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I drove with a friend from Oslo to Belgrade in Serbia to see the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. On the way, we stopped in Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Timisoara.
We stopped in Bratislava for a few hours on the way from Prague to Budapest.
We stayed two days in Budapest.
We also stayed a night in Timisoara in Transylvania, Romania.
The southernmost stop on the trip was Belgrade in Serbia, host to the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.
In December 2007, I visited the second largest (by area) country in Europe - Ukraine.
Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, has about 2.7 million inhabitants.
I visited the site for the worst nuclear accident in history. 55,000 people were living here before the accident. Now the city is empty.
I visited Prague again in 2007, 11 years after my last trip to the city.
Prague is a wonderful city for anyone interested in architecture and photography.
I visited Sofia in Bulgaria for a few days in early May.
Sofia is one of the oldest capital cities of Europe, and has today over a million inhabitants.
I arrived in Georgia by train, and what I saw made me sceptical... until I saw the center or Tbilisi, which is a charming city.
The capital and biggest city of Georgia is full of churches.
I visited Moscow in February 2004. The thing that impressed me the most was the metro. The stations are wonderfully decorated with marble floors, paintings, statues and chandeliers.
Behind the Italian-built walls of the Kremlin, some old men once held the world's destiny in their wrinkled hands. Another famous landmark is the St. Basil Cathedral, with its colorful cupolas.
What impressed me most in in Moscow, was the Metro. The contrast to the underground in cities like London and New York is striking. And it is inexpensive, too.
From July 31 to August 24, I drove around the Baltic sea, through 10 different countries, and staying in 8 different cities; Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Minsk, Kaliningrad and Copenhagen.
The first stop on my trip was in Stockholm, where I stayed for 3 days. I was there at the end of Stockholm Pride week, and got to see the parade that Saturday.
From Stockholm, I took the over-night ferry to Helsinki in Finland.
From Helsinki, a short ferry trip took me to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Tallinn is a charming city, with a well preserved old town.
Riga is about 4 hours drive from Tallinn. Riga is a relatively large city, with almost a million inhabitants, and there is a charming old town here as well.
Lithuania is the most populous of the three Baltic countries, but there are still less than 4 million people in this country.
Vilnius is only a 30 minutes drive from the border of Belarus, so I had to make a visit there too. Belarus is one of the few communist countries still around, and the bureaucracy was evidend from the first contact. The border crossing formalities took 90 minutes.
Kaliningrad is a Russian city of almost half a million people, in a small piece of land between Lithuania and Poland, separate from the rest of Russia. This is one of the ugliest cities I have ever seen.
From Kaliningrad I drove to Gdansk in Poland and took a ferry from there to Copenhagen, where I spent the last few days of my holiday, before driving back to Oslo over the Øresund bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden.
In August 1996, I spent about two weeks travelling throgh Europe by car with some fellow students from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
We started by driving from Bergen to Oslo, then going by ferry to Kiel in Germany, and then driving more or less non-stop until we arrived in Italy.
After a night in expensive Venice, we decided to travel east, where everything is cheaper.
We stayed a few days in Prague on the way back home.