Eastern European Odyssey
Eastern European Odyssey plus London was a hectic 4 week trip to a number of cities I had never visited before. First stop was Istanbul on February 25 2015 then on to London for a few days before flying to Zagreb in Croatia. A 3 hour bus trip took me to Split on the coast for a couple of days followed by 5 hours on the bus down the coast to Dubrovnik.
A stand out feature of this trip was my selection of hotels and apartments, everyone of them was in a perfect location with a very reasonable price when booked through Agoda,
It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.
Singing for the crowd
There were quite a few buskers around the city.
Second stop London
St Pauls Cathredal The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, dominating the skyline for 300 years.
Enoteca da Luca
Very close to St Pauls is this delightful Italian restaurant, put it on your list, it’s a breath of fresh air in a city not known for its fine food. 🙂
The Villa Kensington 10-11 Ashburn Gardens SW7 This excellent budget hotel is in a great location, only 2 blocks from Gloucester Road underground and surrounded by dozens of good restaurants. I booked through Agoda as usual and stayed in a newly renovated room for only 50 Quid or $98 usd including breakfast.
The Walkie Talkie and The Gherkin
Plus of course we have the Tower of London in the foreground.
Third stop Zagreb
My hotel the Dubrovnik, looked over Zagreb’s Main Square, the perfect location for exploring this interesting city.
The Corner Bar
This hidden away little bar was a gem, drinks, snacks of simply good coffee.
Next stop Split
A three hour bus ride through the mountains to the coastal city of Split. My two bedroom apartment was terrific, only $60 per night in a perfect location. Book it through Agoda for this great rate.
Part of the old city
There seemed to be a surprise around every corner wandering through the old part of the city.
I was so pleased I was here in the “off season” as the crowds of tourists in the summer would be a real turn off.
Amazing city walls
You can walk around the entire city on top of the ancient walls, it takes about 1.5 hours and is well worth the effort. If you visit Dubrovnik and want a fantastic apartment look no further than Karmen apartments. The location is perfect and the price is very reasonable indeed. Marc the owner is very helpful and a hive of information. Staying here is like staying in your own home, the furniture, atmosphere and comfort is simply fantastic.
Outside the walls
Bosnia was never part of my original plans until a couple of people suggested I should go as it was so close to where I was in Dubrovnik. I’m pleased I took their advice as Mostar turned out to be a real surprise packet. The Old Bridge was the jewel in the crown, it was destroyed in the war around 1993 and rebuilt.
Opposite the Bella Vista restaurant
This reminded me of a mini version of Table mountain in Cape Town, in fact it was exactly one year ago when I was there. My hotel by the river is in a terrific location and the nice couple Arnela & Adis running the hotel booked me a car to do a 3 hour tour of the area for $70 aud. The funny thing was they said “we are not busy today can we come with you?” So as it turned out I had 3 personal translators and tour guides including Admir the driver. The Vila park only costs about $35 per night if you book through Agoda.
Adis, Arnela & Admir
Next stop Sarajevo
Another bus trip, unusual for me when travelling to take so many busses, however you certainly see a lot more of the country. These guys gather every day to play chess in the square, lots of shouting from the spectators as they give advice to the players.
Avaz Twist Tower
The tallest building in Sarajevo, they have a lookout on the top floor which gives you a great view of the city. My hotel in Sarajevo was in a perfect location with a good price, even though the rooms & breakfast were average I would stay at the Kovaci Hotel again.
The final stop Budapest
What a fabulous city, so many photo opportunities particularly at night with all the lights. Buda Castle above is a beautiful example.
For a reasonably priced hotel in the perfect location book the Promenade City hotel through this Agoda link.
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