Jerusalem Highlights

  Israel had always been a place of intrigue for me, and not always for good reasons. This tiny country is often in the news, and I wanted to understand the political issues but my curiosity also came from what I had heard about the nature and landscapes. However, Jerusalem specifically had never been on my…

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Hebron Dual Narrative Tour

Well the first day of my trip certainly threw me in at the deep end when it came to learning about the tensions between Israel and Palestine. I hadn’t arrived at my hostel until 2am the night before, after a surprisingly easy time going through passport control, after what I had heard. But despite only…

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Eating and Drinking in Porto

After my recent post on my  Top 5 things to do in Porto, I wanted to share my thoughts on the best places to eat and drink while you’re exploring city. Three weeks on from my trip, I am thinking very fondly of morning coffees in little cafes and sumptuous lunches with wine at bargain…

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Top 5 things to do in Porto

Every city has its own personality, its own rhythms, its own beating heart that keeps it distinctly unique. Often this je ne sais quoi is impossible to articulate. It’s just something you feel. A culmination of the locals, the visitors, the culture, the customs, the architecture, the traffic, the things there are to do, even…

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Preparing for your trip

This time next week, I’ll be packing my bags for my trip to Porto! I have never been to Portugal before, and I have heard such positive things about this city, so it’s time to find out what all the fuss is about. Usually, I’m more of a mountain fiend than a city slicker when…

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Highlights of 2016

From a political stance, I think 2016 may go down as one of the most traumatic years in recent history. Every day at work I hear about Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Northern Nigeria and their deteriorating situations, then I get home and go on social media and hear about Brexit and Trump. It’s been a…

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24 Hour Layover in Singapore

Any plans I had of gallivanting all over Singapore, climbing up skyscrapers and sipping Singapore Slings on rooftop bars have been scuppered by the horrendous jet lag. My flight with Singapore Air was wonderful. The staff were so friendly and attentive, the seats were spacious, and I was lucky enough to have a row of…

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Surprise Trip – The Big Reveal

Well I’m here at the secret location and delighted by my surprise. As I headed to the airport, not even knowing which terminal I was flying from, the suspense was giving me the jitters. Would I soon be sipping coffee in an Italian espresso bar? Or would I be validating any of the mixed reviews…

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Ancient Rome and the Vatican

I love a weekend minibreak, but they always go by so quickly! It feels like we just arrived but we are now on a British Airways flight home. We have packed a lot into the short time we had, and I feel like I’ve seen the highlights of Rome. Yesterday morning started with the hotel…

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A Little Luxury in Rome

I am currently blogging from my luxurious double bed at the Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome. The mattress is so comfortable it is absorbing my body weight like a hug, and numerous pillows surround my head. Dramatic red and gold floor to ceiling curtains cover the window and the walls are adorned with similarly hued…

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