May 2011

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Strasbourg the Second Time Around

by Audrey May 30, 2011

My first time in Strasbourg was a bit of blur. It was a quick side trip while travelling through Germany during the 2006 World Cup. Seeing that France and Italy had made it to the finals, my friends and I decided we’d cross the border to France hoping for a French win where we’d celebrate viva la France style. We arrived in Strasbourg without much of a plan, looked at buildings not knowing what they were, admired churches only from the exterior, and then came upon a square surrounded by cafes, where we flanked ourselves in front of a big […]

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Surviving the Louvre

by Audrey May 23, 2011

Did you know that the Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art?! And that these works are displayed across 60,000 square meters of exhibition space? It all sounds a bit daunting, but I think a stop at this world renowned museum is something that every first time visitor to Paris should make time for. So from personal experience – one that left me hauling my body across the museum, here are my tips on how to see Louvre: Save your legs. My first mistake was going to the Louvre after a long day of walking. By the time I finally reached […]

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Travel Lit

by Audrey May 19, 2011

There’s a section in my ever-expanding library devoted entirely to travel literature. This section ranges from Frommer’s city guides to Lonely Planet’s phrase books, Bill Bryson’s humorous accounts of travel across the UK to Marco Polo’s exploration narratives. This is the shelf that fuels my wanderlust when I risk becoming static. It pulls me into other people’s stories and awakens an interest in distant and uncharted locations. Here are some of my favourites: The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux I was hooked on this book simply reading the back cover; “following the continuous track of railways from his home […]

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My Most Memorable Tour Guides

by Audrey May 15, 2011

Do you ever think back on a place, and the face of your tour-guide pops up? I’ve taken my fair share of guided tours; some resembled boring lectures filled with too many uninteresting facts, some found me walking backwards hoping to sneak out unnoticed, and then there were the ones that were simply enthralling! So what sets the good tours aside from the rest? Ahh, well I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the guide that makes the tour! Let me reminisce on some of my favourites: 1) Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France It was my first time in […]

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It’s a Revolution!

by Audrey May 10, 2011

Okay, so maybe I overreacted. But it sure sounded like one! We arrived in Cusco and headed straight for the hotel; not because we were tired, but because located at 3400 meters of altitude, the only way to combat the effects of altitude sickness are with rest and coca. The symptoms can range from migraines to nausea, and I was determined to avoid these at all costs. So a short nap and four cups of coca tea later, I was feeling adjusted and ready to explore! We were sitting in our room debating what to do next, when the drumming […]

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How to Gain a Pot Belly in Germany

by Audrey May 9, 2011

Yes, it happened. I’m a fairly slim girl but after a week of over-indulging in sweet ol’ Deutschland, even my sisters were horrified by the gut I’d gained… and I’m not exaggerating. By the end of my visit I was opting for loose shirts to camouflage what resembled a 3 month bump. In between visiting quaint German villages and strolling through charming university towns, there was also a lot of eating!  Backwaren Guten morgen and would you like some Brot? Backwaren encompases every baked good, from breads to cakes and pretzels to pastries. And there are so many varieties that […]

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