Welcome to Travel Notes & Beyond, a collection of travel stories, photos and personal opinions focusing on less known travel destinations. This is where you can also learn about culture, history, food and more, and hopefully get inspired, informed and engaged. I am an award-winning travel writer and passionate photographer living in Southern California. Growing up, Read More
Despite its remarkable beauty and cultural diversity, the Balkan Peninsula remained for a long time a relatively unexplored region of Europe. After Communism disintegrated in Eastern Europe people began flocking to the sunny beaches of the Dalmatian Coast. It didn’t take the world travelers long to discover the area’s abundance of breath-taking coastlines, dazzling landscapes, beautiful architecture and rich history. Soon countries like Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro became Europe’s new hotspots.
Visiting the Balkan countries along the Adriatic Coast has been a dream of ours for a long time and finally this year we managed to make it happen. Our itinerary started in Budapest and included Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro. But before starting to elaborate on each of the countries we visited, I want to share with you some tips and useful information regarding the technical aspects of this road trip.
Budapest is one of those cities that seems to leave a mark on everyone who visits it. A place you would never get bored of, no matter how many times you go. There is always something left to see, something that will draw you back, like a beautiful woman who winks at you right before she turns the corner. If you fell in love with this alluring city and want to know more about it, here are 10 things you may not know about Budapest:
The city of Budapest has been officially created on 17th November 1873 by the merger of the neighboring cities of Pest, Buda and Óbuda. The unification was an extremely important historic event that lead to a rapid development of the city, but naming the new capital created a lot of controversy. Some of the names suggested included Hunvár, Etelvár, or Honderű, but in the end Budapest won, becoming thus the official name of the Hungarian capital.
The Czech Republic’s capital has always been considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so it comes to no surprise that millions of visitors flock to Prague every year. The city has a great deal of attractions –some more famous than others– but all equally worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. Here are some of the most visited sites in Prague:
If there is one landmark that visitors will remember Prague for is most likely Charles Bridge. The 600 year-old bridge over the River Vltava was commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357, replacing the Judith Bridge which was destroyed by a flood in 1342. Read More