It’s hard to miss Gaudi’s work in Barcelona whether you know what you are looking for or not. The amazing buildings and art draw tourists from around the globe. Some of these attractions you will have heard of and perhaps some not. Take a look at the highlights below you must visit when exploring Gaudi’s work in Barcelona.

Gaudi’s Work In Barcelona: Park Guell

Exploring Gaudi's Work In Barcelona - Park Guell

One of Gaudi’s best-completed works in Barcelona is the beautiful Park Guell.  Hop on the number 24 bus, which is the easiest way to reach Carmel Hill where you’ll find the park.

A favourite design is the ornately tiled colourful dragon statue at the fountain found at the entrance. As you go through the park you will see twisted rock pillars that look like they are growing out of the ground and at one with the landscape. Walking to the very top of the park you will find the famous tiled terrace with spectacular views across Barcelona. Sit on the mosaic seats and take in the scenery.

You can also visit the museum which is located in a house where Gaudi used to live. Here you can see pieces of furniture created by Gaudi himself and learn more about his life and works.

Some parts of the park are free to enter but you will need to buy tickets to see the whole thing. You can also take a guided tour if you want to learn more about the Park and Gaudi creations here. If you only visit one of Gaudi’s exquisite works in the city, then this should be it!

Gaudi’s Work In Barcelona: Casa Balto

Gaudi's work in Barcelona - Casa Balto

This beautiful colourful house looks to some like it is designed to look like skulls and bones. The marvellous attention to detail here inside and outside the building is phenomenal.

The building has a marine theme, Gaudi taking his inspiration for the colours of the facade from the naturally occurring colours of coral. Inside ascend the ornate private staircase and find yourself on the main floor which is the former residence of the Balto family. Continue your tour through the expertly lit floors until you finally reach the roof terrace. Your audio guided tour will take about an hour from start to finish.

Find Casa Balto on Passeig de Gràcia which is easy to get to by metro, bus or the hop on hop off sightseeing bus. Entrance fees are currently €23.50 and an audio guide is included in this price. You might just want to marvel at the design from the outside for free, this is the best part after all.

Gaudi’s Work In Barcelona: Sagrada Familia

Gaudi's work in Barcelona - Sagrada Familia

Probably the most famous Gaudi works in Barcelona and yet it is still not completed. You will have heard of and maybe seen pictures of this magnificent Cathedral which is a current work in progress. If you visit after 2018 you might find a completed Cathedral, but we will just have to wait and see.

As you can imagine it gets very busy as tourists flock to visit. You should book ahead to avoid the queues especially if you want to go up into the towers. Once you get inside you will be in awe of the colours and designs. Everywhere you look a see new and exciting pieces of art inside this massive space.

Work started on the building in 1882 with Gaudi himself overseeing the project until his death in 1926. You can see today the differences in materials and construction methods used throughout its lifetime. It is said that Gaudi’s plans are being followed closely however, there is some controversy about whether that is really the case.

Whatever you think about the ongoing construction you have to admit the Sagrada Familia is spectacular. It must be on your list when visiting Barcelona. You’ll easily find the Cathedral in Barcelona, take the metro to the Sagrada Familia stop or the hop on hop off bus stops right outside.

If you decide not to book ahead entrance costs are Main entrance: €15.00 or Main entrance + towers€29.00. You may pay more if you want to skip the line, however, it might be worth it rather than standing in the hot sun for a couple of hours.

Gaudi’s Work In Barcelona : La Pedrera

Gaudi's work in Barcelona - La pedrera

Originally known as Casa Mila, the building now has the nickname La Pedrera or the stone quarry. When you look at the building you can see why, with its sweeping stone facade. You’ll find more than just a building here now, it is the headquarters of Catalunya-La Pedrera and organises activities and exhibitions for the public.

When you visit La Pedrera you will have access to a wealth of knowledge and information about Gaudi’s works in Barcelona. Start in La Pedrera apartment, through to the courtyard, exhibition room then on to the roof terrace.  From the attic terrace, you’ll have a great view over this amazing work and it will give you a greater understanding of the artists’ vision.

This attraction is very close to Casa Balto on Passeig de Gràcia so it’s a good idea to see both on the same day. Entrance fees include your audio guide and start from €29.00 for adults and €11.00 for children. Children under 7 years old go free. Again you can skip the line and attend special events at an extra cost.  

What else should you know?

Much like many European cities such as Rome and Paris,  a lot of the things to see are within walking distance or a few metro stops. So it can be easy to get around and see all you want to see. Remember to check opening times for all the attractions you want to visit before you go to prevent any disappointment.

There are even more of Gaudi’s works to visit here. However, I have mentioned the top sights you should not miss on your break in Barcelona. Other works include Casa Vicens, Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella and Casa Calvet which are worth a visit if you have more time. Have you visited Gaudi’s works in Barcelona? What was your favourite sight to see?

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Three Years Blogging!

WordPress has kindly reminded me that I have been writing my blog for three years! Wow, what has changed since I started my journey? And there is so much I have learned along the way!

three years blogging
Starting my adventures..

Why do I write a travel blog?

Well, the answer to this is simple really. I love to travel and writing about it makes me happy, I enjoy it!

What’s changed in three years?

Erm, a lot.  The most exciting change has been the birth of our baby girl who is now nearly one! Time really does fly by.

Our travel style has changed slightly but we are getting the hang of it, and it is making us look at our trips in another way.  But one things for sure – it hasn’t stopped us!

Three years blogging
Visiting Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

A positive influence on my life

Sometimes you need a release, something that takes you away from the everyday. Writing does that for me.  Writing my blog has made me learn about building and managing websites, social media management and how to travel smarter.

My writing and photography have also been featured on other blogs and sites and now I write freelance blog posts and guides too.

I have improved my photography skills by taking and passing an advanced diploma in photography, and improving my cameras too!

TravelGeekTara Blog
Taking photos as usual

What are my plans for the future?

Well, I will continue to write about our travels and my freelance writing projects too. I plan to keep up my photography practice with up coming portrait shoots and ever improving my editing skills. I have a few subjects including my daughter in mind!

As I have already said in my years review we have a few trips planned. Next we are going back to Dubrovnik in September so look out for the updates and photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you follow (if not why not?)

I would love to hear my followers feedback. What do you think of the blog and is there anything you think I should do next?  Let me know in the comments below.. much love Tara.

Photos of Venice to make you want to go now!

If you are thinking about going to Venice by the end of this post you will already be booking! These photos of Venice will inspire you to visit, whether it’s your first time or if you’ve been a hundred times before. I don’t think you could ever get enough of this beautiful city and its amazing canals.

Photos of Venice – The Rialto Bridge

Photos of Venice - the Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge may be one of the most popular photos of Venice and with good reason. This amazing image is the ultimate Venice scene. There’s history here and it is the oldest bridge across the canal, it was also the dividing line between the districts of San Marco and San Polo.  Iconic and charming make sure you take your own pictures from the canal when passing over or under this bridge.

Photos of Venice – Carnivale

Photos of Venice Carnival masks

Venice Carnival or Mardi Gras (Martedì Grasso) should be on your bucket list. Celebrated on Shrove Tuesday before the start of Lent, join the masses clad in elaborate masks like this one in a festival like one you have never attended before. An age old tradition you are sure to enjoy and remember forever. If you want to take part in one of the special events or popular balls you will want to book in advance and plan now for your visit next year.

Gondolas on the Grand Canal

Venice boats - photos of venice

Venice is nothing if not filled with its famous Gondolas. On the Grand Canal near St Marks square you will find these moored boats just waiting to be rowed. Everywhere you go in Venice you’ll find moored boats be that gondolas, speed boats or small fishing boats. Each offers its own photo opportunity and you can capture your own unique moment. You’ll especially love the ornately decorated Gondolas with gold flourishes and plush seating.

Colourful Venice squares

Venice colourful square - photos of venice

When it comes to great photos of Venice, the beautiful squares and colourful houses make some of the best. When you move away from the canals there are less crowds and even on the best day, you can find a quiet haven in one of these hidden spaces. Not the usual kind of place you would imagine to be in Venice. Be mindful that these are people’s houses and appreciate the privacy of locals.

St Marks Square

Photos of venice - ST Marks square

This expansive square is a must see in Venice but it might be difficult to get yourself a photograph like this. You’ll usually see this place filled with tourists and groups with their guides carrying colourful umbrellas. But if you get up early and avoid the cruise ship times you might just get to see this scene. And what a beautiful view it is. At any time of the day however you can enjoy the fascinating architecture in this magnificent space.

Photos of Venice at Sunrise

Photos of Venice - Sunrise

At all times of the day you will find the city spectacular, however, nothing quite beats the early morning. Sunrise here is really beautiful. You will see the light reflecting against the water and onto the buildings giving the whole place a unique glow. Keep your cameras at the ready and head out to meet the sun. It is absolutely sensational and I guess you will just have to go and witness it for yourself!

Luscious markets in Venice

Photos of Venice - markets

Fresh and succulent fruits, vegetables and fish can be found in the massive morning market in Venice. You will find it hard to resist the colourful array of foods on offer here. The fresh fish may be the most exciting part of the market and you can find so many local catches from that very morning. Ok, so you might just be visiting and not really be able to buy and cook Octopus for example. Well, don’t worry you can always walk away with a fresh fruit pot complete with cutlery to eat as you continue your wandering.

Boutique souvenir shopping

Photos of venice - shopping

If you love shopping then you will love Venice. So many unique stores to explore and find that special item to take home and remind you of your trip. Popular souvenirs you might be interested in are of course masks as pictured and some gorgeous glass items made locally. Pictures, paintings, and tapestries by talented artists are sold around the city too. Not only will you find souvenirs but also designer and independent brands of clothing and shoes too.

Churches in Venice

Photos of Venice - churches

There may be up to 137 churches within all of the Islands of Venice to find. As you might assume, most of these churches are Catholic and most are pretty historic. The amazing thing is a lot of the churches have active members, hold regular services and are very much part of the community. You probably won’t find a service in English, rather Latin or Italian. That doesn’t mean you can’t attend, though, or even just sit in the back and enjoy the experience. What is for sure is that you will find each church has it’s own character and appeal. Visit as many as you can!

Al Fresco Dining

Photos of Venice - dining

What could be better than eating outside in a fantastic restaurant in one of the world most romantic destinations? It’s a lovely experience to sit beside the canals and eat some fresh, locally produced food. There are too many great restaurants here to mention but many of them have tables that spill out onto squares and streets. You can really soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the weather in the warm summer months.

So from these photos of Venice surely you are convinced to make that trip soon! Venice is such a photogenic destination and everywhere you turn you are sure to find that perfect photo opportunity. It may be the water that does it or it may be the charming buildings and historic character. Whatever it is that makes Venice such an alluring place one thing that is clear is that after seeing these pictures you will want to go right now!

You can get some great deals to fly to Venice at the moment so put this destination on your list. Have you been to Venice? What did you think?

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Top UK Museums – Victoria and Albert

Next on my top UK museums series is the Victoria and Albert museum in London.  I was quite surprised at how good this museum is, not really knowing much about it before my visit.  However, it is a great space and there are so many amazing collections to see. I will be returning!

Victoria and Albert Museum

About the Victoria and Albert Museum

Holding National collections as well as many resources for study, the museum boasts a variety of well-positioned exhibits for its visitors to enjoy. There are an amazing  2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity here in this museum! Do you love art and design? Exhibitions focus on fashion, textiles, jewellery and architecture from across the globe.

The Star of the Show.

Top UK museums Victoria and Albert

It’s hard to believe these beautiful paintings were merely a guide for weavers to make tapestries.  These full-scale paintings depict scenes from the lives of St Peter and St Paul and commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515. The works have been owned by the British Royal Family since 1623 and have been on loan to the Museum since 1865. Wow, what a lot of history! Head to room 48a to marvel at this artwork.

My Favourite place

Cast Courts, room 46b Victoria and Albert
Image from V&A

I have to say I loved the  Cast Courts. The room features reproductions of Italian Renaissance monuments including a five-metre high cast of Michelangelo’s David. I know they are not the real thing but they are pretty impressive.

Some other great exhibits

Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum CC BY-SA 3.0,

You’ll find some great Asian art and objects in the Victoria and Albert museum. I think you should check out the samurai in the Japanese exhibit. The Tipu’s Tiger’, a carved and lacquered wooden semi-automaton in the South Asia rooms. As well as the mosaics and textiles in the Islamic Middle East exhibit.


You can get to the museum very easily as it has an entrance from the museum tunnels.  It is accessible for families and has cloakrooms, toilets and baby change facilities and is wheelchair accessible too.

The V&A cafe is legendary and is something to see itself. The beautiful art deco decorated dining room is a lovely place to have a bite to eat. Book ahead or get there early for a good table.

Getting there and when to visit.

Admission to the museum is free of charge and opening times are: Every day from 10 am to 545 pm and extended until 10 pm on Fridays.  I visited on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn’t too busy so weekend visits shouldn’t be a problem.

Did you like this post? Let me know in the comments below and check out my other posts in this series. The British museum and the Natural History Museum.

Dakine DLX POV camera case review

The Board Basement have kindly asked me to review this Dakine DLX POV camera case which I have used to take my new GoPro and accessories on my travels.

I have only just started to use a POV camera in the last couple of months but I love it. So, it’s great to have a bag I can carry it and everything that goes with it whilst travelling.

Dakine DLX POV camera case
Dakine DLX POV camera case

My initial thoughts on this case – very sturdy and compact to keep all of my accessories and my cameras safe during travel. 

I actually used the case to keep my GoPro Hero5 with a head strap, wrist strap, car adapter and extendable stick. I also kept my compact camera in there too. The dividers and pockets made it easy to keep my items separate and safe during travel. This is great as I didn’t have to worry about things banging against one another.

The fact that the fleece lined inserts are removable was my favourite feature.  Moving the dividers to suit the items I was putting in there and use the velcro to keep them tight and in place.

I  took the case both in a backpack and a suitcase and it did fit inside both of them well. I use packing cubes so the shape was handy to fit with them.


Key features of the Dakine DLX POV camera case are as follows:

  • Compatible with GoPro and other POV cameras- flexible to fit different cameras.
  • Memory card pockets – Holds your smaller items in place.
  • Removable camera bag – Fleece lined pouch to keep your POV camera safe.
  • Adjustable dividers – Keep your equipment tight and to prevent scrapes.
  • Fleece lined- meaning no scratches or bumps whilst in the bag.
  • Dimensions: 23 x 21 x 10cm [ 9 x 8.5 x 4″ ]
  • Material: 600D Polyester Ripstop.

Overall I am happy with the design of this bag and what it has to offer. If you are a frequent traveller and are looking for a place to store your POV equipment, then the Dakine DLX POV camera case will do the trick.

Although this is a sponsored post,  the opinions expressed are my own and I only provide honest reviews.

This bag and other similar items can be found at Now I need some more trips to bring my camera along to!

Travelling to Lithuania: Medieval Cities And Stunning Scenery.

A castle on a lake, a mountain of crosses and a museum dedicated to the devil. You will wonder why you didn’t consider travelling to Lithuania sooner.

When you tell someone that you are travelling to Lithuania you may get a questionable look! ‘Where is that? and What is there to do?’ You’ll probably be asked. Well, there is plenty to discover in this less visited Baltic country. Do you want to know more about discovering Lithuania? Read on.

Check out Trakai castle when travelling to Lithuania.

Where is Lithuania?

Lithuania sits between Latvia, Poland and Belarus and has a small coastline along the Baltic sea. You may be surprised to hear that there’s a Scandinavian influence here! This is due to Sweden and Denmark being easily reached from the coastal town of Klaipėda.

The capital, Vilnius is found very close to the Belarus border and home to its medieval old town which gives Prague a run for its money.

The old and the new in Vilnius.

Vilnius is a great starting point when travelling to Lithuania

Boasting the largest old town in Eastern Europe you won’t want to miss a trip to the historic centre of this city. In 1994 Vilnius was added to the World Heritage list and whilst exploring this magnificent place you will notice a mix of architectural styles including Gothic, renaissance and baroque.

Top sights to see:

  • Gediminas tower and the castle. Climb to the top for lovely views across the city.
  • The Gates of Dawn. A city gate adorned with a painting of the blessed mother Mary.
  • The Cathedral and Cathedral square. A great meeting place outside this very large decorated Cathedral.
  • The Church of St Anne. A stunning Gothic brick church.
  • The Three Crosses. A large statue topping the hill opposite the castle and a bit of a hike to reach the top!

Not into architecture? Vilnius has much more to offer. With a range of restaurants, bars and clubs, you will find something here that suits your taste. The craft beer scene is really taking off too in addition to a bit of a foodie culture. Lithuanians want to be known for their modern statement restaurants just as well as their local traditional food.

If you are used to very busy European cities, such as Lisbon, then Vilnius will seem relatively quiet. Much like its neighbour Latvia, the towns in Lithuania are not as populated as they could be since many young Lithuanians are migrating. However, with increased tourism, the government hopes to change this.

Vilnius is a great starting point when travelling to Lithuania since it has good transport links, helping you to explore the rest of the Country easily.

Trakai Castle – a day trip from Vilnius

You may not believe in fairy-tales but this beautiful castle, set in the middle of a lake might change your mind. The picturesque Lake Galve is home to twenty small islands and on one of these islands stands Trakai Castle and history museum.

Walking along the bridges over the lakes, you will feel like you are stepping back in time. The Castle walls sprawl out in front of you and the open gates await. You won’t regret taking a walk up to the top of one of the towers for the stunning views of the natural surroundings.

You can get to the small old town of Trakai easily by train or by bus directly from Vilnius. The castle is then only a short walk away. Free maps are usually available at your hotel (if you are not fond of using your phone for directions!)

If you want the place virtually to yourself then visiting in the winter/spring months is the best option. The summer months bring the better weather and more activity options but also many more tourists! Whenever you visit Trakai castle should not be missed if travelling to Lithuania.

The Legendary Hill of Crosses.

The spectacle known as the hill of crosses is the most popular tourist attraction in Lithuania. Situated near the city of Šiauliai, the historic landmark is forever growing as visitors leave their own crosses behind. You can guide your way through more than 100,000 crosses of all shapes and sizes and marvel at some of the beautiful intricate designs as well as the simple.

The Hill of crosses is a symbol of faith and resistance. Even during the soviet rule people risked their lives to plant their crosses on the hill.

It can take you around three hours to reach Šiauliai by car from Vilnius. From there you can take a tour, public transport or drive to the Hill. Remember to take your own cross with you and plant a memory in this eerie but beautiful place.

Kaunas, the city on the river.

Devils in the Devils museum in Kaunas. Add this to your list when travelling in Lithuania.

When you hear words like quaint and pretty used to describe Kaunas you may be surprised to learn that it is Lithuania’s second city.  You can easily and cheaply reach Kaunas from other European countries thanks to the rise of low-cost airlines flying to this destination. The old town here is really a lovely town square and a few surrounding streets. However small the town it is also very nice. If you want to see the local way of life and still have things to do whilst travelling in Lithuania then Kaunas is for you.

Top sights to see:

  • Kaunas castle. Mostly restored today, yet this castle is the oldest stone castle in Lithuania.
  • The Devils museum. A strange and interesting museum and would you believe it, the only museum of its kind in the world!
  • The Kaunas town hall city museum. Dominating the town square a place for weddings and perusing the small museum inside.
  • Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. You will find this Cathedral beautiful inside and out.

When it comes to eating out you will find a small variety of bars and restaurants within and near to the old town.When travelling to Lithuania you won’t go hungry! Prices are cheaper in Kaunas than Vilnius too so you can get a good meal for your money!

Some other things you might want to know when travelling to Lithuania …

Lithuania is part of the European Union and its currency is the Euro. Yes, that’s right, no need to exchange currency if you are travelling through Europe. The weather here is pretty moderate. Temperatures can drop quite low in the winter and summers tend to be mild, though can be wet too. But I doubt you’ll be visiting for the weather!

Well, that’s it! With all of this to offer you would be mad not to consider adding Lithuania to your bucket list. Have you been to Lithuania? I would love to hear what you think and where you are planning to visit next?

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Natural History Museum – Top UK Museums

Another post in my top UK museums series, this time it’s the Natural History Museum in London.

Natural history museum StegasaurusAbout the Natural History Museum.

I love the Natural History Museum it is such an amazing attraction to visit, but did you know it is also a world-renowned science research centre too?  Around 80 million items within five main collections can be found here. These collections are categorised as botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.The Star of the Show.

The Star of the Show.

To enjoy the best experience in the museum, take the escalator in the Earth Galleries. Through the giant rotating globe into the collection of the story of the earth.  Learn about global phenomenon and try the authentic earthquake simulator.

Earth Gallery - Natural History Museum

My favourite place.

OK, so as you know my daughter is only 8 months old and it was just me and her on this visit, but I loved the interactive exhibits, which are especially great for families! The animatronic T-Rex was absolutely fantastic and also pretty scary. The original Jurassic park was released when I was a child so I was amazed by the collection of dinosaur skeletons. The dinosaur exhibit was definitely my favourite place, you will love it too!

Some other great exhibits.

It’s difficult to tell you where the best exhibits are in the museum because I would probably just tell you to see every single one! However, I know that everyone does not have the time to visit every single object in the museum. So if you have to choose, as well as the dinosaurs make sure you see the Ecology and Origins exhibits. You won’t regret the choice.

Natural History Museum


If you need it wheelchair access is available all the way through the museum and you can borrow wheelchairs free of charge at both the Exhibition Road entrance and the Darwin entrance.

If you need to use the cloakroom check the tariffs and plan ahead as if you have luggage it might cost a lot to store.

Getting there and when to visit.

The museum is open daily 1000-1750 and admission is free however, there is a charge for some temporary exhibitions. If you visit on a weekday you’ll find it less crowded and better for young visitors.

Have you been to the Natural History Museum? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below.

Top UK museums – The British Museum

Top UK Museums – The British Museum.

So I have decided to make the most of the remainder of my maternity leave and take some trips with my daughter.. ( and sometimes bring the husband) to visit the top museums in the UK. The British Museum was on the list already for our trip to London in December, so this is where I will start.

2016 review British Museum
The British museum London 2016 review.

About the British Museum.

The British Museum was founded in 1753. Proudly the first National Public Museum in the World and it is free to enter and explore. The galleries feature artefacts from across the globe.  Collections include Americas, Ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Ancient Rome and Greece, Europe and the Middle East. There are also Themes including Enlightenment ,Collecting the world and Living and Dying .

The Star of the Show.

The Rosetta stone is the most interesting and iconic artefact you will find in the British Museum. A ground breaking discovery containing script in both ancient Greek and Hieroglyphics. Meaning we can now decipher the meaning of Hieroglyphics today.

Rosetta stone

My favourite place.

The enlightenment gallery! From reading the titles of the historic books to the busts and sculptures dotting the room. This is my favourite place to walk through and explore within the museum.

As described by the British museum itself: The Enlightenment was an age of reason and learning that flourished across Europe and America from about 1680 to 1820. This rich and diverse permanent exhibition uses thousands of objects to demonstrate how people in Britain understood their world during this period. It is housed in the King’s Library, the former home of the library of King George III.


Some other great exhibits.

The Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece exhibits are undisputed  amongst the most interesting exhibits  in the museum. If not only purely due to the scale of some of the items on display.  Partial temples and giant statues will transport you back to ancient times as you wander through these fascinating pieces.


The facilities here are actually pretty great. Especially for families! There’s a family centre with lockers to store pushchairs and any other luggage, benches and tables to eat packed lunches and feed babies and ample changing facilities. There’s a restaurant and two cafes with a good selection of food and drinks on offer with plenty of seating. The museum is wheelchair accessible and easy to get about for wheelchair users.  There is also a large gift shop with a lovely wide selection of souvenirs and replicas.

Download a floor plan here

Floor plan

Getting there and when to visit.

The museum is easily reached by walking from London Euston train station and the nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road and Holborn.

Admission to the British museum is free and is open daily 10.00–17.30 and on Fridays until 20.30.

I have to say I’m very proud of this museum and would recommend more people in the UK to visit. Have you been? What was your favourite part? Let me know in the comments below 🙂


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