Balabanova All Over

Ahhh, Istanbul! This magical city, which straddles Europe and Asia, has gone through many transformative changes in its history. Founded under the name of Byzantion around 660 BC, the city grew...

I had been to Greece three times before I made my way to its capital, Athens, and to one of its best-known islands, Santorini. You can easily spend a week or...

Athens often becomes a short stop-over on the way to Greece’s fantastic islands or as a home base for day trips to Delphi, Meteora and elsewhere. But spending at least a...

Sofia remains an undiscovered gem on the Balkans, but this is slowly beginning to change. Every time I come home to visit, I hear more and more foreign speak on my...

My 6-day Bryce and Zion itinerary is pretty ambitious, but there are plenty of easy/moderate hikes you can do in both parks. This post includes my 3 favorite easy hikes in...