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Minsk by night

Minsk by night

Minsk sure has a lively nightlife. By knowing a local, I already had someone screening the places not to go, but more importantly; who know the places to go that are not obvious. There are bars hidden in what looks like government buildings, and also […]

Minsk in Belarus, a pleasant surprise!

Minsk in Belarus, a pleasant surprise!

Wow! Entering the elevator and starting the way up to amazed me already then! Going up to 28th floor and getting out at the terrace at “The View” was simply stunning! Just forget about going anywhere else for the view. This is it! Sitting by […]

Getting to Belarus

Getting to Belarus

Belarus was mentally added to my Bucket List a few years ago. I was just killing time, looking at a map for new destinations to dream about.  Minsk is not too far from Vilnius and Wizzair has really cheap flights to there from Bergen, so that was […]

Road trip in Romania – A suggested itinerary

Road trip in Romania – A suggested itinerary

I love road trips as they give so much flexibility to go where you want. The flipside is that I tend to want to see even more, since I have the possibility. In hindsight, we could favorably skipped some of the places we stopped by, […]

In the footsteps of Dracula

In the footsteps of Dracula

More or less by coincidence we ended up following in the footsteps of Dracula, from birth to death – or actually the other way around. On the way from Bucharest to Brasov, we did a detour to Snagov to visit the monastery. In hindsight, we […]

Bucharest

Bucharest

I am having a hard time deciding if I liked Bucharest or not. I think it depends very much what you are looking for, obviously. Compared to the charming other towns we visited, I would say I would rather go back to one of those. […]

Driving the Transfagarasan Highway, a spectacular experience!

Driving the Transfagarasan Highway, a spectacular experience!

The Transfagarasan Highway is one of the most scenic drives in Romania, and I was really looking forward to experience it. However, first thing first; make sure you head for the right road, first E68 and then 7C. Next; make sure that you actually are […]

Sibiu

Sibiu

I think we chose the right route for our journey, each place topping the previous just a little bit. That goes for the walled cities of Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu at least. At first sight, the city did not seem that special, even though I […]

Nightlife in Cluj

Nightlife in Cluj

The Old town of Cluj is an energetic area with many bars. After some days in quiet areas, it was nice to be able to enjoy the lively atmosphere and some people watching. Shadow Bar: The inside gave its name justice, with heavy smoke hanging […]

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta

What an amazing place! When entering the Merry Cemetery, the wooden blue crosses with the different colorful images are spread out in front of you. The Roman people are not afraid of the death. They look at the cross as an entrance gate towards eternal […]

The wooden Churches of Maramureş

The wooden Churches of Maramureş

The region of Maramures is well-known for it’s wooden churches, actually having almost 100 of them! Eight are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This is the story of three of them. Ieud is the oldest of the eight, dating back to 1364. It […]

Daytrip from Sighisoara to Biertan fortified church and Bethlen castle in Cris

Daytrip from Sighisoara to Biertan fortified church and Bethlen castle in Cris

Sighisoara is the perfect base for a daytrip to Biertan and Cris. As Cris was ahead along the way, that was our first stop. Arriving to Cris, the gate at Bethlen castle was closed. For a moment we thought our trip there was wasted, but […]

Sighisoara

Sighisoara

Wow! What a charming place! That was my first thought driving through the gate to Sighisoara citadel. The impression was certainly still applicable when we started wandering the cobbled streets among the pink, green, yellow, blue and red houses. You get the picture… Sighisoara’s citadel […]

Driving from Brasov to Sighisoara via Fagaras

Driving from Brasov to Sighisoara via Fagaras

As a tourist, it is not about finding the fastest route from A to B, but what you experience along the way. Heading from Brasov to Sighisoara, we therefor decided to go via Fagaras and visit the castle. It was closed though (again, check opening […]

Daytrip from Brasov to Bran Castle and Rasnov

Daytrip from Brasov to Bran Castle and Rasnov

Transylvania. Dracula pops up in most people’s minds when they hear that word. With good reason. Bram Stoker’s novel took place in Transylvania, but the writer himself actually never visited Romania. Although there are plenty of castles, Bran Castle is the one that fits the […]

Brasov

Brasov

You might as well switch to sightseeing mode right away. Walking down the main street in Brasov old town, you immediately notice the Black church in the heart of the city. It clearly stands out as one of the most powerful buildings in the city, […]

A daytrip to Venice from Rovinj

A daytrip to Venice from Rovinj

Venice has been on my wish list as long as I can remember. Being younger, hearing about romantic places in movies, Venice was the most frequent mentioned. For a long time I was determent I would go there on my honeymoon. Keep in mind this […]

Rovinj, an Istirian pearl!

Rovinj, an Istirian pearl!

Rovinj is a beautiful pearl at the Croatian part of the Istrian coast, with the picturesque old town built on the peninsula. Even though it is a quite touristy place, it does not feel too crowded. For me, coast means swimming, so visiting one of […]

Pula

Pula

I had not planned much for my visit to Pula. To be honest, I had not planned anything. The only two things I knew, was that it was a very convenient starting point for my trip to Slovenia (the most important thing) and that they […]

Different options for accommodation

Different options for accommodation

What type of accommodation you use, often differ for different types of travels. Here are some tips covering staying overnight in a private home, as well as some special types of housing. Private housing: I often prefer using Airbnb when travelling. Both because it is […]