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Sunshine, Lakes & Statues In North Macedonia

When I think of countries that I know I'll visit eventually, Macedonia (now North Macedonia) would never have made that list. In fact, a year ago, if you'd asked me what the capital of Macedonia is, I might have been able to guess, though I couldn't have told you with confidence how it's pronounced, but… Continue reading Sunshine, Lakes & Statues In North Macedonia

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Adventures In Albania: Two Hours In Tirana Is Not Enough

When I saw Albania on the Travel Talk tour itinerary, my interest was immediately piqued, because even on the surface, it's a fascinating country. After all, this is a country that, when I was born, no one knew anything about. Until 1991, it was even more closed off than North Korea is today (you couldn't… Continue reading Adventures In Albania: Two Hours In Tirana Is Not Enough

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Hiking & Heating Up In Kotor, Montenegro

I'm not sure where to start with Kotor - which is probably why it's taken so long for me to write this post! Montenegro was the main reason I went on this trip. Photos of Kotor have captured my attention for a few years, and I was determined to get there before tourism blew up… Continue reading Hiking & Heating Up In Kotor, Montenegro

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Surviving Dubrovnik – And Falling In Love With It

Alright, so I'm not gonna lie to you guys: I was a little apprehensive about Dubrovnik. Not only has it become one of the world's hottest tourist spots, which escalated exponentially thanks to Games Of Thrones, but it only flew onto the radar and into people's top spots within the last 10 years. That's a… Continue reading Surviving Dubrovnik – And Falling In Love With It

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Mostar: The Gem Of Bosnia

After Sarajevo, I was bracing myself for Mostar. I knew about the beauty; but I wasn't sure how much the city was still affected by the war, especially compared to Bosnia's capital and the horrors we'd seen there. ...oh boy. The huge difference with Mostar though, is once you get into the historic centre, it… Continue reading Mostar: The Gem Of Bosnia

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Sorrow In Sarajevo: A Heartbreaking Tale Of The Bosnian Capital

It's 25 years since the war ended in Bosnia - and yet it still bears scars that no country should have to endure. Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital city, had never made it onto my radar until I started researching it for this trip. What I found was an incredibly interesting city with a harrowing past and… Continue reading Sorrow In Sarajevo: A Heartbreaking Tale Of The Bosnian Capital

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Exploring Beautiful Belgrade

Belgrade was another eastern European city that really took me by surprise with its pretty architecture and funky bars and cafés. Like Sofia, I had literally zero expectations for Belgrade. It was a city that I had never planned to visit, and it was only when we arrived in the Serbian capital that I realised… Continue reading Exploring Beautiful Belgrade