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Hotels we love: Villa Sorgenfrei & a weekend in Dresden

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In Germany, the city of Dresden has become the centre of political debates in recent years, take the refugee crisis, the nation's and Europe's response to it and growing right-wing extremism (like the weekly PEGIDA demonstrations). I know, this is not your typical intro for a travel piece but it's impossible not to reflect on Dresden's history and present if[...]

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 [...]

18 Fun Things to Do in Manchester

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It might not have Big Ben or Buckingham Palace or extortionate rent prices, but Manchester does have a lot to offer. Located in the North of England, the city is often missed in favour of the Southern capital. While it's certainly a lot smaller than London, and a lot less touristy, what it does have is a huge variety of music, arts and food scenes waiting fo[...]

10 Things I Love about My Life in Japan

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Many people talk about the things travelers should know before going to Japan - what's polite to do or not, table manners, how to behave on the streets etc. What I'd like to share though, is what happens when you live there; the little things that make Japan Japan, that say: 'You are living in Japan, and this place feels like home to you.' For example, th[...]

24 hours in Munich

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Munich and I never really clicked. I grew up visiting parts of my family there in the summer, then came back for interviews and job stuff. I never really took the time to actually explore it and forget the stereotypes that have  accumulated in my head over the years. In my mind, Munich was snobby, clean and boring. That's by no means the full picture! So whe[...]

10 Reasons Why Berlin is the Best Place for a City Break

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I've written about Berlin before and given my top tips for visiting this wonderful city. Although there is a ton of stuff to do here, don't be fooled! - you don't necessarily need to block an entire week or more on your calendar. You can easily enjoy the perks of Berlin during a short weekend trip. We've partnered up with Expedia to come up with 10 reasons w[...]

Why Valencia Should Be Your New Favourite European City

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Maybe it was because I had so few expectations or little time to think about it, but Valencia won my heart by storm. The Spanish seaside town literally had everything I could have wished for: parks, great cafes to work and read in, passionate artists who are up for talking to strangers (me), a lively street life, awesome food - and a chill atmosphere. There'[...]

Is Edinburgh the Ultimate Festival City?

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When I think about why people might add Edinburgh to their travel bucket lists and flood the streets of the Scottish capital year-in, year-out, I think of the medieval Old Town with its picturesque castle, the picture-book views from Carlton Hill and Arthur Seat, and The Elephant House coffee shop for Harry Potter fans. People go to Edinburgh to marvel at ar[...]

Finding the real Morocco outside Marrakech

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"You are all travelers; the tourists will go to Marrakech or simply stay in the resort town of Agadir, but what you are seeing now is the real Morocco." After days of winding mountain roads, small Moroccan villages and traveling from Marrakech to the Sahara, our Topdeck guide was gushing about the real Morocco so often overlooked by visitors to this country.[...]

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