Helsinki’s best second-hand and eco-friendly stores

Not too long ago I loved to buy new and expensive household items which would sting my wallet and eventually end up in landfill. These days I have a much more minimalist approach to possessions and when I do buy things I love the challenge of finding pre-loved items in thrift stores, second-hand markets and…

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Porvoo Christmas markets: the perfect daytrip from Helsinki

Picturesque and steeped in history, Porvoo is the perfect day trip from Helsinki. During Christmas markets are held in the cobbled snow-dusted streets.

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Antwerp Photo Diary

Hearing nothing but good things about Antwerp, I was excited to spend the afternoon there on my way from the Netherlands to Ghent. The beauty of the city was immediately obvious as I jumped off the train and headed up the escalators into the elegant gold and stone central train station.   From the station…

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The best places for book lovers in Helsinki

Finland lays claim to the highest literacy rates world-wide. So it’s not surprising that Helsinki is a paradise for book lovers. Here’s 7 of my favourite places to visit when I want to get lost amidst pages of adventure.

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Ghent: my favourite city in Belgium

With a beautiful old town, meandering canals lined with cafes and bars, and a medieval castle, Ghent is enchanting. The main tourist area is located within a cluster of huge cathedrals, where two large canals intersect. It’s the perfect place to wander aimlessly, with endless cafes to rest at when you’ve worked up an appetite or…

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De Haar Castle: the perfect day trip from Amsterdam

My fascination with castles is so borderline obsessive that when I was visiting relatives in Italy, eager for all opportunities to explore anything remotely resembling a castle, they nicknamed me Dracula. In the following decade my love of all things castle related hasn’t waned in the slightest, so when I was studying in Amsterdam last…

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