How To Take A Day Trip From Kandy To Sigiriya And Dambulla

If you are going to Sri Lanka chances are you want to see Sigiriya rock and the Dambulla Cave temple. There are two ways for how to visit these places. First, you can stay at Sigiriya village if you want to spend a lot of time, or second, do a Kandy Day Trip. The best way to do the day trip is to hire a private driver a it will be cheaper than online tours…

The Best Self Guided Walking Tour Of Kyiv

Before moving to Beijing, China I lived in Kyiv for five years. Those years made me love and hate Kyiv about the same amount. And I know it sounds weird, but there some things that I love about this city and some things that I absolutely hate. So, back to the things I love! While I was living and studying in Kyiv many people over the years had come to visit me. Of course, they…

Bukovel Restaurant Review: Gribova Hata (Mushroom House)

Gribova Hata or Mushroom House is a restaurant in the center of Bukovel, the biggest ski resort in Ukraine. The whole building looks like a fairytale mushroom castle and it reminds me of the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona. The first floor of this mushroom building is a huge restaurant, in the basement there is a cave/sauna and on the upper floors is a hotel. Although we didn’t stay at their hotel or went…

Japanese Peace Pagoda Unawatuna

In Unawatuna there exists a Japanese peace Pagoda in an amazing location. Perched atop a hill overlooking Unawatuna beach on one side, and Galle fort on the other, this is one of my favorite places to go in southern Sri Lanka. The Japanese peace Pagoda was built in 2004 by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist monks. In fact, this sect has built 80 temples all over the world, always in countries at war. Back in 2004 Sri…

The Famous Sri Lanka Palm Tree Swing

Usually I avoid things purely built for tourists’ pictures, but in Sri Lanka the famous palm tree swing has become such an iconic photo that everyone wants to do it. So I “had” to go do it so I can tell everyone else how to go do it. Okay, I will admit it was pretty fun. Sometimes things that are ‘touristy’ are touristy for a reason, and this reason is for the great pictures. The…

What To Do In Unawatuna

Unawatuna is located on the South of Sri Lanka around four hours by train from Colombo. It is a coast city and if you are going here than you are probably looking for a relaxing time on the beach. I must say it is a great place to do so but there are few more things that you can do in Unawatuna to make the most of your time. Relax On Unawatuna Beach This is…

Hotel Review: Anatolian Houses Cave Hotel Presidential Suite (Cappadocia)

Staying at a cave hotel on your visit to Cappadocia always seems to make the list of things to do. While there are plenty of hotels offering cave hotels, one of the best in my opinion is the Anatolian Houses Cave Hotel. The hotel is located in Goreme, Cappadocia and is an easy walk from many of the best restaurants in the city. I should mention early on that this was also one of the…

Itinerary for a 14 day Trip Around Turkey

Turkey is a country of contrast, it is a great mix of cultures, religion, nations, architecture and history. And even now people can’t decide if it is more Middle East or Europe. This is the country that should be on the bucket list of everyone who thinks of themselves as a traveler. There are many places to visit in Turkey and a year won’t be enough to explore this part of this world…

Agora of Smyrna

Turkey is a country of many cultures, nations, and religions, and therefore it has many sites that were built in different epochs by various empires. There is of course Istanbul which has everything from Ancient Greece to the Byzantine Empire, to the Ottoman palaces and mosques. But there are also some big cities that have just a few ancient pieces that were preserved. In this category you can place the city of Izmir and the…

How To Get To Petra From Eilat

“One of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. That is how UNESCO described the ancient city of Petra. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and made it to the list of New 7 Wonders of the World. Here is the detailed description on how to get to Petra from Eilat. The first time I saw Petra was in the movie “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” and I fell in…