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About Sasha Heseltine

Sasha Heseltine has circled the globe, feeding orphaned wallabies on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, getting lost off-roading in the Sierra Nevada, diving with manta rays in the Maldives, and hot-air ballooning in eastern Poland. Back home in the UK, she runs a local website, reviews hotels and restaurants for local media, and writes about her travels for national print and online publications.

Exploring Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca

The vibrant student city of Cluj-Napoca, located in legend-riddled Transylvania, and has proclaimed itself as Romania’s ‘city of the arts.’ A multi-cultural city with its origins in Roman times, Cluj’s profile is currently riding high as European Youth Capital for 2015. Thanks to its proximity to many of Romania’s unique attractions, exploring Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca is a sightseer’s delight.

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October 26, 2015 by | Comments Off

The Beginner’s Guide to Food in Ljubljana

Discover Ljubuljana's culinary delights.

The Slovenes adore food and the ceremony of eating with family and friends; they are proud of their national cuisine and one of the best-loved sayings is “love comes through the stomach.” Their food is heavily influenced by the country’s history and surroundings. Arising from the ashes of the bitter break up of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, tiny Slovenia is a wealthy country with a healthy GDP and a small, sophisticated capital city. At a cultural crossroads in Europe — Slovenia is surrounded by Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria — Ljubljana has borrowed from the cuisines of these countries.

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September 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

Top 10 Things to Do in Transylvania

The mythical land of Vlad the Impaler, Transylvania is the wild frontier of once-secretive Romania. It’s a mysterious region encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and is rapidly opening up to the West. It’s home to enticing Saxon-cum-Baroque cities, medieval villages, fortified churches and magical castles. There’s so much to see and do, but here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Transylvania:

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August 26, 2015 by | Comments Off

Spending the Day at Trakai

Trakai Castle.

Lithuania is a country with rich history, beautiful scenery and Baroque architecture that will undoubtedly soon be a firm fixture on the destination hotlist. The small Eastern European nation joined the EU 10 years ago and is the home to the historic capital city of Vilnius. There are many charms lying within easy reach of Vilnius. One of the most popular day trips from the capital is to Trakai.

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August 10, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Sights Not to Miss in Slovenia

Beautiful Bled

Ljubljana’s pastel-painted Old Town, castle, Baroque churches and edgy Metelkova district intriguingly combine clashing architectural styles, making it a perfect destination to spend a few days. But beyond this lovely city lies some of central Europe’s most spellbinding countryside. Here are five sights not to miss in Slovenia — many still remarkably overlooked on the tourist trails and just waiting to be explored.

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August 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Top Sights in Lithuania

Siauliai Hill of Crosses.

Lithuania’s lovely, small capital of Vilnius has a deliciously photogenic Old Town and many reasons to tempt visitors to explore; but outside the capital there are many more attractions to discover, from remote sandy beaches to bravura Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage memorial constructed from crucifixes. Here are five top sights in Lithuania, all within easy reach of Vilnius:

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July 30, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Reasons to Visit Bucharest

Get off the beaten path in beautiful Bucharest

Often overlooked by visitors as a drab, post-Communist city, Bucharest is actually anything but. In addition to centuries’ worth of architecture to discover, the city has a vibrant, celebratory vibe that mingles with a café culture and edgy nightlife. The Soviet blues are fast disappearing but prices are still cheap in comparison to other European cities, so stay a while to explore the five top things to do in Bucharest.

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July 14, 2015 by | Comments Off

Day Trips from Sofia

Snowy street of Plovdiv's Old Town.

Historic towns and UNESCO-listed monasteries surround the capital city of Bulgaria, not to mentioned the wild landscapes of the Seven Rila Lakes. Here are some of the most popular day trips from Sofia:

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June 15, 2015 by | Comments Off

Exploring Northern Cyprus

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has plenty of charm and history to explore, from Crusader castles to pretty harbor towns to often-deserted beaches.

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June 8, 2015 by | Comments Off

Ljubljana in 48 Hours


Ljubljana is having a cool moment; it is awash with strutting university students bedecked in designer clothes; the countless bars and restaurants along the River Ljubljanica are overflowing all year around and the pocket-sized city has a Baroque Old Town, medieval castle, bucolic markets, and innovative museums to discover. The cultural soup caused by Slovenia’s proximity to Hungary, Austria and Italy can be seen in the heady mix of architecture – from Roman via Austro-Hungarian to Art Nouveau –and in the restaurant scene, where gastronomic influences range from Italian gelati through heart-warming Hungarian goulashes to Austrian pastries. Here’s how to see Slovenia’s pocket-sized capital Ljubljana in 48 hours.

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