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10 essentials for your summer beach holiday

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A holiday by the beach is always a good idea, but certainly summer time and those long hot days by my work place are the time of the year when I long for the cool blue of the ocean the most. Nothing beats leaving the sticky heat of the city behind, and leaving for a breezy adventure on a Greek island, the Caribbean or even South East Asia. Even packin[...]

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 [...]

How to decorate a traveller's home

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When you land somewhere new in the world and think, ‘You know what, I might stay here for a bit. I quite like it!”, you know you’re going to be experiencing something special. There’s nothing quite like fully immersing yourself in a new city or country for a substantial amount of time and absorbing every part of the culture. There are aspects to the c[...]

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[...]

Why markets should always be on your itinerary

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Over the years I have developed a good strategy for traveling new cities and new countries, and local markets have definitely made it onto the list of things to do when discovering a new place. I blame it on my students years, when travel money was short and spending it on admission tickets or eating in restaurants was rather a singular treat than a regular [...]

The Travelettes Summer – The Swimsuit Issue

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Summer is on its way and while that brings along long breezy evenings, unlimited ice cream cones, and a smaller electricity bill, it also means the somewhat dreaded bikini season is almost upon us. That is of course if you live in the northern hemisphere. Mind you, you girls in the south seem to live in bikinis all year round so you should be used to it! For[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Amsterdam

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Romantic canals, tulips wherever you look and dubious entertainment that somehow is perfectly legal - Amsterdam is the kind of city that doesn't need a long introduction. Or does it? When I paid a quick visit to Amsterdam earlier in March, to see Travelette Frankie's new flat (and her baby bump) I was in not much of a mood for exploring - four days of networ[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Brisbane's Suburbs

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Brisbane is the underdog of Australian major cities. It doesn’t attract tourists like Sydney and Melbourne, and is often overlooked in favour of the glitzy Gold Coast, a mere hour’s drive south. But Brisbane, with its river cutting the city in half, has a lot on offer for Travelettes: a prolific arts scene, a saturation of independent cafes and restaurants, [...]

A delicious weekend in Antwerp

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My brother Stephan and I are sixteen years apart in age and haven't lived in the same city since I was three and he lanky teenager. Needless to say it took some readjusting and getting to know each other when I moved to his city, Hamburg, last May. While this may sound odd, I wasn't quite sure if I liked my brother. You are supposed to love your siblings, bu[...]

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