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India Itinerary for a Month: Rajasthan and Uttarakhand

India

So, it’s finally time for me to get round to writing about my trip to India this past Christmas. It’s only been six months, after all. I always prefer to write about a place while the memories are fresh in my mind, whilst I’m on the road or when I’ve just returned and although I do often procrastinate from this plan and take a while to actually publish my posts, there’s something more to what made me so delayed in…

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Montserrat Day Trip from Barcelona: Your Ultimate Guide to Montserrat National Park

Spain

This last February, I spent 4 days in the beautiful Barcelona basking in its ever-sunny climate and exploring the Catalan culture and history. Barcelona is a beautiful city and I recommend that everyone visits once in their lives just for the architecture alone. However, anyone who knows me knows that I love the outdoors and my favourite day on my Barcelona trip was the day trip I took to Montserrat National Park. In fact, Barcelona was extremely low down on my…

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Barcelona Itinerary: Your Perfect Weekend Trip

Spain

Encompassed in history, culture and crazy architecture, Barcelona is the perfect destination for a weekend city break. There’s certainly enough to do to enchant you for a weekend on this Barcelona itinerary, before you head out of the city’s busy crowds to Spain’s nearby more relaxed beach scene of Costa Brava. Barcelona is the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia, which is a region in Spain that has a separate culture and language to the rest of the country. Therefore, be…

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5 Off the Beaten Track Destinations in France

france

I’ve spent at a lot of time since September travelling around France during the weekends, making the most of my year abroad and visiting some of its lesser-known destinations. Most of France is completely obscured by the bright shining light of its capital, Paris. The capital of France is one of the most popular city breaks in the world but a lot of the places that I consider my favourites in France are often not on the radar of many…

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Hvar Island, Croatia: The Perfect Two Day Itinerary

Croatia

For your first day on Hvar Island, check out my previous post where I suggest walking around the town of Stari Grad, including climbing up Glavica Hill to thoroughly explore one of the oldest towns in Europe before relaxing on a beach of your choice (we stayed on a beautiful pebbly pay in walking distance from the centre of town). On our second day I was still feeling pretty ill and the morning started off pretty miserably as after a…

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Stari Grad, Hvar: Exploring the Oldest Town in Europe

Croatia

The next morning I woke up in Hvar to find that my early night had had no beneficial effects on my brewing cold. I felt goddamn awful. My throat was inflamed, my glands were swollen, my nose blocked and my whole head felt like it was full of wool. It was really the opposite of how you’d want to feel on your first day exploring a new place. I crawled from the tent into the outside world fairly begrudgingly. There have…

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Whistle-Stop Walking Tour of London (And where to pee for free!)

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Although I’ve dedicated a large part of my blog to those beautiful places in the UK outside London that are often unfairly neglected and overlooked by tourists and the media, like the Yorkshire Dales, Newcastle, Northumberland and North Wales, there is a reason why the Big City is so popular. Along with New York and Paris, London is one of the most iconic cities in the world. The English capital is concentrated with gorgeous architecture and shrouded in fascinating history. After living…

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Amboise: Two French Chateaux, One Secret Tunnel

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Two weeks into my stay at Le Mans and we were taken on a day trip to Amboise to see two of the different beautiful chateaux in the Loire Valley. Chateau de Clos Lucé First off, we drove an hour and a half to Chateau de Clos Lucé, a small castle that was home to Leonardo Da Vinci between 1516 and 1519, where he lived at the time of his death. The exterior of the castle looks relatively modern considering its history…

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Normandy: France’s Island Castles and Crazy Circuses

france

For three weeks in June and July I’m doing an intensive summer course in the French language in the town of Le Mans in Northern France. About 15 other people from the same university as me are also doing the course, but I’ve never met any of them so feeling pretty nervous about this- first time travelling alone and living alone, and all in France! I haven’t been updating as much as I thought I would, it’s been a pretty…

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Climbing Mount. Snowdon in Northern Wales

Outside London Wales

On our third day in Snowdonia we finally got to climb Mt. Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales at 1,085 m and one of the National Three Peaks Challenge. We made sure that we woke up bright and early, went into the village for a big breakfast at Café Glandwr. I had a bowl of porridge with honey and fresh fruit while Josh had a full Welsh breakfast and together we shared a pot of tea. The breakfast was just what we…

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