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Europe's Other Half

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Photo by captain oddsocks

Posted on May 2, 2007 in Trip Ideas

Travelers have been tearing into Eastern Europe since the call to “tear down this wall” prevailed. But its medieval beauty and mysterious charm were never more magnetic than they are now, when US dollars aren’t going the distance further west.

Perennial favorite Prague has become a revolving door for IgoUgo writers. During an Easter visit, barbara and her family went beyond the tourist basics and assimilated into their neighborhood’s daily life. She says IgoUgo enhances her trips by making her more aware of details for her journals; we say that her detail-oriented journal will enhance our next trip to Prague. We’ll also turn to morph!’s new Prague girls’ getaway journal, comb Wasatch’s reviews to see why “Prague may well be the best Europe has to offer,” and check in with Liam Hetherington for the best Czech towns to see outside the city.

Wasatch’s “best in Europe” proclamation is echoed in nearly every journal streaming in from Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Slovenia, and beyond. Czech Republic resident captain oddsocks’ first Bosnia and Herzegovina journals offer up a heartbreaking history of war and a hopeful look at the future that make us want to head over there, fast. Mandan Lynn takes advantage of living in the Netherlands to venture east to the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. Hungarian-speaker anchoredarch is another Budapest devotee, as is fizzytom—at least when he’s not in the Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, or Slovenia. EsslingerBrian uses that “best” line to describe Tallinn, Estonia, and we’re inclined to believe him, since mightywease backs up his claim.

Reading these members’ journals is enough to convince anyone to jump on the Eastern Europe trend. Let others mourn prices on the continent’s west side; we’ll be heading east.

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