Abandoned Estonia: Rummu Prison

Urban Exploration at an Underwater Abandoned Jail in Estonia The bulk of the now-abandoned Rummu prison is best seen from under the water. Funnily enough, we don’t carry diving gear with us on a road trip. In fact, neither of us can actually dive so we had to be...

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What we got up to in the Baltic States and the Caucasus

Not the typical tourist attractions: Alternative sightseeing on our travels In no particular order, our priorities on our recent 2½ month trip to the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and Armenia, Georgia and Abkhazia in the Caucasus were as follows:...

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Belgrade’s Modern City Gates | Serbia Travel Guide

The Genex Tower and Rudo: iconic tower blocks in the Serbian capital When I first heard about Belgrade’s Western and Eastern City Gates, I conjured images of ancient, crumbling gates that were more symbols of the city rather than anything more practical or...

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Soviet ‘street art’ in the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr

Deciphering the history behind Soviet-era plaques This wasn’t supposed to be a long post. Kirsty and I saw these Soviet-era symbols on the side of the PJSC Ukrtelecom (Ukrainian National Telecommunications Operator) building while wandering around Zhytomyr. We liked...

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East of the Dnipro River – Kharkiv

I could have been more sensational with the title for this series of posts on our travels in the eastern part of Ukraine. Travelling in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, What is it like to travel in Eastern Ukraine? or Is it safe to travel in Eastern Ukraine? would have made...

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Where to break the journey between Kiev and Lviv, Ukraine

Interesting places to stop on the route from Kiev to Lviv There are, of course, some great exceptions but many travel guides to Ukraine focus on Kiev and Lviv (and maybe Odessa) as if they were the only cities in the country. And to be honest, if you asked me to...

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Street Art in Thessaloniki, Greece

Whilst not a patch on the volume, quality and diversity of street art found in Athens, Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki has a good smattering of artwork and graffiti within a relatively small area. Although we didn't really stumble across anything particularly...

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St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta

Believe it or not, getting to view Valletta's St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral from within the city itself is a seriously tricky affair. It simply disappears from sight among the maze of backstreets and side alleys. But all is not lost - if you jump on the ferry to Sliema and...

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East of the Dnipro River – Dnipro (formerly Dnipropetrovsk)

I could have been more sensational with the title for this series of posts on our travels in the eastern part of Ukraine. Travelling in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, What is it like to travel in Eastern Ukraine? or Is it safe to travel in Eastern Ukraine? would have made...

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Seeking out Street Art in Skopje, Macedonia

For a city with such an eclectic mix of architecture, I was expecting a lot more when it came to street art. However, Skopje is disappointing in that respect. I’d imagined that the colourful revolution that has been simmering in Macedonia for the past few years might...

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