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An Afternoon in Zagreb

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Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. A city often overlooked by tourists skipping off to the coast, like Reykjavík the city is another Europe's smallest, but it is buzzing with energy. Zagreb is a city perfect for walking around, everything is so close together. You can just stroll around and take in the beautiful architecture dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Yearning for Yorkshire

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It's a well known Fact of Life that you never explore your own territory, after all, you've lived there your entire life, what could you possibly find of interest?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. Which made me wonder what else I'm missing out in my own country. The furthest north I've travelled is Nottingham- and that was for a hen night! Yet, one of the places other traveller's mention to me time and again is York.

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X is for.....

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Xi'an! (Thanks, boss, totally wouldn't have had a place for this letter without your help.)

Xi'an is the capital of the Shaanxi province, and one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3,000 years worth of history. It is one of the four great ancient capitals of China having held the position under several of the most important Chinese dynasties. The city is the start of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Warriors.

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The Wonders of Warsaw, Poland

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Of places I've visited, Poland was easily one of my favourite's- probably because I wasn't expecting it to be. I totally fell in love with both Krakow and Zakopane and so I really would love to visit Warsaw, Poland's capital city.

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Vivacious Vietnam

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I say this to everyone who tells me they're going to Vietnam

"Did you ever see that episode of Top Gear, where they went to Vietnam?"



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No, but, seriously?! I even asked Amanda from A Dangerous Business...

My Big 50 in the USA

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I’ve always been fascinated with the land across the pond, it’s enormity for a start- and that doesn’t just stop at the size of the country. I have toyed with ideas of travelling around the United States for years. Thought about doing a Trek America tour, but the cost is wayyy too high for a poor bar wench like myself, and most of the trips I’m interested in are camping- and I don’t camp. So I figure, with 50 States, I could easily come up with a list of 50 things I want to do, see, eat, experience in America. Some are downright tacky, some are awesome and cool, I don’t care either way; this is my list:

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Turkey; Incredible Istanbul.

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For many years I believed Turkey was a destination for families taking beautifully hot summer holidays on the coast. Then I heard about Istanbul and it changed my mind about wanting to visit Turkey.

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Secretly in Love with Slovenia

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Of all the places I am going this year, Slovenia, you're the one I am most excited for.

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Roaming around Reykjavík

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So as you know, I'm going to Iceland in October, which I can't wait for, which means R is for  Reykjavík, the smallest, mostly Northerly city in Europe. It's got a sense of calm and space that other European cities are missing. The population is tiny, although the capital is a throbbing metropolis in comparison with the other area's of Iceland. In spite of the quiet city life, the weekends have gained Reykjavík a reputation for great night life.

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Sunny Days at Ham Hill; a Photo Essay #SundayTraveler

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Ham Hill Country Park is a short car ride away from my home, and it is the perfect place to spend the sunny bank holiday weekend.

Q is for Queensland, Australia

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On my travels I have met a lot of Australians, and one of my favourite friends from Down Under happens to be from Queensland. Brisbane, actually. My only real knowledge of Australia, is from Bill Bryson's book about Australia, but I am dying to do a trip around the whole country, but for now here are my top three things to do in Queensland.

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Promenading around Portugal

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Portugal was the first place I ever travelled abroad. It was with my family and I would have been about 6 years old the first time. We returned several times staying in or around Alvor, when we visited (a good 20 years ago) the place was a tiny town and fishing village. These days, I hear it is quite the tourist resort, and my memories of the tiny town are far removed from what is there now.

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Oxford; a Bookworm's Dream

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Whenever I travel, anyone who isn't British always asks me if I'm from London, and when I say no, the next place people ask me about is Oxford. I always have to disappoint people because I am from Dorset.

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Norway

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Norway is a once in a life time destination with stunning landscapes, and beautiful fjords as well as cosmopolitan cities to visit. Having never been, I chose five places that looked most interesting to me.

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M is for Myanmar

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Since I was a kid I have been obsessed with Aung San Suu Kyi. She is such an incredible woman, responsible for many great things in Burma. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and used the money to set up a health and education trust for the people of Burma. In spite of this, Aung San Suu Kyi had been held under house arrest for 15 years because she was "a threat to the peace" of Burma.

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Luxembourg

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Luxembourg, or The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a tiny country who's name is so long it won't actually fit across it on a map, often gets overlooked when people think about coming to Europe.

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Travel Blogging 101

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Back in October I decided to start blogging, again. Except this time I wanted to start a blog solely about my travels, but I just never got around to it. Then I heard that Amanda at A Dangerous Business was writing a travel blogging course, and wanted people to test it out. So, I jumped at the chance.

I'm Going to Iceland! #SundayTraveler

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If you like my facebook page (and if you don't, why not? Go now, go like. I'll wait.... all done? Great!) OK, so if you like my facebook page you'll know already that I'm going to Iceland in October. I first decided I wanted to go to Iceland late last year when I read about the elves. The elves that blocked construction of a new, and fairly important, road. This fascinated me, and I definitely want to visit a country that has blocked construction of a road for elves (who may, or may not exist, but sshhh, don't tell the Icelandic people).

I'm just in Reykjavík for for four days, but I am planning to cram in a lot!

K is for Köln

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So as we know from my Hamburg post, I love Germany! My friend Kathy is from Koln, and although she now lives in Berlin, she showed me some pictures of Koln and now I want to visit there, too.

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J is for Jordan

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My first experience of Jordan as a tourist destination was from watching An Idiot Abroad, when Karl Pilkington visit Petra, as soon as I saw it I knew that one day I would want to visit there, too. I know almost nothing about Jordan so decided to Google it to see what comes up.

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Italia

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As you'll already know, I really want to go to Italy, I just haven't got there yet. I decided that after my last failed attempt, and because (the mainland) is a relatively small area, perhaps I could cover the whole country in 10 days by train. So here is my current plan:

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H is for Hamburg, Germany

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Germany is one of my favourite countries. Having already visited Munich, Stuttgart and Berlin- where I will be visiting again in just over 5 weeks time. I really want to visit Hamburg, too. It is the second largest city in Germany, and has it's biggest port.

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Galápagos Islands

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G is for Galápagos!


Finnish Lapland

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OK, I cheated a little bit here because this post is about Lapland, but who doesn't want to go to Lapland?!

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Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow #SundayTraveler

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One of the things I didn't post about my Classic Rhapsody trip was our trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mines; partly because I hadn't taken any photo's.

Partly because, most of us were hungover. We'd survived our bike tour in the morning, with bottles of cola in hand, and then some of us rushed back to the hostel to change out of our sweaty clothes and board a minibus to take us about 15 minutes out of Krakow to the Salt Mines.

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Essaouira, Morocco

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I had never really had any inclination to go to Morocco until recently. Marrakech doesn't really interest me much, and having already lived amongst Moroccan's as a teenager, I wasn't sure how comfortable I'd feel in their country anyway. That was until someone told me about Essaouira.


Denmark

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When I think of Denmark, the first thing I think of is Hans Christian Anderson. I love to read, and fairy tales are just the start- I think it's healthy to continue to read fairy tales well into adulthood, it feeds the imagination. Plus did you know the main characters from Frozen were based on Hans Christian Anderson's name?

photo via creative commons by Pedro Cambra on flickr

Cambodia

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C is for Cambodia

My main reason for wanting to go Cambodia is that my "sister" lives there. As I probably have explained to most people a million times, she's not my real sister, we sort of adopted each other in Secondary School, and whilst we're very different people, we both managed to stay in touch.


Phnom Penh Palace by Andew Lih via wikimedia commons

Borneo

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B is for Borneo

photo by Rod Waddington via wikimedia commons

A is for...

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This month I will be participating in the A - Z Blogging Challenge. The challenge involves posting every day (except Sunday) and following through the alphabet. If you want to play along you can sign up. My A-Z is all places I want to visit. Other bloggers participating are:

A Southern Gypsy
Chasing the Donkey
A Brit and a Southerner 


So today's letter is A, and the place I've chosen is...