Weimar, Germany in Pictures – Complex History, Cultural Acclaim

Weimar, Germany

Weimar’s charm is obvious and captivating within minutes of your eager-eyed arrival. A picture book of classicism and grandeur seeping from every one of its pastel hued buildings, quaint open squares and magnificent surrounding green parks, the 1000 year old city certainly holds true to its … [Read more...]

Discovering Former East Germany Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: My Route

Travel in Germany

Today I start my journey around some of the key towns and cities with historical significance to a time when Germany was once divided - destinations that once sat in former east Germany. Today these areas are established destinations, cool hangouts and preserved traditional treasures. My journey … [Read more...]

Exploring Germany 25 Years On from the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin

2014 marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, a shocking symbol of the division of Berlin and Germany and the Cold War, which finally came down on 9 November 1989. Visiting Germany today, it’s hard to think that this thriving, fun and booming European hotspot was once partitioned into … [Read more...]

Montreal in Winter – Architecture, Art and Tradition in Quebec’s Largest City

Montreal streets, Quebec, Canada

The largest city in the province of Quebec, Montreal is an ‘island city’ nestled on the Saint-Laurent river, housing a quaint hub of grand historical and architectural interest. A city of over 50 Historical sites (more than any other city in Canada) and a UNESCO City of Design (one of three in … [Read more...]

How to Spend Winter in Quebec – A Trio of Destinations for Cool Celebration

Carnival de Quebec, Quebec Winter Carnival, Quebec City, Canada

Canadians may express how the winter is tough, especially the one this year which has been colder than ever, and others may say they are over it after a few months of dealing with the crisp chilly winds, the icy roads and heavy snowfall.  Yet on the whole, Canadians embrace the Winter, making the … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing in Canada – A Winter Trekking Adventure in Québec

Snowshoeing in Canada

Always on the lookout for a picturesque trekking trail, my trip to the mountainous plains of Mont Tremblant in Canada’s Québec province stirred the same longing to go and explore, away from the novice slope where I learnt to snowboard and outside of the cable car view of the sweeping snow-capped … [Read more...]

An Introduction to the Winter Wonderland of Mont Tremblant – Learning to Snowboard in Québec

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

A village of candy coloured buildings sprinkled with a dusting of crisp snow; in the distance, gingerbread style houses nestle between the masses of pine trees; surrounding this, a never-ending canvas of blinding white hills and slopes, populated with weaving coloured speckles of the most discerning … [Read more...]

Mitzpe Ramon – The Revival of Israel’s Negev Desert

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The bus drifted along Highway 40 from Israel’s central town of Be'er Sheva through the transfixing yellow sandy hues and rocky plains of the southern Negev desert, before alighting at a lowly bus stop on the roadside of a town called Mitzpe Ramon. Reveling in the sense of freedom you can only feel … [Read more...]

Why Visit Jerusalem? A City of Both Religious Calling and Contemporary Culture, Perfect for the Independent Traveller

View of Jerusalem, Old City Jerusalem, Israel

A visit to Jerusalem may not appear to be the usual city of choice for a traveller with no religious calling, yet it is a city whose cultural rejuvenation is attracting those wanting to look beyond its theological persona. The city is cryptic yet captivating, firmly cementing itself as a fun, … [Read more...]

Exploring Tel Aviv – My Four Favourite Neighbourhoods In Israel’s Second Largest City

Tel Aviv Beach, Israel

Before I left for Israel I heard that Tel Aviv was a cosmopolitan city, but I prefer to call it gritty - cool and gritty. If all of Israel were London, Tel Aviv would be its Shoreditch; the place that outsiders jokingly mock because they don't know how to be belong here. When I first arrived I … [Read more...]