Ben Yeo's top 5 things to do in Eastern Europe

Are tourist haunts like Milan and Paris too mainstream for you? Actor-host Ben Yeo roamed around exotic Eastern Europe and shares with us five things to do there

1. Watch a UEFA Champions League football match
1. Watch a UEFA Champions League football match
04 Jan 2017

1. Watch a UEFA Champions League football match

CROATIA: To celebrate his birthday in September, Ben went on a two-week trip to Eastern Europe. “A tour agency wanted to do a trip to Europe with me, but I was initially reluctant because I developed a phobia of long flights after a bad experience with turbulence. But I decided to go somewhere that I had never been.” First stop: Zagreb. “I got to watch the live Champions League match between Juventus and Dinamo Zagreb. A few tour mates and I bought tickets and just went for it. The fans there were really hardcore! They were singing and cheering loudly the whole time. When they start jumping up and down you can feel the whole stadium trembling. They also threw fireworks on the field when the opponent player fell down.” 

2. Traipse to the walled city where Game of Thrones characters walked
2. Traipse to the walled city where Game of Thrones characters walked
04 Jan 2017

2. Traipse to the walled city where Game of Thrones characters walked

CROATIA: “Dubrovnik is a small ancient city, but it’s very well-maintained. Game of Thrones was filmed there, and for a fan like myself it was great,” enthuses Ben. But he cautions that die-hard buffs should, er, manage their expectations. “They don’t sell the place as a Game of Thrones fan destination, so the tour guide didn’t explain much about the specific scenes that were filmed in each place. And there were only a few shops selling Game of Thrones souvenirs.” There is always good ol’ Google for research. 

3. Eat seafood fresh out of the ocean
3. Eat seafood fresh out of the ocean
04 Jan 2017

3. Eat seafood fresh out of the ocean

CROATIA: Ben recalls, “My tour agency arranged for a fisherman to take us to Ston by boat. It’s a small fishing village where we tried freshly-caught mussels, oysters and wine. The seawater was so clear you could see to the bottom of the ocean.”

4. Visit a haunted castle built in a cave
4. Visit a haunted castle built in a cave
04 Jan 2017

4. Visit a haunted castle built in a cave

SLOVENIA: If you’re an architecture buff or a ghost hunter, Ben reckons this ancient castle with a violent history is the place to go. “I was amazed by the structure of the Predjama Castle. [A robber baron] built it inside a cave to hide from his enemies, at a time when the technology for heavy machinery was not developed yet. I heard that it's haunted. There was also this torture chamber within the castle, which was dark and chilling even when we visited it in the day. Can you imagine if you had to spend a night there? (Laughs) There were also creepy mannequins wearing ancient costumes.” 

5. Take a selfie at a UNESCO World Heritage site
5. Take a selfie at a UNESCO World Heritage site
04 Jan 2017

5. Take a selfie at a UNESCO World Heritage site

BOSNIA: “We specially went to this bridge in the town of Mostar to take photos,” says Ben. “It’s a famous landmark, even though its name literally means ‘Old Bridge’. (Laughs) This is also where you can grab a seat in one of the cafes there, have a cup of tea and enjoy the scenery.” 

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