I am going on hiatus.

My dear friends! I am going on hiatus and will disappear for a couple of months. I’m going to have a big project, that will probably take most of my free time. I promise that I will read your posts, respond to comments and try to stay active on other social platforms. I apologize forContinue reading “I am going on hiatus.”

Should you buy a Travel Insurance?

If you ask me, should I buy travel insurance? My answer will be Absolutely Yes! When you are young and healthy, you probably don’t even think about it or are absolutely sure you don’t need it. Nothing going to happen?! Right? More experienced travelers or people of a certain age, probably purchase it. Personally, withContinue reading “Should you buy a Travel Insurance?”

Join Suitcase Travel Blog on Twitter and other social media networks 

 Hello my friends!   I opened again Twitter account and YouTube. Hopefully this time I will have more subscribers and activity. I admitted, I have to be more active as well and find extra time to learn more and grow.   Please visit my new and old social media networks if you curious.   See you soon! 

My travel essentials: What I take on the trip and not go without.

My young friend was preparing for her vacation. She was very excited and there was so much euphoria that we all got involved and became very enthusiastic: giving advice on what to take on the trip, choosing dresses, hair, nails and so many other women’s things.  Then I was thinking about what I usually take on my trip. WhatContinue reading “My travel essentials: What I take on the trip and not go without.”

Art in Minneapolis and around the world.

Minneapolis is a large modern city and the capital of Minnesota, United States.  Even in this dynamic Metropolis, I felt good and comfortable during our visit. Needless to  say, that Minneapolis is a popular tourist destination.  The Minneapolis and St. Paul are Twin Cities and full of unique things to do and see.  The Minneapolis skyline looks so impressive. It has 190 completed  high-rise buildings and 39  of them taller than 300 feet (91 m). The highest building in Minneapolis is the 57-story IDS Center (241 m), designed by architect Philip Johnson. Another two tallest buildings are the Capella Tower (236 m) and the Wells Fargo Center (236 m).  The city offers beautiful parks, amazing nature and zoo. Also, Minneapolis is an art city and center of folk, funk music, museums, ballet and theatres.  Some cities have a recognisable symbol: Eifel Tower — Paris, Colosseum  — Rome, Big Ben — London, Red Square — Moscow andContinue reading “Art in Minneapolis and around the world.”

Coffee Break: UEFA Euro 2021.

I appreciate our coffee break! I absolutely do! I think our first one was pretty successful and absolutely enjoyable for me.   I want to stop for another coffee break again, and I have several reasons for this:  First, I would like to THANK everyone for your honest feedback, great suggestions for improvement, for your kind words and support. AllContinue reading “Coffee Break: UEFA Euro 2021.”

Survey: Please Help me To Improve My Blog.

I never liked to do surveys, and usually don’t even bother. But only now when I started my blog, I understand how important it might be for some businesses, blogs etc. Do surveys and analyzing answers helps to understand audiences and make changes for improvement. My blog just celebrated a 1- year anniversary and IContinue reading “Survey: Please Help me To Improve My Blog.”

Hooray ! Im so happy: part 2.

Am I dreaming?  Pinch me!  I can’t believe it!  I can’t believe that I created a blog.  I can’t believe I have become a blogger.  I can’t believe I can write posts.  I can’t believe that people read me.  I can’t believe I have 500 followers.  Five Hundred!  500!   This is very good gift for my 1 year blogging anniversary!  My Dear Friends!  Thank you very much for joining myContinue reading “Hooray ! Im so happy: part 2.”

Happy 1-year Anniversary to Suitcase Travel Blog!

Today is the 1-year Anniversary of Suitcase Travel Blog.  I’m very grateful for all your support and highly appreciate your comments, valuable advice, likes and reading posts, because without you, my Dear Friends, Suitcase Travel Blog wouldn’t exist.    My accomplishments:  1. As blogging became my new hobby and passion, I learned many things: how to blog, marketing, social media platforms, blogging etiquette, etc. Because when I do something, I always try toContinue reading “Happy 1-year Anniversary to Suitcase Travel Blog!”

Paris: fun tip for travellers.

Have you watched the movie Midnight in Paris?  If  NOT: I recommend you watch it. Believe me, you are going to like it.  “Midnight in Paris” is a romantic comedy, beautiful fantasy and well-done movie written and directed by Woody Allen. And, of course, it was shot in Paris, which is an absolutely gorgeous city.  It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams,Continue reading “Paris: fun tip for travellers.”

Victory Day in Russia.

Victory Day is one of the greatest holidays in Russia. It is a  celebration of the end of the World War II, which killed millions of people.  This day, May 9,1945, will forever  remain in history and will always remind people of  those horrible days, starvation, devastation, loss of loved ones and bloody battles.  Victory Day is a big and memorable day for every family in Russia. Almost every family has relatives and friends who fought or died in this horrible war. Our parents who were growing up in the war, remember these terrible days as well.  When the war just started, whole country, regardless of nationalities ( USSR included 15 repablics and more then 100 nationalities.), united and stood up to defend their homeland.  Most European countries celebrate Remembrance or Victory day earlier – on May 8.  In the USSR and Russia now the Victory Day is celebrated on May 9 and in 2021 it will be  the 76th anniversary of victory in the WWII.  Why do Europe and Russia celebrate Victory on different days?  The answer is very simple: the difference in time zones.  The German Instrument of Surrender was signed late in the evening on May 8, 1945, at 22:43 and in Moscow was already 00:43, May 9. The Soviet government announced the Victory on May 9.  The solemn parade in honor of the Victory in World War II was held on June 24, 1945,  on Red Square, in Moscow.  On that day, the Soviet government and people laid flowers at the Lenin Mausoleum and  the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, who died in the war fiercely defending their homeland.The whole country had one minute of silence and in the evening was big celebrations and  fireworks.  Since then, every year people have celebrated Victory Day, but not every year there was a military parade.   The fourth paradeContinue reading “Victory Day in Russia.”

Victory in Europe Day.

My Dear Friends!  Today, on May 8, Europe celebrates Victory in Europe Day or V-E Day!   V-E Day marks the end of the World War II in Europe and victory of the Allied Forces in 1945. About 70 million people were killed in this most terrible war of the 20th century.  Many thanks to everyone who defended Europe from Nazism! Continue reading “Victory in Europe Day.”

How to choose restaurants when you travel.

Every country has its own national cuisine: food which is favorite and most often eaten within this area. National dishes are part of the local culture, as well as a popular “attraction” for any tourist.  Tasting traditional and popular food from other countries is always part of my journey. It helps to better understand the culture, localContinue reading “How to choose restaurants when you travel.”

What to do with cat or dog when you travel.

Most people are pet lovers and I’m no exception. I want to sincerely believe that most of us are responsible and take good care of their little fluffy friends. But unfortunately, some people adopt pets spontaneously, just because they feel lonely at that moment or just because their kids want it… . Or… Or… Or…  Sadly,Continue reading “What to do with cat or dog when you travel.”

Why Was Italian Music Extreamly Popular In USSR?

I love music! Music is a fantastic way to cheer you up, relieve stress, encourage, inspire, dream, fly away and just relish your life. It always brings my mood up. I listen music everywhere and at work too. I have a young girl-coworker who creates a playlist to listen at work. She is absolutely goodContinue reading “Why Was Italian Music Extreamly Popular In USSR?”

REBLOG: Candy Hunter. Easter.

This is reblog post Easter has written by Candy Hunter. Please read the original post here. This is very cute and inspiring story that I decided to share with you my Dear Friends! Candy has an amazing blog and writes very entertaining stories. Please visit and support her blog! With the welcomed arrival of SpringContinue reading “REBLOG: Candy Hunter. Easter.”

Colabarative project “Bloggers with a view: Goodness Spreading”

This is my second collaborative project “Bloggers with a view  – Goodness Spreading”  .  It was not only an exciting, good experience and fun for me, but also this awesome idea unites people, community, gives smiles and emotional support which is very important in this uncertain and difficult time.    I would like to thank VO from My French Chronicles for this great idea, supportingContinue reading “Colabarative project “Bloggers with a view: Goodness Spreading””

International Women’s Day.

Today is International Women’s Day.  This is a holiday for all women in the world: mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, political leaders and scientists, housewives and astronauts, doctors and teachers, etc.   More than 100 years ago women stood for equal rights. Since then, March 8 is a day to observe women’s rights, strength and solidarity.  Continue reading “International Women’s Day.”

My first collaborative project !

I was happily participating in my first collaborative project “Bloggers with a view – Path.”   It was not only an exciting, good experience and fun for me, but also this awesome idea unites people, community, gives smiles and emotional support which is very important in this uncertain and difficult time.   I would like to thank VO fromContinue reading “My first collaborative project !”

GIF-Y LOVE Tag

Monday ! Beginning of the week. Always hard to start… Surprisingly, I was tagged by Chocoviv for GIF-y Love tag. Thank you for the fun ! Please check her blog out! She is a fun writer! So lets have a little Monday fun together. The Rules: Thank the person who tagged you and leave aContinue reading “GIF-Y LOVE Tag”

Outstanding Blogger Award.

I was nominated for an Outstanding Blogger Award by Ann-Kathrin from Wondering Explorer. Thank you very much Ann-Kathrin for this nomination! I highly appreciate it. Ann-Kathrin has a travel blog where she shares her incredible adventures. She writes fascinating stories, and it always pleasure to read them. Please find a time to visit Wondering ExplorerContinue reading “Outstanding Blogger Award.”

Japan: Onsen or Sento ? What the right choice ?

Japan is a unique country. It combines innovating technology and beautiful nature and the Japanese people know how to live in harmony with it. This is reflected in everything: clothing, food, lifestyle, traditions.   One of the popular ways to have a good rest in Japan is to go to onsen. Taking a bath can bringContinue reading “Japan: Onsen or Sento ? What the right choice ?”

Two most popular street food in Belgium.

Belgium is not only a beautiful country with magnificent architecture and rich history, but also the country where you can try delicious food. I’m sure many tourists would like to taste street food. I wasn’t an exception, and of course I tried out two of the most popular dishes – Belgian waffles and frites (friedContinue reading “Two most popular street food in Belgium.”

Happy New 2021 Year !

My dear Friends!   Every end marks a new beginning.  The New Year has brought another excellent chance for us to set things right and to open a new chapter in our lives. With courage,  faith and great effort, we can achieve everything what desire.   I wish you health, peace, joy and happiness!  All the best to you, your dear family and friends! Happy New Year!  Shop on Amazon: Best Sellers in Luggage & Bags

Tips for 2021 New Year Celebration.

New Year is a favorite holiday for many people. Everyone is waiting for a miracle and sincerely believes in New Year’s magic.  To make dreams and wishes come true, here are tips for the New Year 2021 celebration: 2021 Year of the Metal Ox The symbol of the coming 2021 year is the Metal Ox. It symbolizes perseverance, stubbornness and energy. The Metal Ox has many respects for hardworking people and is going to beContinue reading “Tips for 2021 New Year Celebration.”

Travel Challenge – Day 10

Today is my Day 10 out of 10 of Travel Challenge. Thank you very much my dear friends for reading my posts, likes, commenting and the bloggers who took this challenge. A special thank you to Nilla for nomination! I had a fun. I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographerContinue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 10”

Travel Challenge – Day 9

Welcome to my Day 9 of the Travel Challenges.  I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel.    As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in the blogger’s life. Thank you very much, Nilla!   The Travel Challenge involves posting one favorite travelContinue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 9”

Travel Challenge – Day 8.

Today is my Day 8 of Travel Challenge. Ah, I want to start travelling again so badly. I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel.    As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in the blogger’s life. ThankContinue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 8.”

Travel Challenge – Day 7.

Welcome to my Day 7 of Travel Challenge. I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel.    As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in the blogger’s life. Thank you very much, Nilla!   The Travel Challenge involves posting one favoriteContinue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 7.”

Travel Challenge – Day 6.

Today Day 6 of the Travel Challenge. As I go through my pictures, I feel nostalgic about my adventures. I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel.    As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in the blogger’sContinue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 6.”

Travel Challenge – Day 5.

Welcome to Day 5 of the Travel Challenge. I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel.    As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in the blogger’s life. Thank you very much, Nilla!   The Travel Challenge involves posting one favoriteContinue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 5.”

Travel Challenge – Day 4.

Today is my Travel Challenge Day 4 of 10. I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel.  As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in the blogger’s life. Thank you very much, Nilla!   The Travel Challenge involves postingContinue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 4.”

Santa around the world.

New Year’s holidays are always the most magical moments of the year, with fabulous, cheerful and kind atmosphere.   Santa is a symbol of this joyous holiday, very popular in every country and he has lots of different names like Santa Claus, Ded Moroz,  Father Christmas,  Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas,  Saint Nick, Kris Kringle and many more.  The modernContinue reading “Santa around the world.”

Travel Challenge – Day 3

Today is my Day 3 of the Travel Challenge. So many pictures and so hard to find the right one. I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel.   As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in theContinue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 3”

Travel Challenge – Day 2.

Today is my Day 2 of the Travel Challenge. I have a fun to go through my pictures. I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel.   As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in the blogger’s life.Continue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 2.”

Travel Challenge – Day 1

I was invited to participate in the Travel Challenge by wonderful blogger and photographer Nilla, from Image Earth Travel. As a beginner blogger, I’m very excited to have new blogging experience and be involved in the blogger’s life. Thank you very much, Nilla! The Travel Challenge involves posting one favorite travel picture for each day. That’s 10Continue reading “Travel Challenge – Day 1”

New Year in USSR.

In the USSR the New Year was a non-religious and non-Communist holiday. It was a family festivity, when everyone gathered together for this wonderful celebration and it was the favorite holiday for children and adults. History Before the Russian Revolution  1917, Christmas was the main  winter holiday.  The first official Christmas tree in Russia was arranged by Emperor Nicholas I at the request of his wife, Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, Princess Charlotte of Prussia.  On December 24, 1817 the Christmas tree was installed in theContinue reading “New Year in USSR.”

Bernini’s masterpieces in Rome and tips for travelers.

Rome is a wonderful city, with magnificent artwork and many genuine masterpieces. It is a real open-air museum, very beautiful and impressive. I already published a post “Where to see Caravaggio’s masterpieces in Rome” and if you missed it you can read the post here.   Today I would like to introduce the impressive works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a remarkableContinue reading “Bernini’s masterpieces in Rome and tips for travelers.”

Ideas how not to get crazy during the lockdown.

Winnipeg has a Code Red, and we locked down again until the middle of December or maybe longer during this COVID-19 pandemic. I really hope it will help to “flatten the curve” and bring down the number of COVID-19 cases. People must stay home now, which is very good, but unluckily there are lots ofContinue reading “Ideas how not to get crazy during the lockdown.”

“The Black Cat Blue Sea Award” nomination.

I was nominated for ‘The Black Cat Blue Sea Award’ by very interesting blogger Aishwarya Meti, MY BEST VISION IN WORDS.   Much appreciated Aishwarya for selecting me to receive this award and it came as an unexpected surprise. I can only express my sincere thanks.   Aishwarya has a wonderful and inspiring blog.  She writes about many different topics, and I always enjoy reading her posts. I would like encouraging you toContinue reading ““The Black Cat Blue Sea Award” nomination.”

Remembrance day.

On November 11, 1918, an Armistice agreement was signed at Le Françoise near Compiegne (France), which ended the fighting on land, sea and air in the World War I. The signed agreement by French Marshal Ferdinand Foch came into force at 11:00 Paris time, November 11, 1918. Since then, Remembrance Day has been established asContinue reading “Remembrance day.”

Scams in Europe and how to avoid it.

Vacation is a beautiful and delightful time. Of course, we all love vacations. It is so good to just forget everyday life and explore something interesting, exciting, meet new people or just lie down on the beach. But unfortunately, sometimes when going on a trip, we forget about necessary precautions and often lose our guard.  Sadly, fraud and swindleContinue reading “Scams in Europe and how to avoid it.”

A little drama.

I’m rebelling! I want to scream so loud! I’m upset!  Summer is gone. It just flew away almost undetected. It flew by so swiftly and today I realized that I am putting all my summer clothes away not even had a chance to wear them: dresses, sandals, t-shirts …. I put everything away until next summer notContinue reading “A little drama.”

The quarantine time and projects.

Life is wonderful, interesting, but absolutely unexpected. You never know what is waiting for you around the corner. I was in Tokyo in September and after … Boom… Pandemic. Covid-19 affected our lives, economy, travel, and lots of other industries. It feels like the entire world just freezes, and we are all stuck. Lots ofContinue reading “The quarantine time and projects.”

The Journey Begins

” Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets”  Oscar Wilde  Life is really short, and it is up to you to make it either colorful and remarkable, or boring and vapid. Don’t be held back by what happened yesterday, the week before or even decades ago. Let it go. Open your heart andContinue reading “The Journey Begins”

Travel after pandemic.

Never quit your dreams… Unfortunately, Covid-19 unexpectedly disrupted our lives, economies and the whole world feel uncertain about the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has suffered a significant impact on the tourism industry. The United Nations World Tourism Organization estimated that global international tourism arrivals might decrease by 20-30% in 2020, leading to a potential lossContinue reading “Travel after pandemic.”