Rio de Janeiro: the marvellous city

To only spend three days in Rio de Janeiro is tough. It’s a giant city, with many different neighbourhoods spread out over the hills and between the beaches on the Brazilian coast. Three days is simply not enough but I gave it my best shot at ticking off at least the ‘must-see’ sights without rushing…

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Hola Espana!

Spain was all about the culture for me. A highlight of the day was sitting in a plaza lined with restaurants eating the menu del dia (menu of the day, usually a 3 course meal) for 10 euros always picking the option with paella and watching the world go by. I copied the locals and…

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A day in Sintra’s fairyland

Sintra is like a fairytale or a movie set. It’s a place that belongs in Alice In Wonderland where wacky architecture, bright colours and playful gardens are standard. But in fact Sintra is just a town in Portugal, 30km from Lisbon, which was a favourite summer retreat of Portugal’s royal families. My first stop in…

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Why I waited four days in Paris before I visited the Eiffel Tower

Sophisticated, arrogant, beautiful, dirty, romantic… There are a lot of words people use to describe one of the most famous cities in the world and it really is a complex mix of all of them. To be honest it has never been a must see for me. I never really saw the beauty in the…

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IAmsterdam: red lights, smokey air and long canals

Beautiful yet rough around the edges. Not as grand as Berlin nor as sophisticated as Paris, but Amsterdam has been one of my favourite European cities. It’s unique, interesting and full of character. Whether you come for the art, the history or the pot, the city doesn’t disappoint. However, the notorious Red Light District was, to…

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Visit Palestine

Visit Palestine is a popular souvenir poster that you can buy everywhere in the Old City of Jerusalem but it’s not really something considered seriously by most tourists. The Israeli-Palestinian issue has been such an ongoing conflict that a lot of people don’t really take a second to look beyond the images they see on…

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