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Monday’s Postcard: Oxford, England

Posted on 09. Apr, 2012 by .

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Oxford is one of my favorite places in the world. It has outstanding history, dozens of interesting colleges, and a lively, friendly atmosphere that’s easy to fall in love with. Mixed with the welcoming locals and quirky sights, it’s pretty hard to resist. Up until then, everything’s good. However, the one thing it doesn’t have [...]

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A Handpicked Selection of London’s Best Places

Posted on 06. Apr, 2012 by .

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During my first weeks in London, one of the things I found hard to deal with was the overwhelming choice I had to make every day. Do I pick this tea place, or this one? This curryhouse, or this one? This garden pub, or the one across the city? While a wide array of choice [...]

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Channeling Harry Potter at Oxford’s Christ Church College

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by .

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As a rather UK-obsessed person (shocking, I know - you had no idea, right!), it’s only normal that this level of obsession also covers iconic British things, such as tea, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Middleton, Colin Firth, Union Jacks and such. Oh and Harry Potter. Especially Harry Potter! The carefully constructed world of the young wizard takes [...]

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Discovering Shakespeare Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by .

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Visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace was something I have wanted to do for a long time, but never got around to do (you’d think a year in the UK would have given me ample time, but I guess I got sidetracked). Needless to say I was extremely looking forward to this stop on our daytrip, and I [...]

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10 Little Known Facts About the UK

Posted on 28. Mar, 2012 by .

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After living in the UK for a year in 2009, and visiting countless times since, I’ve come to notice a couple of quirky things that make the UK, well, the UK. I would not have it any other way and this is absolutely not a critical post - just a series of observations I made [...]

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Traditional English Afternoon Tea at Radisson Blu

Posted on 21. Mar, 2012 by .

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One of the items in my ever-growing bucket list was to have a taste of the famous English afternoon tea for myself. Even after living in London for a year and visiting several times, I never actually got the opportunity to try it. So needless to say that when Radisson Blu Hotels offered me a [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Quirky and Funny Shoreditch, London

Posted on 19. Mar, 2012 by .

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One of main reasons why I love London, is because of its eclecticism. Nothing is alike, everything is different and yet harmonious. Even though my absolute favorite neighborhood is Camden, I have come to discover the beautifully strange Shoreditch, next to Liverpool Street Station. The area has undergone major revitalization in the past few years and has now [...]

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A Wax Figures and Peacocks Day at Warwick Castle

Posted on 16. Mar, 2012 by .

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When Grayline invited me on their Oxford, Stratford and Warwick tour, I knew I was in for a treat. I was especially looking forward to Warwick Castle, who has the reputation of being one of the best castles in the UK. I couldn’t wait to find out if it was true! The first part of [...]

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Walking Along the Thames, a Photo Essay

Posted on 14. Mar, 2012 by .

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While some people think that London isn’t a walkable city, I like to think the opposite. I do love a bus ride here and there, but I truly feel most comfortable on my own two feet, my earphones blasting Arctic Monkeys and my camera always ready to snap.  And during my last trip to London, [...]

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Catalonia’s Messiest Culinary Tradition : Calçotada

Posted on 12. Mar, 2012 by .

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All I knew about Calçotada is that it was a Catalan tradition, and that it was messy. Very messy. And indeed, it was! But that’s the whole fun of it – if you don’t want to get your hands and face dirty, there’s no point in doing it. You have to let your inhibitions go [...]

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M’encanta Catalunya, a Photo Essay

Posted on 10. Mar, 2012 by .

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To wrap up this series of posts on my trip to Catalonia, I decided to stop talking and let the pictures do their work. No words could possibly describe the state of bliss I was in at the time, and the wonderful souvenirs I will forever cherish. Without further ado, here are is a few [...]

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Exploring the Medieval Village of Besalu

Posted on 07. Mar, 2012 by .

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After staying overnight in Cadaques, I was pretty sure this Catalonia trip could not get any better. I mean, luxury villas, Mediterranean Sea and Dali? But that was before we were taken to Besalu, a small village located further inland. I hadn’t read much about it before and therefore had no expectations, but to say [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Banyoles, Spain

Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 by .

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On the first day of my press trip in Catalonia, we immediately checked in the villa we would stay in for the night - which was amazing! A 18th century rustic house in the middle of a small forest right outside of Girona. It’s one of the biggest house I’ve ever visited. But after visiting [...]

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Cadaqués : Views, Villas and Vines

Posted on 02. Mar, 2012 by .

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During my trip to Catalonia, I have had the chance to visit several lovely places, from bigger cities like Girona to traditional fisherman villages, like Cadaqués. I was absolutely blown away by this absolutely adorable place – let me show you why. The villa As part of my press trip with Charming Villas Catalonia, I [...]

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Wine Tasting in the Pyrenees

Posted on 29. Feb, 2012 by .

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One of my favorite activities when traveling, like most travelers, is tasting the local foods and drinks. Having already been treated to a fabulous 10 course fancy dinner, I was really excited to have a traditional, family lunch and wine tasting at one of Cadaques winery, the Mas Perafita vineyard, in the beautiful setting of Cap [...]

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