Europe

In Photos: A roadtrip through Sardinia

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I love Sardinia; I admire how a relatively small island can be so diverse. So wild and tame at the same time - a magical place, with endless beaches and dozy little villages, where old Italian men sell you tomatoes and the best espresso you ever tasted. And I love roadtrips. So it only makes sense, that the two combined work like pure magic for me and my[...]

24 hours in Krakow: From Absinthe to Salt Mines

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From absinthe to salt mines, Krakow certainly surprised me! I knew absolutely nothing about the city before my flight. Literally not a thing... to the point where I was at the airport waiting for my flight and realised I had Euros... and Poland has the Zloty (zł) currency. Cue me quickly kicking myself and then doing a dash to the mad expensive currency exch[...]

How to escape the tourist crowds in Italy

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You may be surprised to learn that some people have a love-hate relationship with Italy. When I first traveled to Italy in my early 20s I found the tourist crowds suffocating, the traffic insane, the prices exorbitant and the noise intolerable. Twenty years later I returned, determined to find the beautiful Italy that so many people talk about. This time [...]

Beyond the valleys & the vineyards: Cycling in the Italian Alps

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Cycling holidays have become quite fashionable of late. I’m constantly seeing ads for cycling tours along the River Danube or through the hilltop villages of Provence. These tours sound quite idyllic - you get up at a respectable hour, enjoy a hearty breakfast, head out on your bike for a couple of hours meandering through little villages, have lunch, cycle [...]

A weekend at Forsthofgut: hitting reset on your sanity

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Snowfall and a swim in an outdoor pool were not two things I would have necessarily connected until now but this past weekend I was taught that this is very much a winning combo. The Forsthofgut in Leogang, Austria is not your average spa hotel; it is very much a full-body experience, making it incredibly easy to treat oneself with all the goodness li[...]

Experiencing the Renaissance in Florence

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When it comes to Italy, you can't really go wrong. Whether your main destination is Rome, Milan, or Venice, every city has a different experience to offer. Among all those beautiful places, there is one that stands out as the beautiful, stunning birthplace of Renaissance: Florence. From its bridges and fountains to the vast galleries filled with works of [...]