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The Milanese Pulse

With endless trails of boutiques for just about anything luxurious and trendy, it is easy to see why Milan is a global fashion capital. Sauntering inside the shiny tiled floors of the high-ceilinged Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, bumping into a flux of tourists scraping empty their gelato cups while ogling at extravagant displays of known […]

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Five Best Trips of 2015

First of all, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Now that 2015 is almost over, I can’t help but recount my best trips this year. Amidst all the tragedies that happened, this is probably the only way I can cheer up for all that has been. But before I bawl and make this post even […]

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Thinking Out Loud, Musée Rodin

Before coming to Paris, I was not really well versed about Rodin and sculpting in general. But I do am aware of The Thinker (Le Penseur) which is probably one of the most recognizable sculptures in the world. It has always been the symbol of poetry and philosophy and has already appeared in plenty of […]

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Blue, White, and Red

Living in Paris can be quite a struggle for a foreigner who could barely sustain a conversation in French. Sometimes, I do admit that the lack of hospitality especially in administrative offices (that are supposed to welcome foreigners) can be a huge deal breaker. It has actually made me curse a few times and question […]

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Welcome to the land of… Pesto?

Genoa, the largest seaport in Italy, has long been revered as the proud one. Of course, as the birthplace of Paganini and Colombus, the Genovese have a reason to be. The gateway to the region of Liguria gifted with stunning views of the Mediterranean seaside, this city is a very convenient place to stay in […]

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Musée d’Orsay, If Art Were A Dessert

If art were a dessert, Musée d’Orsay would be the patisserie. Housing the biggest and probably most impressive collection of impressionist paintings, Musée d’Orsay can easily capture the hearts of art admirers hungry for some sweet art. A former train station, the museum still has the feel of the rails but ornately embellished in Beaux-Arts style and […]

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Scrumptious Lyon!

Lyon is aesthetically tame compared to its flamboyant cousin Paris, but it does pack a louder roar in terms of authentic French gastronomic experience. From quenelles and foie gras to rosettes and special sausages featured in menus of the famed bouchons accompanied by a far-from-modest assortment of red wine, Lyon is definitely a culinary heaven. […]

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Of Chocolates and Knives

Housing the UN and global offices, Geneva has an international crowd of businessmen, diplomats, and wealthy old people. Visiting this city then without any business can be a backpacker’s nightmare. With the sky-high prices and less vibrant population, it is easy to run out of things to do in Geneva. However, for a limited amount […]

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Annecy, Synergy of Man and Nature

The lake of Annecy is known to have one of the purest water reservoirs in the world due to its perialpine location and the region’s very strict implementation of environmental laws. Visiting the lake indeed proves that with high regard for environmental protection, man and nature can exist together. The lake is so clear and […]

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Cinque Terre, Beads of Beauty on a Coastal String

Italy boasts of some of the world’s most admired coastlines due to the distinct synergy of old colorful coastal villages surrounded by steep green hills and cliffs carved by the mild thunder of the Mediterranean. Cinque Terre in the Northern Liguria region is one of the best known areas to see this splendor. Literally meaning […]