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Authentic Travels is a concept including heritage exploration and travel writing. How? Authentic Travels means exploring heritage places, different cultures and lifestyles, and authentic experiences, like the Al Ain Camel Market in the Arab Emirates, the Fes old medina or the Picturesque villages in Cyprus. Authentic Travels is a collection of travelogues, interviews, and architectural reviews, like Crossing the Atlas Mountains, A Moroccan Dar in Fes Old Medina or A Berber house in the heart of Bhalil. Authentic Travels explores different cultures, authentic experiences, and remoter places, in destinations like the Moroccan Desert, Nepal's Himalayan Villages or the Wadi Dana Trail in Jordan.

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Morocco

The Imperial City of Meknes and the last days in Fes - Morocco

Meknes: the shop from where I bought my Berber kilimMeknes, the first day Short Description: I arrived in Meknes in the second part of the day and accommodated at Riad Ma Boheme. I strolled through the medina and went to El-Hedim Square (the central Square) and Dar Jamai Palace. Long Description. After settling in my accommodation at Riad Ma Boheme, I strolled the streets in the medina of Meknes. In a small shop packed with kaftans, two men sewed traditional clothes. Attached to the grand mosque, the Medersa Bou Inania - a Read More...

The pilgrimage to Moulay Idriss and Roman Volubilis - Morocco

Moulay Idriss - entrance to the Mausoleum of Moulay IdrissThe road from Chefchaouen to Moulay Idriss Zerhoun passed through a mountainous region, with small, entirely forested mountains. From time to time, the snaky road crossed a path with ample views. A herd of weak sheep grazed on a hill in the shade of some trees. In Ouezzane, I had to cross the city three times until I found out the right exit toward Meknes. On the outskirts of the city, a Moroccan waved at me the classical sign for selling Read More...

Nepal

From Pokhara back to Kathmandu - Nepal

Pokhara to Kathmandu - Gorkha: Mahadev TempleFrom Pokhara to Kathmandu After five trekking days in the Annapurna Area, I had to relax and recover in Pokhara for one day. I had no idea where I was going to stay until my departure from Nepal. In this case, I took advantage of the luxury from Pokhara’s Lakeside for the rest of the day. I ate at my favorite Tibetan restaurant, lay on a sun bed among flowers on the lakeshore, and bought a few traditional souvenirs. I had a Read More...

The Extended Ghorepani Trek (II), Annapurna Conservation Area - N...

Ghorepani Trek: going up from Ghorepani to Deurali Pass (the Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range in the background)Ghorepani Trek – Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal This is the continuation of my first diary about trekking in the Annapurna Conservation Area. My first post can be found at the following link The Extended Ghorepani Trek, Annapurna Conservation Area (part I). Ghorepani Trek, the third trekking day Short description: We climbed from Upper Ghorepani to Deurali Pass, and then we descended to Ban Thanti. We abruptly continued the downhill to a tributary stream of the Bhurunngdi Khola Valley, from where we constantly hiked Read More...

Albania

Hiking the Albanian Alps - Valbona Theth, Albania

Trek Valbona Theth: on the way to Valbona Pass (Qafa e Valbonës)The first day of the trek Valbona Theth Short description. I took a local shuttle (furgon) from Shkodër to the onboarding place on the Komani ferryboat. For four hours, we traveled by ferry on the Komani Lake until Fierza. Then, we took a car to Valbona, where we stayed overnight before the Valbona Theth hike. Long description At six o’clock in the morning, I was in front of Camping Ledgenda and waited for the shuttle for the Komani Lake Ferryboat. Felix and Christiana, Read More...

From Berat to Shkodër, passing Durrës and Tirana, Albania

Mesi Bridge, near ShkoderThe road toward Tirana via Durrës Short Description. I came back to the Adriatic Sea via Durrës, where I visited the ancient fortifications and the Roman amphitheater, then the insalubrious seafront. In the evening, I arrived at Alaattin's house in Tirana. Long Description I drove from the campground near Berat to the Adriatic Sea, to Durrës. Located on the outskirts of the city, the beach area was bordered by new, modern buildings painted in bright colors, with balconies overlooking the sea and numerous Read More...

Macedonia

The return to Macedonia - Kumanovo, Skopje, and Kratovo

Kratovo - generous lunch at Etno House ShancevaHow I decided to go to Kumanovo? On the 2nd of August, I had to be in Macedonia, in the small town of Kratovo. There, I had promised to Stevce Donevski to write an article about his traditional guest house, Etno House Shanceva. I had another week left until then and had to do something during that time. Eventually, I chose to go through the northern part of Macedonia - 3 days at Nate in Kumanovo and 2 days at Read More...

Exploring the surroundings of the Ohrid Lake - Macedonia

Ohrid Lake - view from the Galicica MountainsThe eastern coast of the Ohrid Lake I drove up to Elshani, and from there I came down to Peštani. Further on I went to the museum on water from Gradište. I had lunch at a restaurant on the beach of Trpejca, overlooking the Ohrid Lake. Then I went to the St. Naum Monastery and returned to Peštani. Elena, the owner of Villa Ella exaggerated with the money, so I left the place as soon as possible. Further, I headed toward the Read More...

Guesthouse Reviews

Dana Tower Hotel, Dana Village, Jordan

Dana Tower Hotel - with Nabil Nawafleh on the terrace of the hotelDana Tower Hotel - Dana Reserve and Village Dana Tower Hotel. Situated on the very edge of the Great Rift Valley, Dana is considered Jordan's largest nature reserve. Dana is on the major migratory routes between Asia, Europe, and Africa. Thus, it is the quintessence of flora and fauna species from all the three major continents. Intricate cliffs and canyons of sand, limestone, and granite strangely cut by the winds create a nearly moonlike landscape. Acacia trees twisted by drought appear Read More...

Etno House Shancheva - Kratovo, Macedonia

Etno House Shancheva - with Stevce Donevski in front of his guesthouse from KratovoEtno House Shancheva - Kratovo town Etno House Shancheva. Kratovo was a major mining center in the Macedonian part of the Ottoman Empire. For this reason, Saxon settlers came here during the Middle Ages. Moreover, Kratovo is also known as the town of towers and bridges. The town developed in the crater of a former extinct volcano. Nowadays, it's still interspersed with defense towers and old bridges between steep valleys and different neighborhoods (Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, and Jewish). Only six of the Read More...

Greek Islands

Samothraki Island - pebbled beaches, goat dishes, bouzouki music

Hora - the capital of Samothraki Island: typical housesWhen I returned from Lemnos Island, I reached the port of Kavala late at night. As I wanted to take the morning ferry to Samothraki Island, I decided to drive 120 kilometers on the highway to reach my intermediary destination, the town of Alexandroupolis. I went to the municipal campground in Alexandroupolis where I was charged the price of a campervan again because I planned to sleep in the car. The following day, I paid a bigger price for almost the Read More...

Lemnos Island - secluded beaches, whitewashed chapels, fried octo...

Lemnos Island: Gomati bayAfter I returned from Thassos Island, I rested in Batix Multiplex Camping in Kavala for one day. For dinner, I had delicious mussels saganaki with tomato sauce and feta cheese. Besides, I had my own pitch surrounded by a green fence, sun beds, clear and warm water, and my choice of straw umbrellas. I felt good in that campground but I had to move on and go to Lemnos Island, my next destination. The first day on Lemnos Island Short description: I Read More...