a beginner’s guide to doing Dublin in 48 hours

Dublin is cool. It has a Viking past (which earns the city major cool points), captivating combination of elegant Georgian architecture, medieval and Gothic structures and modern design, rich literary history (the Irish capital earned its UNESCO City of Literature accolade in 2010 – shared only by 27 other cities worldwide) and, for all you foodies, an up-and-coming culinary scene. Not to mention Dublin’s epic, one-of-a-kind, world-class pub culture, which guarantees an excellent night out. So if you are heading there soon (I mean, Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner!), or planning to travel there in the future for the first time…

here is how you spend your first weekend in Dublin:

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5+1 ways to enjoy Cyprus in the winter – a local’s guide

And I use the term “winter” loosely, especially when comparing it to the winters of most other European countries. In fact, before I continue any further let me drop some numbers regarding February’s weather in my home country
  • Average number of sunshine hours in Larnaca: 209h (compared to 67h in Copenhagen, 74h in Berlin, 78h in London, 168h in Athens and 186h in Santa Cruz-Tenerife)
  • Average number of rainy days in Larnaca: (compared to 7 in Santa Cruz-Tenerife, 8 in Athens, 9 in Berlin, 10 in London and 11 in Copenhagen).
  • Average daytime temperature in Larnaca: 17°C (compared to 3°C in Copenhagen, 5°C in Berlin, 9°C in London, 14°C in Athens and 21°C in Santa Cruz-Tenerife. Ok, Tenerife, you won here).

Need I write more? 

Now, if you are heading over to Cyprus for a wee winter getaway (omg how Scottish am I?! → clarification: “wee” in Scottish slang means “small”, not to be confused with the synonym for “pee”) and to escape the frozen horror that was winter 2017/2018, then..

here are 5+1 ways to enjoy the island, even in its “coldest” of days:

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5+1 things not to miss in Prague

Ask anyone to name the 5 most beautiful cities in Europe and rest assured that they will include Prague in that list. The capital and largest city of the Czech Republic is a true gem of culture, history and architecture, so much so that in 1992 the Old Town’s Historic (and gorgeous) Centre Square has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Being literally in the city centre of Europe makes Prague a super accessible destination. In fact, Prague (along with London and Athens) is my most visited holiday city destination – besides the cities / countries I have lived in; I traveled there for a long weekend in the spring of 2011, a week in the summer of 2015, and another long weekend in the winter of 2017, and loved every bit of it. 

So without further ado,

here are the 5 things not to miss when visiting Prague:

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5+1 festive things to do in Edinburgh during the holidays

If you have ever visited visited Edinburgh or even just looked at a single picture of it, you will understand why it is hands down the prettiest city in the whole of the UK (voted Britain’s best city for the past 4 years according to The Telegraph). So imagine how drop dead gorgeous the Scottish capital is when it undergoes a Christmas makeover every winter, which gives its Gothic character a cheerful and sparkly twist. 
If you are (lucky enough to be) visiting Edinburgh during these holidays, here are the top 5+1 festive things that you should do to make your trip unforgettable

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how to spend a weekend in Kraków

Once the capital of Poland and currently the cultural hub of the country, Kraków is the perfect destination for a weekend’s (or even a week’s) getaway. Why? Well, let’s see…
  • For starters, the city is beautiful; featuring, amongst others, a 13th-century castle, narrow cobblestone streets (major beauty points for any place) and a grand medieval market square (which is the largest square in Europe) in the heart of the Old Town.
  • Second, there’s loads to do; from sightseeing to learning more about Poland’s historic past to drinking and dancing your way through its many, many bars, pubs and clubs.
  • And to top it all off, your visit there won’t cost a fortune; although prices are on the rise during the past years, Kraków is still cheaper than other popular European destinations.

So, have I convinced you to visit Krakow? Good!

Here’s how you spend your weekend there:

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more than a beach holiday: a local’s guide to Cyprus during shoulder season

Besides being my homeland, Cyprus is one of the most beautiful and popular holiday spots in Europe. Now, when hearing the  island’s name, most people envision a beach, a pool, and a cocktail, but, trust me when I say that this Mediterranean gem  offers a lot more than (gorgeous) beaches, that you don’t want to miss: from vast archaeological sites to beautiful hiking trails, and from charming, cobblestone-street villages to endless vineyards.

And what is the best season to enjoy all of Cyprus? 

Shoulder season !!! (April-May & September-October)

Here is why:

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