Top things to do in Vienna | Vienna Cafes

The coffee houses in Vienna are an absolute must during your visit. Viennese coffee house is an institution and it has played an important role in shaping the Viennese culture. Since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house culture has even belonged to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

Austrian writer Stefan Zweig has described the Viennese Coffee House as an institution of a special kind, “actually a sort of democratic club, open to everyone for the price of a cheap cup of coffee, where every guest can sit for hours with this little offering, to talk, write, play cards, receive post, and above all consume an unlimited number of newspapers and journals.”

Modern cafés together with atmospheric traditional coffee houses give coffee lovers as well as tea addicts so many option you could go to Vienna just for the cafés. My personal favorites were the old, traditional ones. Sipping down your coffee, one could imagine living in late 19th and early 20th century when leading writers of the time became attached to the atmosphere of Viennese cafés and occupied the cafés for writing and meeting each other.

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

 

Skopje Getaway | Lake Matka, Macedonia

Hidden gem of northern Macedonia, Lake Matka, is a bit tricky to find but worth the hassle if you happen to be around.

Lake Matka is a canyon located west of central Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. It is an artificial lake and one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Macedonia.

You can go hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, take a boat trip to see caves, explore monasteries or just wonder around. A must is a bit of lake Matka fish for lunch and some local white wine to flush it down with. What ever you decide to do, it will be a relaxing day.

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

 

Home stay | Taquile Island, Peru

Part of the two days excursion to Lake Titicaca was a home stay with a local family in Taquile Island. I lived a day with a local family helping them out in their daily tasks such a picking quinoa. Yeah, and tried to play football with the locals. The elevation made playing a bit more challenging than normally.

Taquile island is a hilly island located 45 kilometers east of Puno in Lake Titicaca. Life on Taquile is still largely unchanged by mainland modernities. Culture is very much alive on Taquile, which can be seen in the traditional clothes everyone wears.

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Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Taquile girl | Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Freshly picked quinoa | Peru | 2016

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Cabarete Surfcamp | Dominican Republic

One thing I have always wanted to try: surfing. One week in northern Dominican Republic, Cabarete, and I got on the board.

It was amazing, challenging, difficult, fun. The surf camp resulted in having sore arms, liters of sea water swallowed and some successful waves with the board. I would not call myself surfer after the camp but surely I will try again. I will need, though, quite many hours more on the board before reaching the level of our teachers…

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Playa Encuentro | Cabarete, Dominican Republic | 2017

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Cabarete Surf Camp | Cabarete, Dominican Republic | 2017

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Playa Encuentro | Cabarete, Dominican Republic | 2017

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Playa Encuentro | Cabarete, Dominican Republic | 2017

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Playa Encuentro | Cabarete, Dominican Republic | 2017

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Surfers best friend | Playa Encuentro, Cabarete, Dominican Republic | 2017

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Playa Encuentro | Cabarete, Dominican Republic | 2017

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