Europe

Traveling with kids: the Candia Park Village in Crete

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Crete is a place I have somehow always connected to my grandparents who've been swearing by it for 20 years. I pictured my grandma getting ultratanned on a rocky beach and ending each day eating souvlaki and drinking shots of ouzo. Lots and lots of ouzo. Needless to say I had been dying to see it for myself ever since. Naturally I jumped at the chance when [...]

How do you travel in an Eco-friendly Way?

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Traveling and thinking green may not seem like they go very well together (at least that's what I thought for a long time) but thankfully, Berlin freelancers Anna Schunck and Marcus Werner founded the German online magazine Viertel \ Vor this year and have since taught me otherwise. They have moved out to the countryside in beautiful Brandenburg and are docu[...]

Why Brussels is the ONE for Me

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When I was a teen, I used to escape the Belgian suburbs by hopping on a train to Brussels. It was the city after all - the city by default. Nevertheless, I held a great deal of prejudice against Brussels, which I thought was definitely too humid and colorless. You see, I was born in Los Angeles but my family moved to my dad’s hometown in Belgium when I was s[...]

20 Awesome Travel Tips for Rome

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I can imagine being in a relationship with me can't always be easy - I'm the girl who always travels. Even though I'm doing a full-time PhD and have several part-time work commitments, I'm gone all the time. Sometimes just for a weekend, on other occasions 2-4 weeks at a go. I'm constantly dreaming of faraway places, and no vision of moving abroad or simply [...]

Travelling by Colours: the Lisbon Guide

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One very specific childhood memory of mine is how much I loved the colour contrast of the neighbours' pitch black dog and its neon-pink leash. I would literally sit at my window and wait for their morning walk, just to catch a glimpse and get inspired. I’m not waiting for that dog anymore, but colours still totally do their thing for me. Especially when I le[...]

How to Spend a Perfect Day in Porto

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With Lisbon having been all the rage lately, its little sister Porto hasn’t gotten as much credit as it undoubtedly deserves. Beautifully located on the River Douro, the city is home to stunning architecture, scrumptious culinary treats (fancy some Port, anyone?) and a lively cultural scene - no wonder J.K. Rowling decided to live here for a few years! Co[...]

Hotels We Love: Altstadt Vienna

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The hardest part about going on a city trip for me is choosing the accommodation. I know exactly what I want: the uniqueness and creativity of an Airbnb, combined with the comfort and service of a luxury hotel. Most of all, I know what I don’t want: Waking up in a hotel which looks just the same in Amsterdam as it does in Zagreb. When I was invited to stay a[...]

7 Ways to Enjoy Life in Provence, France

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We all know France is beautiful, chic and more than a little sexy. We look to the French for fashion trends, for food inspiration and for an iconic landscape which drapes girls drinking red wine in black dresses against the backdrop of the twinkling Eiffel Tower. Perhaps most importantly, the unfathomable French resilience that has this proud nation standing[...]

A perfect family getaway weekend in Usedom

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It doesn't always have to be Thailand. Or Mexico. Or Portugal. Sometimes one only need look to one's own little country to find the perfect beach break. In our case, we tried Usedom, a small island in Northern Germany, right in the Baltic Sea. It's one of those things: everyone goes every year and often has done since they were kids. Especially once t[...]

5 Amazing Day Trips from Lisbon

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Can we all agree that Portugal is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe? At least I think so – I love the country dearly and keep coming back. Somehow, though, I’ve never managed to do a full-blown road trip to see the whole country. It's not that Portugal doesn’t provide ample opportunities for long drives through beautiful scenery, hidden places[...]