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I start this new series of blog posts dedicated to a big component of every city around the world: its people. I will share photos and small descriptions of strangers I met or observed in their daily life during my travels. I am starting from the Balkans, where people are known to be some of the friendliest and most welcoming in the world. Here are some photos from the land of Rakja, Cevapi and Burek!read more…
What is Monaco without its Casino de Monte-Carlo? It’s hard to imagine. The casino has been an integral part of the country and a legendary temple for gaming and gambling for centuries. I was lucky to visit recently and see a glimpse of the principality’s lifestyle within the glorious rooms of the casino.Read more
I have visited Israel back in April 2018. Some people have claimed that I support the Israeli government and that it is immoral to go there due to the on-going occupation of Palestinian Territories. This blog post is a reply to such accusations. In reality, do I support Nethanyahu’s aggression on Palestinian civilians? No. Do I think it’s ok to visit Israel? Yes but here’s my full opinion on that.Read more
I heard so much about Gibraltar in the past that I was so intrigued to visit this place! I was never sure whether it’s the United Kingdom or a country on its own. To be honest, I am still confused. Anyway, I flew to Malaga to meet my family who was driving from Morocco to spend the holidays in Costa del Sol. I booked my return flight from Gibraltar so we can all spend the day there and I return back to London. My family backed out of the plan so I went alone but I reduced my time in Gibraltar from a day to just two hours!read more…
If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am a huge Friends fan! I was born the same year as the show started in 1994 so I can say that I grew up with the show. However, my first encounters with the show were when I was 12 years old. Since then, I catch an episode every now and then but my love for the show seriously started in 2007 as I was mature enough to watch the show entirely and understand most of the jokes. When I started travelling, I went out to look for iconic filming locations, replicas from Central Perk and pretty much anything related to Friends, the best tv show ever!
Every city has a heart and usually it is beating around its squares filled with people, life and unique characters. City squares are regarded as major landmarks in all world cities as they particularly hold a strong history, an imposing architecture and/or an entertaining scene. On this list, I will take you around the globe to see the best city squares around the world!read more…
China is known for its influential culture, its grand heritage and its vast land. Among these features, there is a unique wall that stretches on over 6000 km from one side of China to the other. I visited the Mutianyu section of the wall which is 1h30 minutes away by car from Beijing. Once there, it was quite a climb up but my highlight was the slide down!
Welcome to the first series of blog posts dedicated to the best hotels I visit during my city adventures. I name this series “Urban Hotels” and I’m happy to start from one of the biggest urban centres in the world, Beijing, the capital of China. Among many hotels, The Opposite House stands out with its unique luxurious boutique style. I stayed there for 3 nights during my transit in Beijing en route to North Korea.
Visiting North Korea is definitely my highlight this year in travel so far. I booked my trip 6 months before the tour and I had so many days waiting impatiently until the day I arrive to Pyongyang. How did I end up there? There was a lot of preparation behind it because the country is quite secretive and visits to the hermit kingdom are rare. Here are things to know on how to visit the DPRK.(more…)
Bethlehem is known around the world, and for centuries, as an important Christian centre. It hosts the Church of the Nativity which is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus, thus, making Bethlehem a sacred city for Christians. I travelled to Bethlehem from Jerusalem to spend quite a nice time in the city that ending with a tasty Palestinian lunch and a meeting with an ex-mayor of the city who is a Christian Palestinian woman.