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Bucharest: the Eastern European City for Creatives and Music Lovers

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Bucharest is a place of fascinating contrasts. Medieval churches and monasteries stand beside Art Nouveau phenomena. Monstrous 1930s’ concrete towers overshadow delicate French Baroque, and 21st century modernity sits somewhere awkwardly between it all. For me, the streets of Bucharest are like a feast for the eyes and a rather perplexing stimulus for the mi[...]

My (mostly) Eastern European Road Trip Experience

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I am admittedly one of those travellers who loves to plan. Not because I like being super organised and enjoy sticking to rigid itineraries; but so that I can see and experience as much as I possibly can when I travel. It’s similar to the age-old expression of ‘biting off more that you can chew,’ but in my case, its cities and adventures. I’m sure that I am [...]

Romania: More than just the myths

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As much as I hate to admit it, we went to Romania with one thing in mind. We’ve all heard the stories about the ruthless Vlad the Impaler - the inspiration for Bram Stoker famous novel. We love a good horror story, so what better place to visit then the home of Dracula himself? We left the sunshine of the Bulgarian coast to arrive in the country's capit[...]

5 amazing Surprises waiting in the Baltic States

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What a strange white light, I thought, as I blinked, having a hard time keeping my sleepy eyes open. We had only been wandering the buzzing streets of central Riga for a short while but I could already feel the special atmosphere in the place. It was still winter here, as the chilly temperature and a few unmelted snowdrifts testified.  Taking advantage of[...]

20 Experiences you Must Have in Europe this Summer

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Are you heading to Europe this summer? Yes? Well, lucky you! Europe is an amazing continent to explore, whether you join a group tour or venture out on your (first) big solo trip. There is so much to see and the diversity of landscapes, cultures and foods you get to experience in a considerably small space is just so unique. From the breathtaking fjords o[...]

8 Reasons to Visit Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Have you ever heard about the European Youth Capital? Every year a European city gets the chance to step into the spotlight, showcase its young side through various social and cultural activities, and thereby increase its reputation as a cool, young city. This year’s selected winner is the Transylvanian city Cluj-Napoca. As I have studied and lived in [...]

What every city can learn from Ljubljana

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Towards the end of this summer, just when I thought I had seen all there is to see about Eastern Europe, Ljubljana happened and it blew me away within, erm, probably two minutes of exiting the train station. It had everything I was looking for: small-town lanes, laid-back cafes, that certain "everything is possible" vibe, a beautiful sunset over the canal - [...]

Filming and Dancing in Eastern Europe

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Traveling with someone is a bit of a tricky thing. I think over the years I adopted a rather questionable habit that I’m actually more comfortable alone: You get to be just so flexible, are likely to meet more new people than otherwise and everything’s just that bit more intense, both the good and the bad days. And oh how much you learn about yourself! The [...]

Top 10 places to visit in the Balkans

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I have never been especially proud to be French, but I always felt particularly lucky to be European. Let’s be honest, it’s pretty cool to be able to hop on a plane for the weekend with only your ID in your pocket, fly to Barcelona, Rome, Porto or London and reach your destination in less than an hour. But in 2014, as I was looking through my atlas, my eyes [...]

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