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First impressions of Sofia, Bulgaria

After a full Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria walking around for ten hours and snapping loads of photos, I developed initial impressions of the city. I like to get down my initial impressions of a place before time and exposure changes my perceptions. So, in no particular order of importance, here are some of my thoughts…

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Amsterdam Winds and Windows

Amsterdam feels like my safe European home to me. Jump on the tram, resupply food and drink at Albert Heijn, recycle all the beers in the automated recycling machines at Albert Heijn, enjoy a noodle meal at community seating in Wok to Walk, walk canal streets, walk Vondelpark, lounge in cafes, bars and shops and…

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Radisson Blu Wroclaw hotel review

Radisson Blu Wroclaw, Poland has a good location in the city for touring Old Town Market Square and Cathedral Island with its medieval churches. These tourist areas are within ten minutes walk and Wroclaw train station is about a 20 to 25 minute walk from the hotel or a quick tram ride. The hotel is…

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Wroclaw Poland walking tour

Wroclaw, Poland, pronounced something like VROH-waff, is located in the historic region of Silesia. The city has a 1,000 year history as a major European trading center on the River Oder. In the Middle Ages, Wroclaw was considered one of three capitals of the Kingdom of Poland (1025-1385). However, the town was primarily occupied by…

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Ten Mile Walking Tour around Prague (part 3 Old Town)

If your time is limited in Prague, then you likely will focus your touring around the Old Town area and Prague Castle, the Disneyesque part of this historic city. Prague Castle (above) and Charles Bridge (below) 900 years of architectural styles are visible with Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Modernist and post-1989…

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Hotel Indigo Krakow review

Hotel Indigo Krakow, Poland is a recently opened hotel in a convenient location two blocks from the city train station and ten minutes walk to Krakow’s Old Town. The 1836 original building was completely gutted and rebuilt as a hotel from 2014 to 2016. We arrived from Bratislava by bus on Christmas Day. I had…

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