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From fjords to forests: Oslo, Norway’s capital city

Oslo has been the capital city of Norway since 1814 and is now one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities – also reputed as one of the most expensive cities in the world. With a population of almost 700,000 and eye-catching architecture, the largest city in Norway is quickly transforming into a cosmopolitan hub.

Oslo is an easy-going city combined with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art – a special blend of big city life with the feel of a much smaller town. Continue reading From fjords to forests: Oslo, Norway’s capital city

Historical legends explored at Rose Hall, Jamaica

As a child my parents bought me a book about the White Witch of Rose Hall in Jamaica by Herbert G. de Lisser.

It’s a fascinating story about Annie Palmer, the former English owner of a plantation in Jamaica and her dictatorship over the lives of the slaves working on her land. There’s even a song written about the legend called “The Ballad of Annie Palmer” recorded by Johnny Cash. Continue reading Historical legends explored at Rose Hall, Jamaica

Five reasons to visit Brooklyn, New York

I was fortunate to have my first visit to the Big Apple earlier this year with the joint fortune of it being my first solo trip! My accommodation was in Clinton Hill, so I enjoyed exploring the city and seeing so much in my limited time there. With just two days to explore, I maximised my exploration of Brooklyn with a promise to see the rest on a return visit.

Brooklyn in particular is somewhere that I was excited to see; it’s best described as easygoing, diverse and artistic without being over the top.  Continue reading Five reasons to visit Brooklyn, New York

A photo essay of St. Mary’s Church, Alexander Platz, Berlin #byExpedia

St. Mary’s Church, also known as Marienkirche, is the oldest church in Berlin located on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße near Alexander Platz. Estimated to date back to the 13th century, the now re-composed architecture of the building stands as a Lutheran Protestant church.

Overshadowed by Berlin’s Sky Bar, St.Mary’s Church has withstood the transition that Berlin made during the war when it was previously a Roman Catholic Church. The structure of the building gives it an unmissable presence, with its largely red brick composition giving it a characteristic feel. Below are a few photos that I took whilst wandering around the church. Continue reading A photo essay of St. Mary’s Church, Alexander Platz, Berlin #byExpedia

Highlights of the Musée du Louvre, Paris

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Musée du Louvre

Following a recent post about my return to Paris, I questioned the best way to maximise time in and around the Musée du Louvre. It’s such a daunting museumthat having a ‘plan’ (even in the loosest of ways) is essential.Now, I’m not usually a big fan of museums. Unless I’m in the right mood, I tend to switch off a bit and rush through the pieces, keen to get outside and see the rest of the destination – plus I don’t like being told that I ‘should’ admire this official piece. I blame school trips that sometimes lacked substance. People are receptive to different things and that in itself should be respected (for instance I really love the skill and creativity of street art). Continue reading Highlights of the Musée du Louvre, Paris

Musee D’Orsay, Paris – An ex-train station and museum all in one

imageHaving previously travelled to Paris, my boyfriend and I were already becoming familiar with the city and some of the sights to be seen. Despite this, for the latest trip we decided that we would like to get some recommendations for sights that we must see on this visit.

With the help of ParisInfo, we were able to be add Musee D’Orsay and the Louvre to our itinerary for a fun-filled weekend in a city that we love.

ParisInfo are the official Convention and Visitors Bureau for Paris aiming to welcome, inform and promote the city. They offer tourists an insight to attractions around the city through the provision of their ‘virtual tourist information’ styled website, as well as tourist information centres dotted around the city providing detailed information. Continue reading Musee D’Orsay, Paris – An ex-train station and museum all in one