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My stay at Hotel Pacai in Vilnius

Hotel Pacai is a five-star hotel in Vilnius (map), the capital of Lithuania. Opened in 2018 after five years of restoration work, this hotel is located in a 17th century Baroque palace in the Old Town of Vilnius. Built as the home of the influential Pacai nobles in 1677, the palace played an important role […]

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An evening stroll in medieval Erfurt

Erfurt (map) is a historic city in the central German state of Thuringia. Located about 300km southwest of Berlin, Erfurt is famed for having one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Germany. If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ll know how much I love medieval towns (such as these in Costa […]

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Exploring the food scene in Vancouver

Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) is one of my favourite cities in the world to visit. My best friend lives there so that’s always a great reason to visit. However, the city’s stunning natural surroundings, glitzy skyline, leafy neighbourhoods and vibrant food and craft beer scene are equally good reasons for me to keep going back. […]

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My birthday weekend in Amsterdam

It’s a bit of a tradition for me to celebrate my birthday by going on a leisurely cruise along the canals of Amsterdam. I would normally hire a boat, invite some friends and pack some food and wine for a three-hour cruise. This year, I decided to do something different: I planned a whole birthday […]

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Sunset cocktails at Vertigo

It always amazes me every time I visit Kuala Lumpur, which is at least once a year, how much the skyline has changed yet again. Skyscrapers spring up like mushrooms in the Malaysian capital. With such an impressive, ever-changing skyline, it’s a jostle to get a great view. There are many rooftop bars and restaurants […]

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Plane views: Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. Lying on the banks of the Tagus estuary and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon boasts an incredibly rich history, and a plethora of atmospheric neighbourhoods, grand monuments, picturesque lanes and broad boulevards. My recent visit reminded me yet again why it’s one of my favourite […]

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What to do in Ljubljana – a video guide

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and is situated along the banks of the Ljubljana River more or less in the centre of the country. Ljubljana (and Slovenia, for that matter) had been on my list of places to visit for a long time and when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it! After several […]

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Impressions of Kathmandu

It was my first time in Nepal – or the Indian sub-continent for that matter – and I was filled with a mix of apprehension and excitement as the plane embarked on its final approach into Kathmandu airport. I’d seen many photos of Kathmandu (map) before and they always gave me the impression of an […]

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The best of Puglia – the ultimate guide

Puglia is a region that occupies the ‘heel’ of southern Italy and is home to historic towns (many of which have histories that go back thousands of years), diverse landscapes, excellent food and some of the best beaches in southern Italy. The main entry points for most international visitors are Bari and Brindisi (both have […]

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Ten things to do in Dresden

Dresden (map) is a historic city in eastern Germany, situated approximately 200km south of Berlin. Renowned for its historic Baroque architecture, the city is the capital of the state of Saxony and boasts a rich cultural heritage. Heavily bombed during World War II, the historic centre was rebuilt and many of its grand monuments, such […]

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