Italy’s Vatican City: Four Surprising Sights

Considering that Italy’s Vatican City is the world’s smallest state, it sure packs a punch. Teaming with ancient architecture, sprawling museums, and picture-perfect gardens, Vatican City deserves a full day out of your Rome visit, at the very least.

If you’re short on time, you may want to focus on some of the city-state’s highlights. If you need some advice, here are four of my favourite surprising sights of Italy’s Vatican City.

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The Ultimate Guide to Peckham, London

Once renowned as one of South East London’s dodgy urban neighbourhoods most would be afraid to set foot in, Peckham is now the epitome of city gentrification. The introduction of the Overground line in 2012, running through to Peckham Rye between Clapham Junction and Dalston Junction may well be a heavy contributor to this.

Now, artsy cafes, shabby-chic vintage clothing shops, and buzzy bars serving cocktails in jam jars sit between the fried chicken shops and the cut-price nail salons. With this brings flocks of art students, young professionals, and yummy mummies.

Still, the contrast in the district is a fascinating one. Despite the recent influx of money, the original sense of community is still very much present. Interestingly, huge African populations are living in the area.

Stroll down Rye Lane and it won’t be long until you discover corner stores selling yams and takeaway shops dishing up warm plates of chicken stew, jollof rice, and plantain. Weave between these mixes of cultures and lifestyles and a visit to Peckham is sure to be a unique one.
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The Symbolism of Native American Feathers

When we think of Native American feathers, we usually imagine bright and beautiful Indian headdresses featuring an array of stunning and pristine feathers.

While Native American feathers are graced and celebrated in the Western world of fashion, pop culture, and arts, how much do we know about the symbolism and significance behind these sacred feathers? After all, feathers are very important to Native Americans tribes for a reason.

Fancy a history lesson? Read on to learn all about the special meaning behind the beautiful feathers we see on our screens.
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What Food Pairs Best with Chinese Baijiu?

Baijiu – it’s the world’s biggest-selling spirit and you’ve started warming to the potent yet popular Chinese beverage.

The next step is learning the appropriate dishes to pair with it. After all, it’s a social drink to enjoy so what could be better than sharing it around the dinner table with friends and family?

Ready to learn how to pair your baijiu? Read on.
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Dans Le Noir London: Would You Dine in the Dark?

Dans Le Noir London, located in the charming area of Clerkenwell in Islington, is a restaurant like no other. Instead of your usual sit down meal, brave diners are led into a completely blackened room and are served by visually impaired waiters, all while sharing a table with other guests.

Dished up on the menu are four different surprise set meals. These include the ‘trust the chef’ white menu, comprising of an exotic selection of meat and seafood, the red menu of meat-based dishes, the blue menu of pescatarian dishes, and finally the vegetarian or vegan green menu.

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Swimming with the Dusky Dolphins of Kaikoura, New Zealand

It’s mid-June, the start of the Southern hemisphere’s winter. I’m stood on the back of a tour boat in a wetsuit, teeth chattering audibly as I peer over the rails across the icy-blue horizon.

We’re in Kaikoura, a small coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand which is renowned for its abundance of marine wildlife. We’ve been searching the seas for dusky dolphins with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura for about an hour now and my initial exhilaration has now curdled.
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Dancing with Plankton in the Waters of Koh Rong, Cambodia

With a glass of cheap local whisky loose in my hand, I’m deep in conversation with a group of travellers in Koh Rong, Cambodia, bundled up close to a flickering campfire. A mix of nationalities, some of the group I’ve known for weeks and some only a couple of hours, yet our mutual adoration of travel and adventure has bonded us instantly.

We’re all smiles, the conversation flowing effortlessly. I’m twenty-two years old and two months into an epic eight-month-long backpacking trip around Southeast Asia. Life is very good indeed and my new nomadic and unperturbed lifestyle is a welcome change after a difficult past year living in London.

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Yosemite National Park, California, USA: A Photo Post

Joined with two of my best girlfriends, Abbie and Dawn, last month in September I embarked on an epic two-week trip of the USA. We covered New York, various parts of California, and the hedonist’s ultimate dream spot, Las Vegas. Now in the depth of chilly autumn, it’s fair to say the holiday blues are still niggling away at me.

One of my favourite spots we visited was the unbelievable Yosemite National Park in Northern California, so here I am to spam away with lots of photos and some details on our experience at the park.

I would have loved to spend a couple of days in Yosemite National Park as it’s so huge, but unfortunately, due to time constraints, we only stayed two days and one night. Here’s what we got up to.

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A Long Weekend in Lausanne and Montreux, Switzerland

With a limited number of days off work in a year, I love to make the most of the bank holidays with prolonged weekends away. For the Early May Bank Holiday last month, I decided to do exactly that, heading to Lausanne in Switzerland.

My close friend Morgane, who I lived with in Australia, is studying in Lausanne, a city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. This brought up the perfect opportunity to visit a country I had never been to and to reunite with her and another friend of ours, Charlotte. It was nice because Switzerland was never a country that I’d been desperate to visit. That meant heading over I felt relaxed, with no pressure or high expectations.

However, I would soon become utterly impressed with the stunning scenery of Switzerland.

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Christmas in London, England, 2016: Six Fun Things to Do

I’ve been home for about four months now after living and travelling abroad for 20 months, and what a jam-packed four months it’s been. From catching up with loved ones to visiting some of my favourite cities in Europe and then easing back into working here in London again, it’s sure been a busy and eventful time in my life.

Although I do miss Australia and Southeast Asia and often catch myself reminiscing fondly over the hot beach days, there’s definitely one thing I’m excited about being back in the UK for. Christmas in London!

Christmas in Australia felt very strange and alien to me. Christmas doesn’t feel like a huge deal over there. I missed the festivities, the Christmas trees, the bright lights, and the cheer.

I’ll tell you a secret: I even missed the cold. Now that’s saying something.

Feeling extra festive this year (I’m not sure my friends and family can believe it) I’ve been making the most of the Christmas celebrations offered across London. There’s definitely plenty to do.

If you’re in London this festive season, why not get involved? Here are some of the best Christmas-related events and activities across England’s lovely capital this year. You’re welcome.

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