France

French Police Arrest 17 People Connected To The Kim Kardashian Paris Robbery

At least three of the arrested suspects are women.

January 9, 2017

Truck Drives Through Christmas Crowd In Berlin

“I saw much chaos and many injured people.” 

December 19, 2016

Why The French Burkini Ban Is Racism At Its Worst

When will we stop letting fear-based hatred teint our society?

August 25, 2016

Truck Drives Into Crowd In France Terror Attack, Killing 77 People

“I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route.”

July 14, 2016

I Ditched Dieting And Started Eating Cake For Breakfast – And I’ve Never

My name is Peta and I do not have a problem – promise.

July 6, 2016

16 Next-Level Ice-Cream Concoctions Worth Traveling For

Save up so you can travel the world to eat ice-cream. 

July 4, 2016

8 Surprising Things I Learned About Healthy Eating In Paris

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream” – Julia Child

June 13, 2016

Here’s What Happened When I Tried A Fitbit For My Lady Bits

I never thought I would be self-competitive with my vagina muscles, but it happened.

March 18, 2016

Why We Need To Ignore Emails After Work

Stop – read on before opening that message from your boss. 

February 29, 2016

France Bans Toy Guns But Not For The Right Reasons

Toys ‘R’ Us have decided to remove 23 play guns from their shelves.

November 26, 2015

“Black Day For Human Rights” Swiss State Bans Burkas

Muslim women face big fines if found with their faces covered.

November 26, 2015

Belgian Police Arrest 16 Terror Suspects In Raids

Brussels remains on high alert, with concerns mounting of an imminent attack.

November 22, 2015

France Bomb Syria In Retaliation To Paris Attacks

France have launched an air strike against ISIS in retaliation to the recent attacks in Paris.

November 16, 2015

5 Reasons To Visit Provence

If you’re looking to escape the Parisian city life, Provence is a fantastic little getaway just a mini car ride away from the city centre. The sun-soaked town is home to delicious food, drinks, sightseeing, and has served as an inspiration for artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. So, why should you visit this beautiful city southeast of France?

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Food

Where: L’Aromat

49 Rue Sainte, 13001 Marseille

There is no denying that the French are renowned for their food, especially bouillabaisse which originated in nearby port city, Marseille. This traditional fish stew contains a variety of vegetables, herbs, spices, and most importantly, shellfish. Enjoy it with a side of local red wine, which is sure to keep you full for the evening.

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Books

Where: Cité du Livre

8-10 Rue Des Allumettes, 13100 Aix-en-Provence

Who would’ve thought that Provence is home to one of the coolest bookstores in the entire world? This quaint bookstore is known for its amazing architecture which consists of three large books originating in France: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Stranger by Albert Camus, and The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere.

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Gallery

Where: Carrieres de Lumieres

Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

A trip to Provence wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many multimedia galleries. Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, there are exhibitions by Gustav Klimt, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and even contemporary artists showing off their work.

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Lavender fields

Where: Etablissement Thermal

Les Thermes, 12110 Cransac

The picturesque lavender fields of Provence are just one of the best places to relax and recharge at the end of your trip. Digne les Bains is also home to the famous thermal pools which offer mud, seaweed and even lavender soaks.

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Wine

Where: Provence Wine Tours

42 Boulevard Chave, 13005 Marseille

Well, why shouldn’t wine have its own category? Wine is made from local grapes, and wine tours are one of the best ways to test out some of the best Provence has to offer. The best time to go on a wine tour is between April-September, so make sure to book your tickets accordingly!

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Images via Tumblr, Indulgy, Flickr, Wine Tasting Provence, Carrieres de Lumieres

May 4, 2015

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

When it comes to Christmas markets, Europe has the rest of the world beat. If you’re in the region this Christmas, drop by these places for the ultimate holiday experience.

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Strasbourg, France

The first even Christmas market is said to have originated in Strasbourg. The market sits among picturesque wooden houses, canals and the local Notre Dame church. Ice skate, listen to carol-singers or just stroll through the markets with a mulled wine (in a boot cup, of course).

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Vienna, Austria

The Christmas experience in Vienna is unmatched. Over 20 markets operate in town squares all over the city. The favorite is the markets at the base of the beautifully-decorated Rathuas (pictured) where around 3 million people flock each year to by their little glass ornaments or wooden toys. Because you are in the classical music capital of the world,  see one of the many special concerts held in the Rathaus over each weekend of the holiday season.

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Dresden, Germany

It is estimated that Germany has around 5,000 Christmas markets – so anywhere you go, you will find something to please you. But the markets in Dresden date back to 1434 and are the oldest in the country – perhaps on the continent. Dresden sits on the picturesque river Elbe, and despite being destroyed during World War II, has been restored to its glorious historic aesthetic.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Shop Bohemian crystal, hand-made marionettes and decorations in one of Prague’s adorable Christmas markets. The best is probably in the old town square, surrounded by gothic architecture, and of course, the famous clock tower. Prague is magical any time of year, but the Christmas spirit brings new life to this usually dark and mysterious marvel.

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussel’s relatively young market spans a two kilometre course through the city’s historic centre. There will be rides for the kids, 18,000 lights, an ice-skating rink, and over 240 stalls for you to browse. Don’t miss out on the local cuisine – mussels, fries, chocolate and waffles!

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Image of Brussels via europeanbestdestinations.com 

December 3, 2014

Best Places In The World To Have A Glass Of Champagne

In case you haven’t heard, it’s time to celebrate. No, not just because it’s Friday but it just so happens to be Global Champagne Day – as if we need another excuse to pop the cork this weekend! To commemorate such an important day, we’ve hit up some of the best travel companies to see where they think would be the best place in the world to indulge in flute of bubbly.

Insight Vacations, Champagne

Go straight to the source and enjoy a glass of bubbles in the magnificent Champagne region. With sprawling mountainous views, medieval buildings shaped like champagne corks, and champagne houses like Moët, Veuve and Dom Pérignon, the region has been attracting thirsty guests for centuries. Back in 1804 Napolean was wined and dined by Moët and become one of their largest fans – the champagne house later dedicated its Brut Imperial to the emperor. Insight Vacations’ 16-day Country Roads of France visits Troyes the capital of the region and includes a wine tasting with an expert.

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Trafalgar, New York

Bring in the New Year in New York and celebrate with Trafalgar’s special 11-day Christmas Magic and New York New Year guided holiday that’ll see you spend 25 December in Connecticut indulging in a champagne brunch by the warmth of a fireplace. From the sweet seasonal aromas of baked goods wafting through Manhattan to the sounds of carollers on Broadway, you and your loved ones will experience the personality of the Big Apple and its surrounds which shine even brighter at this time of year during Trafalgar’s winter wonderland adventure. As celebrations commence around the world marking 2015, join your fellow travel companions and ring in the New Year with a special Highlight Dinner before getting the opportunity to head to Times Square to watch the famous ball drop www.trafalgar.com.

AAT Kings, Uluru

For a unique, open-air dining experience, head to the heart of Australia to witness the changing colours of Uluru at sunset. Here you’ll dine under the stars during an exclusive AAT Kings Uluru Sunset tour and Aussie BBQ Dinner, the only evening dining experience inside Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. In the afterglow of an Uluru sunset, you’ll feast on delicious seafood, succulent meats, fresh salads and decadent desserts while sipping on your drink of choice. Pull up a chair next to your travel companions and listen to fascinating stories told by your charming yet knowledgeable Driver Guide as you toast to new friendships and recount stories of your Red Centre adventures www.aatkings.com.

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Creative Holidays, San Francisco

California has its fair share of wine regions though champagne enthusiasts will love the aptly named Bubble Lounge in San Francisco. Get cosy as the elegant downtown bar has 300 champagnes and sparkling wines on the menu including some of the world’s best available by the glass. For those who find choosing between champagnes far too hard there are ‘Bubbly Flights’ which each have three tasting glasses. Creative Holidays has a range of accommodation and sightseeing options in San Francisco.

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Adventure World, Peru

Whichever way you tackle it, the legendary Inca trail is an extraordinary feat. So why not enjoy luxury facilities along the way and plenty of opportunities to pop a cork at your incredible accomplishments with the Luxury Inca Trail from soft-adventure specialists Adventure World. Experience the spectacular beauty as well as grand pampering Peruvian style with the added comfort of luxury tented accommodation while you traverse the famed trail, a professional masseuse to caress away any cramps, expert guides and porters to take care of all the equipment and of course exotic cuisine and champagne to cheers your achievements.

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Bushmans Kloof, South Africa

Nestled in the foothills of South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains lies Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat which offers an array of luxury dining occasions – the kind that dreams are made of. For a unique outdoor dining experience, wander through the reserve and pull up at your picnic spot of choice whether that be along the banks of a sparkling river, at a rocky overhang near a crystal-clear waterfall or amongst the spring flowers. Here you’ll dine on a gourmet spread of mouth-watering delights and delicious treats washing it down with a glass of bubbles, as you immerse yourself in South Africa’s picturesque bushland www.bushmanskloof.co.za/dining/extraordinary-dining.

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Contiki, Isle of Capri

The rocky caves, the stunning coastline, the cuisine best enjoyed al fresco dining – the glamorous Isle of Capri is just begging to be enjoyed with bubbles. You’ll definitely want to pop a cork and cheers to ‘La Dolce Vita’ on Contiki’s 12-day Simply Italy which takes in an excursion to this incredibly picturesque place. No fizzer, this trip also takes a number of incredible experiences across Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Venice, Milan and the Italian Riviera that a worthy of imbibing in bubbles (no one needs to know if it’s only Prosecco).

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Busabout, Croatia

At some point during a week-long cruise down Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, a celebratory champagne is called for. It could be post-dip in the balmy Adriatic, accompanying fresh seafood while dining al fresco on the island of Hvar or watching the sunset from the city walls of Dubrovnik. You’ll never be short of toast-worthy moments on Busabout’s 8-day Island Hopper as it cruises the crystal clear waters to Split, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Islands.

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Uniworld, France

Coco Chanel said ‘I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I’m in love and when I’m not’. We’re sure she’d be happy to add ‘when I’m on a luxury river cruise in France’. Uniworld’s 8-day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux sails the Bordeaux region in southwest France so guests can sip Champagne on the Sun Deck while sailing past pretty villages, rolling vineyards and picturesque Chateaux. C’est la vie!

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October 24, 2014

Top 5 Unique Trekking Holidays

We have all heard of the Inca Trail, or bucket-listed the Everest Base Camp trek, but what about the other walking wonders of the world? These trekking holidays are the best way to take in unique scenery and discover hidden treasures, unseen by the regular tourist crowd. For those with a keen sense of adventure and an enviable fitness level, consider putting these atop your travel list.

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Lycian Way, Turkey

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The Lycian Way is a 509km (316 miles) walking track along the south coast of Turkey. It is estimated to take 25 days to complete the mountainous trek from Oludeniz to Antalya. It is best to visit in Fall or Spring as the Summer is far too hot for strenuous exercise in Turkey! You will find accommodation in small villages along the way and public transport is also available for those lazy days. Discover Lycian tombs, byzantine ruins, forests, and one-of-a-kind views of the Mediterranean coast.

Camino De Santiago, Spain

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This is considered one of the easier trekking routes and is suitable for the amateur hikers or walkers. Don’t get excited yet, the trail, located in northern Spain, is 800km (497 miles) long. Fortunately, you can keep yourself amused with beautiful rustic villages and historical experiences along the way. The Camino de Santiago is typically a pilgrimage but, in recent years, has become quite tourist-friendly. Accommodation is competitive and privacy limited, but you will make plenty of friends along the way, with whom you can relax in the evening over a bottle of Spanish red.

Routeburn Track, New Zealand

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Ever wondered what Frodo felt like on his trek from Hobbiton to Mordor? This 32km (20 mile) trek will take you through the heart of New Zealand‘s south island – the filming location of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. While no filming was done on the trail itself, the familiar green hills, snowy peaks and crystal lakes will still take your breath away. For families or people not keen on walking, you can do day trips to parts of the trail.

Bungle Bungles Piccaninny Gorge Trek, Australia

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Australia has some of the most unique landscape in the world. This isolated, 5-day camping trek will take you on a journey through Australia’s Indigenous culture and the remote wilderness the first people call home. The gorge is surrounded by red and black “beehive” rock formations, with plenty of caves and waterholes to be discovered throughout the Bungle Bungles and Purnululu National Park.

Haute Route, France/Switzerland

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This trail is more commonly a cycle route. But walkers can also enjoy this unique, up-close and personal experience of the Alps. As you can imagine, the incline is relentless. You will constantly be going up or down and you will need some serious leg muscle to get you through. But this is one of the most glorious walks or rides in the world. Unless you would prefer a ski trip, you should do this walk in Summer.

October 22, 2014

Top 5 European Beach Getaways

Europe is a popular destination for tourists in the Summer. It goes without saying that these places will be jam-packed with tourists during summer. It is best to go later in the season, or earlier in the year to avoid soaring prices and heavy crowds.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Make Sorrento your base for exploring the glorious Amalfi coastline in Southern Italy. It is easy to get to Positano and Amalfi – the other main towns along the coast, but Sorrento is the final stop on the train line. Famous for colorful cliff-side buildings and turquoise waters, enjoy this bright and tasty trip in one of the world’s finest foodie capitals.

 Santorini, Greece

Santorini will always top my list of recommended travel destinations. The blue roofs, white building, red cliffs and bright orange sunsets are magical. Visit the unique black sand beaches, or jump straight off the rocks in Oia, anywhere you go, the water will be warm and crystal clear.

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Nice, France

Nice is one of the largest towns along the Cote D’Azur – more commonly known as the French Riviera. Enjoy a stroll through this coastal fashion capital, visit one of the many tourist attractions, or spend all day on the sand. Maybe you’ll spot a few celebrities or moguls in their natural habitat.

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San Sebastian, Spain

Situated in northern Spain, San Sebastian isn’t usually as hot as some of the more popular southern beaches, like Malaga. There are two main beaches: Playa de la Concha is better for families and sunbathers, whereas Playa de Gros is adored by adventure seekers and surfers, worldwide. Come nightfall, start the party with some pintxos and sangria.

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Lagos, Portugal

After scaling the old walls of this marvelous medieval city, find a secluded beach and relax. There are long sandy beaches, as well as seclude swimming holes along the city’s rocky coast. Lagos is a notorious party town, but don’t be put off. It also has a rich history and plenty of activities.

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Note: You must be on high alert for con artists and scams during the European Summer. Have a look at our tips for staying safe on your travels.

August 3, 2014