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Visiting Sankt Petersburg | Russia

donderdag, juni 23, 2011 · Category Eastern Europe · comments 0

Visiting Sankt Petersburg | Russia

There is a lot to be said about Sankt Petersburg. I wondered for more than a year about the city, after having visited Russia for the first time in 2009. Arriving in Moscow I went straight forward to the city of Kazan where I met up with a dear friend.

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Russian Visa, Schengen Visa, Italian actions on Lampedusa influx: What a joke!

zaterdag, mei 21, 2011 · Category Eastern Europe · comments 2

Russian Visa, Schengen Visa, Italian actions on Lampedusa influx: What a joke!

Recently French President and parliament cried out over Berlusconi's decision to grant 3-month permits to all arriving refugees from Tunesia. Getting a Schengen visa for a Russian friend is a small nightmare of red tape. Getting a Russian visa to visit the country yourself is another tightened effort. Yet at the same time the 2010 "local visa-free zone" between Helsinki and Saint-Petersburg has send Finland to be the biggest issuer of Schengen visa in Europe. What a joke, if you ask me.

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The ancient town of Stari Bar, Montenegro

zondag, februari 6, 2011 · Category Eastern Europe · comments 3

The ancient town of Stari Bar, Montenegro

During my 4+ hour stay at the ancient town of Stari Bar in Montenegro I was one of 5 visitors, the others being an Italian and a German elderly couple. Restoration of the site was halted somewhere in the 1980's which explains all about how the Montenegrin Government handles and cares about it's long history in favour of tourism and new bricks and mortars everywhere.

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The Black Church covered in snow, Brasov

maandag, december 13, 2010 · Category Eastern Europe · comments 1

The Black Church covered in snow, Brasov

Last weekend we went for a tourist walk around the old city of Brasov. The walk brings you passed the remnants of the old city walls with some of the fortified towers reconstructed or renovated. From all pictures taken during the walk I have decided to break it up in parts starting with the Black Church, with it's 89m length the largest original Gothic Church between Vienna and Constantinopol.

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