• Belgium
  • Elsewhere: Lively and Lovely Leuven, Belgium

    Grote Markt Leuven

    How the city of Leuven isn’t a bigger deal in Belgium is beyond me. This small city in the region of Flanders is simply full to the brim with stellar attractions that I think can stand toe-to-toe with Belgium’s best. Leuven flaunts a distinctive UNESCO site, one of the most remarkable libraries I’ve visited and a […]

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  • Elsewhere: Białystok, Poland

    Branicki Palace, Białystok

    When trying to figure out how to get between Lithuania and Poland, I came across the option to travel to the city of Białystok in far eastern Poland. Honestly, Białystok hadn’t been on my radar at all before that, but it seemed like a convenient stop to break up the long journey to Warsaw. What […]

  • Czech Republic
  • Elsewhere in the Czech Republic: Beyond Prague

    Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

    Since there was such a great response to my previous look at other destinations in Slovenia beyond Ljubljana and Bled, I thought I would continue on this time with a look this time at the Czech Republic, or Czechia as it is increasingly being known as. I’ve visited various parts of the country several times now, […]

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  • Elsewhere: Kuldiga and the Venta Rapids, Latvia

    Aleksupite Bridge, Kuldiga

    Can you think of a place during the holidays that everyone seems to stop at, as they drive to and from their getaway? Somewhere to grab lunch or just pause at to break up the long drive? Well in Latvia, that stop is the small town of Kuldiga. Not exactly halfway between the popular beaches […]

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  • Elsewhere: Prilep, Republic of Macedonia

    Marko's Fortress Prilep, Visiting Macedonia

    Small city surrounded by the rugged mountains of Macedonia, home to the nation’s tobacco industry and a mix of city and village life. The modest Republic of Macedonia is not known for many big name tourist destinations. This meant I had to be creative with my itinerary when visiting the country in July. Gladly, I decided on making […]

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  • Elsewhere in Slovenia: Beyond Ljubljana and Bled

    Celje Riverfront, Slovenia

    I have to admit that I’m quite smitten with the compact country of Slovenia. It’s a country that sits at the crossroads of Western and Eastern Europe with all the benefits that location provides. What I mean is that it has the conveniences found when travelling in Western Europe, while still being a bit of an […]

  • Bulgaria
  • Elsewhere: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

    Veliko Tarnovo

    Old royal capital boasting a dramatic cityscape, fascinating monuments and an epic fortress in the middle of Bulgaria. Before visiting Bulgaria, I really had no idea where to go. The itinerary I came up with was based on some quick internet research while I enjoyed the country’s coast. One of the stops I came up with […]

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  • Elsewhere: Oradea, Romania

    This humble city on the Hungarian border boasts a treasure trove of Baroque architecture and makes for an ideal first step when exploring Romania. For an emerging travel destination, there are still quite a few places in Romania that have yet to fully pop up on tourist’s radars. Most certainly one of these is the understated […]

  • Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Elsewhere: Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Fairytale town of Jajce

    Spectacular waterfalls rush beneath this charming walled town in the wooded countryside of Bosnia and Herzegovina. When I was planning out my time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I wasn’t sure where else to visit other than Sarajevo and Mostar. I don’t recall where I first came across photos of Jajce, but the view of its […]

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  • Elsewhere: Vigo, Spain

    Galician port city, that combines a comfortable city break with access to some of Spain’s best beaches, all in a cooler climate. Spain is a country of overwhelming choices. Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Majorca, the list goes on. You’re never going to run out of places to visit. But if you’re already passed through all the highlights, where next? […]