A GUIDE TO HONOLULU - WHAT TO DO AND SEE AND WHERE TO STAY AND EAT ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU

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There is so much to say about this city and I have some regrets I waited so long to visit. Let’s not dwell on the the negatives and just focus on the fact that I got to visit Hawaii - Island of Oahu and I had the most incredible time - I cannot wait to return to the state and explore other Islands - I am looking forward to exploring Maui ; Lanai and Kauai. I visited the Island of Oahu and Honolulu is the largest settlement in Oahu. I spent five days on the Island including one day of lounging on the beach (all day) - It was excellent.

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GETTING THERE. There are direct flights from most major US cities - from NYC - it is eleven hours to Honolulu ; from Dallas/Houston - eight to nine hours ; from Los Angeles you have a six hour flight time. If you are planning a trip from London or Europe - you will have a challenge finding direct flights so I recommend flying to the West Coast or Dallas or Houston and then connecting from there for a direct flight to Honolulu. if not, you should plan for eighteen to twenty-fours hours travel time.

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GETTING AROUND. I recommend renting a car ; it will make life easier for you if you plan to explore the Island. If you intend to spend all your time on Waikiki, you may be able to get away without a car; but I think it is a huge miss to go to Oahu and only explore Waikiki. At the time of my visit, ride shares were not very popular and difficult to get during certain times of day. If you choose to rent a car - make sure you plan parking fees in your travel budget.

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WHERE TO STAY. I recommend staying near Waikiki Beach. I don’t recommend staying on the strip unless you have a large budget. Staying on the main strip of Waikiki can be a huge expense. I stayed at a hotel that was less than 10 mins walk to Waikiki ; from my balcony I could see the beach and I paid almost forty percent less than staying on the strip. I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach and other than the morning when the elevator access was cut off - it was an excellent stay and the hotel made up for the inconvenience so no complaints from me. The Laylow hotel is also an incredible option - while I did not stay here, I visited enough time during my time in Honolulu to know it is a great option.

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HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED. I was in Hawaii for eight days - I had work commitment from Tuesday to Friday and stayed on my own account until Wednesday night so I had five full days to explore the Island and one of those days was spent lounging on the beach and another beach hopping in North shore.

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WHERE TO EAT. The food in Honolulu is amazing and I probably say that about every city I visit because besides doing my research on the city; I spend a lot of time researching the best places to eat; I talk to locals about their favorite spots to eats and make my dining decisions from that list. Don’t leave Honolulu without trying local Hawaiian delicacy - Ono’s Hawaiian food and Helena’s Hawaiian food. Ono’s is now permanently closed and I still feel incredibly lucky to have dined there just before they closed their doors after fifty years. Helena’s is equally delicious. Shaved ice is big in Oahu and I tried a lot of shaved iced - two spots I recommend are Matsumoto Shave Ice and Island Vintage coffee. Loco Moco is a local delicacy of rice ; hamburger meat and egg - sounds simple but so so good. I had an incredible brunch and Loco Moco at Koko head cafe. Other Brunch spots I recommend are LuLu’s and Heavenly Island lifestyle restaurant. Ramen at Marukame Udon was excellent. Malasada from Leonard’s was so good I ordered a dozen to take back home with me to the mainland; Shrimp Tacos at North Shore Taco (or Shrimp Tacos anywhere in North Shore); I stumbled on a Dim Sum spot in China Town called Mei Sum - it was delicious. For your coffee fix - I recommend Hideout Coffee at the Laylow hotel; Holoholo Café and Market for the best Iced coconut latter and Kona Coffee. Finally, don’t leave the island without trying Haupia Pie - a traditional coconut puddings. Many locals recommended Ted Bakery in North Shore and I was not disappointed.

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Loco Moco
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Leonard's Bakery
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Matsumoto Shave Ice
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WHERE TO EXPLORE. Honolulu has got a lot to offer and if you are traveling with a group with varying interests - it is the best destination because there will be something for everyone. If you want to lounge on the beach - I recommend Waikiki Beach - if you can go early to rent a lounge chair and umbrella - for $40 you can rent one for the day and it is worth every penny. On one of my days in the city , I did just that and laid out in the sun all day - napping; reading and eating. It was the best part of the trip. I also did the sunset cruise on Waikiki which I absolutely loved (once I got over my bout of sea sickness). If you are up for it , take a stroll on the beach - it is a lengthy stroll but it is very worth it - I did the trek at sunrise starting at the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue - it was incredibly beautiful - I got to watch surfers ride the first waves and see a sunrise wedding on the beach. My heart was full.

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For a beach less crowded - visit Lanakai beach - it is stunning. Hanauma Bay is an incredible reserve with a beautiful beach that is great for snorkeling. It is not free so plan accordingly if you add this to your itinerary. Sunset beach in North Shore - it is known for big waves in winter and it a lot less crowded than Waikiki.

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For jaw dropping views (and a workout ), there were three spots I thoroughly enjoyed hiking. Manoa falls is a great hike to see waterfalls - make sure you have proper foot wear. Diamond head hike rewards you with a stunning view of Waikiki - I saved it one for the last morning in Oahu . Makapu’u Point is very popular for tourists and locals alike and offers great views of Makapuʻu and Waimanalo Bay on one side and the Ka ʻIwi Channel on the other side. Nuʻuanu Pali is a cliff of the Koʻolau mountain located at the head of Nuʻuanu Valley has a beautiful panoramic view of the windward coast of Oʻahu.

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There are a few things that are uniquely Hawaiian (Honolulu) and highly recommended for your Itinerary. Do not miss the Halona Blowhole - this spot requires some patience but very worth it. Essentially as waves crash into the cliffs under the rocks the water surges out of a blowhole (Holona) shooting into the air. I waited almost half hour to see this; but I thought it was worth it. The Hanauma bay is an excellent spot to snooker or just lay out on the beach. Before making your way down to the beach - make sure to take in the spectacular view of the bay. The queue to get down to the bay does get lengthy - especially on the weekend; so keep that in mind. I mainly went for the view and I was very happy with it. Be aware, parking cost $1 even if you are just going to get a glimpse of the view. Dole Plantation is a uniquely Hawaiian experience - learn about the different species of pineapple; take a tour of the plantation and try pineapple soft serve ice cream - it is not like any other ice cream you have tried. Byodo-In temple is a Buddhist temples in the mountains of Temples Memorial Park - it is so perfect and beautiful here - it also feels like you are in Japan. ‘Lolani Palace was a great experience for me and perfect to learn about the history of Hawaii. It use to be the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom. Hānaiakamalama aka Queen Emma’s Summer home is another stop I recommend if you want to learn about the history of the Hawaii.

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inally, there is Pearl Harbor - if you wanted to, you could probably spend a half a day here. If you have Pearl Harbor on your itinerary, book your tickets early. Some of the monuments/memorials are free and others are paid. Either way, I highly recommend booking tickets online to explore USS Arizona memorial ; USS Bowfin and Ford Island for Battleship Missouri Memorial and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

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FROM BEACHES TO MARKETS - 7 MUST SEE AND DO THINGS IN LAGOS , NIGERIA

I am giddy giddy giddy with excitement to finally be able to share Lagos, Nigeria with you. This is home and home is where my heart is. I was born in Kaduna in the Northern part of Nigeria but moved to Lagos after some years and that is where I grew up and where I call home (forever). It is always disheartening when the first things I am asked when people find out I am Nigerian is about the “Nigerian Prince” scammers - Nigeria is a Country of also 200 million people who have (unfortunately) been tainted by the actions of a few. Nigerians are full of life and joy; they are resilient; smart ; creative; welcoming and incredibly hardworking and while the Country has a long way to go still; we have come a long way. If you get a chance to visit ; you will not regret it. In future, I want to plan a trip to Lagos like I do my other trips - research to the gawds and photograph as much as I do on other trips. I don’t take a lot of pictures in Lagos - maybe because it’s home or did not think of it as a destination (previously); I find I don’t reach for my camera as much - which makes putting a post like this together a bit of a challenge. There is still so much I want to see and do in Lagos, but here are seven things I have explored; researched or done while in Lagos and I think great adds to your Lagos itinerary.

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Visit a market. A Nigerian market is not for the faint of heart; dress comfortable; get ready to bargain your tail off and take in a piece of Nigeria. I particularly like visiting Oyingbo market - it is a food market and a bit of warning - there butcher shops here and at any given time, you may walk past a butchered goat head or other animal parts. I go here to shop for local food; spices; fruits; shea butter. I also like Balogun market but it is not for the faint of heart; it is very crowded.

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Stop by an art gallery. I am incredibly proud of the creatives in Nigeria and the art scene is growing and evolving and I love it. Start at Terre Kulture ; visit Alexis galleries ; Art Cafe (for food and art) ; Nike gallery. The local art in Nigeria is phenomal. I can spend a week in Lagos just hopping from one gallery to another.

Eat Local - Nothing like Nigerian food - whether it is suya ; roasted plantain and peanuts; zobo (Hibiscus tea); pepper soup or jollof rice - you will love the local delicacies. A few local restaurants I recommend are Ofada Boy in Surulere - get you some palm wine and ofada deluxe and enjoy the ambience; the harvest in Lekki - a local gastropub (try the lamp pepper soup); Cafe Jade and the tearoom Lagos in Lekki I with excellent brunch menu and decor.

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Elegushi Craft Market. You know how I said we were a very creative people ? There is no where that is more evident than at the craft market - jewelry ; art ; fabrics and leather goods. All hand made by Nigerian artisans.

Ice Cream at Hans and Rene at the Radisson Blu in Victoria Island. Depending on the time of day you arrive, be prepared to stand in queue but it is worth it. One scoop of ice cream with run you N800 ($2.50) and you can get traditional flavors and also very uniquely Nigerian flavors like zobo and agbalumo (aka African star apple).

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Attend a Nigerian wedding. Brazil has got Carnival and Spain has got running with the bulls. We have got weddings. Attending a NIgerian wedding is at par if not much higher than those events. If you have ever seen the CNN special on Nigerian weddings - you will completely understand this point; if not, here is a link to catching up. Don’t worry about potentially not knowing the couple; at least forty percent of the guests don’t either; dress to the tee in a traditional attire (if you can); get your money in hand to spray (aka money dance) the couple and don’t leave your dancing shoes at home. It is not one thing with Nigerian weddings; it is everything - the attire; the elaborate decor; the food; the change of attires. Go for all of it.

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Have a Beach Day. Lagos has some beautiful beaches ; however all of them are paid beaches but it is very reasonably priced. I have been told Tarkwa Bay beach and Oniru Private beach are excellent beaches to visit but I have not had the pleasure. The pictures though - wow. I have visited la campagne tropicana beach resort and it is beautiful. It is a bit of a drive from the Island but well worth it. Go early; pack a picnic; go with some music - spend your time lounging and enjoying fresh coconut water or partaking in one of the many activities including kayaking and horse back riding.

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There is still a lot I want to explore in Lagos including a visit to the Lekki conservation centre; attend a performance at one of the theatre; attend a concert

A SOLO TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO A WEEKEND IN PARIS // PARIS, FRANCE

Each year, I make my pilgrimage to Paris. Some years it is intentional and others (who am I kidding - it is always intentional). Paris - feels like home to me. While some of it may be cliche, I don’t think you can go wrong with a trip to Paris. Walking along Champ d’elysses and seeing the Eiffel tower never gets old - no matter how many times I visit. I always travel Paris solo; it is one of those cities that is made for every kind of traveller - solo or otherwise. So ! If you have been thinking about a trip to Paris - you don’t have to wait till you can get friends on board; this is a destination you can explore on your own and have an incredible time. To help you plan your Solo trip, I thought I will share an itinerary from one of my trips. I stayed in the Montmartre area which is quickly becoming one of my favorites neighborhoods in Paris. I have stayed here my last three trips. I visited during the week; but this itinerary also works for a weekend getaway (returning late Sunday or early Monday morning).

If you want a more detailed itinerary of Paris - You can find it here

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DAY 1 - Arrival and Dinner at La boîte aux lettres.

I arrived early evening and did not feel like doing much. I took a stroll around the neighborhood to get my bearing and sort out where the nearest train station / bus stop is located ; find the supermarket and pharmacy (because French beauty products). After my usual familiarize myself to the area ritual; it was time for dinner.

Based on my research, La boîte aux lettres was one of the highly recommended restaurants in the area (and the only I could get reservation to with such short notice). Dinner was excellent - do not miss out on dessert - the Oreo Tiramisu incredible. Follow dinner up with a leisure stroll around the neighborhood. Keep an eye out for one of the three remaining original windmills. There are several bars and coffee shops scattered around for a nightcap if you don’t want to call it a night just yet.

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DAY 2. Breakfast at Fragments to start off the day

This is a cash only restaurant in Le Marias serving up incredible brunch options. If you need a quiet place to plan your itinerary or get some work done. This is a perfect spot.

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DAY 2 - Visit Shakespeare and Company.

The iconic bookstore on the left bank is probably the most famous bookstore in the world and known as home to literary greats like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. It gets crowded with fellow tourist at certain times, but if you can find a spot, grab a book from the cart and catch up on some reading (if you have the time). If you are in a hurry - take your pictures and head on to the Notre Dame.

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DAY 2 - Notre dame

The Notre Dame cathedral is one of the most famous cathedrals in France (and the world). Take a stroll around it ; if the queue is not too long; get in line to climb up the tower for incredible views of the city. There are intricate architecture details on the facade and entry way so make sure to look up so you don’t miss it.

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DAY 2 - Visit Sainte-Chapelle on the Ile de la Cite

Admire the beauty of the magnificent glass stained windows. This is said to have been built to receive the crown of thorns of Christ and a piece of the real cross. How incredible is that history ?

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DAY 2- Explore Jardin de Luxembourg.

The lavish gardens and fountains seems like another world. It is located in the 6th arrondissement. If you can pack a picnic - this is a great picnic spot for locals and tourists alike. There is a fountain tucked away that is a great place to rest your feel and enjoy some serenity.

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DAY 2- Visit Maison de Victor Hugo’s

Explore the grounds Victor Hugo’s home. The author of Les Miserables lived here for sixteen years. The structure is now a museum celebrating his life and work. There is a park across the street that is perfect spot to rest up or to reassess your itinerary.

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DAY 2 - Have falafel at L’As Du Falafel in Le Marais and explore Le Marais

These are the best Falafel I have ever had. Be prepared to queue and have cash on hand. Just around the corner is Chez Marianne - the exterior of this famous restaurants is synonymous to this area of the city; Le Marais is another great Paris neighborhood; If you the time - stroll around and discover another area of the city.

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DAY 2 - Relax at Palais-Royal. You know those stripped columns that pop up in all the Paris Instagram feeds ? This is where you find them.

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DAY 2 - Visit the Lourve pyramids

The Lourve pyramids are just as famous as the museum itself. I always visit when I am in Paris; it is great spot for a quick break and people watching. If you want to explore the Lourve , you should plan at least a half day to fully explore the museum. If you don’t have the time - then make sure to visit the courtyards and the pyramids at least.

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DAY 2 - [Window] Shop at Galeries Lafayette

I don’t usually shop when I travel, but I enjoy visiting this department store in Paris. The decor and opulence should not be missed and if you are one who likes to shop while traveling, this stop is a win-win.

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DAY 2 - Dinner at Le Coq Rico

This is another highly recommended restaurant in Montmartre. Make sure you call ahead to reserve a table. If you are traveling solo ask for a chair at the bar - you get a view of the kitchen and can watch the chefs prepare your meal. If you enjoy that sort of thing, then I recommend it. After dinner, take a stroll around the neighborhood; don’t miss Moulin Rouge (at least the exterior facade). You will need to purchase a ticket if you want to see a show.

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DAY 3 - Brunch at Holy Bell

This is an American-esque restaurant with Parisian flair. I highly recommend the pancakes. You will thank me later. There are two locations of this restaurant . Go early to avoid a wait.

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DAY 3 - Visit the Eiffel Tower

It is a symbol of the city and you should not miss it. I recommend seeing it twice - once in day light and once at night when it lights up. If you have got time, you should book a ticket to go to the top of the Tower. Get your tickets online in advance and save yourself time queuing up.

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DAY 3 - Make a stop at the Arc d’ Triomphe

If you have the time and wish to get a great view of Paris or the Eiffel tower; you can get tickets to go the top. Wear comfortable shoes and grab a bottle of water. There are over two hundred steps to get to the top.

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DAY 3 - Visit Place de Vendôme

The Place de Vendome is on the other end of the Avenue from The Arc d’ Triomphe. You can get there either by metro or you can choose to take a leisure trek from the Arc to Place de Vendome. This is one of the most beautiful squares in France. It is flanked by high end stores like Louis Vuitton and five star hotels including the Park Hyatt - Vendome.

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DAY 3 - Sweet Treats at Angelina

Order a dessert and their famous hot chocolate. Don’t worry this is not one those places that automatically assigns the solo diner to the bar. You get a proper table. There will most likely be a line so be prepared to wait. During this visit, the line was incredibly long when I stopped by and I had a tour booked so I left and returned after my tour. They are open till 9 p.m.

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DAY 3 - Relax at the Tulleries Garden

The public garden is a great place to relax from your itinerary; maybe picnic as well. If you to do neither, it is a great stop in Paris and within proximity of the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde.

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DAY 3 - Take a walking tour of one of Parisian neighborhoods

There are several neighborhoods in Paris worth exploring and several walking tour available to choose from. I have always wanted to explore Montmartre. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and has such an incredible history. The tour started at the Blanche train station and ended at Sacre Coeur.

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DAY 3 - The Lourve pyramids at night

Similar to Eiffel tower, the view of the Lourve pyramids at night is completely different to the view in daylight. if you can, I recommend visiting in the evening as well. An alternative is to visit the Eiffel tower in the evening. There is a light show runs every night, every hour on the hour.

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MALMO CITY GUIDE - 11 THINGS TO DO ON A DAY TRIP TO MALMO, SWEDEN

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Malmo ! Such a delightful surprise. I knew nothing about Sweden’s third largest city until I started making plans for my trip to Copenhagen in October. Malmo is an hour by train from Copenhagen center and cost less than 20 pounds for a round trip train ticket. Malmo kept popping up as an option for a day trip and after doing my research - I knew there was no way I could pass up a visit Malmo.

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I spent a very cold rainy Saturday in Malmo so these are the recommendation based on my own experience and research I did when I was planning my trip. It was a glimpse into Sweden and I cannot wait to plan my next trip to Sweden. Malmo was a great introduction. I try to explore on foot as much as possible and Malmo was perfect for that; a few things were outside the center that may require using the public transport (if you are not up for the trek), but for the most part you can walk to the recommendations in this post. Most of these are within a half hour walk from the central train station.

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  1. Stortorget: This is the main square in Malmo. It was surprisingly quiet with just a handful of tourist taking in their first sights of Malmo. I guess the rain and cold weather kept most people indoors. Just off the main square is Lilla Torg aka small square and has a very old time vibe to it. I did not stop here because the rain was coming down at this point and without an umbrella, I wanted to get to shelter very quickly. The square is flanked by the city hall building; house of Jorgen Kock the famous Swedish designer and the famed Kramer hotel. In the center of the square is the statue of King Karl Gustav X - the XI king of Sweden.

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2. Shop along Sodergatan Street: Just off Strotoget is a shopping street with several chains and local shops. My favorite shop along this street was Granit, the Swedish design and stationery store. I initially ducked in to get away from the rain but ended up spending an hour in the store. I would have spent half my rent in the store. Thankfully, I had traveled with just a carry on and was saved from damaging my bank account. I found out the brand ships to the U.K so I will be placing a somewhat bank account detrimental order shortly.

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3. Enjoy Impressive architecture. Malmo is home to some impressive architecture. While it might not be possible to see all of them on a day trip, there are two I will recommend to add to your itinerary. The first is the turning torso which holds the title of the tallest building in Sweden and twists 90 degrees from bottom to top. It is located in the Western labor which has also got a skateboarding and climbing park. You can get a really great view of the turning torso from the Malmo castle if you don’t want to make the trek that way. Because the building is residential, access to the interior rooftop is limited to only five weeks in the summer. The second is the Emporia shopping center. I have got major FOMO about this one since I could not make the trek to it but if pictures are anything to go by, then I think it deserves a spot on your itinerary if you love architecture.

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4. Malmo Castle. This is not a traditional castle as it was a key fortress in the war between Denmark and Sweden. The structure has been destroyed and rebuilt several times and now currently house the tropicanium aquarium and museum of natural history and museum of art. The castle and its museums give an incredible glimpse into the history of Sweden and Malmo’s role. At one point it housed Swedish prisoners and at another time it was home to the city’s poor. A lot of history on the grounds and if I was spending more time in Sweden, a place I will have loved to explore even further. The entry cost is about $4.

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5. Visit the parks:The City is home to numerous parks - I visited Kungsparken and Slottparken and loved both. Kungsparken is a public park and within walking distance from Malmo Castle. There is a a section of the park dedicated to private garden and the windmill in the middle of the park is a reminder you are in the Nordic land. Slottparken is located around the Casino which is a yellow building located in the park and flanked by tall tree and seats on the lake. Without knowing it is the casino, it looks something out of a fairy tale. You also get an incredible view of the Malmo City library from the park (and vice versa).

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6. Malmo city library. Ah ! a book and architecture lovers dream. I docked in here to escape the rain and ended up spending a few hours on the second floor in a spot overlooking Slottparken and reading a book. It spurred my love for libraries again. I used to love going to the library for the quiet and I could get lost in a book for hours, but that love was soured by years spent in the library working on getting my CPA certification. I have not been back to a library since I passed the exam (bad memories), but spending time in the Malmo City library was the much-needed jolt to return (maybe ? ).

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7. St. Peter Church. While doing my research for the trip, I found out this was closed for some weeks for renovation, so while I could not see the interior, I still wanted to see the structure as it is the oldest building in the city. The red brick structure was designed in the Gothic style and dates back to the 14th century. If it happens to be open when you visit, I hear the interior has a votive ship memorial for fallen soldiers of world war II and medieval wall painting.

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8. Modern Art Museum Malmo. Malmo has got a lot of museums and if you are doing a day trip; seeing all of them will is realistically not feasible.The design museum was highly recommended so was Malmö Konsthall. My favorite one to visit was the Modern Art Museum. Loved everything about it and if you only have time for one museum - make sure it is this one.

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9. Keep an eye out for street art and sculptures. There are several in the city and I recommend researching a few before your trip. You cannot see all of them, so picking a few favorite to see on the trip will be my recommendation. A few I recommend - the non-violence sculpture; the optimistic musical group on Sodergatan Street; Way to go Bronze shoe sculptures along the Davidshallsbron which pays homage to the city’s famous artist and performers. Finally, there is the sound sculpture (at least that is what I am calling it) - It is located just a short walk from the train station. If you stand in the circle and whisper - it echoes. You also get a great view and pictorial framing of the lighthouse from this spot.

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10. Enjoy Swedish baked treats. You cannot leave Malmo without trying some sweet treats and baked goods. Noir had a really good pear tart; but there were a few bakeries that locals recommended - Gateau; Lilla Kafferosteiet and Pronto. I tried the offerings from Gateau and it was relish !

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11. Dine at one of Malmo’s cafes like Noir and Atrium Kaffe Bar. After exploring the area I can imagine that on a spring or summer day the patio of Noir will be packed with patrons but due to the rain and cold it was empty when I arrived and I was not sure I made the right decision. Thankfully, I walked in. The indoor seating is small and cozy. The breakfast menu is minimal but the coffee and dessert is good stuff. I had the pear tart and decaf cappuccino. It was excellent.

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ZURICH IN 24 HOURS // SWITZERLAND

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Let me start by saying - I am not one to advocate a rush trip; I don’t think a rush trip gives a great sense of a city; but every now and again an opportunity presents itself that cannot be passed up. I was in Basel recently (more on that later) and realized I was only an hour from Zurich. I just had to go visit even if it was for a day. A few tips for you - be careful when planning a trip to Zurich on a Sunday as a lot of the stores (and restaurants) were closed. I gather this is something that is common in European cities. Another tip, if you are traveling from another part of Switzerland (Basel, Bern , Lucerne etc) - get your train ticket in advance online or via app. I paid about 25 swiss francs more than the prices online by buying my ticket at the train station and the day of my trip. That is the other thing to note, while Switzerland is part of the EU, it retains its own currency (Swiss Franc) so plan accordingly if you are heading to Zurich.

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The central train station is Zurich HB and will likely be your stop if you are traveling from another part of Switzerland. Zurich HB is located at the end of the famous Bahnhofstrasse. The easiest way I can describe Bahnofstrasse is the Zurich version of Av. des Champs-Eysees but significantly more expensive. It was once ranked the most expensive street for retail in Europe. It is lined with high end and high street retail shops; hotels and restaurants including the Hiltl Dachterrasse - a great vegetarian and vegan restaurant with an incredible selection of cocktails; coffees and teas. It is one of the oldest vegan restaurants in the world. You can find this rooftop terrace above PKZ women store. Other great food options for Zurich - Bubbles and Rolli Steakhouse - the later was highly recommended and one of the motivations for going to Zurich, but they are closed on Sundays (insert heartbreak emoji). Bubbles is a great brunch spot run by an incredibly sweet lady who makes out of this world desserts.

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Before you start down Bahnofstrasse, just around the corner from the train station is the Swiss National museum. It cost ten francs to get in and the museum is housed in an architecture space that is incredibly modern on one end and looks like a castle on another end. Somehow it works.

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Don’t miss old town, you can get to Old town by taking one of the side roads from Bahnofstrasse. There is quite a bit to see this way. On the day I visited, there was a motor cycle event happening. There must have been over 500 motorcycles lining the street. It was pretty cool. While in Old town, keep an eye for some of the historic church buildings some of which have existed since the 1700; each one with its unique architectural style. The four main ones to keep an eye out for - GrossMunster ; St. Peter’s ; Fraumunster and Predigerkirche. GrossMunster is impressive - the 12th century cathedral is in the Romansque style. You can climb up to the steeple for amazing views. Again, if you are visiting on Sunday - you may not be able to visit the interiors of these churches.

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Make sure to hike through old town to get to Lindenhof hill and the public square offers a stunning view of the city. It also used to be the site of the imperial palace. Explore the areas around the hill and the churches - a lovely wander around Altstadt (Old town) never hurt anyone.

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Football fans - do not miss the FIFA world football museum. The stairs light up with some historic football moments so keep an eye out for that beaut. Finally Lake Zurich - if possible, pack yourself a little picnic and relax and feast to your heart’s content. There were two things I really wanted to do but did not have the time - Felsenegg and Uetliberg. Uetliberg is a moutain just half hour by train from Zurich HB and supposedly offers a panoramic view of the city and Lake Zurich. Felsenegg is another mountain summit with access to hiking trails; a restaurant with views of Sihl valley and Lake Zurich. It is also less than a 100 feet from Pluto’s mound.

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Getting around - I bought a day pass for the tram which came in quite handy as the best brunch spots seemed to be away from city center and when you have just a few hours, it helps not to log miles on foot. If you considering a trip, I think a weekend is perfect to have a Zurich getaway that is not rushed and you get to see all the main attractions. If you have any Zurich recommendations, please share in the comments.

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