I was just reading Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 countries that didn’t exist 20 years ago and was thinking that the European countries mentioned are already some of my favourite places to visit in Europe.
I’ve been to Prague three times now and each time I fall in love with it just a little bit more. It’s the kind of place where you feel like you have stepped back in time and it completely matches my image of how a European city should be. If I could convince F that it’s a great place to live for a while (and if it wasn’t so damn cold) then I’d move there in a heartbeat. Last year I also had a quick look around Brno which is a nice little town where you can explore almost tourist free, unlike in the centre of Prague where you’d be lucky to run into a local.
I only made it to Bratislava for the first time last year and is one of the most laid back European capitals I’ve ever been to. Its adorable old town, unique white castle, tasty local beer, and super friendly people made me want to stay much longer than the afternoon I did. Being able to visit a fantastic walking city without being trampled by tourists (hello Prague!) was a lot of fun and I loved every minute in Bratislava. I’ll definitely return.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
My trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina was the biggest failure of a trip I’ve ever had. I spent almost 4 hours on the bus from Dubrovnik to Mostar only to discover the only bus back that day was in 30 minutes. So all I saw of Mostar was the main street heading in to the city, the bus station, and the main street heading out of the city. Yay! I did see enough to make me want to go back and these two posts convinced me Sarajevo would be one of the highlights of the Balkans. Even though my day trip didn’t work out I was so happy to be somewhere so different from the rest of Europe.
Unfortunately I only drove through Montenegro, spent the night in Ulcinj and then left for Albania first thing in the morning. From what I saw of Kotor, through the bus window, it looked beautiful, as does the Budva Riviera. There are a few other places in Montenegro I am dying to see, including everything listed here. This is another country I felt right at home in even though I only stayed for a matter of hours. Weird.
Photo credit: Andrew Pescod
It’s a shame I only got to visit Prizren and not the rest of Kosovo because I hear there is much to see in the rest of the country but Prizren was a great introduction to Europe’s newest country. Even though it’s small it’s a lively city and all the cafes and restaurants were full to capacity for the entire time I was there. The food was delicious, the people were so friendly I made about 5 friends in the 4 hours I was there, and it was ridiculously cheap. I <3 Kosovo.
If I ever end up buying a car I’d like to explore all the countries in depth but for now I’ve only touched the surface of what there is to see.