- North America
- South America
During a weekend trip to Riga, I also made a trip to the city of Jelgava south in Latvia.
Jelgava was the capital of the Duchy of Courland.
I drove with a friend from Oslo to Belgrade in Serbia to see the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. On the way, we stopped in Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Timisoara.
We stopped in Bratislava for a few hours on the way from Prague to Budapest.
We stayed two days in Budapest.
We also stayed a night in Timisoara in Transylvania, Romania.
The southernmost stop on the trip was Belgrade in Serbia, host to the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.
In December 2007, I visited the second largest (by area) country in Europe - Ukraine.
Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, has about 2.7 million inhabitants.
I visited the site for the worst nuclear accident in history. 55,000 people were living here before the accident. Now the city is empty.
I visited Prague again in 2007, 11 years after my last trip to the city.
Prague is a wonderful city for anyone interested in architecture and photography.
I visited the Spanish capital, Madrid, and the nearby city of Toledo at the end of August.
Madrid is a relatively young city, but is today, with over 3 million inhabitants, one of the largest cities in Europe.
Toledo was once the imperial capital of Spain, and is still the ecclesiastical heart of the country. It is only a 30 minutes train ride from Madrid.
I visited Sofia in Bulgaria for a few days in early May.
Sofia is one of the oldest capital cities of Europe, and has today over a million inhabitants.
I was one week in Istanbul, on the border between Europe and Asia.
Sultanahmet is the historic center of Istanbul.
This was the largest church in the world for 1000 years.
The European-style Dolmabahçe Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1853 to 1923.
I arrived in Georgia by train, and what I saw made me sceptical... until I saw the center or Tbilisi, which is a charming city.
The capital and biggest city of Georgia is full of churches.