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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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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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best things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona Landmarks: 12 Best Things to Do and See in Barcelona [updated 2021]

Ranked one of the most popular cities in Europe to visit, unlike its rivals London, Paris, and Rome, Barcelona is also one of the most affordable cities on the continent, according to Forbes magazine.  Barcelona landmarks are also some of the most recognizable in the world. Walking through Barcelona is like walking around in a […]

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Swedish Fika

Fika Menu: Swedish Coffee and Seven Cakes. YUM!

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from – or how you feel… There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.” ― Gabriel Bá,  Coffee in the United States has become somewhat of pop culture.  Get in line, order the most complicated, tongue-twisting combination of caffeine on the menu, and drink it from the paper cup […]

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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

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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