First known as Byzantium, then Constantinople (named after the Roman emperor Constantine), Istanbul is one of the largest cities in Europe, with Ataturk airport one of the busiest. Istanbul stands on the divide between east and west with the Bosporus flowing between both halves. Istanbul is also a city of contrasts as you might imagine,
For our 2016 Tour de Europe trip we had organised a 4 day layover in Athens with the express purpose of spending two days and a night in Santorini, one of the famous Greek islands. Santorini is easily accessible from Athens. You have a choice of two carriers for your 40 minute flight: either Aegean
The last time that Tour de Europe visited Romania it was 10 years ago. We didn’t really expect that much would have changed, but boy how wrong we were. 10 years ago, Romania had the look and feel of a failed Stalinist state. Bucharest came complete with boarded up buildings and packs of wild dogs
A good article from the Backpacker in Fairfax today: http://www.traveller.com.au/the-best-way-to-see-europe-by-car-gng9s2 All about the experience getting lost in Europe and the fun you can have driving in Europe.
A good article in the Traveller section in Fairfax today http://www.traveller.com.au/should-we-trust-tripadvisor-reviews-gmp4ar on using Tripadviser. I use Tripadviser all the time and find it pretty accurate if you ignore the top and bottom 10% of review.
The latest article in the Traveller section in Fairfax at http://www.traveller.com.au/poland-europes-bestkept-secret-gm819p endorses our view that Eastern Europe is the next thing in tourism. HARRY
Just returned from a one week trip to Tasmania with the family. As always, had some great food in Tassie and discovered Pagans Cider near Cygnet. The main thing that pleased us was that when we fronted the Europcar counter at Hobart airport, we discovered that the Ford Focus we had booked had morphed into
Not a lot happened in Central Europe throughout the centuries without the Magyars of Hungary having some say in the matter. It was probably the fact that the main waterway, the Danube, bisects the country. As part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, It was the main power in the area before WW1. Hungary is also renowned
They reckon that Romania is going to be the ‘hot’ spot for 2016, but I’m going to throw my hat in for Croatia. Croatia has a number of advantages over Romania: it has some well developed infrastructure specifically for tourism and there really is a lot to see, in comparison to Romania. On our driving
They read my mind. An article on Romania on Fairfax Traveller column: http://www.traveller.com.au/transylvania-romania-lonely-planets-top-region-to-visit-in-the-world-in-2016-gl2xhu