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Monthly Archives: February 2013

PARENTS AND PISTACHIO DELIGHT, ISTANBUL

We had hoped to ferry from Romania to Istanbul across the Black Sea – no dice. Don’t trust the website. Then we thought we’d get the train, which was cancelled indefinitely. AndView full post »

HOW TO TRAVEL TOGETHER AND STILL LIKE EACH OTHER

We have had a lot of the same questions about our trip, so I’m going to answer some here in coming weeks: planning, budgeting, camera gear, packing etc. But today I’m going to answer the one questionView full post »

HAGIA SOFIA, ISTANBUL

At various times throughout the 1500 year history of the Hagia Sofia, it has been an Orthodox Basilica, a Roman Catholic Cathedral and a Mosque. In 1935, the visionary first Turkish President AtatürkView full post »

TRANSYLVANIAN CASTLES, ROMANIA

I’m going to go out on a limb here. Romania may just have the coolest castles. We organised a ‘taxi’ through our hostel in Brasov to take us to three of them – worth it forView full post »

75%

Brasov, Romania It is hard to escape poverty in this world. It presents all kinds of middle-class, first-world, richer-than-75% guilt. But the conventional wisdom is that we shouldn’t give toView full post »

SIBIU, ROMANIA

Sibiu is a nine hundred year old Saxon village in the central Romanian region of Transylvania. There are thatched roofs, cobblestones, window boxes and peeling layers of bright colours. You may alsoView full post »

HOUSEBOAT ON EILDON

Far far away from Romania and the Balkans, is a lake in the north-East Victorian high country. It is a two hour drive from Melbourne through the Yarra Valley and the awe-inspiring Cathedral RangeView full post »

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Romania was an unexpected favourite – despite my bag remaining in Kiev for our entire stay. Apart from my anxiety at losing a little felted guy I bought in Bukhara, I was actually pretty happyView full post »