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Fear of Not Flying

Fear of Not Flying
Story Copyright © Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Brian Williams Editor’s note: This adventure happened in 2012. I found it by accident in a neglected folder. The feelings I experienced that day were too transformational to keep hidden away in some dusty folder so I’m publishing this...
April 7th, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, STAFF, Flying, ONTARIO | 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 | FEATURED ARTICLES, 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 | FEATURED ARTICLES, TIPS&SECRETS, EUROPE, TRAVEL PREP | Read More

Funky Signs: Danger lurks behind the palace door

Funky Signs: Danger lurks behind the palace door
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols I’VE TAKEN PHOTOGRAPHS of some of the funky signs I’ve stumbled across in various countries, and even one in the U.S. The thing I love about the signs in other countries is how visually descriptive they are. During my travels in Scotland, I loved this funky...
February 23rd, 2018 | EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

Discovering Skopje’s Ottoman Influences

Discovering Skopje’s Ottoman Influences
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul SKOPJE IS THE CAPITAL and also the largest city of the Republic of Macedonia (which is often simply referred to as FYROM, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.) After his brother visited the country and said it was very beautiful, my boyfriend and I...
February 9th, 2018 | EUROPE, STREET LIFE | Read More

Funky Signs: The longest town name in the UK

Funky Signs: The longest town name in the UK
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols YOU CAN FIND the town with the longest name on the island of Anglesey in Wales (southwest Great Britain): Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch It’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records. Here’s a sound file of someone pronouncing...
January 19th, 2018 | EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS, THE UK | Read More

Spending New Year’s Eve in Budapest, Hungary

Spending New Year’s Eve in Budapest, Hungary
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul I FIRST TOOK my boyfriend to Budapest, Hungary on New Year’s Eve in December 2015, as part of our short trip to Miskolc during the winter holidays.  We wanted to see the fireworks in Hungary’s capital. We woke up early and drove there, reaching...
January 1st, 2018 | STAFF, EUROPE | Read More