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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, […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

Warsaw

Four Days in Warsaw

Warsaw was certainly a city of surprises. I decided to visit at the last-minute, spending four days in Warsaw, 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, non-standby connections on to Zagreb – where I was meeting Matt. […]

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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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