Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic is one of the most stunning cities I have visited so far. Architecturally Gothic with a dash of renaissance it is hard not to admire the buildings decorated in art nouveau and art deco. Prague offers a great mix of food, culture, architecture, relaxation and excitement. Go there once and you will love it. Go there twice and you may not want to leave. Three times a charm.
At the end of May I spent a week in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. It can be overwhelming and crowded as their population is 13 million and that does not include tourists. Citizens of the city are generally helpful and will assist if you need directions or something else. You can go there with just the clothes on your back and a wallet full of cash and come back after buying everything you need for your stay. Or you can go there normally and if you are not careful come back with an empty wallet, having spent all your money by giving in to the many aggressive street vendors or some more unscrupulous ways of losing your cash at restaurants.
Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria. This city has been pegged as the number one tourist destination in Bulgaria. I am sure that to some people it is a great place to visit while for others it may be too far down the rabbit hole they are willing to go. Before and during my stay I was warned about traveling as a tourist there and to keep a careful watch over my cash.
Skopje, the largest city in Macedonia had an earthquake in 1963 that destroyed 80% of the city. Rebuilding of the city was tasked to a Japanese architect and urban planner who also helped rebuild Hiroshima in 1949. As I was walking around the city I noticed very rundown buildings and newly built ones. In the centre of the city I discovered an abundance of newly built monuments and fountains scattered throughout.