Carol Vorvain

Travel Stories [ 23 ]

Love Letter for Europe

Love Letter for Europe

My love, What makes a trip wonderful? What makes a day beautiful? What makes our life happy? For me, there is one answer: friends and family. I travel to make friends, to meet different people who will make me feel something different, who will make me see the world a bit different and who will teach me to live differently than before. I travel to confront and forget my old worries, fears and even hopes and forge new ones. I [...]

Goedemorgen Den Haag! Things to Do In Netherlands

Goedemorgen Den Haag! Things to Do In Netherlands

Or Good morning Hague! No matter how difficult is for one to learn to write Dutch, it is infinitely easier than trying to speak Dutch or even listening to Dutch. When I was a child and my mom could not understand what I was mumbling about (not that now she fully understands she used to say I speak Chinese, but little did she know…In fact, from experience I could say Chinese is way easier when compared to Dutch. Having said [...]

Strasbourg – Paris. Travelling in style.

Strasbourg – Paris. Travelling in style.

Salzburg to Strasbourg If you are looking forward to zipping through Germany on the famous autobahn, forget it! The German hwy which connects Salzburg to Strasbourg is supposed to be the fastest one with no speed limits: fast and furious! The reality though is different, like almost all 500 km are under construction and the speed limit varies from 80 km/h to 100 km/h. It was a big disappointment! We managed only once to get to 190 km/h.:( The frustration [...]

Austria: Innsbruck and Salzburg Must See

Austria: Innsbruck and Salzburg Must See

I love Austria! I love the houses, the people, the food and I guess it was the vibe… The only thing which is not to love about Austria is the police. They have radars everywhere and everyone drives under the speed limit. Innsbruck Same as in Switzerland, there are dedicated bike lanes everywhere and people definitely use them. If in some countries people seem to have one car per family member, in Austria people seem to have one family car [...]

Switzerland: St Moritz and Luzern Must See

Switzerland: St Moritz and Luzern Must See

St Moritz The road from Como (Italy) to St Moritz is wonderful and a true paradise for motorcycles. Once you are in Switzerland, to be allowed to drive on hwys, you must pay the vignette which is 40 euro per year, but then there are no more tolls like in Italy Although St Moritz is well known as being a holiday destination for rich people, I was not impressed by it. Luzern I have spent one full day in Luzern [...]

Bongiorno Italy! You are beautiful!

Bongiorno Italy! You are beautiful!

Cinque Terre We drove from Nice to Cinque Terre, passing through San Remo and Genova. The hwy which connects Nice to La Spezia, the closest city to Cinque Terre, is one of the most scenic hwy I have seen. However, the tolls are really expensive (almost 40 euros). Driving with 150 km/h and being constantly passed was the big fun of the day. A big thumbs up for our Volvo V40! All the Italian cities I have been to look [...]

Romania – An Amazing Place Worth Visiting

Romania – An Amazing Place Worth Visiting

When we live in a place it is amazing with how many wonderful things we get used to and how easy it is to forget how lucky we are. I guess that’s why a holiday always helps I left Romania many years ago and now, here I was, seeing Romania through the eyes of a tourist. It looked more beautiful than what I remembered of it. This glimpse of Romania is dedicated to my dear friends Ralph and Debra from [...]

One week in Istanbul

One week in Istanbul

After a long 14 hours red eye from Bangkok I arrived in Istanbul early morning. Every time when I return to Europe I feel excited, peaceful and I have a sense of belonging hard to describe or explain. I was recently asked what place do I call home. I was taken by surprise not by the question, but by realizing that I did not know the answer. After living in Canada and coming to terms with the fact that I [...]

Bangkok in 4 Days

Bangkok in 4 Days

Before we arrive to a new place, we love to picture in our mind how that place will look like, don’t we? I have imagined Bangkok as a dirty, smelly city, hot and humid, crowded and very polluted. Well, this time I was right. As soon as I arrived in Bangkok I had a feeling of deja-vu. Its grey buildings, the noise, the traffic jams reminded me of Hong Kong, Denpassar or even Lima and same as back then, I [...]

Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru in One Week

Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru in One Week

They say the best things in life are free, they happen when you least expect and can be found in the most unusual places. A trip to the Northern Territories in Australia is not free and far from being cheap. It was not on my bucket list and so it was decided quite on the spur of the moment with not too much hope of returning home with a burning desire to go back. Despite all my apprehensions and preconceived [...]

Paradise Found: Titicaca Lake

Paradise Found: Titicaca Lake

 I travel not to see a particular place. I travel because I love change, diversity, people and because when I travel I feel life is beautiful. I travel for the sake of travelling. So, if you are like me, a citizen of the world, join me in a glimpse over the Titicaca Lake, a 3 million years old lake in Peru sitting 3,810 m above sea level: a gate to remote, unspoiled and serene Peruvian islands. Our first stop was [...]

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