Day 1: Backpacking Kiev, Ukraine

Saturday morning, I arrived at Kiev Boristol International Airport. It was roughly 2 hours flight from Ankara, Turkey. Ukrainian Airways has promotional roundtrip fare for 100USD from Istanbul with few hours layover in Ankara. To the city center, I left the airport through the airport shuttle service for 3 Euros, but in local currency, Ukrainian…

Zagreb, Croatia in Less Than 24 Hours

Zagreb is only 145 km from Ljubljana and the cost of getting there is not so expensive. Croatia has many places to visit such as Dubrovnik or Zadar which are mostly located in the Dalmatian coast of the country.   When I got to the city, it was already dark. From the coach station, I…

Quick Trip to Ohrid, Macedonia

Located at the Southwest of Macedonia, Ohrid is a unique small resort city at the shores of Lake Ohrid. This city has a touch of both, the old and the new. Medieval houses, a historical fortress and the ruins of the once great city of Macedonia is evidently harmonizing with the rapid modernization of the city. Ohrid…

Day 2: A Tour to Cappadocia, Turkey

The next day was another long day and we kicked off early. After having an open buffet breakfast with local dairy products, we hit the road at around 8:00AM and headed for the first stop of the day, the Goreme Open-air Museum. The museum contains the finest rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings). The Goreme Open…

Day 1: A Tour to Cappadocia, Turkey

Recently, I have done a small tour in Cappadocia region. The tour took 2 nights and 2 days starting from Istanbul. Cappadocia region is part of the city of Nevsehir which is around 750km from Istanbul. The most convenient way of travelling is by air. It only takes 1 hour 15 minutes, but since the…

Cappadocia, Turkey’s Land of Fairy Chimneys

Cappadocia has specific geological features which cannot be seen in any other parts of the world, there used to be three active volcanoes scatted in the region and their eruptions throughout the years created multi-layered lava-covered plain. The porous rock formed by consolidation of volcanic ash is called tuff. It is soft, easy to carve and…

Kotor, Montenegro in Less Than 12 Hours

I visited the coastal town of Kotor and the whole of Kotor Bay via boat which sailed from the Great Port of Montenegro. Kotor is only 45 minutes away from Budva by bus and regular bus trips are conveniently available at a reasonable cost. I purchased a daily excursion ticket which included outbound and inbound transport…

Day 2 – Walking Tour: Budapest, Hungary

On the other side of the river is a park, opposite to it is the Four Seasons Hotel. From Buda, a walk towards Pest has an incredible view . Once you arrive at the other side of the city ( Pest ) allow yourself some time to admire the Buda Castle and the hill from afar, especially at night…

Day 1 – Walking Tour: Budapest, Hungary

This old city is the capital of Hungary. Until 1873, Buda and Pest were two individual cities separated by the Danube River. Since the merge, Budapest is the biggest city in the country and one of the biggest in Europe with a population of 3.3 million. Upon arrival in the city by plane, take a…

Quick Trip to Venice, Italy

I took the regular train from the main train station of Bologna located at the northern  inner circular road (old downtown walls). There are two types of trains from Bologna to Venice; the speed train and the regular train service (12 euros). It leaves the station hourly. Regular trains does not provide tickets and assigned seat numbers thus in rush hours…

24 Hours in Tirana, Albania

In my great Balkan visit, I stayed one day in Tirana, Albania to see what it can offer to a backpacker like me. Unfortunately, there was nothing much.  Although Albania has beautiful landscapes to visit where you can set up your tents. The capital city has only few interesting places for visitors. The city centre is…

A Day in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul has land areas in two continents, Asia and Europe. These two continents are split by Bosporus (Strait of Istanbul), the world’s narrowest natural strait that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea as well as the Aegean Sea. Bosporus is roughly 32 km long and currently has 2 functioning bridges (Bogazici and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges). A third bridge…