Europe

A weekend in one of London's finest hotels

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It was the first day of 5 weeks full of travel for me and my 2-year old son Atlas. We were to go see 6 countries, visit 10 different hotels and in the end go on a cruise through the Mediterranean Sea. It was to be an epic holiday and this is where it all began. I couldn't have asked for a better beginning. London is a city close to my heart, it has be[...]

How to Spend A Day in Dubrovnik

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Last month I made my first visit to Croatia - and it definitely won't be my last. Croatia is a country that has been recommended to me by fellow travellers for the last few years. When a low-cost airline launched direct flights from my local airport to Dubrovnik this summer, I took that as a sign from the travel gods that I should go. So I booked a seven-nig[...]

Cracking the Art of a French Picnic in Provence

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I was convinced to move to France by my British francophile man. Always a foodie, I fell in love with Europe during my fine art studies in Florence, where I also gained considerable weight... Although I miss my native Montréal, now that I’ve gotten used to the food culture - thank goodness I’ve found a whole nation with my same obsession - wandering the mark[...]

25 Things to do in the Faroe Islands

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My recent trip to the Faroe Islands has absolutely blown me away. I had been to many northern destinations and seen bizarre and isolated islands like Iceland or the Shetland islands, but the Faroes were a different number. Maybe Google Maps doesn't give them Streetview - or a complete location system to be honest - because they know that people would get stu[...]

A perfect British summer's day in Oxford

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It can sometimes be overwhelming when planning an itinerary for Britain. So many great places beckon you to explore, but if you want to experience quaint ye olde England, then be sure to squeeze in a quick summer's day in Oxford. Known for its stellar university which is one of the oldest universities in the world, Oxford is awash with adorable cobbled la[...]

The Sicilian Speciality that is Worth a Journey

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When thinking about Sicily, drop the Mafia and take the arancini instead: these golden orbs of deep fried rice exemplify Sicilian street food. But that hasn’t stopped Sicilians from debating the tradition's history, name and recipe. Some scholars trace their origins to St. Lucy’s day, celebrated on December 13th, when citizens ate rice to commemorate a grain[...]

The Travelettes Guide to the Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands had been on my bucket list ever since I spent a semester at the University of Reykjavik and one of my friends traveled there on her way home to Europe by ferry. I was intrigued - a place so remote you have to take an overnight ferry to reach it? Enough reason for me to put it on my bucket list. Years later, I would finally get to tick the r[...]

10 Things to do in Paris on a Budget

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When you visit Paris for the first time you will probably want to tick off all the mainstream attractions, but what if you happened to be in Paris for the third or fourth time and wanted to keep a low budget? Not only can you experience the city at its best without spending a fortune, but sticking to a budget also makes you explore some hidden gems in less c[...]

5 Days in Great Britain with Safestay Hostels

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It's not easy to plan the perfect itinerary through Great Britain, and it is even harder if you only have five days to spare. You want to see the island's great towns, the bustling capital of London, learn a bit about the history but also delve into the gorgeous countryside. How is is all going to fit? Long story short, it doesn't of course - there is way[...]