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If your trip will include Eastern Europe, be sure to browse through all the Eastern Europe articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Eastern Europe, we've been there done that when it comes to Eastern Europe, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Eastern Europe.

Really Cool Panoramic Travel Photos Site

Saturday, January 7, 2012
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Dream Wedding, Vienna
From the Dream Wedding in Vienna series

I was recently contacted by George from PanoMagic.eu about a photo he took of the Devetaki Caves in Bulgaria. We got to talking, and I took a closer look at his 360° Panoramic Photos site. His style of photography is really unique, and his HDR 360° panoramic photos are amazing. If you browse through his photos it also serves as a great resource for Bulgaria travel, hes featured a lot of really cool looking places in and around Bulgaria. Below are a few of my favorites from his site, if you appreciate photography at all I highly recommend you check out it out.

Fukushima A Tourist Destination In 20 Years?

Monday, December 12, 2011
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Chernobyl Abandoned Amusement Park
The abandoned amusement park in the town of Pripyat, Chernobyl Dead Zone

25 years ago, after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, nobody would have predicted the zone of alienation would become a tourist attraction. Although it's no Eifel Tower, and never will be, today Chernobyl and the abandoned town of Pripyat are one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Ukraine. Fast forward another 25 years, will Fukushima be the next post-nuclear disaster tourist destination?

Questions For 10 Day Trip Between Istanbul & Split

Walking to Kravice Waterfall Pools
About to go for a swim through the frigid cold water out to the waterfalls

Q. I am going to croatia for a week and the end of august but will have about 10 days before our boat trip there to cruise around eastern europe. will probably start in istanbul and work our way up to split. what cities would you recommend going to and what is the best way to get around through there?

Cluster Bombs and Cruise Missiles: The Aftermath of the 1999 NATO Air Strikes on Belgrade

Saturday, May 28, 2011
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Nato Bomb
The Ministry of Defense destroyed by NATO air strikes in Belgrade, Serbia

In 1999 NATO intervened in an escalating civil war, the Kosovo War, between ethnic Albanians and Serbs on the behalf of the outgunned Albanians. The intervention was controversial for many reasons. The initial fighting did not involve NATO nations. It coincidentally took media attention away from the Monica Lewinsky Scandal, and among numerous other controversies, three missiles were fired at and destroyed the Chinese embassy, supposedly surgically accurate missiles. For nearly 4 months NATO launched Tomahawk cruise missiles and flew over 38,000 combat missions targeting military installations, power plants, media broadcasting stations and the Ministry of Defense, pictured above.

Leaving Western Style Toilets Behind

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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A toilet near Yangshuo China
A toilet in a village near Yangshuo, China

A warning, this article is going to be about poop and pee, if you don't care to read about that, click here.  Otherwise, lets get to know each other a little bit...

Exploring Chernobyl Dead Zone With Google Maps

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Chernobyl Reactor #4
Reactor Number 4 – The Reactor which exploded in 1986

On April 25, 1986 the area surrounding Chernobyl was full of action. The following day, everything came to a halt when Chernobyl Reactor #4 blew. Millions of dollars in land and equipment were left as people simply hoped to escape with their lives. 25 years later with satellite and internet technology, we can explore the ruins of Chernobyl and its surroundings from our home computer. Below are some interesting things I've found.

Ross Kemp On Gangs

Ross Kemp On Gangs
The title graphic for the show, picturing Ross Kemp

With episodes filmed in some of the most dangerous places in the World, Ross Kemp really sticks his neck out there to film this show. Follow him around the world as he meets with the most ruthless, violent, and dangerous gangs in the world. Originally airing in the UK, the show began airing in the US in 2009 under the name "Gang Nation", find it on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

Hike to the Braşov Sign in Transylvania, Romania

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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The Braşov Sign, Romania
The Braşov Sign in Braşov, Transylvania: Romania’s Hollywood Sign

When in Transylvania, you'll likely notice the Braşov sign perched up on the hill of Braşov. Get some exercise and spend a half day hiking up and down. You'll be able to find the trail just by walking up to the hill from wherever you are in town. The hike is moderate, but know if you're coming fresh off the Hike From Buşteni To Babele, that you will probably feel this one also. Enjoy the views of Braşov from the highest point around.

Touring Chernobyl 25 Years Later

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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Ferris Wheel of Abandoned Pripyat Town, Chernobyl
The Ferris Wheel from the abandoned town of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Dead Zone

Ukraine tends to be far from the beaten path, even for Eastern Europe; however if you can allocate the time its well worth the visit. Kiev, the capital, is a fantastic city with good night life. And you'll need a full day to venture north to Chernobyl, where the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history took place on April 26th, 1986.

Hike From Buşteni To Babele, Romania

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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The View Towards Babele From Buşteni, Romania
A view up the mountain towards Babele from outside the Buşteni train station

Romania is not a frequented hot spot for travelers. However, its easy to kill a week or two visiting this Eastern European country. If you're a hiker in Romania, you can't leave without hiking from Buşteni to Babele in the Bucegi Mountains of Central Romania. Likely the 2 most popular destinations in Romania are the capital Bucharest, and Transylvania, the home of Dracula. Taking the train between the 2 leads you through Buşteni.

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