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Sitting on two continents, Istanbul is an utterly magical and literally unique place. One could argue that Europe and Asia alike claim the Turkish city for her charms. It is a melting pot of cultures like no other. Therefore, Istanbul food couldn’t be any less fascinating. A mixture of tastes from both East and West, food in Istanbul is a vital part of the city itself. A touch of spice here, a sprinkle of sugar there and the mesmerising scent of butter make the Turkish cuisine one of the most diverse in the world.

Tasting a country’s food is definitely among the best ways to connect with its culture. Though it seems simple and mundane, food has the power to initiate us into a whole different world. Food is one of the most vital parts of any given society and it reflects aspects of a people’s history, traditions and lifestyle in the most striking way. At the end of the day, food is life itself. But food is also great fun. For all those reasons, we love tasting the world’s cuisines. This is why we decided to take a food tour in Istanbul. The meeting point of Europe and Asia couldn’t possibly have boring food. Therefore, we were determined to learn as much about the secrets of Turkish cuisine and the food culture of Istanbul as possible.

We’re pretty sure that the Greek Islands need no introduction. Especially the world-famous ones like Mykonos or Santorini. However, there are quite a few Greek Islands which have managed to keep a low profile and offer their visitors authentic and laid-back moments to remember for life. One of those hidden gems is Andros which happens to be one of our favourite islands and one that we know extremely well. That’s why we thought we’d help you plan the perfect Andros holidays by compiling a list of the best things to do in Andros Greece, an off the beaten path island just 2h away from Athens.

The region of Transylvania in Romania is becoming more and more popular lately. People from all over the world can’t wait to explore its stunning countryside, imposing castles and medieval towns. However, the majority of travellers make it as far as Brasov and, perhaps, Sighisoara, overlooking yet another gem that should be part of everyone’s itinerary: Sibiu. In this travel guide we will show you all the fantastic things to do in Sibiu, one of the most elegant and off the beaten path places to visit in Romania.

Although not full-time travellers, we do our best to achieve slow travel. Also, we are renowned for our love of spring and summer. So what were we thinking when we decided to plan a super short city break to Warsaw right in the heart of winter? Honestly, not much. We had recently won a couple of Ryanair tickets at a giveaway and travel dates had to be between 14 to 16 February. So we thought we’d give Warsaw a shot. Knowing that winter in Warsaw can be harsh though, we didn’t expect to see and do much. Oh boy, were we wrong! Our Warsaw city break proved to be one of our favourite short trips to date and we fell in love with the Polish capital the second we laid eyes on its magnificent skyline.

The medieval town of Sighisoara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason. Enclosed by once strong defensive fortifications, Sighisoara Citadel is a celebration of colour and charm. The use of vehicles is restricted inside the Citadel so walking along its stony lanes feels like a time travel like no other. The medieval Old Town is very small yet full of hidden treasures. Read on and find out what to do in Sighisoara, this medieval gem of a town located right in the heart of the stunning Transylvania region.

Located at the very heart of Romania, Brasov is perhaps the country’s most well-known destination next to Bucharest. For good reason. Brasov is a beautiful picturesque city and admiring its charms is well worth a trip on its own. That said, Brasov also serves as an excellent base to explore the breathtaking Transylvania region. So, without further ado, read on and find out what to do in Brasov, one of the prettiest places to visit in Romania, in 2 days.

Is there really anyone out there who is not fascinated by castles? Or someone who wouldn’t be intrigued by the prospect of going castle hunting in Europe? As far as we are concerned, we love wandering around lush palaces and dark fortresses alike. So we knew we had to plan a castle hunting trip of our own at some point. But why choose Romania? The answer is simple. The Balkan country is among the best value-for-money destinations we have ever visited and Romanian castles are among the most impressive ones in Europe. 

One of the main reasons we decided to plan a trip to Romania in the first place was the country’s castles. The idea of going castle hunting in Transylvania fascinated us. Bran Castle or Castelul Bran, one of the best castles in Romania, was definitely among the ones we wanted to visit. Since picturesque Brasov was the first stop on our Transylvania road trip, a half day trip from Brasov to Bran Castle was one of the very first things we enjoyed in Romania. 

Hiking in Greece can be an absolutely memorable experience. This is mainly because the Greek countryside is breathtakingly beautiful and diverse. From lonely mountain tops and deep gorges to endless plains and welcoming beaches, a hike in Greece comes with an impressive amount of stunning viewpoints. Local hiking clubs across the country plan hiking trips and walks along picturesque routes and trails as well as trekking events in an effort to bring more people closer to nature. Andros Routes, the team of volunteers who promote hiking activities in Andros, decided to take this initiative further by organising a walking festival on the beautiful Greek Island. The 1st Andros On Foot Festival was an incredible feast celebrating the joy of hiking. We were there and we had a fantastic time.