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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Present Meets Past on the Ol’ Road of Steel

Who can tell for sure when the present becomes the past and the future becomes the present? And whether the past is actually left behind and stays there, seizing to work its magic? When setting foot on an old road … Continued

The Phantoms of Austrian Imperialism at Băile Herculane Thermal Spa Resort

Rotten wood and broken glass, lovely statues covered in moss, scraped paint and dust, faded colors and reddish rust. Weeds greedily embrace the walls with their sinister arms while the old stench of putrefaction somehow charms. Windows left open welcome … Continued

Transfagarasan Road: Crossing the Alps of Transylvania

  It was so hot that day. At the crossroad, all the cars were turning in the same direction. The shade of the forest was pleasant and the air became breathable again. Then, as we quickly gained altitude, the burning … Continued

The Ancient City of Trebenna

Here at JoSiTo Guesthouse Camp we are surrounded by cliffs. The Geyikbayirı climbing area consists of numerous crags. Above the Trebenna sector the rocky mountain is watching over the valley. Under it, a steep cliff is rising from the forest. … Continued

The ruins of the Church on the Hill

A long time ago, the village known today as Gârbova was ruled by a rich nobleman. He had a beautiful daughter. She fell in love with a lad, a poor peasant. The two loved each other very much. She asked … Continued

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