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Spectacular views, commanding structure, mountaintop camping: Millennium Cross, Republic of North Macedonia

Spectacular views, commanding structure, mountaintop camping: Millennium Cross, Republic of North Macedonia
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul A COMMANDING SPECTACLE AT THE summit of Vodno Mountain, and proudly overlooking the city of Skopje in the Republic of North Macedonia, is the 66-meter (217-ft) high Millennium Cross. Millennium Cross on top of Krstovar Peak At 1,066 meters (3,497 feet), Millennium...
January 11th, 2019 | FEATURED ARTICLES, ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Scenic Wonders, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Two hikes for a bird’s-eye view of Brașov, Romania

Two hikes for a bird’s-eye view of Brașov, Romania
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul MY FIRST TIME IN Brașov, Romania was on a girls’ trip in the spring of 2013 with a dear friend who visited me from Australia. It was such a special trip! Since then, I’m really happy to have been able to visit Brașov a few times during winter...
December 28th, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Honeymooning and High Adventure in Manali, India

Honeymooning and High Adventure in Manali, India
Feature photo by Anuj.bhargava7 on Wikimedia Commons. “Waking up with this breathtaking scenic view of Manali from my hotel window.” ——— ON THE BEAS RIVER, almost 340 miles northeast of Delhi, in the scenic mountain state of Himachal Pradesh, India, lies the small resort...
July 27th, 2018 | INDIA, Interesting Towns, Skiing, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Sunny Day at Belgrade Fortress, Serbia

Sunny Day at Belgrade Fortress, Serbia
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul IF YOU ONLY HAVE one day to visit the capital of Serbia, Belgrade (also called the White City)—and if it’s a sunny one—make sure to go for a walk downtown, but also explore the fortress. Hotel Moskva We visited Belgrade on our drive back home from...
May 4th, 2018 | EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, Historic/Museums, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Autumn Flowers Exhibition, Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden

Autumn Flowers Exhibition, Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul THE ANASTASIE FĂTU BOTANICAL GARDEN in Iași, Romania, founded in 1856, has a rich history. And it is one of the establishing members of the Botanic Gardens of Romania Association. These are some of the reasons I wanted to visit it during a recent trip to Iași....
November 17th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols “Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns.” ~Condoleeza Rice On a recent trip to the UK, the tour guide...
August 11th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, QUIRKY PLACES, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania

Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul The Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, opened in 1929 as an outdoor museum, is beautiful. I recall going there on a class trip somewhere around 3rd grade. As opposed to many of my classmates, I didn’t have grandparents or other relatives living on farms in the Romanian...
July 28th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Forests, Historic/Museums, WALKING/HIKING | Read More