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Veliko Târnovo, the Old City of Tsars – Part 3

In the third and final part of our epic journey through time and space in medieval Veliko Târnovo, we head for a stroll down its old streets, pass by the stacked houses of the picturesque Varosha quarter, have a delicious taste of Bulgarian cuisine, and head off for some rock climbing over at St. Trinity …

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Veliko Târnovo, the Old City of Tsars – Part 2

In part two of our Veliko Târnovo mini-series, we dig deeper into the medieval city’s history and visit its iconic symbol, the Palace of the Tsars, standing tall over the rocky valley and dominating the ivory and ebony Old Town. If you like, you can read part one of Veliko Târnovo, the Old City of …

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Veliko Târnovo, the Old City of Tsars – Part 1

As the steep, rocky valley of the Yantra River opens up, one can hardly guess what to expect from the narrow, apparently unwelcoming terrain. Shades of brick-red, vanilla-cream, ebony and ivory, greet us on each side of these winding, steep streets, carefully arranged like spectators in a theater hall, as if attending a secret show …

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A Journey To The Center Of… The Salt Mine

It is unbearably hot. The arid plateau is slowly becoming a nightmare for the bunch of people desperately seeking shade, already having lost their patience. Standing there, in my sandals and shorts, I had a feeling I would soon regret my choice of wardrobe for the day. The minibus took as many passengers as it …

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Dikteon Andron. A Visit To The Home Of Zeus

Crete, the largest of all Greek islands, is without any doubt one of the world’s most enchanting places, thanks to its exceptional landscapes, imposing mountains, steep valleys, mysterious caves, fertile lands, luxurious vegetation, bountiful olive orchards and vineyards, calm seas and gentle climate. The very foundations of the Greek civilization, the cradle of European culture, …

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Chateau Chenonceau, the Castle of the Seven Ladies

Chateau Chenonceau, with its iconic five arches spanning over the Cher River, exhales elegance, refinement and, above all, aristocracy. I couldn’t help but feel a bit melancholic upon entering Chateau des Dames, as it is often called in memory of the famous queens and mistresses who resided within its walls over the centuries. Diane de …

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Five Fun and Free Things to Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a fascinating city where East meets West in a very dramatic fashion. Although now governed by China, the city was under British rule until 1997, and this long history has definitely left its mark. Unfortunately, though, the city’s preeminence as a tourist destination and its popularity with businessmen has pushed prices on …

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How to See Venice on a Budget

First, a huge thanks to Octavia for featuring me on her blog! I’m a huge sucker for medieval cities and castles, so when I first stumbled upon her post about Nuremberg, Germany, I was all set to pack my bags and go there (possibly forever). Then I found that she’s actually got a whole section …

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