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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Visiting Ukraine’s Tunnel of Love

You know when you see pictures of something and become so obsessed with seeing it, that when you finally do it turns out to be a total letdown? Or I am the only one with a serious case of FOMO? To say I was obsessed with visiting the Tunnel of Love is a tad...

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Where to break the journey between Belgrade and Budapest

Novi Sad, Subotica, Szeged and Kecskemet – four cities worth considering if you have time and want to see more of central Europe I admit that some of our Where to break the journey posts can involve a bit of endeavour when it comes to the transportation side of the...

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The Long Range Aviation Museum in Poltava, Ukraine

Off-the-beaten path Ukraine After another long spell in Ukraine (our fourth in three years), we are getting quite accustomed to tracking down quirky museums in a country that is full of quirky museums but the Long Range Aviation Museum in the pleasant Ukrainian city...

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Inside the Palace of Pioneers in Dnipro, Ukraine

And on becoming Architect Tourists … What are the Palaces of the Pioneers? Take what we commonly call a Youth Centre, supersize it and give it a Soviet makeover and voilà, you have the Palace of the Pioneers. Like the Scouts, the Pioneer movement was set up as an...

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Street art in Mitrovica, Kosovo

On our visit to Mitrovica in Kosovo street art was an unexpected surprise. However the amount and quality of street art in North Mitrovica was a dramatic contrast compared with Kosovan Mitrovica – a guide for independent travellers to Kosovo in the Balkans.

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The House of Revolution (Dom Revolucije) in Niksic, Montenegro

Urban exploration in Montenegro’s second city I must confess, creeping around abandoned buildings is not high on our list of ‘things-to-do’ at the best of times and least of all when rumours abound that the building in question is home to addicts, local gangs, stray...

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Street Art in Kiev: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

A self-guided walking tour of murals and street art in Kiev, an open-air art gallery. Street art in Kiev is big and bold and in your face. Of all the cities in which we’ve seen street art, I don’t think many any compare with Kiev in terms of the scale and volume of...

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Alternative Kiev: the State Aviation Museum

Exploring off the beaten track Kiev: A trip to the Aeroplane Museum Even if you’re not into aircraft and all other things aeronautical, the State Aviation Museum is a brilliant place to spend a couple of hours if you are in the Ukrainian capital and looking for...

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Suggested itinerary to Greece: From Athens to Thessaloniki

ITINERARY SUMMARY  Athens - Delphi - Meteora (Kalambaka) - Thessaloniki We spent a week in Athens and didn’t get bored but three clear days is probably enough to see all of the major sights. Bus is the only form of public transport that heads to ancient Delphi, but...

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Alternative Kiev: The Expocenter of Ukraine

Off the Beaten Track Kiev Historically, I can’t provide you with too many facts about the Expo Centre in Kiev. I know its correct name is the National Complex Expocenter of Ukraine (VDNG), that it was constructed between 1952 and 1958, and was originally known as the...

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Street Art in Podgorica, Montenegro

On our first visit to Podgorica, a couple of years ago, the city’s unmissable ‘Transformer’ sculptures* were the best I could come up with in the way of street art. However, on our recent stay in the Montenegrin capital, I delved a bit deeper and found a fair bit of...

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