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Experiencing the Etihad Airways A380 roll-out

A kid in a mega candy store! Yep, that’s what I felt like when I recently visited the Airbus A380 assembly facility in Hamburg. I was invited by Airbus to attend the unveiling of Etihad Airways new livery on their first Airbus A380. Aside from the ceremony, I would also get an exclusive peek inside the […]

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History and wine in Rheingau

Rheingau is one of the most historically significant wine-producing regions in Germany. Situated along the Rhine River just west of Frankfurt, the region is characterised by hilly landscapes, castles, monasteries and picturesque towns (the most famous of which is Rüdesheim am Rhein (a fairy-tale like historic town in the heart of the Rheingau), one of […]

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A weekend in Berlin

It had been a hectic week at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which I visit every year. I didn’t get to see much of Berlin on my previous visits so this year, I decided to add on a weekend to explore the city. My partner joined me for these few days. We’d […]

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25 Hours Bikini Hotel Berlin – cool, funky, quirky

“So where are the bikinis?” That was my first thought when I entered the hotel… and I’m sure I’m not the only one with that thought! As I stepped inside, I was greeted by a concrete-clad, industrial-looking space with a car in the middle and bicycles hanging from the ceiling. Very funky! A massive art […]

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Stephan telling us about the history of the building (image courtesy of @ThePlanetD)

Travel like a local with locals

In the past ten months, I’ve travelled to Madrid, Marrakech, Marseille, Avignon, Berlin and Montréal as part of the HouseTrip diplomat programme to explore these destinations and stay at HouseTrip holiday rentals. The experiences, from searching for the best bouillabaisse in Marseille to uncovering exotic chic in Marrakech, have been rich and lots of fun, […]

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Plane views: the European Alps

The European Alps are not the largest chain of mountains in the world, nor are they the highest, but they possess a unique charm and history that speak to the imagination of locals and visitors alike. The daunting peaks, impressive slopes and picturesque villages have lured visitors to the Alps for centuries, and today the […]

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Five alternative things to do in Berlin

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is arguably one of the most intriguing cities in the world. The city played a prominent geopolitical role in the first half of the 20th century before being completely destroyed and divided into two. It then staged a remarkable comeback after the fall of the infamous Berlin Wall in 1989 […]

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Sandkerwa Festival in Bamberg

This is a guest series called “Unforgettable Travel Moments“. We all have our special travel moments: a memorable meal, meeting someone, an embarrassing faux pas or simply being awestruck by scenery. With this new series, I hope to uncover the moments, the anecdotes and the tales which make travel special. This week’s guest post and […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Hey! That’s My Street!

Only famous people have streets named after them right? Not entirely. I was walking around Berlin and stumbled upon this street with my name: Keith Strasse or Keith Street! Ok, it wasn’t named after me but it was pretty neat to see my name on a street sign! Have you ever come across a street […]

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Ten things to do in Hamburg

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city (after Berlin) and is its main port. It’s a very cosmopolitan city with a small historic section (Altstadt) – most of the city was destroyed during the Second World War) – and large portions that have been redeveloped. The city is hemmed in by two lakes (the Binnenalster and […]

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