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Charming Amersfoort

Amersfoort is a historic city, less than an hour’s drive (or a train ride) from Amsterdam (map). It’s a charming medieval city with picturesque canals, old city walls and quaint houses. I guess because of its medieval history and architecture, Amersfoort sometimes reminds me of its more famous medieval sister, Bruges (in Belgium), though it’s […]

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Inside the impressive courtyard of the monastery.

The treasures of St. Florian Monastery

One of the highlights of my Danube river cruise with Avalon Waterways was a visit to the St. Florian Monastery (or Stift Sankt Florian in German) in Upper Austria. Located in the town of Sankt Florian (map) near Linz, this Augustinian monastery can trace its history back to the 9th century A.D. I’d not heard […]

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A weekend in Ghent

Ghent (map) is a medieval city in the Flemish region of Belgium, located about an hour’s drive southwest of Antwerp and west of Brussels. In the 13th century, Ghent was one of the largest and richest cities in northern Europe, primarily due to its textile industries and trade. The city flourished and many historic buildings […]

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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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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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Destinations to add to your 2018 travel list!

It was another great year of travel for me and I kept snapping lots of photos and sharing them on this blog and my Facebook and Instagram pages throughout the year. Without further ado, here are 16 of my favourite travel photos from 2017 of places which I certainly would recommend for your travels in […]

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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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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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7 unique things to do in Jordan

Jordan – the name itself conjures images of breathtaking desert landscapes, ancient cities and Biblical scenes. Located in the heart of the Middle East, there are countless things to do in Jordan, a country with a history dating back to the times when the prophets walked the earth, and ancient empires ruled vast swathes of […]

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