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My 5 favorite buildings in Europe

Hi Frugalistas!  One of the things I love most about Europe is its architecture.  Coming from a relatively young country, with homogeneous building styles, I love the regional and historical variation found in European architectural styles.  I love the sheer age of the buildings.  Early nineteenth century?  That’s a “new” building!  Choosing my favourite buildings has […]

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circular golen mosaic of madonna and child

A visit to Chora Church in Istanbul

Hi Frugalistas!  This week’s Friday Fotos visits one of the smaller tourist sites in Istanbul – Chora church. While Chora is a bit off the beaten tourist path in Istanbul, and is much smaller than the better known Hagia Sophia, it is nonetheless a stunning place, worthy of your valuable travel time. How To Get […]

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view of the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe with Paris traffic

How and where to take the best photographs of Paris

Hi Frugalistas!  In my recent post, I talked about the best places to photograph the Eiffel Tower.  This week, the Friday fotos considers where to take the best shots of other well known, and well loved Paris sites.  While these sorts of things are always highly subjective, here are my top choices for photographing your […]

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The frugalfirstclasstravel guide to the Blue Mosque

Hi Frugalistas! Staying in Sultanahmet, the call to prayer from the Blue Mosque is a real feature.  Stay close enough, and it wakes you every morning.  Walking around Sultanahmet, its minarets form a landmark and help you guide your way.  I was fortunate enough to have a hotel room overlooking the mosque – I loved […]

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The frugalfirstclasstravel guide to visiting Hagia Sophia

Hi Frugalistas! Hagia Sophia was probably the tourist site I was most looking forward to visiting in Istanbul.  But I was a bit worried.  Would it be much smaller in “real life”?  Would it be over run with tourists making it impossible to see anything?  Would I be queuing for hours?  I’m delighted to say […]

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golden mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ

Visiting the three most popular tourist sites in Istanbul

Hi Frugalistas! Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace.  The “big three” tourist sites in Istanbul.  Before I arrived in Istanbul I was worried that perhaps these sites would fall into what I call the “too loved by tourists” category.  Well, I’m happy to announce that no, in my experience they aren’t.  But, like visiting […]

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Seven things I know about Istanbul

Hi Frugalistas!  This was meant to be a short guide to Istanbul.  But despite having spent four days there, I feel so ill-equiped write it.  Sure I went to the “big three” sites of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.  Sure, I went to the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market.  A Bosphorus […]

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Architecture in Reims

Hi Frugalistas! Despite being decimated during World War 1, after which only 60 buildings were left standing, Reims is rightly proud of its architecture and architectural history. Roman origins Although not founded by the Romans, Reims was a Roman town.  One of the original Roman gates is still standing, in good condition.  Look inside to […]

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Reims cathedral in photos

Hi Frugalistas! In the second of my series on Reims I’m featuring the wonderful cathedral de Notre Dame. A UNESCO world heritage site,  the cathedral was the venue for the coronation of 33 French kings.  The cathedral was originally built in the 13th century, but like many buildings in Reims was badly damaged during WW1. […]

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The frugalfirstclasstravel Friday files – 15 November 2013

Hi Frugalistas! The end of another week is upon us!  Don’t they roll round quickly?  I’ve got three great posts to share with you this week – each very different.  Good to mix it up occasionally don’t you think? First, I’m off to one of my favorite cities, Barcelona, courtesy of Jeff Broman from Gotravelzing.  […]

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