Places

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 [...]

20 Little Things You Might Not Have Known About Thailand

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Travelling is magical. Where exactly the magic lies, well, that is probably up to every single one of you travellers out there to decide – but for me, a big part of the charm is definitely hidden in the first time. The first time you visit a new country or place, the first time you experience something new, the first time you discover the richness of other –[...]

On Safari.... in the Netherlands

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Let’s start this off in complete honesty – I have never been the biggest fan of the Netherlands. In fact, I’ve been holding a giant grudge against the entire country ever since I lived in Rotterdam for seven months and made one bad experience after the other. Rationally, I am fully aware of the fact that the way I experience a place says nothing about the pl[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Andalusia

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For a French citizen like me, Spain usually means affordable, easy and enjoyable holidays. So it’s not really a surprise if every summer, I feel like half of my country’s population deserts our territory and heads south, towards the Spanish beaches and cities... But though it can sometimes feel overwhelming to hear your mother tongue everywhere in a foreign [...]

15 things to do in Beirut

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If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you already know that I am the #1 Middle-East fan. Not only because I have been living here for many months, but also because I am simply attached to this region more than to any other in the world. There’s just something about it, quite indescribable, that makes me feel at home. And if I had to choose my favorite[...]

A Guide to the Perfect Sunday in Austin, Texas

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"There's a certain freedom you feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas." — Willie Nelson  The Austin secret is definitely out. With an average of 100 people moving to Austin per day, everyone who visits Austin has something wonderful to say about this city. Austin is the capital of Texas, and is also known as the live music capital of the world for its[...]

Travelettes Do Yoga - 5 Unique Yoga Retreats

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Yoga is one of my favorite activities and I think an excellent way to stay fit while traveling. The world is your oyster and any beach towel, sarong or hostel floor can become your mat. Yoga can be challenging, calming and everything you need it to be in between. In this day and age studios have popped up everywhere from urban metropolises to remote little i[...]

Tropical Islands - The Unlikely Oasis Outside Berlin

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I will admit that I had serious doubts about visiting an artificial beach, enclosed by a ginormous tent-like construction, but then again, I figured millions of happy visitors couldn't be so wrong that I decided to go for it: I would spend a weekend at Tropical Islands. It was ultimately the idea that I thought my son, who's almost two and LOVES water[...]

An insider tip in the Alps: Haus Hirt in Bad Gastein, Austria

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There are at least 2 excellent reasons for this blogpost which has been a long time coming because this trip actually dates back a few months at this stage (6, to be precise). However, I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to tell you all about it because this place, called Bad Gastein, is really something else. One. This is still a real insid[...]

A Beginner's Guide to the Trails of Cinque Terre

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I feel most alive when I’m watching the sun rise from the trails above Vernazza, buzzed on espresso and munching on focaccia bread. Vernazza, as with the rest of Cinque Terre, is best described by one word: magical. For me, visiting this place was a life-changing experience, and I can’t help but return whenever possible. These villages have something special[...]