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Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv was my base for the entirety of my two-week stay in Israel. In between day-trips, I gave myself one full day of dedicated exploration of the city and two more days for taking it slow and easy. From the tourist point of view, that is more than enough…

Istanbul (WHS #139)

Istanbul (WHS #139)

My journey to Israel started with a layover in Istanbul. I’ve never been to the Turkish capital and decided to use the opportunity of a connecting flight to plug that gap on my travel résumé, if only a little. A 9-hour interval from the arrival of the incoming flight to…

Doylestown, PA

Doylestown, PA

You would have to go all the way back to mid-January for my last post not related to overseas travel, and even that was an output of a multi-day trip. Appearances notwithstanding, we do occasionally get out and about for short trips in our local area. Here is a recap…

Elafiti islands

Elafiti islands

On our last day of the Croatian itinerary, we rented a boat for a tour of Elafiti islands, off the Adriatic coast north of Dubrovnik. We opted for a traditional Dalmatian boat, which afforded a private day-long arrangement at reasonable cost. The downside of that was the low speed at…

Dubrovnik (WHS #135)

Dubrovnik (WHS #135)

The second part of our Croatian itinerary had Dubrovnik as the base. Similarly to Split, we gave ourselves only one full day for exploration of Dubrovnik proper but returned every evening for a meal and a stroll, so managed to acquire a certain level of familiarity with the town. Objectively,…

Chasing World Heritage: #134 (Stecci)

Chasing World Heritage: #134 (Stecci)

My latest travel itineraries have been unapologetically influenced by the desire to visit as many World Heritage sites as I come near. In the instances of Portugal or the Dalmatian Coast, that aligned reasonably well with the notion of a typical first-time tour since the most popular and interesting destinations…

Chasing World Heritage: #133 (Mostar)

Chasing World Heritage: #133 (Mostar)

In a not widely known quirk of geography, a tiny sliver of the Dalmatian Coast belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina, making it impossible to travel by land between Split and Dubrovnik without entering and then quickly exiting Bosnian territory. The border checks are comparatively relaxed on this stretch, never creating…

Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Krka National Park was not in our original plans. Just like the vast majority of first-time visitors to Croatia, we instead planned on visiting the much more famous Plitvice National Park (even bought tickets online in advance). The latter, however, is two-and-a-half-hour drive away from Split, where we made our…

Chasing World Heritage: #132 (Trogir)

Chasing World Heritage: #132 (Trogir)

The historic center of Trogir sits on a tiny island – roughly 500 meters long and 250 meters wide – that has been continuously inhabited for over 2,000 years. Since the early 13th century AD, the town was gradually rebuilt and embellished with examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque…

Zadar

Zadar

While in Croatia, we technically only explored sights on the Dalmatian Coast. This historic region today encompasses counties with seats in Split, Dubrovnik, Šibenik, and Zadar, all of which featured on our itinerary. The latter is the northernmost of great Dalmatian towns. Wait a second!, says an attentive follower of…

Chasing World Heritage: #130 (Split)

Split (WHS #130)

For the first part of our adventure in Croatia we were based in Split. We budgeted only a single day for exploring the town, but we also returned to the city core every evening for 5 nights, so by the end of that stay we could plausibly claim a pretty…

Portugal wrap-up

Portugal wrap-up

I have now come to the end of my photo-material from the spring trip to Portugal. For those interested, over 600 photos from the trip have been uploaded to my Flickr galleries. Central Portugal (Coimbra, Alcobaça, Batalha, Tomar, Évora) Northern Portugal (Douro Valley, Guimarães, Bom Jesus do Monte, Amarante, Aveiro)…

Chasing World Heritage: #129 (Evora)

Chasing World Heritage: #129 (Évora)

As my Portugal photo-essay series over the last couple of months clearly shows, our traveling targets in the country were heavily aligned with my well-publicized pursuit of the World Heritage. And yet, practically all of the places that we visited would likely feature – or at least be considered as…

Chasing World Heritage: #128 (Sintra)

Chasing World Heritage: #128 (Sintra)

Sintra is one of the most impressive and attractive places to visit in all of Portugal. It is also one of the most maddeningly overcrowded. We were there in late April; boarding the local bus to drive up to the higher-situated sights, navigating the sole road that leads to those…

Lisbon

Lisbon

Not many people would use “love” and “Lisbon” in the same sentence. Ask anyone who toured Portugal to name their favorite stops, and it is highly unlikely that the capital of the country will feature even among the top five. This lukewarm impression is not entirely unfounded. Lisbon is visually…

Chasing World Heritage: #127 (Belem)

Chasing World Heritage: #127 (Belém)

We started our exploration of Lisbon with a morning trip to Belém to take a look at the World Heritage site that consists of a monastery and a commemorative harbor watchtower. Together, this complex is recognized as representation of Portuguese power during the Age of Discoveries. Here is the perspective…