My Top 5 things to do in Dublin, Ireland

by Michelle on March 1, 2015 · 2 comments

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My trip to Ireland happened pretty spontaneously when my American friend Tania decided on doing a Eurotrip for a month, and we were deciding on where we’d like to meet up. A Ryanair flight to Dublin at an irresistible price came under my radar and that settled that. My Canadian friend Miriam who’s currently living in Zurich decided to join as well last minute, and before you know it, a girls getaway to Ireland was planned!

While I’m still in the midst of working to finish all my papers for uni, a mini break was definitely much needed.

Ireland has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit, although I’ve never felt that particular pull towards it as I had with other places like London or Barcelona. Yann always raves about how much he loves it there, and after my trip there, I can definitely see why! During our four days in Ireland, we stayed in Dublin for 3 of them, and spent a day at the Cliffs of Moher and its surrounding towns in County Clare (more about that in the next post).

Lots of people have also commented that Dublin especially can be quite expensive, but when we were there, we found tons of things to do that were either free or extremely affordable. Take a look at some of my highlights from Dublin!

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My Little Roman Holiday

by Michelle on February 9, 2015 · 9 comments

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Rome feels like a city stuck in time. It feels like no matter where you walk in the city, you’re always going to bump into something that was built like 2000 years ago. Yep, that’s pretty amazing.

We took an overnight train from Verona to Rome and got to Rome super early at 6am. We were so ambitious that after our “Italian” style breakfast of croissants and a cappuccino we went and saw all the big attractions before most people woke up. Coliseum, check. Spanish Steps, check. Roman Forums, check. Pantheon, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, check, check, check.

Ok it definitley took a while, and there was a lot of walking involved since the subway in Rome is even worse then the one in Toronto (who knew that was possible). It was fun though especially since it gave us the rest of our trip to explore the non-touristy parts of Rome. Plus, the lines were a lot shorter in the morning! By the time it was around 4pm though, we were dreaming of our nice comfortable bed back at the hostel.

Here’s some pics!

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A day filled with Shakespeare in Verona

by Michelle on January 29, 2015 · 4 comments

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I admit, the only reason I’ve heard of Verona is from that movie, Letters to Juliet, which to be honest, was a pretty horrible movie. However, the movie did capture Verona beautifully, and I loved the scenes from the movie of the Romeo and Juliet courtyard with Juliet’s balcony and the wall where people could leave their love letters to Juliet (and apparently “Juliet’s secretaries” do write back!).

If you’re a Shakespeare fan, Verona is a must see in Italy since its where three of his plays were set – the ever so famous Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. No wonder Verona is quite an attractive destination for couples!

Ironically, I’m not a Shakespeare fan even though I did my undergrad in English literature (I’ll admit, I do like Macbeth though). Actually, it was more of the fact that I couldn’t be bothered to read his plays in the old English language – so many thanks to the writers behind “Shakespeare Made Easy” for my good grades on my Shakespeare essays!

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Venice, Italy…the City of Water

by Michelle on January 21, 2015 · 6 comments

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I’ve been back from Italy for about a week now, but I haven’t had time to post an article until now because of my busy schedule (which will luckily will be over soon and then there will be the move to Munich!). In the meantime, I have been posting my travel pics up on Instagram, so if you haven’t already, check me out @ michelleineurope!

Anyway back to Venice! For those who haven’t been to Venice, it’s a gorgeous city. In fact, many people dub it the most beautiful city in the world. With all the lacework of canals, the piazzas, and the abundance of pretty architecture, I would have to agree. Apparently, it’s the also the city with the highest amount of tourists in Italy, and I had always thought Rome claimed that title!

It was a pretty bizarre feeling after stepping out from the train station and seeing the city for the first time, to see so much water (hey let’s not nicknamed the City of Water for no reason!)… and the scenery from the walk from the train station to the city centre only gets prettier.

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A look at what’s ahead for 2015!

by Michelle January 4, 2015

2015 will be a pretty eventful year. The thing I’m most excited about is finishing my master’s…imagine a life without having to write endless amounts of essays! Haha. CAN. NOT. WAIT. Additionally, I’m excited to finally be done with living the student life (luckily beer is cheap in Germany and 10 euros will get you more than instant noodle dinners…clearly […]

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Some holiday inspiration…

by Michelle December 22, 2014

I’m finally finished my last classes today of 2014! I’m officially on my holiday vacation! This year, I’ll be spending most of my time with my boyfriend and his family for Christmas, and in the beginning of the New Year, I’m off to Italy! This time, I’ll be going to Verona, Venice and Rome. I haven’t travelled outside Germany since […]

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A Traveller’s Christmas Wish List

by Michelle December 10, 2014

With Christmas around the corner, I thought I’d make a list of some fun gift ideas for travellers. One of my favourite things about December is Christmas shopping for friends and family (I’ve been told that I’m great with picking out gifts) and in between all the crazy amounts of essays and presentations I have this semester, this year is […]

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Something different, something bio: the Tollwood Christmas Market in Munich

by Michelle December 2, 2014

I can’t believe it’s already December! The beginning of December makes me happy at the moment because it means: the Christmas markets are here, there’s only two more months left of my last semester of my master’s (aside from the thesis I still have to write) and of course, Christmas is coming! (I already have my advent calendar ready) While […]

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I was in Berlin! (and it was also the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall!)

by Michelle November 13, 2014

I spent last weekend in Berlin with Yann and Miriam. We thought of it as a fun trip since I’ve been going to Berlin at least once every year now for the past 3 years or so, and it’s Miriam’s first time going. What we didn’t realize until we got there was that it was also the 25th anniversary of […]

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Pictures from Canada

by Michelle October 26, 2014

It’s been a while since my summer back home in Canada, and looking through my phone, I’ve noticed that there’s a ton of photos that I haven’t posted yet! There was so much going on, especially with my parents’ home renovations, and Yann coming to Canada for the first time. From delicious dim sum to scenic Niagara Falls and everything […]

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