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Winter scenes in Amsterdam

A series of blizzards cloaked Amsterdam for two days earlier this week. The last time it snowed this much was in the winter of 2013 – a winter that seemed to go on forever! The past few winters in Amsterdam were relatively mild and very wet so people were understandably excited when it started to […]

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Fun and quirky bars in Gdansk

Gdansk is a historic city on Poland’s Baltic coast. The city is known as one of the most beautiful in the country, with a history and influence that extends far beyond its city limits. During my visit, I was just bowled over by the history and architecture of Gdansk. The weather wasn’t great during my […]

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A stroll around Bari

Bari is the capital of the region of Puglia and is situated on the Adriatic coast in the ‘heel’ of southern Italy. This ancient city can trace its roots back more than 2,000 years when it was founded by the Peucetii tribe. It grew in importance under the Romans who developed its harbour. These days, […]

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Reflections of Gdansk

It was my first time in Gdansk, the historic city on Poland‘s Baltic coast, and I was excited to explore the city’s famous Old Town. Alas, as I looked out of my room window, I saw nothing but dark, grey clouds sweeping in at a furious pace. Dressed for the wet, cold weather and armed […]

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Feeling like a rock star in Monaco

I vividly remember the stories my Mum told me of her trip to Monaco in the eighties: the lavish accommodations and restaurants, the beautiful people and her evening in the Monte Carlo Casino where she rubbed shoulders with the world’s rich and famous. Since then, I’d always wanted to visit this little principality in the […]

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What to do in Graz – a video guide

Graz is Austria’s second-largest city (map), and until recently, completely off my radar as a tourist destination. This university city in the south of Austria is the unique holder of two distinct titles: a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as a UNESCO City of Design. After spending several days there, I was convinced: Graz […]

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Impressions of Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second-largest city and an important port. Situated on the banks of the Nera River at the edge of the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in the early-18th century and till this day, remains the cultural centre of Russia and home […]

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Panoramic views of Bologna

Bologna is one of my favourite cities in Italy. Its maze of picturesque streets, with their historic arcades, pastel-coloured houses, imposing churches and quaint shops, are a joy to stroll through. On one of my trips there, I was treated to stunning views of the city as the plane made its final approach into Bologna […]

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A day trip to the Slovenian countryside

It was my first visit to Ljubljana (and Slovenia for that matter) and though my trip was focused on checking out Ljubljana (which I absolutely enjoyed!), I wanted to also explore a bit of the Slovenian countryside. There are lots of day-trip opportunities from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Being in the centre of this […]

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The treasures of Eggenberg Palace

Schloss Eggenberg or Eggenberg Palace is a beautiful historic attraction located in the outskirts of Graz, Austria’s second-largest city. The 17th century palace is the most important Baroque palace complex in the region of Styria and in 2010, Schloss Eggenberg was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (an addition to the listing of Graz’s […]

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