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Sunsets at the Adriatic Sea

I just got back from Croatia where I went for many walks along the Adriatic Sea, looking at the sunset and thinking back on the history of these waters. The eastern shore of the sea, which is today Croatia, was once inhabited by Illyrians. After a short colonization by the Greeks, it was time for the Romans to enter.

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Lazy days in Lucerne

After spending time in Swiss cities such as Zürich and Bern, the town of Luzern surprisingly turns out to be the prettiest of them all. It feels more like a town in northern Italy than a Swiss one. Surrounded by snow-clad alps, Luzern features towers, medieval walls, wooden bridges and waterfront promenades.

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Wazzup in Vaduz

So what’s up in Liechtenstein these days? Not much, it seems. With a population of 35000, this country is one of the smallest there is. Today I’ve been strolling through the capital Vaduz, a small town along the Rhine with 5000 inhabitants.

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The dark past of Munich

I’m currently in Munich, the heart of Bavaria. While it’s the most popular city in Germany to live with high living standards and a bustling economy, unfortunately many associate the name with the tragic events of 1972. During the Olympic Games 17 people were killed in a terrorist incident.

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Greetings from Moldova

We’ve just arrived in Chisinau after a fuming bus journey from Odessa in Ukraine. We took extra care to avoid the territory of Transnistria, which covers most of the Ukrainian border. It seems to be locked in some sort of post-Soviet conflict with Moldova and we were advised not to receive any passport stamps there, despite the soothing soundtrack of “Moldavia” by Front 242.

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Exploring Chernobyl

The soundtrack of the day was Radioactivity by Kraftwerk, as we rolled into Chernobyl this morning. I felt a slight chill at the sight of the empty streets of Pripyat. The silence. The abandoned ferris wheel. The grass where children will never play again. Soviet rural life locked in time.

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Movie locations around the world part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my quest for finding movie locations around the world! Left images are from the actual films and to the right are my visits to the spots. You may also be interested in Part 1. Featured movies: Blade Runner, Star Wars Episode 4, Easy Rider, Star Trek: First Contact, The Third Man, Rebel Without a Cause, Star Trek: Voyager, The Terminator, The Living Daylights, Californication, Skyfall, Before Sunrise.

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Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."

Roaming through Banff

"Even though the main town is surrounded by mountains with names such as Sulphur Mountain, it is as far away from Mordor as one could imagine."

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."