Travel in Europe

Unique and Boutique Hotels and Experiences. Less Ordinary Travel and Lifestyle Blog for Independent Travellers in Europe.

Le Zeyer Paris Cafe, Montparnasse Area of Paris, Montparnasse Station

Escape to Montparnasse Paris

Cute side streets. Corner Cafes. Fromageries, Boucheries, Brasseries. The authenticity of Montparnasse area of Paris is what makes it my favourite part of the city. In a convenient location for tourist attractions the area brings a happy mix of local life and affordable tourist accommodation. A short trip on the Paris Metro reaches all major attractions yet the …

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Roman Gladiator. Is Rome Tourist Friendly. Unfriendly Bad Experiences

Unwelcoming, Unfriendly Rome

Arriving from the hospitality of Thailand to the hospitality of Rome is like walking from a massage to the boxing ring. An extreme contrast. This was Fanfan’s first trip to Europe, long in planning, starting with her dream destination Rome. Two days later we leave Rome completely disillusioned. Not the best of experiences… While I …

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Engagement Ring, PS I Love You Engaged in Wicklow Mountains Sallys Gap

Engaged in Wicklow, Ireland

Following two weeks in Europe through Rome, Paris, London and Belfast I find the perfect moment to propose to Fanfan. While the Eiffel tower or Trevi Fountain may be thought of as the perfect scene for the occasion; trust me they are not. My original intention to propose in Paris was scuppered by touristic, unromantic and …

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Allan Wilson, Northern Irish Travel Blogger Living Abroad Asia

In Search of Old Dubai

In honesty, I rarely hear much praise for Dubai, a city often dubbed fake with its shiny new facade overshadowing authenticity and its origins. Fanfan was one of those unimpressed after flying to Dubai for her first-ever travels outside of Thailand. She booked a week’s stay in Dubai only to leave three days later because …

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