A day in Belém

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Bluenose Traveler

About thirty minutes by tram to the west of central Lisbon is Belém, a lovely locale we based part of a day around during our trip back in October. Belém is not for the faint of heart if you are unnerved by crowds. In the morning, cruise ships disembark and a never-ending line of tour busses congregate outside of its most popular sites. For our first stop, we avoided the crowds and visited the National Coach Museum. The collection of historical carriages here was amazing, and seeing so many in one place let us see the progression of “technology”, if you can call it that. I never really thought of carriages before, but loved the unique focus of this museum.

National Coach Museum

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Haga District of Gothenburg, Sweden

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A Small Adventurer

IMG_0948.jpgA few months ago, in early December, I briefly got the opportunity to explore Gothenburg, Sweden on a work trip. Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and sits on its western coastline. It longitudinally falls between Oslo, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark.

During December, Gothenburg, like other parts of Sweden, decorates for the holiday. Lit candles and illuminated paper stars were displayed from the windows of nearly every home. Even Liseberg, a popular amusement park in Gothenburg boasted a large ‘Christmas tree’ made out of fairy lights.

While we only got to spend a little over a day in Gothenburg, my favorite part was undeniably Haga. Haga, is Gothenburg’s historic 18th century district with traditional wooden architecture painted in muted colors. Along its cobblestone streets are countless restaurants, quaint cafes, and shopping boutiques with antiques and trendy finds.

From the main road, is an alley that leads to a set…

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48 Hours in Zurich`s Hippest Neighborhoods

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la vida bonita

At a first glance, Zurich is all about the sparkle & glamour along Bahnhofstrasse. I love to embrace the “savour vivre” at the Zurich Lake and admire the beautifully preserved historic buildings in old town. But Zurich has much more to offer than sleek picturesqueness. It is off the beaten tourist trails in the youthful districts like Zurich West and Sihlfeld, where you can find the true cultural vibrancy of Zurich… 

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ZURICH WEST

-The Heart of Cultural Vibrancy-

In the past years, the area surrounding “Hardbrücke” has been revived by dynamic entrepreneurs, creatives and technologists. Once an industrial hub, where ships were built and engines howled, the district has become the artery of Zurich`s new cultural life. Coworking spaces like Impact Hub provide the platform for ideas of tomorrow to grow. Les Halles used to be an industrial site, which was transformed into a lively vintage-style tapas…

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A Day in London

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Just another day...

I live incredibly close to London. Only 25 mins away on the train so I don’t really go to London at all… apart from to work!

However last week my fellow blogger An Historian About Town came over from Canada to visit the UK and after 4 years we finally met! An Historian About Town was actually key to the beginnings of my blog! She was the first ever person to stumble upon my, what was then brand new, little blog and since then she’s helped me with its growth and allowed me to bounce many ideas off her!

So, back to our day out! AnHistorianAboutTown was desperate to visit The Queen’s House in Greenwich and she was desperate to visit Cath Kidston with me! So after meeting at London Bridge we headed out to Greenwich for a wander!

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I’ve never actually been out to Greenwich before and immediately we…

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A guide to Japan’s top theme parks

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Blubbyweb

Theme parks are such fantastic places to visit while travelling. With themed shows, thrill rides, fireworks and your favourite characters, they are a true modern marvel. Japan happens to be the home of some of the world’s best amusement parks, which are definitely worth checking out. Here are some tips and tricks for some of Japan’s top theme parks.

Disneyland 

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The happiest place on earth really needs no introduction. Disneyland Tokyo is the second most visited theme park in the world, with 7 themed areas- the World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown.

Best known for:

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All the Fastpass rides, which are very popular. Several of these rides have the word ‘Mountain’ in their names for some reason. More on the Fastpass rides later.

The Dreamlights Parade, Happiness is here parade and Happiness on high parade are definite highlights.

Characters everywhere! From the classic Disney…

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Best restaurant in NOLA Commanders Palace

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LA Donna

When it comes to food, Louisiana natives know a thing or two. From the spicy peppered jellies, to the out-of-this-world fresh gulf fish, or the sweet and appetizing beniget, it is simply impossible to have a poor meal in NOLA. I will say– this is not a place for the calorie conscious, bring your appetite!


During my recent time spent in New Orleans there is one restaurant that simply cannot be missed.


Commanders Palace. A Nola staple since 1880, this restaurant is expansive and serves all of the southern favorites in a tradionally elegant and gourmet fashion. We first stopped by the bar, and were greeted with a bevy of local drinks. From the Sidecar(cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur, plus lemon juice. Complete with a colorful rim featuring Mardi Grais colors and beads). To the Sazarac(a local New Orleans variation of a whiskey cocktail, named…

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