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Melancholy City

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…

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Two days in Madrid

We arrived in Madrid about 1PM, after catching the high speed AVE train from Barcelona. By the way, I’d highly recommend the train service over flying. For some weird reason, the day of our trip, it was only 5…

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48 hours in Barcelona

Spain was never been top of my list for visiting. There isn’t any reason why not – it might just be that I don’t know a lot about the country. Spanish history is a topic that has evaded me…

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How I spent my winter vacation

Okay, so I didn’t really get a winter vacation. I had three days off over Christmas, and I just spent five days in Spain. Apart from that, I worked right through. But, after my earlier post – How I…

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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…

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Two days in Oslo

Oslo, much like Iceland, felt like home. It is probably the city that feels the most like Wellington, my hometown in New Zealand. It’s small and manageable. It’s based on a harbour. It has fantastic food and drink. What…

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24 Hours in Dubrovnik

I know what you are thinking. One day? Is that really enough? In case you haven’t noticed, I like a challenge. Everyone enjoys travelling in different ways, and my particular method is best described as frenetic. If you’ve ever…

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24 Hours in Rome

Since I started working, I’ve obviously had to cut back on my travel. Which is a shame, yes, but an inevitable result of having a job, and one that I can’t do much about. Luckily, Matt managed to snag…

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Four Days in Warsaw – Day Four

And finally, the last day of my short trip to Warsaw last month. To be fair, this day involved some grim visits. As you might have gathered by now, I like to learn about history. All facets of history.…

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Four days in Warsaw – Day Three

On the third day of my visit, I woke up to torrential rain. However, I was still eager to get out and about. Armed with my rain jacket and an umbrella, I made it about 10 metres from the…

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Four days in Warsaw – Day Two

On my second day, I got up early to explore the city. I had a full day planned, mapping a route through some of the WW2 related sites of Warsaw. Firstly, a bit of a primer on modern Varsovian…

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Four days in Warsaw – Day One

Warsaw was certainly a city of surprises. I decided to visit at the last-minute, after realising that I could get to Greece, but couldn’t get back to Dubai. Oh dear. There were two cities with light loads and affordable,…

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48 hours in Lyon

I didn’t really know what to expect from Lyon. Though I’ve been to Paris a few times, and to Versailles, I’d never been anywhere else in France. I didn’t even know anything about the history of Lyon, or where…

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Five days in St Petersburg

I had forgotten how beautiful St Petersburg is. I last visited in 2012, when mum and I went on a cruise around Scandinavia and the Baltic. We spent two days in St Petersburg, but it was really just one…

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24 hours in Wellington

It’s an interesting experience to write a post about enjoying a day in your own city. You know it so well because you have spent so much time there, but you haven’t experienced it in a 24 hour block.…

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A day in Hiroshima

Actually, not even a day. We spent about eight hours in Hiroshima, but it was a worthwhile visit.  Most people have a particular vision of Hiroshima in their head. That vision is undoubtedly based on the horrific destruction that…

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48 hours in Bruges

I like history. The places I have enjoyed traveling to the most have always been places with lots of interesting history. Earlier this year, I visited Bruges for a few days, and took a day tour around the battlefields…