• Archive for March, 2014

    Berlin – an Exciting Mix of Old and New

    by  • March 27, 2014 • Architecture, Berlin, City Breaks

    Berlin is ever-popular as a city break destination.  The German capital has plenty to offer the tourist, from a fascinating history to an exciting and vibrant present. In the space of a few days in Berlin you can take in a wonderful mixture of old and new. Charlottenburg Palace is the largest and most...

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    Ghent, Lille and a Homage to the Fallen in Between

    by  • March 26, 2014 • Art, City Breaks, Film, Ghent, Lille, Rail, World War I

    In commemoration of the centenary of the commencement of World War I, President Obama, standing shoulder to shoulder alongside the King and Prime Minister of Belgium, paid homage to the fallen today at the American Cemetery in Flanders Field, Belgium. Situated in Waregem, directly between the Belgium city of Ghent and the French town...

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    Dubrovnik & Montenegro

    by  • March 25, 2014 • City Breaks, Dubrovnik, Montenegro

    With marble streets, baroque buildings, and the pure crystal clear waters of the Adriatic lapping on sandy beaches, Dubrovnik is undeniably perfect… Stroll around the Old Town and enjoy stunning views of the Dalmatian coast, meander through charming narrow streets, while away the hours in one of the many fish restaurants serving up the...

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    Valencia – a Serious Contender on the Short Breaks Scene

    by  • March 24, 2014 • Architecture, Art, City Breaks, Food & Drink, Sport, Valencia

    Spain’s bronze-medal city in terms of size, Valencia may not have the political prowess of Madrid or the cosmopolitan swagger of Barcelona, yet it in recent years it has emerged from its foundations as a former Roman military colony and indeed from the shadows of these two colossal destinations to offer an attractive and...

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    Switzerland – a Feast of Scenic Rail Journeys

    by  • March 23, 2014 • City Breaks, Geneva, Rail

    The Swiss have long been proud of their railway system, and rightly so.  The trains are almost always punctual, clean and tidy, and serve towns and villages across the country with an hourly service. This links in with an equally efficient postbus service to ensure that the whole country is covered by a superb...

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    Bellissima Bologna

    by  • March 20, 2014 • Architecture, Art, Bologna, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Food & Drink

    Capital of Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, 2000 European Capital of Culture, birthplace of the far-famed bolognaise sauce… Bologna lays claim to a wealth of titles on an administrative, cultural and epicurean scale. And yet it is the city’s abundance of affectionate nicknames that really capture the essence of Bologna at its multi-faceted best: La...

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    Enjoy the buzz of Barcelona…

    by  • March 19, 2014 • Barcelona, City Breaks

    Visit Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, the Picasso Museum, Parc de la Ciutadella, Montjuïc, Parc Güell or head down to Port Vell and the harbour. Shop in the Gothic Quarter with its small boutiques & antique shops or head for El Poble Espanyol situated in the Montjuïc park where you will...

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    Visit Cologne for Culture – and Plenty of Shopping…

    by  • March 18, 2014 • City Breaks, Cologne, Culture Breaks, Religious Sites

    Cologne attracts a great number of British visitors at Christmas Market time, when the city is renowned for its magical festive atmosphere.  Cologne is, however, worth a visit at any time of year – Germany’s fourth largest city has plenty to attract every tourist, whatever their particular interest. Cologne’s famous cathedral dominates the city’s...

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    The Glorious Gardens of Keukenhof

    by  • March 17, 2014 • Amsterdam, City Breaks, Festivals, Nature

    Roll up, roll up for Keukenhof, where a symphonic, sensory fusion of floral sights and scents awaits. If you have a penchant for plants or a flair for flower-arranging, this annual Dutch flower show takes place just outside the small town of Lisse and makes for a fantastic short-break opportunity combined with the many...

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    Location, Location, Location!

    by  • March 14, 2014 • City Breaks, Florence, Hotels, Rome, Venice

    Just how important is the location of a hotel in contributing towards the success of a short break in one of Europe’s major cities?  For many people a good central location close to many of the major sights is more important than the quality of the hotel and the range of facilities it offers....

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