Magical Morning to Montenvers, Chamonix

Having spent a spectacular morning yesterday 3,000 metres dizzily high in the mountains at Aguille Du Midi, and not to mention my mildly embarrassing fainting episode from altitude sickness that has been the centre of all jokes, today was a slow and relaxed kind of day. Every day I spend in Chamonix begins with the thought of how charming this little alpine town is, and even though it's February, it still feels ...

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The saddest photo I took in Berlin, with a courageous story behind it

The saddest photo I took in Berlin was this photo, of a courtyard. Really, a quaint looking cobblestone courtyard you may ask? It's the story of tragedy and courage that gives me that 'lump in the throat feeling'...... During the World Wars, WWII more specifically, the building around the courtyard 'Bendlerblock', was used by the military and in 1944 it's where Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and a group of ...

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Cycling and Canals in Amsterdam

When asked what Amsterdam was like to visit, I respond with a singular word, ‘pretty’. All stories from the red light district aside, there is something enchanting about the century old canals, the clutter of bicycles, narrow wonky houses and pot plant covered houseboats. Following a few days in Amsterdam, we traveled to Rotterdam to board the ferry bound for the UK. The guys behind passport control eagerly told us we were missing out having not spent time ...

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Chateau de Versailles, France

Before our big trip to Europe I had read online mostly from fellow bloggers that if there is one palace to see in France, it is the Chateau de Versailles a UNESCO world heritage site previously the epicentre of the political system as well as residence to three great reigning kings.   A work of art the 17th century palace is steeped in history. It is also recognised as the place where ...

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Aiguille du Midi + Mont Blanc, Chamonix

Two young men, Michel-Gabriel Paccard & Jaques Balmat were the first to successfully reach the summit of Mont Blanc in 1786 and ever since mountaineers strive to transcend the mountain 4,810 metres above sea level in an environment where extreme climate conditions prevail. This morning we were taking two cable cars from the French town of Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi, a nearby summit with a great vantage point to the ...

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Restaurant Cafe in De Waag

Restaurant Cafe In De Waag is located at  Nieuwmarkt Square in the Oude Zijde (which means old side) district of Amsterdam. The mini castle lookalike was originally a gate for a  medieval village. The gate was built between 1425 and 1488, today it is a bustling cafe open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, drinks and tea and coffee refreshments. The building is referred to as the Waag. Wireless internet is available ...

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La Tour Eiffel

Our experience of La Tour Eiffel was not exactly what I was expecting. We visited it twice during our stay in Paris. The first was during the day where we were followed by hagglers trying to sell us china knock offs and scammers in the form of so called 'deaf girls'. Oh and the French army personal walking around with big guns was definitely not a romantic experience. We returned at ...

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Waffles in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the city of treating yourself in every way imaginable..... Scooting around Dam Square we found this bustling place and stopped by to eat some waffles and dutch Poffertjes, on holidays in Amsterdam we had the time to leisurely explore the city and try out new places. Metropolitan Deli is an all in one dessert haven with patisserie cakes, chocolate, home made ice cream and for those watching their weight well there ...

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Europe on a budget

Europe on a budget is very possible and If you are like me and love the idea of travelling frequently for the rest of your life, travelling on a budget is a must! Having spent a month in Europe I can say that with the right attitude it is possible and not too difficult. I had a great time in Europe and returned to Australia with some money in the bank, ...

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Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers at Gendarmenmarkt

Having spent a day largely exploring the confronting history side of Berlin, we stopped by a local chocolatier to indulge in a much sweeter side.  Any Chocolate lover, who happens to be in the city of Berlin should not miss the opportunity to visit the Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatier. Let me repeat this again, should not! Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers is located south of unter den Linden in a beautiful and ...

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