36 Hours in Gothenburg

Posted on 28. Apr, 2014 by .

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“Man, this is going to be amazing.” These were the first words I uttered when I finalized my grand Scandinavian train trip with Eurail, which had me spend considerable time in Sweden, the country I had been dreaming of visiting for years. With hindsight, I can honestly say that Gothenburg was, I think, the perfect introduction [...]

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Alsace in Photos

The Best of Alsace – in Photos

Posted on 21. Apr, 2014 by .

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Few places in the world can boast holding such authenticity, history, mixed influences and all-around gorgeousness. Alsace is one of those – the mysterious region north-east of France that was the subject of many fights between Germany and France throughout the centuries, hence its diverse heritage. Between the quaint villages, the scenery, the castles and [...]

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Alternative Shopping in East Berlin

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by .

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Picture this: indie record shops, up and coming designers, eco-friendly labels, quirky trinkets and vintage treasures.  Worlds away from the high street brands and generic items, East Berlin – and Prenzlauer Berg in particular – will fulfil the needs of even the most hip shopper. The once battered and disregarded part of the capital morphed [...]

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My Europe Travel Packing List

Posted on 01. Apr, 2014 by .

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While it is very easy to imagine yourself jetting away to an exotic location, in reality, a stress-free, successful trip needs far more organization than just a few clicks. Especially in today’s world, where we carry more devices than we can count (not to mention the charger for each of these devices) and where going [...]

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How to Stay in Europe Without a Visa (Legally, of Course)

Posted on 31. Mar, 2014 by .

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So many of my friends and readers have asked me this question over the years: how have you managed to stay in Europe for so long? How hard is it to get a visa, or to travel from one country to another?  Jetting off to Europe, exploring every nook and corner of cities regularly pictured [...]

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The Medieval City of Rouen – In Photos

Posted on 26. Mar, 2014 by .

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I really wasn’t expecting much from Rouen, to be honest. My time in the city served more as a pit stop between my home in Auvergne and the long-awaited coast of Normandy, with very little time left for exploration. I wanted to get to the beach, stat. I was oh so obliviously unaware of the [...]

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My Favourite Places in Europe in Springtime

Posted on 11. Mar, 2014 by .

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It’s no secret that spring and autumn are my favourite seasons to be on the go. Several reasons explain this, from the smaller flocks of tourists to the warm-and-sunny-yet-not-scorching weather and the still very affordable prices. Elbow seasons are not only easy on the budget, but also on the eyes. The only difficult thing about [...]

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Contemplating History on the D-Day Beaches

Posted on 06. Mar, 2014 by .

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“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The  hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.  In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, [...]

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6 Things to Do in Tenerife Besides Tanning

Posted on 17. Feb, 2014 by .

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* I wrote this post last year for the Travel and Escape blog, but I figured the timing was right to share it here as well. Enjoy! Tenerife and the Canary Islands as a whole are often regarded as the Caribbean of Europe—sun-seeking Northerners making their way south to indulge in exotic fruits, turquoise waters and [...]

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War in the Scottish Highlands

Tragedy in the Scottish Highlands

Posted on 13. Feb, 2014 by .

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“We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free. Let your masters come and attack us: we are ready to meet them beard to beard.” – William Wallace (the actual one, not Mel Gibson’s), right  before the Battle of Stirling Bridge on September 11th, 1297. I [...]

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My Favourite Hostels in Europe

Posted on 28. Jan, 2014 by .

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While few things make me happier than falling asleep in Egyptian-thread sheets and bathing in L’Occitane toiletries, I do appreciate a good hostel as well. My friend and fellow blogger Kash recently published the Bible of luxury hostels in Europe, which focuses on hostels with high standards, stylish private rooms and affordable prices. I strongly [...]

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When Do Expats Become Locals?

Posted on 20. Jan, 2014 by .

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Many people make a home for themselves far away from their place of birth, crossing seas and continents to find where they are most happy. But when does an expat start to feel like a local? Are there different triggers for different people? And do some of the things you’re feeling now on your expat [...]

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