• Archive for February, 2014

    Mad about Madeira, Fanatical about Funchal

    by  • February 28, 2014 • City Breaks, Food & Drink, Funchal, Madeira, Nature, Religious Sites

    Renowned as the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’ to some, revered as ‘God’s floating garden’ to others, it’s no understatement to suggest that Madeira is rightly classed as Portugal’s most beautiful island. In fact a small archipelago situated north of the Canary Islands some 500km off the coast of West Africa and 1000km from Lisbon,...

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    Marrakech – City of Contrasts

    by  • February 26, 2014 • City Breaks, Marrakech, Religious Sites

    Marrakech is a city full of contrasts.  The city is divided into two distinct areas  –  the old quarter, the Medina, and the new town known as Guéliz.  Many of the hotels are in Guéliz and you could easily spend days relaxing in a holiday oasis here.  However, anyone who is interested in taking...

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    Kahlo at the Quirinale

    by  • February 26, 2014 • Art, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Rome

    Rome wouldn’t perhaps be the most obvious host city for a major exhibition of arguably one of Mexico’s finest and best-known artists, and yet opening on March 20th, the Scuderie del Quirinale, formerly Rome’s papal stables and today a grand exhibition hall, plays host to a magnificent retrospective of the life and work of...

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    Carnival in Venice!

    by  • February 24, 2014 • City Breaks, Festivals, Venice

    If Venice is your short break destination of choice over the coming days, you’re in for an absolute treat as the city is currently knee-deep in carnival fever. But unlike the samba dancers of the legendary Rio Carnival or the riotously colourful and over-sized papier-mâché heads that parade through the streets of Nice, the Carnevale...

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    Vienna and Bratislava – An Ideal Combination of Cities

    by  • February 17, 2014 • Bratislava, City Breaks, Food & Drink, Multi Centre Breaks, Vienna

    Twin centre city breaks are becoming increasingly popular and the combination of Vienna and Bratislava provides the holidaymaker with some fascinating contrasts as well as similarities on a four night break. Direct flights to Vienna from the UK are limited to just Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester, so many visitors take advantage of the flights...

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    Paris – the Great Outdoors

    by  • February 14, 2014 • Architecture, City Breaks, Nature, Paris

    We couldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without a little homage to the City of Love. Here’s my own personal round-up of romantic, outdoor hotspots for Paris, a perennial short break favourite. Relaxing en plein air amidst the verdant landscapes of the French capital’s parks has to be one of my all-time favourite Parisian pastimes....

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    From £199pp with a 4th night free – which Baltic Capital will tempt you?

    by  • February 12, 2014 • Baltic, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius

    Boasting one of the most effortlessly photogenic old town centres in Europe, a city break to the Estonian capital, Tallinn will delight you with twisting cobblestone lanes, iron street lamps, Gothic spires and medieval markets. The capital of Latvia, Riga is enjoying a renaissance with many historic buildings restored or being restored to their former...

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