Great off the Radar Eastern European Cities to Visit

Eastern Europe is a fascinating and romantic slice of the globe to explore. And it generally offers far better value than Western Europe. The secret has long been out of the bag with Prague, which doesn’t offer nearly the same value as it did 15 years ago. But there are several cities that rival Prague,…

Reasons Not to Visit Amsterdam

We lived in Amsterdam from 2008 to 2011. It’s a beautiful city with an easily walkable UNESCO World Heritage historic center. Unfortunately, these days it’s frequently overrun with tourists. During our last visit there in 2015, we were shocked at how packed the city was over a September weekend. While Amsterdam is beautiful, there are…

Bratislava Worth a Day Trip from Vienna?

Thinking about a trip to Slovakia’s capital? Bratislava is probably most famous in the US for the fictitious movie Hostel, a ridiculously graphic film about a secret organization that kidnaps tourists and murders them for fun. Certainly the Slovakian tourism board was thrilled to be featured. While the city’s rough communist past contributes to mixed reviews…