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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon.

Myanmar 🇲🇲, August 2016

Shwedagon Pagoda
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Planning trip in Jameh mosque in Yazd.

Iran 🇮🇷, July 2014

Yazd, Iran
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Azadi tower, Tehran.

Iran 🇮🇷, August 2014

Azadi Tower
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In front of the mosque during the evening prayer in Yazd.

Yazd 🇮🇷, July 2014

Yazd, Iran
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Up!

#roof of Maritime Museum in #amsterdam , 2016

Amsterdam Maritime History Museum
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Sea

June 2018

Piran, Slovenia
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Fruit in the market.
Markets of Moldova (9/9).
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Piata Centrala Chisinau
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Honey seller on the market in Tiraspol.
Markets of Moldova (8/9).
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Tiraspol
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Dried fruit in the market
Markets of Moldova (7/9).
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Piata Centrala Chisinau
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Toilet paper. Lots of it.
Markets of Moldova (6/9).
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Piata Centrala Chisinau
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Morning fruit and vegetables market in front of an abandoned cinema in Soroca.
Markets of Moldova (5/9).
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Soroca
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Cosmetics on the central market in Chisinau.
Markets of Moldova (4/9).
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Piata Centrala Chisinau
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Audio equipment on the central market in Chisinau.
Markets of Moldova (3/9).
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Piata Centrala Chisinau
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Women underwear seller. It was a bit surprising for me to see underwear to be sold like this. Maybe I’m just not used to this...
Markets of Moldova (2/9).
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Piata Centrala Chisinau
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April 2018

Water taps seller.
Markets of Moldova (1/9).
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Chisinau, Moldova
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🇲🇩 M o l d o v a 🇲🇩

April 2018

Soroca skyline.
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Soroca
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April 2018

Geese standing in front of a mansion in Soroca.


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DAY 6: Our short trip is slowly coming to the end :( In the morning we crossed the “border” to enter Moldova again, bought some wine for home, entered Chișinău through the doors of Chișinău (on the photo) and drove through the center for one last time before we continued our way towards home. At the moment we are still somewhere in the middle of Romania.
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Chisinau, Moldova
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DAY 5: Day spent in Transnistria. It is mainly known as region that separated from Moldova in the early 90s and is not recognized by any sovereign country.
I read about it, that it is like going back in time to the Soviet Union. Well, there are some resemblances, like statues of Lenin (as the one on the photo in front of the Dom Sovetov), a lot of people in military uniforms, monuments with sickle and hammer and so on. But on the other hand there also some modern things, like cafes, clubs, restaurants, modern supermarkets. To sum up, it definitely feels like a socialist/communist “country” but not so extreme as it is often described.
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Tiraspol
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DAY 4: Again a day with a lot of driving and sightseeing. We left Chişinău in the morning and our first stop was recently renovated palace from 19th century, Manuc Bei. I won’t spend many words about it, because picture can tell more. It is really beautiful and being the only visitor there makes it even more special.
After that we went to autonomous region Gagauziya’s capital Comrat and now we are enjoying wine in Mimi castle winery before we leave for Transnistria.
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Hanul Manuc Bey
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DAY 3: Finally, day for visiting one of the most famous wineries in Moldova, Cricova. They have countless amounts of wine there. Good wines :) all the wine is stored underground in tunnels carved in limestone. And those tunnels have total length between 80 and 120 km (out guide told us the first number at the beginning of the tour and the second at the end, it looks like they are digging new tunnels pretty fast :) ). Anyway, the tunnels are so spread that we went there with a small bus :)
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Cricova
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DAY 2: It was a long day (again). We started the day in Soroca, which is famous for two things, the medieval fortress on the photo and gipsy mansions, which resemble everything possible, even Capitol. I decided to go for more conservative photo, the fortress 😊
After, it was day for monasteries along Dniester river with views on Transnistria and the most famous Moldovan monastery, Orheiul Vechi.
And finally we arrived to Chisinau in the evening. And we can drink beeeeeer 🍻
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Soroca
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DAY 1: Still we had to drive through whole Romania (crossing Carphatians was amazing) to reach Moldova late at night. We spent one hour at the border crossing 😳 Since we entered EU I already forgot, how is it to cross real border by car...
Onen of the few stops we made was at the Voronet monastery in Romania. But actually it was founded in 15th century by one of the most important Moldavian rulers, Stephab cel Mare (Stephan the Great) and is built in typical Moldovan style.
The whole outern sides of the church’s walls (as well as the inner ones) are covered in frescoes on the blue background (the blue color from here it also has name Voronet blue). Majority of frescoes was renovated lately but on one side one can see that they are almost gone. Totally worth seeing!!! 🇷🇴🇲🇩
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Voroneț Monastery
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DAY 0: And finally here it is my next trip. Actually it started yesterday already, but since it was just driving, I’ll call it “Day 0”.
And destination, one of the least touristic (if not the least touristic) countries in Europe - Moldova. But for now, we are still in Romania with the whole day of driving ahead of us.


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🇱🇺 L u x e m b o u r g 🇱🇺

June 2015

Wiltz
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June 2015

Clervaux
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June 2015

Esch-sur-Sûre
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🇱🇺 L u x e m b o u r g 🇱🇺 (June 2015)

One of Luxembourg’s most picturesque castles, Vianden.

Vianden Castle
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🇱🇺 L u x e m b o u r g 🇱🇺
Apart from nice hikes, there are also some pretty amazing castles to be seen. And you guessed correct, you can hike to them 😁

Beaufort, Luxembourg
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🇱🇺 L u x e m b o u r g 🇱🇺
Can’t imagine it has been three years already since I visited Luxembourg 😳

While it is a really small country, you would expect that there is not much to see. But this is not true! There are many picturesque castles and some beautiful hikes. One of them is in Mullerthal region, called also Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. And there you come across this beautiful waterfall ☺️ definitely worth the hike!
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Schiessentümpel Luxembourg Müllerthal
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