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Eastern Europe, The Surprise Behind The Brochures

Countries on the borderline, torn between the ever-changing west and tradition-bound east, crushed under the Iron Curtain, Eastern Europe has evolved in a very different direction from the rest of the continent. I’m sure you’ll be surpris...
by BarePockets on Aug 29, 2016

8 Greek Island-Hopping Adventures Not To Be Missed

There are some 6,000 Greek islands scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas, only 227 of them inhabited. Each and every one is worth your while, although some are more difficult to get to than others. Don’t know where to start? Well, the...
by BarePockets on Feb 22, 2016

Sinaia, Queen of Carpathian Resorts

In 1883, the legendary Orient Express made its first run, connecting the west and east by a luxury train turned five-star hotel. On its way, it stopped in Sinaia, the summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, where King Carol I himself greeted t...
by BarePockets on Jan 12, 2016

Veliko Târnovo, the Old City of Tsars – Part 3

In the third and final part of our epic journey through time and space in medieval Veliko Târnovo, we head for a stroll down its old streets, pass by the stacked houses of the picturesque Varosha quarter, have a delicious taste of Bulgarian cuisine,...
by BarePockets on Jul 30, 2015

Veliko Târnovo, the Old City of Tsars – Part 2

In part two of our Veliko Târnovo mini-series, we dig deeper into the medieval city’s history and visit its iconic symbol, the Palace of the Tsars, standing tall over the rocky valley and dominating the ivory and ebony Old Town. If you like, y...
by BarePockets on Jul 27, 2015

Veliko Târnovo, the Old City of Tsars – Part 1

As the steep, rocky valley of the Yantra River opens up, one can hardly guess what to expect from the narrow, apparently unwelcoming terrain. Shades of brick-red, vanilla-cream, ebony and ivory, greet us on each side of these winding, steep streets,...
by BarePockets on Jul 23, 2015

Chateau Chenonceau, the Castle of the Seven Ladies

Chateau Chenonceau, with its iconic five arches spanning over the Cher River, exhales elegance, refinement and, above all, aristocracy. I couldn’t help but feel a bit melancholic upon entering Chateau des Dames, as it is often called in memory...
by BarePockets on Jun 29, 2015

How to See Venice on a Budget

First, a huge thanks to Octavia for featuring me on her blog! I’m a huge sucker for medieval cities and castles, so when I first stumbled upon her post about Nuremberg, Germany, I was all set to pack my bags and go there (possibly forever). Then I...
by BarePockets on Apr 22, 2015

Five Hidden Tourist Treasures in Rome

  This article was written by Sally Gale. When in Rome, tourists really are spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing opportunities and things to do. The Eternal City is steeped in history and culture with many visitors eager to take a tour...
by BarePockets on Mar 31, 2015

The Rolling Cotswold’s Most Haunted Castles

Close to the Welsh border, in south-central England, Cotswold is an area of pristine beauty, rolling hills, rich history, and home to one of the most active Ley lines in England. Also known as dragon lines, believed to have mystical significance, the...
by BarePockets on Feb 11, 2015

Chisinau, a Capital on the Borderline

  If you want to have some fun, ask a random person to pinpoint Moldova on the map They won’t know the pickle they’re in until they’ll look for it in the wrong continent. So what to expect from a small strip of land few have ev...
by BarePockets on Feb 4, 2015

The Grandiose Chateau Amboise on the Loire Valley

  Our parade of castles along the Loire Valley continues with Chateau Amboise, an awe-inspiring historical monument and a splendid example of Renaissance artistic refinement. Majestically perched on a cliff rising tall above the valley, the cast...
by BarePockets on Oct 3, 2014

The Grandiose Chateau Amboise on the Loire Valley

  Our parade of castles along the Loire Valley continues with Chateau Amboise, an awe-inspiring historical monument and a splendid example of Renaissance artistic refinement. Majestically perched on a cliff rising tall above the valley, the cast...
by BarePockets on Oct 3, 2014

The Towering Chateau Blois on the Loire Valley

Most of France’s history was written on the banks of the Loire, within the walls of the several dozens of magnificent royal castles, Renaissance mansions, medieval fortifications, and cathedrals. No wonder the lands at the confluence of the riv...
by BarePockets on Jul 3, 2014

The Towering Chateau Blois on the Loire Valley

Most of France’s history was written on the banks of the Loire, within the walls of the several dozens of magnificent royal castles, Renaissance mansions, medieval fortifications, and cathedrals. No wonder the lands at the confluence of the riv...
by BarePockets on Jul 3, 2014

The Towering Chateau Blois of the Loire Valley

Most of France’s history was written on the banks of the Loire, within the walls of the several dozens of magnificent royal castles, Renaissance mansions, medieval fortifications, and cathedrals. No wonder the lands at the confluence of the riv...
by BarePockets on Jul 3, 2014

Mysterious Knossos

  If you travel to Crete without visiting Knossos, you are missing out on the best part, the island’s most emblematic, mysterious, amazing, and largest archeological site, the former political and religious center of the Minoan culture, dating...
by BarePockets on Jun 17, 2014

Majestic Mycenae

After a short stop in Athens and by the Corinth Canal, the next destination of our Greek saga was the Peloponnese Peninsula, where we visited the archeological site of Mycenae, one of the oldest fortified Greek cities, set between Argos … Conti...
by BarePockets on May 28, 2014

Magnificent Crete

Crete is the largest and most densely populated of all Greek islands. It is also the second in size in the eastern Mediterranean, after Cyprus. Located 160 km south of continental Greece, covering a surface of roughly over 8,000 square … Contin...
by BarePockets on Mar 25, 2014

Present Meets Past on the Ol’ Road of Steel

Who can tell for sure when the present becomes the past and the future becomes the present? And whether the past is actually left behind and stays there, seizing to work its magic? When setting foot on an old road … Continue reading »...
by BarePockets on Mar 10, 2014


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