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Bus to Bergamo airport

Bus to Bergamo airport

Getting from Bergamo Airport to the town of Bergamo Bus number 1 or 1A Runs every 30 minutes Runs during the night too Route: from the airport – train station – city center – Funicolar station – upper (old) town Stops close to Best Western […]

Top reasons to visit the Gothic quarter in Barcelona in October

Top reasons to visit the Gothic quarter in Barcelona in October

October visit in Barcelona’s famous Gothic quarter Great views of Barcelona In today’s post I would like to give you an idea for a short weekend autumn trip in Europe. With Halloween coming close, going to Barcelona’s Gothic quarter is a great idea. You can […]

Top 3 shopping malls in Plovdiv

Top 3 shopping malls in Plovdiv

List of top 3 malls in Plovdiv, Bulgaria for shopping and entertainment experience

Top 3 shopping malls in Sofia

Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria after Sofia and is voted to be 2019 European capital of culture. Besides cultural heritage, this city can offer shopping experience as well. Read below which are the best shopping malls in Plovdiv.

Mall Markovo Tepe

Located close to the city center and the main street, mall Markovo Tepe is named after one of the famous Plovdiv hills or so-called ‘tepe’.

 

 

This is my personal favorite mall in Plovdiv for shopping or entertainment.

The mall offers a variety of clothing brands and other goods. The last floor features a big top of the line fitness center Atletik. There’s a cinema as well – the popular Arena brand. Restaurant Victoria, a popular Bulgarian luxury chain is situated on second to last floor next to the cinema.

Keep in mind that this mall offers free parking only for a limited timeframe (1 hour), after which parking is paid.

 

Mall Plovdiv

Mall Plovdiv is located a bit further away from the city center. It features various clothing brands to choose from, as well as electronics and kids’ stores. The mall’s best feature is the Starbucks cafe and the Cinema city movie theater.

 

Plovdiv Plaza

This will be the new name for the old Mall Galeria in Plovdiv. Before being rebranded, the mall was not a very successful shopping destination. However, now the new owners claim it will be the biggest mall in Plovdiv with many stores and entertainment areas. The famous furniture brand IKEA will also have a store in the new mall.

Plovdiv plaza will be opened in November 2018. We are looking forward to the new, rebranded mall!

 

Have you visited any of the Plovdiv malls? Which is your favorite? Share and comment below!

 

Driving from Vidin to Craiova by European route E79

Driving from Vidin to Craiova by European route E79

One day drive from Vidin, Bulgaria to Craiova, Romania by E79 Pictures from the Craiova food festival   We visited Craiova last weekend and to see their food festival. We arrived there by car from Northern Bulgaria so we had to cross the Danube bridge […]

Pictures from the street food festival in Craiova, Romania

Pictures from the street food festival in Craiova, Romania

Craiova’s street food festival 27 – 30 September 2018 Street food festival events are getting very popular in Europe. Lots of cities and towns now organize one or more food festivals during the year to attract tourists. This weekend we visited Craiova in Romania and […]

Wizz Air review – top 5 reasons not to fly with them

Wizz Air review – top 5 reasons not to fly with them

Top 5 reasons not to fly with Wizz Air

I’ve written about our recent trip to Italy and today I will tell you about our flight experience with the low-budget company Wizz Air. My experience with Wizz was bad on this occasion. The top reasons for my bad experience and why I advise you not to fly with them are:

  • frequent flight delays
  • longer than normal waiting time to board
  • bad luggage handling
  • little to no customer service
  • no explanation for delays

 

Our bad experience with Wizz Air

I want to stress the fact that this company regularly delays flights and passengers with around an hour  which is not enough to submit an actual claim.

 

Outbound flight to Italy

Our flight from to Bergamo was scheduled to lift off at 07:40 AM local time and boarding had to close at 07:10 AM.

Nothing like this happened. The Wizz Air employees kept us waiting standing in a queue to board for over an hour. Due to the long waiting time to board, lots of people started feeling ill and there was nowhere to sit or leave our luggage.

During the whole time we waited nobody explained anything and did not announce any problems with the flight at all. However, we noticed that the cabin crew arrived at work just 5 minutes before the plane was scheduled for lift off!

The plane departed at least 40 minutes after the scheduled time.

 

How I climbed the Milan cathedral

 

Denied boarding

Our return flight was initially scheduled for a Thursday morning at 09:20 am Italy time. We went through luggage and passport check on the Milan Bergamo airport with no issues. However, the queues were extremely long and we were slightly delayed to arrive at the boarding queue for the flight. However, we arrived before the flight was scheduled to take off.

 

long queue at the airport
Queues at Bergamo Airport

 

We were at the gate at 09:08 local time and asked to be allowed to get on the plane. The Wizz Air employee denied us and said that boarding is already over. We explained that we have checked in for the flight but were delayed due to airport queues and asked assistance.

The employee refused with no explanation and declined any assistance whatsoever. He did not call to ask if it was possible for us to get on board, did not attempt anything to assist. He just told us to go back and buy tickets for tomorrow.

 

Return flight

This time Wizz Air was again more than 30 minutes late to start the boarding and kept us waiting in line at the gate. When they arrived, they demanded to take our hand luggage to be transported separately, to which we agreed with the understanding that we have not bought priority so it’s OK.

Boarding started at 09:15 (5 minutes before the plane was scheduled to depart) and we waited once to get through the gate and again to get on a bus and be transported to the plane. No explanation was offered as to why they were delayed. The plane left at 09:50, 30 minutes later than scheduled.

When we arrived we realized that our laptop which was transported separately by Wizz Air has been damaged during transport and is now unusable. We would have taken it on board to avoid damage in transport, however Wizz Air employees did not give us the chance, they took the luggage straightaway.

 

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After this experience with Wizz Air, I have submitted several claims and I will tell you what happened in my next article.

Have you flown with Wizz Air? What were your impressions? Share below!

 

Crossing Bulgaria-Turkey border through Kapitan Andreevo and Kapikule

Crossing Bulgaria-Turkey border through Kapitan Andreevo and Kapikule

Crossing the Bulgaria – Turkey border during the weekend – not a good experience   Recently we visited Edirne for some sightseeing and to try the local food. We went there by car and since we were in Southern Bulgaria for a few days, we […]

Should you visit Platamon castle in Greece?

Should you visit Platamon castle in Greece?

One-day trip to Platamon castle, Northern Greece Greece is mostly visited because of its wonderful beaches, but the country is so much more than that. Greece is a place of ancient history so if you have the time, there’s a lot of sightseeing you can […]

What to eat in Edirne, Turkey

What to eat in Edirne, Turkey

Which Turkish food to try in Edirne

Edirne is a small (by Turkish standards) city near the Bulgarian border. It’s mostly famous for the Selimiye Mosque, which is the biggest on the Balkans. With a lot of sightseeing and shopping to do, any tourist will get hungry! Check out where to find the best food in Edirne below!

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Grabbing lunch or dinner

The center of Edirne offers mostly fast food places to grab a bite and go on exploring. Of course, there are many doener places where you can try the famous Turkish kebap / doener. If you want something different but also typical for Turkey, I would recommend to try lahmacun and pide. Both dishes can be made with different types of meat or cheese if you prefer.

Curious fact about restaurants in Turkey is that you only order the main courses and salads are brought free of charge. You can see below that we ordered 2 lahmacun, 2 pide and 1 portion of shakshouka, which had no eggs, only veggies. The server brought 2 plates of various raw vegetables as a side dish.

Keep in mind that most sour meals in Turkey are more or less hot so the salads help with that. Also, if you’re not into spicy hot food, you can order ayran to drink which helps with the spicy aftertaste.

 

Trying the local cuisine in Edirne
Trying the local cuisine in Edirne

Sweets and nuts

The center of Edirne is full of sweet shops offering traditional Turkish desserts – baklava, lokum (Turkish delight), halva and many others. It’s not uncommon to see home-made honey and nuts in the shops too.

Edirne sweet shop
Baklava on display in an Edirne shop

There are tens of baklava styles, which taste almost the same, but are shaped differently. I would recommend you to mix and mach different pieces so you can try them all. It also makes for a great gift to your friends as this dessert can be stored at least for a few days before consumed.

Lokum is another popular dessert, typical for Turkey. It’s usually very colorful and comes in different shapes so it will make a great gift. I typically like this dessert, however the type of lokum I bought from Edirne was very tasteless and overall not very good. I’d advise you to stick to baklava or halva.

Have you tried any of these dishes? Comment below or share!

Finding parking near Sofia airport

Finding parking near Sofia airport

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