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Best Things to Do in Gdansk, Poland

It wasn’t the typical “see the view” tower that I’d climbed in so many other Central European cities.  Taking on the lofty turret in St. Mary’s church proved a worthy opponent.  The massive 14th-century Gothic basilica is the largest brick ecclesiastical structure in the world, and the 400 timeworn spiral steps to the viewing platform […]

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Conquering Communism: Best Things to Do in Warsaw This Year

Careening through the backstreets of Warsaw in a minibus that bumped and jostled us through a former Communist neighborhood, I immediately regretted that extra pierogi I’d had for lunch that now threatened to expel itself. As if clairvoyant, Tomas, our guide, stopped and guided us into an area where partially destroyed, bullet-ridden brick structures were oddly […]

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Gdansk Beaches: 7 Reasons to Visit the Polish Riviera

The wind whipped my ponytail across my new Polish sunglasses and into my mouth – which was open because I was laughing.  In spite of the brooding sky and rapidly approaching cloud formations, I was at one of the Gdansk beaches.  The beach.  My happy place. Poland has something that most of the other land-locked […]

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Best Places to Visit in Poland: Travel Guide to Krakow, Warsaw & Gdansk

Poland.  It’s one of the few countries in Central Europe that I had not visited. Gloomy images of tragedy, poverty, and food lines were all I knew.  But I was wrong, so wrong. What I found was a county that boasts the sixth largest economy in Europe and is one of the safest places to […]

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Castle Cesky Krumlov: How to Spend a Magical Weekend

I’ve been a fan of fairy-tales since I was a little girl.  As an adult, when I heard that the medieval town and castle Cesky Krumlov would bring to life all the scenes of my childhood dreams, I determined I would get there someday. After years of eager anticipation, that “someday” recently came to fruition.  […]

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The Hanza Hotel – Best Place to Stay in Gdansk

My friends are envious of my “glamorous” life. I love being a travel writer, and my life is certainly filled with fun and adventure, but it’s hardly glamorous.  It’s often difficult.  I’m currently on a one-month trip taking me through Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Poland.  I’ve been on planes, trains, buses, vans, trams, cars, taxis […]

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Budapest Solo Travel: Why You Can (and Should)

Once a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers, Budapest, the shining gem on Hungary’s Danube River, is enjoying an explosion of the luxury market and a well-deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful cities and the second fastest-developing urban economy in Europe. As a female solo traveler, I found Budapest to be among the […]

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Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour (King’s Landing and Quarth)

Kings and queens, knights, magicians, scoundrels, dwarfs, giants, dragons, witches, eunuchs, heroes, liars, and more. I won’t lie, I’m biased. Game of Thrones is the best medieval series ever to hit television, perhaps even the best series of any genre. The multiple Emmy-winning medieval fantasy HBO show, based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series […]

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Cooking Authentic Macedonian Food at Lake Ohrid

Full transparency: I’m not a foodie. I’m an adventure traveler. So when our JayWay tour guide said we were going to take a cooking class while traversing Macedonia, I was not thrilled. I anticipated boredom. I was wrong, very wrong. Lake Ohrid We started out from our hotel on glorious Lake Ohrid where we’d spent […]

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12 Quirky and Unique Things to Do in Prague

Arguably the most beautiful city in Europe – certainly at least an equal with Paris – Prague is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, picturesque town squares, secluded courtyards, castles, towers,  jaw-dropping views, and interesting cuisine. A place where even a non-beer drinker like me has to acknowledge that here is the best brew in the […]

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