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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 Odessa Ukraine That Will Amaze You! [updated 2020]

Odessa in 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 and number of things to do in Odessa Ukraine draws in visitors who are eager to stroll around the city’s tree-lined […]

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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 2020]

Is Romania Europe’s prettiest city? It just might be.  Enchanting town plazas that date back to medieval times, Pariaian-like capital city, 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 […]

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Moldova

Explore Moldova with JayWay Travel

Travel Planners Radio Show Internationally syndicated on GAB Radio Network – Kevin & Sue McCarthy Broadcast on 1590 WCGO on 7/29/17 If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path destination, this is it.  Moldova is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania and Ukraine, which was once part of Russia’s communist empire.  Moldova is […]

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Romania

Visit Romania with JayWay Travel

Travel Planners Radio Show Internationally syndicated on the GAB Radio Network with Kevin & Sue McCarthy Broadcast on 1590 WCGO 7/29/17   Romania is a breathtakingly gorgeous country, full of vitality, natural beauty, festivals, great food, and very few lingering signs of the former communist takeover. Listen to these two short radio interviews and be prepared….you’ll […]

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Dalmatian Islands

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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