Malta, Gozo & Comino – Dos and Don’ts

Having not planned the trip as usual we found that being spontaneous pays off the most. All we knew was address of the place we are going to stay at for the first three nights in Sliema and that the weather should be around 27 degrees in late October. This was the extend of our preparation for Malta. We have learned a few things a hard way, so are some tips to keep in mind when planning to visit Malta, Gozo and Comino: Five Don’ts: do not expect to be taken on a bus even if though it still got some space do…

Nature calling – Ojców National Park

Not far from Krakow, Lesser Voivodeship, just some some 17 km away lies a beautiful and the smallest national park in Poland. Its one of those places that people go to when they are forced as kids for a school trip, but forget to visit later when grow up. It is a shame as the place is so close and so beautiful that if I had not been here in the weather I had last weekend, I would have considered my weekend wasted. There are a few walking tours (red, blue, yellow, green and black), depending how early you get to…

Squash Challenge continued – BLS Krakow 

I have been motivated and demotivated like a dozen times even during one day.  Always thought it is external factor that influences my state – like reaction of a colleague at work, planning of a weekend that ends in failure, lack of enthusiasm waking up in the morning. Nothing more wrong – it is an attitude, peace of mind and nutrition that make a difference. As such no one else but you can influence that. The most important are baby steps, in everything one does. Small goals, small changes, in both approach and mindset, small decisions make big impact. Yesterday…

Bodensee, Rheinfall and a flower island

It is already the second year of travel to Ladenburg to start yet another driving journey in and around Germany, France and this year Switzerland as well. Even Germanwings cancelling my flight and making my five days holidays two days shorter did not manage to spoil the mood. Highways to and from Stuttgart is still something Germany needs to work on, but the stay in Drachenburg & Waaghaus in Gottlieben close to a Swiss boarder with a picturesque view on Rhine, Europe’s biggest waterfall Rheinfall in Schaffhausen and of course a flowery Insel Mainau made a few traffic mishaps worthwhile….

A Book is Looking for an Owner

Dear Friends, Those of you who know me well probably know how much I love reading (probably not that much of a surprise looking through the webpage name). Over the years I collected quite a few books. As you probably also know it is never easy to carry them over when moving places. Although it is hard for me to part with my favourite books, I truly believe they will be of a better use for you. There is a list below of each book I ever got as a present or bought myself. I will hand them over to a…

Kraków – my “place to return to”

Humans are programmed that way – if in one place for a long time, they get used to it. Getting used to means that more often than not your surrounding is not perceived as something extraordinary anymore. This is the case with me and the place I am celebrating my 5th anniversary with. Looking through archives of pictures it seems I have photographs from all other cities, but there are only a few from the place I choose to live for this long. Seems strange that we only appreciate something in retrospect. Only a few, no common theme, but each with…

Mont Saint Michel au péril de la mer

Normandy has greeted us with a really nice weather, as we left Paris where it actually started raining. Not that Paris does not look nice at any weather, when the plans are all outdoors the sun is very much welcomed. Four hours drive and two rounds of game of “guess who am I?” (do not really know the real name for the game, but the made up name pretty much gives the gist) we arrived at the beautiful countryside of one of France’s most recognisable landscapes. Hosting around 3 million people a year free shuttles leave every few minutes from parking to the island…