Alternative guides to New Orleans

I bought my first guidebook some 20 years ago, at that time still unaware of the Lonely Planet series. With my husband-to-be we were planning to rough it in Ireland (i.e. to camp) so Rough Guide seemed to be the best fit. Later on the recognisable blue bible became our constant travel companion and curling…

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Utrecht – Amsterdam’s cool little brother

I could name many highlights of our trip to Holland. Amsterdam was not one of them. Maybe I’m doing it injustice and it was only an unfortunate combination of events that led to my disappointment. From our early morning trek around the Nieuwmarkt district desperately tring to find a decent breakfast things took a turn…

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Seeing tulips at Keukenhof: There’s something for everyone

I was told by a friend that visiting Holland to see the tulips is the biggest cliché of all, something along the lines of having a picture taken wearing a mask in Venice. As if it was only a matter of time until I start travelling with tour groups. Needless to say, hearing this did…

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My imaginary Dutch life

I never thought I would be dreaming of living in Holland. During our recent trip there, however, I’ve learnt to love the country and its little quirks. So I’ve created a pretty detailed image in my head of how our life there would look: We live in a lovely house on the outskirts of a…

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India in movies: All the clichés are true

Movies are usually exploiting our prejudices to the extreme to create comical situations. Except movies about India in which all the clichés are true. My claim is based on my thorough analysis of movies like Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Million Dollar Arm. Coincidentally I watched the last one on the flight back…

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Seduced by The Grand Seduction

I don’t know what’s with movies and me, but I know every time I watch a movie about a place or a country we visited, the result will be the same: me looking up tickets to fly back at the first possible occasion. A couple of days ago we watched The Grand Seduction set in…

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Ayurveda Is Not Your Average Day At The Spa

Covered in medicated oil I’m lying on a hard wooden table. I can feel the constant stream of the pleasantly warm oil flowing onto the top of my skull, slowly moving from left to right causing a feeling of unusual weight. A hand is gently stroking my head, making me drift in and out of…

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The Pescheria – Fish Market in Catania

It’s loud, it’s smelly but it’s great fun – a visit to the Pescheria, the traditional fish market in Catania, Sicily. For me a stroll through a local market is always the best way to experience a destination through its sounds and flavours. And the Pescheria does not disappoint. Come here for some people-spotting and…

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Survival Tips for First-Time Sicily Visitors

My extensive travel planning I was telling you about a while ago finally led to a result: Sicily turned out to be the destination meeting most of the criteria. Actually, it has already been on our radar for some time, even the LP guide has been waiting on our “to-visit” book shelf between Brazil and Corsica…

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