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Auschwitz

Visiting Auschwitz

Visiting Auschwitz is a harrowing experience. The final resting place of millions of people murdered by the Nazi’s during World War Two is a popular day trip from Krakow. I debated over whether to write a post about it site for some time. For me, travel isn’t just about experiencing amazing cultures, delicious foods or […]

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The Hameau de la Reine – a Play-Village for the Privileged

When you visit Versailles, you find all the things you would expect at a royal residence. A massive royal palace, a couple of out outbuildings for the mistresses, stables. However, Versailles has a few little surprises. There is the Orangerie, built by Louis XIV to satiate his desire for exotic citrus fruits, and the Apollo […]

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Treachery, Bankruptcy and Grace – the Grimaldi’s of Monaco

 “I avoid looking back.  I prefer good memories to regrets.” – Princess Grace of Monaco What royal family has a vast fortune originally acquired through gambling profits, a current reigning ruler with two illegitimate children, and had an ancestor oust their way into power by wearing a costume, seeking sanctuary in the stronghold of Monaco, […]

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The Sordid History of Space Cats

Last year, I visited the Cosmonautics Museum in Moscow, and later on, the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg. While the former ignored space cats completely, my trip to St Petersburg was much more fruitful. A whole panel on the wall was dedicated to the wayward kitties sacrificed in the space programme. Before this […]

Gori

Visiting Gori, Georgia

While it is surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery, Gori, Georgia isn’t much to look at. In fact, there isn’t much going for Gori at all. Despite a long history – first being mentioned in the sixth century – Gori is famous for one thing. It is the birthplace of Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili. You might […]

Kazimierz

Exploring the Kazimierz District, Krakow

One of the many surprises of my trip to Krakow was finding that much of the city escaped unscathed during World War Two. My visit to Warsaw had revealed a city devastated by the war, and I was expecting Krakow to be the same. I was wrong. I was completely surprised to find a mainly […]

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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 day in the city. The other day was spent at Pushkin, the area formerly favoured by […]

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Visiting Flanders Fields, Belgium

I recently visited Bruges for the weekend with my friend Anita, and I loved it. Bruges is a quaint little town – touristy, but not overrun with people, with excellent food, beautiful buildings and lots of charm. However, I didn’t go to Bruges just to visit the town. I went to visit the battlefields of […]

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Al Bastakiya Historical District

At first glance, Dubai is a city of skyscrapers. I remember my first visit. After a day of wandering through malls and gawking at the tall buildings from the metro, all I wanted to do was get away. On the second day, we visited Al Bastakiya, which I loved. It isn’t a big area, but […]

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