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Historic Annapolis, MD – a peaceful harbor town, located about an hour from the bustling city of DC. Are you interested in the history of the United States? You can’t miss this place. Are you planning on visiting the DC area? It’s a quick stop along the road. However, it’s not a place where you can hang out all week but it’s perfect to spend a day or weekend. Are you thinking about visiting the Chesapeake Bay area? Annapolis is the place to start. Interested in harbor views and lots of seafood? Again, this might be the place for you. Meet friendly locals, rent a boat, eat some crabs, go fishing, soak up some sun or stroll along the harbor. Everything is possible. Free activities Maryland State House The Maryland State House is the oldest in the nation in continuous legislative use. It’s the place where George Washington resigned his commission before the continental…

Old Town Alexandria is a charming little town in the state of Virginia, close to Washington DC. It’s the perfect location for a weekend away from the big city. The city of Alexandria was founded in 1749 and it used to be the hometown of George Washington, the first president of the United States. King Street King Street is the main street. This is the place for shopping and dining. Are you a foodie? Well, there’s plenty of choice. You can go for the all American food, Italian food, French food and lots of seafood. It’s a nice place for an evening stroll but don’t worry, you could also take the free King Street trolley. The trolley will take you back in time and you’ll be at your destination in no time. Row houses The houses in this area are just lovely. I think it’s really charming. You’ll fall in love with…

Do you ever think about the history of a place? The many secrets and hidden gems. The people from the past, each of them with their own thoughts and stories. This happens to me all the time. I find it interesting to dig deeper and to find a connection with a place. Paris is one of those places that looks like a postcard. So many neighborhoods. So many perspectives. So many angles. It’s a dream. Imagine a hot summer night along the Seine, sipping a glass of wine and the perfect setting of the Eiffel Tower in the background. Let your mind wander into the present, the future and maybe even the past. Take it all in. What does the city look like at this very moment in time? What will it look like in 50 years from now? But most important… what did it look like in the past century? Le…

When visiting a city, you will find tourists all over the city but you won’t find them in secret corners. Tourists stick to their map and the tourist spots. I like being a tourist but I like to get lost sometimes. Also, I like to find out a bit more about certain places. There’s always a story behind it. Secrets of today? Paris. I went to visit the Parisian neighborhood Montmartre. I had little time but I still managed to see some interesting things. Montmartre is a large hill in the 18th arrondissement and is known for its basilica the Sacré Coeur. It is an artistic neighborhood and many painters and writers found inspiration in the picturesque setting of this charming hill. Montmartre used to be a small village, surrounded by fields, windmills and vineyards. It sounds lovely but it has transformed into one of the most vibrant and touristic neighborhoods in…

It’s not always easy to travel with a pet. I could say more: it’s not easy at all. We love our pets and we love to travel but we don’t want to leave them behind. Let’s talk about dogs. When it comes to dogs, do we have options? Of course we do, but how many options do we have? It might surprise you but traveling with a dog is one of the best decisions to make. Especially as a solo traveler… having a dog to keep you company could make the trip a whole lot better. Who doesn’t like a little road trip, right? My dog vs the travelbug The travelbug, it’s infective. I like to travel and my dog likes to travel (really, she does and that might be my fault) but there’s one problem: the destination and how to get there. Dogs aren’t allowed in a shop, restaurant, let alone on…

I did a lot of reflecting lately. Reflecting my life, the choices I made and the choices I’m about to make. You need to truly experience a new place to appreciate your surroundings. My travels had three things in common: the relief of going home, the happiness to see certain people again and the excitement of creating new memories. It’s about the experiences and it’s about the people you meet. You start to see more value in new people and less value in people at home. You start to see the truth. You start to see things in a different perspective. Unexpected connections turn out to be more important while other connections turn out to be less important. It creates chaos but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Chaos can be a beautiful thing. It’s about experiences that make you question everything that once felt so right. It makes you…

Washington D.C. on a budget? You can forget about that. However, there might be a way to keep your expenses as low as possible: all things Smithsonian. The Smithsonian museums are all free and most of them are located on both sides of the National Mall. Pretty easy, isn’t it? My 3 favorites are the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space museum. You can easily spend a day in each of those three. Other Smithsonian museums are the American Indian Museum, the African American Museum, African Art Museum, American Art Museum, Arts and Industries Building (now closed for renovation), the Renwick Gallery, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Castle. The Holocaust Museum and the National Zoo are free as well. Did I forget something? Probably. Let’s just say there’s plenty of choice for each one of us. Of course, there are some other activities to…

The Long Man of Wilmington, a mysterious figure located in the hills of East Sussex, England. This figure is just as mysterious as the story behind it. There are many theories but the truth remains a secret. It’s just another mystery, just like Stonehenge or the Nazca lines in Peru. How did it get there? Who made this figure? Why did they create it? How did they create it? Why this shape? We may never know. There are many myths and stories… One of the myths says it’s the print of a giant who was killed by another giant. Hard to believe? I agree. One of the stories claims it’s a medieval figure, other stories claim it’s a prehistorical figure or even a Roman warrior. Makes more sense? Maybe. The first reference to this figure was found in a drawing from 1710. It was the same shape, the same location and it…

I didn’t think I would write something like this until I had to experience the worst flight of my life. I’m not kidding, it’s a scary story. Right now, I’m still recovering from jet lag which makes it even worse – but hey, we made it. There was nothing wrong with the first flight. It was a calm flight, everything went well and I didn’t feel a thing – until the last hour. There was too much wind during landing and the plane went up and down. It didn’t stop. You need a strong stomach to get through this. The second flight was a different story. Have you ever had turbulence for 7 hours in a row (literally – like it will never end)? To make it even worse, they switched off all the lights to make it look like we were about to crash or something. Imagine a lot of noise, flashing lights and a shaking…