Balkans

5 Locations Which Prove Bucharest Has the Best Urban Ruins

Bucharest Urban Ruins

I love exploring urban ruins. In Berlin I snuck into Spreepark, I jumped the fence into an 800-year-old church in Prizren and I still have the Ghost Tower of Bangkok on my bucket list. When I heard about the Beautiful Decay Tour of Bucharest offered by Interesting Times Bureau, I jumped at the opportunity. Urban Ruins in Bucharest The history of …

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Follow in My Footsteps: Bucharest is The World’s Newest Old Town

Europe's Newest Old Town

In a city filled with historic monuments and landmarks, it’s hard to imagine that Bucharest is the location of the world’s newest Old Town. You’d never guess that those stones were only laid down in 2011 as you stroll down the cobblestone-paved streets. What is now a hip, nightlife-infused hub of Eastern Europe was a derelict and dangerous district of …

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Follow in my Footsteps: Treading Carefully in Bucharest’s Bellu Cemetery

Bellu Cemetery

Graveyards are supposed to be creepy, right? Not in Romania. I’ve yet to to get to the Merry Cemetery in the north, but Bellu Cemetery in the southern part of Bucharest holds plenty of unique and captivating tombstones, crypts, crosses and other memorabilia to keep you occupied for hours. I booked my Bellu Cemetery Darkside Tour with Interesting Times Bureau, a …

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A Guide to Visit Kotor, Montenegro on a Budget

Old Town and Fortress - Visit Kotor

If you haven’t decided to visit Kotor in your trip to Europe, it’s time to change your travel plans. This quaint town should absolutely be part of your itinerary. It might seem redundant to write a budget travel guide to the Balkans, which are the cheapest part of Europe. However, many of the cities in Montenegro are tourist traps, and …

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Did you have a Terrifying Moment in 2015? I did!

Terrifying Experience in Ezdimirtsi

People who know me know that I’m not easily scared. But I can be. There was one moment in 2015 when my heart was racing from apprehension more than any other. Recently I wrote about my most embarrassing moment of 2015. Well, here is my most terrifying! In July 2015, I left Istanbul and traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria where I …

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