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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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Mee’s Japan Wish List

So Japan is officially the country I’ve written most about without actually having been there! This time Mee has teamed up with Air France to compile my wish list. The collaboration could not come at a better timing, because it’s very likely that I will finally go to Japan next spring. I know I’ve said […]

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Magna Carta at the British Library and Philadelphia

A couple of days ago I was invited for an evening at the British Library to visit their latest exhibition Magna Carta. Magna Carta is a document written in the 1215, in the ruling time of King John. Most of us might know him as the bad king who is the enemy of Robin Hood! […]

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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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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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Finding Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon

One of the things that I miss the most when not traveling for a while is long train ride, so when I saw that the weather would be sunny on the weekend, I immediately decided to book train tickets to Stratford-upon-Avon – which is Shakespeare’s birthplace and grave, but apparently also a nice little town […]

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Crash Course in The Ninja Turtles… Oops, I Mean The Great Italian Artists

Before I moved to London and arrived in Europe for the first time, my response to hearing about Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo would be “As in the Ninja Turtles?” Since then I have gotten a lot more into European art, Italian and Renaissance art, including of course the Ninja Turtles’ namesakes: namely the original […]

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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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10 Most Memorable Paintings in Uffizi Gallery

I went to Florence – Italy for a couple of days after a friend’s wedding in Rome, just by myself, armed with shaky knowledge of European art, but giddy with excitement. Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and the most famous art museums. In fact, Florence the city is the most famous for Renaissance […]

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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 […]