A stroll around Rousse, Bulgaria city center

Our walk starts near the Rousse State Opera House. We stroll along the tree–lined avenue Sveta Troitza to the Monument of Liberty and surrounding gardens. We pass the drama theatre ‘Sava Ognyanov’ and pause to admire the fountains near the Sweet Centrum. Then we return along the avenue Sveta Troitza. Rousse is sometimes written ‘Ruse’ … Read moreA stroll around Rousse, Bulgaria city center

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo in Bulgaria

A group of monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries are hewn out of solid rock, located near the village of Ivanovo, 20 km south of Rousse, inside Rusenski Lom Nature Park. The caves in the region were inhabited by monks from the 1220s to the 17th century, where they hewed cells, churches and chapels out of … Read moreRock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo in Bulgaria

The Iron Gates and Djerdap Locks on the River Danube

Cruise along a particularly scenic stretch of the river, as the Danube passes through the southern stretches of the dramatic Carpathian mountains and the foothills of the Balkans to the ‘Iron Gates’, a gorge formed by sheer cliffs. The passage was infamous in ancient times as the water level was much lower, making navigation treacherous. … Read moreThe Iron Gates and Djerdap Locks on the River Danube

Museum of Beekeeping and Wine Cellar Zivanovic, Novi Sad, Serbia

We visited the museum at Sremski Karlovci as part of a guided tour of Novi Sad. The Museum of Beekeeping is dedicated to Professor Jovan Živanović (1841-1916), who is considered the Father of modern Serbian beekeeping. He also established the family tradition of making the finest wines in Sremski Karlovci, which were sometimes served to … Read moreMuseum of Beekeeping and Wine Cellar Zivanovic, Novi Sad, Serbia

The Golden Crypt of the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade

The Church of Saint Sava is a Serbian Orthodox church located on the Vračar plateau in Belgrade, Serbia. It is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox church buildings and ranks among the largest church buildings in the world. Some stills from the video. Filmed June 2019 with a DJI Osmo Pocket camera. See my camera … Read moreThe Golden Crypt of the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade

Exploring the Amadeus Royal river cruise ship

MS Amadeus Royal is seen here on the River Danube. Our tour takes us through the Panorama lounge and bar. It is breakfast time in the Panorama Restaurant on the Mozart Deck. Then up to the Sun Deck with its deck chairs and a giant chessboard. The ship was built in 2005 and is 361 … Read moreExploring the Amadeus Royal river cruise ship

Boat ride on the Danube Delta

Our boat travells through Europe’s second-largest delta through a series of channels and lakes that cannot be reached by larger boats. We were lucky to be the lead boat in a flotilla of ten boats, giving us an excellent view of the delta channels. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has a wild landscape and diversity of … Read moreBoat ride on the Danube Delta

Budapest from the River Danube by night

The majestic floodlit buildings of Budapest are seen from a river cruise ship on the Danube. This was the first night on our “Contrasts of the Danube” river cruise going from Budapest in Hungary, to the Danube Delta. We pass the Parliament Building, the Chain Bridge, the Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bridge and the Gresham Palace and … Read moreBudapest from the River Danube by night

“A Carriage with Clowns” (Caruta cu Paiate) sculpture – Bucharest, Romania

A Carriage with Clowns

A bronze sculpture by Ioan Bolborea in front of the National Theater of Bucharest, Romania. It was created in honor of Romania’s favorite playwright, Ion Luca Caragiale. It was unveiled in December 2010. The tableau comprises of twelve figures on a railway carriage base plus a couple of figures floating above. Filmed June 2019 with … Read more“A Carriage with Clowns” (Caruta cu Paiate) sculpture – Bucharest, Romania

Water fountains in Unirii Square, Bucharest – a relaxation video

Water fountains in Unirii Square, Bucharest

The fountains facing the Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania, cover an area of 1.4 kilometers. The fountains have recently been refurbished at the cost of millions of euros. There were protests by the locals that the money would have been better spent on health care. However, the fountains are a huge tourist attraction with the … Read moreWater fountains in Unirii Square, Bucharest – a relaxation video

Heller gardens, Lake Garda, Italy

Heller gardens, Lake Garda

This amazing garden in Gardone Riviera has plants from around the world blended with contemporary sculptures. The numerous shrubs and small trees are intersected with narrow, winding paths with each turn presenting a different tableau of planting. An area of bamboo plants has steam piped through to create an interesting atmosphere. Watch the video: The … Read moreHeller gardens, Lake Garda, Italy

Gardens of Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, Lake Garda, Italy

Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, Lake Garda

Who would have a full-size battleship in their hillside garden? It is one of the amazing sights at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani (in English “The shrine of Italian victories”), in Gardone Riviera, on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. The large estate was once the home of Italian poet and World War I soldier Gabriele … Read moreGardens of Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, Lake Garda, Italy