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Scenic Bohemian Hikes

If you’re fond of the outdoors, and keen on hiking, you may already be family with the Bohemian/Saxon Switzerland, beloved among locals and tourists alike. But there is much more to be explored, closer to Prague. A short ride by train or bus will take you to a landscape full … Read More

Can’t Miss Castles (Part II: Eastern Europe)

A highlight harder to find back in America or Australia, Europe’s many castles can be overwhelming, so we decided to share some of our favorites. Click here for part one of this two-part post which covers the Adriatic and Central Europe regions. Corvin One of Europe’s largest (and probably most … Read More

Can’t Miss Castles (Part I: Central Europe & Adriatic)

Europe offers many pleasures, from soaring peaks to beaches, but you can often find those at home as well. A more unusual highlight is the continent’s castles. From remote ruins to overcrowded tourist traps, there are thousands to choose from in the Czech Republic alone, and most travelers seem to … Read More

Six of Bucharest’s Coolest Cafes

Even after 42 gloomy years under communism, and enduring the destruction of much of its once monumental architecture, Bucharest retains some of its once renowned elegance. Victory Avenue has preserved some of its palaces, and the restored Lipscani area, which forms the Old Town, is as glamorous as ever. The … Read More

Albania in Prose and Film

Albania’s culture is a strange combination of the ancient and the new, as even modern works often focus on its long traditions, such as blood feuds and sworn virgins, to say nothing of Albania’s medieval heroes and more recent totalitarianism. Like everything else in the country, Albania’s culture reflects many … Read More

The First Quarantine

“Liberty is not sold for all the gold in the world.” This was the motto of the Republic of Ragusa, which from 1358 to 1808 was a wealthy city-state built around maritime trade, like Venice and Genoa. Over time, Ragusa came to be known by its present name: Dubrovnik. Even … Read More

Three Days in Zagreb with Sanja

Often overlooked for the gleaming coast, Croatia’s capital is well worth a few days if you want to experience Central European city life. Our Zagreb city host Sanja will show you round.

Czech Culture in 19 Bites

Czech popular culture offers fantastic diversity, from biting satire mocking communism, to nostalgic looks at periods of prosperity and hope, so we’ve decided to offer an extensive sample platter. From novels universally beloved in Europe, to influential plays and essays, from broad comedies to moving films, we set before you … Read More

Three Days in Budapest with Judit

Budapest is all things to all people, with plenty of sides to explore. Judit, a member of our team in Hungary’s bustling capital, wanted to delve into the city’s romantic side, without forgetting its history or excellent food. Join her on this trip on either side of the Danube, and … Read More

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