Think of post-WW2 Socialist Realism architecture and a lot of negative thoughts come to mind. Row upon row of drab, grey concrete buildings devoid of any character. Lacking in color or personality. Maybe rough around the edges and in need of more than a touch of paint.
Recently I was in Rotterdam for the highly insightful Traverse 18 conference. When it came to choosing somewhere to stay, there was one whose mere name caught my attention. That which I chose went by the name of The Student Hotel. Least not because of how intriguing the name sounded. Convenient too, as the venue for the Friday opening night … Read More
An exciting week was coming to a close. The Europe edition of this year’s TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) in Killarney, Ireland had been quite a week. An opportunity to meet many other bloggers with whom we share a love of travel and telling our stories. From first class seminars focusing on blogging and travel writing to a selection of talks … Read More
Chug-a-chug. Chug-a-chug. The locomotive glided along the railtracks, criss-crossing through a well-kept little village. With a post office, bakers and a doctor’s surgery and all you would expect. Then up a mountain pass it continued and back round in a loop. The model train set of ours fascinated me as a child. How I loved to play the dual role … Read More
Neon and Las Vegas. A perfect fit. Few cities in the world fascinate me more. For many reasons. Some good, some not so. I won’t forget my first visit when I was younger, not yet old enough to indulge in the hedonism for which Sin City gets it reputation but old enough to be intrigued by the larger than life … Read More
Every year, few other cities do Christmas like London. Shop windows with different stories on display. Each trying to encourage you to escape the cold and warm up inside. Trees of various shapes and sizes. Streets decorated so you can almost hear the sound of sleigh bells even in your imagination. And if you take time away from the stress … Read More
One of the most fun aspects of a Europe vacation is the number of day trips that can be made from some of the major cities. Although the definition of a day trip may vary for some people, for this purpose I would regard it as a place that is no more than an hour and a half maximum from … Read More
Cyprus, nestling in the Eastern Mediterranean, is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the famous Greek goddess of love. This can go some way towards explaining why those who visit this island find themselves in love with the incredible hospitality that complements its history and natural beauty. Beaches, mountains, traditional villages, ancient history, year round sunshine and great food … Read More
The vast amount of attractions in the USA is limitless. But if allowed only to choose one of the 50 states to explore at my leisure, I would not hesitate to select Arizona first and foremost. Many travel writers and bloggers refer to having a special love for particular places, and for personal reasons. Places that changed them and gave … Read More
Straddling along the Brittany coast, the walled city of St Malo is often unfairly overlooked as little more than a transit point on to the rest of France. But that does not do justice to the city itself, more than worthy of a few day’s visit. And with a direct ferry from Portsmouth operated daily by Brittany Ferries, its accessibility … Read More
Vienna. The city that conjures up so many different images. Palaces. Royalty. Music. Orchestras. Waltzes. Sachertorte. Ultravox. But one thing that amazes all visitors to Austria’s capital city is the diversity of architecture across its 23 districts. From the early Romanesque churches to the more modern and surreal structures such as the Hundertwasserhaus, a trip to Vienna can feel like a … Read More
Standing perched atop a hill, Edinburgh Castle is the undisputed icon of Scottish history. Familiar to millions every year for its role in the Royal Military Parade and the Hogmany celebrations, no trip to Edinburgh is ever complete without a visit. With worldwide recognition come the inevitable crowds. But how best to make the most of your visit? And maybe … Read More
The salvation of any historic shipwreck and putting it on display to the public is no mean feat. One of the best examples is at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, an attraction that undoubtedly represents one of the top things to see and do in Sweden. The story of King Gustav Adolphus’ signature battleship that sank on its maiden voyage … Read More
Budapest – Hungary’s ever evolving capital at the crossroads of Central and Eastern Europe is an exciting combination of old and new and contains some of the best things to do in Europe. Castles, thermal baths, grand monuments and even a spot of pinball are among some of the great attractions in the twin cities of Buda and Pest.
The Wieliczka Salt Mines near Krakow in Poland are simply one of the most amazing sights in the world and make for an essential part of any Europe trip. Among the very first sites to be awarded the honour of UNESCO World Heritage Site status back in 1978, the oldest operating salt mines in world history today attract around 1.2 … Read More