Welcome to Reality and Beyond

Lucy Abel Smith and Harriet Landseer specialise in tailor-made tours to all parts of Central and Eastern Europe, to countries we have explored and enjoyed for many years. Our philosophy is to bring out the richness and diversity of these, often neglected, regions where against all odds, strong artistic and intellectual traditions remain.

Reality and Beyond in 2017

Lucy’s involvement with the Quenington Sculpture Trust means that her 2017 summer is filled with the 13th Biennial outdoor sculpture show – Fresh Air – from the 11th June to 2nd July. Therefore 2017 tours for Reality and Beyond Ltd will take place in the Autumn.

October is a lovely month in Central Europe and the Balkans and there will definitely be a Transylvanian visit covering some of the ground of Lucy’s newly-published travel guide to the Tarnava Mare Valley, both the east and west of Sighisoara including some, little-visited, villages.

There have been requests for another tour around the life and times of Miklos Banffy in Budapest and Cluj and there is also interest in a visit to Weimar.

Meanwhile for those who equally wish to take advantage of the beautiful spring in Central Europe and the Balkans we now have a wonderful and highly-recommended circle of tour organisers who are top quality operators – we are happy to suggest itineraries that are tried, tested and exciting:

Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, the Macedonian part of Greece

Maja Mazenkoska and Alexander organise tours to the whole region. maja@simoniumtravel.com.mk

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visit Tito’s recently-opened bunker just outside Sarajevo with Edin Ogresevic. Visits also organised to Mostar. edin.ogresevic@yahoo.com


Andrea Hadik can organise tours around Hungary. Indeed, we are asking her help with another visit to Budapest to visit Miklos Banffy’s life there this October. I very much recommend a visit to Pecs and to the 1526 battlefield of Mohacs. hadik.andrea@gmail.com

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