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Things to do in Timișoara in a weekend

Before we get to the things to do in Timișoara in a weekend, here’s a bit of a back story. As some of you might know, on 28 November I went for the last time at my office job, in order to get ready for whatever Mathieu’s contract brings our way. (We’ll find out this month, so fingers crossed!)

As the following weekend was a long one for people working in Romania,  he made me choose a place to go on a small holiday, to celebrate my newfound freedom. I looked and looked, and chose Timișoara. But what about Italy? he kept asking. Nope. It’s going to be cold, if we’re going to Italy it should be warm enough to spend a long time outside and not feel sorry for how little we end up visiting in a new place at the end of the weekend.

So we went with Timișoara, to also be in Romania for its centennial anniversary celebrations. And it’s great that we did so, as we ended up with a new favorite destination in Romania! 

Discover things to do in timișoara in a weekend
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100 reasons why you should visit Romania – Part I

On 1 December 2018, Romania will celebrate its centennial anniversary. To mark this moment on my travel blog, I am publishing a two-part article containing 100 reasons why you should visit Romania, my home country. 

Though everyday life here can sometimes seem tedious to me, I recognize and appreciate the fact that I was in born in a country with so many natural beauties. And, despite recent-history events from the political sphere, I still believe that my home country is a place you (or anyone!) should come to. So here are the first 50 reasons why I believe you should visit Romania.

Read 100 reasons to visit Romania, Part I
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Travel to Montenegro’s seaside and discover its hidden gems

From Albania, we continued to travel to Montenegro’s seaside.

We arrived near the seaside in the afternoon on a really hot day. Ana and I were sitting on the grass, in the shade, while Tim was looking for a place to stay. But everything was booked, so we had to search in several towns until we found something.

We ended up staying in Buljarica Beach, one of the few places still not yet suffocated by tourists.

Continue reading about my travel adventures in Montenegro

Millennium Cross hike and Mount Vodno’s stunning vista

On our second afternoon in Skopje, we stopped for lunch in the Old Bazaar, joined by Simon, one of the Germans we met during the free Skopje walking tour. We ate some delicious food: Tim and I chose Kebapchinya, Ana decided to get the ubiquitous Shopska salad, while Simon chose the baked beans. Over lunch, somehow we also suddenly decided to go together on a Millennium Cross hike.

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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 travel guide on Sofia at the end of the article.

Travel to Sofia through my travelogue
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Veliko Tarnovo: Street art you’ll love and some unexpected findings

Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) was the first stop on 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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