Europe is my home continent and I have been in many of its countries. The albums here contain pictures I took in the last eight years. The Baltics, Bulgaria, Georgia, the Czech republic where I have been several times, Croatia, Slovakia and more. Europe is both about differentiation and unity. Because even in countries that have taken a very different part in the recent history you can sense a common past. Be it Roman ruins, whine production, brewing beer or the styles of historic buildings, the link is there. I have not included Citytrips and short holidays in nearby countries yet, apart from press-trips. So it is a mere start.

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria

I did a small tour through this country that has been occupied by Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Russians. The emphasis was on walking and the hospitality of small hotels, with home cooking.

Croatia

Croatia

Croatia is a country with a rich cultural heritage as well as a splendid Mediterranean coastline. Various civilizations gave it a very diverse cultural heritage.

Cruising the mediterranean

Cruising the mediterranean

got a chance to go on a cruise through the Mediterranean with the Holland America Line for a Dutch travel website. The cruise, that had as theme ‘Ancient Mysteries’, took me from Istanbul, via

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic 'land of stories' as it calls itself is a country that I have visited several times the past few years. And indeed there were always stories. A country with a distinct history an

Denmark - Den Gamle By

Denmark - Den Gamle By

One of the most special attractions in Denmark has to be Den Gamle By. This open air museum in Aarhus is about urban history and -culture.

Estonia

Estonia

Estonia is one of the Baltic States. From the thirteenth century onwards the country has been occupied by the king of Denmark and the Livinian order under authority of the Pope, invaded by German m

GB - Dunster

GB - Dunster

Exmoor has some charming villages with of typical English cottages decorated by carefully arranged greenery and flowers. Dunster is one such village. From the Yarn Market, d

GB - Exmoor

GB - Exmoor

The British Exmoor National Park,once the hunting grounds of the British Royal family, lies in the west of England, separated from Wales by the Bristol Channel.

Georgia

Georgia

Georgia, a surprising country. Old churches, castles and watchtowers mixed with some typical Soviet architecture in the cities. And a spectacular mountain scenery, an area that rivals France in win

Latvia

Latvia

Outside of Riga Latvia is a vast countryside full of picturesque farms, old wooden houses, small churches, ruined castles and towns with an almost medieval feel. And a lot of forest, bogs and sandy

Latvia - Riga

Latvia - Riga

Riga, art nouveau capital of Europe, the largest of the Baltic capitals, also known as the Paris of the East, has approximately 700,000 inhabitants. Once a Hanseatic town, then part of the Polish-L

Lithuania

Lithuania

Lithuania is one of the three Baltic States. Once a powerful nature worshiping pagan state. There are still signs of a mystical relationship with the forests and the lakes. Home of folk art, festiv

Lithuania - Vilnius

Lithuania - Vilnius

Vilnius the capital of Lithuania is a compact city with an Old Town that is full of baroque Orthodox and Catholic churches, with an amazing variety of spires, colors and decorations. And alongside

Macedonia - Ohrid & Bitola

Macedonia - Ohrid & Bitola

The old town of Ohrid and the lake with the same name are Unesco World Heritage sites. The town is said to have had 365 churches, one for each day of the year and has been referred to as the ‘Jer

Macedonia - Skopje

Macedonia - Skopje

The capital of Macedonia, Skopje, is inhabited since at least 4000 BC. Conquered by the Romans around 100 AD and later part of the Byzantine Empire

Malta

Malta

Malta, an island in the Mediterranean sea with a very rich history thanks to a strategic location. Malta has been ruled by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Fatimids, Sicilians, Knights of St John, Fren

Norway - Bergen & the Sognefjord

Norway - Bergen & the Sognefjord

Norway is a big country. I got to see a small part of it on a trip to Bergen and the Sognefjord organized by the tourist board. But the trip which included fjords, rafting, beautiful villages and g

Slovakia

Slovakia

Slovakia

Slovakia - Bratislava

Slovakia - Bratislava

Bratislava

Switzerland - Fribourg to Lake Thun

Switzerland - Fribourg to Lake Thun

The Grand Tour of Switzerland is basically a circular route that takes in natural and cultural highlights, and a lot of activities. I did a stage of that tour and saw fashionable historic cities an