Camille’s Adventures in Wonderlands – days 1-4: Madrid, Spain

I am writing this post from a taberna where I had to seek shelter from the rain, sipping on a freshly pressed zumo de naranjas (which is somewhat of a Spanish tradition - they sell fresh orange juice almost everywhere here, and it's so good!). We all tend to associate Spain with sun and warmth, or at least with a sunnier and warmer climate than in our parts of Europe, so it's a little bit gutting ...

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Nay and yay: classical vs modern art in Madrid – episode 1, the Museo del Prado

I need to come clean about something: I don't like classical art. To be more specific, most of it leaves me pretty indifferent, and some of it I actually, actively dislike. Don't get me wrong: as someone who draws like a two-year-old, on a purely objective level I really admire the scope and precision of some classical paintings and am in awe of the technique and gigantic amount of work that has gone into ...

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(Book)mark! A round-up of the world’s most unusual bookshops

A few days ago, I wrote about two of my favourite bookshops: Atlantis Books on the island of Santorini, and Shakespeare and Company in Paris. This has since inspired me to do a bit more research into the worldwide 'indie bookshop scene' and I thought I would share some of the coolest links I came across: This slideshow features Flavorwire's pick of the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world, most ...

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Atlantis Books, Santorini: Literary Heaven on Greek Island Paradise

  I've decided to take a break from chronicling my trip preparations to tell you about a little gem I recently discovered in Ia (or Oia), one of the townlets on the island of Santorini, Greece.   The southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, Santorini is rightly famous for its volcanic cliffs and views of its sea-filled caldera, its beach resorts, spectacular sunsets, and its locally-produced white wines (well, a little ...

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