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

Exploring the surroundings of the Ohrid Lake

Ohrid Lake - view from the Galicica MountainsThe eastern coast of the Ohrid Lake I drove up to Elshani, and from there I came down to Peštani. Further on I went to the museum on water from Gradište. I had lunch at a restaurant on the beach of Trpejca, overlooking the Ohrid Lake. Then I went to the St. Naum Monastery and returned to Peštani. The owner of Villa Ella exaggerated with the money, so I left the place as soon as possible. Further, I headed toward the eastern Read More...

Exploring the Macedonian old town of Ohrid

Ohrid - view of the old town from SamuelThe first day in Ohrid old town I walked only through the Christian part of the old town of Ohrid. From the Upper Gate (Gorna Porta) of the fortress, I went to the citadel of Tsar Samoil on the hilltop. From there, I descended through a pine forest to the church from Plaosnik. I wandered around tangled streets on my way to St. John's Church from Kaneo. From there I came back to the town walking a suspended walkway over the 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

List Articles/Posts/Guides in English Hotel Oderberger, Berlin, Germany (Arrivedo) Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Arrivedo) Vila Ambient Neighborhood Guide, Cristian, Romania (Arrivedo) My first solo travel in the Ciucaș Mountains (Sonderers) Hotel Myers Neighborhood Guide, Berlin, Germany (Arrivedo) Hotel Otto Neighborhood Guide, Berlin, Germany (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, Read More...

Cultural Journals

Published Articles in Romanian

Published Articles in Romanian Insule Grecești - Samothraki (LiterNet) Insule Grecești - Lemnos (LiterNet) Insule Grecești - Thassos (LiterNet) 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 Read More...

Guesthouse Reviews

Etno House Shancheva - Kratovo

Etno House Shancheva - with Stevce Donevski in front of his guesthouse from KratovoEtno House Shancheva - Kratovo town Etno House Shancheva. Kratovo was a major mining center in the Macedonian part of the Ottoman Empire. For this reason, Saxon settlers came here during the Middle Ages. Moreover, Kratovo is also known as the town of towers and bridges. The town developed in the crater of a former extinct volcano. Nowadays, it's still interspersed with defense towers and old bridges between steep valleys and different neighborhoods (Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, and Jewish). Only six of the Read More...

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...

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