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Sofia in November, Day 2 (part 1)

Day two got off to a lazy start with one of those free tours available in many capital cities.  This was a 365 tour and our guide was Daniel, a likeable historian.  It was a nice change from the previous guide we’ve had who were not certified experts in history, art or anything of the sort […]

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Sofia in November, Day 1

For the first time, I let fate (or Skyscanner) dictate where we would go on holiday.  That’s how Phil and I wound up in Sofia for a long weekend trip.  Flights and the apartment were all booked in under half an hour!  So, not, me.  We knew very little about Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city since […]

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Prague in June, Day 4 – Sunrise (Part 1)

On the Sunday, I managed to drag myself out of bed at 4 am to catch the sunrise, my second time, and now something I try to do with many of my trips.  On the way to the Charles Bridge, I passed the Rudolfinum, named in honour of Crown Prince Rudolph of Habsburg and now home of […]

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Prague in June, Day 3 – Old Town

On every trip, I try to squeeze in a walking tour.   A friend recommended Sandeman’s free tours — the concept is simple; if you’re happy with the tour, you leave a tip at the end, but you’re free to leave at any time.  Our tour began in the Old Town Square, and our guide […]

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Prague in June, Day 2 – Prague Castle & Hradčany

Right outside the castle area is a Starbucks.  I couldn’t believe it.  Although it’s fairly tastefully done, still, it’s freaking Starbucks.  Anyway, moving on…  Not too far from it, I heard a tour guide regaling his group with a story about a royal figure riding his whores.  Juvenile of me to giggle, but I found it amusing, […]

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Prague in June, Day 2 – Prague Castle

It’s kind of a bitch writing about my trip to Prague in 2015 more than a year later, but that serves me right for being lazy.  I’ll try my best to remember the details — thank gawd for photos.  If I recall correctly, I got to Prague Castle on a Friday morning — the logic being […]

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Prague in June, Day 1

Our decision to visit the Czech Republic was a spontaneous one. My husband and his friend were eyeing up Metalfest, a heavy metal festival (see what they did there?) in Pilsen and I’d always wanted to see Prague. We’d already been on holiday during Easter to Seville but we thought, what the heck, let’s just […]

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Devon vs. Majorca [Infographic]

Last year, Thomas Cook claimed that an all-inclusive family holiday to Majorca would be a lot cheaper than a similar break in Devon.  Well, they’ve been proven wrong by Stay In, a company that promotes staycations (staying in the country for a vacation).  Love this infographic they introduced recently!  I’ve been quite keen on a […]

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Neuschwanstein Castle (Sleeping Beauty Castle), Germany

If this castle reminds you of princesses, evil stepmothers and dragons, it might be because you’ve seen a similar structure at the heart of Disneyland Park in California.  Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) is the inspiration behind Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and “Mad King Ludvig’s” homage to Richard Wagner.  It was also a filming location for […]

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany in March

Rothenburg ob der Tauber — or just Rothenburg odT — is a charming town along the famous Romantic Road in Bavaria, Germany, halfway between Munich and Frankfurt.  Step in to its fairy tale town centre, encircled by a miraculously undamaged town wall, and you’ll think you’ve been transported to a Grimm’s Fairy Tale.  Back in […]