100 Reasons Why You Should Visit Romania – Part II

Thank you all for the very positive feedback on the list of 100 reasons to visit Romania. As promised in my previous blog post, I have returned with the second part of the article:

51. Scărișoara Cave

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Inside Scărișoara Cave

Scărișoara is a glacier cave, located at 1,100 meters above sea level. Tourists can visit the 60-meter-long entrance shaft, the Great Hall, and the Church. Inside the Great Hall, there is the 18-meter-tall ice rock, the remains of an 3,500-year-old glacier, next to a pond called the Pool of Ice. Inside the Church, one can admire the more than 100 ice stalagmites hanging from the ceiling.

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Roman Holiday Itinerary, Days 6 and 7: Surprising Places in Rome

It was a rainy Tuesday when we found ourselves close to the end of our Roman holiday. But the sad weather didn’t stop us: we took the subway to Termini and started to look for an umbrella. There were still some surprising places in Rome, just waiting for us!

Oh, I think I forgot to mention this: you know how there are some people, like myself, who collect magnets from the places they visit? Well, Mathieu collects umbrellas. So he is very excited when he gets a rainy day when he is travelling: new umbrella!

From Termini station, happily covered by a large rainbow umbrella, we headed to visit yet another building of the National Roman Museum: Terme di Diocleziano. Continue reading

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Roman Holiday Itinerary, Day 1: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

This year both Mathieu and I turn 30. For his birthday, in April, I wanted to do something special and go travel somewhere together. He had never been to Italy, which I love, so, in the end, I decided on a Roman holiday. This involved a lot of planning: there’s so much to see in Rome and there were so many places I wanted to show him! However, I allowed plenty of time to just enjoy the moment, stop for a drink or whatever else we felt like doing.


A lucky start to our Roman Holiday

In the first day of the Roman holiday, we got very lucky. We landed on time, managed to catch a bus that was leaving earlier than planned, and dropped us off at Mercato Centrale, right by the entrance. Of course, we went in and faced some difficulties in what to choose to try from the multitude of options. We settled on some salty pastry rolls, a piece of salty pie and pizza.

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Skopje, our first stop in fascinating Macedonia

It took us some time to leave the Rila Monastery and head towards Macedonia. Like on our arrival in the Rila National Park, there were works to expand the road, so we had to wait a lot for the machines to get out of the way or to move the recently cut trees out of the road.

Slowly, but surely, we made it, though. And we instantly started to appreciate the Macedonian music. I forgot to mention this, but we only listened to what was on the radio on this road trip. And the music we found, regardless of the radio channels, was like the music from the ’80s!

Arrival in Skopje

Once in Skopje, Tim found Urban Hostel & Apartments, where we stayed for two nights. It was a great deal: we had two rooms, a balcony, a small kitchen and, most important: a washing machine in the bathroom. More information on our hostel is available in the quick guide at the end of the article.

We started searching for a restaurant recommended by Lonely Planet, but it was no longer there. However, in the area, we found a really nice place, with tasty food.

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Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria’s blissful capital

In the afternoon, after our magnificent stop at  Devetashka Cave, we continued to travel to Sofia Bulgaria‘s capital city.

I finally got to travel to Sofia Bulgaria!

Ok, maybe I am a little too excited about this. But you see, I had passed through Sofia so many times before, on the way to Greece, but until this time I never actually got out of the car to visit anything. I’m really thankful to Elena and Adrian who were kind enough to offer to host the three of us while we were doing the Balkan road trip. Not only did we get a free and comfortable place to rest our heads for the night, but we also got the chance to catch up with old and dear friends.

I also appreciated having a newly-established local as our guide. Elena took us to some really cool spots in Sofia, spots which we might not have discovered on our own.

Let’s get into the details! Or you can check out the quick guide on Sofia at the end of the article.

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Veliko Tarnovo: Street Art You’ll Love and Some Unexpected Findings

Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) was the first stop in our Balkan road trip. We quickly found a convenient place to stay, based on the Lonely Planet recommendations, took a shower and went for a long walk.

Our small group discovered Veliko Tarnovo’s street art, admired its bright terraced houses, got caught by the rain at Assen’s monument and visited Tsaravets Fortress. We also went to Marno Pole Park and found ourselves in the middle of a colourful festival.

If you’re short on time, you can just skip to the Quick Guide at the end of the article. If not, join me in exploring Veliko Tarnovo!

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