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Visit to Chernobyl

Pripyat, does that sound familiar to you? I’m not sure… What about Chernobyl? Yes, now I think you know what I’m talking about. Pripyat is the city where occured the Chernobyl disaster, in April 1986. Even though it’s very hard to say exactly how it impacted the population (in Ukraine and overseas), the Chernobyl disaster […]

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3 days in Kiev

Just like in Moldova, my 3 days in Kiev didn’t start out well. The customs officers are used to see in front of them hundreds of passengers. They quickly watch each passport, stamp them, “Next!” and so forth… 30 seconds maximum per passenger. Then comes my turn… The customs officer literally stays 15 minutes with […]

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Day trip to Orheiul Vechi in Moldova

Quick article about the afternoon I spent in Orheiul Vechi in Moldova. During the five days I spent in Moldova, I looked for what I could do in the country, not too far from Chisinau, the capital city, where I was staying. Since there wasn’t much to do in Chisinau… I already had the wine […]

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3 days in Chisinau

My 3 days in Chisinau didn’t start out well… As soon as I got off the bus, after a 6-hour ride from Bucharest to Chisinau, three young guys called me out from the opposite sidewalk. I just ignored them and kept walking. Not even two minutes later, four other guys in a car slowed down […]

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Visit to the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

The palace of the Parliament is a must see when you go to Bucharest. It’s the world’s second largest administrative building, after the Pentagon. It’s also the most expensive administrative building and the heaviest building in the world. And honestly, when you visit it, you understand why the palace of the parliament holds all this […]

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3 days in Bucharest

I was about to spend 3 days in Bucharest, and I didn’t know what to expect. Romanians don’t really have a good reputation in France, at least in Paris. Just to make sure for those who suck in geography, Bucharest is in Romania… Anyway, when we say “Romanian” in Paris, people think about those women […]

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Things to do in Belgrade

As soon as I arrived in Belgrade, the white city, on a Thursday evening, I decided to have a quick walk around my hostel to take the pulse of the city and the atmosphere over there. I wanted to relax before checking the few things to do in Belgrade. I can tell, I wasn’t disappointed. […]

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3 days in Budapest

I still have in mind the words pronouced by a friend of mine a few days before my first trip in Budapest, back in 2010. I was about to spend 3 days in Budapest, and he had been there several times already. “Budapest, it’s the world capital of X-rated movies. And when you take a […]

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One day in Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is only about 60 kilometers away (40 miles) from Vienna. Yeah, Vienna is on the east part of Austria, and Bratislava on the west part of Slovakia. Therefore, we have two European capital cities about one hour away from each other, and people only spend one day in Bratislava. I […]

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3 days in Vienna

“They’re all fake as fuck in Austria, I’ve never seen that before!“. That’s what told me an Irish guy I met in Prague when I told him I was about to spend 3 days in Vienna. “Oh and you’re French too!? They HATE French people! They think YOU french guys are hypocrites because you call them […]

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3 days in Lisbon

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Lisbon is getting more and more popular and honestly, I understand why. The weather is nice, it’s a dynamic city, the food is delicious, there’s a rich cultural and historical heritage, and of course life is not expensive. Moreover, Lisbon is a beautiful city and people are nice. I spent 3 days in Lisbon and […]

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Things to do in Ostrava

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Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic (after Prague and Brno). However, few people decide to go visit Ostrava, and content themselves with a visit to Prague when going to the Czech Republic. Indeed, the city is located far east in the country, 350 kilometers (220 miles) away from Prague. It’s not […]

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Things to do in Luxembourg City

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Luxembourg is not the first destination people think about when they wanna go on vacation. It’s a tiny country of 600000 inhabitants, bordered by France, Belgium and Germany. However, people from 160 different countries live in Luxembourg, which is also called the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It’s one of the smallest countries in the world, […]

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2 days in Brussels

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Brussels is the capital of Belgium, but it’s also called the European capital. Indeed, a lot of European institutions are in Brussels (European Parliament…). It’s nice to spend 2 days in Brussels. The city is not too big, nor too small and it’s not too crowded. People are nice, the beer is good, you can […]

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Visit to Baku in Azerbaijan

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My visit to Baku didn’t start out well. I had been in Armenia just before, and as I was explaining on my post about Yerevan, Armenia and Azerbaijan are not in good terms at all. Actually, it’s impossible to go to Azerbaijan from Armenia (and vice versa). I had to go back to Tbilisi in […]

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Vardavar festival in Armenia

“Sorry, the Yerevan free walking tour scheduled in two days is cancelled. We completely forgot about it, but the day after tomorrow, it’s Vardavar!“ Huh? What the hell is this? I had planned to visit the city with a local, to find out more about Yerevan and Armenia in general (I often do this when […]

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Things to do in Odessa, Ukraine

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I don’t really have good memories of Kiev, where I spent a few days. The highlight of the trip was the day I spent in Chernobyl. It really blew me away, and just for this, I didn’t regret my trip to Kiev. Thus I was a little disheartened about my next trip, to Odessa. In […]

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The Cricova winery in Moldova

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The Cricova winery? I didn’t know. I’m not gonna lie… I’m not a big wine lover, and it’s pretty much impossible for me to tell you if this wine good or not, if it’s a fruity one, if it’s a strong one… I have an occasional drink of wine, but truthfully speaking, wine is not […]

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Visit to the Therme Bucuresti in Bucharest

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I have to admit… I discovered the Therme Bucuresti by accident. Actually I didn’t even know this place before going to Bucharest. I’ve been to Budapest before, and I spent an afternoon enjoying the Szechenyi baths there. They’re quite popular and I knew about the place. But I didn’t know we could also find thermal […]

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Visit to the Szechenyi baths in Budapest

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It’s impossible to go to Budapest, and not test out at least one thermal bath. Before going to Budapest, I had of course checked what I could do in the city (even though I already knew Budapest), and if there’s one thing that makes this city’s reputation, it’s the thermal baths. They’re numerous in Budapest. […]

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