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6 of the Most Untouched and Wildly Beautiful Spots in Estonia

6 of the Most Untouched & Wildly Beautiful Spots in Estonia - Europe Travel

Estonia is still a destination that is often overlooked by travelers. It’s a place that conjures up images of castles, mythology, and the best parts of the Baltic states. What most people may not realize is the impressive balance between nature and technology when it comes to Estonian culture.

Estonians are very modern in the fact that their country is considered one of the most technologically connected nations in the world. Most everything in daily life can be done online, even when it comes to political elections and healthcare. Instead of technology making Estonia a vacant population that has all eyes glued to a screen, they have somehow managed to find a balance with nature as well.  Continue Reading

10 Reasons You Should Visit Paris this Summer

The warm spring days we’ve been having in the Pacific Northwest lately have only made me think more about summer and what I want to do with it. Summer is a time for adventures, of getting lost in new cities, enjoying long days, and having chilled wine catch-ups on rooftops during warm summer nights. Summer is also the time to travel.

The first time I ever solo traveled was in Paris, France in the middle of summer. It was by no accident that I ended up in the City of Light by myself. From a young age I had always been fascinated by Francophone culture and had dreamt of going to Paris for years. I thought it was only fitting that it would be the first place to find my independence as a solo female traveler.

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Travel Misconceptions: Moscow

Travel Misconceptions - Moscow, Russia

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

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Food to Try From Around the World

Foods To Try From Around the World

I know, there have been a lot of food posts on here recently! What can I say, my experience with Forktown Food Tours must’ve really inspired me to start looking at culture through the lens of food more often.

In any case, I promise I’ll be changing up my posts a bit more after this one, but I did want to share with you all a touch of international food culture with the help of a few friends in the blogging world. That’s right, this is my first collaboration post and I’m pretty excited that it’s about food – one of my favorite things in the world.

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Travel Misconceptions: Belgium

Travel Misconceptions - Belgium

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

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Travel Misconceptions: St. Petersburg

Travel Misconceptions - St. Petersburg, Russia

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

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Travel Misconceptions: Romania

Travel Misconceptions - Romania

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

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Travel Misconceptions: Minsk

Travel Misconceptions: Minsk, Belarus

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

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Snapshot Memories of the Week: Krakow, Poland

Snapshot memories is a new weekly series, giving a visual glimpse into different destinations and unique ways to view them. It’s also a way for me to look back on travels that occurred before and after I started this blog, and to give each place I’ve traveled the attention it deserves. 

This week my memories go back to Krakow.

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I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with Krakow, or Poland as a whole. It’s a country I didn’t know much about, and I knew it would be a profound one to visit with Birkenau and Auschwitz within its bounds.

After coming straight from Budapest, I guess I was expecting much of the same: a divided country with many ghosts from the past.

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I was completely surprised by what I found instead. The Florence of the East, as my 21 year-old self described it. I was enamored with Krakow from the first time I stepped into the main square and the charm I was met with from the start.

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Krakow, the land of cobblestones, horse drawn carriages, post offices in old school buggies, and a 700 year-old salt mine.

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Above ground, Krakow is a sight to behold. There are street performers and magicians everywhere, street food and markets, and an overall jovial spirit to always keep things lively.

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The colorful Jewish quarter had to be my favorite, with funky cars and delicious eateries everywhere you looked.

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Beneath the ground lies the famous UNESCO heritage site, the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Going 7 levels deep, with about 400 steps between each level, it’s a long way down, to say the least, and not for those who consider themselves at all claustrophobic. We only managed to get to level 3 and that was a whole half day in the mines, it’s massive.

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It was an amazing site that took a lot of ingenuity and work to create, and the salt sculptures throughout the mines were a sight to behold, but it also came off as a very poorly organized expedition.

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At the end of the tour there were hundreds of people lined up in a small tunnel, waiting for the two elevators that would take you back up to the top. It took about 45 minutes of waiting in lines to get back above ground.  Regardless, I’m glad to have seen it.

I didn’t have a whole lot of time in Krakow, but with the time I had, I whole-heartedly enjoyed the second largest city in Poland that has a rich history seeping above the cobblestones.

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What I’ll always remember about my first impressions of Krakow are the red brick accents found around the city, the street culture, and of course, the salt mine. So, when can I go back again?

Red Brick Accents

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Street Culture

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Salt Mine

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