10 Pictures and 10 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Visit Savannah

Every picture and every mention of Savannah prior to the trip made my expectations raise higher and higher until it seemed impossible for any real city to reach them. It sounded so good, it looked even better, and everybody who talked about it, talked about Savannah with nostalgia imprinted in their eyes like if they…

Day Trip From Austin: Krause Springs and Opie’s BBQ

If you have never been to USA and all you know about this country comes from books, movies and TV-shows, it’s very likely that America seems to be the land of skyscrapers, yellow taxis, hamburgers and sexy world saviors like Bruce Willis. Which is true but only in part because USA is so much more…

Day Trip from Austin: Duchman Family Winery

I have been living in Texas for the past 6 months, and what I love the most is that The Lone Star state doesn’t cease to surprise me. I would have never thought that of all places Texas is popular for its wineries! Texas wines are often compared to Portuguese wines because of the similar sunny and dry climate…

Istanbul in 24 hours: Spice Market and Best Breakfast Ever

Berna and I wake up in the morning after 4 hours of sleep with the same exact thought: we cannot have breakfast right now! Last night while having meze after meze at dinner we made a perfect plan: wake up, walk to a nearby café for breakfast, take a taxi to local market to get…

Istanbul in 24 Hours: Turkish Coffee and Turkish Meze

Istanbul in my imagination has a color, and the color is greyish blue, the color of water and sky blending together so you can’t separate one from another and it looks like the ships are swimming in clouds and the mosques are growing from water.  For somebody else Istanbul might be sunny, hot and bright….

One Winter Day in Quebec City

Having lived in Russia for most of my life, I never considered winter vacation a great idea. Actually, it wasn’t even an idea. I had enough snow in my everyday life, so travelling thousands of kilometers to see some more snow never even occurred to me. This year, though, something has changed. Maybe it is…

Italian Neighborhood of Boston and Not-so-Italian Food

I didn’t have a chance to visit Italy… yet. So I am compensating for my non-existing experience of this country as best I can. Making pasta Bolognese at home, ordering aperol spritz wherever I manage to find it, and reading Eat, Pray, Love – the “eat” part is, obviously, my favorite. The closest I have…

Brighton Beach, or Where to Find Russian Food in New York. Part 2

I am back on the streets of Brighton Beach, a small neighborhood in Coney Island. If you want to try Russian food in New York, there’s no better place than Brighton Beach Avenue to satisfy your cravings. I have started my story about Little Russia in the previous post here. Today we are going to explore some street…

Brighton Beach, or Where to Find Russian Food in New York. Part 1

The first time I’ve heard the name Brighton Beach was in a popular Russian comedy called (bear with me here) “Weather is good on Deribasovskaya, it rains again on Brighton Beach”.  The movie is set in the years following the end of Cold War when Russian and American presidents are planning a meeting to discuss…

One Day in Portsmouth, or New Hampshire Can Be Fun Too!

Let me start by saying, that if you want people to pronounce a city’s name as Port-SMITH and not Ports-MOUTH, please, spell it that way. I don’t see any other reason behind this spelling but to confuse unsuspecting visitors and make fun of them when they mispronounce it time and again. This is my second…