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The Best Travel Reads

As you have probably seen from my previous book review posts, I have an interesting array of taste in books. I’ve looked online at various websites listing travel reads, and most of them don’t appeal to me. Nearly every list is the same! I guess I expected a bit more variety. Good travel writing has […]

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Something I never thought I’d be interested in visiting… the salt mines! Wieliczka Salt Mine is a popular day trip from Krakow, Poland. Many trips to Auschwitz are, oddly, teamed up with a trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine. I booked a tour of both. If you’ve read my blog on visiting Auschwitz, you’ll know my […]

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Akiba Dori

My favourite cuisine is Japanese. I love it. No matter where I am in the world, I always seek out Japanese food. What you end up with runs the gauntlet from awful to amazing. Luckily, my recent experience at Akiba Dori in Dubai fell on the positive end of the spectrum. I’ve wanted to visit […]

Stuff You Should Know Podcast

Stuff You Should Know Podcast

If you travel as much as I do, you’re going to need something to amuse you on all those long flights. While I’m lucky enough to often travel in business class, the movies are always the same. The TV shows are still three years old. After awhile, you grow pretty sick of staring at that […]

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Visiting Kapiti Island

Earlier this month, we decided to take a trip to Kapiti Island (Kapiti), a nature reserve off the coast of Paraparaumu, New Zealand. Now, I have actually visited Kapiti before. If you were a child that attended school on the Kapiti Coast, a visit is basically part of your curriculum. My sister went with her […]

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The Fate of the Romanovs

In the middle of the night in July 1917, Nicholas II of Russia, his wife Alexandra, their four daughters and one son, members of their household staff, and various pets were led down to the basement of Ipatiev house. They complied happily with this action, believing they were either about to have their photo taken, […]

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Business Class – What is it Really Like?

For most people, business class remains a bit of a mystery. I know I used to wonder exactly what went on up the pointy end, and whether it was worth all of that fuss. Long story short? For long haul travel, it really is. I won’t get into the details, but I am one of […]

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Irini Savva

Recently, I was lucky enough to have Irini Savva approach me, looking for assistance with her website and branding (subtle plug – if you are looking for a web and graphic designer, check out my portfolio!). I loved working with Irini to develop her new site. I asked her could share a little bit of […]

Toledo

A Day in Toledo

Our day in Toledo started with a train trip through the fog. Very, very dense fog. We’d only decided to take a trip to Toledo whilst on the high speed train to Madrid the previous day, and done a quick google for day trips from the city. After boarding our local train at 8AM, bound […]

City Break

Four Tips for Planning a City Break

A city break is a fantastic way to explore a new place in just a few days. You can soak up the culture, visit attractions and, of course, try new food! City breaks are perfect if you don’t have a huge budget or amount of time for travelling, but you want to do something more […]

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2017 Christmas Gift Guide – For Him

Lastly, for the guys. Looking for something to buy that difficult to please male in Dubai? I’ve created this little Christmas Gift Guide for him to guide you in your gift purchasing! Those who are notoriously hard to buy for. There is no end to designer clothing here in Dubai, but if you are looking for […]

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Dairy Free Dubai

When living in a foreign country, it’s always hard dealing with a food intolerance. I was recently advised to cut dairy out of my diet, to see if my health would improve. While cutting dairy out didn’t really work for me – darn – I did manage to accumulate a list of  products that I thought […]

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How to Save Money While Travelling

You might have noticed I do a wee bit of travel. Funnily enough, it doesn’t always cost as much as others think it does. Yes, I do get the luxury of discounted flights, but I did many trips before this was a reality. People always asked me – how do you manage to travel so […]

Vienna

24 Hours in Vienna

To finish off 2017, all I wanted to do was to visit a Christmas market in Europe… namely, Vienna. The ones at the St. Regis in Dubai really didn’t cut it. To have some snow would have been the greatest Christmas gift, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. Matt wasn’t even supposed to go to […]

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The Melancholy Cities of Eastern Europe

Next to our front door, there are two small postcards in black frames. I bought the postcards in the Singer building in St. Petersburg. One of them is an ink drawing of a seagull wearing a sailor hat, next to the caption ‘Melancholy City’. I had no idea exactly what this was referring to when […]

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Exploring Baku’s Old Town

Looking for an East meets West experience? Look no further than Baku, the capital city of the ancient state of the Shirvanshahs. We recently spent three days exploring the Azeri city. I was surprised to find just how European it was – although the Middle Eastern/Continental Asian influence is obvious. My favorite destination in the […]

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La Gourmandizes at the At.Mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa

I’ve been a little busy lately. My mum came to visit all the way from New Zealand, so we decided to do a few special things. One of those was high tea. After tossing up between the Burj Al Arab Afternoon Tea and the various events on offer up the Burj Khalifa, we opted for […]

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Quick 8 Cafe and Restaurant Reviews

As I haven’t had much time to write lately, I’ve got a bit of a backlog of food and dining reviews to get through! Below are some quick thoughts on the places I have visited lately, most of which offer an Emirates Platinum discount. Check out my Quick 8 Cafe and Restaurant Reviews! Maison Mathis, Arabian […]

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