What does travel mean to me ?

This isn’t a travel blog that will tell you how to leave everything behind and follow the siren call of travel and I’m not a travel blogger who spends their entire life on the road or in the air. But what this blog will show you is how it is possible to cultivate a deep love of traveling the world, while also living a life that allows you to make those incredible memories.

I want to share with my readers an appreciation for a country’s beauty beyond the buildings that line the streets -- exploring a country’s vibrant culture and visiting with the people allows a much deeper connection while traveling.

I collect memories, not countries.

Suleymaniye : the Most Beautiful Mosque of Istanbul

 Suleymaniye Mosque is famous for it’s perfect proportions and masterfully painted interiors. It is also the most important mosque in Istanbul.  The Mosque sits atop the most distinguished hill above the Golden Horn, and remains among the most noticeble and popular monuments in the city.  The structure itself is is perfectly harmonious, despite its huge central dome, surrounded by smaller domes…

A Complete Guide To Sultanahmet

Istanbul’s most beautiful quarter can, without exaggeration, be called a visual history textbook from which you can see how people lived in the past, and learn about the development of the Roman, Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman peoples. Yes, Sultanahmet is a great historical encyclopedia, and only one day to study it is simply not enough. But it is quite possible to flip through and capture, in memory, the brightest of its pages.

Basilica Cistern : What to Know Before Visiting

This truly unique Istanbul landmark held reserves of clean drinking water. Maintaining this reserve was necessary for the city in case of drought or military action. The volume of the tank is huge: in use, the cistern contained up to 100,000 tons of water, and served as the main source of water for the central part of the city and the Emperor himself. Later, when the Turkish Padishas seized power, they took water from the structure to water Topkapi gardens.

Visiting the Blue Mosque

If you travel to Istanbul , most likely you will be visiting the Blue Mosque . Many of the world’s most famous architectural monuments were erected in celebration of great military victories. In contrast, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, was built after Turkey suffered several major defeats during the early 1600s.  As Sultan Ahmet did…

Budapest :Things to do on the Pest Side

Most of the action lies in Pest, east of the Danube, the Jewish Quarter and the Palace District , with fashionable restaurants bars, restaurants and boutiques in neighborhoods like the Inner City , Budapest Pest side is the place to be . The Pest side is where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s where the main city center is,…

Budapest :Things to do on the Buda Side

The hilly Budapest Buda side , the Buda Castle and renewed, and Turkish-era thermal baths reward travelers . Separated by the Danube, the hilly Buda side is a beautiful area of Budapest with great walking paths, scenery, views of the Pest side, and it’s also home to the picturesque Fisherman’ Bastion and Buda Castle. Here what to do on Budapest’s…

Budapest Travel Tips

If you are planning on taking a trip to Hungary’s capital , here are the basic Budapest travel tips and things you should know before you go . A visit to Hungary’s striking capital means being right on the Danube River , in one of Europe’s finest cities. One of the largest cities in Europe, ,with the trees on the…

Exploring the Moorish Castle of Sintra

Maybe because it has more history than all of the Sintra sights combined , maybe because it has the most authentic feel to it , less crowds and the true bird’s eye view for everything including Atlantic Ocean if you are lucky , visiting Moorish Castle in Sintra was one of the highlights of my Portugal trip . There is…

Why You Should Visit Pena Palace

Why you should visit Pena Palace. The Sintra region had been a favorite of English travelers since the Crusades. Sintra seems to have it all : spectacular palaces and mansions, lush parks, Roman ruins and Europe’s westernmost shores with wild rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and natural pools. No wonder , that later , around 15 century , Philippa, daughter of…

Key Lime Pie

The Key Lime pie didn’t become Florida’s flagship dessert until the 1950s, but it’s now synonymous with the State’s identity and pride of the Keys.

Lemon and lime pies have been around for centuries. A rustic version of the modern lime pie could have been enjoyed even by the Ancient Greeks.

More recently, you can find records of meringue-topped lime pies in Switzerland sometime in the early 19th century, and they came to be quite popular. 

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