Seemingly super-glued to a sheer cliff face high above the dense forests of the Pontic Mountains, Sumela Monastery is a little known hidden gem in North Eastern Turkey. Built by Greek Orthodox priests 1,600 years ago, this Byzantium masterpiece with its ornate frescos and secret cave dwellings has survived through…

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Couldn’t get enough of…. Bulgarians nodding for “No” and shaking for “Yes”… see below The perfectly preserved Roman ruins around the city The gorgeous Bulgarian Revival that dominate the old town Splashing the cash… 500ml Bottle of Kamenitza Beer: 1.50Lev (€0.80) Local meal for two with drinks: 30Lev (€15) Private 2 bed Hostel Room: 40Lev (€20)…

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Despite the recent trouble in the west of Ukraine, life goes on in the bustling metropolis of Kiev. It is perfect for a quick stopover for a couple of days, with quirky bars, superb food and a vivid yet troubled history. The Ukrainian Orthodox church has flourished since the fall of…

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Last month I went on a brilliant hike through the Lake District. I had planned this for a quite a while, and to be honest I was getting cold feet when I looked at the dreary forecast for the weekend. Happily though, under glorious sunshine, I boarded the train from…

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