Romania, Bucharest – last few days in the city

After my lovely tour of the Romanian interior I finished up with a few days in Bucharest and also met up with one of my old school friends Lorna. Bucharest cannot be deacribed as one of Europe’s prettiest capitals even though it is sometimes called the Paris of the East – somewhat of an exaggeration. […]

Romania – touring the interior, part 6 (final) – Bran, Zanesti (and bears), and Peles Palace in Sinaiao. REPOSTING DUE TO GLITCH!

Given a comment made by my friend David and other things I’d read (eg. The interiors are basic with no originals) I was not bothered about seeing Bran Castle (a fairytale looking castle where Vlad the Impaler hid from the Ottomans at one point). I decided to visit just for a photo and detour to […]

Romania – touring the interior part 5 – Viscri (and Prince Charles) and Brasov.

Over the past 6 days my lovely guide Laurensiu and I have circumnavigated Romania covering all the key parts (other than the Danube Delta which will have to wait for another time). I still have a few days in Bucharest but have come to realise already that I have seen the very best of the […]

Romania – Touring the interior, part 4 – Biertan Citadel, Wine Tasting, Sighisoara and meeting some Gypsies

The first stop was meant to be the walled church and citadel of Biertan BUT turns out if was Sunday and Pentecost so the church just decided not to open! So we could only get to see the central part of the village which was pretty and the outside of the citadel with its three […]

Romania – Touring the interior – part 3 – Cluj Napoca, The Salt Mines at Salina Turda and Sibiu

More lovely scenery as we headed south through Transilvania – such a lovely country to be driven through and the guide is great in taking the scenic routes which I love. Then a brief stop at Cluj-Napoca – one of the former capitals of Romania and still one of the largest towns as it now […]

Romania – 6 day interior tour, part 2. The Maramure┼č Region – wooden monasteries, The Merry Cemetery, The memorial to the victims of communism and more ……

We continued driving through the Maramure┼č region in NE Romania with more gorgeous scenery at every turn and some awesome haystacks. We visited a private house in Dragomiresti that has been turned into the Museum of the Peasant woman. I should say a “peasant woman” is not the derogatory term we might think as it […]

Romania (my 107th country) – 6 day interior tour. Part 1 – A brief stop in Bucharest, the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina and painted eggs

I decided I wanted to see more of the interior of Romania while I was here so ended up booking a private guide/driver to take me around for 6 days. While more expensive than small group trips this is a great way to really get a feel for the place and have a captive knowledgeable […]

2019 – My reflections on another year of traveling – and my fave books and TV series – warning – Bumper Edition!

It seems I was only just writing my reflections on my 2018 travels and once again as the year is drawing to an end and I am back in Seville for the 3rd time in as many years, it is a good time to reflect on the past 12 months (and to plan for the […]

Slovenia – final post. More places you can visit easily from Ljubliana – Postojna Caves, Predjama Castle, Koper and Piran and more

As Slovenia is so small it is very easy to have Ljubliana as a base and then head out on day trips to see other parts of the country which is what I did in between enjoying the city. The cave systems in this part of the world are extensive (unfortunately causing the creation of […]

Serbia, Novi Sad and surrounds plus a quick stop in Samobor, Croatia

I finished off my time in Serbia with a day trip to visit to Novi Sad via the Novo Hopvo Monastery. A decent place to visit but I think I’ve been spoiled with the painted monasteries in Bucovina, Romania! We then paid a visit to the cute town of Sremski Karlovci for some wine tasting […]