Off the Beaten Path

Whenever we can, we enjoy getting off the beaten path. It's possible in even the most popular destinations!

Slavutych: A Walking Tour in Photos | Ukraine

A photographic journey through Ukraine's ‘21st-century city’. What is Slavutych? Slavutych is a purpose-built city in the north of Ukraine, that was created to house civilians evacuated from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. It is situated 200km directly north of Kiev,...

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The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship in Varna

What is the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship Situated in the port city of Varna, the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship (hence forth referred to as ‘the Monument’) is one of Bulgaria’s most imposing Socialist-era relics. In fact, I’d go...

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Where to break the journey between Skopje and Lake Ohrid

Interested in seeing some smaller, less-visited cities and towns en route between Macedonian’s outlandish capital and its jewel in the crown, serene Lake Ohrid? Although you can get between the two places in a little over three hours by public bus, we spent about a...

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Alternative Lviv, Ukraine

Off the beaten track Lviv - what there is to see and do … Without question, the Old Town of Lviv, Ukraine’s premier tourist attraction, is one of the prettiest in Eastern Europe but if you’re looking for ornate churches, interesting museums and attractive market...

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The Air Force Command Building in Belgrade, Serbia

The 1999 NATO bombing of the Serbian capital is well documented. It’s hard to miss the bombed-out shell of the former Yugoslav Ministry of Defence building on Nemanjina Street in the heart of the city and if you head around the back of St. Mark’s Church in Tasmajdan...

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The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum in Minsk

A large dose of Combat and Propaganda Art in one of Minsk's most impressive museums  I’m not really into conventional paintings - stick a Turner or Van Gogh in front of me and you won’t get much reaction but there is something about Combat and Propaganda Art that I...

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Serbian Road Trip 2017

Tracking down Spomeniks, following the course of the Danube and battling with the elements in one of the Balkans' least visited countries Raska District, en route between Sopoćani and Zlatibor When we hired a car earlier this year and drove around Serbia, we packed a...

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Breaking the journey between Krakow and Warsaw in Kielce

Kielce - a small Polish town, perfectly placed to overnight and break up the journey between two of Poland’s greatest cities So I have to admit, we broke the journey between Krakow and Warsaw because we wanted to see a bus station. Yep, we are strange like that...

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Where to break the journey between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Five great places in Central and Northern Thailand that are ideal stopovers en route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Travelling directly between the capital and Thailand’s fourth-largest city is easy. Buses depart throughout the day and night from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus...

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Visiting Visoki Decani Monastery in Decani, Kosovo

Where to break the journey between Prizren and Pristina How many regions make up the former Yugoslavia? It’s a good pub quiz question, don’t you think, but I’m never quite sure of the correct answer. Depending on how the question is worded (notice I used the word...

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