Daytrip

Visiting Edfu & Luxor Temple

Visiting Edfu & Luxor Temple

Located in between the cities of Aswan and Luxor and dedicated to God Horus, the impressive Edfu Temple is a must in any trip to Egypt.

After arriving back in Luxor for the second time, I walked in the heat to also explore Luxor Temple on the East Bank of the Nile. A magnificent example of Egyptian architecture that changes completely when visiting by day and by night. That's why I decided to visit both times!

Abu Simbel temples, the High Dam & Philae Temple in Aswan

Abu Simbel temples, the High Dam & Philae Temple in Aswan

South of Aswan and next to the Sudanese border hides one of the most impressive temples of ancient Egypt: Abu Simbel, a Nubian monument carved out of the mountainside over 3,200 years ago. Almost destroyed in the 60s after the construction of the High Dam, these temples were moved stone by stone to an artificial hill made above the dam to protect them from the floods.

In the fourth day of my Essential Egypt tour, I visited these fascinating temples along with two of the big highlights of the city of Aswan: the High Dam and Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.

The Valley of the Kings & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor

 The Valley of the Kings & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor

The city of Luxor, which for centuries was the capital of Pharaonic Egypt, is home to some of the most impressive monuments of this ancient civilisation.

During my first day in Luxor, I explored the West Bank of the River Nile, where two of the most impressive funerary sites are located: the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut temple.

Tallinn, the gem of the Baltic: one day trip from Helsinki

Tallinn, the gem of the Baltic: one day trip from Helsinki

One of the most beautiful and impressive medieval cities in Europe, the city of Tallinn is an absolute delight for any traveller. Walking through the cobblestone streets of its Old Town will transport you back in time, while visiting the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral will make you discover the Russian past of a the city that, surprisingly, has become a reference for digital innovation.

During my visit to Finland, I decided to visit Tallinn in a one day trip from Helsinki. Whether you’re also going to Tallinn for a day or maybe you have decided to dedicate some additional time to this fascinating city, discover in this article how to make the most out of your visit to the capital of Estonia!

Porvoo, the perfect half day-trip from Helsinki

Porvoo, the perfect half day-trip from Helsinki

If you're planning a day trip from Helsinki, the small town of Porvoo should be on your list. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland and less than 50km away from the Finnish capital, this idyllic town full of history, beautiful architecture and galleries is the perfect short trip to explore the more traditional side of Finland!

Suomenlinna: touring Helsinki's sea fortress island

Suomenlinna: touring Helsinki's sea fortress island

Founded in 1748 on a cluster of islands off the coast of Helsinki, the Suomenlinna sea fortress is a cultural treasure. Built when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden, Suomenlinna has taken a vital part in the history of Finland. Today, it is not only a UNESCO heritage site but also one of the most popular days out among tourist and locals alike. Check out what to expect from Helsinki's sea fortress islands!

Newgrange & Knowth: unearthing the Neolithic past of Ireland

Newgrange & Knowth: unearthing the Neolithic past of Ireland

Brú na Bóinne is a UNESCO site in Ireland containing some of the world's most important landscapes from the Neolithic period. The best-known constructions are Newgrange and Knowth, two megalithic passage graves built around 3200 BC, which makes them even older than the pyramids of Egypt.

Surrounded by mystery, a visit to one of the only two heritage sites in Ireland is a must. But, what is the real story behind these impressive constructions?

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part III: Wadi Rum desert, the Valley of the Moon

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part III: Wadi Rum desert, the Valley of the Moon

Famous for being the setting of multiple Hollywood movies due to its resemblance to the surface Mars, Wadi Rum desert is a unique natural wonder that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.

During my last day in Jordan, I explored this incredible red ocean of dunes and rock formations in a 4x4 jeep tour. A thrilling experience that cannot be missed!

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part II: the Lost City of Petra

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part II: the Lost City of Petra

Everyone has heard of the city of Petra. Lost in the desert for centuries and rediscovered only in the 19th century, this pink-city carved out of rock has been attracting visitors from all over the worlds for decades. 

But the ancient capital of the Nabateans is much more than the typical image of its magnificent Treasury: from Roman ruins to royal tombs and a monastery on the top of a hill, a visit to this city in the desert will leave you speechless. 

During my second day in Jordan, I spent the full day exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Check out what this unique place has to offer!