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Tour Ukraine: Ultimate Guide to Lviv, Kiev and Odessa

Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe, second only to Russia in size, and shares borders with Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and Transnistria (the nation that doesn’t exist). It’s a country with a long, complex, and turbulent history. The Eastern European nation is home to a plethora of beautiful places […]

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Terceira Azores

Best Things to Do in Terceira | The Amazing Azores

Who could have guessed that there are so many things to do in Terceira? Our overnight flight landed us on this tiny island in the Azores just after sunrise. Expecting to be driven to our hotel for a short nap, we were surprised when Paulo, our guide suggested that we take advantage of the clear spring […]

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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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Moldova

9 Things to Do in Moldova. I Dare You to Try Number 7.

The Republic of Moldova is a fairly unfamiliar landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It has a long history of land fragmentation, including stints at being part of the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, Romania, and the Ukrainian SSR. Per capita, Moldova has the poorest economy in Europe and is also the least visited country in […]

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bucharest boomers

Baby Boomer Guide: Things to Do in Bucharest, Romania

I had imagined Bucharest as a kind of transition place…. a couple of days as my jumping-off place to where I really wanted to go in Romania – Transylvania.  And as my driver left the airport, we passed a multitude of utilitarian-looking communist bloc apartment buildings, and I felt more-or-less resigned to spending an uneventful […]

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budapest solo travel

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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transfagarasan road trip

Transfagarasan Road Trip: The World’s Best Road

Transfagarasan road trip winds through the Fagaras Mountains of Romania, part of the Carpathian Mountain Range that connects Transylvania to Wallachia via a shocking series of white-knuckle hairpin turns and sharp descents. The 56-mile path climbs to an altitude of 6,699 feet, slinking past stunning outlooks of lakes, waterfalls, and a dam. After our initial […]

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things to do in odessa ukraine

Things to Do in Odesa Ukraine That Will Amaze You!

Odesa Ukraine is a port city on the Black Sea, founded in 1794 (relatively young compared to Kiev or Lviv) by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great.  Its reputation as the summer capital of Ukraine draws in visitors who are eager to stroll around the city’s tree-lined “Old Town” taking in the pastel neoclassical architecture, […]

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Transnistria

Transnistria Tour: Clinging to the Iron Curtain for Dear Life

“They carry on as though they are part of the old USSR,” said Alex, our Moldovan guide from JayWay Travel. “Transnistria has repeatedly asked to join the Russian Federation.” Unrecognized by the United Nations or any other sovereign nation, Transnistrians could not care less. In spite of being one of the poorest places in Europe, […]

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Romania

Things to Do in Romania That Will Blow You Away! [UPDATED 2019]

Is Romania Europe’s prettiest city? It just might be.  Enchanting town plazas that date back to medieval times, rolling hills as far as the eye can see, castles cloaked in the mystery of Count Dracula, craggy mountain vistas, and a seemingly infinite array of fortresses and churches. There are so many places to see and […]

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