A Guide to VIsiting Prizren, Kosovo

A Guide to Visiting Prizren, Kosovo

If Prishtina is the modern face of Kosovo, Prizren is a glimpse into the past. The preserved city center is made up of cobblestone streets, ancient mosques, centuries old churches and numerous bridges that for ages have straddled the Prizren Bistrica River. Overhead, a medieval fortress looms on the hilltop, keeping an eye on the city below.

While Prizren’s old historic center is easily navigated, there is limited (and sometimes confusing and/or conflicting) information provided for tourists. To assist fellow travelers visiting Prizren, we’ve detailed a self-guided walking tour (with map and turn-by-turn directions!) and have also included recommendations for food and drink and accommodations. 

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Wildlife on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

We stood on the side of a dusty road on the Osa Peninsula, using our hands to shade our eyes from the morning sun as we peered into a dark, leafy tree. I looked in the direction Juan Carlos was pointing, straining to see the sloth wrapped around a branch. I could only see a shadowy mass resembling a tree knot. We crept into the edge of the forest, searching for a better angle and a spot where Juan Carlos could set up his tripod and spotting scope. Through it, I could clearly see that the tree knot was, in fact, a small, furry sloth – and I could hardly believe that I was actually seeing one in the wild. It lazily turned its face toward us –half-interested/half-amused at the humans below – and then stretched before slumping back into the crook of the limb and dozing off again.

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3-Day Itinerary for Iceland in Winter JetSettingFools.com

3-day itinerary for Iceland In Winter

We made a last-minute decision to make a four-night stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland while flying from the Netherlands to Costa Rica. It was our first time to the island nation and our list of things we wanted to see was extensive. We had three full days to explore and we were intent on making the absolute most of our time, cramming everything we wanted to see in our 3-day itinerary for Iceland in Winter.

Our winter visit presented a few challenges. First, we had fewer hours of daylight – about seven hours total each day. On the upside, dark skies are necessary for viewing the Northern Lights, so we considered the short days to work to our advantage in that respect! Second, we had to factor in the weather. While the temperatures are actually more mild than most people would think – averaging 31*F in January – elements like wind and snow could quickly alter plans.

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Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland Our Experience JetSetting Fools

Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland: Our experience

It was our 4th and final day in Reykjavik, Iceland and we hadn’t seen the Northern Lights. On our first three nights, the excursions in search of the green glow in the sky had been cancelled due to cloud cover. The notifications via text arrived each day by mid-afternoon. Getting a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis was at the top of our list when we planned our trip. But, on our last day, we were coming to terms with the fact that we might miss seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland.

In the late afternoon we began making alternate plans for our last night in town. The day had been mostly cloudy and the fierce winds were brutally cold. My optimistic outlook and high hopes that skies would clear were waning. However, as the hours passed and darkness came, we had yet to receive a cancellation notice. Still doubtful, it wasn’t until an hour before the 9:00pm departure that we finally realized the chase for the lights was on.

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Iceland's South Coast Reynisdrangar from Vik Black Sand Beach

Iceland’s South Coast: A Daytrip from Reykjavik

On our first full day in Iceland, we toured the sights on the Golden Circle. We were blown away by the natural beauty of the country – and we were only seeing a small piece of it. By the end of our tour, we knew we had to experience more of Iceland. On the bus ride back to Reykjavik, we booked a second tour with Reykjavik Excursions for the following day to explore Iceland’s South Coast.

The tour itinerary to Iceland’s South Coast listed five sights and was slightly more adventurous than the Golden Circle (but not so adventurous that we needed special gear). We would see two waterfalls, take a hike through snow to see a glacier, spend time on two black sand beaches and visit a folk museum.

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Iceland Golden Circle by Tour Bus Stop 3 Gullfoss JetSetting Fools

Exploring Iceland’s Golden Circle by Tour Bus

As first-timers to Iceland, exploring the essential sights of the Golden Circle was practically a requirement. From the capital city of Reykjavik, 300 km of road wind in a loop to three of Iceland’s most naturally stunning sights: Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall and the exposed Tectonic Plates at Thingvellir National Park. Our standard approach to sightseeing is to find a do-it-yourself route via public transportation or by simply using our own two feet. In the case of the Golden Circle, however, neither of those options are viable. Instead we had two alternatives: rent a car or take a tour. In addition to our standard objection of driving cars in foreign countries, we had even more encouragement to forego the self-drive option: snowy, icy, winter weather. Hence, we spent a day exploring Iceland’s Golden Circle by tour bus with Reykjavik Excursions.

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One day in Amsterdam self-guided walking tour: 15 sights to see

As slow travelers, we often spend weeks in cities that many travelers only give a day or two. Only on rare occasions do we limit ourselves to a single day in a city and that only happens when our scheduled commitments and flight arrangements put a squeeze on our itinerary. That’s what happened with our visit to Amsterdam. Eager to see as much of it as we could, we set out on a One Day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour to 15 of the city’s best sights.

Amsterdam is a compact city, but the sights are spread throughout, making it somewhat difficult to organize an easy-flowing self-guided walking tour. To see what we wanted to see, we had to cover some ground, which included a little zigging and zagging. With only one day in Amsterdam, we eliminated stops at museums and didn’t even consider attempting a bike rental. That being said, we left just enough time in our One Day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour to sip on coffee, enjoy the views and wind our day down with a few beers.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina Memorial to the Children Fountain

20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo: A photo essay

We visited Sarajevo 20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo and realized it’s a city that is still very much in recovery. Although it seems nearly impossible to visit Sarajevo without at least some knowledge of the war that occurred there, it would be equally impossible to go and not notice the marks left from almost four years of fighting. Everywhere we looked, we saw reminders of war; bullet holes in buildings, hillside graveyards and heartbreaking monuments.

Are you visiting Sarajevo? Want to know what to see and eat? Read about Sights to See in Sarajevo and Sarajevo Cuisine.

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3-Day Itinerary of Sightseeing in Rome JetSettingFools.com

3-Day Itinerary of Sightseeing in Rome

When we made plans to go to Rome, the purpose wasn’t to take in the sights or to immerse ourselves into the culture. We were going for one reason: to meet my mom and sister. It wasn’t our first time in Rome, but it was for them. Their trip was a two week introduction to the Big Three: London, Paris and Rome; we were joining them for the last leg. Like most first-timers to a city, they wanted to see the sights and had plotted a 3-day itinerary of sightseeing in Rome.

It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a mad dash of tourist sights, but I wanted to experience the city with my family, so I jumped on board with their schedule; Kris was more content to wander on his own. Our days started fairly early – earlier than our typical days, anyway – and ended long past dark. With the tour guide book in one hand and a camera in the other, we determinedly routed our way through an ambitious 3-day itinerary of sightseeing in Rome.

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Zadar Self-Guided Walking Tour 24 Sights To See JetSettingFools.com

Zadar self-guided walking tour: 24 sights to see

Before we arrived in Zadar, we felt sorry for it. After our three-week stay in idyllic Rovinj, we thought our next destination would surely disappoint. The fact that we were trading in one seaside town perched on a peninsula for another made us think we would easily draw comparisons and, in our minds, nothing could beat Rovinj. After staying in Zadar, experiencing the city and seeing the sights (which are included in our Zadar self-guided walking tour), we felt differently.

While there are some comparisons that can be made between Rovinj and Zadar, the two cities are drastically different. Even though Zadar may not be dripping with charm like Rovinj, it certainly has it. And, something it has that Rovinj doesn’t is a slew of sights – from Roman ruins to historic churches to a modern seaside promenade complete with new age art. Something else Zadar has: a university – and its students fill the streets and cafes, bringing a lively, youthful feel to the city.

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