Pena Palace is the best palace in Sintra. And possibly in the world!

There are a few reasons why I think that the Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena in Portuguese) is the best...

This weird Singapore attraction will make you say WTF every 5'!

Sometimes you visit beautiful places and you love them! Other times you see ugly places and wish you’d never...

Photos from Portmeirion, Wales that will make you cancel your italian holiday!

I’m not ashamed to admit that I planned my recent visit to Wales around Portmeirion! Portmeirion is a not a typical welsh looking...

10 of the most morbid tourist attractions in the world!

There are certain tourist attractions we’re all familiar with. They’ve been there for ages (and some not for that long) and they need...

Abandoned Berlin: A risky day in a creepy theme park

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LIS, Portugal, Sintra, To write home about
Pena Palace is the best palace in Sintra. And possibly in the world!
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This weird Singapore attraction will make you say WTF every 5'!
LPL, MAN, Portmeirion, To write home about, United Kingdom
Photos from Portmeirion, Wales that will make you cancel your italian holiday!
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10 of the most morbid tourist attractions in the world!
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Abandoned Berlin: A risky day in a creepy theme park
 

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Things to do and routes to take when you don't have much time and would love to do more than just the standard Top3 suggested by the travel guides!

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My name is Yannis!

I intend to give you practical information for when you have limited time when visiting one place and would like to incorporate doing something a bit unusual, interesting and with a meaning. Or when you simply don't wanna end up wandering around aimlessly.

I'm also here to share some of my stories, incidents, memorable moments from travelling the world, knowing that you'll find some of them interesting, too!

Hide In My Suitcase while I travel and let's see the world together!

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To Write Home About

Things that did stand out, recommendations, ideas, stories and reasons to go back!

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Pena Palace Sintra
LIS, Portugal, Sintra, To write home about

Pena Palace is the best palace in Sintra. And possibly in the world!

There are a few reasons why I think that the Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena in Portuguese) is the best palace in Sintra, Portugal, even though there are some other gorgeous ones in town, too. And having visited hundreds of palaces and castles around the world, I can definitely say it sits comfortably in my World’s Top5 List of Beautiful Castles & Palaces! No, I’ve never compiled such a list, but you get my point! 😀 So, these are some of the reasons why…

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One of my favourites: an 80's hairstyle crab!
SIN, Singapore, Singapore, To write home about

This weird Singapore attraction will make you say WTF every 5′!

Sometimes you visit beautiful places and you love them! Other times you see ugly places and wish you’d never wasted your time! And then there are these places that are ugly maybe (by conventional standards), a bit extravagant, of questionable aesthetics and with no apparent reason of existence! Such thoughts stick in your head so much sometimes that they make you wanna find more about them, about the state of mind of their creator and you end up loving them in the end! Haw…

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negombo lagoon
CMB, Negombo, Sri Lanka, Tips/Guides

How to make the most of one day in Negombo, Sri Lanka

I’m sure not many of you have heard of Negombo. And if you have, it’s probably because you had to arrive at the Colombo airport and were looking for night stop options (any sort of accommodation) before continuing your journey somewhere else in Sri Lanka. Negombo is actually closer to the Bandaranaike Int’l Airport than Sri Lanka’s largest city, Colombo. Therefore, it makes for a more convenient option to spend the night. But what is there to do in Negombo if you have…

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The Bristol Colonnade
LPL, MAN, Portmeirion, To write home about, United Kingdom

Photos from Portmeirion, Wales that will make you cancel your italian holiday!

I’m not ashamed to admit that I planned my recent visit to Wales around Portmeirion! Portmeirion is a not a typical welsh looking place! It looks as if it came straight out of the pages of a fairytale taking place in an italian village! The photos  that follow will give you a good idea about the village and its unique beauty! This is the entrance to the village after a long walk in the forest: The first thing you see is a cute little…

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Giverny Monet water lily pond
CDG, France, LBG, Normandy, ORY, To write home about, TUF

Normandy: Monet was here! And so was I! With a time delay!

We tend to visit a lot of places because of their historical importance, the events that took place in them and for the people who made history there. During my recent road trip around Northern France I felt something I’d never felt before! There were a lot of places of great historical significance, but there was an abundance of beauty everywhere I turned, as well! That bell tower in Honfleur And when I was having a late evening stroll in the…

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Loire Valley Chambord Castle
CDG, France, LBG, Loire Valley, ORY, Tips/Guides, TUF

The best châteaux to visit in the Loire Valley

Trying to organise a trip to Loire Valley can be so overwhelming! Why on earth would someone decide to build so many beautiful castles in one place?  You visit one and then the next one! And you leave the other one for tomorrow, only to realise that you need 1-2 weeks to see all of them! So, what if you’re one of us, a mortal human being, that only has a few days to spend in the Loire Valley but loves the châteaux? How do you choose which ones are…

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Greek salad: This was the biggest surprise of the whole dining experience for me! The greek salad is a dish we're all familiar with, yet none of us would recognise it in this shape and form! However, all the flavours of the salad as we know it were combined in this light and mouthwatering sorbet! Wow! This is what molecular cuisine is about! I was impressed!
ATH, Athens, Greece, To write home about

Molecular gastronomy in the best restaurant in Athens: The day I had to eat a greek salad with a shovel!

First things first: I had no idea what molecular gastronomy is until Maria talked to me about it a few years ago! With photos! And excitement! And then she shared the bill amount and I lost interest for a while! But humans tend to overspend when they want to celebrate a special occasion and so did I the other day! What is molecular gastronomy?  In very simple words: Molecular Gastronomy blends physics and chemistry to transform the tastes and textures of…

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What a convenient plane crash right next to the town!
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10 of the most morbid tourist attractions in the world!

There are certain tourist attractions we’re all familiar with. They’ve been there for ages (and some not for that long) and they need no introductions. Sometimes you don’t even question why they are popular, because they’re simply iconic! Who cares what the Eiffel Tower was made for? It just has to be in the background of your selfie from #Paris while you’re feeling #blessed! 😀 But then there are cemeteries and attractions that don’t really bring back the fondest of memories! Some of them are morbid. And some are even more morbid! But there are also the most morbid tourist attractions of them all! These include:…

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Techatticup abanoned car
LAS, Techatticup, Nelson, Tips/Guides, USA

Techatticup, Nevada: A ghost town that was too good to be true!

WHERE IS TECHATTICUP GHOST TOWN? C://Earth/America/North America/USA/Nevada/El Dorado Canyon/Techatticup Mine WHAT IS TECHATTICUP? The Techatticup Mine was the largest and most productive gold mine of the area. It’s no longer inhabited, so now it’s pretty much a tourist attraction in Nelson, Nevada. It’s also referred to as Nelson Ghost Town by some websites. UNMISSABLE LANDMARKS: – The nearby Las Vegas, which needs no introductions! – The main storehouse, which serves more than storing items! NEAREST AIRPORTS: – LAS – McCarran International Airport…

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Budapest Margaret Island Water Tower
BUD, Budapest, Hungary, Tips/Guides

16 +1 nice things to do on Budapest’s Margaret Island

What is Margaret Island and where is it? Margaret Island (or Margitsziget in Hungarian) is an island in the middle of the river Danube in Budapest, Hungary. It got its name by Saint Margaret of Hungary, a Dominican nun and daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary, who lived there.  For those of you born before the 14th century, you might recognise it by its former name, Island of Rabbits! 😀 Nowadays it’s mainly used as a recreational park and is often compared…

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