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Welcome to Paradise

“For those visiting, we hope you enjoy your time here,” said the air hostess, “and for those returning – welcome home.” I looked out of the window at the sparkling lights of the city below and breathed a sigh of relief. We’d just spent a wonderful week in Copenhagen, but it was exhausting and I…

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London – In the Beginning

So it’s been a little while since I’ve blogged…in fact nearly six months have slipped by that we’ve been living in London, and I still haven’t written about it. So it’s probably time that I did, and I suppose I’d better start at the beginning. Ben, Gem, Mark and I landed in London in early…

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10 things about Copenhagen

So Copenhagen in winter is cold. Really, really cold. Our trip in December was a last minute, spontaneous thing but I still felt reasonably prepared. How wrong I was! We arrived to -2 degrees with a wind chill of -11, it was snowing (so pretty!) and I had holes in my boots. It took a…

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Happy New Year!

No matter how hard Gemma tried to convince herself otherwise, it was definitely rain and not snow falling on Christmas day. Otherwise, Christmas in London was everything we’d hoped it to be: an awesome stash of pressies, a delicious roast lunch, a few ciders and beers, a heated game of taboo, a self-staged fireworks show…

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‘Tis the Season…

Mark and I elbow our way down Oxford Street, our arms alarmingly bag free. I can smell the desperation in the air as hundreds of harrassed and hurried shoppers meet my panic stricken eyes with their own. We have to scatter aside in one store as a security guard hauls a shopper up the escalator…

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An Ode to Oktoberfest

“The rest of Germany, they think we Bavarians are little bit strange,” says Hans with a wink.  So far the only other German city we have visited is the capital Berlin – a huge, edgy, modern and epically cool city that I adore. Munich is like Berlin’s country bumpkin third cousin twice removed, and this is in no…

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Santorini Sunsets

In my mind I had approached Santorini with great caution, wary and distrusting of its mega-hyped reputation. But as we actually approach the most famous of the Greek islands I can’t help but be impressed by the scene in front of us. The sheer caldera cliffs tower 250m above the sparkling Aegean sea and sweep…