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The Prague Card – A great way to make your way through Prague

The reasons we’re talking about Museum Cards, and the Prague Card in particular, is if you’ve been following our blog for a while (or if you just scroll through our list of destinations), you’ll see we’re big fans of European cities. We’re museum junkies and we’ve been screaming ourselves hoarse about the whole tourist v/s traveller debate. The thing is, those sites are popular and famous and bucketlist worthy for

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Mount Nebo, Jordan – The holy land

While Mount Nebo may not have been at the very top of my list of things to see and experience in Jordan, I couldn’t deny the palpable excitement I felt as our bus turned off the highway and into the parking lot. Neither of us are very religious, however our interest in religious history is deep seated in the impact it has had on civilizations and cultures. Jordan had already

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The Glittering Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah, Agra – The Other Taj Mahal

The tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah seemed to me possibly the most unsung hero of Mughal Agra. A glittering jewel encrusted mausoleum, the first one to be made entirely of marble, when compared to the Taj Mahal (after all it is called the Baby Taj) what it lacks in size, it makes up for in style. The story of Itimad Ud Daulah Itmad Ud Daulah almost didn’t get his shot at

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A Disturbing Visit to the Museum of Torture Montepulciano, Italy

Museo del Tortura. Museum of Torture Montepulciano. We chanced upon a sign in a little street just off the main Piazza while walking through the tiny little Tuscan town of Montepulciano. It started pouring, and we popped in for shelter, but to be honest, we were also a little intrigued. If you’re easily disturbed, I would strongly suggest you DON’T read further. (I can’t believe we’re literally telling our readers

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The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour by City Wonders, Rome

Driving around Rome, we got a sense of the ancient city that was once the centre of the civilised world almost immediately. Ruins lie exposed within archeological excavations almost everywhere. But the nowhere comes as close as the Roman Forum. This was literally the centre of the centre. The business, political and religious district. The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour Via Sacra, Arch of Titus and Temple of Jupiter To get

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St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City – The Greatest Church in the World

St. Peter’s Basilica. The very centre of religion for Roman Catholics around the world. Charles comes from a very Catholic family. So this was in a way a big, big deal. All the things he’d heard and read about over the years, would finally be before him. I, of course, couldn’t wait for my exclusive guided tour (this is one of the many topics about which Charles knows far more than

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Residenze d’Epoca Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini, Siena – As Aristocrats Would

Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini was an incredibly enriching stay. The most amazing thing we noticed across Italy was how seamlessly history was thriving across modern day life. From the sculptures in the piazzas to the palazzos around every corner. And this observation really shone through at our hotel in Siena – Residenze d’Epoca Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini. Yes, it is a historical mansion, but it didn’t leave us wanting for any modern conveniences. There’s

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Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu, Florence – Guests of the Baroness

The Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu is not a hotel. With its illustrious history, authentic furnishings and gracious host, it is a palace. With its modern fittings, exceptional service and unparalleled location along the Arno, it is the kind of place to call home. Nothing could have prepared us for this most unique stay experience in Florence. We were let in by the palace concierge. We crossed the courtyard and ascended

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – The Florence Duomo

The Florence Duomo as the Florence Cathedral or Santa Maria del Fiore is more commonly known is by far the most iconic vista of Florence, showing up in nearly every picture postcard or image search of Florence. And for good reason. The cathedral, an ambitious plan for its time, sat dome-less for over a 100 years because they simply did not have the technology to build such a large dome at

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Colosseum Underground Tour by City Wonders, Rome

The Colosseum Underground Tour by City Wonders was by far one of the best decisions we made on our stay in Rome. A guided tour of a historic site isn’t always our favourite way to see someplace. We prefer to take our time, referring to an audioguide, guidebook, brochure or map as we do it. We’ve normally read up in advance, so we’ve got a bit of background information that helps

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Casa Mila / La Pedrera, Barcelona – Exploring a very Gaudi home

Gaudi was definitely one of our biggest reasons to visit Barcelona. We’d been reading up on him for a while, and couldn’t wait to see this unfathomable genius’ work in person. So after the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, both of which were pretty far off, we were glad Gaudi’s modernista trifecta were all within walking distance of El Palauet, our luxurious address on Passeig de Gracia. Casa Mila Casa

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