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Explore Draculas Neighborhood On Line (Video + Stills)

My recent film “Draculas Neighborhood” presents Balkan highlights from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Slovenia.

It includes dictator Ceausescu’s massive palace, fortified churches and the legend of Dracula, Orthodox Church artistic splendor, a Thracian tomb, folk dancing, Belgrade’s citadel, the destruction of Yugoslavia by Milosevic, Sarajevo’s recovery from civil war, and its splendid old town, Mostar’s landmark bridge, the walled city of Dubrovnik, Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, the Postojna Cave, and scenic Lake Bled.

Where to go!?

Hi! I’ve been living in Bratislava, Slovakia for the past four months and haven’t been out of the city much at all. I’m about to go back home to the U.S. in a couple weeks and want to spend my last days seeing as much as possible. I’m not really sure the best way to go about it…I want to see EVERYTHING!! But I just don’t have enough time. Any suggestions or ideal routes to see a lot relatively easily starting from Bratislava? I’m also on a budget, so sticking to trains/buses are probably my best bet.

I’d love to see Venice, Greek Islands…etc.

Busabout Adventures - Croatia Island Hopper

So I’m currently working abroad in Ireland and thinking of treating myself to a well-deserved holiday in May. Has anyone heard anything about the Busabout Adventure Tours – specifically, the 8-day Croatia Island Hopper? I’m torn between that and the Greek Island Flexi-Hopper and was wondering if anyone could advise me whether it’d be more “worth it” to spend my time in Greece or in Croatia. Also, any feedback about the Busabout Adventures in general would be much appreciated!! Thanks so much in advance!

Club Papaya on Pag island
Nightclub in Novalja, Croatia

Eurail Pass and Croatian Railways Confusion

My friend and I bought a 5 day select Eurail pass. On April 8th, we are planning on leaving Venice Italy at 9:20PM and arrive in Zagreb at 4:18AM on the 9th. From Zagreb we want to get to Split, and we’re planning on catching another train from Zagreb to Split. The eurail map shows a definite connection from Zagreb to Split. But in timetables, there is nothing listed for Zagreb to Split. So I am assuming I am supposed to book this train ticket on the Croatian Railways website?

Eastern Europe, December 2008-January 2009

Hi everyone! I’m planning a solo backpacking trip (my first!) for this December/January. I got a great deal on a flight to Poland so that’s my starting point. I need some pointers on where to go/avoid and also some ideas on how over-crowded my current itinerary is looking. Help?

The dates in question are 10 December 2008 – 25 January 2009 (42 days). I need to be back in Aberdeen, Scotland for the 26th as I have classes, so I need to end up somewhere on the 25th with direct air connections to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Right now I have:

10/12 thru 11/12 – Wroclaw, Poland

Silver Gate Hostel
Hostel in Split, Croatia

Train fares around Eastern Europe

Hi, I am looking into traveling around eastern europe for around 1month later this summer. I plan on visiting Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland before making way to Amsterdam. I have looked into the interrail pass which costs either £180 for 22 days or £300 for 1month of travel. I was wondering if anyone has traveled in these countries before and knows the cost of local trains. Would it be cheaper to buy this pass or to pay each individual fare? i have also found a coach from Bucharest to Amsterdam for £60.

Thanks for any help…