Eastern Europe


This is my second visit to he ruins of Ephesus which are a popular tourist attraction in Turkey. The city of Ephesus was once famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was destroyed by a mob led by the archbishop of Constantinople in 401 AD. However, […]


Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is an unreal landscape in western Turkey, famous for its white terraces. I was really looking forward to this part of our trip as we didn’t get an opportunity to visit the region last time we were in Turkey. The terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited […]

The Birthplace of Dracula, Sighişoara

Much of my travel in Romania has centred around Dracula and when I heard about this UNESCO protected town I booked a train to travel here from Brasov. From the moment I entered its fortified walls and meandered my way along cobblestone lanes to its main square, Sighisoara burned itself into my memory. It’s like stepping into […]


Sibiu was the final stop for us on our trip around Romania. The cobbled streets and imposing medieval walls were just as beautiful as the other incredible cities and towns we have visited. We visited the tourist information office and collected a map of the second largest city in Trasylvania which had a self-guided walking […]

Bran Castle

Bran Castle is famously known as “Dracula’s Castle”. When Bram Stoker wrote the novel Dracula, he never actually named the castle, but it was based upon a description he had heard of Bran Castle at that time (Bram Stoker himself never visited Romania).  The real life inspiration for Dracula was a Walachian ruler named Vlad […]

Beautiful Brasov

For some reason, hardly anyone visits Romania. Friends of mine were confused when I told them I planned to visit the country and I’m not sure why because it is beautiful. Like many others I was drawn here by the Dracula mythology, and was thrilled to be travelling thought Transylvania with one of my best friends. Legend […]

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