Go East Instead of West – Europe Calling

You may have been lucky enough to have seen quite a bit of Europe – but haven’t yet pushed on over to the Eastern side of the continent have a look at these suggestions.  These are fascinating  countries – the atmosphere, food, music and culture all have a different slant – and a visit to any eastern European country will give you a fresh travelling experience. The availability of airline tickets has grown quite swiftly and now there are a range of operators offering cheap flights.

Sofia in Bulgaria

Sofia is a great place to spend a weekend! Green and easy to get around,  this is a dynamic city with lots to offer. From beautiful orthodox churches to museums, art galleries and theatres – don’t miss out on a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, the symbol of the city and a popular tourist attraction. Sofia’s National Art Gallery has over 50,000 works and displays one of the most important collections of medieval arts in the world. Stroll along one of its many parks and zoological gardens or hit the ski slopes of Mount Vitosha. All that activity could leave you feeling tired, so head for one of the many spa or hot spring complexes and enjoy a steam bath and relaxing massage.

Bucharest in Romania

Bucharest is also known as ‘Little Paris’ peppered with wide tree-lined boulevards and quaint Belle Époque buildings, Bucharest is now a bustling metropolis and the capital of Romania’s .  A visit to the Romanian Athenaeum, a beautiful concert hall and one of the prettiest buildings in the city will leave you spellbound. Stroll through Herastrau Park and visit the open-air village museum, which is one of the oldest in Europe, boasting buildings reflecting Romania’s rural architecture. If you have a strong stomach, take a look at the Parliament Palace – the structure is one of the heaviest in the world!

Kiev in Ukraine

Situated on the Dnepr River and boasting architectural monuments recognised throughout the world, Kiev is a jaw dropping city to visit. See the soviet-built suburbs on the far bank, stroll through the hilltop parklands overlooking the Dnipro River. There are plentyo of quirky experiences to enjoy too – take a look at  Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, a cave monastery built by monks in 1051 or look up the War Museum and Saint Sophia Cathedral.

Warsaw in Poland

It’s known that Warsaw took a hammering during the 939 – 1945 WWII but it has rebuilt itself to become the nation’s urban and commercial centre. Spend the morning visiting the Royal Castle (located in the Castle Square) and the historic cathedral of St Paul’s and then roam around the fabulously restored Old Town Market Square, a popular tourist area. The original plans of the city centre were located and an extensive and sympathetic rebuild has resulted in a close replica to the city centre. Explore Lazienki Park, an attractive garden complex surrounded by canals and ponds – and when visiting the Palace on the Water, watch out for the roaming peacocks!

 

Bratislava in Slovakia

This pleasant medieval inner city is located by the river Danube. The old town is made up of two different squares and has miles of  narrow winding streets and burgher’s houses (the Burghers are a Eurasian ethnic group). This  historic neighbourhood also boasts some of the city’s most important buildings such the Leopold de Pauli Palace. Take a leisurely boat trip whilst visiting the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum on a small island approximately 20km from the centre of Bratislava.

You may as well get the best deal for your money, so check out the flight reviews on line before you pick an airline operator to use – since some flights are much more comfortable than others. If you can combine a bargain ticket with a comfortable journey, you’ll start your holiday in a great mood!