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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

Explore the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest

The Peles and Bran castles are a few hours drive outside of Bucharest, therefore making a great day trip to our Romania travel plans. Since we were traveling without a car, I chose to book the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest Private Tour in order to discover the true history of the region.

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October 7, 2015 by | Comments Off

Alpacas, Llamas & Goats at Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina

Get up-close with Alpacas on a farm in North Carolina.

Children shriek in giddy delight as alpacas nuzzle the fence—a strange feel of Andean charm in the middle of Appalachia. Alpacas are the main attraction here on Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina, about 25 minutes from Boone, but there are also goats, chickens, donkeys, and pigs that accompany them on this 42-acre property. As […]

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September 10, 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

Six Reasons to Visit the Mall of America in Minnesota

The famous Mall of America.

Mall of America is a massive shopping center located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. It’s the largest shopping mall in the United States and has a plethora of retail shops and activities covering four levels. Heading to a mall while visiting Minneapolis may not seem like something that that should be at the top of your travel list, but Mall of America is far from your average shopping center. From fun and games to fashion and food, this mega mall is a top place to experience when in Minnesota.

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August 3, 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

Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip

Daytripping to Carpathian wine country from Bratislava

The Carpathian Mountains run from Western Slovakia, near Bratislava, all the way to Transylvania in Romania. Slovakia was formerly behind the Iron Curtain, and part of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to World War I. Then it separated from Czechoslovakia to become its own country. Does Slovakia have an identity of its own? The locals certainly think so. I booked the Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip From Bratislava, the capital, in order to find out.

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July 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

Ten Great Day Trips from Riga

Sunset on the Jurmala coast.

Sandwiched between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia’s capital of Riga has exploded with fun things to do since the end of Soviet occupation and has become party-central of the Baltic. Outside the capital, the frenetic pace of life slows right down in towns and villages where time has virtually stood still. To see the contrast between the country’s turbulent history and its natural beauty, check out these suggestions for day trips from Riga:

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July 23, 2015 by | Comments Off

Six of the Most Beautiful Drives in Montana

Disappearing Ice in Yellowstone Lake

Montana is the fourth largest state in the U.S.A. and is home to a number of national parks and forests, making it a prime candidate for road trips. From the plains of the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west, Montana has no shortage of scenic drives, but here are some of the best.

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July 17, 2015 by | Comments Off

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