“You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain.” (Miyamoto Musashi)

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25 Staggering Facts You Might Like To Know About Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe: the final frontier. Too obscure for some travelers to even consider adding it to their bucket list, so rarely does it enter the spotlight that very few bother to find out what lies around the corner. At the borderline between two strong currents, the assimilating west and conservative east, these realms do not …

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Back to the Roots: Hiking the Lycian Way

The compact mountainous territory between present day Turkey’s cities of Fethiye and Antalya was once inhabited by the Lycians, ancient people with a strong desire for freedom and unity, characteristics greatly admired by the Greeks and envied by classical writers. The name itself comes from the Hittite word “Lukka,” meaning light. It was this very …

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Julie Hasdeu Castle, Spiritism in the Temple of the Afterlife

They say the piano can still be heard playing in the midst of night. Yet there’s no one there to play it. Also called The Spiritualist Temple at the Foothills of the Carpathians, the story of how this eerie residence came to be and what it witnessed over the years is even more impressive than …

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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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