Black Sea coast of Bulgaria

Coast of the Black Sea After visiting monastery, we continued our way to Burgas (see more about our whole trip to Bulgaria and Bulgarian wine). Burgas is the second largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast after Varna. Between Plovdiv and Burgas we saw lots of newly established vineyards - the view was really impressive! We did not stay in Burgas for long - just filling up petrol and qick look around while driving. Our aim was going to the south along coastline to see old and newly established seaside villages and resorts. It was surprising how many new buildings…

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A bit of Bulgaria

In the middle of March, 2007 we managed to go on a short about a week long trip to Bulgaria. We had to drive more than five and a half thousand kilometres in eight days (more than six hundred kilometres per day in an average). Idea about trip was born when I was returning from a business trip; I met young lady on a plane sitting next to me. She told a lot of interesting things about Bulgaria and we went to check how it is there in the west of Balkan peninsula. Arrival to Bulgaria Late in the afternoon,…

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Czech glassworks and Zoo Dvur Kralove

Czech glassworks Visiting Czech glassworks and zoo were parts of our trip to Bohemia, Czech Republic. Our first destination before arrival to camping Dolce Vita was small ski resort village Harrachov. We visited there Novosad & Son factory located there (address: Harrachov 95, 512 46 Harrachov, Czech Republic) - the second oldest glassworks in Czech Republic, founded in 1712. Since foundation factory is active and now also offers guided tours for visitors to find out how glass and crystal is produced and processed. It is possible to see glass furnace, glass blowing, crystal polishing and other processes. They are producing…

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Spring in Bohemia

In the very end of April, 2009 we went for a quick few days long trip to the Czech Republic. Perhaps, the most famous destination of the Czech Republic is its capital Prague, however Nord-Eastern part of the country, region of Bohemia, is very exciting and attractive because of mountains and local traditions. Whole Bohemian region covers about two thirds of the Czech Republic. We had plans to visit factory producing glass and crystal according to the old traditions, a local brewery (Czech beer has been always tasty and of high quality), spend some time hiking in mountains near Adrspach…

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Around Lithuania

This was one of our corporate trips and before departure we spent a lot of time to make it happen successfully. During two days accompanied by friendly colleagues we decided to visit a number of exciting sites in Lithuania and spent time together in eastern part of Lithuania. About one month we spent for preparation of this trip looking for interesting sites, convenient prices and adjusting schedule of our visits. Lithuanian icon Cross Hill And finally here we are - in the beginning of June at 7 AM we meet each other to start the trip. Just some morning coffee…

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Lithuanian desert sakotis

Bakery near Ignalina This is another part of our trip around Lithuania. In the morning of the second day of our trip, after a coffee and light breakfast, we went to Ignalina. Our destination was bakery Romnesa, where Lithuanian desert sakotis (šakočiai or raguolis), what is national delicacy, is produced.   Sakotis is a special muffin in a shape of tree with a hollow in the middle prepared by monks since 15th century. Similar kind of muffins is also popular in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Hungary and Japan. However, every country has own specific traditions of preparing them. Variants of preparing…

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Western Estonia

Sightseeing tour to western part of Estonia This was a corporate trip by bus together with work colleagues to Estonian islands. It was a short weekend sightseeing tour to western part of Estonia just to relax, have some fun and look a bit around. Our destination was Saaremaa island, with a short stop in summer capital of Estonia - town Parnu. Border between Latvia and Estonia You may cross border between Latvia and Estonia using main road E67. However, there is an interesting alternative - turn left just before Estonian border to small town Latvian town Ainazi. Driving through the…

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New Year’s Eve in Saint Petersburg

Trip planning At the very end of 2011, we decided to meet the coming 2012 in a different and quite unusual atmosphere. Guess, how and where would you get more impressions and emotions as usual? And - it should not be too far away from your home. As we lived in Latvia that time, almost the only option we figured out was visiting Saint Petersburg in Russia. Saint Petersburg, some call it also the Venice of the North, was chosen as our destination because it is often described as the most Western city of Russia. Perhaps, it is most western…

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