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Exploring Eastern Europe

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Most travelers do Western Europe on the first trip, and Eastern Europe on the second—unless they've got the luxury to explore it all in one summer, which most Americans don't have time for. But if you've got the vacation days, you'll find vibrant cities rich in history and culture (like Prague and Budapest), fabulous beaches along the Adriatic Sea (at the Croatian coastline), and long summer nights awaiting in the Baltics. It's enough to keep you exploring Eastern Europe for an entire summer.
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Stari most, Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
We spent a day in Bosnia, it's an easy drive from Dubrovnik. The transition was dramatic: from the Latin alphabet to the Cyrillic; from lazy tourists driving Fiats to vigilant UN peacekeepers driving tanks. This bridge was destroyed in 1993 during...
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Kaptol, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zlatna Ribica ("goldfish") Bar in Sarajevo, on Kaptol just north of Marsala Tita, has a Sarajevo-hipster-mixed-with-postwar-intellectual vibe, including the cluttered ephemera-filled decor, the thick cigarette smoke, and the handlebar-mustachioed...
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PORAT 00, Biševo, 21485, Biševo, Croatia
When sailing from the town of Vis to Komiža on Vis Island, we stopped at the Blue Cave (Modra špilja), or Blue Grotto, on the nearby island of Biševo. Visitors can enter the cave entrance for a minor fee and only by small boat. As we...
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Trg Sv. Stjepana 42, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
If Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic then Hvar Town is Mini Pearl. It has everything to offer that Dubrovnik has but on a far smaller scale. Hvar Town is a picturesque little town located on the southwestern coast of Hvar Island. The heart of...
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Stradun 21, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Old Town’s main street, Stradun, also known as Placa, can’t be missed—it’s the biggest and widest of all the thoroughfares, and you will probably walk it several times during your stay here. It’s especially nice...
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These two pedestrian alleys are roofed with tinted glass and wrought iron. They are lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants in a 'U' shape. The sun gives a natural light to the alley when it hits the tinted rooftop.
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Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
It's an unforgettable experience: Getting up at the crack of dawn in mid-winter, walking through the large municipal park on the Pest side of town, checking in to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath (mostly with Hungarian pensioners because tourists...
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Zámecká, 284 03 Kutná Hora, Czechia
The Bone Church is a decent train ride (and trek into town) away from Prague, but worth the trip out to see this truly unique sight. Surprisingly, it was not as creepy as we thought it would be. This sight needs only an afternoon to see, as it's...
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Old Town, Slovakia
One of the main shopping districts in the downtown area of Bratislava. A charming mix of fancy and historic.
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Riga, Latvia
Riga has the largest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in the world, several of which were designed by Mikhail Eisenstein, father of the famous Russian film director, Sergei Eisenstein. This stylized Greek warrior (designed by Eisenstein) is...