The Magic of Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

The Magic of Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

From just about any spot in the French city of Marseille, it's possible to spot the silhouette of Notre-Dame de la Garde, sitting nobly on an extremely high limestone hill like a lighthouse that can see equally as far out across the sea as back inland to the spread-out city below and mountains of Provence [...]

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The Most Beautiful Building I Ever Did See: Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana

The Most Beautiful Building I Ever Did See: Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana

Oh. My. Days. If there is one thing the stunning city of Barcelona is known for, it's the city's unique architecture, and mostly the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí was the most well known architect of the Catalan Modernism movement which swept across the city at the beginning of the 20th century, and nowadays people [...]

One Day in Naples

One Day in Naples

When I declared to anyone on the ship who would listen that I was 'soooo excited' that we were docking in Naples, I mostly heard back replies along the lines of 'I hate Naples, it's a dangerous place,' 'I won't bother getting off the ship that day,' and 'Naples is dirty.' In fact, not one [...]

A Visit to the Tulips at Keukenhof (Beautiful gardens and angry ladies)

A Visit to the Tulips at Keukenhof (Beautiful gardens and angry ladies)

As synonymous with The Netherlands as the coffee shops of Amsterdam and the wooden clogs of, er, the people who wear wooden clogs, this part of the world is famous for the patchwork fields of brightly coloured tulips that emerge from their bulbs every Spring and create a big old paintbox of gloriousness in the [...]

Ijmuiden (The Blusteriest Beach in all The Netherlands)

Ijmuiden (The Blusteriest Beach in all The Netherlands)

I'm going to be deadly seriously honest here, pals, and say right away that whenever I've been living on a ship that docks at Ijmuiden, this tiny town in the Netherlands has not been everybody's cup of tea. And this is for three main reasons: firstly because it's not a bustling busy city (the closest [...]