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Narbonne Cathedral – Narbonne Part II

The main square of Narbonne is quite small, with Roman ruins in its centre. On the square and to its north-west side are found the main historical edifices of the city – the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral St Juste. Despite its enormous size, we stumbled into the cathedral by...

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Entree en Narbonne – Narbonne Part I

Narbonne is breathtakingly underwhelming at first glance. This is true of anywhere when one arrives by train. Angry snakes of cars trying to pick up and drop off family members. Enluggaged passengers taking up every available space – doorways, paths to doorways, emergency exits, pathways to emergency exits! – and...

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The waiter of Marseille

At first glance, Marseille is a sprawling harbour city, with restaurants and bars stretching from end to end. But just one street back and away from this central hub and you’ll find small squares bustling with friendly locals, affordable beer and multicultural food. After a delicious dinner of mussels and...

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Italian pickpockets

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’ve felt relatively safe in Venice these past few days. It’s the crowds that make you nervous though, and you can’t help clutching your bag closer when you’re in the push and shove of the human mill race. This morning as I walked...

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Zagreb Pride

I’ve been to a few European prides over the past two years and what I love about them is that they’re way more basic than the super extravagant Sydney Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras has its place, and I love it. But you couldn’t get more grass roots, basic, and authentic...

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An excursion to Varazdin – Part 1 – Podravka

A few months ago, as part of our Croatian course, we went on an excursion to Varaždin, a pretty city in northern Croatia. The tour also included a visit to the Podravka factory which is nearby in Koprivnica. Anyone with even the remotest connection to Croatia will have at least...

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Visiting John Snow

We’ve made some new friends in Zagreb and a few weeks ago, in a fit of drunkenness, I loudly exclaimed to them “I’m passionate about sanitation!” So it’s no surprise, really, that we went along to visit the John Snow pub in London. After my exclamation, our new friends looked...

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Visiting Highgate Cemetery

We took the opportunity when we were in London last week of visiting Highgate Cemetery, the famous Victorian cemetery in Hampstead in London’s North. On our way, we were rather aggrieved to find out that this poor street has no parents. We walked on through Hampstead Heath, pausing on Parliament...

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The un-Holiday

So here I am back home in Australia. I’ve been here for exactly 3 weeks (can that be right?? I need to buy a calendar) and there’s just one more week to go. In that time I’ve celebrated Christmas, hung out with family and friends, met Ian Thorpe (weird story),...

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Halloween, Croatian Style

My aunt exhorted us to come back and visit for Svi Sveti over the weekend, tempting us with the promise of something special for lunch. “You must come back for All Saints,” she said. “We’ll be killing a turkey.” Well, who could resist? The holiday is a very important one,...