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Tales of Kosovo

Tales of Kosovo

Kosovo. A mere mention of the name is enough to start a debate wherever you go in this part of the world. The war ended almost 20 years ago, but the scars still appear to be fresh.

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Is this Macedonia?

Is this Macedonia?

As I crossed the border from Albania to Macedonia, I kept a careful eye on the signs. The republic of Macedonia is the country I’m aiming for, but there is also a region of adjacent Greece which claims the name Macedonia. To make things more complicated, the republic has opted to change its name to North Macedonia.

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The bunkers of Albania

The bunkers of Albania

Ok, I admit to not having counted them, but there are a lot of bunker installations all over Albania. Hundreds of thousands of bunkers went up during 1975-1983, littering the landscape with concrete slabs.

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Keeping the Bourdain spirit
Back in Prague

Back in Prague

Hello again Prague! On my last visit almost a decade ago, the city was chilling with patches of snow. This time the city is lush and green, while the temperature is almost tropical.

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Visiting the masters of Florence

Visiting the masters of Florence

In the movie A Room with a View from 1985, Helena Bonham-Carter gazes from her window at Hotel degli Orafi towards Ponte Vecchio. But I would say that this is a City with a View, since almost every corner could be featured on a painting.

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Views in Venice

Views in Venice

“Aah, Venice”, as old Indiana Jones used to say. Just like places like NYC and Paris, this island is forever destined to appear frequently on the big screen. With 118 islands, 150 canals and 400 bridges there is a lot of scenic locations.

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Happy New Year Luxembourg

Happy New Year Luxembourg

The year is about to get wrapped up. For the occasion, I’m currently in the world’s only remaining grand duchy. The capital, Luxembourg city, is built at a fascinating geographic location. Canyons and gorges divide the city into upper and lower town, which makes it beautiful but a bit tough to navigate.

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Roaming in Valletta

Roaming in Valletta

A few days ago, I was roaming the alleys of Valletta, built by the Knights of St. John after the great siege of 1565. Traces of the Knights are visible all over the capital of Malta. For instance, their legacy can be seen from the city walls at Upper Barrakka Gardens, where I had a magnificent view over the Three Cities and Fort St. Angelo where the Knights lived before the siege.

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Silent night in Frankfurt

Silent night in Frankfurt

It’s a cold night in Frankfurt. We are walking along silent streets where Christmas displays in the shop windows are providing a bit of light and comfort. As I walk by, I look up towards the facade of the house where Goethe was born in 1749. But it’s really cold, so instead we visit a chocolate shop across the street.

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