Why? Sofia is one of the few European capitals with a very close and developed ski-resort (@ Vitosha mountain)
What to do? Enjoy the free walking tour! Starting point – the corner of the Palace of Justice. You should visit the university district in the evening, Students’ town (Studentski grad) is where nightlife reaches the top
Where to sleep? Hostel Mostel has friendly staff, international environment, nice and tidy rooms, breakfast and dinner included in the price, good location
What to try? You can get tasty traditional Bulgarian food in bakeries, offering banitsa and other kinds of pastry. This food is often consumed with ayran or boza. Bulgarian food is delicious and cheap, vegetables, cheese and meat have good quality
Why? Its historical and medieval old city part is one of the best preserved in the whole Europe (included in the Unesco heritage’s list). With snow and cold weather is even more ‘authentic’
What to do? Do not miss the Tallinn Free walking tour. This walking tour, guided by local young students, is an alternative to normal sightseeing trips, and is made especially for true travellers. Enjoy Tallinn’s nightlife bear in mind that in local places, beers cost around 3 € while in tourist traps much more…
What to try? Go to Valli baar pub and try ‘millimallikas’ (meaning ‘jellyfish’) shot…everyone visiting Tallinn should try it.
Why? Zagreb is the only capital in the world that hosts a Ski World Cup race. The “Snow Queen Trophy” (Snjezna kraljica) usually takes place in January.
What to do? Hike or reach the mountain overlooking Zagreb (Medvednica), there is a fortress (Medvedgrad) and fascinating views of the city, many excellent hiking and biking routes are available. Many bars are located around Flover square (Cvjetni trg), the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets
What to try? Local fast food is called burek a salty pie filled with minced meat/cheese/spinach. All bakeries (pekara) serve it, is cheap and delicious. Local balkan style food is cheap and delicious in restaurants too.
Where to sleep? Funk Lounge hostel is the perfect accommodation during your visit to Zagreb. Is a friendly ‘party hostel’, really well-organized and with all the comforts
Oh yes, cause the beginning of a tour includes also the end of it…
When waiting for the next bus connection to Zagreb, in Banja luka I could enjoy some funny signs…
As I did when I arrived in Zagreb
How could I spend my time while travelling?
When I reached Ljubljana, this time the weather wasn’t that favorable, so I had to spend more time in closed places…
But still my thoughts are always concentrated in positive topics
Arriving at Trieste my balkan tour was over…but not for long! Next week I’m travellingagain ‘on the road’ !!! 🙂
After Ljubljana I reached Zagreb (capital of Croatia) by train. Arrived at the hostel I had some fun…
Alcool is not the most important part of a tour, so a bit of sightseeing, even if at 2am is necessary…
…and as football is an important hobby for myself, why not to check the local football stadium of dinamo zagreb?
During this night city tour I could realize that 1) cinderella is still alive and lives in zagreb 2) someone in zagreb likes Maradona as in Napoli we all do!
Zagreb is a vibrant city, with a medieval ‘old city’ that has reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals for its architecture and narrow cobbled streets. Gornji grad, (Upper Town) and Donji grad (Lower Town) are the cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of Zagreb. Most of the restaurants, bars and tourist attractions are located there. The Upper Town, is the medieval core of the city. There are many fast-food, pizza-cut, sandwich bars arround the city. Most are located in the city center. Local fast food is called burek a salty pie filled with minced meat/cheese/spinach. All bakeries (pekara) serve it, is cheap and delicious. Other specialties is called cevapi, small grilled sausages served in a pita bread. Delicious. You can also find many kebabs and pancake-to-go places. There are many good coffee shops, which do not serve food. Zagrebites seem to like to sit and linger over coffee, but eat on the go. Many bars and clubs are located around Flover square (Cvjetni trg), the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets.
After two days of fun with people met at the hostel and from the city I continued my balkan tour, destination Banja Luka and Republika Srpska, by bus, during an heavy snow storm…and a boring passport check, crossing the bosnia border.
What is interesting about this country: Bosnia suffered a war, during 1992-1995, when ex jugoslavia split itself in many republics. Nowadays bosnia is a federation of 2 entities: federation of Bosnia-herzegovina (maggiority is muslim bosniaks) and Republika Srpska (bosnian republic of serbia, mostly with orthodox serbs). Together with bosniak muslims, orthodox serbs there is a third ethnic group: christian croats.
Thankfully in Banja Luka I met a new friend, Arcibald and an interesting city
Of course I couldn’t miss the chance to visit the local football stadium…
…and try the local version of cevapi. This is a ‘must-to-do’ (together with serbian jelen pivo)