I’m island hopping again and back at the harbor waiting to board the Naxos Jet (a ferry) to Paros. I have opted for Paros for two reasons; to give one travel companion a chance to bathe in the sea and to experience a less visited island. Approximately three hours later, we disembark in this, Read More

Greece is mostly inspired by mythology and I love it! It romanticizes history and adds a sense of wonderment to a traveler like me. We get to the Delos harbour on this beautiful morning and settle down for a quick breakfast before departure. Just about 20 minutes (by ferry) from Mykonos is a small, Read More

It’s 6 a.m. in Athens and the Piraeus Harbor is buzzing with tourists. Some bewildered, dragging luggage, searching for jetties and boats with romantic sounding names, but there is sense of adventure and excitement. Our “ferry” (mid-sized cruise ship), Nissos Mykonos arrives at 7:10 am, and a huge gangplank is slowly dropped down from, Read More

My train gets into Bari, the port city of Italy’s southern region of Puglia located on the Adriatic Sea. It’s late evening and I’m glad to be picked up by friends who then drive me to their rented apartment in Monopoli. Monopoli is a charming, quiet town about 40 kms southeast of Bari and, Read More

God distributed soil through a sieve and used the remaining stones to build Greece states a Greek legend.   So when ancient Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus (643-548 BC) said “the world is wonderful because it is a creation of God” he probably was referring to his own country. My flight from Bari, Italy touches, Read More

Last, but not least, I’m now in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. And as expected, it’s all about colourful homes, waterside cafes, boats and canals, and of course the inimitable mermaid. It is, I’m soon to find out, also one of the more expensive destinations I have been to.  But first, I have to check in to, Read More

OMG! This cruise ship is awesome. Silja Symphony really knows how to spoil a passenger. The cabins are small but so comfortable, the food is great, the entertainment is fabulous and the views are stunning. The ship has 13 decks (I was on deck 11), 986 passenger cabins and over 2500 passengers.   After an overnight trip (almost 20 hours, Read More

Having left the Finlyandsky Railway Station (Finlandia Station) in St. Petersburg at 6:40 a.m., I arrive in Helsinki Finland by 10:07. At times, reaching a top speed of 220-kms per hour, this 300-km ride took me 3.5 hours on the Allegro.  What’s interesting about the Finlyandsky Railway Station is that it was famously known for the arrival of Vladimir Lenin by train from Germany on 3 April 1917, Read More

Finally, I’ve made it to Russia…a longtime item on my Bucket List and I’m super stoked to be in St. Petersburg! My first stop is to check in to the Melange Hotel, a not-so-easy-to-spot accommodation, but nonetheless, very comfortable, inexpensive and ideally located on St. Petersburg’s main street, Nevsky Prospekt.   The City of the Tsars, the Venice of, Read More

I am now in the Old Town of Tallinn Estonia. It is beautiful fairytale city because of its well preserved medieval buildings and colourful, gabled façades. The cobblestoned streets add to the ambiance of this city that is enclosed by a great old wall. This wall was protection against greater powers like the Danish, Swedish, Polish, Germans and, Read More