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Macedonian cooking

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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quirky Prague

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 Greece

The Greek Islands: Corfu Beaches and Beyond

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 2019]

When I set off with JayWay Travel to for the southern coast of Albania,  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 […]

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Macedonia

7 Amazing Things to Do in Macedonia [UPDATED 2019]

If you are looking for a European destination that is scenic and affordable, quirky but friendly, has beaches, mountains,  vineyards, and great food….then you will love it here. There are so many things to do in Macedonia! One of the Balkan Peninsula’s landlocked countries in Southeastern Europe, the Republic Macedonia was once part of the […]

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Albania

Albania Tourist Attractions: 8 Places That Will Wow You

What if I told you there is a county where medieval castles stand perched on mountaintops overlooking the red-tiled rooftops of villages below; where iridescent turquoise waves lap onto sugar-sand beaches; where picturesque rows and rows of juicy grapes are producing some of the region’s finest wines; where the gastronomy is so fresh and delicious […]

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Prague cuisine

Prague Cuisine: How One Chef Is Revolutionizing the Food Scene

When people think of Prague cuisine, they most often think of Czech goulash – chunks of beef heavily laden with gravy and served up in a bowl of thick, coarse bread. But Sophia Smith has been working hard to change that perception. A British expat who moved to Prague sixteen years ago, Sophia brings a […]

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dalmatian islands

Island Hopping Croatia: Best Girls’ Getaway

Sometimes your journeys transform in unexpected ways. That’s how my cruise on the Dalmatian Islands turned out. What began as a solo adventure turned into a sensational island hopping adventure, gathering up other women from other countries, and forming what became a girls’ getaway escapade. The Dalmatian Islands – undiscovered by most American tourists, are […]

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Dubrovnik's ancient walls

Dubrovnik Walking Tour: Explore the Ancient City Walls

When I was a child, I would envision images of magical medieval cities as my mother read nighttime stories to me.  The Dubrovnik walking tour on top of Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls was like stepping back into that enchanted past and was beyond a doubt the highlight of my visit to that history-filled medieval walled […]

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