Cuban adventures

The Star of the Greater Antilles

Cuba - the largest island in the Greater Antilles, the most populous Caribbean island nation, halfway between North and South America, and nestled between the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Yucatán, Cuba occupies a special place in every sense of ...

Splendid Croatian cuisine awaits in Biograd

Biograd na Moru is a delightful Mediterranean seaside town in Croatia whose name is often shortened informally to Biograd, and which Hungarians know as Tengerfehérvár. Both versions roughly translate as “White City Castle by the Sea”, and while Biograd has a similar sound to ...

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Stepping out in Chișinău

It was a great pleasure to visit Chișinău, the capital of Moldova, a small landlocked country between eastern Romania and southern Ukraine. This brief adventure in April began 14 hours earlier when I departed Bucharest in a bygone-esque and very rustic overnight train that ...

Leaving Europe way behind at the Duna Delta

The Duna Delta in Romania, where the locals know it as Delta Dunării, is a wonder and splendour in every sense. The greater part lies in far eastern Romania at the Black Sea, with a smaller part to the north in neighbouring Ukraine. Its ...

A new look at the best of Romania

Many of Romania’s greatest attractions for outsiders – 275 to be exact and featuring spectacular castles, mansions and cathedrals as well as gastronomy, cultural experiences, fortifications, ruins, walls and archaeological foundations – have been grouped online into 12 tourist routes that include not just ...

Airport traffic up by 20 percent in 2023

Passenger traffic at Liszt Ferenc International Airport increased by 20 percent to 14.6 million in 2023, reaching 91 percent of the traffic in the record year 2019, the Central Statistical Office said on Monday evening.

Budapest-Xian flight to launch from summer

A direct flight between Budapest and Xian, the capital of Shaanxi Province, will start operating in the summer, bringing the number of big Chinese cities travellers can reach with direct flights from Budapest to six, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, Peter Szijjarto, ...

Natural beauty, cultural diversity plus thrills in Malaysia’s Sabah

Sitting on top of Borneo is the enchanting state of Sabah. As a part of Malaysia, Sabah, North Borneo, is a shining example of authenticity and diversity. It promises a memorable experience for tourists who want to get in touch with nature and experience ...

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A symbolic impression of Ukraine's second city in suburban Pest

Little Kharkiv tucked away in Thököly Road

A place I was fortunate to travel to this year between pandemic lockdowns was Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city in the east of the country. And it's interesting that since my return to Budapest there have been certain moments back home when things suddenly spring ...

Szolnok with an unexpected Estonian twist

A tale of two Tallinns

This wintery, restricted-action January I yearned for a day out. It did not matter where. In haste, I took the first train out of the city and went to Szolnok. I had no real aim in mind other than to be the mere tourist ...

Tower top matches famous Hollywood film

A touch of “Vertigo” at Polish church

With all respect to the Polska Parafia Personalna w Budapeszcie, which translates as the Polish Personal Parish in Budapest, whenever in line of sight of this Kőbánya landmark it is the tower top that gives the surreal but impulsive take I always have here ...

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A symbolic impression of Ukraine's second city in suburban Pest

Little Kharkiv tucked away in Thököly Road

A place I was fortunate to travel to this year between pandemic lockdowns was Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city in the east of the country. And it's interesting that since my return to Budapest there have been certain moments back home when things suddenly spring ...

Tower top matches famous Hollywood film

A touch of “Vertigo” at Polish church

With all respect to the Polska Parafia Personalna w Budapeszcie, which translates as the Polish Personal Parish in Budapest, whenever in line of sight of this Kőbánya landmark it is the tower top that gives the surreal but impulsive take I always have here ...

Travel after the pandemic #2: Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava blues a little more promising now

The enticing motto “Bratislava, the 72 Hour City”, as newly devised by the Bratislava Tourist Board, not only offers a warm welcome to this alluring river city but also suggests much to see and do in the three-day time frame. My response to this ...