Author Profile: David Johnston

Travelsewhere

Travelsewhere is written by David, an Australian travel-addict, blogger and photographer who focuses on sharing the quieter, lesser seen pockets of Europe and the World. He has been travelling solo for more than 2 years now and is a lover of castles and dramatic landscapes.

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11 Sights to See in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

11 Sights to See in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Looking back at my posts from Romania, I realised that I only ever shared a post on places to eat from the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca. That’s a pity, as the cosmopolitan Cluj was probably my favourite big city stop during my Romanian...   view more

Photo Series: The Magnificent City of Gdansk

Photo Series: The Magnificent City of Gdansk

Gdansk, Poland

One of my standout favourite destinations from my visit to Poland was the magnificent city of Gdansk. This port city on Poland’s northern Baltic coast is home to some incredible architecture and waterfront...   view more

Elsewhere: Kuldiga and the Venta Rapids, Latvia

Elsewhere: Kuldiga and the Venta Rapids, Latvia

Kuldiga, Latvia

Can you think of a place during the holidays that everyone seems to stop at, as they drive to and from their getaway? Somewhere to grab lunch or just pause at to break up the long drive? Well in Latvia, that stop is the small town of...   view more

6 Tips for Visiting Tallinn, Estonia

6 Tips for Visiting Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

I wasn’t particularly sure how to best share the city of Tallinn with you. As the capital of Estonia and its major tourist destination, if you’re heading to Estonia there’s a good chance you’re going...   view more

Embracing the Estonian Seaside in Parnu

Embracing the Estonian Seaside in Parnu

Parnu, Estonia

When people think of visiting the Baltic states like Estonia, its unlikely they think about spending much time by the beach. That’s more a southern Europe, Italy or Greece kind of thing...   view more

A Visit to the Charming Town of Cesis, Latvia

A Visit to the Charming Town of Cesis, Latvia

Cesis, Latvia

As part of my visit to the wonderful Gauja Valley, I planned a day trip from Sigulda to the charming town of Cesis. My time exploring the historic town reinforced how special this part of Latvia is, while furthering my understanding of the history of the country as a...   view more

Castles of Sigulda and the Gauja Valley

Castles of Sigulda and the Gauja Valley

Sigulda, Latvia

Just an hour away from the capital of Latvia is the small town of Sigulda. While often a day trip for visitors to Riga, I opted to spend a few days there to better explore the...   view more

Back in Brno for November, Again

Back in Brno for November, Again

Brno, Czech Republic

The city of Brno is the second largest city of the Czech Republic and the capital of the South Moravia region. It was established as a city in 1243 and became the capital of the Margraviate of...   view more

11 Essential Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

11 Essential Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

The Baltic States were always somewhere I’d been curious to visit and in August of this year I thankfully had the chance to do so. My first stop was to be Riga, the capital of Latvia and I was pretty...   view more

5 Reasons to Visit Skopje, Macedonia

5 Reasons to Visit Skopje, Macedonia

Skopje, Macedonia

The city of Skopje may just be my favourite capital that I’ve visited in the Balkans. As my last stop in Macedonia it was a pretty great way to cap off my enlightening and eventful...   view more

9 Things to Do in Ohrid, the Jewel of Macedonia

9 Things to Do in Ohrid, the Jewel of Macedonia

Ohrid, Macedonia

When it comes to tourist hotspots in the Republic of Macedonia, it’s hard to go past the majestic Lake Ohrid. This vast lake lies in the southwestern corner of the country on the border with Albania. As a landlocked country, Lake Ohrid is the closest Macedonia comes to having a...   view more

Exploring the War Remnants of Karosta, Latvia

Exploring the War Remnants of Karosta, Latvia

Liepaja, Latvia

Walking out of the city of Liepāja on Latvia’s southern coast one morning, I couldn’t have guessed where I would end up later that day. After spending the previous day exploring Liepāja, I had decided to venture north of the canal and visit the neighbourhood of...   view more

The Many Surprises of Tetovo, Macedonia

The Many Surprises of Tetovo, Macedonia

Tetovo, Macedonia

In Ohrid, the end of my time in Macedonia was drawing near with my last stop being the nation’s capital of Skopje. Still wanting to see more of the country, I decided to squeeze an extra destination in before reaching my final...   view more

Elsewhere: Prilep, Republic of Macedonia

Elsewhere: Prilep, Republic of Macedonia

Prilep, Macedonia

The city of Prilep has a long and illustrious history, stretching back beyond the Romans to Ancient Macedonia. Many of the events that shaped the city happened between the 11th and 14th centuries, when the city bounced between the Bulgarian Empires, the Byzantines and the Kingdom of...   view more

What to See in Poznan, Poland

What to See in Poznan, Poland

Poznan, Poland

It’s rather peculiar that the city of Poznan in Western Poland isn’t a larger tourist destination. While Poznan is one of the biggest cities in Poland, it’s nowhere near as well-known to tourists as Krakow, Warsaw or...   view more

Elsewhere: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Elsewhere: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo may not be a large city today, but it has some rich pedigree. It was once the grand capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire from the 12th to 15th centuries. During this period, Bulgaria was a powerhouse of the Balkans and many historic heroes, like Ivan Asen II, lived during that...   view more

Plovdiv, An Ancient City with Youthful Spirit

Plovdiv, An Ancient City with Youthful Spirit

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

After enjoying Bulgaria’s coast for two weeks, it was time to head inland. Having only seen the seaside parts of the country, I wasn’t sure what to expect with my first stop in the city of...   view more

11 Essential Things to Do in Brasov

11 Essential Things to Do in Brasov

Brasov, Romania

Romania’s city of Brașov is kind of a perfect reflection for the country’s Transylvanian region. The city has all the elements that make Transylvania such a captivating place, available to you in a single...   view more

What to See in Sibiu, Romania

What to See in Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, Romania

Today, Sibiu is a shining example of Transylvanian architecture and history, boasting an impressive historical old town. The old town is divided into the Upper Town, which was once the citadel with its masterfully restored houses, and the Lower Town that lies beyond the citadel’s...   view more

Dining in Cluj – Four Ways

Dining in Cluj – Four Ways

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

For my visit to Cluj, I knew it to be a major city of Transylvania and so expected that I would explore its cityscape and Transylvanian urban life. While I did explore these aspects of Cluj, it didn’t feel like the sreets, landmarks and urban life were its most interesting...   view more

Elsewhere: Oradea, Romania

Elsewhere: Oradea, Romania

Oradea, Romania

For an emerging travel destination, there are still quite a few places in Romania that have yet to fully pop up on tourist’s radars. Most certainly one of these is the understated city of Oradea by the country’s border with...   view more

Elsewhere: Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elsewhere: Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Jajce actually has quite a distinguished pedigree. It was once the capital of the Kingdom of Bosnia during the Middle Ages before falling to the Ottoman’s in the 16th century. This goes to explain the town’s hilltop fortress and the quaint stone walls that surround the...   view more

A Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

A Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

Bratislava, Slovakia

When visiting Vienna, there’s so much to see and do that I can’t imagine you running out of things to do. However if you do, or want to see something a little different, then you also have the opportunity of a Bratislava day...   view more

Elsewhere: Vigo, Spain

Elsewhere: Vigo, Spain

Vigo, Spain

Spain is a country of overwhelming choices. Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Majorca, the list goes on. You’re never going to run out of places to visit. But if you’re already passed through all the highlights, where...   view more

Elsewhere: Aveiro, Portugal

Elsewhere: Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro, once a small fishing town, is now an emerging tourist destination for Portugal. Located south of Porto on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, Aveiro is a petite port city known for its production of salt and...   view more

14 Lisbon Sights to See

14 Lisbon Sights to See

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal is a lively place that has plenty to offer those that chose to journey there. While maybe not as flashy as many of the other European capitals, it does have a lot going for...   view more

Elsewhere: Olomouc, Czech Republic

Elsewhere: Olomouc, Czech Republic

Olomouc, Czech Republic

Olomouc is a modest city, host to a compact old town inside some subtle city walls. For a small and little heard of place, Olomouc has a surprising number of things to see with an abundance of fountains and...   view more

Elsewhere: Białystok, Poland

Elsewhere: Białystok, Poland

Bialystok, Poland

While it may not be able to compete with the heavy-hitters like Krakow and Warsaw, I found Białystok to be a pleasant first step in exploring Poland and hope you’ll find something to your liking...   view more

11 Sights to See in Kaunas, Lithuania

11 Sights to See in Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas, Lithuania

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Kaunas, from its lively atmosphere to the many landmarks I soon came to learn about. So here is my list of the essential sights to see in the city of...   view more

The Charming Medieval City of Torun, Poland

The Charming Medieval City of Torun, Poland

Torun, Poland

Torun just oozes medieval charm and its hard not to feel like you’re visiting a different century. Enjoy the following guide through the delightful sights of...   view more

5 Big Reasons to Visit Warsaw, Poland

5 Big Reasons to Visit Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

What makes Warsaw such an interesting city to visit is the vast range of things to do in this modern metropolis. Warsaw isn’t just an old town and nothing more, not that Krakow is...   view more

16 Essential Things to Do in Perugia, Italy

16 Essential Things to Do in Perugia, Italy

Perugia, Italy

For whatever reason, I was intrigued by the idea of visiting the city of Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy. So when I found decent flights for my visit home to Australia out of Rome, I decided to visit a few places in Italy on the way. Perugia was the first place on my...   view more

11 Sights to See in Wroclaw, Poland

11 Sights to See in Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

The city of Wrocław in western Poland is somewhat of a paradox; it’s one of Poland’s largest tourist destinations and yet you seemingly here very little about...   view more

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