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Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia March 2nd 2020

Since the free Sofia walking tour didn't start until 11 am, so that let me have a leisurely morning and saunter up to the meeting point. I was surprised when I turned up at the meeting point, the Palace of Justice, to see so many people. I haven't been on a walking tour with so many people since I did an evening Ghost tour in Krakow. There were three guides at the meeting point and they were offering two different two tours; the normal free walking tour or a Bulgarian Experience tour which was more hands on and you had to pay for. It did sound interesting, apart from the dancing bit, but I decided to stick with the regular tour. I was a bit sadden that they counted the group of people and that they ... read more
Banya Bashi Mosque
Old City
Sofia Regional History Museum

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia March 1st 2020

I booked a tour through the place I was staying to visit Rila Monastery. I waited to be picked up and was a little concerned when the driver was late, actually the pick up time had been changed and I could have had longer in bed. A little late we were on our way, just down the street we nearly hit a car as the other driver just opened his door without any regard for passing cars. We drove out on to the motorway and left the city behind. We got about half an hour out of the city and then the engine made a loud noise. That was the end of the trip, there was no way the car would last the distance, and we turned around headed back to the city. I was a ... read more
Sofia
St. Kyriaki Cathedral Church
Statue of Saint Sophia

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh January 28th 2020

28th Jan: I have been to Edinburgh several times and it is a place I really, really like. I have seen and done quite a few of the major sights in the city, so I searched for some new or different (to me) things to do. Since I would be arriving in the early evening, I decided to do one of the ghost tours that go into the vaults under the city later in the evening. The tour I booked started at 9:30 pm. The meeting point was a short walk away from where I was staying. There were only about ten people on the tour so it wasn't too busy. First, we walked around to the back of St. Giles, which had been a graveyard. I think most of the bodies had been removed, but ... read more
Edinburgh Castle
Street Art
Surgeons' Hall Museums

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 16th 2020

My final day in Bratislava. First things first, I had to eat up all my food that I had left in the hostel kitchen. I ate far too much bread and hummus, but that’s never a bad thing in my opinion. I had a enough plan for how I wanted to spend my last day in Bratislava, so I made my way to the former Jewish district to visit the Museum of Jewish Culture. The museum cost 7 euros to enter and if you wanted to take pictures, you had to pay extra so I didn't bother. After buying my ticket at the office I made my way across the small courtyard to the museum's entrance and up to the first floor, where the exhibitions began. The first floor of the museum was really interesting as ... read more
Danube River
Danube River
Soldier Monument

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 15th 2020

I am in wind-down mode, since my trip is almost over. Getting up and motivated is becoming more of an effort. The sky was grey and overcast again. After a late breakfast, I headed out. I made my way to the Old Town and to the Bratislava City Museum, which is housed in the former Town Hall. The Old Town Hall building dates back to the 14th century and the tower was built around 1370. The Old Town Hall was originally three different buildings that were people's houses; Jacobus' house with a tower, Pawer's house, Unger's house and the Apponyi Palace. The museum is also the oldest in Bratislava and was founded in 1868. The entrance is through the courtyard and it was 5 euros to visit the museum. After ditching my coat, I made my ... read more
Bratislava City Museum
Bratislava Old Town
Bratislava Old Town

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 14th 2020

The grey skies and rain that I encountered when I woke up didn't not really motivate me to move much. It took me longer than I wanted to get myself sorted and out the door. I had decided to visit the Slavin Monument as it was only about a twenty minute walk from where I was staying. What I didn't realise until I started that walk was that it was pretty much all uphill and involved quite a lot of stairs. Also in the mix was quite a lot of ice on the paths, making the walk pretty slippery in places. However, I survived and made it to the Slavin Memorial Monument in one piece. There were few other people about and most looked like locals just out for a morning run or walk. the monument ... read more
Slavín
Slavín
Slavín

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 13th 2020

The free walking tour didn't start until 11 am, which was nice and late. This meant that I could have a relatively lazy morning. I made my way to the Old Town for the start of the tour, but I managed to get lost, prominent street names are not Bratislava's forte, China has definitely spoilt me in this respect. I thought I was going to miss the tour as I wandered the streets trying to right myself and find the meeting place. I made it there, only about five minutes late, and saw quite a group of people. This part of Europe is definitely busier. My first impressions of the Old Town of Bratislava was that it was really cute and quite a lot busier than the places I had just been, which is understandable as ... read more
Hlavné Námestie
Hlavné Námestie
Old Town Hall

Europe » Austria » Vienna January 12th 2020

My overnight train arrived in Vienna around 8 am. I hadn't really slept much on the train and hadn't eaten, so my first port of call was McDonald's for breakfast. 4 euros for a McMuffin and a coffee and no hash brown was a shocking reminder that I was back in Western Europe. While eating my breakfast, I decided what to do. Since I couldn't check into my hostel in Bratislava until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, I had quite a lot of time to kill. I had been to Vienna many, many years ago when I lived in Germany. I can't really remember too much about it. All I can remember is going to the 'Bermuda Triangle' area for a drink, I think we were staying in that area, and the cashpoints dispensing 100 ... read more
Belvedere Palace
Belvedere Palace
Belvedere Palace

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Mures » Sighisoara January 10th 2020

10th Jan: The train from Brasov dropped me off at Sighisoara around 11 am. The journey had been uneventful. The station was small and dead. I headed straight to the ticket office to buy my ticket for the overnight train to Vienna for the following day. I had tried to buy the ticket online, but they had to post the actual ticket to you. I don't know why they can't just use e-tickets like for the domestic trains. Thank god there was no queue as the ticket proved to be a bit of a ballache to buy. The woman couldn't find a ticket for sale on the system, but seemed to think there should be tickets available and she ended up having to phone someone, but after about 10-15 minutes it was all sorted and I ... read more
Sighisoara Citadel
Sighisoara Citadel
Turnul Cizmarilor

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov January 9th 2020

After how long it took me to get breakfast the day before, I played it safe and headed to McDonald's to get something quick and easy. It wasn't that quick though, I ended up waiting about ten minutes for my food to be ready. Hash brown, muffin, and coffee were fine, and once finished I headed round to the bus station for my trip around some of the famous sights of the region. We left around 9 am. Another score for off peak travel as there were only three of us on the trip. We drove for about an hour. It was nice to drive through the valley basin seeing all the mountains around the edges. We passed through small towns and sleepy little villages. I really like all the brightly painted houses, just makes everything ... read more
Bran Castle
Bran Castle
Bran Castle




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