Tag Archive: The Imagination Trail

Haapsalu, Estonia: a holiday hotspot for the tsars and Tchaikovsky

Some brightly coloured wooden houses with flowerpots in front in Haapsalu, Estonia

It was my final full day in Estonia, and I woke to the sound of heavy rain pummelling the road outside my hostel in Tallinn. Having already spent a couple of days exploring what the capital had to offer, and…
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A day trip to Helsinki by ferry from Tallinn

A yellow house by the sea with the fortress behind on Suomenlinna island in Helsinki

Being back in Europe after two years in Australia, I’m very much enjoying the novelty of being able to country-hop by train, bus and boat. So when my research prior to my trip to Tallinn uncovered the fact that there…
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Churches, palaces, street art and spies: exploring Tallinn (and not just the Old Town)

The view of Tallinn's Old Town from one of the viewing platforms

Tallinn is another one of those places that I have always wanted to visit, ever since studying the history of the USSR and communist rule in Europe at school, so, after ticking Krakow and Albania off my bucket list this…
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Brixham, England: re-visiting a childhood favourite holiday spot

Fishing boats in the harbour with brightly coloured houses on the hill behind in Brixham, England

When I was staying in Bukit Lawang I made friends with an Indonesian woman around my age who was staying in the room next door to mine. Originally from nearby Medan, she had just left her job in Jakarta and…
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Gjirokaster and Butrint: two unmissable day trips from Saranda, Albania

Bazaar in Gjirokaster Old Town

After my immensely interesting day exploring Tirana and learning about the history of Albania, I was heading south, to the popular seaside resort town of Saranda. My research had uncovered that there were frequent public buses covering the route every…
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Twenty-four hours in Tirana, Albania: one of the most interesting cities that I’ve visited

Tirana Albania Skanderbeg Square

Albania is a holiday destination which has been growing rapidly in popularity in recent times, with sun-seekers lured by the promise of sunny beaches, blue sea and cheap beer only a short ferry ride away from the Greek island of…
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Five things to do on a rainy day in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown New Zealand

I have very varied luck when it comes to the weather and travelling. Sometimes it goes well – like the fact that the March rain that always occurs in Queensland stopped for the one day of my birthday both of…
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A city rebuilding: why Christchurch is worth a stop on your New Zealand trip

Christchurch New Zealand tram

Last year, when I was planning my New Zealand trip, the first thing that came to mind when I thought of Christchurch, New Zealand, was the devastating earthquake of 2011 which ravaged the city. As someone with a deep interest…
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Why you should take the ferry between New Zealand’s North and South Islands

New Zealand ferry between North and South Island in dock at Picton viewed from the cliff

I’m a big fan of boats, and, beyond that moment of excitement of the plane speeding up and taking off, not the biggest fan of flying. So whenever I need to make a journey that involves crossing a body of…
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