A Serbian villager hangs a garlic braid, used as vampire repellant, on a window on December 3, 2012 in the western ...

Village stakes claim to its own vampire

The leering visage of a gap-toothed man with blood dripping down his stubbly chin is an unusual lure for tourists, but in the tiny Serbian hamlet of Zarozje, locals are hoping a resurrected vampire legend will let them bleed a little cash from passing visitors.

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Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia

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Cathedral of St Sava, Belgrade, Serbia.

Snap-happy in Serbia

It was great to be able to get off the ship and spend a day in the countryside without having to pack and unpack.

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Serbia Guca festival.

As bold as brass

The horns are blaring, the pigs roasting. Vanessa Murray joins half a million Balkan music fans at Guca's famous festival.

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Water under the bridge ... the Hungarian parliament building in Budapest.

Down the Danube

Margaret Turton takes a river cruise laced with spies, revolution and royalty.

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Travel Australian Dollar illustration

Today, the greenback, tomorrow the world

How's your Egyptian? Your Cantonese? Hungarian? The strong Aussie dollar makes many destinations more affordable, beyond the usual haunts in America and Europe.

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