the wonders of warsaw

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On an early morning flight to Warsaw I wondered what more this Central European country had to offer than it’s well known war-stricken history. We landed, checked in to our quirky but impressive hotel and ventured out in to the zero degree, blue sky January day to explore. To me, the parallels of Poland were instantly visable; the sky was blue, but it felt bleak, the people were friendly, but they didn’t seem happy, the food, style and fashion seemed stuck in the past, but there were pockets of areas ahead of the game, neon lights were shining bright, but the city felt dim. Continue reading

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portu-gal’s

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Two ‘gals’ {sisters} in Portugal during a completely cloudless, warm summer – it’s safe to say what you’re picturing will be relatively accurate.

Laughter. Sunscreen. Cheese and crackers. Tanning Oil. Espresso Martini’s. Sand. 90’s tunes. Wine. Bikinis. Seafood.

We based ourselves in Lagos – one of the most visited towns on the Algarve coast. The town lies on the bank of the Rio Bensafrim, with piazzas and churches scattered throughout what felt more like a cobbled lane village, bordered with old town walls. For a tourist hotspot, Lagos has the lot I guess. It hosts a wide range of food options, you can walk almost everywhere and you can get a taste of the cliff formation style Atlantic beaches the region is famous for within a short walk of the centre of town. With a busy summer vibe, a non-daunting cultural influence and a pumping nightlife (from what we hear), I guess it’s not surprising that people of all ages are drawn to Lagos. However, it just wasn’t for me. Continue reading

a weekend in Sofia

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Bulgaria; not a place I had ever imagined I would visit. Would I go back? Probably not. Do I regret going? Absolutely not!

The country was relatively unknown to me and even after two days exploring the capital city, Sofia and its nearby rural towns, I still couldn’t quite put my finger on it. So while sitting at an upper class restaurant in the centre of Sofia we decided to read up on the Balkan city we were in. Needless to say we were less than comforted by the first headline we saw;

Bulgaria. The melting pot of poverty and corruption

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