Exploring Shkodër, Albania

Nestled in the southern corner of Lake Skadar, just across the border from Montenegro, you’ll find the small city of Shkodër. With a lingering Italian colonial feel and relaxed pace, the town is a welcome break from nearby cities. Much of the town center is solely for pedestrian and push bike use- earning Shkodër the…

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Should You Travel to Albania?

I recently spent two weeks exploring Albania as part of a larger trip through the Balkans. In this post I’m sharing some aspects of my trip and whether I’d recommend it as a travel destination- especially for solo female travelers.

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Biogradska Gora: one of the most beautiful national parks in Montenegro

Biogradska Gora in Montenegro’s northeast is one of the country’s five national parks, and is famed for it’s extensive primeval (old growth) forests and beautiful lakes. There are over 2,000 plant species, 200 bird species, and a walk through the park feels like an escape to another world. Many of the trees are over 400 years old…

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Visiting Montenegro’s Cetinje & St. Petar’s Mausoleum: as an independent day trip

Montenegro’s Old Royal Capital Cetinje is a beautiful, peaceful town well worth a visit on it’s own, but also the entry point to St. Petar’s Mausoleum. Perched atop Jezerski Vrh peak of Lovcen Mountain, the Mausoleum itself is not overly impressive, but the views from the top are spectacular. A quick 10 minute (steep) hike…

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10 of the Best Spots for Coffee in Budapest

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to find a great local cafe, relax with a coffee and absorb the new world around me. I love interesting, beautiful and quirky interiors, good people watching vantages, great service, and of course an excellent brew of coffee. Here are ten cafes that deliver all…

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Budapest Photo Diary: exploring one of my favorite European cities by foot

Split by the Danube River, Buda and Pest are culturally and visually distinct. Buda is the calmer more residential side, with sweeping views from Gellért Hill and stunning monuments such as Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Pest on the other hand, has more of an upbeat, lively vibe with a plethora of cafes, restaurants,…

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Photo Diary: Lake Balaton, Hungary

While I’d recommend visiting this beautiful freshwater lake in summer- when the place comes alive with water sports and holiday-makers, the lake also makes a peaceful escape from Budapest during springtime. Trains and buses will take you to most towns around the lake, however outside of peak season these can be sporadic as can accommodation…

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Photo Diary: Rovinj

This coastal town is one of the most picturesque places in the north of Croatia. Colorful harbor-side buildings, lush green islands and narrow old town streets make for an enchanting experience. However, this also means that many tourists flock to the town, hiking up prices and crowding the streets in summer. Food and accommodation was…

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Exploring Bratislava on foot: 5 things to do in Slovakia’s capital

I spent four days exploring the old town and surrounds of Bratislava and it was such a welcome shift of pace from nearby Vienna and Budapest. It’s quite a compact city so getting around by walking is perfect. Here are five things I loved exploring on foot in Slovakia’s capital.     1. Climb up…

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