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Colourful Dornburg

Dornburg (map) is a small town in central Germany approximately 250km southwest of Berlin. I’d not heard of the town before until I spotted it in my itinerary to visit Bauhaus sites in Germany – it houses the first Bauhaus ceramics workshop (founded in 1920) which is still operational till this day. I arrived in […]

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Day trip to Kaunas

Kaunas is the second-largest city and an economic and cultural centre in Lithuania. Situated at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers, approximately 100km (map) northwest of Vilnius, Kaunas is an easy day trip from the Lithuanian capital. I wasn’t sure what to expect on my day trip to Kaunas but together with my […]

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Discovering the origins of Bauhaus in Germany

When I was a kid, I was always in awe of an uncle of mine. An architect by profession, his minimalist, functional designs never ceased to intrigue me. His work, be it a house or office building, always stood out. Clean lines, grey and white surfaces with varying textures, shady spaces and large windows with […]

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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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Exploring the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast

I recently visited Belfast for several meetings and since it was my first ever visit to the capital of Northern Ireland, I was determined to sneak in some time in between my meetings to see a bit of the city. As it so happened, some of my meetings were held in the Cathedral Quarter of […]

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Ten things to do in Gdansk

Gdańsk (map) is a port city in northern Poland on the Baltic coast. The city’s rich and often tumultuous history, influenced by centuries of foreign trade and a tug-of-war between Poland and Germany, shaped its distinct heritage, making Gdańsk somewhat of an anomaly, compared to other Polish cities. It’s this history and heritage that makes Gdańsk […]

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Matera – an extraordinary step back in time

I walked up the cobble-stoned road towards the Cathedral square. Ahead of me, I could see the towering Cathedral, cloaked in the warm, pinkish glow of the setting sun. Several people stood at the edge of the road, staring ahead in silence. Curious, I stopped to look at what they were staring at. As soon […]

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A luxury weekend in Amsterdam

If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media, you probably know that I live in Amsterdam and that I absolutely LOVE my city! One of the best things about Amsterdam is that there’s always something new to see or do, an event or concert to attend, or a new hotel or […]

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Christmas markets in Dresden

“Ahhh, the Christmas markets in Dresden!”. Her eyes lit up as she reminisced about her visit to the Christmas markets in this eastern German city some years ago. My neighbour’s enthusiasm was infectious and I listened intently as she described the atmosphere and what to expect. As I headed to the station to catch the […]

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