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Not many old buildings still stand in the centre of Rotterdam, a city all but flattened by the Second World War, but there are a few. What is spooky is that the ones that remained, standing tall above the rubble, were arguably the most important buildings; the post office and St Lawrence Church in the centre of the city, and over by the water, the port’s customs house and gatehouse, …

[ Written by Frankie | 17 Sep 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

There are a few cities that have sat on my “must visit” list so long that they have changed and in some ways they are no longer the place I thought they were.
At the risk of offending my editor and many of you lovely readers, Berlin was one of those cities for me. By the time I visited it was no longer “up and coming”; it had come up as …

[ Written by Frankie | 24 Aug 2014 | 20 Comments | ]

Before you go sailing in Croatia, you need to ask yourself one thing: How much do you love the colour blue?
You see I thought I loved the colour blue, but I had no idea how much until last week when four other Travelettes and I met up to sail to the islands on the country’s Dalmatian coast. I dare say you would have the same realisation should you find yourself …

[ Written by Frankie | 18 Aug 2014 | 12 Comments | ]

Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but it’s a good number today as it’s the number of essential ingredients I believe are needed for a great city break with good girlfriends. Feel free to use this as a checklist to get a city break planned with your friends or family.
1. Good girls.

I have many good girlfriends but my most recent city break trip was with my two oldest friends. They …

[ Written by Frankie | 18 Jul 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Hello book-loving friends! That’s all of you, right?
So I asked my fellow Travelettes to recommend some books for a summer reading list and here are the results, some beautiful wanderlust-inducing reads about places, people and the power of travel.
Please feel free to add any of the books you’ve loved recently in the comments and I will add them to this bookshelf on Goodreads where you can find all of these books …

[ Written by Frankie | 15 Jul 2014 | 15 Comments | ]

I’ve always been a frequent flyer – taking at least four flights a month – but it’s only in the last twelve months that I’ve become a savvy frequent flyer.
What I mean by this, is that for a long time I sort of bumbled my way through booking flights, boarding them, suffering delays and long layovers and getting lost in airports. I was beginning to hate flying. Then I remembered my …

[ Written by Frankie | 6 Jul 2014 | 17 Comments | ]

There are design hotels that amaze with their delightful aesthetics and architectural class and bravery. Then there are luxury hotels that indulge with their elegance, decadence and knock-your-socks-off-then-pick-them-up-and-tidy-them-away excellent service.
Then there is the Selman in Marrakech, which has somehow managed to slot itself into both of these categories, all the while smiling and not offering even a hint of pretentiousness or overdoing the exclusivity.
Plus, they have horses.

I’ll get to the …

[ Written by Frankie | 27 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

I’ve been following @nicnorgacia for nearly two years and every time I see a photo of his on Instagram I think, I must share his amazing photos with the Travelettes readers.
So finally that’s what I’m doing.
Hey, you can’t say I’m not diligent at keeping my promises. I’m just not very prompt at doing so.
Here are five reasons why I love Mr Nicanor García’s photos.
1.  Lines, lines, lines! They always match up. …

[ Written by Frankie | 20 Jun 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

They say that love happens when you least expect it.
Well, I have to say I agree. I didn’t expect to fall in love when I visited Český Krumlov, at least not with a museum. Heck, I didn’t even expect to visit a museum during my brief time in the famously historic Bohemian town, but when the words “one of the oldest working photography studios in the world” were mentioned, the …

[ Written by Frankie | 11 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Rising up from the Atlantic like a little miracle, it’s not hard to see that the island exists because it is a volcano… albeit one that is sleeping silently. For now.
And yet the same can not be said for the island. Madeira is a place that pumps and pulses with an energy I didn’t expect to find during my recent visit. Having become fairly well acquainted with Portuguese cities Porto …

[ Written by Frankie | 9 May 2014 | 7 Comments | ]