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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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Seven days of Avoriaz

Posted by on January 28th, 2013 in Destinations, Europe, Feature, France | 12 comments

Fresh mountain air with views, wonderful off-piste powder, French wines, overdose of cheese and a village with horses instead of cars, that’s Avoriaz in the French Alps for you in a nut-shell. This was my first time in Portes du Soleil ski area, and I quite liked it to be honest. Ironically snow caused us massive issues in getting there, but it was worth it! Day 0: to Geneva Heathrow was in compete chaos, queues to baggage drop snaked around the terminal and we sat for two hours in the plane waiting to take off. Then instead of landing in Geneva as we had planned, we landed in Lyon with seven other planes because of closure of the Geneva airport due to snow. It was pretty grim; after waiting for three hours on the runway in Lyon we were...

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Top 5 Things to Do in Estoril

Posted by on January 18th, 2013 in Destinations, Europe, Feature, Photos, Portugal | 4 comments

If someone mentioned movie stars, Europe’s oldest casino, Formula 1 track and championship level golf, you might think of Monaco, but you would be wrong. It’s actually Estoril in Portugal that we are talking about here. Estoril is a small town on the coast of Portugal, only 25km from Lisbon. It’s where the rich and famous come to hang around in the summer months. However in the autumn and winter months it is a different story, and you can get a luxury hotel for a fraction of the normal cost. Cascais, sort of big brother of Estril, is within walking distance. It offers more restaurants, cafés, pubs, and basically everything, but I still prefer Estoril; it feels smaller, cosier; and you can always walk to Cascais when you want to visit an Irish pub (which there are too many...

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Ha Long Bay – Where Ground Rises Sky High

Posted by on September 16th, 2012 in Asia, Destinations, Photos, Vietnam | 25 comments

“This wonder is ground rising up into the middle of the high sky” Nguyễn Trãi   We watched the majestic stone islands rising vertically from the calm sea. Straight rock faces ricing directly with lush green jungles pushing out where ever they could; such a bizarre sight and definitely one of the most popular sights in Vietnam. And here we finally were. Our journey had taken us from Saigon to Ha Long Bay, sort of like that Top Gear episode about Vietnam, except we didn’t drive the whole route with scooters and we went to Cambodia and Laos along the way. But I am quite interested in driving thru Vietnam on a motorbike; if anybody has done it, let me know. Anyway, we had gotten into a bus in the early hours of the day in Hanoi, which had...

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Why Did I Stay so Long in Don Det?

Posted by on October 25th, 2011 in Asia, Laos, Photos | 9 comments

When I finally left Don Det, I realized I had stayed on the island for over a week; and when I look back, I can’t really explain why I stayed for so long. However this is not to say, that it isn’t worth staying a week on Don Det. It most certainly is. Off to the sunset The reason why I can’t explain it is that there is not really that much to do on the island. I had no luxuries, only a cold shower and shared bathroom; everything on the island closes at 11pm; and the only wifi on the island is probably running on smoke signals. But it still was one of my favorite places in Laos. Don Det is a small island on an area called Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) on the Mekong river...

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