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Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 17, 1024 Hungary
Browse work by local Hungarian designers at WAMP, themonthly outdoor arts and crafts market. Find colorful shoes byAgnes Lukacs (pictured); women’s clothing with bright, geometricpatterns by Zagabo; and Ildikó Göntér’s accessories made from...
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Blloku, Tirana, Albania
As hectic as the city of Tirane may be outside, especially in traffic, I found a quiet haven in the Hotel Mondial inside. I haven't felt so spoiled in a long, long time. From the moment we entered, carrying sleeping kids, the staff knew our names...
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Lake Ohrid
Looking for a European locale as a possible retirement area, we traveled to Albania. A one hour flight from Rome, we landed at Tirana airport, rented a car and made our way to Lake Ohrid and the town of Pogradeci.. There we had a lakeside lunch...
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Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
If you happen to be meandering through Budapest, and have the urge to do a little sightseeing, St. Stephen's Basilica is definitely a sight to see. The structure is named in honor of Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Apparently, his right hand...
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Budapest, Pesti alsó rkp., Hungary
The 60 pairs of iron shoes lined up along the promenade on the Danube River's east bank are a part of the Shoes on the Promenade Holocaust Monument. Conceived by film director Can Togay and created in period style by sculptor Gyula Pauer, the iron...
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Pula, Croatia
This is the ancient Roman Arena at Pula on the Istria Peninsula. Istria, which is currently a part of Croatia but has also been part of been a part of the Venetian Empire, the Austrian Empire, Italy, and Yugoslavia. As a result, the area is a...
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Croatia
Many folks know about Croatia’s famous coastline, but the country’s national parks are another not-to-miss sight. At the top of the list is Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes hundreds of cascading lakes and beautiful forest...
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Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Climb the grand baroque staircase and pass the Jesuit church, cross Gundulić Square, and follow the COLD DRINKS WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW signs. Then, yes, walk through the walls. Buža translates to “a hole-in-the-wall,” and a...
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The view from the Kotor fortress is stunning – or so I’m told. I had ambitious plans to hike the 1500 steps leading to this lofty outpost on my second morning in Kotor but when I woke to the serenity of the motionless bay outside my window a less...
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Stari Grad, Beograd, Serbia
Kalemegdan park/Belgrade Fortress might be one of the coolest parks I've been in. A fortified city dating back to the first century AD, where it served as a Roman military camp. With the assistance of our friend Milos, we filmed an impromptu music...
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Belgrade, Serbia
Beograd has a nice juxtaposition of old and new- Many of the NATO bombing sites sit just how they were while the dust was still settling- However modern design and a young, cosomopolitian attitude have renewed the city to glorious effect.
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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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Perast, Montenegro
I took the 20 minute bus ride from Kotor, Montenegro to Perast with the intent of seeing this little town I’d heard was such a gem, exploring its maritime museum, and having a short excursion to the island church “Our Lady of the Rock” just...
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Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor has some of the most impressive fortifications I'd ever seen.
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255 Sveti Stasije 85330, Dobrota, Montenegro
If I retire abroad, it might be in Perast, Montenegro, on the beautiful bay of Kotor. Sparkling water, beautiful architecture, and the freshest seafood I've had anywhere....for cheap! Grilled squid with black ink risotto that needs nothing beyond...
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Rijeka Crnojevića, Montenegro
Hidden beneath the overbearing black mountains that crown Lake Skadar in Montenegro is the small fishing village of Karuc – an unexpected oasis in an austere mountain landscape. Arrive in Karuc from a windy road off the main way from Podgorica,...
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Kosovo
Albania recently built a freeway from the coast to Kosovo. However, unless you have a very good road map or speak Albanian, it can be hard to find the freeway. Like most Balkan countries, Albania likes to put the next town on road signs, rather...
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Blue Eye, Albania
This place is in the middle of nowhere in Southern Albania. There is no bus stop. You just have to motion to the driver to pull over at the side of the road when you see a promising looking dirt trail. You take that trail off the main road, all...
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Gjirokaster, Albania
Gjirokastër, also known as Gjirokastra, is an inland city in Southern Albania with a beautiful old town unlike anything I've ever seen in Europe. It was oppressively hot when we were there but we still made the trek up to the castle that's existed...
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Blloku, Tirana, Albania

I am a sucker for an elected offical who had a career in the arts, and after my brief trip to Albania I have become a huge fan of Edi Rama. Rama, Tirana's artist-mayor, has helped Tirana start to lay claim to the title of "Most Colorful City in...