On The Move

Sitting still doesn’t come naturally to me.  After a day of relaxing on a beach, my feet start twitching, and I’m ready to get up and start exploring.

All the travelling to reach new destinations can sometimes take it’s toll.  I don’t even want to think about the ludicrous amount of hours I’ve spent waiting at airports or train stations; the number of times I’ve rushed in a panic to catch a flight; the amount of delays that have frustrated me, and the hours of sleep I’ve lost to jet leg; the irritation of bartering over prices for a local taxi, tuk tuk or bus; the air miles I could have earned if only I had been clever enough to sign up in the first place; and all the plane food I’ve consumed (and yes, I’m one of those rare few people who actually enjoys plane food. It’s food…what’s not to like?!).

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European Easters

Over the last few years, it seems we’ve got into a pattern of exploring a different city in Europe every Easter. The holiday season is the perfect opportunity for a long weekend break to one of the many gorgeous cities and stunning landscapes that so much of Europe has to offer that aren’t too far from home.

Our first European Easter trip took us to Venice, somewhere I’d wanted to visit for a long time. With gondolas floating down the winding canals, colourful buildings with their open shuttered windows, and narrow alleys to get lost down, it was everything I expected it to be and more.

Paris isn’t the City of Love. Venice is.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

These are pictures taken inside one of the living quarters at Birkenau, part of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland.

The old brick barracks were originally built to hold around 40 people but well over 700 would end up being crammed inside. Up to 5 people were squeezed into each of these wooden three-tiered bunks and, with no heating or insulation in the barracks, this was the only way they could keep warm.

We visited on a cold snowy day and it made the reality seem even more awful.

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A Foodie’s Paradise in Poland

When I visit different countries I like to find out about their customs and traditions, talk to the locals and do the things they do and, of course, try the local food and drink.  I wouldn’t say I’m a big eater…no okay I take that back…I love eating!  Almost everywhere I go my mind somehow ends up drifting to food.  Mr Ayla almost always ends up telling me to stop thinking about my stomach for a second but I can’t help it!  My belly wants food so I want food!  And Poland was no exception.

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A Fairytale in Zakopane

From the moment we stepped off the bus from Krakow, everything about Zakopane, a small town in the south of Poland, was like a fairytale.

Nestled in the Tatra Mountains close to the border of Slovakia, Zakopane is a destination popular for its snow-covered peaks during the skiing season and its green rolling hills for hiking in the summer.  I was hoping that in April the ground would be clear of snow so we could do some of the great hikes and see the fantastic views and lakes the area had to offer but we were met with snow that had fallen almost as deep as my waist and more still was falling from the sky!

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