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 the Nepalese Tamang Heritage Trail or Fortified Saxon churches from the Transylvanian tableland.

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

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

 

Travel Diaries

Samothraki Island - pebbled beaches, goat dishes, and bouzouki mu...

Hora - the capital of Samothraki Island: typical housesWhen I turned back from Lemnos Island, I reached the port of Kavala late at night. As I wanted to take the morning ferry to Samothraki Island, I decided to drive 120 kilometers on the highway to reach my intermediary destination, the town of Alexandroupolis. I went to the municipal campground of Alexandroupolis where I was charged the price of a camper-van again because I was sleeping in the car. The following day, I paid a bigger price for the same Read More...

Lemnos Island - secluded beaches, whitewashed chapels, and fried ...

Gomati bayAfter I turned back from Thassos Island, I rested in Batix Multiplex Camping site from Kavala for one day. I ate mussels saganaki with tomato sauce and feta cheese. Besides, I had my own pitch surrounded by a green fence, sun beds, clear and warm water, and straw umbrellas at choice. I felt good in that camping site, but I had to move on and go to Lemnos Island, my next destination. The first day on Lemnos Island Short description: I took 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 Borealis is visible only at night, in dark places with a clear sky (or very few clouds), and not affected by light pollution; the best period to see it is in 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 Europe. Ever since the mid 19th century, the town has been the starting point for Arctic hunting and polar expeditions. It's about the well-known drift of the Fram expedition when the Read More...

Travel Magazines

Published Articles in English

Horse riding to Sarangkot - Pokhara - Nepal - Inside HimalayasList Articles/Posts/Guides in English Hotel Otto Neighborhood Guide, Berlin, Germany (writing on Arrivedo) Boutique Hotel i31 Berlin Mitte Neighborhood Guide, Berlin, Germany (Arrivedo) Enjoy Hotel Berlin City Messe Neighborhood Guide, Berlin, Germany (Arrivedo) Amazing Romantic Destinations in Asia (Looknwalk) Exploring Tansen and Around (Inside Himalayas) Celebrating Tihar, the Festival of Lights (Inside Himalayas) Venesis House Neighborhood Guide, Sighisoara, Romania (Arrivedo) Tamang Death Rites in a Nepali Village (Inside Himalayas) Remote Beaches of Lemnos Island (Activity Fan) Jungle Walk through the Chitwan National Park in Sauraha, Nepal (Rainforest Republic) Ambient Residence Neighborhood Read More...

Cultural Journals

Published Articles in Romanian

Trascau Mountains - Romania - Capital CulturalPublished Articles in Romanian Pe urmele caravanelor trans-sahariene (National Geographic Traveler Romania) De la Pokhara inapoi la Kathmandu, Nepal (LiterNet) Ghorepani Trek, Aria de Conservare Annapurna, Nepal (partea a II-a) (LiterNet) Ghorepani Trek, Aria de Conservare Annapurna, Nepal (partea I) (LiterNet) Insula Lemnos: plajele – traditie, dar si provocare (Capital Cultural) De la Lumbini la Pokhara, Nepal (LiterNet) Jungla din Parcul National Chitwan, Nepal (LiterNet) Sate si orase din jurul Kathmandu-ului, Nepal (partea a II-a) (LiterNet) Sate si orase din jurul Kathmandu-ului, Nepal (partea I) (LiterNet) Tamang Heritage Trail, Parcul 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 by the uniqueness of the troglodyte houses and by the tradition of the 1,000 women who crochet buttons for djellabas (the traditional clothing) right into the street. It is unique also 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 old part of the town, called Fes el-Bali) and high brick walls flank them all along. There are nine thousand dwellings in the medina and no fewer than four thousand lanes 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, but some of us left as friends. Even if some of my conclusions were opposite to the Buddhism point of view, among the enlightenment I had these days I would emphasize 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. Many times I had the feeling that I have no choice (although I had) but to accept that everywhere I go all the crowds go. The island is beautiful, but its Read More...

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