Boat trip to Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Since I had enough time in La Spezia, I was not forced to visit all of the 5 villages of Cinque Terre at once. So I thought I could get on a boat and see a bit more from another perspective. I decided to take one of the last boats in the afternoon with the…

Sunrise in Manarola, Cinque Terre

Arriving from Lucca to La Spezia was quite a positive surprise. To be honest, I expected the worst thinkable tourist trap with bracelet sellers on every corner and nothing that the town itself could offer. I was wrong, it’s actually a pleasant place to be with a nice flair. It has a great park and…

A few words about Lucca

Lucca, my second stop during my stay in Tuscany, is a charming town. Unfortunately, I cannot say much more. Because I got cold and spent all 5 days almost entirely in the bed of my hotel room in San Marco (north of Lucca). Too bad but (!) I tried to take just the positive out…

Back in Florence (yes, again!)

How I fixed a toilet, had a chat with an old lady, saw the sun rising and made a pizza in Florence. My second Tuscany trip this year started rather unexpected, in the shared bathroom of my hotel in Florence. More precisely, in my room, which was right next to the bathroom and where I…

The kickass classical concert in Prague

I have dreamed about it for some time. It is a weird dream for many but to me, as a patriotic Czech, seeing the live performance of the 9th Symphony – From the New World was in my head labeled as a “Must-do-before-I-die” kind of thing. Although I’m not an expert, in my mind, it…

How I became passionate about il palio

When you’re in Siena and surrounding, the word will be floating everywhere around – palio. It is one (though definitely the most famous one) of the medieval soldier games that remained until today. It belongs to the city like milk belongs to Oreo, unseparable. You can buy literally anything with palio theme – from classic…

Why is Siena the best city in the world

Yes, I realized this after I came back from my Tuscan trip. If you stay in Siena long enough, and your heart is not made of rusting razor blades, the city will remain in you forever. I’ve collected a few reasons why I think so: 1. Siena is a town of secrets, you will always…

The 400-year-old warship in Stockholm

Off we go again! Weekend trip in the end of April to Stockholm, Sweden was something I was really looking forward to. Fresh air, lots of walking, no office, no Wi-Fi. How great can it get?! As it turned out – very great. Stockholm is an interesting city, a no-boundaries mixture of old and new….