CHECKING IN – THE STUDENT HOTEL ROTTERDAM

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Recently I was in Rotterdam for the highly insightful Traverse 18 conference. When it came to choosing somewhere to stay, there was one whose mere name caught my attention. That which I chose went by the name of The Student Hotel. Least not because of how intriguing the name sounded. Convenient too, as the venue for the Friday opening night party. So an ideal way to settle in upon arrival. But it was also the slogan on their website that … Read More

A taste of County Cork

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An exciting week was coming to a close. The Europe edition of this year’s TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) in Killarney, Ireland had been quite a week. An opportunity to meet many other bloggers with whom we share a love of travel and telling our stories. From first class seminars focusing on blogging and travel writing to a selection of talks on different subjects along with great social events in the evenings, I and many others would come back from Ireland … Read More

Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland – fun for all ages

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Chug-a-chug. Chug-a-chug. The locomotive glided along the railtracks, criss-crossing through a well-kept little village. With a post office, bakers and a doctor’s surgery and all you would expect. Then up a mountain pass it continued and back round in a loop. The model train set of ours fascinated me as a child. How I loved to play the dual role of train driver and mountain climber at the same time. Where else could that be possible? I remember how fascinated … Read More

Neon Boneyard – a Las Vegas must see attraction

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Neon and Las Vegas. A perfect fit. Few cities in the world fascinate me more. For many reasons. Some good, some not so. I won’t forget my first visit when I was younger, not yet old enough to indulge in the hedonism for which Sin City gets it reputation but old enough to be intrigued by the larger than life structures of the Strip.

Christmas Postcards from London

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Every year, few other cities do Christmas like London. Shop windows with different stories on display. Each trying to encourage you to escape the cold and warm up inside. Trees of various shapes and sizes. Streets decorated so you can almost hear the sound of sleigh bells even in your imagination. And if you take time away from the stress of Christmas shopping, then allow yourself time to take in the special feels of it all.

Ten of the best – Europe’s best big city day trips

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One of the most fun aspects of a Europe vacation is the number of day trips that can be made from some of the major cities. Although the definition of a day trip may vary for some people, for this purpose I would regard it as a place that is no more than an hour and a half maximum from the main city. Taking a rail trip through Europe can certainly be something of a rite of passage, especially on … Read More

Fall in love with Cyprus

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Cyprus, nestling in the Eastern Mediterranean, is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the famous Greek goddess of love. This can go some way towards explaining why those who visit this island find themselves in love with the incredible hospitality that complements its history and natural beauty. Beaches, mountains, traditional villages, ancient history, year round sunshine and great food are just some of the many reasons that Aphrodite’s island will seduce you with its charms. And leave you wanting … Read More

If you only visit one state in America – make it Arizona

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The vast amount of attractions in the USA is limitless. But if allowed only to choose one of the 50 states to explore at my leisure, I would not hesitate to select Arizona first and foremost. Many travel writers and bloggers refer to having a special love for particular places, and for personal reasons. Places that changed them and gave a new sense of perspective. Places where dreams came true. Or just where you “found yourself”. I, for one, could … Read More

St Malo – a great getaway across the Channel

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Straddling along the Brittany coast, the walled city of St Malo is often unfairly overlooked as little more than a transit point on to the rest of France. But that does not do justice to the city itself, more than worthy of a few day’s visit. And with a direct ferry from Portsmouth operated daily by Brittany Ferries, its accessibility could not be better. There are many reasons why I think St Malo is worthy of a long weekend trip … Read More

An architecture guide to Vienna

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Vienna. The city that conjures up so many different images. Palaces. Royalty. Music. Orchestras. Waltzes. Sachertorte. Ultravox. But one thing that amazes all visitors to Austria’s capital city is the diversity of architecture across its 23 districts. From the early Romanesque churches to the more modern and surreal structures such as the Hundertwasserhaus, a trip to Vienna can feel like a voyage through many different time zones. And all without sounding like something out of a science fiction tale!

Edinburgh Castle – an essential visit

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Standing perched atop a hill, Edinburgh Castle is the undisputed icon of Scottish history. Familiar to millions every year for its role in the Royal Military Parade and the Hogmany celebrations, no trip to Edinburgh is ever complete without a visit. With worldwide recognition come the inevitable crowds. But how best to make the most of your visit? And maybe leave you wanting to come back again for more?

Vasa Museum – restoring Sweden’s iconic ship

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The salvation of any historic shipwreck and putting it on display to the public is no mean feat. One of the best examples is at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, an attraction that undoubtedly represents one of the top things to see and do in Sweden. The story of King Gustav Adolphus’ signature battleship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 is told at a truly world-class museum.

The first timer’s guide to BUDAPEST

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Budapest – Hungary’s ever evolving capital at the crossroads of Central and Eastern Europe is an exciting combination of old and new and contains some of the best things to do in Europe. Castles, thermal baths, grand monuments and even a spot of pinball are among some of the great attractions in the twin cities of Buda and Pest.

Wieliczka – The crown jewels of Poland

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The Wieliczka Salt Mines near Krakow in Poland are simply one of the most amazing sights in the world and make for an essential part of any Europe trip. Among the very first sites to be awarded the honour of UNESCO World Heritage Site status back in 1978, the oldest operating salt mines in world history today attract around 1.2 million visitors a year who are spellbound by the labyrinth of rock salt carvings.

An introduction

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For many months I have been weighing up the idea of actively getting involved in the blogosphere as a space to share with others my passion for travel  – so now I have finally decided to write my first post.