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My Egypt Travel Wish List

I’ve been wanting to go to Egypt for a while but it hasn’t happened yet, so I’m now making notes for my travel plan / wish list! As it often happens, I start my to-go destinations by using the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are currently 7 sites inscribed for Egypt as I marked on […]

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asia europe turkey

Istanbul: My Reminiscences and Things You Should Not Miss

I went to Turkey in winter last year, and interestingly some people thought it would be warm, as one of my colleagues put it “I always imagined Turkey as nice and warm.” I had to tell him that no, Turkey has winter too. In fact it could be very cold at some cities, it could […]

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A Bit of Scandinavia, A Bit of the Baltics

I just came back for a short 5-day trip across Helsinki (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia), and Riga (Latvia). You can see my route above (Don’t you love map? I love map!). In fact, I already recommended this route to a couple of people since I came back. You can cross from Helsinki to Tallinn with a […]

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Chinese-Indian Palace and Summer in Brighton

So I have been quietly AWOL for a few weeks. I blame the combination of general busy-ness, World Cup, and it being summer. I love warm days, and find it very ironic that I suffer pretty bad hay fever throughout – it’s like I’m literally allergic to summer! Just in London too, because it just […]

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Safranbolu, Turkey – a UNESCO World Heritage Village

A lot of UNESCO World Heritage sites comprise major sights that are quite well known to everyone, but some of these sites are just great places to be in. One example is Safranbolu, Turkey – a small town or village, inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1994, that is sort of in the middle of […]

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europe spain

Colors and Melting Ice Cream – Works of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona

From UNESCO World Heritage Site: Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given […]

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england europe

St Bartholomew-the-Great: One of London’s Top Secret Site

I got to know this lovely church on a London city walk. It’s one of those places that I probably wouldn’t have found by myself if nobody told me about it. It is tucked in the corner of East London, and was very quiet. There were only a few other visitors apart from us. Our […]

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europe italy

Venice The Photogenic City – A Photo Essay

Venice could be easily the most photogenic city in the world. A friend of mine said that Venice did not look as good in real life compared to what we see in photographs. Another said that it looked decaying and old in real life. And to be fair, it is. The island city of Venice […]

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The Force is Strong in Sevilla

This is Plaza de España in Sevilla, Spain. A place where they shot Naboo palace in Star Wars! I did not know this when I visited this magnificent spot, and we stumbled upon it almost by mistake. (Looking at the map of Seville and oh there’s this place called Plaza de España. We still have […]

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europe italy

Romeo and Juliet in Verona: The Biggest Tourist Fraud?

I believe I am not a grumpy traveler. Some travelers are. They travel far and wide and complain all the way through about the awfulness of it all. I don’t think I am that kind of traveler. Until I got to Verona – one of the biggest tests for my happy-go-lucky traveler self. Romeo and […]