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Europe is the smallest continent but it is very diverse and is full of things to do. For a first visit in Europe, new travellers are overwhelmed with the vast choice of great destinations available within a small land. To be honest, the 10 essential cities to visit for first-timers are actually the most touristy and also a must-see, why else would they be so full of tourists? On this list, I will share with you some classics and my tips for a perfect debut in Europe!
The “Beast from the East”, that’s what the media calls this unusual week of cold weather in Europe. Yesterday, it snowed a little bit in London while I was at work. I got super excited and right after work, I went on a little walk around Wapping, where I live. It rarely ever snows in London, so it was a special day. I went to bed but on my surprise the next morning, the first snow showers didn’t melt yet. Instead, it tripled in volume! It was a lovely sunny morning with fresh snow all over the place. I was in heaven because I love snow very much! So I decided to walk to work instead of taking public transport. I managed to capture an exceptional view of frozen London! read more…
Getting a visa is a headache… as a traveller, I have no choice but submit to that long and annoying bureaucracy! As a Moroccan passport holder, I need a Schengen visa even though I live in the UK (because the UK is not a Schengen state!). I had few experiences with visas but lastly, I got two years visa with the French Consulate. Here are the steps to take for applying for a Schengen visa and some of my trips from my personal experience. read more…
Vienna is famous for its yearly ball season taking place in January and February. These balls are usually associated with elitist and celebrity exclusive events but it’s not true! Around 400 balls take place in the Austrian capital during the season following Ash Wednesday, so plenty of choice for all budgets. All you need is to dress elegant and a ticket – most balls are tourist friendly. Plus, you can have a great time even on a smaller budget. I had a memorable night at a typical Viennese ball, so here are more details on how I enjoyed it perfectly.
23,578 gemstones are stored inside it but when you are walking by the City of London, all you notice are skyscrapers nowadays. Most are business offices for the biggest banks, professional services and law firms. But amongst them, there is a historic fortress, a royal palace and a prison, all known now as the Tower of London. I had the opportunity to make my first visit there recently and see world-famous Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy. read more…
Visiting Reykjavik in winter is a great idea as chances of seeing the city under the snow are quite high. I was lucky to have 2 full days of snow during my stay. It was not very convenient when I visited the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon but in Reykjavik, it’s more enjoyable. On this photo journey, I will take you around Reykjavik from the ground by the small streets hosting cute colourful houses to the top of Hallgrímskirkja, a 74 meters high church.
Iceland’s popularity grew up dramatically in the past few years but I only got the chance to visit recently. The land of fire and ice is absolutely stunning and definitely needs time exploring! Whilst many stay there for over a week, many others choose to stick with a city-break. As I am limited with time, I went for a city-break in Reykjavik. As a base, Reykjavik is ideal to make great discoveries around Iceland and see some highlights like the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon.
Every year, the trends in the travel industry make some regions and countries more popular than others. In the city-breaks segment, there are some cities that stand out by their attraction to urban travellers. In this blog post, I will combine my personal views and the industry’s recommendations. So here are the best 18 cities you must visit in 2018!
One year ago, I started a full-time job in an adtech company in London. When I enquired about my holidays allowance, I was told it was only 23 days. My first thought was… How can I keep travelling at the same rate (as when I was a student) with such a small holidays allowance. In reality, it can be stretched a little bit more with UK National Holidays which were 8 days in 2017. So that’s 31 days off work on a period of 12 months. Still though but what I managed to do with that is pretty amazing. I’m not gonna lie, exhausting too but I managed to travel almost at a rate of 2 trips per month. And guess what, I started studying part-time from September 2017 adding extra workload on my schudule. Here’s how I spent my 31 days off and how I managed to keep up in 2017!
North Moravia and Silesia is one of Czech Republic’s most industrialised regions. Nonetheless, attractions are not limited to technical landmarks. There is a diverse offer on things to do from spas to mountain hikes and from city-life in Ostrava to the most unusual sights like the leaning church in Karvina. I had few days to explore a bit of the region, here’s some of the best highlights!