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LONDON'S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS

If you're a fan of flowers, ivy-covered buildings, and rows of pastel-colored houses, then London is the place for you. London in the summer is a completely different world to London in the winter, so if you want to make the most of it - and get the best pictures - plan to visit sometime between May-September. I walked tirelessly all over the city to find the prettiest, most Instagram-worthy shots, so check out my must-see London locations below:

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EXPLORING ROME WITHOUT THE TOURISTS

Rome is one of those cities that is just straight up mesmerizing. I find literally every single thing about the city beautiful. From the pizzerias on every street corner to the pastel-colored buildings covered in ivy, the city is truly magical.

The only downside to Rome is the crowds upon crowds of tourists. I’ve traveled a lot in my life, but i’ve never seen as many tourists as I saw in Rome. You usually see photos of the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain and think, gee, it sure looks peaceful there. But no, boy is that wrong.

My first day in Rome was a dreary, rainy day with no sun in sight. As we walked down the alleyways towards the Trevi Fountain, we could hear the water gushing and knew we were close. We were so pumped to see it in real life, until we got there and realized that wouldn’t be so easy.

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THE FAIRYTALE LAND OF CAPPADOCIA

This past weekend I traveled to a place right out of a fairytale. Each time I asked my Turkish friend’s opinions on the best places to see in Turkey, 9 times out of 10 they recommended Kapadokya (Cappadocia) as their favorite. So on Thursday night I hopped on the bus and headed off on a 12 hour trip to Kapadokya. The trip seemed to drag on forever, especially considering the only thing to look at was a desert-like landscape, but it was a nice change of pace from the busy city streets.

Our first stop upon reaching Kapadokya was Pasabag (Monk’s Valley). As my tour group approached the valley, it was clear that everybody on the bus had a dirty mind like me. Our tour guide was explaining how the mushroom shape of the fairy chimneys were formed, but I don’t think anyone could get past the resemblance to penises. Enormous giant penises produced from the ground in every direction you turned.

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