Surva: Visiting the Kukeri Festival in Pernik, Bulgaria

You can hear the Surva Kukeri festival long before you can see it. From a distance it’s a drumbeat, a … Read More

Romanian Wine Tasting: Finding Feteasca Neagra in Dracula Country

Our visit to Romania’s wine country began on a lovely, warm summer day with a scenic drive from bustling Bucharest … Read More

10 Things to Do in Sofia, Bulgaria

One lesson we’ve learned a few times during our travels is that the best-laid plans often go a bit off … Read More

A Day in Bulgarian Wine Country: Mavrud and Thracian Treasure

By the time we arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria, we knew two things to be true: spontaneous travel is not our … Read More

Dracula Castle: A Day Trip to Transylvania

It’s like a scene from a picture book: a fairytale town rests at the base of a shadowy castle fit … Read More

Can’t-Miss Things to Do in Skopje, North Macedonia

Huddled beneath the Macedonia Gate, our first real view of Skopje was masked by an unexpected and unwanted summer rainstorm. … Read More

10 Things to Do in Bucharest: Gardens and Gastronomy in Romania’s Capital City

There are hundreds of things to do in Bucharest, and we almost missed every one of them. In order to … Read More

1 Day in Kosovo: A Visit to Pristina and Prizren

Less than 24 hours after landing in Eastern Europe, still weary from the long flights that carried us across the … Read More

Wine Tasting in North Macedonia: Vranec and the Vineyards

As Adam and I sat opposite one another, inhaling bite after delicious bite of our late lunch and savoring the … Read More

The Buzludzha Monument: Exploring Abandoned Bulgaria

Looming above the tree line, the foreboding structure both warns and beckons visitors all at once. As our car wound … Read More

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