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The dark days of Sarajevo

As I stand here in the center of Sarajevo, it is hard to imagine the terrible things that this capital has seen. One of the most well-known tragedies is the assassination of Archduke Frans Ferdinand in 1914, which was the starting point of the first World War. I walked across the Latin Bridge and stood on the spot where Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired the gunshot at the car, almost exactly 100 years ago (off by only two months).

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Welcome to King’s Landing

I’m back in Croatia and I’m currently staying in beautiful Dubrovnik. But to fans of the series Game of Thrones, the city is better known as King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms. During the first season, many of the exterior scenes were shot in Mdina, former capital of Malta. But due to various complications the filming later moved to Dubrovnik.

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The cobblestones of Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Almost one year ago, I walked across the wet cobblestones of Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the central square of Kiev. The Independence Square is a traditional place for political protests, including the infamous Orange Revolution in 2004. The square has even seen the assault of the Mongol army in 1240, as the Lyadski Gates located at the site were destroyed.

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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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The sound of Salzburg

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."
Conquering Machu Picchu

Conquering Machu Picchu

"A life-long dream came true this morning, as I stood upon the mountain looking down at Machu Picchu. I felt like some strange mix between Indiana Jones and a small boy, gazing down upon the final treasure of the Incas."
Visions of Singapore

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."
Memories of Skye

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."
Alone in Kyoto

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."
The lakes of Lombardy

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."

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