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Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but it’s a good number today as it’s the number of essential ingredients I believe are needed for a great city break with good girlfriends. Feel free to use this as a checklist to get a city break planned with your friends or family.
1. Good girls.

I have many good girlfriends but my most recent city break trip was with my two oldest friends. They …

[ Written by Frankie | 18 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

You know it’s summer when the Travelettes Instagram challenge is in full swing. Except that a few butterflies in your belly also wouldn’t hurt while munching away on the tenth ice cream, dancing your heart out at an indie festival or if you’re indeed traveling and looking for some adventure.
There is something special about falling head over travelettes heels in love on the road, followed by the bittersweet understanding that …

[ Written by Caroline | 9 Jul 2014 | 25 Comments | ]

As Caroline showed with her love letter to London, clearly the idea of being in a love with a city like you would be in love with a person is not an unknown concept. I too, have at least in my mind written love letters to or thrown plates at cities at one point or another. If you look at my track record I am not quite promiscuous, but I …

[ Written by Annika | 7 Jul 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

To me Porto felt like home from the first moment. There is something about this city – indefinable in the beginning, but clear to the mind at the end of my stay. It has a unique beauty that puts a spell on its visitors and it is no surprise that so many of them end up staying there permanently or at least seriously consider it. I spent a year in …

[ Written by guest | 5 Jul 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

There are design hotels that amaze with their delightful aesthetics and architectural class and bravery. Then there are luxury hotels that indulge with their elegance, decadence and knock-your-socks-off-then-pick-them-up-and-tidy-them-away excellent service.
Then there is the Selman in Marrakech, which has somehow managed to slot itself into both of these categories, all the while smiling and not offering even a hint of pretentiousness or overdoing the exclusivity.
Plus, they have horses.

I’ll get to the …

[ Written by Frankie | 27 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

“Where is the 4×4?”, “Check the gear stick!”, “I am, there is nothing.” “Maybe a button?!” “A button? Since when do you put the 4×4 in with a button?”.
When three very proficient drivers cannot find it, chances are that no, the car you hired is not hiding the 4×4 from you, it simply does not have one. And as it is not the Batmobile, chances that it will magically grow …

[ Written by Annika | 24 Jun 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

With the World Cup going strong since a week it seems like all there is to find in Brazil right now is football. Of course that is not entirely true – there are plenty of other reasons to visit. One of my favourite places is Rio de Janeiro, a city which has fascinated me since my first visit in 2010. Back then I had booked for two weeks and stayed …

[ Written by guest | 19 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Leaving London and getting on yet another long haul flight with all my belongings (a grand total of two suitcases, ehem) feels a bit like ending a long, exhausting and beautiful relationship. Ever wondered how you can feel that way about a city? Read my break-up letter to Europe’s most gorgeous pearl. (I dropped a few cool location tips for you which will hopefully stop both of us from bursting …

[ Written by Caroline | 13 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

They say that love happens when you least expect it.
Well, I have to say I agree. I didn’t expect to fall in love when I visited Český Krumlov, at least not with a museum. Heck, I didn’t even expect to visit a museum during my brief time in the famously historic Bohemian town, but when the words “one of the oldest working photography studios in the world” were mentioned, the …

[ Written by Frankie | 11 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

“We write to taste life twice,” said Anaïs Nin and I can very much relate to this. But with some memories I don’t even need to pick up a pen, I can just close my eyes in order to relive them, taste them, and escape the now for a moment.
My life is a bit erratic these days. After over six years of living in Cape Town I have decided to give …

[ Written by Annika | 6 Jun 2014 | 5 Comments | ]