Beautiful Day-Trip To Miyajima Island From Hiroshima

Japan is filled with beautiful and interesting places, and one of those is Miyajima Island. It provides the perfect day-trip from Hiroshima and shouldn't be missed even if it means squeezing it into an already busy itinerary. Here's how to get there and also what to see and do. Brief overview of Miyajima Miyajima translates to 'Shrine Island' and is famous for Itsukushima Shrine which consists of a giant, orange torii gate that gives the illusion of floating on the water during high tide. It is a World Heritage Site with a long history as a holy site of Shinto, an indigenous faith of the...

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Best Panoramic Views Of London To Enjoy For Free

London has an incredible skyline filled with traditional and contemporary architecture sitting alongside each other. The skyline keeps evolving with new architectural buildings cropping up, each with their own quirky name. From the Shard to the Cheese Grater and the Walkie Talkie to the Gherkin. Greenwich Park I'm going to kick of this list with my favourite spot in Greenwich Park to marvel at London's eclectic skyline. Follow the path through the park to the viewing point where you'll be able to look down at the beautiful historic architecture of the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House. Seeing such a beautiful sight surprisingly trumps the fact that the world-famous Prime Meridian and home of Greenwich Mean Time is just steps away. Additionally, the juxtaposition of the historic buildings of Greenwich and the towering glass skyscrapers of Canary Wharf behind them adds an exciting old-meets-new element to the view. Alexandra Palace Ally Pally - as it's known by...

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Best Things To Do In Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad, a colourful town located on the south coast of Cuba in the province of Sancti Spiritus is filled to the brim with olde-worlde charm and colonial splendor. Located between the lush greens of the majestic Escambray mountain range and the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, Trinidad has been a World Heritage Site since 1988. It's no surprise why people flock to Trinidad after you catch a glimpse of the perfectly preserved old town with its open-air museum of colonial architecture, when wealthy sugarcane plantation owners lived in sprawling mansions. But it's not just its...

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Cheapest Cities In Europe To Visit

Riga, Latvia The best things about Riga are free: walkable, cultural, historical and beautiful. The city's architecture is incredible and this characteristic ensured its place on the World Heritage List. You simply need to look up and you're spoilt with an eclectic mix of styles, from fanciful motifs found in the city's art nouveau area to ascetic wooden architecture found in surprising...

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Climbing Ben Nevis In Scotland

My desire to be closer to nature was growing stronger by the day until it culminated in setting a new challenge for myself: to exchange the metropolis of London for the mountains of Scotland. But I wasn't going to climb just any mountain. I set my eyes firmly on Ben Nevis up in the Scottish Highlands. However, I knew it wasn't going to be easy, I'd never even climbed anything really...

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Days In Budapest - City Guide

A city of two tales, where the River Danube divides hilly Buda from flat Pest and old from new. From the moment I glimpsed Budapest from the window of a taxi taking me to my hotel, and saw buildings towering above in a myriad of styles and colours, I knew I was in for a treat. The Romans, Magyars, Turks, Austrians, and Soviets have all left their influence upon the city, a city that wears its history through its architecture. Few places can offer a cityscape like Budapest, one that is as beautiful as it is eclectic. Whether you're looking for a romantic break, a girls (or boys) weekend...

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Eccentric Museums In London You Must Visit

We all know the big museums of London - the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Gallery - so I want to share with you smaller ones that you might not know about. My selection is based on the most eccentric museums you can visit in the Big Smoke so you're bound to have a memorable visit. Though, it's still worth saying, some of these museums are very niche so you might...

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Essential Things To Do In Vienn

Whilst I usually prefer cities to be more rough around the edges, I couldn't help but marvel at the opulence of Vienna. After visiting Budapest and Bratislava - which are more rough around the edges - Vienna was like walking into an open air museum. Everything looked immaculate. It was the perfect city to finish up my little European train journey. Stephansdom Located in Vienna's first...

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Exploring Snafellsnes Peninsula In Iceland

Nicknamed 'Iceland in Miniature', Snafellsnes peninsula is one of my favourite areas in the whole of Iceland. Jutting out 90 km into the Atlantic Ocean, this peninsula receives a battering from the elements, and as a result, the landscape is wild and varied. Recently, Snafellsnes peninsula featured in the Hollywood movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller. So if you're heading to Iceland, I really recommend watching the film beforehand to get you all excited before your trip. The scenery is incredible and you get to experience it all in just a couple of hours from Reykjavik. This is great if you're pushed for time and looking to see more beyond Reykjavik and the Golden Circle - the two most popular stops for those visiting Iceland for just a few days. Before I dive into what this area has to offer, I've got a few comments on logistics. If you are super strapped for time you could visit Snafellsnes peninsula in a day but I would really recommend spending a night in...

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Fabulous Things To Do In Edinburgh

Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, is steeped in history and tradition that can still be seen and experienced today. Sometimes known as the 'Athens of the North,' the city is packed with ancient architecture and exquisite panoramas. You can expect an excellent variety of museums, leafy parks and quirky attractions to keep you entertained. Adding to the city's appeal are the number of eating options and the cosy pubs render it an outstanding destination all year round. Explore Edinburgh Castle Begin with the capital's most famous and recognisable landmark, Edinburgh Castle, which sits on top of an extinct volcano. Dating back from the 12th Century, the castle has been the setting for many important and tumultuous events in Scotland, in fact it claims to be the most besieged place in Great...

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Fez: Where Moroccan Arts And Crafts Traditions Still Thrive

Morocco is rich with age-old traditions, some that are becoming lost in a world where we favour speed and technology. In Morocco today, you will still see artisans who follow the methods that have been passed down through countless generations to create a wide range of exquisite crafts and arts. Many of these skills and techniques were born in Fez, the former imperial city of Morocco. Mosaics and tile work You can learn so much about Morocco through its beautiful tile work known as zellige. The birth of Moroccan tiles hail from Fez but it was introduced to the area by Moors fleeing Andalusia which is why you'll see many similarities in the buildings in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. I visited a pottery workshop to see where the magic happens. Seeing the craftsmanship that pours...

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Fun Things To Do In Bodo, Norway

Before arriving in Bodo I didn't really know what to expect, it's not commonly written about like Oslo, Bergen or Tromso. That's probably because less people visit. But now that I've visited several times along with my friends over at Scandinavia Only, I want to share some of the best things you can do in this far north, coastal city. Before going, all I really knew about Bodo is that it's the last and most northerly stopping point of all trains in Norway after crossing the Arctic Circle. Most people also see it as the gateway to the Lofoten Islands. Essentially, it has good transport links, but that's not really the kind of fact that would get anyone screaming to go. RIB Boat Safari Across Saltstraumen If you want to see Bodo at her most adventurous, take a trip to Saltstraumen. I...

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Hiking Mount Bromo - A Travel Guide

When thinking about a vacation in Indonesia, Bali is often what first comes to mind. Consistently voted amongst the best island destinations in the world, the isle is a top contender for idyllic honeymoons and relaxing holidays in a year-round tropical climate. And while it is indeed a beautiful island, when travelling all that way it would be a waste to head back home without having crossed...

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How To Spend A Day In Beautiful Winchester

At the end of last year, I desperately wanted to get out of London for a couple of days to enjoy the countryside. After throwing around ideas, I finally decided upon Winchester. To tell you the truth, I knew little about the place, other than it being a small medieval city that's home to one of the biggest Cathedrals in the country. With little to go on, I didn't really have any expectations...

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Interesting Things To Do In Riga, Latvia

Riga has become the most popular stag party destination for Brits, thanks to cheap flights, affordable booze and famously beautiful women. But even if you are heading to Riga for a stag party, it would be a crime not to explore its many other attractions. Discover why this capital city deserves its status as a World Heritage Site, as people come to the city for its inspiring Art Nouveau architecture, rich history and much more. Vecriga - The historical centre Any visit to Riga should begin in Vecriga, the city's historical centre. Home to an oasis of colourful buildings that will take...

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Most Beautiful Bookshops In Europe

Even in the digital age, we all know the beauty of turning the pages of a good book. Perhaps even better is the beauty of a good bookshop. There's something about seeing shelves endlessly filled with books, that makes you just have to stop and browse. In this list I've selected some of the most beautiful bookshops in Europe, each one of them unique in their own way. Some small, some big, some modern and some old. Livraria Lello, Porto Small but exquisitely formed, Livraria Lello in Porto is how you imagine a bookshop would look like in fairy tales. It's housed in a beautiful historical building with a sweeping wooden staircase that takes centre stage. Boasting unique architecture that blends elements of Neo-Gothic, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau styles the craftsmanship that has gone into creating this bookshop is no surprise why it's commonly listed as the most beautiful bookshop in the world.The place was also a regular haunt for J.K.Rowling when she lived in the city whilst writing...

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Most Colourful Towns & Cities In Scandinavia & The Nordics

Norway I've never fallen so fast for a place. As soon as I stepped out of the airport and breathed in the cool crisp air of Longyearbyen, that was it. I was in love. One of the world's most northerly towns happens to also be one of the most colourful. Taking the sting out of harsh winters you'll discover a surprising amount of brightly painted houses and buildings to break up a landscape devoid of trees and little greenery. A splash of colour adds warmth to an archipelago that's 60% covered by glacier and a known stomping ground for Polar bears. Trondheim Norway's 3rd largest city has a vibrant café culture, and the best way to enjoy it is by parking up at Bakklandet, Trondheim's colourful old quarter that lies on the eastern side of the Nidelva River. The streets are packed with history, which is what you would expect from a city that used to be the former ancient capital city of Norway. No visit to Trondheim is complete without taking a look inside the imposing Nidaros...

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My Best Travel Moments

Marvelling at the Stone-Carved Treasures of Mamallapuram in India I'd been dreaming of visiting India since I was a child. When I was growing up I used to live next door to an Indian family and everything about their culture fascinated me. The colourful clothing, chant music, ornaments of Hindu Gods and the aroma of spices that would drift through into my garden when their mother was cooking. So in February, I finally went! I only had two weeks so instead of travelling long distances to cram in the major attractions like the iconic Taj Mahal, the startling pink palaces of Jaipur or the pristine beaches of Kerala, I settled upon concentrating my time in Tamil Nadu, India's southernmost state. Meeting Penguins from Ushuaia Patagonia had been high on my list since forever, and this year I finally made my way there! Some of you will already know that I love the Arctic, so naturally I've always wanted to head to the southernmost possible region of the world: Antarctica. However, ...

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Quirky Sculptures In Reykjavik & Where To Find Them

If it's not for the abundance of street art and colourful buildings adding a touch of quirkiness to Reykjavik, it's the sculptures. Around the city are many striking and interesting sculptures and statues, each with their own story. Here is a collection of my favourites and where to find them. Unknown Bureaucrat (1993) Beginning with my favourite is this sculpture possibly depicting an employee imprisoned by the rigmarole of work. The block of rock is a perfect metaphor for the burden of work that bears little satisfaction, while at the same time depicting the narrative of the faceless...

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Street Art In London: The City's Best Wall Murals

Street art can be found almost everywhere in London, especially around East London, in fact Shoreditch boasts one of the highest concentration of street art anywhere in the world. We all know London is expensive but going on a self-guided tour is absolutely free and you'll always discover something new because fresh works are being painted all the time. In fact you shouldn't be surprised if...

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Top Things To Do In Alta, Norway

Introduction to Alta Alta is located more than 375 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, in the heart of Finnmark, the area also known as Norwegian Lapland. Recently its population has peaked to 20,000 inhabitants and this steady rise in inhabitants is reflected in a number of growing restaurants, shops and things to do. Alta has a rich history and culture, in 1960 rock carvings and paintings thought to be several thousand years old left by hunters and fishermen were discovered by a local farmer. The importance of these rock carvings were acknowledged in 1985 when they were inscribed...

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Where To Find Brutalist Architecture In England

Brutalist architecture is a bit like marmite: people either love it or loathe it. I belong firmly to the pro-brutalist camp, there's something about its gigantic asymmetrical, concrete slabs, mounted together that I find exciting. For a long time the style fell out of favour but it's definitely experiencing a renaissance. Their cool and plain exteriors are becoming the basis for modern-day design and architecture, with some original Brutalist flats in England being privatised and selling for hundreds of thousands (annoyingly). What's more are the numerous Instagram accounts paying tribute to its photogenic stark lines, raw aesthetic and overwhelming ratio of concrete. Leeds University Campus The Roger Stevens lecture hall is close to my heart. I moved out of home to Leeds when I was eighteen to go to Leeds University (I later dropped out but that's another story) and I had the joy of attending lectures in this iconic building. At the time I wasn't even aware of brutalism as an...

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