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Photo of the Week: Night Falls over the Harbour, Kotor, Montenegro

  • Galion Restaurant (Photo) Slavica Vukčević (Text)
  • 31 July 2011

The coastal city of Kotor, Montenegro is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it has a unique character that has been determined by its history, it was always a place of mixture and it is visible at the first glance: western European and Byzantine style are reflected even in the building blocks themselves with the varying textures and marble hues.

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Raw Nature Revealed in Montenegro: Podgorica Ecotourism

  • Samantha Libby
  • 12 July 2011

Set against the deep blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, Podgorica, Montenegro, is home to some of the most stunning gorges, peaks, rivers and valleys in Europe, if not the world. Even better, thanks to its relative distance from the tourist track, its centuries-old culture and traditions have remained largely intact.

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The Sound of the Impact on the Drum: Moldavian Music

  • Samantha Libby
  • 5 July 2011

Like most folk tunes, Moldavian music is deeply rooted in national traditions, characterised by the use of traditional musical instruments such as the ‘nai’. Nowadays, young people are getting their folk fix with the likes of internationally famous bands such as Zdob şi Zdub, a name that roughly translates as ‘the sound of impact on the drum’.

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Budva Beach Escapes in Historic Montenegro

  • Samantha Libby
  • 1 June 2011

Budva, Montenegro is much more than an average beach escape. With its centuries-old architecture, exceptional natural scenery and exciting entertainment, this getaway is the newest ‘it’ spot. Budva is one of those rare gems that offer true cultural immersion away from the standard tourist trail. The city’s classic summer vibe, music festivals, impromptu theatre, beach parties and more make Budva a must-see destination in the heart of the Balkans.

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Photo of the Week: Autumn at Tsiganesti Monastery, Moldova

  • Vladimir Bujak (Photo and Text)
  • 1 May 2011

This photo captures the incredible range of colours on display as the trees of the Moldovan countryside ready themselves for another winter. It was taken on the way to Tsiganesti Monastery, which lies some 40 kilometres outside the capital city of Chisinau.

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Holly Go-Travel-Lightly’s 10 Tricks to Living the Carry-on Life

  • Lindsay Young
  • 2 March 2011

Once you get the hang of it, travelling light is actually pretty easy to do. I’ve found that you don’t have to compromise your appearance or style to travel lightly, and the more you practice responsible packing, the more you’ll discover the fun of being Holly Go-Travel-Lightly, not Wanda Weighed-Down-By-Luggage. After all, no one likes a girl with a lot of baggage.

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Travel Recollections from Our Local Partner in Albania

  • WHL Group
  • 24 February 2011

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. This month we talk to Laura Payne of Outdoor Albania, the whl.travel local connection based in Tirana, Albania.

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In Praise of Wild Beauty in Montenegro

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 11 February 2011

“Just like in childhood memories in which reality seems to shine with living colours,” says the website of Montenegro Adventures, a well-respected tour operator, “Montenegro is a land of contrasts and natural beauty… a fascinating combination in which the tiny and the grandiose are tangled.” Apparently, that same website has been instrumental in capturing some of the same sense brilliance in “this small but fabulous destination.” Late last year, it was awarded the country’s Wild Beauty Award 2010 for Best Tourism Website.

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Photo of the Week: Velo Hora, Chisinau, Moldova

  • Denis Colosov (Photo) Julia Streapco (Text)
  • 16 January 2011

Every year the Velo Hora Festival takes place in Chisinau, Moldova, and is dedicated to World Carfree Day – the 22nd of September. Usually, this festival welcomes about 3,000 cyclists as participants. The Velo Hora ride is typically 20 kilometres long and connects all areas of the city.

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The Five Wonders of Albania’s Cave of Pellumbas

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 30 December 2010

As we approached the cave, it was evident that forces were at work. Bilingual signs mark the way and warn against littering, guardrails line steep edges, steps ease along the steeper inclines and benches punctuate the trail at the finest viewpoints. The trail is impressively tourism-ready. Who was behind this massive effort?

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