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Who wouldn’t love to spend a day at the sea? Planning a Princes Islands day trip from Istanbul is an excellent idea for a relaxing escape from the city. The Princes Islands, or simply The Islands (Adalar) as locals call them, are an archipelago of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara of which only four are inhabited and open to visitors: Kınalıada, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Büyükada. Since cars and motorbikes are not allowed on any of them, the Princes Islands provide a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of busy Istanbul.

During our travels, we always do our best not to miss out on unique experiences. In a strange way, while travelling, we are also more open to trying things that we wouldn’t easily try back home. I wouldn’t know how to explain this but it’s the truth. So, although there are very good hamams in Athens, we never thought of visiting one. However, making reservations for a traditional Turkish bath was among the very first things we did in view of our recent trip to Istanbul. But what happens in a Turkish bath anyway? We are assuming that many of you are sceptical about the idea of being bathed in public. We know we were. This is why we decided to write a useful guide with everything you need to know so as to enjoy your first Turkish hamam as much as we did.

Perhaps the most enchanting city we have ever visited, Istanbul is one of the largest and most populated ones too. We know from personal experience that choosing where to stay in cities of that size can be rather difficult. Even though we spent only 5 days in the city, we managed to get a clear picture of the best places to stay in Istanbul. Therefore, we decided to write this guide so as to help all of you who plan a trip to this city of magic make the right choice. Both in terms of neighbourhoods and hotels.

The hardest thing about being part-time travellers is not missing out on major sightseeing while at the same time staying true to our love for slow travel. Finding the right balance between sightseeing and leisurely taking in the local feel of the destinations we visit is really important to us. We have come to understand that the best way to achieve this balance and save ourselves loads of valuable time is by leaving most of the sightseeing to the hands of experts. This is why we are happy to have come across the best sightseeing tours in Istanbul during our recent trip to Turkey.

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.