• 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 […]

  • Talking Travel
  • 7 Sources of Inspiration for Finding Hidden Gems

    Inspiration for Hidden Gems

    In a recent post on my day trip to Trogir, someone asked in the comments how I how came across the town. In my most recent post on Civita di Bagnoregio, I revealed that what truly inspired me to visit the town was it featuring on the reality show the Amazing Race. Together they got me […]

  • Elsewheres
  • 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, […]

  • Elsewheres
  • 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 […]

  • Elsewheres
  • 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 […]

  • Elsewheres
  • Elsewhere: Visby, Sweden

    Walled island town in the Baltic Sea home to Viking treasure hoards and fascinating tales of pirates, knights and plagues. I’m not sure what motivated me to decide on journeying to Visby when I was travelling through Scandinavia in 2014. I was going to be heading from Stockholm to Gothenburg and Visby is most certainly not […]

  • Elsewheres
  • Elsewhere: Aveiro, Portugal

    Aveiro Canal

    Boat rides down canals past traditional tiled houses, a stones throw from the beach in this little seaside city known as the “Portuguese Venice”. Aveiro, once a small fishing town, is now an emerging tourist destination for Portugal. Located south of Porto on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, Aveiro is a petite port city known for its production of salt and seaweed. […]

  • Elsewheres
  • Elsewhere: Cetinje, Montenegro

    Small Montenegrin town, steeped in history on the doorstop of a beautiful mountainous national park. Nowadays Cetinje is just a small town on the edge of a large national park, but it once was a far more important part of Montenegro. Cetinje was actually a regional capital from 1482 and capital of Montenegro from 1878 until the […]

  • Czech Republic
  • Elsewhere: Olomouc, Czech Republic

    Olomouc Town Hall

    Quiet Czech walled city with a love of churches and fountains that boasts surprising depth. When people visit the Czech Republic it’s almost guaranteed that their destination is Prague and with good reason. Prague is a grand and vibrant city full of iconic spots. If people go further afield they might visit Cesky Krumlov, a […]