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Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 21 May 2018, 21:26

Anyone been to any of these places?
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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby Positive Passion » 22 May 2018, 06:05

I have been to Helsinki and Bucharest.

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Postby wannabee enfant terrible » 22 May 2018, 10:54

I’ve never even been to me.
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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby Darkness_Fish » 22 May 2018, 12:18

I got redirected to Bucharest airport last week for about 90 minutes.

I was told it was nicer than Sofia, but I didn't get chance to leave the plane.
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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 22 May 2018, 12:54

Positive Passion wrote:I have been to Helsinki and Bucharest.


Great!
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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 23 May 2018, 08:42

:?
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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby The Prof » 23 May 2018, 14:49

Planning on going to Kiev next year. It looks great.

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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 23 May 2018, 15:23

A mate took a month to travel around the whole of the Ukraine a few years ago and he said it was amazing.

I'm thinking about doing a trip next year around the European capital cities I haven't seen, starting at Helsinki and going south. Something like that, anyway.
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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby Jumper K » 24 May 2018, 17:23

I’ve been to Tirana, via Greece. It’s got a fantastic mix of architecture and if you like soviet monuments to the worker, of which I’m a big fan, you’ll love it. The museums are great as is the mosque in the city centre.

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Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 24 May 2018, 18:57

You've sold me. It sounds just like my kind of place.
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Postby Wally Bingbang » 24 May 2018, 20:45

Tirana? That's where live!*









*this really only works if you're familiar with the local pronunciation of Toronto.
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Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 24 May 2018, 21:15

*and if you write in full sentences.























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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby wannabee enfant terrible » 24 May 2018, 21:27

Let’s hope the internet hasn’t reached these godforsaken outposts.
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Postby wannabee enfant terrible » 24 May 2018, 21:27

Yes, I’m talking about Toronto LOL.
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Postby Wally Bingbang » 24 May 2018, 23:38

BOLLY BEE wrote:*and if you write in full sentences.



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Postby Wally Bingbang » 24 May 2018, 23:39

gash on ignore wrote:Yes, I’m talking about Toronto LOL.


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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 17 Jun 2018, 14:27

Want to see Trieste, too.

Anyone been to Trieste?
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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby Butch Manly » 17 Jul 2018, 06:25

I've been to Kiev. It had some beautiful golden domes but there was a certain sense of lawlessness about it. I endured two attempted muggings.
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Postby Jastreb_J21 » 27 Jul 2018, 18:56

I've been to Skopje and Minsk. The former isn't the greatest tourist destination ever, BUT. 1) it still has things to see, principally the fortress and the old market. 2) it's dirt cheap and 3) Macedonia isn't the biggest country ever, so you can reach most destinations by bus or train without issues. Hell, if you've got time, you can even do as I did and do one trip starting in Tivat, Montenegro and ending in Budapest, Hungary, that went through Podgorica (Montenegro), Nis (Serbia), Skopje (Macedonia), Belgrade (Serbia), Banja Luka (Bosnia/Republika Srpska), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Belgrade again, Novi Sad (Serbia) and Budapest .
11/10 trip, would do again in a heartbeat.

Minsk was much more alive and dynamic than what I would have expected, but you can see that the country is actually still a republic of the USSR in the way foreigners are allowed into the country. I was only there for 2 days for professionnal reasons, so I can't really say more...

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Re: Helsinki, Bucharest, Kiev, Skopje, Minsk, Tirana

Postby Neil Jung » 07 Sep 2018, 17:01

I’ve been to Helsinki. It was ok but not worth making a special effort to see. We only went as a starting point for our train journey to St Petersburg and onto Estonia. Which was nice.
It was raining when we drove up the two-lane highway through the long tunnel of trees that led into the black district on the south end of St. Martinville.