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Foto Friday: Bucharest from Above

Foto Friday: Bucharest from Above

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of Bucharest as seen from the InterContinental Hotel. Sadly, most of Bucharest’s historic buildings were destroyed by ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who cleared the way for larger and grander buildings to be made in his honor. The neighborhood of Lipscani was also scheduled to be demolished, ...

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What’s it Really Like to Stay in a U.S. Hostel?

What's it Really Like to Stay in a U.S. Hostel?

As I planned my extended trip around Europe, I knew staying in a mix of hostels was a given. Yet for some reason, planning my trip around the U.S., hostels not once crossed my mind. When I first met Hosteling International last fall at a travel blogger conference, I stupidly asked them if they had many hostels in the United States. ...

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In Search of the Best Views in Europe (aka Europe by Boat)

In Search of the Best Views in Europe (aka Europe by Boat)

When I was younger, my family had a boat but I honestly never thought too much about it. Sure, as soon as it was warm enough in summer we’d take it out on Lake Michigan, but I didn’t love or hate being on it– I was always pretty indifferent. I guess it’s true that people take things for granted, because while that boat ...

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#FindingAsia: Stejarii Country Club, Bucharest

#FindingAsia: Stejarii Country Club, Bucharest

It’s not everyday I do fancy things like sipping on high tea or attending country clubs– but I’m not one to turn them down when the opportunity arises either. So I happily agreed to spend the day at Stejarii Country Club, Romania’s only country club, which has great sport facilities, including dedicated karate and aikido rooms. However, while the rest of the group engaged in ...

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Foto Friday: Unification Boulevard, Bucharest

Foto Friday: Unification Boulevard, Bucharest

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the Unification Boulevard as seen from the People’s Palace in Bucharest. Leading up to the grand People’s Palace is Bulevardul Unirii, known in English as Unification Boulevard. The boulevard was modeled after the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Of course, Ceaușescu couldn’t allow it be the same– ...

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What’s Bucharest Really Like? 7 Things I LOVE About Romania’s Capital City

What's Bucharest Really Like? 7 Things I LOVE About Romania's Capital City

I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but like most Americans, my only two preconceived notions of Romania involved communism and Dracula. However, probably unlike most Americans, those were both two big draws for me wanting to visit. So when I was invited to #EnjoyBucharest for a week, I jumped on the opportunity no questions asked. Romania: more than just Dracula? When ...

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Foto Friday: Sutro Bath Ruins, San Francisco

Foto Friday: Sutro Bath Ruins, San Francisco

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the Sutro Bath ruins in San Francisco. The Sutro Baths opened in the late 1800s as the largest indoor swimming complex in the world. Somehow surviving earthquakes, fires, and other natural disasters, the baths finally saw their demise when they were shut down due ...

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#FindingAsia: Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

#FindingAsia: Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Nestled amongst the 1,017 acres of Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden is truly a gem in San Francisco. It is the oldest Japanese garden in the United States, and one of the most authentic. It’s lush greenery is primarily made up of plants native to Japan and China and it utilizes many classical elements in traditional Japanese gardens including drum ...

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