After almost six years of work, I was free again to discover what else life holds for me.
Most of public museums in Milan are free on the first Sunday of the month, including top-notch ones like the Last Supper, Pinacoteca di Brera and Sforza Castle Museums.
As we approached the ski resort, a fairytale-like landscape opened up in front of us with lovely wooden cottages, icy stream and brownish mountains against the backdrop of clear blue sky.
Sforza castle shelters several museums and art collections inside, of which the most notable works include the Sala dell Dasse by Da Vinci and Michelangelo's unfinished sculpture of Pietà.
As a non-Christian, Christmas didn't have much of a meaning to me but this time I decided to have it the local way. Turns out it was quite a memorable experience.
Want to know what makes a festive season in Budapest one of a kind? Hop on a Christmas light tram -- the one decked in thousands of twinkle white lights that looked as if it were taken straight out of the fairy tale.
Bruges will charm you at first sight by all its graces: the lovely red brick houses lined with winding cobbled streets and century-year-old steeples.