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The Looong Way to Zichy Cave

The Looong Way to Zichy Cave
Text & photos © Estrella Azul For this year, my plan is to go on as many road trips as possible. The first one this spring was to visit a few dripstone caves around Șuncuiuș village, about an hour’s drive from my city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. My boyfriend and I had never been to the Șuncuiuș...
May 5th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, TRAVEL BUMMERS | Read More

Spring at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California

Spring at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols With leaf earrings dangling from my ears, I got in my car and drove three miles to one of the best kept secrets of San Diego. Even though I live so close to San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California, I rarely visit. I decided to go this year because we’ve...
April 21st, 2017 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

What to see on a day-trip to Bratislava

What to see on a day-trip to Bratislava
Text & photos © Estrella Azul DURING SUMMER VACATION my boyfriend and I stayed in Budapest, Hungary, for a week. While looking for cities to visit nearby we realized Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, was only a two-hour drive away. We took the M1 motorway early in the morning and, without any...
April 7th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Historic/Museums, ROAD TRIPS | Read More

California’s Finest Castle: A Quick Weekend Getaway to Cambria

California’s Finest Castle: A Quick Weekend Getaway to Cambria
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols There’s no better time than now to start fleshing out your summer plans. Sure, it may be the middle of winter and you may be freezing in your parka and mittens, but there are benefits to planning early. If you make your reservations now, you’ll likely find numerous...
March 25th, 2017 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Funky Signs: Chopper parking only

Funky Signs: Chopper parking only
Text & photos © Estrella Azul AS SOON AS I SAW this sign at Euphoria Biergarten, a lovely restaurant in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I knew I had to take a picture of it (see feature photo, right). Knight on watch It is a quirky place overall, with sort of a medieval vibe to it, and I am positive that...
March 10th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

The Castle of Diósgyőr’s road to restoration

The Castle of Diósgyőr’s road to restoration
Text & photos © Estrella Azul AS MENTIONED in my previous travel article about the European city of Miskolc (Visiting Miskolc, Hungary during the winter holidays), I first visited the Castle of Diósgyőr in 2005, and it so happened that I revisited it every five years after that. Not much visible...
February 17th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Historic/Museums | Read More

The frozen Bridal Veil Waterfall aka Răchiţele Falls, Romania

The frozen Bridal Veil Waterfall aka Răchiţele Falls, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul LOCATED IN BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED forestry and an area surrounded by high cliffs, the Bridal Veil Waterfall (or Răchiţele Falls) is considered one of the most beautiful smaller waterfalls in Romania. Snowy pine-lined forest road A large sign shows the map of the area...
January 27th, 2017 | EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More