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Ostend and the Sea

Posted by on July 4th, 2013 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Feature | 0 comments

I looked at the yachts and I looked at the sea, I felt like I should’ve just stepped out of a boat, not a train. I knew Ostend was a coastal city, but I hadn’t realized how much of coastal city it really was. Even the train station was surrounded from two sides by the sea and the harbour.

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Marvin Gaye, Chicken Curry and Ostend

Posted by on June 10th, 2013 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Feature | 0 comments

I can hear the dribbling of basketballs echo from the hundred year old wooden buildings surrounding the basketball court. Originally commissioned by Leopold II as barracks some hundred years ago, it has been long since been converted into a sports center and a basketball court; and this is where Marvin Gaye used to play with the local Belgian team.

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Brighton Explained in 10 Photos

Posted by on May 22nd, 2013 in Destinations, England, Europe, Feature, Photos | 17 comments

Brighton, or London-by-the-sea as they sometimes call it, is a sea-side town popular among Londoners on sunny weekends, and… Wait, what! What do you mean London-by-the-sea?

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Spring Time in Finland – as Told by Photos

Posted by on April 10th, 2013 in Destinations, Europe, Feature, Finland, Jyväskylä, Photos | 8 comments

You can hear water everywhere in Finland right now, as it drops from roofs and hurries down little streams. The sun is finally starting to melt the snow, revealing things that had been long hidden under the white blanket; things that we thought were lost, things that we hoped were lost and things that we had already forgotten. Life appearing through the snow that still covers the ground; when you already thought it couldn’t had survived the harsh cold winter; plants and trees appearing from their hiding places, ready for the summer. It creates a pretty picture, but it’s more than that, people have to change with the season too. No more heavy winter clothes, no more ice-hockey or walks on the frozen lakes. No more snow ball fights and ice fortress. No more long ski trips, with a warm cup...

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24 Hours in Madrid – Photo Essay

Posted by on March 18th, 2013 in Destinations, Europe, Feature, Photos, Spain | 12 comments

After my brush with death in Pamplona with the bulls (of which I still haven’t written about), I had a flight to catch from Madrid, and this time I had pre booked my ticket for the train in advance after learning from my previous mistakes. This did leave me with 24 hours* to explore Madrid, a city that I had not visited before. And one that I had made no plans what-so-ever for. I had heard people mention that it is quite a beautiful city, but I honestly had no idea. It has the grandiose palaces and cathedrals I was expecting, but it also has the small narrow streets filled with cafés that are great for sipping a beer while reading a book or just looking at people and contemplating life. This being Spain, I was of course expecting...

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Driving to Arundel – the Sussex road trip

Posted by on March 3rd, 2013 in Destinations, England, Europe, Feature | 1 comment

When you live in London, it’s easy to forget that there is a whole country out there that you can’t reach with the tube. When I start planning for holidays, the first thing I look at is flights out of England, but there is actually more to good old Blightly than just London.

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