This city gave me my first glimpse of Eastern Europe and I fell in love, and desired to see more of it; so I did. 

Prague, Czech Republic (May 2012)


Europe Diaries: Beyond the First Glimpse

Brussels, Belgium (April 2014)

In 2012, I first visited Brussels, which you can read about here: Europe Diaries: A Glimpse of the Capital, and to be honest, the city did not strike me as one of a kind or anything special. My friends who have also visited the city shared the same sentiments. However, its history and importance (both politically and historically) continues to interest me, which is why I made it a point to give it another shot when I went to Europe earlier this year; and I am so glad I did. 

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Two weeks was the amount of time I spent exploring the beauty of Belgium and all that it had to offer, and majority of the time was spent in the capital. Just to let you know, I honestly was so confused as to how I would write my travel diaries for Brussels; if I should make it a series or just wrap it all up in one post. The former seemed to be a lot of work, so I decided to go with the latter.

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From going to the outskirts of the city to exploring its well-known attractions like the Grand Place, the Atomium, Mini-Europe, the Palace, and so on, I believe I did what every traveler dreams of doing - to visit a city and spend your time as if you’re one of the locals. 

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Europe Diaries: Hotel Card International

Rimini, Italy (April 2014)

When I was planning my trip to San Marino, I knew I had to stay in Rimini, since I had to catch the train to Bologna and a flight to Brussels the day I was leaving and having to rush early in the morning from San Marino wasn’t even an option. Thankfully, I found one of the most convenient hotels I’ve stayed in. Although Rimini isn’t a tourist attraction and I’m not sure who among my readers would find himself/herself in San Marino one of these days, I still thought that writing this review on Hotel Card International might be of help to someone one day.

The main reason why I chose the hotel was its proximity to the train station, although there was another option or two, this was the nicest one among the three hotels based on the reviews I read.  True enough, Hotel Card International is located on the street fronting the station and is within several meters, about a less than five-minute walk. From the hotel, you can actually see the train station.

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As soon as I entered the lobby, I was pleased. The Italian standards for hotels is frustrating and having stayed in less than average hotels in Venice and Rome prior to this, made me realize how lucky I was to be staying in such a charming hotel before flying out of the country. The lobby is simple and minimalist and the concierge, Patrizio, was very accommodating. You can easily ask them how to get to San Marino and they’ll show you a timetable of the buses departing from Rimini.

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When I opened the door to my room, I was even more impressed. It was rather spacious, and again, this is based on European standards. The interiors were consistent with the lobby being minimalist, and the painting above my bed was a fantastic touch.

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Can you imagine that a city this beautiful was once in complete ruins?

Dresden, Germany (May 2012)

The Angkor Wat has got to be one of the most magnificent places I’ve ever visited. 
Cambodia Diaries: Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm 
Siem Reap, Cambodia (May 2013)

The Angkor Wat has got to be one of the most magnificent places I’ve ever visited. 

Siem Reap, Cambodia (May 2013)



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