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TEN OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN VERONA THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ROMEO AND JULIET   Verona. The fair city of Verona, beloved by Shakespeare and immortalized as the location for the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. Subsequently, this has become the city’s main pull for visitors. The crowds will swarm through the dense side street … Read More


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CHECKING IN – HOSTEL MARMOTA, INNSBRUCK   As the main city of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is a fine base for outdoor enthusiasts. Dominated by the dramatic sight of the mountains overlooking the city below, this is a unique place to visit in so many ways. Looking for somewhere to stay I booked four nights at the Hostel Marmota Innsbruck. … Read More


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STUTTGART – MERCEDES OR PORSCHE MUSEUM?   Mercedes-Benz. Porsche. Two of the most iconic names in automobile production. Brands that have become symbols of status and speed. Stuttgart serves as the spiritual home of both Mercedes and Porsche and subsequently you will find fascinating museums dedicated to both. For any keen car enthusiast, the city of Stuttgart in Germany’s southwest … Read More

Lille – an ideal day trip city

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LILLE – AN IDEAL DAY TRIP CITY Easily reached from London St. Pancras by the Eurostar, the city of Lille in the north of France is ideal for a day trip. Likewise, also not too far from Brussels or Paris. Thus strategically located from three of Europe’s main cities. Lille may not be one of the first places at the … Read More

20 Great British and Irish Castles That You Must Visit

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20 GREAT BRITISH AND IRISH CASTLES THAT YOU MUST VISIT History, pride, prestige, bloodshed and intrigue. Castles around the world have provided so much fascination and interest to historians of all generations. Many, especially in the British Isles have shared a bit of a common timeline. First constructed in some capacity pre-Middle Ages. Then, expanding into bigger fortresses of power … Read More

Going back to the future in Poruba

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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.


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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

A taste of County Cork

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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

Christmas Postcards from London

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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

Fall in love with Cyprus

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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

St Malo – a great getaway across the Channel

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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

An architecture guide to Vienna

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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

Edinburgh Castle – an essential visit

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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 first timer’s guide to BUDAPEST

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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.

Wieliczka – The crown jewels of Poland

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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

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