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Mee Playing Tourist in Central London

A couple of weeks back I was invited to be one of the first guests in this newly renovated boutique hotel in Central London called Montagu Place. The location is excellent as it’s just a stone throw away from Marble Arch and Baker St tube stations, and the oh-so-lively Oxford Street. They have 3 types […]

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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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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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Gibraltar – The Rock Worth Fighting For

One of the most memorable place that we went to on our Spain road trip, is Gibraltar. I remember learning the name of Gibraltar since I was small: Selat Gibraltar or Strait of Gibraltar, which is the channel that separates Spain and the Morocco on the African continent. The name of the strait is known across […]

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The First Coffee House in England Is In…

This site boasts to be the first coffee house in England, established in the year 1650. Even the coffee cup makes sure that you know… This is The Grand Cafe in Oxford, England. Oxford became the site of the first coffee house, not only in England but in the whole of the Christian empire. (more […]

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Skinny Dipping in the Holy Water of Lourdes

Hi Mee 🙂 I read about your trip from Barcelona to Lourdes…as I am planning to do the same route this coming April..will be traveling with my mum (71) and daughter (11). And I am looking into other options…but then since you had been through that… Could you care to give some advice especially we […]

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York: Minster, Victorian Museum, Trains, and Tea

When I told people that I was going to York, they asked “Not New York?” “No. Old York.” Is there any other York out there, I wonder? I loved York. Just two hours train ride from London, it is I believe one of the top destinations in England. It has all the grandness of Canterbury […]

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The Best Way to Get to Know European Cities

I’m addicted to walking tours. I didn’t know about the popularity of walking tours before I came to Europe. It took me about a year to get into it, but soon I found that it is the best way to get to know cities in Europe. Ever feel disoriented the first time you arrive at […]