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Hostel Review | Three Ducks Botique Hostel (Paris)

Overall Rating ***** 4/5 During my 3 day stay in Paris, I stayed at the Three Ducks Boutique Hostel. If you are looking for a conveniently located, social hostel that is modern and recently renovated then this hostel is a good option. However if you are a light sleeper then another hostel may be a better option. 
Pro: The hostel was conveniently located, clean, and provided a modern facilities that would almost rival staying at a hotel or apartment. Also, the staff are very friendly and helpful. Con: The hostel's bar is just outside the rooms in the hostel with noise from the bar being easily heard from the room until (or past) midnight.
Location ***** 5/5 The Three Ducks Hostel is located in Paris's 15th district and is just 2 km from the Eiffel Tower.

It is close to many restaurants, cafes, bakery and shops, and best of all the Felix Faure metro station is just a minute's walk away. 
I felt comfortable walking the streets in the morning, during the day and in the evenin…

Day 14 - 16 Eurotrip 2015 | Amsterdam - Part One

Day 14 - In Transit I woke up later than normal, had breakfast at the hotel and began planning my next steps.  Upon further research on the migration situation in Germany, I discovered that there were no trains going between Venice and Munich for the next few days as the border was closed, and therefore the only way for me to get there was to fly. 
With the issues and disruptions occurring in Germany and with my emergency funds used up due to the unexpected additional cost of accommodation and flight (having already prepaid for my intercity transportation for my whole Europe trip), I decided to skip my trip to Munich and Bacharach and fly straight to my final destination Amsterdam.
Initially intending to spend 4 days in Germany and 3 days in Amsterdam, my new plan involved relaxing for the remaining 7 days of my trip and explore Amsterdam and the surrounding towns slowly. (With this in mind I've decided to consolidate 7 days into two blog posts).
Having booked my accommodation fo…

Flight Review | Air New Zealand NZ1 Auckland to London via Los Angeles

For my trip to Europe this year, I decided to book my economy class flight with Air New Zealand as they provided one of the shortest flight duration at a departure time that suited me (Friday night just after work). Given the time zone, I would arrive at London Heathrow Airport at about mid-day the following day (the joys of time zone).

Check-in ***** 3/5 On booking the flight, the website stated that an online check-in was possible for my flight and I could print my own boarding pass so that I don't have to go through the check-in counters anymore.

On the day of my flight, I skipped the check-in counter entirely (I was only bringing a carry-on backpack with me so I didn't need to drop any bags either), and made my way through security.

The departures terminal in Auckland International Airport is quite modern and provides many amenities and shops for travelers waiting for their flight. It however doesn't compare with airports like Changi Singapre International Airport, a…

Day 13 Eurotrip 2015 | Venice - Doge's Palace and Correr's Museum

It is the 2nd day in Venice, I woke up at about 7 am had breakfast at the hostel (included in the price of the accommodation) and checked out before heading towards the water bus stop near my hostel to head towards Dodge's Palace.

Living at Generator Venice which is situated at the waterfront of the Guidecca Island had a really peaceful and tranquil feel to it in the morning (much like the Esther's Guesthouse in the Swiss alps). The wait wasn't long before the water-bus that I needed to take to get to Dodge's Palace arrived.

Dodge's Palace Arriving early in the morning at Dodge's Palace, there wasn't much of a line to get into the palace (however the line and crowds pick up significantly later in the day as the tourists arrive in the island). Although not as large the Versailles Palace, the Dodge's Palace is just as extravagant inside and built to show off the wealth and power of the doge of Venice.

The Doge's Palace is one of the great experience i…