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On the Mayan Riviera, Belizean islands and Chichen Itza: itinerary + photo diary

On the Mayan Riviera, Belizean islands and Chichen Itza: itinerary + photo diary

If you’re viewing on email, head on over to the site for the sexy photo version. My boyfriend and I had 2 1/2 weeks and wanted a mix of beach, adventure, history, and beer. This post is going to be a visual whistlestop through the main stops, the highs and the lows (cough cough, prolific seaweed). We hit up the major stop…

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SPECIAL FEATURE // On Bhutan, land of the thunder dragon

I can say this with certainty: Bhutan is the most fascinating place I’ve ever encountered. I first heard about Bhutan in my Year 11 Economics class. It was mentioned fleetingly in documentary we were watching in class, but had always stuck in my mind. Bhutan is the world leader in measuring their economy’s success through Gross National Happiness. It makes…

On a spectacular flight into the Himalayas: photos

On a spectacular flight into the Himalayas: photos

I used every fibre of my being to get a window seat on the commercial flight from New Delhi to Leh, Ladakh, situated in the north west of India in the Himalayas. It was even better than I could’ve hoped for. The range first cropped up as snow covered peaks above the clouds, which cleared to give a breathtaking panroama…

On Prague  // Central Europe photo series part 6 - Prague

On Prague // Central Europe photo series part 6

The end point of my trip, and the final part of my six-part photo series on Central Europe is Prague. I had been there before, but felt like I hadn’t quite done it justice. So I braved the swathes of tourists (requires patience, and at times pointy elbows to retain your personal space), armed with my sister and a friend, my…

On Cesky Krumlov & Bohemia // Central Europe photo series part 5 - Cesky Krumlov

On Český Krumlov & Bohemia // Central Europe photo series part 5

Český Krumlov is a small city in South Bohemia in the Czech Republic, and is a visual treasure trove. It reminded me a lot of my university town Durham actually. With winding, cobbled streets along the curving river, pastel buildings with terracotta roofs, hedge gardens, and an embellished castle with bears pottering around the moat, Český Krumlov is enchanted. The trip to Český…

On Bratislava // Central Europe photo series part 4

Bratislava is an interesting city. It bears the hallmarks of bygone grandeur, juxtaposed with bleak communist overtones. The most iconic of the latter is a flying saucer structure, known locally as the UFO, on a bridge that towers over the city, and looks to be plucked straight from War of the Worlds. Even more bizarrely, the city appears to exist around a…

On Budapest // Central Europe photo series part 3 - Parliament Building

On Budapest // Central Europe photo series part 3

Budapest was a premeditated stop on my trip to meet my boyfriend. I knew I wanted to come here because I’ve been here before. Budapest is the kind of place you get addicted to. In fact, I think it’s my favourite city in Europe. It has the elegance of Hapsburg era architecture, but with an edge to it. It’s grungy without…

On Lake Bled & Ljubljana // Central Europe photo series part 1 - Lake Bled rowers

On Lake Bled & Ljubljana // Central Europe photo series part 1

My Central Europe adventures began in Lake Bled. It has been on my bucket list for a long time. And why wouldn’t it be? The Lake is perfect. Other than turquoise, I haven’t seen anything more turquoise. The water was the most refreshing I’ve ever been in. It was a brilliant 33 degrees – perfect for reading, sunning, swimming, a boat, forest walking, gorge visiting, and an…

On Central Europe: a photo series - Lake Bled, Slovenia

On Central Europe: a photo series

Hello! Lovely to see you again, welcome back. I’m excited to say I’ve had some adventures this past two weeks where I did an InterRail whirlwind of central Europe. I started in bucket list location Lake Bled (pictured above), and let the train lines and timetables dictate my route, with friends dropping in along the way. Armed with the Lonely…

On Marrakech: a photo diary

On Marrakech: a photo diary

I spent this bank holiday weekend on a city break to Marrakech. The weekend was packed with museum visits, souk bargain hunting, and getting very lost amongst winding streets – including some fanatical directions from cunning locals trying to get you to swing by their uncle’s leather shop. Here’s a visual tribute to its romantic geometry, chaotic atmosphere, intense heat and…