Visiting Sleeping Beauty’s Castle: a day at Neuschwanstein

Visiting the inspiration behind Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle was a highlight of my trip to Germany. Here I share photos and tips on how to get the most out of a day trip to Neuschwanstein from Munich.

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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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Island hopping along Italy’s southern coast

With ridiculously tempting azure waters, rich Roman history and delicious Mediterranean food, it was not a difficult decision for me to book a somewhat last minute summer holiday to Italy’s southern coast last month. As August is peak season, I spent more time than usual planning an itinerary in order to avoid the worst of the…

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Finnish Island life: a few days spent on Vänö

In the Turku Archipelago, a group of over 20,000 islands scattered off the south-west corner of Finland, you’ll find Vänö, a tiny island where life slows down and nature is paramount. Reached by a one hour ferry from the harbour town of Kasnäs, the island is the perfect escape to the simple pleasures of life.   The…

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A weekend in Turku

Founded in the 13th century, Turku is the oldest city in Finland and in 1640 was home to Finland’s first university, The Royal Academy of Turku (now the University of Helsinki). While the large student population lends a youthful vibe to the city, most students are on summer holidays in the warmer months when the…

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Tram line 3: Merisata & Eira

The last two weekends have taken me to the beautiful green waterfront areas of Eira, Merisata and Kaivopuisto. This weekend past was the colourful Helsinki Pride, which started in Senate Square and finished with festivities throughout Kaivopuisto, while the weekend before was Finnish midsummer (Juhannus) with seaside bonfires to celebrate the longest day of the…

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A week in Denmark: 3 unmissable places to visit

While you could definitely spend much longer than a week exploring Denmark, time can often be a limiting factor. Here are three very different places that you can visit in under a week to give you a snapshot of Danish life.   1. Copenhagen Denmark’s capital has to be one of the most beautiful cities…

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Helsingør: the perfect day trip from Copenhagen

Possibly my favourite experience in Denmark was a day trip to Helsingør. The picturesque coastal town is home to Kronberg castle- Shakespeare’s inspiration for Hamlet, and a beautiful old town which feels remarkably peaceful after Copenhagen’s busy streets.

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A perfect and near free Saturday in Nørrebro, Copenhagen

As soon as my plane touched down in Denmark and the crew announced we’d arrived in Copenhagen I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. The sun was streaming in the plane windows and I could see glimpses of lush green and picturesque buildings. I already felt like I loved the place. However, I was…

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