Nine beautiful cities in Europe

I have to admit that I am pretty lucky to live in Europe, the continent has so many interesting and beautiful cities that are just a stone’s throw away from good old Blighty. Even if you do live a bit further out, however, there are many places that are worth the trip.
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Photo Diary: Dordogne, France

3-9 August 2008

For my family and I, France used to be a regular destination for our family summer holiday. We used to go pretty much every year and spend a week or two in a villa somewhere like Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley or Provence.

In 2008, we went on a second trip to the Dordogne area in the south of the country. For a week, we sat by a pool at a villa on the side of a valley, going out for food and to explore the local villages.

On our last morning, we awoke to find that overnight the valley had filled with clouds. From our position above, we couldn’t see anything on the ground below – just a thick blanket of white. Continue reading “Photo Diary: Dordogne, France”


After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 1,092 (as updated) preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 36. Only 1,056 to go then – I may complete my Seven Wonders list first: Continue reading “My UNESCO List”

My Seven Wonders of the World (and Back-Ups)

Ellis’ Bucket List: see the seven wonders of the world. 

I think the seven wonders are probably a regular feature on bucket lists everywhere: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu with either the Pyramids of Giza or the Colosseum taking the last place (depending on the list you read). So far, I’ve only made it to the pyramids and the Colosseum.

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How to do Paris on a budget

If you’re living on a budget, Paris is probably not an obvious choice of holiday destination – it ain’t cheap, but that doesn’t make it inaccessible to the average backpacker. As I learned on my last visit, you just need to know when to save and when to spend.

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Two Days in Paris

April 2012

My first experience of Paris was as an eleven year old on a family holiday. I have hazy memories of the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and people rollerblading in the street but that’s about it. Paris is an amazing place but as a kid I was mainly just interested in the rubber face full of flour with woollen hair I got from one of the the souvenir sellers at the Eiffel Tower. Almost a decade later, I went back in a group to visit an old school friend on her year abroad. This time, I was ready to explore.

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