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  1. Ian

    Suggestions of Eggs Wifi/Mifi in WE?

    Hi Ita, thanks for joining. There was a discussion on this subject before, here's the link to that post. I just got back last month from a trip to the UK, Iceland and Eastern Europe and only used free wifi, I was able to update software on this website, social media and keep in contact with...
  2. Ian

    Iceland

    Well I finally made it to Iceland and it was a short 3-day trip, but still very good. Here's the posting for my trip.
  3. Ian

    Toronto

    Hi Pat, just wondering how your trip to Toronto was? Did you get to any of the places Mike and I mentioned? Where's your next trip?
  4. Ian

    3 days in Iceland

    Looking for a short visit to an unforgettable place? Iceland should be on your list of places to visit. Although you could easily visit Iceland for 2 weeks exploring the incredible scenery, you can still see a lot in a few short days. You could go any time of year, but daylight only lasts about...
  5. Ian

    Google Maps

    Before mobile phones and WiFi the only way to get around without getting lost was with a paper map or a guide book. I still use maps and research new places with maps, mostly online now. So on my recent trip to the Balkans I did use a paper map but also started using Google maps on my phone...
  6. Ian

    Macedonia

    We crossed the border from Albania and went to St Nahum monastery for a stop. After the monastery we went to Ohrid, a very picturesque tourist city on lake Ohrid. St. John Church at Kaneo, Ohrid
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    Albania

    During my time in Albania I stayed in the capital Tirana and Berat a city with a large fortress on top of a hill. Driving around the countryside you will notice concrete bunkers all over the place. Drivers in Albania do not follow the rules, stopping at a stop sign or red light is optional, so...
  8. Ian

    Kosovo

    Kosovo is another interesting place to visit, there are not a lot of tourists so when the locals see you they stare. Where as in places like Croatia where there are so many tourists no one pays attention to you. I went to the Serbian Decani Monastery a KFOR protected area, in the gift shop they...
  9. Ian

    Montenegro

    Montenegro is another excellent country to visit, the prices are a bit lower than Croatia. The Bay of Kotor is like a fjord with medieval towns and beaches along the coast. Kotor and Herceg Novi are worth visiting. Podgorica the capital city does not have a lot to see.
  10. Ian

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Dubrovnik is a popular tourist destination on the Adriatic Sea. Cruise ships dock here all summer and even now in late September. The city is a on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. I stayed here 2 nights during my tour of the Balkans. I walked the 2 km’s along the city walls, walked...
  11. Ian

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Visegrad My first stop after crossing the border from Serbia was Visegrad which has this beautiful bridge. Sarajevo Sarajevo the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a great place to visit, it is in a valley surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. The city has a long history which is evident...
  12. Ian

    Serbia

    I’m on a Balkan bus tour and left Sofia at 8am for Studenica, the most important monastery of medieval Serbia. The border crossing was fast and we were able to get our money changed just after crossing into Serbia. The first tourist stop was the old capital Krusevac, we seen some ruined walls, a...
  13. Ian

    Sofia, Bulgaria

    Sofia is a large city with the first humans living here since 7000 BC, so there is a lot of history and really interesting places to visit. I stayed at the Art Plaza hotel a short walk to Vitosha Boulevard a pedestrian street and the main shopping street in the city, which also has a lot of...
  14. Ian

    Art Plaza Hotel, Sofia Bulgaria

    I booked myself a room for 2 nights at the Best Western Art Plaza Hotel with breakfast and WiFi. When I arrived at noon my room was not ready yet so I went for a walk down Vitosha Boulevard a pedestrian street nearby and the main shopping street in the city. When I went back to the hotel the...
  15. Ian

    Salford and Old Trafford, Greater Manchester

    During my visit to Manchester I went to Salford Quays and Old Trafford stadium home of Manchester United. It was easy enough to walk to each place but you can take a taxi from Salford Quays over to Old Trafford to save some time. Media City, Salford ITV studios, home of Coronation Street...
  16. Ian

    Chill Factor, Manchester

    I went to the Chill Factor today in the afternoon on the way back from Chester. Chill Factor is the UK's longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope. There is a climbing wall, shops, restaurants and an indoor sky diving place next door.
  17. Ian

    A day in Chester, England

    I went to Chester today, my first visit. Chester is about a 40 minute drive south-west of Manchester. Chester was founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century AD. There are some Roman ruins around the city. The old town is surrounded with city walls which you can walk along. Inside the old...
  18. Ian

    A day in Manchester, England

    I have been to Manchester 7 or 8 times to visit family, and have watched Manchester United play. Today I just walked around central Manchester and went to the Arndale Shopping Center and then had a pub lunch :) Here’s a few photo I took. Manchester Town Hall Prince Albert Memorial Back...
  19. Ian

    Hotel security tips

    Hi Ruth, thanks for joining. Just curious, was your passport in a safe when it was stolen? I can tell you a few things that I do that might help, I'm sure everyone hides their things a bit differently. When I'm staying in a hotel I will put the do not disturb sign on the door when I leave, this...
  20. Ian

    Port Dover, Ontario

    I was in Port Dover today for the first time, it’s a small beach town on Lake Erie. Because it’s mid-September the beach was empty but I’m sure it would be crowded in the Summer. There are a lot of small restaurants, ice cream places and shops. Port Dover is about a 2-hour drive south west of...