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A schnaps adventure in Tirol

I have to admit… I’ve never been a big fan of schnaps. This clear brandy distilled from fermented fruits has a high alcohol content and the varieties I tasted in the past were simply mind-blowing, throat-burning strong with little flavour. That perception was radically altered after an extraordinary schnaps tour in Tirol, Austria! A fun-filled […]

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The Moscato di Scanzo meditation wine

I swirled the wine in the glass and marvelled at its silky texture and rich ruby-red colour. Despite its dark appearance, I noticed a wondrous clarity in the liquid. I lifted the glass to my nose and in an instant, my nose was filled with aromas of plums and cherries, and a whiff of rosehip […]

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Cook, eat and dress up! A fun tour of Malpaga Castle

We stood in front of the imposing Malpaga Castle, a 14th century castle located a short drive from the city of Bergamo in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. Surrounded by a broad moat and characterised by impressive towers, the Malpaga Castle differs from its peers in the sense that it wasn’t built on a […]

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The art of rejuvenation in Vorarlberg

I closed my eyes and took several deep breaths. Each time I exhaled, I gradually started picking up noises which I hadn’t noticed previously: the soft rustling of leaves in the trees and the faint sound of a cow moo-ing in the far distance. What struck me most was the overbearing sound of silence – […]

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Exploring historic Bergamo

Bergamo is a historic city in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, situated about 40km northeast of Milan and at the foothills of the snow-capped peaks of the Bergamo Alps. The town is composed of two distinct parts: the medieval Citta Alta (or Upper Town) perched on a hill-top and surrounded by 16th century walls, […]

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Ten European city break ideas

It’s a new year and with it, hopefully lots of new travels, inspiration and joy! I was chatting with a few friends of mine several weeks ago and they asked me for some European city break ideas for 2016. That got me thinking of the cities I’d visited in the past year or two and […]

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Medieval fun at the Terra de Trobadors festival

Anyone who knows me well knows this: fancy-dress parties aren’t my ‘thing’. I just don’t care too much about dressing up for the fun of it I guess, and I’m pretty sure the fear of looking silly has something to do with it as well. Haha! That said, I often find myself in situations during […]

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Plane views: Paris

I’ve flown over Paris dozens of times but on my recent flight to Barcelona, the weather was clear and Paris shimmered in the morning sun. The plane was at a cruising altitude of 30,000+ feet but the aerial view of Paris was spectacular. I could easily spot the most iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel […]

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A jaunt into the Latvian countryside

I looked out the window as the plane approached the international airport of Riga. It was a beautiful, cloudless day and the Baltic Sea sparkled in the afternoon sun. The Latvian coast soon came into view and the first thing that caught my attention were the endless white, sandy beaches. Beyond that, were mile after […]

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Germany reunified: 25 years on – the video

A chain of historic events led to the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9th November 1989. The wall formed a barrier that separated not only two ideologies but families and friends for 28 years. The fall of the wall paved the way for the reunification of West and East Germany, allowing for families and […]

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