Enjoy my favorite travel quotes coupled with stories I lived and photos I took during my travels.
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it.” – Freya Stark, Baghdad Sketches
Why we travel? For excitement, discovery, adventure, enlightenment, romance.
“No drug I can imagine, few love-affairs I might dream of, can match that simple, shocking excitement of arriving in a truly foreign place.” – Pico Iyer
The most thrilling experiences are when you first arrive in a new country, especially if the country is so different from yours. Pico Iyer would call it “The Shock of Arrival”. For me was Kathmandu, Nepal.
“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya
One of my longest and most exciting flight was the 16 hours non-stop flight from Chicago to Hong Kong in a Boeing 747 thirteen years ago. The flight path was going North, in an arch, with beautiful views of Greenland and Siberia, and coming South towards Hong Kong.
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury
Welcome to Koh Lipe island, in the Andaman Sea, Thailand! White sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters are an invitation for exploring and relaxing.
“Certain places seem to exist mainly because someone has written about them.” – William Faulkner
Banjul, the Gambia. Everything that worked in other parts of the globe, doesn’t work anymore here. “This is Africa, Ovi!” – my friend Joyce kept repeating…
“I want to be on the road again, to see things I’ve never seen before, and may never see again.” – Willie Nelson
So many things I’ve never seen before, such as the piercing ritual witnessed at the Navaratri Hindu Festival in Bangkok.
“The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.” – William Hazlitt
Falling in love with Havana and in Havana is easy! The city is so unique, so vibrant and yet so tranquil…
Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, “I would stay here and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.” – Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
I love Japan! But I also love many, many other countries. A photo can capture the beauty of a country, but it cannot capture its soul. Take a photographic journey through the world and discover its beauty.
“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
Each country brings memories of adventure, love, discovery… In Cambodia is Angkor Wat – trully impressive, a masterpiece of the past.
“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli
A view of Kuala Lumpur through images: the streets, the people, the attractions and the food.
“After midnight, the moon set, and I was alone with the stars. I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, and I need no other flight to convince me that the reason flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the esthetic appeal of flying.” – Amelia Earhart
Stunning view of Everest from Air China flight Kathmandu to Lhasa! The entire chain of Himalayas covered in snow can be seen. Mt. Everest is on the left side of the airplane. All the passengers from the right side of the plane moved and even jumped over the passengers from the left side, to have a better view of the highest peak of the world (8,848 m). The shift in weight repartition, made the plane to tilt to its left side!
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
One of the most beautiful castles in Europe is located in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, Romania.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
A trip to Tibet and Everest Base Camp is highly recommended. It can be exhausting and the high altitude affects people in different ways, but the views are breathtaking and the experience is unforgettable.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
Adventures in Dakar! Wrong hotel and no cash. one day of tricks and more.
“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury
I think you can measure the level of excitement by the number of photos you take. And in the two days Halong Bay cruise I took a lot of photos.
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
Take a walk on the wild side of Taipei. Get lost at night wandering through night markets, snake alleys and massage parlours. Try a snake soup or enjoy a dinner in a toilet!
“Die I must, but let me die drinking at an inn!” – Walter Map
Walking the streets of the old town of Takayama, I stumbled upon a sake store. Easy to recognize after the beautifully decorated bottles and big barrels of sake placed at the entrance of the store…
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
One of a sudden I decided to go to Singapore without too much of a preparation. Singapore is a modern, rich, civilized and clean city, whose daily life is governed by a multitude of laws and rules that are strictly enforced.
“Travel only with your equals or your betters. If there are none, travel alone. – Dhammapada”
Down the road I met many wonderful people, locals and other travelers, making my trips very enjoyable.
“I feel like I’ve never had a home, you know? I feel related to the country, to this country, and yet I don’t know exactly where I fit in… There’s always this kind of nostalgia for a place, a place where you can reckon with yourself.” – Sam Shepard
Find your own Paradise! Once you don’t have a home can be liberated. Your home is the world!
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
India is a country of huge contrasts. I visited just a small part of it, the North-East India. The first impressions can be shocking when you pass the border from Nepal to India. The crossing was done by walking and what a difference few meters can make!
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
One hour by speed boat from Koh Chang Island, Koh Mak is a small, beautiful island, only 16 square meters. So wild and undeveloped, that even the Russians from Koh Chang didn’t venture here…
“A class of men who are exceedingly tiresome are those who, having traveled, talk of nothing but their adventures, the countries which they have seen or traversed, the dangers, whether real or fictitious, which they have encountered, repeating the same things an hundred times over.” – St. John Baptist De La Salle
It was the end of the day, after visiting the Longshan temple in Taipei. It is a busy area, with people chatting in front of the temple. While walking between them I noticed this girl and she noticed me. Something about her was different, something was intriguing…
“The best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – Pico Iyer
What a city, Vienna! It is one of the most tranquil and civilized cities in the world!
Get a glimpse of the imperial grandeur by visiting the Belvedere, Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces, or just walk through the old city centre starting from the Stephansplatz. The sound of music will follow you: Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Liszt, Brahms and many others…
”I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag