Snapshots of Europe: Pristina, Kosovo

A gritty place that’s not high on the favoured list of travelers but Pristina the Kosovar capital is not without its own certain charm. Look around and you will find it for yourself from heroes past and present; to architecture, a crossroads of religious beliefs and national freedom.

Snapshots of Europe: Kameni Most – Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren is a picturesque historic city in Kosovo, that formed part of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th to the early 20th century. The Ottoman culture remains evident today with the fully restored 15th century Ottoman stone bridge (Kameni Most) over the Lepenac River remaining an icon of the city.  The bridge, with the nearby grand Sina Pasha…

Snapshots of Europe: Zagreb City Life

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia is a buzzing place. This could quite possibly be from all the coffee consumed in the cities vast café scene! The history of Zagreb dates back to Roman times and the city is divided into an upper level (Gornji Grad) and lower level (Donji Grad). As you wander the city streets…

Snapshots of Europe: Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Predjama Castle sits majestically in the middle of a 123 metre high cliff,  deep in the south-western country side of Slovenia. In the valley below, the River Lokva disappears beneath the castle and deep underground. A winding country road makes its way through the hills to the small village of Predjama and the castle which in one…

Snapshots of Europe: Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled in the Julian Alps of northwestern Slovenia is a stunning place. I waited a day to travel from Ljubljana to Bled to avoid a rainy day and my decision totally paid off! Walk the shores of the lake, take a boat out to Bled Island to see the Assumption  of Mary church or…

Snapshots of Europe: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, the dragon city (the symbol of the city and on the city coat of arms, symbolising strength, courage and might), is the capital of Slovenia and a charming place with a long history dating back to the Roman military and beyond (the first settlers were there around 2000 BC but true urban settlement did not begin…

Snapshots of Europe: Bratislava Castle, Slovakia

From its hilltop perch, Bratislava Castle dominates the city skyline of Bratislava (it is a national museum with various exhibits). Construction of the various forms of the castle was conducted between the 9th century and 18th century (first it was part of the Kingdom of Moravia, then Hungary, then Czechoslovakia and today Slovakia). An accidental fire begun by soldiers…

Snapshots of Europe: Vienna, Austria

Vienna (Wien), the grand old capital of Austria has so much to offer for any traveller and is a true European must see. Given it was the former seat of power of the Habsburg dynasty since 1440 and of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867 to 1918 (which collapsed following defeat at the end of World…