The tiny capital city with a high number of hills and a vast amount of beauty. Ordinarily going to this tax haven there may be issues with learning about this city. I, however, was very lucky, as I shall explain.
When arriving at the hostel; I opened the dorm door to two Canadians from Newfoundland, infact they work for the same university. Just on different campuses. One of them had met a travel blogger who was from the region and invited us to join her to get some food. How could I say no?
We walked for at minimum for three And a half hours (annoyingly I forgot to turn on my pedometer). We saw almost all of the city. The Philharmonic building and looked out over the city, the view from the platform at the top of the free glass lift (a must) the towers and walls from the many times the city has changed hands. The buildings where revolutions started, where the rich spend their money and where people go on the weekend to spend a few hours in an old building with loud music and expensive drinks.
The city is impressive the building and expansion of fortresses and their streets with many different styles smattered across the city. Looking at the rooves helps, from there you can work out when the building was built and who by.
The next day I enjoyed a lovely run in the city with the old sites taking away from the burning in the lungs and the hot pain of a stitch. The birds help drowned out the internal screaming of “why did I say id do this?!”. After the run I headed to the caves under old walls and fortresses. Like the city it has been greatly expanded over the years. At it’s night is spanned 46km but now only 17.
You could easily get lost in these tunnels, so I’m glad that I had the company of one of the the Canadian girls. But it was pretty cool. And not just temperature wise (it was indeed a nice relief). We met up with the second girl and went to get food in a nice pub with some great falafel. Whilst there we met two other girls from our dorm (2 Londoners on their first trip) well it is indeed a small city.
The next day was the trip to Brussels and that will be a rollercoaster just you wait.