Helen Ochyra

Read articles written by Helen Ochyra for Rough Guides. See all blogs by this author on the Rough Guides travel blog.

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  • Face to face with whale sharks in Australia

    Face to face with whale sharks in Australia

    September 17th, 2013Helen Ochyra
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    Exploring the less popular west coast of Australia, which houses the stunning 260km Ningaloo Reef, Rough Guides writer Helen Ochyra has a close encounter with the ocean’s biggest fish, swimming with whale sharks in Australia. I am being pulled through the water by the hand, bubbles rushing past me on both sides, the only noise my own…

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  • A guide to the best pubs in Edinburgh

    A guide to the best pubs in Edinburgh

    August 6th, 2013Helen Ochyra
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    From historic bars pouring the finest whiskies to gastropubs serving up gourmet burgers, when it comes to Edinburgh nightlife, there’s has a drinking den to satisfy every craving. There are some world-class establishments in the city –  but also plenty of duds. Follow our guide (and steer clear of the Grassmarket) for the best night out the Scottish…

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  • The best Parisian patisseries

    The best Parisian patisseries

    October 11th, 2013Helen Ochyra
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    How long is a piece of string? Asking a Parisian to name their favourite patisserie has about as many answers, from the simple shop churning our baguettes next door to the designer cake emporium they’ll cross the city to visit. On every corner in every arondissement you will find someone selling freshly baked bread, decadent…

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  • 9 new tourist attractions to visit in 2015

    9 new tourist attractions to visit in 2015

    January 7th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    With a whole host of new attractions opening this year, from world-record-beating skyscrapers to whacky amusement parks, there’s plenty to get your teeth into. To help you decide where to visit, we’ve picked the top 9 new tourist attractions around the world.  Shanghai Tower, China A better symbol of China’s continuing march forward would be harder to…

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  • A guide to the best Scottish islands

    A guide to the best Scottish islands

    June 20th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    If asked to guess, how many islands would you say there are in Scotland? A few dozen perhaps, or a couple of hundred? Would you raise an eyebrow if we told you it’s actually more than 700? And that Scotland has more than 10% of Europe’s entire coastline? That’s a lot of islands to explore –…

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  • Exploring the Bungle Bungle Range, Australia

    Exploring the Bungle Bungle Range, Australia

    September 4th, 2013Helen Ochyra
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    After seeing the Bungle Bungles Range in Purnululu National Park, Rough Guides writer Helen Ochyra had to return to explore this awe-inspiring rock formation on foot. Nothing is as good when seen through a window. A city view from the top of a sealed building, a passing landscape from a moving car, even a World…

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  • Thailand: 10 tips for first-time travellers

    Thailand: 10 tips for first-time travellers

    January 2nd, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand remains one of the first ports of call for first-time backpackers. But don’t be fooled – though travelling here means following a well-beaten tourist trail, there’s no denying that this beguiling country can take a while to get to grips with. To make sure you hit the ground running on your first visit, follow…

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  • Beyond the beaches: hiking in Gran Canaria

    Beyond the beaches: hiking in Gran Canaria

    March 12th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    In search of more than just sun, sea and sand, Rough Guides writer Helen Ochyra takes a hike in Gran Canaria. You know a place sees a lot of sun when the slightest whiff of rain brings the locals out in joyous dance. On this first morning in Gran Canaria we woke to a cloudy…

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  • Dublin: what to see in the Year of Irish Design

    Dublin: what to see in the Year of Irish Design

    March 6th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    This is the year to discover the Irish capital’s burgeoning creative scene. The country’s designers are stepping into the limelight to celebrate the Year of Irish Design, and Dublin is taking centre stage as 2015’s World Design Hub. Visitors already arrive in their droves for the city’s the literary connections, the Guinness and that intangible…

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  • Going underground at the wieliczka salt mine, Poland

    Going underground at the wieliczka salt mine, Poland

    May 28th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    In the depths of southern Poland Helen Ochyra goes underground to try out the claustrophobic work of miners in the Wieliczka salt mine. “Room for one more” I am told as I am gently nudged into an already packed out lift. The doors are pulled across behind me with much scraping of metal and we…

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  • Getting beyond the casinos in Macau, China

    Getting beyond the casinos in Macau, China

    January 10th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    Away from the casinos of Macau – the only place in China where they have been legalised – there lies an old Portuguese city steeped in colonial history and packed with impressive sights and restaurants. Rough Guides writer Helen Ochyra set out to find the best things to do in Macau beyond the betting tables. “Where…

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  • Scaling the Swiss Alps the easy way

    Scaling the Swiss Alps the easy way

    May 20th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    Among the imposing Swiss alps near Verbier, Helen Ochyra finds the easy and hard ways to scale these incredible mountains. I am cycling up a mountain and it feels like the easiest thing in the world. I am making my way up to La Chaux, high above Verbier in Switzerland, a place most people reach…

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