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Suggested Itinerary: Istanbul to Sofia via the Long Route

ITINERARY SUMMARY  (Turkey) Istanbul - Edirne (Bulgaria) - Plovdiv - Bansko - Rila - Sofia   Edirne is a worthwhile stop on the route up from Istanbul to Bulgaria. The city sees few tourists, has some excellent cuisine (Edirne is known for its thinly-sliced calf’s...

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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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2016 Travel Review in Photographs

Here we go again with a roundup of where our 2016 travels took us, featuring a lot of wanderlusty photographs. Is it really a year since our last annual travel review?! At the start of every year we catch ourselves saying “we’re going to really slow it down this...

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Being Surprised by Batumi in Georgia

Discovering Batumi: Georgia’s second city and foremost Black Sea resort Georgia’s second city and go-to place for a bit of sun and R&R took us by surprise when we arrived after a two-month trip from one side of Turkey to the other. Batumi is only 37km north of Hopa,...

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Twelve More Forts and Castles from Around the World

A photo essay featuring twelve more forts, castles and palaces that we have explored on our travels As a continuation of our first Forts and Castles post, here are some more fortresses that we have discovered on our travels.   Gjirokastra Castle, Albania Gjirokastra...

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Travel Shot | Ali and Nino in Batumi | Georgia

We didn't have high expectations of Batumi and weren’t expecting too much of Georgia’s summer holiday hotspot and riviera of the Caucasus, on the Black Sea coast. However, it exceeded our expectations. I’ve got the Batumi on my list of places to write more about and...

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Travel Shot | Geghard Monastery, Armenia

Today's photo of the day comes from Armenia. There are some good day trips out of the capital, Yerevan, including one to the stunning Geghard Monastery, 40km to the east. Even if you have had your fill of churches and monasteries, we urge you to make the effort to see...

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Socialist-era architecture in the Caucasus

Tracking down the last of the remaining Stalinist-style buildings and monuments left in Armenia, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh Since our first visit to Eastern Europe in the Spring and Summer of 2014 I have become mildly obsessed with trying to find Socialist era...

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In Pictures: Twelve Places to Visit in Eastern Turkey

Stunning Photographs that will make you want to visit Eastern Turkey Eastern Turkey is an underrated destination that never seems to have any luck when it comes to increasing the number of overseas tourists. Plagued by internal conflict between the Turkish Government...

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The Lada – Cleansing my demons in the Caucasus

A light-hearted look at Ladas in the Caucasus, their history and how they played a part in my teenage years Lada on a housing estate in Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic I don’t really have an obsession with cars. Alloy wheels, chrome by the tonnage and supercars such...

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2015: A Review of our Travelling Year in Photographs

A Review of 2015: Our Year of Travel in Photographs When it comes to travel, 2015 was another fantastic year for us, once more packed full of superlatives. In November we celebrated a milestone: our seven year travelversary. Yes, it really has been seven years since...

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