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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 live […]

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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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Best Place to Stay in Gdansk: The Hanza Hotel

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: Explore King’s Landing and Qarth! [updated 2020]

Why take the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour? Hmmm, let me count the ways… 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 […]

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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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Albanian Wine

Albanian Wine: Europe’s Oldest and Possibly Best

Albanian wine is no stranger to Europe. Archeological evidence near the capital of Tirana indicates traces of tannic acid, which produces the bitter taste in wine, dates back to a 6,000-year viniculture, making Albania arguably the oldest winemaker in Europe. Albania, a small country bordering Greece on the Adriatic Sea, has four separate wine regions, […]

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Corfu Beaches: Exploring One of the Best Greek Islands

It’s no secret that the Greek Islands rank high on the list of “must-do” destinations. But which one to choose? Each island has its own magnetic charm, but I submit that the Corfu beaches and activities make it difficult for anyone to resist the Greek island’s pull. Corfu Island is the second-largest island in the […]

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Albanian Riviera

Ksamil Albania and the Amazing Albanian Riviera [updated 2020]

When I set off for the southern coast of Albania with JayWay Travel, my friends were more than a little skeptical. Known for scouring the earth in search of the best beaches, they didn’t see the lure. To be honest, besides it being an off-the-beaten-path destination, I wasn’t sure what to expect myself in Ksamil Albania or the […]

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