CFFC: Isolated subjects

I have today come across this blog named Cee’s Photography which features a new photo challenge every week. This week’s challenge is on “Isolated subjects” and when I read that, I immediately remembered this photo I have taken in Eastern Finland. To throw in some context: Once you leave the beautiful Finnish capital of Helsinki, the…

Spa triangle, Czechia

Animals are a common theme of my travels. The reason for that is my daughter, who is obsessed with animals. I guess that’s common with 10 year-old girls, but I truly believe my daughter has taken animal love to a new level. I guess we are pretty easy prey for travel marketers. Show us a…

They never smile in Eastern Europe

I have been growing up in a world that was strictly divided into an Eastern and a Western part, although I wasn’t really aware of that. I was born in Kassel, a city not far from the intra-German border and thus at the crossroads of political world views, but it was just widely accepted that…

Orlando, USA

Orlando with kids. I admit, that sounds a bit like “Antarctica with snow shoes”. Orlando ranks among the world’s most famous vacation spots in general and as a prime family travel destination in particular. But here’s a news flash: not all kids are alike. Take it from the father of a girl who never cared…

Kassel, Germany

Kassel is a medium-sized town smack in the center of Germany, approximately two hours north of Frankfurt and easily accessible both by car and by train. It is probably best known for Documenta, the world’s premier contemporary art show that takes place here every five years. I didn’t travel there; Kassel is my hometown. Reading…

When the man with the knife made me learn a lesson

I had been apprehensive. This was uncharted territory, at least in my book. Travelling here is done with the alert cautiousness that possibly comes naturally for European travelers visiting a corner of the world where the population doesn’t have much to thrive on apart from what tourism generates. Didn’t one of those books have it that…

Istria, Croatia

It would take us approximately eleven hours to get to Croatia, roughly 1,000 kilometers and three international borders. This, I thought, was what travel was like before border barriers were removed inside the European Union and before air travel became affordable for everyone. I was a bit apprehensive before we took off – after all,…

Baltimore, USA

Being only a few miles from Washington DC often leaves only a place in the shadows for Baltimore, at least as far as international travelers are concerned. But those taking a pass on the Maryland metropolis miss out on experiencing a city that is dealing with times of transitions, some going slower, others having been…

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki will in most cases be the place international travelers get into when visiting Finland. The capital city is located in the comparatively densely populated southern half of the country, far away from the scenic attractions of the polar circle areas in the north. That however doesn’t mean that the region around Helsinki isn’t worth…

Olhao, Portugal

Travelling the Algarve in southern Portugal, one of the most popular travel regions in all of Europe, can sometimes lack a bit of singularity. Waiters addressing you in German at first sight aren’t what I am looking for in a place and neither are streets seamed with nothing but souvenir shops. Olhao is different, for a…

Darlowo, Poland

Darlowo is a popular beachside town that usually gets very crowded in the summer months. Which is why I went there in spring. In the off-season, you pretty much have the place for yourself and that’s a prerequisite to discovering the quiet, authentic side, away from the carnival-like summer atmosphere. Darlowo, Western Pomerania, Northern Poland…