Archive for the ‘EUROPE’ Category

Staycation during the Hungarian Cultural Days of Kolozsvár

Staycation during the Hungarian Cultural Days of Kolozsvár
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul KOLOZSVÁR IS HUNGARIAN for Cluj-Napoca, Romania (the city’s Romanian name). Because in this article I’ll be talking about the Hungarian Cultural Days, I will use the city’s name in Hungarian. A view of Kolozsvár from St. Michael’s Church...
September 21st, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, STAYCATIONS, EUROPE, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS | Read More

Quirky architecture of Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Quirky architecture of Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul IN A PREVIOUS travel article I talked about discovering Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia’s Ottoman influences, the biggest of influences still left standing. Today, I want to tell you why I deemed Skopje as having the quirkiest architecture I have...
June 29th, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, STAFF, EUROPE, QUIRKY PLACES | Read More

Sunbathing at Hungarospa Thermal Baths, Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary

Sunbathing at Hungarospa Thermal Baths, Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul IN ROMANIA, we recently had two bank holidays fall during the same work-week: May 28th celebrated the Orthodox Pentecost Monday and June 1st was Children’s Day. For the Children’s Day holiday we planned for a bathing-suit kind of day, so we headed...
June 15th, 2018 | STAFF, EUROPE, Beaches, Water | 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

The lesser delights of Scupi, the Skopje Aqueduct and Macedonian Village

The lesser delights of Scupi, the Skopje Aqueduct and Macedonian Village
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul In my last travel article about the capital of FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), entitled 6 Essential and 7 Practical Travel Tips for Visiting Skopje, FYROM, I mentioned that while it’s a very good place to take long walks, one may need...
April 20th, 2018 | EUROPE, TRAVEL BUMMERS | Read More

Alba Carolina Fortress Through the Seasons

Alba Carolina Fortress Through the Seasons
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul The 18th-century Alba Carolina Fortress (also known as Alba Iulia Fortress) has over time slowly but surely become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania. Arrowed signs guiding you through the fortress With a fascinating “change of the...
March 23rd, 2018 | STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, Historic/Museums | Read More

6 Essential and 7 Practical Travel Tips for Visiting Skopje, FYROM

6 Essential and 7 Practical Travel Tips for Visiting Skopje, FYROM
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul AS MENTIONED IN MY previous travel story, Discovering Skopje’s Ottoman Influences, I have never visited a city quite like Skopje. I learned so much about the capital of FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), most of it while walking Skopje’s...
March 9th, 2018 | TIPS&SECRETS, EUROPE, TRAVEL PREP | Read More