Julie Sykes

13 Added | 3 Magazines | @TheGapYearEdit | Serial optimist. I blog about my mildly adventurous travels around the globe at www.thegapyearedit.com

Holy Death: Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead and La Catrina

The season of death is upon us. Halloween and the Mexican death trinity of Day of the Dead, Catrina Calavera (Skeleton Dame), and Santa Muerte (Saint …

Mexico

How San Juan Chamula moved me to tears

Shares 0<p><i>San Juan Chamula in Chiapas, Mexico, is somewhere I’ll never forget. My senses overpowered me and the tears flowed at this Tzotzil Maya</i> …

Where to spend a month in Mexico

Shares 308<p>It’s a country with caves, canyons, cenotes, coast, cities, culture, crafts and a top cuisine; spending only a month in Mexico is a tough …

11 tips for travel in Mexico

Shares 8<p>Bags of <b>culture</b>. Decent public <b>transport</b>. Good <b>value</b>. Chatty <b>residents</b>. All these make Mexico one of my favourite destinations. Here are <b>11 tips</b> …

36 Hours in Mexico City

Host to three of the world's top 50 restaurants, over 140 registered museums, and the largest city park in the Western Hemisphere, there is plenty to …

Day trip from York: Beningbrough Hall by bike

By in Travel, UK 0<p>Shares 3<p><b>Beningbrough Hall makes a perfect day trip from York by bike. Here’s how to combine gentle exercise with a Georgian</b> …

How to spend a full day walking York city walls

By in Travel, UK 4<p>Shares 146<p><i>This locals’ guide to York city walls features several hot spots that make this English city so special. Plus: I include</i> …

Take the kids to ... Forbidden Corner, Yorkshire

This oddball labyrinth of walkways, tricks and surprises, set in an idyllic Yorkshire garden, has something for all the family<p><b>In a nutshell</b><p>A beautiful, four-acre Victorian garden in the Yorkshire Dales that is full of secrets, oddities and tricks. What starts as a gentle saunter – a squirting …

Racehorses

What to see on a self-guided Berlin architecture walk

By in Europe, Travel 0<p>Shares 36<p>Wow, Berlin’s got a tonne of fantastic buildings! Here’s my self-guided Berlin architecture walk that shows off the …

Best Berlin view: TV Tower or Victory Tower?

By in Europe, Travel 0<p>Shares 104<p><b>Which towering landmark offers the best Berlin viewpoint experience? I road-tested the Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)</b> …

137-Foot Dazzling Bird Mural in Berlin Symbolizes Energetic City Culture

Netherlands-based artists Super A and Collin van der Sluijs have collaborated to create a dazzling, 137-foot-tall mural of a bird with iridescent blue feathers and a chest composed of glittering gems and vines. The mystical creature is based on a true species: starlings, which migrate in united …

Streetwear

raubdruckerin pirate printers ink berlin's manhole covers

<b>raubdruckerin pirate printers bring attention to berlin’s overlooked manhole covers, by using the existing template as a graphic stamp.</b> the german …

3D Printing

Budapest to Berlin: stranger on a train

In early June, when everyone in Britain was arguing about Europe, I found myself in Budapest. I had fond memories of my only previous visit, in 2013, when I’d been there for a literary festival. After one of the endless drinks parties I’d fallen into step with a group in search of dinner and wound …

Germany