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Our unplanned family trip to Athens

Last spring, the very next day after arriving in Bucharest from Rome we got on a plane to go on a trip to Athens. While it was Mathieu’s first time visiting Greece, I was returning for the ninth or tenth time. However, it was my first visit to Athens.

I was very curious to see the Capital, and discover more of Greece’s history. At the same time, I was wondering if Athens resembled the rest of Greece or if it was completely different. Read on and come on a trip to Athens with me!

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How to Travel In Dubai on a Budget

Dubai is an expensive city and no doubt about it. Whether it’s accommodation, food, alcohol or activity, you’ll end up paying heftily. But that’s beside the point. If you want to travel in Dubai on a budget, you can, just as you can budget-travel in other expensive cities such as London or New York. There’s always a way to find a cheaper alternative to most things, and we’re here to tell you exactly how to travel in Dubai on a budget.

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Pros and Cons of Travelling to Dubrovnik, Croatia

In this article, I will speak about the pros and cons of travelling to Dubrovnik, Croatia, as discovered during our short stay.

Dubrovnik was the place where I would part ways with Ana and Tim. I planned a two-night stay before taking the plane to Bucharest, with a short stop in Belgrade (Serbia). They, however, planned to drop me in Dubrovnik and skip it altogether, because it hadn’t sparked up their interest enough to add it to their list.

Pro: Hostel Dubrovnik, in Komolac

My third hostel experience on this road trip. I found it while browsing Hostel World, trying to find accommodation with good reviews, not too far, but not central, and at a good price.  It was actually a difficult task to find it, because, unlike other places in the Balkans, Dubrovnik is more expensive, with a bed in a shared hostel room reaching a price higher than some bed and breakfast rooms from other countries (e.g. Bulgaria).

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Best Place to Stay in Lake Ohrid: Serene Lagadin

When we arrived at Lake Ohrid, we took in the sights and looked for some accommodation. We had nothing planned, we had no idea what was the best place to stay in Lake Ohrid. Therefore, we just looked for signs posted by people outside their homes or yards.  And we eventually found something in Lagadin, a very small tranquil village, where people come only during the warm months, according to some locals.

Lagadin – The Best place to stay in Lake Ohrid

Our hosts offered us two double rooms. Ana was staying with Tim, so I had to share with Simon. We had separate entries, but we shared a long balcony on the first floor, with a view of Lake Ohrid. We also had a shaded parking spot and access to the kitchen.

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How To Become Zen: Visit Rila Monastery

After a day an a half spent in Sofia, we went on with our car trip and got to visit Rila Monastery. It was so nice to enjoy the mountain temperatures after the hot days we had experienced till then. We felt so cold that we actually switched to long pants, discreetly, in the parking lot!

As usual, read on or jump to the quick guide at the end of this article! 🙂

About the Rila Monastery

The Rila Monastery is quite a sight, due to its beautifully painted interior courtyard. It was founded in the 10th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

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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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