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London Eye: information + photos + tickets online

London Eye tickets

When you’re in London, chances are really high that you’ll walk by the Ferris wheel at some point. You’ll find the popular attraction on the South Bank by the Thames, diagonally opposite the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, in the middle of the city center. If you want to enjoy the fabulous views from this Ferris wheel, don’t …

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Things to do in Riga: my favorites!

Things to do in Riga

  Everything in Riga is within walking distance and there is plenty to experience and visit for a weekend to enjoy your stay. One of the absolute top attractions of Riga is the House of the Blackheads. This beautiful building is located in the old town and was founded in the fourteenth century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild …

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The 6 best things to do in Trapani

Things to do Trapani

  Sicily stands synonymous with beautiful beaches. My personal favorite on this southern island is San Vito Lo Capo. This pearly white sandy beach is a 45-minute drive from Trapani. Once you get there, you might even believe that you ended up on a Caribbean island! The color of the water varies from light blue to dark blue and the …

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Visiting the Vatican: everything you need to know

visiting the vatican

  How did that land of just 44 hectares actually come to be? Technically, it is an independent city of which the official name is ‘the Vatican City State’. In 1870 there arose a dispute between the Pope and his cabinet and the Kingdom of Italy. The pope and his following refused to leave the Vatican territory until the case …

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Sicily itinerary for 14 days

sicily itinerary 14 days

The Boot of Europe has so many other magnificent destinations such as Florence, Rome and Venice, all of which are easily accessible by car. Why would you fly all the way to Italy and then opt for a round trip in Sicily with a rental car? Because flights and a rental car aren’t that expensive at all! On top of …

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Car rental in Naples, Italy: necessity or not?

Renting a car in Italy is generally not very expensive. Naples is much cheaper than the rest of the country, and so is the cost of a rental car. For a week of cruising around in a small car (with air conditioning, of course!) You pay between €60 and €100. That is indeed very cheap, because this means you actually …

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5x the best gelateria in Rome

best gelato in rome

  Gioliti is located very close to the Italian parliament. And this is undoubtedly one of the best gelaterias of Rome. The ice cream shop is visible from afar with its large, elegant letters and by the queues that often stand outside. The inside of this ‘ice cream restaurant’ is beautiful. Very classic, but nevertheless magnificent. Besides ice cream you …

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Climbing the towers of Bologna

Towers of Bologna

It’s best described as a miracle that Asinelli’s tower is still standing after all these centuries. The tallest tower of Italy has already had a lot of bad luck since the 12th century. Lightning, fire, minor collapses and even bomb attacks during World War II! Due to all these problems, the Asinelli tower slowly begun to lean over. His smaller …

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Visiting Sant Angelo Castle

sant angelo castle rome

  Between 134 and 139 the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome appeared on the right bank of the Tiber. The commissioner was the famous emperor Hadrian, whose ashes were kept here after his death. 138 was a bad year for the family because both Hadrian, his wife Sabina and his first adopted son Lucius Aelius died in this year. It was …

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The best restaurants of Bologna

Bologna restaurants

  If you want an explosion of your tastebuds, Then you have to go to l’Arcimboldo. This restaurant is just outside Bologna’s historic center and is best reserved a bit in advance because the food you get here is absolutely amazing. For only twenty-two euros, I received a small appetizer (from the house), a deliciously tasty pasta (€14), a dessert …

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Things to do in Cefalu and how to get there

things to do in Cefalu

The first thing you’ll notice about Cefalu (besides its beauty) is the calm atmosphere that prevails here. If you at least plan your visit, because during the summer months this cozy town is occupied by lots of tourists from anywhere in the world. This place, together with Mondello, is one of the nicest beaches on the beautiful Sicilian island. Therefore …

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Visiting Stonehenge from London

visiting stonehenge

    Most people give a rather vague answer to this question. “Isn’t Stonehenge that pile of strange rocks somewhere in England?” Technically, they are right, but this historic monument is so much more than just a bunch of strange stones. A ‘henge’ refers to a round or rough oval ditch with an external bank. Stonehenge is different in that …

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A visit to the Duomo of Milan

  To visit the Duomo of Milan, you need to have tickets. Avoid waiting in line for hours and buy your tickets online and in advance (at the same price!). The best option is to invest in a Duomo Pass (€14). With this ticket, you can check out all sights inside and outside the cathedral and also climb the panoramic …

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A virtual visit of the Vatican museum

visit vatican museum

  Since Pope Julius II had the idea in the early sixteenth century of creating the Vatican Museums, they have become one of the most impressive art collections in the world. Egyptian mummies, Etruscan art and both antique and modern paintings; few other museums offer so much variation of such quality. The complex covers an area of 5.5 hectares and …

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Naples Catacombs

naples catacombs

  This is the most famous attraction of underground Naples. The first thing you’ll probably notice during a visit is that the catacombs are much larger than the (more) famous catacombs of Rome. This has to do with the workability and strength of the tuff, in which they have been excavated. Originally this was the tomb of a noble family, …

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18 Points of interest in Naples, Italy

< The royal castle is characterized by the noble public who lived here. The French, Aragonese, Spanish and Austrian kings have each made their mark on their home in their own way. Originally it was built by Charles I of Anjou in 1279-1282 and afterwards it was gradually expanded. The most impressive addition is definitely the triumphal arch between two …

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Climbing the cathedral of Palermo

palermo cathedral

In 1185 the church was built on top of a Byzantine church, later it was renamed a mosque, to which all kinds of extras were added after the umpteenth conquest of the city. Later, typical additions from the Renaissance and the Neoclassical art period were also added to this magnificent cathedral. The exterior is phenomenally beautiful, and you can undoubtedly …

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The Capuchin catacombs of Palermo

Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

Once you have taken the stairs to the deepest part of the church, you end up in a dark world full of stuffed corpses. One is better preserved than the other. Each of the mummies of Palermo has its own facial expression, and that makes this cemetery a lot creepier. On the best-preserved bodies you can even see hair and …

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12 superb things to do in Palermo and around

things to do in palermo

  I can hardly start with anything other than the crown jewel of Palermo. In 1185 the first stone of this magnificent building was laid and over the years so many new parts were added that it only took its final form in the beginning of the nineteenth century. In full it’s called ‘Il Cattedrale della Santa Vergine Maria Assunta’ …

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Visiting Cinque Terre: the complete guide

  Read more about…  How to get around   |    How long do you need   |    Day trip to Cinque Terre   |    Hiking paths   |   Things to do in the surrounding area   |    Extra tips The Cinque Terre are five beautiful villages located between gorgeous hiking trails. This adventure is a top attraction in Italy for hiking enthusiasts, because you have several dozens …

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The 6 best beaches in Sicily

There is a good chance that you will land in Palermo or at least spend a bit of time there. At less than ten kilometers (6.2 miles) from this bustling city you’ll find the beautiful Mondello. A sandy beach with turquoise waters that you may have only encountered in your dreams. During the high season it can get very busy, …

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Visiting St Peter’s basilica

visiting saint peter's basilica

  La Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano is a mouthful, but it suddenly perfectly covers the importance of this church. Not only is this the most famous work of renaissance architecture, it’s also the biggest Christian church in the world! This religious building is what Mecca is for Muslims and is often described as “the most important of …

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19 amazing things to see in Catania, Sicily

things to see in Catania

  The most beloved landmark of Catania is undoubtedly the Cattedrale di Sant’Agata located on Piazza del Duomo. The facade is decorated with beautiful, proud standing statues and around the building you can find a small garden with some beautiful works of art. Don’t forget to also explore the Piazza del Duomo. The column with the funny elephant, for example, …

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The 14 best places to visit in Sicily

best places to visit in Sicily

  I can’t start with anything other than the capital of the island. Chances are that your Sicilian adventure starts here and I advise you to take all the time to explore this amazing city. The magnificent cathedral, the Palazzo dei Normanni, the catacombs, Teatro Massimo, … the list of sights in Palermo is almost endless. Just outside the city …

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Climbing and visiting Mount Etna

visit Etna

  If you go on holiday in the north of Sicily, you can see Mount Etna from just about everywhere. The gigantic mountain is beautiful from a distance, but even more spellbinding when you climb the steep flanks. It seems like you’re visiting another planet. This fire-breathing mountain caused some of the world’s most bizarre landscapes. Dozens of craters in …

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Visiting Pompeii: a day trip from Naples, Sorrento or Rome

pompeii day tour

  Read more about… Things to do in Pompeii   |   Visiting Pompeii with public transportation   |   Climbing the Vesuvius   |   Prices and tickets   |   Organized tours and excursions The history of Pompeii goes back to about 700 years before our era. Several tribes and nations rose and fell, until the Romans finally captured it. The city is located southeast of …

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A visit to the catacombs of Rome

catacombs rome

In the second century AD, Rome faced the problem of overpopulation and a shortage of land. More and more people were looking for shelter in the Eternal City, and as a result, more and more people also lost their lives here. One couldn’t just leave these poor people in the streets, but there were almost no other place to bury …

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Rome attraction tickets: the ultimate guide

To make your city trip a little less stressful I give you some tips on buying tickets for the attractions of Rome. That way you save time and money. And that will make your vacation a lot more pleasant, don’t you think so? One of the most visited monuments in Rome is the Coliseum or Colosseum. It’s not every day …

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The Coliseum of rome: tickets, info and tips

coliseum tickets rome

A visit to the Coliseum can’t be missed during your city trip to Rome. This historic building is incredibly interesting, and I really recommend to book a guide right away. For five euros extra on top of your ticket, you’ll get information that will make your visit a lot more pleasant and interesting. All the information that you find in …

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25 Amazing places to see in Rome!

  Tucked between the busy city walls of Rome you can hear the raging water that flows from the statues from afar. The Trevi fountain is a gigantic structure with detailed sculptures, which annually attracts millions of tourists to this city. The square around the fountain is filled almost non-stop with spectators, and to keep all those people in check …

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Climbing the leaning tower of Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa inside

Would you like to see the spectacular view from the tower’s top level? That’s possible! But you do need tickets, and they’re quite expensive… Eighteen euros per person isn’t cheap. If you order the tickets, you must be at the tower at a certain day and time. Be on time because the places are limited! Also, don’t forget that you …

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Michelangelo’s David sculpture

Michelangelos David

Michelangelo is undoubtedly one of the most talented artists that ever lived in this world. His full name, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, sounds almost as beautiful as his artwork. In addition to sculptor, he was also a gracious painter, with one of his masterpieces being the the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. Furthermore, he was an architect and poet …

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Visiting the Uffizi gallery in Florence

Uffizi gallery Florence

In the heart of Florence you can find the Galleria degli Uffizi, which already was open to public on request in the sixteenth century. Only in 1765 it was officially opened to a broader spectrum of citizens and another hundred years later it became an actual museum. What began with a collection of artwork given by the influential Medici family …

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22 Great things to do in Florence

things to do in Florence

The advantage of Florence is that you don’t need to sulk when the weather forecast isn’t that promising. The majority of the most beautiful sights are churches and museums. I summarize my favorites below. Are there still some must-see sights of Florence missing? Feel free to add them in a message on the end of this post! The Cathedral of …

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Stratford Upon Avon: Shakespeare’s hometown

stratford upon avon shakespeare

Stratford-Upon-Avon is a super-cozy town in central England, not too far from Birmingham. There are of course more picturesque places in this country, but this village is so special because the famous William Shakespeare was born here and eventually also died here. Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon is characterized by beautiful wooden half-timbered houses, the façades of which have been largely preserved. If …

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11 Superb things to do in Bologna

things to do in Bologna

In the time of Dante and other Italian poets, Bologna was known as the city of towers. The more towers a city had, the richer it was considered. Dozens of giant buildings embellished the skyline of Bologna and undoubtedly provided a magical view. Unfortunately, most of these towers have been demolished or collapsed, and there are now “only” about twenty-one …

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A visit to the Ferrari Museum in Modena and Maranello

ferrari museum in modena and maranello

Do you want to skip the lines or perhaps book the ultimate Ferrari experience? You can do so online! Tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours in advance.   From Bologna, I commuted to the two Ferrari museums in Modena and Maranello. The paradise for enthusiasts of these expensive cars! If you travel by train to Modena you might’ve …

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How to get to Murano from Venice? Info + what to see

Murano Venice

Do you want to learn more about the glas blowers of Murano? Then book a guided tour to both Murano and Burano. Online these only cost €20 per person. If you would rather plan everything yourself, then you can also buy tickets for the public transportation or just arrange your visit to one of the glass factories on the island. …

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Three great restaurants in Venice

best restaurants in venice

The small but cozy jazz restaurant “Laguna Libre” is hidden far away from the Saint Mark’s square. The pleasant and well-kept terrace is located along one of the many canals of Venice, but the nice thing here is that there are no hordes of tourists, and that you have to share the boats and gondolas with almost nobody. While I …

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A gondola ride in Venice

gondola ride Venice

Originally the gondola was the most popular means of transport of the Venetians (especially of the higher class), but today the vaporetto or water bus has become the most important way to get around the hundreds of canals in this idyllic city. Several centuries ago, there were still about 10,000 gondolas in Venice and now only 500 of them remain. …

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Visiting the catacombs of Paris

Catacombs of Paris

The waiting lines for the catacombs in Paris can be extremely long (a bit further down this article there’s a photo of the queue!). Therefore it’s not a bad idea to buy skip-the-line tickets. You can buy these through websites such as GetYourGuide. If you want a unique experience in these underground corridors, you can of course also book a …

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Visiting the Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice

St. Mark's basilica Venice

Would you like to rent an audio guide for the Saint Mark’s Basilica? You can do so for only €4 per person. Do you prefer to visit the golden Saint Mark’s Basilica with a real guide, or perhaps even together with the Doge’s Palace? Check out these tours from GetYourGuide. You can cancel for free up until 24 hours before …

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The Bridge of Sighs

view from the bridge of sighs in Venice

La Ponte dei sospiri, as it’s so beautifully called in Italian, was designed in 1600 by Antonio Contin (who also designed the Rialto Bridge, one of Venice’s other top sights). This characteristic bridge of Venice is a short distance from the St. Mark’s Square and connects the Doge Palace with the Prigione Nuovo (new prison). This former jail is in …

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Visiting the Doge’s Palace in Venice

Doge's palace

Il Palazzo Ducale, as it’s so beautifully called in Italian, is the Palace of the Doge, the leader who ruled over the Most Serene Republic of Venice for more than 1,100 years. He decided that a prominent building should be built for such a prominent position. Therefore, in 1340, he ordered the construction of the palace to be built on …

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15 Things to do in Venice

things to do in Venice

My favorite thing to do in Venice was Burano. From the center you can take the Vaporetto (the boats that serve as public transport) and in almost an hour you’ll arrive in the colorful streets of Burano. Like Venice itself, this small island is characterized by the channels running through the streets, but probably much more because of the brightly …

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Swimming with dolphins in a responsible way

Swimming with dolphins

First, you need to decide if you want to swim with wild or captured dolphins. Actually, this is an easy decision, but I’d like to explain both options to you. When you choose to swim with trained (caught) dolphins, you contribute to a terrible system. Dolphins are often caught in the wild and then sold to dolfinaria or other marine …

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Visiting Iceland’s blue lagoon

Iceland's Blue Lagoon

  As soon as you get near the sources you’ll see the steam rising between the rocks. In the nearby building you can change your attire and then head to the springs. Find a spot in the warm water and brush your face with the cleansing cream that can be found everywhere. There is also a waterfall where you can …

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10 awesome things to do in London

things to do in London

A visit to London isn’t complete without having sat in one of the egg-shaped cabins of the London Eye. This giant ferris wheel turns around in half an hour and gives you a spectacular view over the city. In the cabin you can roam freely or take a seat to take in the scenery. With children, it’s nice to see …

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Sam in Rotterdam

Sam in Rotterdam

After having slept for ages and checking my pictures of the previous day, I stumbled out of bed and went downstairs to take a look. There was not a whole lot to see, so perhaps I thought of going to see some of King Kong’s friends at the Rotterdam zoo. The Blijdorp zoo was only twenty minutes away by tram and… …

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Day three in Iceland

Gletsjer beklimmen in Ijsland

Personally, I thought this was gonna an easy stroll with a couple of beautiful mountains in the background. But I must admit that this was a completely different estimation! I think I didn’t get what a glacier was. I just thought it was some kind of frozen wall. Not a frozen… Everything! Ragnar told us that the hilly path we …

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Niceland

Here and there, curious heads of seals (or sea lions?) come see what’s happening around the lake, while scared birds start to fly away when they see the dog like faces. The water field is gigantic. Just standing still and listening to the crackling ice and the icebergs who break loose from each other is impressive. I decide to walk …

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Arrival in… Reykjavik!

Reykjavik

I don’t like to have little time when going to the airport and already had several scenarios playing through my head about what could possible go wrong. Of course the Flybussen picked me, and plenty of others, up right on time. And with an hour I had enough time to board my flight to Oslo. The second flight, to Reykjavík, was …

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Last day in Tromsø

Me and Danique decide to go to the west of the island to take a look at the beautiful coast. There isn’t a lot of daylight, so we definitely need to go while we still can. Before we arrive there, we first take a peek into the Tromsø museum. The Dutch people know how to save money:  “Two student entrances, please .” Without actually …

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Whales and northern lights

noorwegen aurora borealis

  We’re in luck, because the guide on the bus is very knowledgeable and likes to share everything he knows. He tells us more about whales, but also about the Sami. The original inhabitants of this region. While driving, we see some beautiful reindeers grazing on the white planes, while a cold winterstorm rages over them. Forty minutes later, the …

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Husky safari in Tromsø!

husky slee tromso

The central location for tours and day trips is only a ten minute walk from my hostel. At eight thirty half of the airport seems to wait at the Radison Blu Hotel to start their active day, exploring Tromsø. I walk up to the hotel and gape at the beautiful view you have over Tromsø from here. The city is surrounded …

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Tromsø, the capital of the arctic

tromso noorwegen blog kampvuur

These things happen, and you can’t let it control your lives! Otherwise I’m sure I would never dare to travel again. My flight was a lot more prosperous (except for the twenty minutes of delay, but that is not bad at all!). Two hours later, I arrived 1500 kilometers further north. Today, I arrived in Tromsø. The city that is …

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Fjorden in Bergen

bergen fjorden noorwegen

Sigh, rubbing my eyes, yawn, stretch. I have to get out of my bed! Half an hour later, after putting on several layers of clothing again, I check my backpack and camera to make sure everything is okay before I leave. The trip to the Norse fjords starts at 10 AM from the cosy harbour. It’s a lot colder than …

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Copenhagen to Malmö

Only one day later we are again heading to Sweden. This time, we’ll see the second biggest city in Sweden; Malmö. A return ticket costs us 178. Just a little less than €25. I immediately noticed that one of the tickets looks slightly different than the other one. A little annoyed I go to the information desk, Because I do …

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Exploring Copenhagen

Kopenhagen blog

With the bus it takes around fifteen minutes before we get to our first stop. The Botanical Gardens is a nice park with in them a couple of different gardens. The most impressive one is, without a doubt, the one under the glass pavilion with tropical plants and even some animals. Right in front of the conservatory there is a …

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Sweden > Copenhagen

For everyone who feels nauseous on trains, there is no need to worry. I see plenty of barf bags (or trash bags?) for every passenger. While new people hop on and off the train, my eyes rest fixed at the beautiful white landscape and the frozen lakes and ponds we whizz by. Only a couple of minutes later, the soothing …

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Exploring Stockholm

When we finally decide to get out of our comfortable beds, we leave for Stockholm to do some sightseeing over there. We leave later than expected because I actually hadn’t really looked up what we could do and visit in Stockholm. One thing is certain though: Gamla Stan. The old part of Stockholm is an absolute must! From the central …

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Snowy Stockholm

Stockholm Zweden blog

The plane is about to land and we are now circling above Stockholm. It’s only half past five, but it looks a lot later in Sweden already. The sky is pitch black. The complete darkness make me, and my mother, doubt when we watch through the little window. “Is that snow?” “No, I think it’s just water.” “Yes?” “No! It’s snow!” There …

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Christmas in London

The London Eye and the Tower Bridge still stand stately next to the Thames, but in the inner city lots has already changed again. It’s been a couple of years. Meanwhile, London got plagued by riots and terroristic activities. But the capital city of England looks stronger than ever! Christmas time 2015 is extraordinary warm. With temperatures that almost hit …

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