Are you authentic? You are in the right place then.

Authentic Travels is a concept including heritage exploration and travel writing. How? Authentic Travels is going to take your mind far away from home, exploring heritage places, different cultures and lifestyles, and authentic experiences, like the Al Ain Camel Market in the Arab Emirates, the Fez Moroccan medina or Picturesque villages in Cyprus. Authentic Travels is a collection of journalistic articles, interviews, and architectural reviews, like The Silk Road with the bicycle, A Moroccan Dar in Fez Old Medina or A Berber house in the heart of Bhalil. Authentic Travels invites you to explore at a slow pace different cultures, authentic experiences, and remote places, in destinations like Moroccan Desert Camel Trekking, Authentic Villages from Mărginimea Sibiului or Fortified Saxon churches in the Transylvanian tableland.

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

“We live to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.”

 

Travel Diaries

From Lumbini to Pokhara passing through Tansen

Pokhara - Going up to Sarangkot: the view of the Annapurna RangeFrom Lumbini to Pokhara The road to Lumbini Before reaching Pokhara. Typical for Nepal, the road from Sauraha to Lumbini took me almost one day, despite the fact that there were less than 200 kilometers between the two locations. In the morning, the Nepalese from the travel company gave me a Read More...

Exploring Chitwan Jungle around Sauraha

Chitwan - Sauraha: Cycling through Tharu Villages around SaurahaExploring the Chitwan Jungle around Sauraha How I decided to head to Chitwan? I had been thinking to go from Patan directly into the mountains, to Pokhara, to enjoy the Himalayas. However, the monsoon season wasn’t over yet, so I had to change my priorities: I decided to go to the jungle Read More...

Photo Journals

Aurora Borealis - Norway

Aurora Borealis: Kattfjord – Kvaloya IslandAurora Borealis Aurora Borealis was a continuous learning lesson until I saw it, and even after. I learned that going too close to the North Pole is not a condition to see it; the best locations are inside the Arctic Circle (called the Auroral Oval or the Auroral Zone). Aurora Read More...

Tromsø: preparation for Northern Lights - Norway

Tromsø: houses in the city centerTromsø was a minor religious center in the medieval times. People from a vast area congregated regularly in the small town to go to the only church in the region. Hindered by the Napoleonic wars, the city still developed into a trade center with connections from Arkhangelsk to Central Read More...

Travel Magazines

Published Articles in English

Horse riding to Sarangkot - Pokhara - Nepal - Inside HimalayasInside Himalayas – Travel Magazine by Royal Mountain Travel (printed and online)  Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail The Tamang Heritage Trail offers an authentic experience of the traditional Tamang villages, and it is a fine add-on to the Langtang trek. You can experience cultural interactions as well as expansive mountain views. Cycling Read More...

Cultural Journals

Published Articles in Romanian

Trascau Mountains - Romania - Capital CulturalLiterNet Journal (online) Introductory Buddhism Course at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu The Buddhism Introductory Course at Kopan Monastery was an authentic, cultural, and spiritual experience that I had for ten days in the surroundings of the crowded Kathmandu. One week in Kathmandu (part II) Kathmandu is a chaotic city but it has around some Read More...

Guesthouse Reviews

Dar Kamal Chaoui - Bhalil

Dar Kamal Chaoui - rooftop terrace with the sitting areaDar Kamal Chaoui. Bhalil is apparently a simple Moroccan village, located on the sunny slopes of some hills full of olive orchards and ancient caverns. Even though it is overshadowed by Fez's attraction (one of the tourist, cultural, and spiritual centers most important of Morocco), Bhalil is amazing both Read More...

Casa Aya Medina - Fez - Morocco

Casa Aya Medina: the inner courtyardFez is Morocco’s cultural and spiritual center and is an outstanding example of a medieval town created during the first centuries of the Islamisation in the country - which is why it is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. The narrow lanes meander chaotically throughout the medina (the Read More...

Travel Labs

How travel taught me how lucky I am

Dubai MallDubai: last minute plans Last winter, I wanted a warm new destination to explore. I chose Dubai, but I had a low budget for this destination. I was terrified where I was going to find some reasonable accommodations. I was searching and researching possibilities to fit my limited budget. In Read More...

How do you connect with a place?

Bușteni - Bucegi MountainsBuşteni town: a figuratively and a real home Buşteni is situated in Prahova Valley in Romania and it’s the most accessible departure point for trails in Bucegi Mountains. Since I’ve started hiking, I’ve come to Buşteni at least once a month in the past fifteen years. When I moved to Sibiu Read More...

Notes On The Road

Kopan Monastery: an authentic insight - Nepal 2016

During the discussion group within the Introductory Buddhism Course from Kopan Monastery, I concluded some interesting ideas that I hadn’t thought so deeply before. The discussion group was one of the best parts of my stay at Kopan Monastery as we were totally strangers when we had come here, Read More...

When I have no plans on an island - Lemnos 2016

I was astonished to see beaches with fine sand and pristine water in Thassos, but sooner or later I had to face the truth of mass tourism present on the island. I had the feeling that I had to follow the crowds no matter where I wanted to go. Read More...

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