Travel Date: July 21st, 2010Built around and named after the Sinaia Monastery, which itself was named after Mount Sinai, Sinaia … More
Dracula never lived here. Okay, technically Dracula never lived anywhere, being made up and all. Vlad the Impaler, though? He … More
They built a Hollywood sign. It’s sad that, in a town that’s one of the main Transylvanian tourist hubs, and … More
You’d expect the place that “Dracula” was born to have some good, but kind of disgusting, eats. Right on both … More
Fortified Churches. Makes sense, when you think about it. Biertan is another one of those “little stops” you can find … More
There are a few “hub” cities in Transylvania which you’ll need to crash in if you’re touring around the region. … More
So when I had written about Curtea de Arges and Poenari, I had actually forgotten that we had made other … More
Bitstrips Time!!! So one of the moments I’ve always wanted to capture was our hike to the top of Poenari … More
Holy crap this city is overwhelming. I don’t mean overwhelming as in “I can’t handle it” or “I want to … More
So we had booked this trip through a travel agent as a “compromise”. I’m confident enough in pretty much any … More
When you’re done with the biggest, why not go to the second biggest? Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria, … More
A bit of background. In 2009, I had my first shot at doing a legit backpacker trip with Daina and … More
Not all genocides are equal, but they’re all equally bad.
At first, I had considered lumping Sevastopol into a larger “Crimea” post with the prior Yalta post. I figured it … More
We bid a last goodbye to Kiev this morning (though, sadly, not its airport) as we took an early morning … More
When deciding if I was going to go to Chornobyl… Well, I’m going to stop myself there and drop … More
Anyway, one sleep and a billion wedding pictures did nothing to change my belief that Lviv is just unbelievable. I can’t remember the last city I came to where I was just totally amazed by the architecture, the atmosphere, everything.
…apparently, the best way to get around the city is to wear impossible stilettos and, shockingly, never fall flat on your face.
So it’s typically good to find something on the “Road Less Traveled”, and a fortified town perched on a rock … More