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13 fascinatingly unusual museums around the world

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“You’re not a museum person, are you?” My friend looked at me accusingly. We had spent a few days in Lisbon, walking around Portugal’s capital, drinking sweet port wine and the little beers they call “Minis”, taking day trips to the sea and castles around, but never once setting foot inside a museum. In fact, I hadn’t considered it until she asked. I felt[...]

10 Tips for Photographing Cities

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Some places are easy to photograph, stunning mountain vistas are hard to get wrong, and paradise beaches are always going to look gorgeous even if your horizon line isn't quite straight. But cities can be tricky. They are overwhelming, busy and a kaleidoscope of sounds, smells and colours. Sometimes it's difficult to know where to start with photographing th[...]

10 Reasons to Love Hanoi

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Hanoi was the final city I visited in South East Asia, and after six months exploring the region, it quickly became my favourite. For me, Hanoi was a city I'd love to live in. The old district is beautifully falling to pieces in the most elegant way possible, there's a series of gorgeous lakes, amazing food and shopping galore. I used Hanoi as a base to expl[...]

The Travelettes Guide to modern Marrakech

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I love Marrakech. So much in fact that I have written love letters to the city and have vowed to be there at least once a year to satisfy my cravings for this beautiful place. That wasn't always the case. The first time I went I actually really hated it: it seemed loud, obnoxious and was just pushing all my buttons in the wrong way. But as it sometimes goes [...]

Why there is no better place to spend your summer than Berlin

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A friend recently asked me: “Why do you always talk about cities as if they were guys!?” I hadn’t even noticed but I guess it’s true. And no, I don’t know the reason but it always seems apt. When I moved to Berlin just over six months ago, I doubted I would still be here today. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always liked it, the freedom, the parties, the colours –[...]

15 cool things to do in Newcastle

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When I moved to Scotland almost two years ago, I swore to myself that I would explore every last corner of the UK. I would get to know my new home like my home country. Let's be honest, the plan was to see more of the UK than I had ever seen of Austria. Well, you might have guessed it: little has happened to make this plan a reality. I did manage to squeeze [...]

6 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to do in NYC this Summer

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On days like these I adore New York City - these balmy afternoons when walking through Greenwich Village feels like I've stumbled onto the movie set of every idyllic New York-based film I've watched growing up. I am sitting in Washington Square Park on the edge of that center fountain that seems to double as the town's watering hole where red-faced locals an[...]

Berlin's best ice-cream parlors

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It is June, so summer is finally here - at least if you live in the northern hemisphere. It might not seem like summer has reached all of Europe yet; just yesterday I asked my flatmate if she wanted to turn the heating back on, and a few days ago I dug up the old winter boots to battle the rain - Glasgow, I love you anyways. But, I know deep down in my heart[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Tel Aviv

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Sand dunes, camels and oriental markets, or glassy high risers, cats and crazy nightlife - what is your idea of Tel Aviv? Mine was probably a little bit of both. Having met Israelis before, I knew Tel Aviv was a city that never sleeps. I knew it was by the seaside and surrounded by desert. I knew it was considerably secular and welcoming. I had heard about t[...]

5 cool vintage shops in Glasgow

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Moving to Glasgow just under two years ago has changed many a thing in my behaviour. First of all, I now say didnae instead of didn't and wee instead of little. I also re-defined my perception of rain to anything not soaking me within 5 minutes to 'not being real rain'. And then I think 25 degrees Celsius is really hot. Moving to Glasgow, or more generally t[...]