Sapphire, sorry for having caused some misunderstanding in my earlier post. Somes Romanians do speak foreign languages. Young people (a.o. students) often speak English. Older people sometimes speak French or German, the latter esp. in the south west of the country (for historical reasons). Should it be of any help (?), the older ones also speak Russian - though in many cases reluctantly.
Eleritz, what has become popular in BG is mainly the Black Sea coast. There you will find plenty of people who master at least some English. In the less visited inner country this is more difficult. Apart from Sofia and Plovdiv, foreigners are expected to cope with the cyrillic alphabet without the latin equivalents written underneath. So it's advisable to learn at least the basics of Bulgarian (more difficult than Romanian!).
I would suggest Macedonia or Montenegro, countries not to big so a week would be enough for some first impressions. People are friendly and nature and culture both are great. It's relatively cheap as well.
Both countries don't have any really big cities unfortunately and Skopje is ugly by the way so stay around Ohrid for a few days in Macedonia.
If you are a bit adventurous you can travel to Albania from both countries if you like. Great people, nature and culture as well.
A lot of families from the Western European countries take holiday during August leaving their businesses closed and beaches crowded. So unless you don't mind this you should consider somewhere else
Certainly u ll go turkey.
amorphis Thank you for clearing that up!
Utrecht Thank you! I’ll make sure I’ll check them out!
NantesFC I’ve been to a lot of countries in Europe and I don’t tend to mind that it might be a bit “crowded”. However I do mind visiting a country which is entirely depended on tourists.
necessary Turkey isn’t the sort of country I want to visit. I have been there twice already, and I’m quite satisfied with that for the moment, thank you though!
[ Edit: Edited on May 31, 2007, at 2:00 PM by sapphire ]
Lake Como, Italy wuld be a good choice. Mennagio has a great hostel called La Primula. Mennagio is absolutely stunning. You can spend a day taking the day ferry around the lakes to the villages, spend another day hiking in the mountains on trails, go to Lugano, Switzerland and do some shopping or head down to Como for some museums. I have been all over the world and Mennagio is by far one the most beautiful, friendly and interesting places. Milan is the closest big city.
[ Edit: Edited on May 31, 2007, at 4:37 PM by vickim ]
how about croatia then you can easily jump on a boat ans also see venice in the same trip. venice is a great place to see and croatia is cheap not touristy inthe right places and beautiful.
Thank you for all your replies! I really appreciate it!
We're considering going to Slovenia! It seems like a nice country that has everything we want to see/do! I'm sure I'll drop by asking a few questions later on about Slovenia! Thanks again! ^^