12 Cities to Celebrate This Christmas

Rio de Janeiro; 12 Cities to Celebrate This Christmas

 As we countdown to the most magical time of the year, enhance your year-end getaway with yuletide nostalgia by visiting these enchanting cities for exceptional experiences, set to get you in the festive spirit of taking off. What’s better is that Emirates flies to all these destinations, most with just a quick stopover in Dubai, […]

Paris, France- Spring Edition!

Paris, France | Bel Around The World

Off the (severely) beaten touristy tracks. Of life, vibrance, and excitement! I absolutely love these set of photos! So inspired by the lovely sunny weather and the life that people are now exuding. Everything looks so incredible, from the advertisements to the otherwise monochromatic Seine. Paris had been my first destination of the exchange. Yet, […]

Europe Trip – 6 Months, 16 Countries, 55 Cities, 11 Languages

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55 cities, 16 countries. That’s one third of the 44 countries in Europe. And 8% of the world, out of the 195 countries in the world. And that’s the number of places I’ve covered in 6 months while travelling around Europe from January to June 2015. I’ve discovered a world far bigger than I’ve imagined. In chronological order, […]

Eze Village, France

Eze, oh Eze, is another day trip I made from Nice. It’s situated between Nice and Monaco. Eze is a little village with stone walls, narrow cobbled streets and exotic shops. I was profoundly excited upon entering the village after the laborious hike up. LOVE the clear crystal blue/ turquoise colours and white foamy waves! […]

Cannes, France

Cannes France | Bel Around The World

Cannes is somewhat similar to Nice, because of the deep blue oceans. It is situated also on the French Riveria. The difference between both beaches is the sandy beach instead of pebbles that encapsulates the sea. The waters are SO BLUE, there are actually different shades of blue in the waters. I have never seen […]

Lyon, France

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Lyon can be characterised by orange roofs and shallow steps, I conclude. The passers-by are more polite than the North. They greet you as you pass them by. There is a huge population of school-going children and teenage athletes. A stark contrast compared to the retiring population I noticed in Nice. There were quite a […]

Couchsurfing in Lyon, France

Soumaya is by far one of the best hosts I have encountered. She was really considerate and thoughtful, picking me up the moment I arrived at the train station. My first thought was shock at the massive size of the house, by France’s standards. She could even house a TV in an apartment that was fit […]