40+ Photos of Ukraine That Will Make You Fall in Love With the Country

40+ Photos of Ukraine That Will Make You Fall in Love With the Country

This post is all about photos of Ukraine.

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As I am writing this post it is February 2022 and Russia is invading Ukraine.

Lately, I haven’t felt inspired to write about anything. I’m so crushed by what is happening and the potential fate of a country I love so dearly.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have traveled to Ukraine just months before the invasion.

What I didn’t know at the time is this would be the last glimpse of normality for Ukraine, the country would never be the same.

During my weeks in Ukraine, I remember noticing how prideful Ukrainians were. They had a heavy past, and they knew it. But they were proud of their scars and they weren’t going to let anyone take them away.

I have faith that Ukraine will fight and defend their beautiful country with everything they have.

To show that I #standwithUkraine here are 46 photos of Ukraine that will make you fall in love with it.

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Lviv, Ukraine. Rynok Market Square.
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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery
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Independence Square – Kyiv
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Podil Neighborhood – Kyiv Ukraine
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Armenian Quarter – Lviv
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Lviv Armenian Quarter
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Andriyivskyy Descent in Kyiv
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Awaiting the Aftermath

After Ukraine kicks Russia’s butt, I hope these photos will inspire you to visit Ukraine (especially because Ukraine’s economy will need to bounce back from this!)

Check out my other posts on Ukraine here and download the Ultimate Kiev Checklist

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15 Bucket List Cappadocia Things to do in Goreme

15 Bucket List Cappadocia Things to do in Goreme

This post is all about things to do in Goreme Cappadocia Turkey.

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Prepare to experience the most magical place in the world. Imagine waking up every morning to a rooftop breakfast buffet and bright colorful hot air balloons soaring across the sky.

Friendly dogs roam around town as they please, in and out of stores and restaurants for their daily food allowance.

Booth workers holler and sing jingles to sell you a bit of Turkish ice cream.

This is Goreme. A town that would seem only to exist in a fairy tale or Disney movie, thrives in central Turkey.

Here’s a FREE Ultimate Cappadocia Checklist printable to take with you on your epic trip to Turkey.

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Here are 15 Bucket List Things to do in Goreme

When I was planning my trip to Goreme, I was quite surprised by how few travel guides existed. I found myself scouring the internet for things to do in Goreme that were beyond the obvious.

Here are 15 Cappadocia things to do in Goreme that you can’t leave without doing.

1. Sit on a Hotel Rooftop

While it might be difficult to wake up early as you’re sleeping deeply in your cave room, watching the hot air balloons take off on your hotel rooftop as you eat a lavish breakfast is the best way to start your mornings in Goreme.

Most of the boutique hotels in Goreme have elaborately decorated rooftops that offer stunning views of Goreme, with or without the balloons!

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things to do in Goreme Cappadocia

2. Sleep in a Cave Hotel

Cave hotels in Cappadocia totally live up to the hype. You’ll sleep like a baby! Not to mention they are beautiful and offer a truly unique hotel experience.

I stayed at Antique Terrace Suites.

Looking for the perfect Cave Hotel in Cappadocia? Check out my post Hotels in Cappadocia for Your Budget.

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3. Hike Rose Valley

Just a short walk or drive from the center of Goreme is the Rose Valley hike. It’s a perfect half-day hike to explore the depths of Cappadocia’s unique landscape and fairy chimneys.

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Rose Valley - things to do in Goreme

4. Go Inside a Rug Shop

You may have seen the iconic photos on Instagram of the interior of rug shops in Turkey. As you walk inside your eyes are greeted with vibrant colors of rugs all throughout the store.

Just so you know, most shop owners nowadays require you to pay to take photos inside.

5. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon

Obviously, this is THE thing to do in Cappadocia!

I was afraid the balloon rides would be too touristy for my taste, but I was so wrong. It was one of the coolest moments to experience and it was absolutely worth every penny.

I booked with Butterfly Balloons and had a spectacular experience. The exact balloon tour I booked is here.

Below you can find a list of the top 3 Hot Air Balloon Tours in Goreme. Butterfly, Royal, and Turquaz consistently provide the best balloon experiences.

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6. Have a Drink At Organic Wine House

If you’re looking for a bit of “nightlife” check out Organic Wine House. It’s a sit-down chic bar with wood fires and wine tastings.

I was traveling during the off-season so there weren’t a lot of options for nightlife (it might be different in the summer). Organic Wine House was a nice chill spot for a late-night glass of wine.

7. Watch the Balloons Take Off

I know what you’re thinking.. “You want me to watch the balloons on a rooftop, ride in the balloons, and then watch them at their launch sight?” And the answer is YES!

The great thing about the balloons in Cappadocia is they simply don’t get old.

Unfortunately on your day of take-off, it can be tricky navigating how to watch the balloons launch. People will pay extra to be on first flights, and they are missing out because they miss the launch off (since they are already in the balloons).

The second flight is the way to go because you get to watch the balloons light up as they launch. Also, you will get spectacular photos.

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8. Take a Turkish Bath

Formal bathing is a big part of Turkish culture. Schedule a traditional Hammam at Kelebek Hamam in Goreme or book a mud cave experience tour here.

9. Have Dinner At Pumpkin Restaurant

After eating at dozens of restaurants in my 1-week stay in Goreme, I can confirm that Pumpkin is the best restaurant in Cappadocia.

Even during the off-season, you won’t get in without a reservation.

Check out my Cappadocia food guide here.

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10. Goreme Open Air Museum

The open-air museum in Goreme offers a look up close at the beautiful fairy chimneys and historic churches cut into the volcanic rocks.

The entrance fee is 100 Turkish Lira which is about $7 USD.

11. Have Coffee At Kings

I’m embarrassed to say that I went to Kings Coffee Shop every day during my time in Goreme.

The cozy atmosphere, specialty coffees, and delicious desserts made it impossible to stay away.

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12. Play With ALL the Dogs!

Stray dogs are one of the worst parts of traveling. You see them, and you can’t really help, at least not long term.

Cappadocia is filled with dogs. They are literally everywhere! The nice thing is though, the stray dogs of Goreme are clearly taken care of.

They are all well-fed, the tourists play with them, and we even saw some that had recent signs of vet treatment. You might even see them sleeping inside a restaurant or cafe.

These puppies were not strays and belonged to the owners of my hotel, aren’t they adorable!?

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13. Drink Tea

It’s impossible to leave Turkey without drinking tea. Typically after dinner, you’ll receive a complimentary cup of tea.

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14. Walk Around Goreme

Goreme is small so you will likely walk around town a few times. It’s fun to go into the different shops or eat Turkish ice cream in the town center.

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15. Eat Turkish Baklava

The Turks take baklava to a whole new level! Featuring grounded pistachios, Turkish Baklava is a must-try in Cappadocia.

Turkish Baklava at Pumpkin Restaurant in Goreme Cappadocia

After reading this list I hope you have some ideas of what you’d like to do during your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cappadocia.

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Is the MOCAK Museum in Krakow Really Worth a Visit?

Is the MOCAK Museum in Krakow Really Worth a Visit?

This post is all about the MOCAK Museum in Krakow.

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MOCAK

MOCAK is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow.

Opened in 2011, MOCAK prides itself for displaying pieces that have an emphasis on post-war avant-garde and conceptual art,

I know what you’re thinking.. Krakow is one of the most important and historical cities in Europe. Do you really want to spend your time in a contemporary art museum?

Honestly, YES! This was one of my favorite experiences in Krakow and I think it is well worth the visit.

Planning a trip to Krakow? Don’t forget your FREE printable so you don’t miss a thing! Also, check out my other blog post, 13 Important Things to do in Krakow.

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How to Plan Your Trip to MOCAK

The museum is right next to the Oskar Schindler Enamel Factory.

So, it makes the perfect day for exploring both the contemporary art museum and the Oskar Schindler factory.

Set aside about 2-3 hours to explore each museum.

Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 11 am – 7 pm

Friday 11 am – 8 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm

Monday – closed

Address

Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków, Poland

Tickets

You can book your tickets in person or online here.

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Art With an Edge on Humanity

What I really loved about the art at MOCAK is it seamlessly blended visual arts, the digital age, and feelings of humanity.

Along with the “digital art age” very much being a present theme, there was also a lot of focus on feminine art as well – specifically beauty of women aging.

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MOCAK is Worth Your Time in Krakow

Overall I was engaged and inspired throughout my time in the MOCAK museum.

I appreciated the specific themes it strived to represent and the relevancy of connecting art with modern topics and the digital age.

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13 Important Things to do in Krakow That You Can’t Leave Without Doing

13 Important Things to do in Krakow That You Can’t Leave Without Doing

This post is all about things to do in Krakow Poland.

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Krakow is a step back in time.

With its rich history, preserved medieval architecture, and cobblestone streets, Krakow is undoubtedly one of the most majestic cities in Eastern Europe.

So much history in one city can make a first-time visit overwhelming. You want to indulge in everything Krakow has to offer, which is a lot!

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Where to Stay in Krakow

Budget – Greg & Tom Beer Hostel (check out my review blog post here)

Moderate –Novotel Krakow Centrum

Luxury – Bachleda Luxury Hotel Kraków 

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Here are the best things to do in Krakow Poland


1. Walk around the main square – Rynek Główny

Rynek Główny is the main square of Krakow and it’s hard to miss!

The beautiful architecture forming the square is mesmerizing. It’s also the perfect chance to see if any events are taking place, like the Krakow Christmas market.

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2. St Mary’s Basilica

Located in the main square, St Mary’s Basilica is a stunning church with polish-gothic architecture.

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3. Take a Free Walking Tour of the Old Jewish Quarter

Learn about the old Jewish Quarter by taking a free walking tour with Walkative.

This tour will take you all around the old Jewish quarter where you will learn about many historic synagogues, the former Jewish ghetto, and heroes square.

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4. The Ghetto Heroes Square

Ghetto Heroes Square is a haunting and important site.

This is where you will find the Empty Chairs of Krakow memorial to remember those who left the Krakow ghetto and were never to return.

Also located in Heroes Square is the famous Eagle Pharmacy. The pharmacist is historically honored for hiding jews in the pharmacy who were marching from the ghetto to their death.

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5. Tworzywo Coffee Shop

Tworzywo Coffee Shop is conveniently located in heroes square. Sit down and have a cup of coffee and cake in one of the cutest coffee shops in the former jewish quarter.

6. MOCAK Art Museum

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow is truly one of the coolest modern art museums! I loved getting lost in all the creative exhibitions. Definitely prepare to spend a few hours here.

Check out my review of the MOCAK here.

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7. Eat Traditional Polish Food

You can’t leave Krakow without trying delicious polish food!

Zapiekanka is a street food must try, which is Poland’s own version of a flatbread pizza. Also, be sure to eat traditional polish dumplings.

Gaska Goose Restaurant and Kuchnia U Doroty are both delicious restaurants to try polish food.

8. Explore Old Town

Colorful buildings and cobblestone streets. Need I say more? Old town Krakow feels like a fairytale.

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9. Take an Auschwitz Tour

A chilling experience back in time. While this tour is hard to stomach, I personally think it’s essential to educate ourselves on such a dark period of history.

I had a great experience with the Auschwitz guided tour I took, which you can find linked below.

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10. Wawel Castle

The spectacular Wawel Castle was once the royal residence. It is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world.

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11. Harris Piano Jazz Bar

If you’re looking for a night out with quality cocktails and live music, check out Harris Piano Jazz Bar. It’s located right in the middle of old town near the square.

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12. Oskar Schindler Factory

If you’ve seen the movie (or even if you haven’t!) be sure to take a tour through the Oskar Schindler museum. Go at your own pace or book a guided tour (and skip the LONG line).

The museum is technically called the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków and focuses more on the city during the Nazi occupation. However since it was the real Oskar Schindler factory, it has included bits of him as well.

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13. St. Florian’s Gate & Barbakan

What was once a fortified outpost connected to the walls of the city and surrounded by a moat is now a historic gateway into Old Town Krakow.

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Is Greg and Tom Beer House Hostel the Coolest Hostel in Krakow?

Is Greg and Tom Beer House Hostel the Coolest Hostel in Krakow?

This post is all about staying at Greg and Tom Beer House Hostel in Krakow, Poland.

I’ll be honest, I’ve been backpacking for a long time now, which means my standards for hostels are HIGH.

Typically, my top priorities when booking a hostel are comfort, fun, and cleanliness.

When I was traveling for 5-months around eastern Europe, I heard repeatedly how Greg and Tom Beer House Hostel in Krakow was a backpacker favorite.

So, I decided to check it out myself.

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Greg and Tom Beer House Hostel in Krakow

First of all, let’s establish that there are three different Greg & Tom Hostels in Krakow.

The Greg & Tom Hostel

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While this review is specifically over my stay at the Greg and Tom Beer House location, I’ve heard all three hostels are similar and super great!

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Location

Greg and Tom Beer House Hostel is in a prime location for exploring Krakow. Located right in the center of old town Krakow, it’s walking distance to everything you’ll want to do in the city.

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The hostel can be found on Google Maps under the name of ‘Beer House’.

The exact address is Florianska 43, 31-09 Krakow, Poland.

Where to Book

Book your stay by clicking the button below or here on hostelworld.

Rooms & Prices

Prices may vary according to season, but I paid about $18 USD a night for a 6-bed mixed dorm.

Additionally, they offer 4-bed, 10-bed, and 12-bed mixed dorms. Unfortunately, they don’t offer female-only dorms.

The price includes complimentary breakfast AND dinner. I definitely took advantage of the free meals, mostly because they were so delicious!

It was by far the best food I’ve ever had at a hostel.

Tour Add Ons

The hostel does offer a variety of tours you can book for your stay.

Some of the tours book up weeks in advance, especially the tour to Auschwitz. Be sure to communicate with the hostel when you want to book your tour.

The Auschwitz tours are around 160 PLN and include transportation, a professional guide, and entrance to the museum.

Zakopane tours include return bus ticket to Zakopane, thermal pools, and Morskie Oko.

The Hostel Pub Crawl costs 60 PLN and includes games, 1hour of unlimited drinks, welcome shots, and free entrance to various clubs.

You will also meet many good friends on the pub crawl, it’s a must-do!

The Vibes

Greg and Tom promote themselves as a party hostel and they even send you an email after booking to make sure you know what you’re signing up for.

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I was thankful for their forwardness because I don’t typically book party hostels.

However, I was so surprised at how clean and tame they kept things around the hostel. A lot of the party happens outside of the hostel and I appreciated those boundaries. I had a great balance of party and good sleep!

Also, there is 24-hour reception in case you ever have any issues.

The vibes overall were amazing and I made so many good friends out at the pub crawl or even staying in to eat the hostel dinner. There are so many opportunities for socialization!

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17 Stunning Outfits for Mexico That’ll Make You Look Like a Beach Goddess

17 Stunning Outfits for Mexico That’ll Make You Look Like a Beach Goddess

Looking for stunning outfits for Mexico that’ll make you look like a beach goddess? Here are some super stylish and affordable ideas for perfect vacation outfits for Mexico.

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`Planning your trip to Mexico?

If you’re heading to Tulum, check out my honest review of Coco Limited boutique hotel here.

Also, find my Tulum printable below so you don’t miss a thing!

17 Trendy Outfits for Mexico

Here are 17 beautiful outfits for Mexico that I’ve compiled from Pinterest and Amazon so you don’t have to!

1. Two Piece Jungle Wanderer

A two-piece printed maxi dress is a gorgeous look for Mexico. Dress it up for a fancy dinner or dress it down for a walk along the beach.

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2. When Life Gives You Lemons.. You Go to Mexico!

Yellow is one of my favorite colors to wear to Mexico. I could totally see this yellow lemon printed dress in a colorful city like Oaxaca or Puerto Vallarta.

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3. Off the Shoulder Beach Girl

This white off-the-shoulder maxi dress is perfect for your summer vacation. Pair it with a fun but practical set of sandals to match.

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4. Boho Babe

Total Mamma Mia vibes! A bohemian look is always in style.

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5. Elegant Beach Party Dress

How cute is this green teal and brown combo?

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6. Pretty in Patterns

Again with this blue and brown combination, I can’t get enough of it! This strapless maxi dress will keep you cool in Mexico’s hot summer heat.

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7. Sophisticated Vacationer

Have the influencer look without breaking the bank. This chic white set is everything!

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8. Sunny Sweetheart

Look sweet in the sun with this cherry red ruffle set.

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9. Light and Airy Ruffles

This ruffled romper is effortlessly stylish. Pair it with a dainty necklace or a beige pair of wedges.

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10. The Comfy Explorer

Explore but keep it casual and comfy with these light and loose pants from Amazon. Style it with your favorite colored tank and a hat.

Why is it that hats instantly make an outfit look better!?

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11. Classic White Summer Beach Dress

A white dress is a summer essential!

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12. Yellow Mellow

Stand out amongst other vacationers in this bold and beautiful look. Don’t forget the bright yellow tassel earrings to really bring this Mexico-inspired look together.

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13. Summer Angel

Cover up (but not too much!) with this pearly-white beach set. The sheer skirt makes a simple white bikini look high fashion.

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14. The Adventurer

Whether you’re walking on the beach or exploring the Mayan ruins, this two-piece set will fit any occasion.

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15. Livin’ la Vida Loca

A fun and sassy Mexico outfit with a classic spin. Perfect for nights at a beach bar!

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16. Fine and Fancy

Look fine and fancy with this affordable beige set. I would totally wear this out to a nice dinner on the beach.

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17. Daisy Blue

A sundress that can do it all. I love all the different colors and styles amazon has to offer with this dress.

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