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Where to break the journey between Istanbul and Sofia

Edirne in Turkey and Plovdiv in Bulgaria: Two excellent places to stop en route between Istanbul and Sofia Beyoglu, Istanbul If you are travelling between Turkey’s greatest city and the Bulgarian capital and don’t fancy either an 18-hour bus journey or the sometimes...

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Where the Azure Window once stood: Gozo’s lost icon…

And Malta's alternative Azure Window! Timing is everything they say. The day before we left the main island of Malta to spend a week on its little sister, Gozo, we heard the news that the Azure Window had fallen into a watery grave. The Azure Window, Tieqa tad-Dwejra...

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Recommended Hotels and Homestays in Central Asia

Since returning from our 2016 trip around Central Asia, a few people have asked us for accommodation recommendations, and so here is a round-up of the hostels, homestays and guesthouses we stayed in during our travels through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, together with our recommendations.

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What to do on and around Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan

Our guide for independent travellers to Lake Issyk-Kul  Surrounded by dramatic mountains, including the UNESCO-listed Tian Shan Mountain Range, Lake Issyk-Kul is located in eastern Kyrgyzstan, close to the border with Kazakhstan. Being easily accessible from the...

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Kamyanets-Podilsky – Ukraine’s Hidden Gem

The medieval town in Central Ukraine that’s missing only one thing - tourists… I don’t believe in sticking up a load of photos, accompanied by the minimum of text and telling the reader that they must go to such and such a place simply because it’s awesome and I’m...

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Where to break the journey between Kiev and Odessa in Ukraine

Uman, Vinnytsia (Vinnytsya) and Zhytomyr - three cities worth considering if you have time and want to see more of central Ukraine It’s easy to travel directly between Ukraine’s capital and the Black Sea city of Odessa. In a private car, the 474km distance can be...

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Visiting Orheiul Vechi near Trebujeni, Moldova

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London: Old Favourites and New Discoveries – A Photo Essay

Eight years of travelling and finally we’ve got round to exploring a bit of London Kirsty was born and raised in North London and I moved to the capital in my early twenties and lived and worked there for about a decade. Indeed Kirsty and I met in London when we both...

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