• Balkans,  Montenegro,  Travel

    Montenegro: Why I didn’t want to stop by in Podgorica?

    Throughout the magic of travel, it can also happen that this magic disappears when everything is seen live, with your own eyes, without photoshop. The other way is also possible. The places I looked at on the Internet:ugly, uninteresting, in fact became my favorite places I would always be happy to return to. Even the Swedish Falun, which I went to for a year, can be an example. Before leaving, when I have never seen Sweden before, I checked the place where I had to spend the best student months of my life and… it  looked awful! Not only the number of photos was very small, but also the pictures…

  • Balkans,  Romania,  Travel

    Transfagarasan highway, Romania – discovering the top of Carpathian mountains

    While watching the Top Gear crew facing Romania, I didn’t think that I will have the chance to check out exactly the same road as they did. Luckily the views on the way turned out to be so movie-alike that Clarkson’s quotation describes it perfectly as: “That’s what we came here for!”. Transfogarasan highway, or rather Transfăgărășan in Romanian language is the highest located road (DN7C) with the total lenght of 151km (around 90km is curvy) and height of 2034 meters above sea level. This road crosses the highest mountain range of Romanian Carpathian Mountains (Fagaras Mountains). And except of amazing mountain views, sheep all around and wildly walking donkeys,…

  • Balkans,  Hungary,  Travel

    Budapest: A perfect place for the weekend

    I’ve used to hear positive opinion about Budapest from my mum. Or rather one opinion: “Budapest? Beautiful!”. But that was enough to raise the level of my curiosity. Without any doubt Hungary landed on my list of countries to visit and it was possible to achieve without problems during our Balkan journey. Now, when I live in Austria, Budapest is closer than ever and it’s a perfect opportunity to visit it again. A car ride from Graz is around 4 hours, and from Vienna around 2 hours. So what about this place charmed me so much, that I’m recommending it as a weekend getaway (especially for couples)?  Food in Budapest…

  • Balkans,  Hungary,  Travel

    Budapest: Shoes on the Danube Bank

     While having a stroll at the boulevard in Budapest, you can spot something extraordinary. Shoes by the Danube’s shore. Placed in the rows, many times with the flowers inside, they’re awaiting for their owners, who have never returned. This amazing, touching monument is one of the strongest memories from the travel in Hungary and Budapest. That’s why I think it’s worth to share this experience with you. Shoes on the Danube Bank  Even though they look like real, used leather, in reality they’re iron casts of the shoes which, in the 1940s were left in the same place by the holocaust visctims. While walking around in the Budapest it”s worth…

  • Balkans,  Bulgaria,  Travel

    Bułgaria: 5 powodów dla których nie warto udawać się do Słonecznego Brzegu

    Jak zapewne wiecie, rzadko zdarza się, żeby na blogu pojawiał się wpis zniechęcający do odwiedzenia konkretnego miejsca, czy kraju. I choć zawsze staram się podsumować podróż biorąc pod uwagę zarówno plusy, jak i minusy, tym razem Słoneczny Brzeg wypadł niestety zbyt blado, by wypowiedzieć się na jego temat w superlatywach. Jednak to tylko fragment całego, niesamowitego kraju, w którym zdążyłam też odkryć jego dobre strony przy wizycie w Sofii, stolicy. Łącznie w Bułgarii (nie licząc krótkich przystanków po drodze) zatrzymaliśmy się 3 razy: w małej miejscowości Aheloy, w Sofii i w tytułowym Słonecznym Brzegu. Dlaczego jednak nie warto się tam wybierać? 1. Słoneczny brzeg zdominowany jest przez hotele Jeśli pragniecie…

  • Balkans,  Bulgaria,  Travel

    Bulgaria: 5 reasons why it’s not worth to visit Sunny Beach

      As you may already know, it happens very rarely that on the blog appears any post discouraging to visit any place or country. And even though I always try to sum the journey having in mind both: pluses and minuses, this time Sunny Beach came out from the summarison too porly to talk about this place in superlatives only. But it’s only a part of a whole, amazing Country in which I have managed to discover its good sides while visiting Sofia, the capital. Altogether (without counting the short pauses) we stopped in Bulgaria 3 times: in the little village Aheloy, Sofia and Sunny Beach. So why it’s not worth going…

  • Balkans,  Macedonia,  Travel

    Three amazing days in Macedonia – Skopje and Matka Canyon

    Travel to Macedonia When I think of Macedonia, I’ve mostly in my memory smells from the Turkish neighborhood of Skopje, the taste of buns with herbs from the local restaurant Gostilnica Turist and their cold beer Скопско. I am also reminded by the heat which we have experienced back then and almost-flood in the canyon. Why almost-flood? Everything started from the late evening when we finally managed to reach Macedonia without experiencing any troubles on the way. While getting closer ito Skopje, we have seen the huge, highlighted cross on the hill and we knew that it’s the correct direction towards the city centre. This time we didn’t get lost…

  • Albania,  Balkans,  Travel

    Albanian adventures and a travel to Tirana

     When I told my friends that I’m planning to go with R to Albania, most of them reacted in a similar way. All of them wished us a great time in the beautiful and safe country and they have shared some tips regarding what’s worth seeing. Or rather that would happen in the positive scenario. In reality there were questions appearing: why do you go there?! And wishes to take care, common shock and lack of understanding. Having in mind what people think of Albania and the fact that we truly don’t know a lot about this country, we have started our car and set the GPS to the south…

  • Balkans,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Travel

    A walk in Sarajevo

     My picture of Sarajevo was quite usual. Honestly speaking, I expected to see just a very poor country from the previous century. Except of the obvious historical facts and the geographical location, I didn’t know too much about this place. With the open minds our travel has begun to find out by ourselves how it is out there. Our route was calculated from Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Sarajevo is the capital, and included our comeback to Croatia in the evening, which we have been exploring down the coast at that time.  In the beginning I was catching myself checking every corner for finding some kind of sign to…