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Why I fell in love with Venice

They say that there’s two types of people in the world: those who love the city of Venice, and those who hate it – I’m most definitely the former. Call me naïve romantic, I don’t care: I was utterly bewitched by the small but magical city. But can you blame me? Let’s consider the facts:   The sunset is breathtaking For the first forty-five minutes of my flight from Paris to Venice, I sat on the plane wondering why on earth I decided to fly rather than getting the…

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How to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

A few weeks before Christmas, when I was preempting the January post-holiday blues inspired by 10 days back home in Melbourne’s glorious summer, I had the crazy idea to spend St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Ireland was on my British Bucket List and St Paddy’s seemed like as good a time as any. Next thing you know, it’s March (how did that happen?!) and we were off to explore the land of Guinness. St. Patrick’s Day proved to be a fantastic time to spend in the…

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Top 5 Dublin Eats

I had a handful of preconceived notions about what Dublin was going to be like prior to visiting, but none of them included a vision of the Irish capital with such amazing food. After all, no one really goes to Dublin on St. Patricks Day for the food…that said, I have to say I was really quite impressed and after four days, I left extremely well fed. What I did notice is that it was hard to find a consolidated list of recommendations – coffee was…

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24 hours in Prague

A couple of weeks ago, in a bout of restlessness on a lonely Saturday night, I booked an impromptu trip to Prague. I’d heard nothing but great things about the city and was excited to start exploring more of Europe (this is the furthest East I’ve ventured so far) so it seemed like a good time to start. I only had a short time in the city (29 hours, to be exact) but really didn’t feel rushed at all. Prague’s relatively small and very walkable. Aside from…

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The Best of Barcelona in 6 photos

As I write this grossly overdue post about Barcelona, it’s a stereotypically cold, grey and gloomy London day. Escapism, much? I went to Barcelona for the first time in October. So…some time has passed. It’s taken me this long to really work out what to say about the experience and my entirely too brief time in the city. So, rather than write for paragraphs about how historical, beautiful, bright, clean, patriotic, artistic and, ultimately, surprising the city was, I’m going to let a few snapshots do…

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Describing Edinburgh in three words

Melburnian Aside of the generally friendly vibe of the city, it was the coffee, the cafes (in particular, The Pantry & Maxi’s) , the food (my favourites: Pickles and Red Squirrel), the markets plus the somewhat urbanised seaside which made me feel quite at home. Hilly The climb to Arthur’s Seat was described to me as a ‘manageable hike’ – emphasis on the word HIKE. Despite the sore quads which followed, the view was definitely worth the climb. Magical The birthplace of Harry Potter, the castles,…

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Why the Helsinki not?

I’ve made no secret of my plans to live my European life to the fullest whilst I am here – a key part of that being frequent trips to ‘The Continent’. But where to start? When travel is so inexpensive and quick, how does one possibly choose where to begin? Following my first weekend in Paris, I then proceeded to make a list and from there, practically picked at random. My first solo stop, (in a slight homage to my hometown of Melbourne) – Helsinki,…

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A Weekend in Paris

“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn Growing up in Australia, the concept of the multi hour road trip is not unusual: after all, it’s a big country. Drive two/three hours outside of Melbourne and you can practically still call yourself in Melbourne. Hop in the car, cruise up the Hume Hwy for eight hours or so and you’ll find yourself in Sydney.  I have incredibly fond memories of these road trips from my childhood, complete with my anti-skip Sony discman, Fawlty Towers…

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