This weekend’s #lpInstatakeover is from #LonelyPlanet writer and Bucharest local @monicasuma, who recently moved back to her native #Bucharest after 12 years abroad. Drawn by the urban revival and cultural effervescence, this former New Yorker is happily back to strolling through the back alleys of the interwar city, searching for its hidden haunts, delicious eats and ever-present festivals. Here she is in the tranquil courtyard lapidarium of the Orthodox Stravropoleos Church, a magnificent example of Brâncovenesc style built by Greek monks in the 1700s. – ‘The reason I love Bucharest so much is because of all its hidden gardens, tucked away behind stately mansions. Stavropoleos Church certainly holds one of its most beautiful. Join me this weekend as I share some of my favourite sights in Bucharest and #Romania in general, as I rediscover my beautiful country.' – @monicasuma#travel#lonelyplanet
This week's #lpfanphoto was taken by Tim (@aroundtheblueplanet), of the iconic Great Wall of China, looking particularly wintery and festive. -- Every week we regram an #lpfanphoto. Tag yours for a potential feature!
Looking for the perfect present? They may say it with poems and beer in the Netherlands, but head over to our online shop (via the link in our bio) for the final hours of our 25% off sale on all titles! Ends midnight tonight.
'We stopped for brunch at F-Hoone, one of the most popular pitstops in Telliskivi. The interior was shabby-chic perfection, with huge windows that created Insta-worthy silhouettes, while the food was tasty and filling (go for the grilled lavash). Get here early or book ahead to guarantee you get a table.' – @sparkyseestheworld#lonelyplanet#lpinstatakeover#bestintravel#estonia
'One area of #Tallinn feeling the benefits of regeneration is Telliskivi Creative City. Once an industrial complex, the old factories now house hip cafes, art galleries and local businesses. There’s a flea market every Saturday, plus street food carts and a plethora of street art to enjoy. The best bit? The cruise-ship crowds don’t make it here… yet.' – @sparkyseestheworld#lonelyplanet#lpinstatakeover#bestintravel#estonia
'Linnahall looms on the outskirts of the Old Town. Once an ice rink and a concert venue, it has been closed for almost a decade. These days the decaying shell is frequented mostly by seagulls and photographers on the hunt for the perfect perspective shot. Graffiti covers every viable surface and weeds are reclaiming the stone staircases. I was enchanted by the architectural design and wind-whipped seafront location. The venue is set for renovation – so get here soon if you’re a fan of urban ‘ruins’! – @sparkyseestheworld#lonelyplanet#lpinstatakeover#bestintravel#estonia
This weekend's #lpinstatakeover is from #LonelyPlanet's Deputy Editor Emma Sparks, who will be sharing snaps of her recent visit to #Tallinn, our best value destination for 2018. 'Tallinn was an eye-opening trip for me. The cobblestones and spires I expected – but the rest? From modern street art and uber-cool neighbourhoods to edgy abandoned buildings and a varied food scene, this city is full of surprises. And it’s affordable too, despite being just a short ferry ride away from the eye-wateringly expensive Helsinki. Estonia’s capital is ideal for a long weekend, but no doubt you’ll want to return for more!' – @sparkyseestheworld -- Keep an eye out for more of Emma's Tallinn shots this weekend! #lonelyplanet#BestinTravel#Estonia