San Gimignano and the San Gimignano vineyards, Italy.

The Tuscany in Italy When people think of Tuscany, they often imagine rolling hills covered with vineyards and olive groves. They imagine charming villages and towns and, of course, fantastic marble monuments surrounded by groups of tourists. While all this is true of Tuscany, many people don’t realize how much more it offers. Every trip […]


West Bay Panorama of Doha at night; Qatar

Qatar – its history, culture and present day by Daria Trinkhaus   Qatar has gained fame over the past year mainly due to the FIFA 2022 games taking place there. In truth – Qatar is the first Muslim country to host the World Cup in the world. What we have noticed over the past few […]

Kilim Geoforest Park | Langkawi, Malaysia

Kilim Geoforest Park on Langkawi

When we’ve spent our honeymoon in 2016 on the island of Langkawi, we didn’t get much out of the amazing resort that we’ve been staying at. When we returned in 2022, we finally made up for it and went for a Mangrove tour in the Kilim Geoforest Park. The Kilim Geoforest Park in Langkawi, Malaysia […]

Teide Viewpoint “Mirador Cruz del Carmen” | Tenerife

Teide Viewpoint "Mirador Cruz del Carmen" on a sunny day with clouds in Tenerife

The Anaga Mountains on Tenerife will make you feel like being in the middle of the forest from Grimm’s Little Red Riding Hood. Thanks to the ancient Laurel Forest, UNESCO included the Anaga Area as a World Network of Biosphere Reserve. A volcanic eruption formed this area 7-9 million years ago. On some mountain slopes, […]

Berlengas Elephant | Portugal

Elephant rock on the island of Grande Berlenga at sunset; Portugal

We spotted this “elephant” while on our way back from Berlengas Island to Peniche, Portugal. Although we were traveling by speedboat at a dizzying pace (almost flying over the waves of the Atlantic) the captain of the boat slowed down at this rock formation and allowed Nico to capture the Berlengas Elephant at sunset.   […]

Františkovy Lázně | Czech Republic

Františkovy Lázně is a SPA-town in North Bohemia not far from Karlovy Vary. We have been there more than once – after all, Nico’s family originates from this area on his grandmother’s side. She was born in the region and lived there until she needed to move at the end of World War II.   […]


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Al Zubarah Fort | Qatar

Al Zubarah Fort in Qatar with Qatari man

Al Zubarah Fort is located in the ancient city of Al Zubara, whose history is closely linked to pearl fishing in this area of Qatar. The fort is located on the northwest coast of the Qatar Peninsula – 105 kilometers from Doha. Al Zubara Fort is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The town of […]

View of Coimbra from the Mondego River | Portugal

View of Coimbra and the University of Coimbra from the Mondego River at sunset.

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal from 1131 to 1255. However, it is not the castle or church that towers over the entire city, as is often the case with medieval cities. The central building of Coimbra is the University and this says a lot about the character of this city.   With the move […]

Pilgrimage Church in Wies – Bavaria | Germany

Pilgrimage Church in Wies, Bavaria; Germany

The pilgrimage church in Wies is not located in the center of a big city and is not such an obvious place to visit. When you arrive at the site, you’ll even feel like you’re in the middle of a field. However, countless tourists flock to this place every year. The church is a true […]

Chapel of Bones in Évora | Portugal

Chapel of Bones in Évora - Capela dos Ossos; Portugal

The Chapel of Bones in the city of Evora was built by the Franciscans in the 17th century. This chapel is probably the most famous monument of Evora – a UNESCO World Monument. Evora More than 5000 bones cover the walls and columns of this monument in Evora. These bones come from the medieval graves […]

Evora – Espinheiro Convent | Portugal

Convent of Espinheiro - hotel near Evora; Portugal

The Espinheiro Convent is located just 2km from the historic city of Évora in the province of Alentejo, Portugal. Despite being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the convent today serves as a hotel. Espinheiro history  Legend says that on the land where the Espinheiro Monastery now stands, the Virgin Mary appeared in a […]

Trogir Promenade | Croatia in summer

Trogir coast with promenade; Croatia in summer

This small Croatian town on the Adriatic coast has earned the title of UNESCO cultural heritage site. This is mainly due to the Venetian architecture of the Trogir’s town centre. However, it’s not only the centre and the Italian style buildings that deserve attention. Trogir Trogir’s dependence on different countries changes a lot during more […]

Florence city center | Italy

City center of Florence and shopping in Italy

The historic centre of Florence has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. The city’s more than 600 years of splendour are reflected in the architecture of the central square It is home to monuments such as Santa Maria del Fiore, the church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. […]

Wrocław from Sky Tower | Poland

Wrocław in the fog - view from Sky Tower; Poland

Wroclaw is the fourth largest city in Poland. In February 2021, Wroclaw was classified by one of the magazines belonging to the Financial Times to the first place in the report “Global Cities of the Future 2021/2022” in the category of medium and small cities of the world. Wrocław from Sky Tower You can write […]

Park Güell in Barcelona | Spain

Park Güell designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona; Catalonia/Spain

If you’ve heard a bit about Barcelona then the name Antoni Gaudí is probably not unfamiliar to you. This world-known architect became famous for his “naturalistic” style, which culminates in the “Sagrada Familia” Cathedral (also located in Barcelona). Park Güell is undoubtedly one of those “must check” for visitors to Catalonia. Park Güell The design […]

Church and Monastery of Alcobaça | Portugal

: Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaça (church and monastery); Portugal

The Roman Catholic church and monastery in Alcobaça is often overlooked by tourists. The Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaça is one of the first Gothic churches built in Portugal. The town is also famous for another reason – a sweet liqueur made from cherries called “Ginja“. Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaça Before we talk about liqueur, let’s […]


Krakow St. Mary's Basilica

Krakow in Poland is the second-most populous city in the country. The city is an economic hub, known for its thriving technology and financial services firms. However, it is probably best-known for its stunning Mediaeval Old Town and Jewish Quarter which jointly became one of UNESCO’s first ever World Heritage Sites back in 1978. It […]

Wieskirche or The Pilgrimage Church of Wies

Wieskirche or The Pilgrimage Church of Wies interior in Bavaria, Germany.

Wieskirche or The Pilgrimage Church of Wies is still not typically a touristic attraction in Bavaria. It remotely stands at the feet of the Alps and is a UNESCO World Heritage, which I liked the most – with a background story but still undiscovered by photographers.

Trogir history | Trogir, Croatia

Historical town Trogir in Croatia

Trogir, an ancient town is located in a close distance to Split. It has reach a history of belonging to different empires. Today a Croatian the town attracts tourists from different parts of the world.

Bay of Kotor Sunset Panorama | Kotor, Montenegro

Panorama of the Sunset over Kotor and Bay of Kotor in Montenegro.

Bay of Kotor is known by locals as “Boka” – “the Bay”. Now with melancholy peering, I regret that we didn’t have more time to discover other towns located around this “fiord of south” – Risan, Tivat, Perast, Prčanj or Herceg Novi. All of them together with natural surroundings, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Church of St Anne | Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius winter photo of The Church of St Anne; Lithuania.

The Church of St Anne is famous for its representation of a flamboyant and brick gothic architectural style in Lithuania. What was fascinating was that the exterior of the church had remained almost unchanged since the 15th century, when it was erected. Thanks to St Anne Church, the old town of Vilnius can potentially be signed to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

San Gimignano and The Vineyards | Italy

San Gimignano and the San Gimignano vineyards, Italy.

San Gimignano is known in Italy as “the Town of Fine Towers”. The towers of this medieval town are visible from every point you approach on the hill that it stands on. The dozens of tower-houses are a symbol of San Gimignano but, it’s not the only symbol of this place – another, is the vineyards with the famous Vernaccia grapes!

Florence Cathedral with Brunelleschi Duomo | Florence, Italy

Florence Cathedral - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Italy.

For many decades after the establishment of Florence Duomo in the 13th Century, the Florence Cathedral was opened, and it took the genius mind of Filippo Brunelleschi to figure out exactly how to build the dome, the first of its kind in the 15th Century. In our day today, it dominates the skyline of the city and makes you marvel at how this structure survived through the ages.