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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8 things to do in Belgrade, Serbia by JetSettingFools.com

8 Things to Do in Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is gritty and raw; a real city. After bouncing through fairytale Slovenia and down the stunning coastline of Croatia, the city of Belgrade was jarring. A stroll down the length of the main thoroughfare is a feast for the senses: honking horns, thought-provoking architecture and the scent of grilled meat mingled with cigarette smoke wafting through the air. We were in awe of the deeply-rooted traditions and how they meshed with quirky new trends. The history of the city both fascinated and perplexed us.

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The 6 Best Things to Eat in Reykjavik, Iceland JetSettingFools.com

The 6 best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland (and what it cost!)

Hot dogs, fish, soup, yogurt, tomatoes and orange soda. It doesn’t sound like much, but these are the six best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Due to the isolation and harsh winters of an island nation, the national cuisine in Iceland ranges from fairly basic and expected to creative and downright strange. The remoteness also makes it outrageously expensive. We attempted to keep our budget in check and still get a taste of Iceland cuisine and we think we succeeded in finding six of the best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Dutch Cuisine - Kaas Cheese

Dutch Cuisine: 17 things to eat in the Netherlands

The Dutch word ‘lekker’ doesn’t have a direct English translation, but is closest to ‘yummy.’ After sampling a variety of Dutch cuisine, we can attest to it being quite lekker, actually.

Before arriving in the Netherlands, the only thing we knew about local Dutch cuisine was cheese and Dutch apple pie. While the idea of gorging on nothing but cheese and pie sounded appealing, we’ve (thankfully) been introduced to a variety of Netherlands fare. Our wintertime visit has been accompanied by hearty dishes, sweet treats, holiday specialties…and lots of cheese.

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Sarajevo Cuisine A Guide To Eating in Sarajevo JetSettingFools.com

Sarajevo cuisine: What to eat in Sarajevo

Just like the city itself, Sarajevo cuisine is a blend of east and west, with both Turkish and European influences. Of the many reasons we were looking forward to visiting the city, sampling the local fare was high on the list.

On our previous travels to the Balkans, we quickly took a liking to two of the most popular regional dishes, cevapi and burek. Not only are these two meat dishes hearty and satisfying, they are also incredibly inexpensive. During our 10 days in the city, we feasted on Sarajevo cuisine. In addition to the two mainstays, we also branched out to try other gastronomy, sipped on plenty of Bosnian kafa, indulged in a few desserts and sampled the local beer and traditional spirits.

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We saw pumpkin dishes on nearly ever restaurant menu in Australia and, at first, didn't understand the pumpkin craze.

Pumpkin Soup in Australia: It’s what’s for dinner

Pumpkin is something I associate with Halloween, but in Australia, it’s what they make for dinner. Some variation of pumpkin, often a pumpkin soup, can be found on just about every restaurant menu in Melbourne. We are always eager to try local dishes, but we were hesitant to indulge in the pumpkin craze.

Our first taste of pumpkin in Australia was during our all-you-can-eat experience at the Dumpling House, where we tried pumpkin dumplings and pumpkin cake – and we started to understand the enthusiasm for it. But, when a neighbor invited us to tea (that’s dinner in Australia) and a subsequent lunch, our taste buds for pumpkin were awakened.

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Camy Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle Restaurant is better known simply as the Dumpling House in Chinatown

Dumpling House in Chinatown – Melbourne

Wherever we go, seeking out the local cuisine is a must. Food and flavors tell the story of the people of the place we are visiting and I crave biting into their history. Australia, however, might be an exception. Besides their affection for pumpkin soup, the multi-cultural cuisine is quite similar to what we have in America. However, I was determined to get a taste of a local specialty, which led us to the Camy Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle Restaurant, more widely known as the Dumpling House in Chinatown. The online reviews were varied (mostly citing rude wait staff), but, in the end, we were lured in by the All-You-Can-Eat offer and heeded the nod of approval from locals.

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Ljubljana Food Festivals serve up some great fare, like the Holesterol burger at the Pivo & Burger Fest

Ljubljana Food Festivals

We’ve said it before: We love festivals. If they involve food and beer, all the better. By chance, we’ve had the fortune of being able to partake in local events on numerous occasions during our journey, like the Cape Town Beer Fest and the Kotor Karneval. Our springtime visit to Slovenia coincided with two Ljubljana food festivals that were right up our alley: Open Kitchen and Beer & Burger.

Ljubljana Food Festivals: Open Kitchen (Odprta Kuhna)

This brilliant festival takes place every Friday in Pogacarjev Square from March until October. Chefs from local restaurants set up in booths to cook a variety of cuisine from classic to creative. The options seemed endless with traditional fare, Thai, Mexican, Argentinian, burgers and desserts on offer (just to name a few). The festival is free and each booth sets their own menu and cash-only price structure, ranging from about €2-7.

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Our week in Mostar: The Old Bridge at night

Why we loved spending a week in Mostar

Throughout our journey, there have been certain places that have captivated us – Mostar is one of them. In so many ways it resembles the other fairytale European cities we’ve visited, with the quaint historic center so appealing draped across the Old Bridge and down both sides of the Neretva River. But with the recent war and differing religions, it felt oddly foreign for Europe. As our mini-van bus rolled out toward Split, Croatia, we reflected on our week in Mostar and were glad we spent more than the average half day most tourists give the city.

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Eating in Lecce, Italy: Traditional to Fast Food

It took us some time to understand the typical hours of eating in Lecce, Italy and, while our first impressions of typical Lecce cuisine still stand, once we really got it figured out we were introduced to an abundance of dining options. When our friends arrived, visiting from the United States, we were ready to take on the local food scene and adapted to eating much later in the night than we are accustomed to. We found lively cafes and restaurants we never knew existed; we had passed by several times, but only during the day when they were concealed behind shuttered doors and gates.

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