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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

Hungarian horse show at Bakod Puszta farm

The horses and Magyar cowboys perform at a show on a ranch near Kalocsa, Hungary. In spite of the rain and a muddy arena, they performed with enthusiasm. The highlight of the performance was a rider with a team of eight horses. He stood upright on the back two horses and guided the horses with … Read more

“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

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 more

Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy

Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy

We stroll down the cobblestone hill lined with tourist shops selling colourful pottery and other souvenirs. At the foot of the hill, we reach to the bustling lakefront with the coming and going of ferry boats that bring in tourists. An artist paints the picturesque scene and shoppers browse the handbag and pottery shops. Watch … Read more

Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy

Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy

Sirmione is a picturesque tourist destination at the end of a peninsula extending into Lake Garda, Italy. In the summer it is packed with tourists ferried in by boat and coach. It is the place to go to eat ice cream, with numerous shops vying with each other for your custom. Watch the video: The … Read more

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 more