name is Makhuntseti Waterfall.

No matter of the name, it is just second waterfall I…

Samikitno Batumi Restaurant

Samikitno is a popular restaurant chain across Georgia.

We visited this Batumi restaurant in the late evening during our latest trip to the lovely seaside town of Batumi, after discovered that restaurant at hotel we stayed was already closed. See…

Privet iz Batuma

Privet iz Batuma, literally meaning Hi from Batumi, if translated from Russian is just another cool cafe located in Georgian seaside resort city Batumi.

Despite the name, giving a feeling you will be returned to the times of Imperial Russia,…

Georgian Enamel Souvenir Shop in Batumi

I tried hard, but couldn't locate precise location or name of this Georgian enamel souvenir shop in Batumi. What I know, most probably it's located on Zviad Gamsakhurdia street in Batumi, in the Goodwill shop area.

Why I believe it's worth to…

Anker Hostel in Oslo

Think hostels are cheap? Think twice.

Anker hostel officially is the most expensive hostel I have stayed so far, and there is no surprise about that. Located in Oslo, one of the most expensive cities in the World (yes, I know one of the best…

Sputnik Hotel in Batumi

I now have a new favorite hotel in Batumi - Sputnik hotel. 

Surrounded by a garden with tropical plants and trees, this 4-stars Sputnik Hotel & Spa Batumi is nestled in Batumi Hills with a stunning views of the city and black sea. Hotel boasts…

Chiatura Cable-ways Central Station

If you have a chance of visiting remote Georgian city Chiatura, make sure you take a free ride at one of the famous cable ways. Also don't forget to take your camera and make one of the interesting photos you will make in Georgia.

Some call them…

Oslo Bus Terminal

Oslo Bus Terminal was our second stop from our first time short trip to Norway,we arrived here from Moss Airport, Rygge, in June, 2016 and left back from the same terminal to airport in the next morning.

Oslo Bus Terminal  is the main bus station …

Moss Airport, Rygge, Norway

Moss airport Rygge officially marks my first entry point to Norway in Summer 2016. Unfortunately, or for good,  Rygge airport has been shut down to all civilian traffic on November 1, 2016.

We arrived here from Malaga by Ryanair cheap flight and…

Katskhi Monastery of Nativity of the Savior

Don't be surprised of the name Katskhi, this is a church located some 2km from the famous Katskhi pillar in Georgia.

The Katskhi Monastery of Nativity of the Savior, more commonly known as the Katskhi Monastery is a medieval monastery in Georgia,…

Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport

Málaga Airport, officially Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid–Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. It is an important airport for Spanish tourism as it is the main international airport serving the …

Katskhi Pillar

The Katskhi pillar is a natural limestone monolith located at the village of Katskhi in western Georgian region of Imereti, near the town of Chiatura. It is approximately 40 metres (130 ft) high, and overlooks the small river valley of Katskhura, a …

Hotel Zen Airport Torremolinos, Spain

Hotel Zen is a 3-star hotel located in Torremolinos, Spain - a good location, pretty close to the Malaga airport. We booked Hotel Zen as our last hotel during our week long travels in Spain before departing to Oslo, Norway.

This property is 16…

Samtavisi Cathedral

Samtavisi is an eleventh-century Georgian Orthodox cathedral in eastern Georgia, in the region of Shida Kartli, some 45km from the nation’s capital Tbilisi. The cathedral is now one of the centers of the Eparchy of Samtavisi and Gori of the Georgian…

Bulachauri restaurant

Bulachauri restaurant probably is the restaurant I have visited the most - unfortunately I have never paid attention to the name of this place - I always know, that's that restaurant we always take meals when hiring our driver for trips to region of…

Hotel Los Dolmenes in Antequera, Spain

Hotel Los Dolmenes in Antequera is among my favorite hotels I have stayed so far. 

We booked this hotel during our latest trip in Spain (a week in Andalusia) in June 2016. Set in the olive grove, close to the El Torcal this is a really valuable …

Bazaleti Lake in Georgia

The Bazaleti Lake is a lake in eastern Georgia some 60 km northwest of the nation's capital Tbilisi and 5 km south of the town of Dusheti. It is used for fish culture, irrigation, and recreation. The nearby village and the historical district around…

El Torcal de Antequera

El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga off the A45 road in Andalusia, Spain.

It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most…

Motel Istros Aviaparkas

Motel Istros Aviaparkas is among the strangest and definitely the most solitary hotel I have ever stayed. Located some 4 kilometers from town of Panevezys in Lithuania.

It was the evening of my 31st birthday and we returned home from our three day…

Vazha Pshavela House Museum in Chargali

Vazha Pshavela house museum in Chargali features objects connected with life and work of well-known Georgian son and poet Vazha-Pshavela (1861-1915). Various publications of poet's works, paintings, graphics, sculptures and photographs are featured…

IKEA Shopping in Vilnius, Lithuania

IKEA store has been opened in Vilnius city already in 2013. This place is very popular among local and neighboring shopping travelers - Belarus and Latvia.

There is no surprise seeing shoppers from Belarus here, as Minsk is less than 200km from…

Flamingo Lagoon near Fuente de Piedra in Spain

I'm not into bird photography at all, but idea visiting one of the Worlds largest Flamingo lagoons today sounded great.

We were on our 4th or 5th day traveling around region of Andalusia in Spain. Somehow small town of Fuente de Piedra popped up in…

Osteria de Luca Italian Restaurant in Vilnius

Osteria de Luca is an Italian restaurant located in the Old town of Vilnius, Lithuania.

During my latest visit here in August 2016, they served delicious Italian cuisine, I tried a wrapped pizza - intrigue and amazing. I got the feelings they have…

Restaurant El Arador, Estepa, Spain

I just love roadside cafeterias, so did happened today, we left Seville and had a direction towards Granada, after an hour of driving we started to feel hungry, it was lunch time. Luckly Restaurant El Arador popped up. 



Restaurante El Arador…

The Republic of Užupis (Vilnius, Lithuania)

I have traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania a lot, for most of the times using Vilnius just as a transit stop. I decided to change this. It was my 31st birthday, and I opted for celebrations in Vilnius (I have a goal - to celebrate my birthday each year…

Ujarma Fortress

Ujarma  is a medieval Georgian fortress in the Kakheti region, located some 45 km east from the nation's capital Tbilisi.

It's believed than in the second half of the 5th century, famous Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi) erected numerous…

Literatu street in Vilnius

The chances are you will love this narrow street in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania if you are an avid reader, writer or just a true hipster (OK, just joking). 

"Literatu street project" - formally name of the project. The wall with mounted artworks…

Iosebis Duqani (Joseph's Tavern) near Sasadilo

Iosebis Duqani is just another cool roadside cafeteria, located near village of Sasadilo, in Mtskheta-Tianeti region, Georgia. 

Often readers of my blog are familiar on my passion on roadside cafeterias, in most cases they are just excellent. It' s…

Plaza de Espana

Plaza de España: A Historical Marvel in Seville, Spain

Plaza de España undoubtedly ranks among the top 10 must-visit tourist attractions in Seville, Spain.

Here's a delightful anecdote from my visit: I stumbled upon the name of this iconic place only after completing my photography session. By sheer…

Sioni Water Reservoir (Georgia)

I had never been to this area of Georgia before, the lucky day come and I negotiated with our driver to visit town of Tianeti. It was from Tianeti driver suggested us to visit Sioni lake, or more precisely Sioni water reservoir. In short - another…

Hotel Review - Leflet Valme in Dos Hermanas, Spain

Leflet Valme is a 3-star hotel located in a small town of Dos Hermanas in province of Sevile, Spain.

We booked this hotel for one night prior of visiting Seville next morning. Our road took us here from Cadiz, and in fact we almost missed exit to…

Vilnius TV Tower and Observation Platform

The Vilnius TV Tower  is a 326.5 m (1,071 ft) tower in the Karoliniškės microdistrict of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is the tallest structure in Lithuania, and is occupied by the SC Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre.

It was my birthday morning when…

Public Service Hall in Tianeti

Georgia is well know of its unique style and design for Public service halls across the country.

The most famous probably is the Tbilisi Public service hall (Ups, I don't have a separate article about it yet, but yes, there is a good reason to make…

Lord Restaurant Review in Tbilisi

The Lord restaurant comes as the biggest discovery in my Tbilisi restaurant review series this year, located on the Left embankment of Mtkvari, this place is actually pretty close to our apartment, although after living in this neighborhood for more…

Country House 'Guronys' Near Pasuliai in Lithuania

Guronys is located on a 7 hectare area and offers rooms and historic, wooden cottages with authentic décor of a Lithuanian village house. It is located on the bank of the lake, 8 km from Vilnius - Kaunas motorway and booking.com says it offers boat…

Kuzh Park in Tianeti

Kuzh park is located in the town of Tianeti, Georgia.

We first discovered it at the end of October 2016, and ever since we have been returning here once in a while, especially now with our baby girl. 

I didn't find much info about this park on the…

Gas Burger Tbilisi Review

Gas Burger on Marjanishvili street Tbilisi is among my latest discoveries from Tbilisi eatery's. In short  - a very good place, where rich burgers and milk shakes are served. A little but ecletic - I would call this a Turkish interpretation of…

Cafe Vanessa in Tianeti

I love roadside cafeterias, in most cases they are better or in same level as fancy restaurants. I wouldn't call Cafe Vanessa in Tianeti a roadside cafeteria, as I believe we can call it the only one in this small Georgian town.

Located next to the…

Ankara Turkish Restaurant in Tbilisi

I love Turkish cuisine, and those Turkish restaurants located in Tbilisi are very good. In fact it is thanks to the Turkish Restaurants in Georgia I learnt what halal actually is (as most of the Turkish or Persian places serve Halal exclusively)…

Viva Kaunas - City Under Your Feet

I remember from a trip to Italy, once we were in Florence - we specially searched Michelangelo Square as it promised to give the most stunning views of city. In fact it did - see: Michelangelo Square in Florence, Italy. It was at the start of August…

Le Montrachet Tbilisi Restaurant Review

Le Montrachet Tbilisi restaurant says it is a Neo-Bistro by a New York Chef. Progressive farm driven cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.. Located in the historic Jewish quarter in Tbilisi Old Town (Betlemi street 23) this place offers combo menus and…

Rural Tourism in Lithuania - Karpyne

Right, I actually wanted to write a short review about restaurant Karpyne located in the middle of country, but finding a translation of this place (Kaimo Turizmo Sodyba Karpyne) and browsing trough my cameras viewfinder I did find this is actually…

Mastis Lake in Telšiai, Lithuania

Mastis lake is located in the town of Telšiai, Lithuania.

There is a dwelling houses located in the shores of lake Mastis, and seems there is a nice recreational area built closer to the Telsiai city center.



View towards lake Mastis

Captured…

Guesthouse Sinchronas in Telšiai, Lithuania Review

It was on the eve of my birthday (August 2016), and we decided to celebrate it in Vilnius, Lithuania. We took our Honda CRV car, crossed Latvia / Lithuania border through Priekule, made few remarkable stops at places like - St. Michael Archangel…

Telavi Market (Buy Georgian Churchkhelas , Spices or House Wine)

Oh, I love fresh vegetable markets, especially those located in Georgia. One of my favorite markets in Georgia is located in Telavi. I remember once I pulled our vehicle of the road near Gori, and we bough a box with tomatoes, see: Fresh Vegetable…

Kindzmarauli Corporation Wine House in Kvareli, Georgia

Right here comes another interesting Georgian Wine House, with a super cool name - JSP Kindzmarauli Corporation Wine House, located in the Kakheti, town of Kvareli.

I must admit -  I had never heard of tis winery before, on the other hand I don't…

Sighnagi Museum

The Sighnaghi Museum is located in the charming Sighnagi town, region of Kakheti, Georgia.

I have paid many, many visits to Sighnaghi, but for the very first time I visited this museum just at the end of 2016. It was cloudy day, instead of…

Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti Trinity Church is a must have to visit destination in Georgia. The church is located at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi some 160 km North from nations capital Tbilisi.

I have visited Gergeti church for some 3 times during…

Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument

In fact I had to open a Wikipedia to learn the name of this place, as I mistakenly thought this is just some cool viewing platform located high in the Caucasus mountains, built by Soviets. Turns out it's not only built by Soviets, but bears the name…

Zhinvali Water Reservoir, Georgia

Zhinvali, also Jinvali, is an artificial water reservoir located on the river Aragvi in Georgia. The building of the hydroelectric dam formed the Zhinvali Reservoir. The dam has been built in 1986.

You have probably noticed this perfect blue…

Green (Mtsvane) Monastery

Green Monastery (The Chitakhevi St. George's Monastery) is located in a picturesque place in the Borjomi valley. People called it lovingly “The Green Monastery”, because all the trees in the valley are of a special green color. The stones, with…

Restaurant 'Porto' Near Plunge, Lithuania

Restaurant 'Porto' near town of Plunge in Lithuania is place were we stopped for about an hour to book a nearby hotel, using restaurants Wi-Fi and of course tried local cuisine. 

It turned out that "Porto" is not only a restaurant but hotel as well…

Žemaitė Memorial Museum, Bukantė Manor Homestead

If you love rural tourism, you will love this place, which name is really hard to even spell - but here is the name: Žemaitė Memorial Museum, Bukantė Manor Homestead

Located in the Zemaitojos national park, district of Plunge, Lithuania. As usually…