Europe Travel Carnival 6 October 2008

Welcome to the October 2008 edition of the Europe Travel Carnival which features posts to inform, inspire and entertain readers who love travel in Europe.

Accommodation

In London Update: Where I stayed in Girl Scientist the Picadilly Backpackers Hostel in London is reviewed. Overall it’s rated quite highly for affordability (beds from £12 a night), cleanliness and safety. The main grumble is the price and unreliability of wifi access.

Picadilly Circus, London

Picadilly Circus, London

Activities

Matthew Paulson recommends Viagogo, an online ticket exchange service, in Traveling to London? Get Show & Concert Tickets with Viagogo posted at The Travel Advocate.

Forest of Heads, Mama Mia at London West End

Forest of Heads, Mama Mia at London West End

Budget Travel

It was really interesting to read Family Downsizes Life to a Camper, the Open Road and Adventures Rich in Simple Pleasures from The Life Less Traveled about a British family, the Smudges, who became so cheesed off with their lives in the UK that they decided to sell up and take to the road travelling around Europe. I know that we all complain about the daily grind but it takes a lot of guts to actually sell up and hit the road. So far the family seems to be enjoying the experience you can read more about their adventures at the Travelling Tales of Family Smudge.

The Family Smudge

The Family Smudge

Destination

Jarrod highlights Transmistri: Moldova with a twist on the Pyrodes blog. I’d never heard of Transmistri, it’s a breakaway republic within Moldova which borders the Ukraine to the east. The video below explains the strange state of affairs where the Moldovan president who was born in Transmistri claims that unpoliced border with the Ukraine allows a free for all in drug, arms and human trafficking. That’s why the area is deemed unsafe for tourists.

Piotr Stepien, a Pole living and working in Dublin, shares his pictorial record of his motor bike trip to Donegal – June 2008 posted at we overstep. His photos capture the rugged beauty of that region of Ireland.

Donegal

Donegal

The Hairy Swede presents Ytterjärna Kyrka and Helpful Swedes on A Swedish American in Sweden, where he explores countryside churches south of Stockholm but ends up asking himself if a building can ever be as beautiful as the great outdoors. Well I suppose that depends, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Bomsund – sun just set over Gesunder, Jamtland, Sweden

Tamara writes about The coast with the most posted at Travel Blog – Mr & Mrs Smith Boutique & Luxury Hotels, saying, “How to make the most of the UK’s coastal destinations.” I was a bit disappointed that there was no mention of any Scottish coastal resorts.

North Berwick beach, East Lothian, Scotland

Bas tells us about The Black Sea Coast: Nesebar on Basbasbas.com, he reckons that visiting the Sunny Beach area in Bulgaria can’t really be classified as visiting the real Bulgaria as it’s so overrun with tourists, although the neighbouring Nesebar is worth visiting.

Black Sea view, Nesebar, Bulgaria

Black Sea view, Nesebar, Bulgaria

In A Report from Brussels on The Bookstore Guide the best shops selling books in English are described.

The Grand Place, Brussels

The Grand Place, Brussels

In the post Character cannot be developed in ease and comfort from Wide Awake in Wonderland we read about a day in Warsaw during in the 21 country, thirteen week tour by Vanessa Wolf a solo female traveller. It was so funny to read about her escapades trying to find the correct bus stop for the airport bus. You are left feeling very impotent when you can’t speak the language and can’t work out what you’re supposed to be doing.

Central Station, Warsaw

Central Station, Warsaw

In Buddists at joanna españa, Joanna describes her stay in Budapest. I was impressed by the gourmet menu for only 18 euros which included champagne, duck and waffles.

Budapest

Budapest

Well, thanks for all the great contributions and please submit your post which must relate directly to travel in Europe to the next Europe Travel Carnival scheduled for Monday 3 November 2008 with a submission deadline of Monday 27 October (I need some time to collate the carnival).