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5 European Cities That Are Famous For Finance

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, France, Italy, Worldwide Vacation


We all know London is one of the world’s most famous business and banking hubs, but luckily for us Londoners it’s well-known that our city has more to offer than moolah; tourists flock here for the food, fashion, culture and coolness that comes with a being a financial capital.

But across Europe certain cities’ reputations are overshadowed by their big banking and corporate connotations – here are 5 cities which are worth depositing yourself in, despite their somewhat dry reputations…

Snow, Sculptures & Sunshine At Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Art & Culture, Canada, Continents, Manitoba, Photo Journeys

Festival du Voyageur

A very cool tattoo, quite literally, at Festival du Voyageur

‘Winnipegans just get on with it!’ I’m told as I travel with a group of fellow writers to Winnipeg’s famous February festival, Festival du Voyageur, in temperatures of -20. And that’s practically a heat wave for the Manitoban winter.

At that moment we overtake a committed cyclist; we’re all bundled up in our woolens despite being inside a car but the bike trundles its snowy path alongside us, proving that the people of the Manitoban capital really do have a Nike slogan-style attitude to life, whatever the weather…

8 Tips For Taking Better Photos On Holiday

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Photography on holiday

Cut through the concept of holidays these days, and stick-of-rock-style you’ll probably reveal the word photography.

The two concepts are more intertwined than ever before. We travel therefore we photograph. We see the world through our camera lenses and our smartphones and bask in the glory of the likes we’ll get on social media for the shots we’re taking as a way of sharing the experience with those who aren’t there.

Breaking The Ice – My Day Skating On Winnipeg’s Frozen River

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Canada, Manitoba, Opinion, Worldwide Vacation


Historically my ice skating prowess has extended to a couple of childhood trips to an ice rink – quite an exotic destination in London I can tell you – with my main memory involving a teacher proclaiming we must be careful where we put our hands while lacing up lest we lose a finger to a passing rogue skate.

So when it was clear that I was going to be spending some time in Canada I decided that I better learn how to spend some of that time on ice, without clutching onto the edges of the rink or wobbling uncontrollably.

If travelling is all about adapting, what better way to adapt to Canada than to get comfortable using metal blades as a legitimate means of transportation? And for the first time in my life I did just that on Winnipeg’s frozen river trail