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Rome Shopping Guide

A lot has been said about Rome here on Second Sister (all of it good), so in the third of my Roman travel instalments, I focus on Rome shopping – in particular, fashion (with a touch of interiors).

Now I’m not for a second ignoring the fact that Rome is chockas full of culcha (and anyone who’s seen the Australian classic film “The Castle” will recognize that reference). However a good way to get to know a city is through its local shops and designers (or is that just my way of justifying being basic as f*©k? Either way, I’m owning it).

Following extensive research I bring to you my top tips for Rome shopping – a little light relief following extensive cultural activities if that’s your bag. Continue reading “Rome Shopping Guide”

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12 Signs You Have a Travel Addiction

My name is Suzanne and I have a travel addiction.

I hit my rock bottom the other day when I surveyed my bedroom to see what I need to do to by way of interior improvements. “Hmmmm, a rug to cover the floor boards would make it more cosy,” I thought to myself. My very next thought, without missing a beat, was “I’m going to have to book a trip to Marrakech to buy a new rug.” I duly texted my Moroccan friend to see when she’s free for a girls weekend in Marrakech – hammam spas, delicious Moroccan cuisine and rug shopping in the souk. It didn’t occur to me until later that evening that I’d translated interior decoration into excuse to start planning my next adventure. When did I become this person? Looking back at my life, the signs of my travel addiction were always there… Continue reading “12 Signs You Have a Travel Addiction”

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Copenhagen Guide – Shopping for Every Budget

Copenhagen Girls are most apparent during the Danish capital’s fashion weeks (Aug and Jan/Feb), when they roam the streets like a wildly coloured wolf pack on bicycles, exuding a laid-back vibe and insouciant attitude.

Danish fashion design is attracting a global following with the rise and rise of its local designers. And this is good news for anyone who likes a healthy dose of shopping while visiting this ridiculously hip city.

In my latest collab with the finger-on-the-pulse Luxe City Guides, I give you my top tips for shopping in achingly-cool Copenhagen – for every budget. Read the full story on Luxe City Guides here (and book mark it for holiday-planning purposes). For pics of my favourite Danish designs keep reading…

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Twenty-Four Hours in Barcelona

What is it that keeps me coming back to Barcelona? The glorious weather? Si. The off-the-wall architecture? Absolutamente. The laid-back vibe?  Si por supuesto. The world-class cuisine? Claro que si!

On my latest visit, I pulled together all of my Barcelona favourites – old and new – for your ease of reference, to help you plan a (minimum) twenty-four hour Barcelona extravaganza…

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Tokyo – My Top 3 Things to Do

Anyone who has been to Tokyo knows how addictive it is. It’s not a city you fall in love with in the way that you fall in love with Paris or Rome. Rather, Tokyo is a place that gets under your skin. And once it’s there, you’ll find yourself obsessed with it.

Tokyo has definitely got to me, and my fascination with it only grows with each visit. And while I love to explore new neighbourhoods, museums and restaurants each time, there are three things I always do each time I return to this amazing city… Continue reading “Tokyo – My Top 3 Things to Do”

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I Wore a Kimono in Tokyo – I Regret Nothing

In 1980s classic film, National Lampoons European Vacation, Chevy Chase doles out peronsalised monogramed berets to his family to wear whilst sightseeing in Paris (resulting in cruel ridicule from locals and a sausage dog jumping off the Eiffel Tower – it’s hilarious, check it out if you can). Those berets were quite clearly un grand faux pas as far as tourist etiquette is concerned.

On a recent trip to Tokyo, I decided to put to the test whether it’s ever ok to don the local traditional dress in one’s enthusiasm to embrace the local culture. Cue the kimono…  Continue reading “I Wore a Kimono in Tokyo – I Regret Nothing”