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A trip from Brasov to Bran Castle

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. 

Experiencing the 1st Andros On Foot walking festival

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 and groups 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. 

Unconference explained: Experiencing Bloggers On Top 2018 in Bansko

We started our blogging journey at the beginning of 2018. Yet it wasn’t before spring of the same year that we actually took it seriously. Blogging for us is a brand new and fascinating world unfolding right before our very eyes. However, this world holds neither success nor joy for those who choose to tread a lonely path. The essence and the beauty of blogging lie in that magic moment when you get to meet all those people you’ve never met before in your life but share with them the same passions, dreams, fears and doubts. That’s why we couldn’t wait to attend our first bloggers’ event at some point. It wasn’t long before we did. The Bloggers On Top 2018 Unconference held in Bansko couldn’t have come at a better time. 

How to get from Sofia to Bansko, Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s proximity to Greece makes it an ideal destination for short or even longer trips from our country. Bansko, in particular, is very popular with Greeks. Especially those living in Northern Greece. For the latter it’s approximately a 3-hour drive to Bulgaria’s top ski resort. However, that’s not the case for people living in Central or Southern Greece. For us, driving to Bansko from Athens, apart from being quite tiring, is also expensive. Fuel and road tolls cost way more than catching a Ryanair or Wizz Air flight to Sofia. So when the opportunity arose for us to visit Bansko in order to attend the Bloggers On Top 2018 Unconference, we booked our cheap flights to the Bulgarian capital and then all we had to figure out was how to get from Sofia to Bansko. 

Top 5 things to do in Bansko apart from skiing

It’s no secret that Bansko is Bulgaria’s most popular ski resort. Ski lovers from neighbouring Romania and Greece as well as the UK and elsewhere flock to the picturesque mountain town every winter. Yet regarding Bansko as a strictly winter destination is a huge mistake. There’s so much more in this quaint little town than its famous ski slopes and it is worth visiting all year round. You can find many articles about skiing in Bulgaria and Bansko ski in particular, so we’re not getting into this at all. Here’s our list of the top things to do in Bansko if skiing is not your thing or if you’re visiting outside ski season. Which you should, by the way. 

Venice Islands: The perfect Venice day trip

Once in Venice, it is highly unlikely that you will want to let it out of your sight. It is a city of unique, almost dreamy, beauty. That’s why we are adamant that travellers should not do Venice in a day but try to spend as much time as possible there. This way, there will also be time to visit the nearby Venice islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello and enjoy one of the best day trips from Venice. 

Venice boat tour: A unique experience

Venice is a destination unlike any other. The floating city got us under its spell from the very first moment we laid eyes on its beautiful canals and pastel-coloured buildings. Walking around Venice’s picturesque cobblestone streets is enchanting. Yet seeing the city from the water is pure magic. Be it a private gondola ride, a vaporetto ride or a Venice boat tour the best vantage point to marvel at the charms of La Serenissima is the water.

The best gondola ride in Venice

Undoubtedly, the gondola is the ultimate symbol of Venice. It’s hard to imagine that the sleek black vessels used to be colourful in the past. The noble families who owned gondolas used them as a means to show off their power thus turning their lush decoration and vivid colours into some kind of competition. It was in the early 1600s when the Senate decided to bring this competition to an end by forbidding all other colours but black. Evidently, a gondola ride is among the top things to do in Venice.

Top things to do in Bucharest: Our essential guide

As you may have noticed by now, our posts are primarily enthusiastic and positive. The main reason for this is because we always tend to focus on the good memories and forget about the bad ones. Another reason is that we are fond of cultural and natural diversity. We manage to find and appreciate beauty no matter how well it’s hidden. That’s why we have fallen in love with almost every destination we have visited. Bucharest is among the cities that didn’t manage to find its special place in our hearts, though. Sure, we have sweet memories from the time we spent there. But it somehow failed to make us want to go back again soon or to stay a little longer. So, “Why read on?” you may think. Because there are certain things to do in Bucharest that you cannot experience elsewhere. 

Bucharest walking tour of Communism

Romania had been on our minds for quite some time before deciding to plan a trip there after all. Besides the allure of the Transylvanian countryside, the prospect of visiting a country which still breathes recent history also fascinated us. Bucharest is like a huge living museum constantly recreating its troubled past. The best way to explore the capital of Romania is by taking a walking tour from many available. We wanted to learn as much as possible about Romania’s communist past. Therefore, we chose the Bucharest walking Tour of Communism.