Old Town Cologne – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , October 18th, 2019

Old Town Cologne - Keep Calm and Wander

The historic Old Town of Cologne is, I think, the best place to drink and eat in the city. Especially in the summer- when the searing temperature is on, and everyone is thirsty.

Based on historical records, 72% of the city was destroyed by World war II. However, much of the structures of the Old Town Cologne was rebuilt, but still true to its original form.

Before my friend showed me the Old Town center, we walked along the Rhine River. We passed by the Deutches Sports and Olympia Museum. Then, we dropped by the Cologne Chocolate Factory Museum (Schcoladen) where we had Lindt.

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The Roman-German Museum in Cologne – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , October 16th, 2019

the Roman-German Museum - Keep Calm and Wander

There is no doubt that the Roman-German Museum in Cologne proves that the wonderful city was once under Roman rule. The modern museum itself stands on the land where the original marvelous mosaic of Dionysius was found. Thus, the Römisch-Germanisches Museum is, in itself, an archaeological site.

Dionysius’s mosaic is, perhaps, the museum’s most-prized artifact – and therefore, a must-see attraction.

Inside the museum, your eyes will be feasting on hundreds of small and large ancient objects. From tiny trinkets to kitchenwares; to pieces of jewelry and toys and tombstones – all gloriously displayed over three floors!

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Ancient Athens from Philopappou Hill – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 19th, 2019

Ancient Athens from Philopappou Hill

From the top of Philopappou Hill, you will be able to see the sweeping views of ancient Athens. The hill is named after Philopappou, a royal prince of the Kingdom of Commagene. On top of the Hill of the Muses, you’ll find a memorial in his honor.

The memorial is facing the Parthenon and it is in the highest part of the hill. This only shows the Prince’s rank in ancient Athens.

As you go along the path to the Muse Hill, you tread the same path that the Ancient Greek philosophers, like Socrates, walked on.

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The Temple of Zeus – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 18th, 2019

The Temple of Zeus - Keep Calm and Wander

The Temple of Zeus is at the heart of Athens. It is a few minutes walk from Syntagma and not far from the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games was held.

BEWARE. A friend of mine did a headstand here and I had a jumping photo when a security officer came over and told us not to do it because it is a holy place! Ooopppsss!!! Silly us! We apologized.

If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, don’t you dare skip this piece of history and mythology. This temple is also known as the Temple of Zeus Olympios or Olympieion.

Who is Zeus, you might ask? Well, according to Greek mythology, he is the King of Gods and God of Sky. That’s pretty much a royal ruler and holy one rolled into one.

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The Hundertwasser Houses in Vienna – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 16th, 2019

The Hundertwasser Houses in Vienna - Keep Calm and Wander

You might think why a housing complex, like the Hundertwasser Houses in Vienna, is of so much importance considering the fact that the entire architecture of Vienna has the same vibe. Well, when a building has the rebellious touch of Hundertwasser, it’s bound to get some attention that you can’t ignore. They might look weird, but they are marvelously colorful!

The Hundertwasserhaus is a compound with colourful flats built based on the concept conceived by an Austrian artist Friedensrecich Hundertwasser which brought to life by architect Joseph Krawina.

The German architect was just like Gaude. He did not believe in following conventional architecture, nor he took it from the architects who considered themselves pioneer. Instead, he relied on his own vision and the Hundertwasserhaus is an entire depiction of that.

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Relive the Movies in Gay Paris – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , August 12th, 2019

moulin rouge - Keep Calm and Wander

“Paris is always a good idea,” said Audrey Hepburn, a Hollywood legend who acted in romantic movies that featured famous landmarks in Paris. With so many great motion pictures made in this European city, it’s no wonder it earns these three nicknames: The City of Love, The City of Romance, and The City of Lights.

Let’s traverse the romantic lanes in Paris and get a glimpse of the landmarks that grace it.

Moulin Rouge

one are the days of French courtesans in the city of Paris, but Moulin Rouge on Boulevard de Clichy is still alive with the “can-can” dance which the nation invented. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor made this area more popular in the film with the same name. Watch a show or two and relive the past through glamorous cabaret performances.

Le Grand Hotel

There are a handful elegant hotels in Paris where movies where made, but the opulent and avant garde Le Grand Hotel has been truly iconic since 1862. Its luxurious suites are to die for, and its classic interior design brings you back to a bygone era. Your stay here will genuinely be romantic when you book a room facing the Opera. The famed Louvre Museum is nearby. Le Grand’s exterior is prominent in Roman Polanski’s “Frantic” movie with Harrison Ford.

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Nea Kameni – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 26th, 2019

Nea Kameni - Keep Calm and Wander

Nea Kameni is one of the volcanic islands situated in the Santorini caldera. It’s almost two millennia old and around the caldera, there are many volcanic islands present – active volcanic islands, mind you.

If you’re holidaying in Santorini, you must go for a day trip to the surrounding islands. Find a tour agency that brings you not just to one island, but two or more. This is what we did – and Nea Kameni was our first stop of the island hopping day tour.

Here are some interesting facts about the island.

An Island Made of Lava

The island and its neighboring Palea Kameni are a result of a repeated dacite lava eruptions and ash. While strolling on the island, you’ll be able to see not just one, but a few deep craters. It’s surreal.

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Kutna Hora, Czech Republic – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 20th, 2019

Sedlec Ossuary - Kotna Hora - Prague - Czech Republic

Kutna Hora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient architecture, mining history, gothic cathedrals such as the Ossuary, and its fair share in making the Czech Republic what it is today.

Here are the things you can do there.

1. Sedlec Ossuary

Known better as “The Bone Church”, this might be the most bizarre structure you see in the city. It remains a structure housing the remains of more than 40,000 people. Some say its a legend, others agree to it. Its most striking feature is a chandelier made of every bone a human has.

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Bratislava Castle – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 18th, 2019

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle sits on the hill overlooking the Old Town and Danube River. This extraordinarily large rectangular building was once a ruin after a brutal fire burnt it down in 1811. According to history, the Celts were the first inhabitants in this area. Though it looks plain, palace facade has some fragments of Rennaissance and Gothic elements of style.

Unfortunately for me, the castle was closed on the day I visited there – so I have no idea what it looks like inside. However, the gardens and the shades around the palace is a cool refuge from the summer heat.

In the 18th century, the most revered ruler of that time, Maria Theresa lived here. She had a huge family, but all of them took care of this place like no one else.

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Gay Bratislava, Slovakia – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 13th, 2019

Gay Bratislava

Here are 10 things to do in Bratislava that are worthwhile your time. Two full days and a night were enough for me to explore Slovak Republic’s capital city before hopping on a train in the evening to my next destination. However, it is possible to visit the city in one day, because most of the ones listed here are walking distance from each other in the Old Town.

I was in Bratislava in early June last year and it was not even crowded. The Old Town at noon was quiet and there were only a few tourists. It was a welcome relief for me after visiting big cities, like Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Vienna, and Prague.

1. Bratislava Castle

Situated atop the Old Town, the Bratislava Castle is an important mid-16th-century building. You can have spectacular views of the Petrzalka and the UFO Bridge not to mention the honor of attending one of the exhibitions.

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