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Parisian Lunch Rendezvous

The first time I went to Paris was in 2012. I remember feeling content at the end of the few days that I didn’t really feel compelled to return to the city again. Despite being one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful places I’ve even seen, I just didn’t get the magic of it at the time. In hindsight, this was probably because I had a nasty sinus infection, it was the third stop in a month-long trip, I was tired and it was January so absolutely…

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Ich bin ein Berliner: Autumn in Berlin

There’s some cities that I’ve been to which have been purely and utterly love at first sight: New York City, Venice and London, obviously. Berlin was not one of them. My love for Berlin has been more of a slow burn. There’s something cold and quiet about the city that makes it feel, on the surface, unwelcoming and a bit disinterested. It’s not crowded and its best bits are decidedly hidden – but as you come to learn,  part of Berlin’s charm is having you…

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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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Cold, dark and feeling positive: surviving my first London winter

No one can say I wasn’t warned. What seemed like mere moments after the official end of ‘summer’, the sage warnings about how miserable and lonely London becomes post Christmas and New Year’s started flooding in. It’s dark, cold and wet, they said, with no more Christmas parties and no one will want to do anything fun because they will be broke (or should i say ‘skint’) and doing dry January. The list seemed a little bit endless and, quite frankly, a little over dramatic….

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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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