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A Beginner’s Guide To Visiting Oman

A Beginner’s Guide To Visiting Oman

I can’t remember exactly when I first decided to add Oman to my travel bucket list. I do remember watching this amazing Marko Roth video about Oman (seriously though, all his travel videos are incredible) and feeling inspired to travel to this small nation in […]

7-Day Spain Itinerary

7-Day Spain Itinerary

It’s impossible to see all of Spain in a single week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a memorable vacation! Spain is incredibly well-connected and you can easily rely on Renfe to get you where you need to go. Read on for a great […]

Drink Like Dickens: Your Guide To A London Charles Dickens Pub Crawl

Drink Like Dickens: Your Guide To A London Charles Dickens Pub Crawl

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get drunk with Charles Dickens, I’m here to answer, well, at least part of your quandary. Dickens may be long dead, but it is still possible to drink like the famed author would have. Ready to drink like Dickens? Here’s my guide to a mini Dickens pub crawl, all tried and approved by yours truly! 

 

1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

The Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is bound to be a bit crowded, especially on the weekends, and this is because, besides being one of Charles Dickens’ former haunts, it’s also one of the best and oldest pubs in London. 

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Supposedly, the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was one of Dickens favorite places to hang out, and he even had one particular spot inside where he always sat. As soon as you walk in the door, take a peek into the alcove on your right. Dickens’ former spot would have been to the right of the fireplace, just opposite the bar. 

 

2. The One Tun

Another regular haunt of Charles Dickens is the One Tun. Some believe this pub to be the inspiration behind the Three Cripples in Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist (where Bill Sikes and his gang of thieves liked to hang out). 

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It’s a little hard to imagine Sikes, or any other nefarious character, drinking at the One Tun these days–as it’s been renovated and is actually a bit of a posh joint. My favorite part? The paintings of dogs posing for portraits in different suits, uniforms, and outfits. It lends the One Tun a bit of character! 

 

3. Cittie of York

If I had to choose a favorite discovery during my Charles Dickens pub crawl, it would probably be Cittie of York. Don’t be deceived by the unimpressive entrance, if you push your way to the back you’ll discover a cavernous room straight out of the Victorian Era. 

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Dickens features the Cittie of York in some of his novels, but under a different name: Grey’s Inn Coffee House. I could easily envision myself wasting away an afternoon in this place. It comes complete with cozy booths, a fireplace, and a high vaulted ceiling! Straight out of a novel indeed. 

 

4. Lamb & Flag

The Lamb & Flag seems to be something of a local Covent Garden institution, and is a hugely popular hang for almost everyone from tourists to locals. Dickens enjoyed the occasional pint here, but back then the pub had a different name: The Bucket of Blood. 

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It deserves that name and more because the Lamb & Flag is chock full of seedy character. There are multiple floors to the pub and even, weirdly, a women’s toilet that opens right onto the main stairs. If you want to feel like you’re back in Dickens’ scruffy London, this is the place to go! 

 

5. George Inn

The George Inn may not be within walking distance of the other pubs on this crawl, but it’s one place that’s totally worth the extra effort to get to. Why? This pub abounds with history and wasn’t only a Dickens’ haunt, but a favorite if the Bard himself: William Shakespeare

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On top of its brilliant literary color, the George Inn also happens to be the last galleried coaching inn in London. Be sure to hunt around for Charles Dickens’ life insurance policy. It’s framed and hanging on one of the walls of this pub, and signed by the great author himself! 

 

Which pubs would you try on your Charles Dickens pub crawl? Share your suggestions and experiences down in the comments section! 

How To Deal With Living Abroad (Even When You Hate It)

How To Deal With Living Abroad (Even When You Hate It)

  Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the struggle of living abroad. This is mostly because two dear friends of mine settled abroad for the very first time in their lives and now, three years later, are still struggling to adjust. As someone who […]

5 Amazing Lisbon Restaurants For The Vegetarian Traveler

5 Amazing Lisbon Restaurants For The Vegetarian Traveler

  Being a vegetarian can be a challenge – especially if you are an expat living in countries that don’t cater much to the meatless lifestyle. Finding ways to follow your vegetarian ways may be simpler when you’re on your home turf, but traveling to […]


5 Romantic Cities to Visit in 2017

5 Romantic Cities to Visit in 2017

Valentine’s Day has just passed (I hope you all had a fantastic one), but I’m a true believer in keeping the romance going all year long. So, in that spirit, let’s take a look at some of the most romantic cities in the world that you should be visiting in 2017:

2. Lisbon, Portugal

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If the old-fashioned charm and friendly people don’t capture your heart, the colorful buildings and quaint trams certainly will! Visiting Lisbon is the perfect way to show yourself a little love—and that’s the best kind, isn’t it?

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2. Kyoto, Japan

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There are few places in the world as magical as Kyoto, and it is one city I would definitely return to in a heartbeat. The peaceful serenity and gorgeous nature will give you plenty of time to reflect on how much you love that special someone.

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3. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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It’s not hard to pinpoint what makes Amsterdam such a romantic city. Those dreamy canals, whimsical markets, and fanciful lanes and byways pretty much say it all!

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4. Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia seems to be all about romance and whimsy. You can take hikes among the fairy chimneys, go on a hot air balloon ride, or get lost in your thoughts while smoking a hookah and drinking Turkish tea. You’ll most definitely fall in love with this cute little town.

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5. Ubud, Bali

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Nothing quite says romance like a little taste of island life. Bali is an incredible place to visit, both solo or with someone you love. The tropical panoramas and friendly people will surely kindle a spark of passion in you for this beautiful island! Who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love.

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What do you think are some of the most romantic cities in the world? Share your travel experiences!