• Archive for November, 2014

    Helsinki – Plenty to Offer the Visitor, Whatever the Weather

    by  • November 30, 2014 • Art, Christmas Markets, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Helsinki

     Temperatures may be cold, but there’s plenty to do in Helsinki in the winter months   Helsinki’s climate displays a combination of continental and maritime characteristics. The proximity of the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic create cold weather, while the Gulf Stream brings in warmer air. Winter can begin in either November or...

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    Condé Nast Traveller Reader Travel Awards 2014 – Top 20 Cities

    by  • November 30, 2014 • Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Florence, Istanbul, Madrid, New York, Paris, Rome, Venice

    New York, Paris and Venice take the top three slots in this year’s customer satisfaction poll. It’s that time of year when polls are published and awards are in full flow, congratulating and celebrating the hotels, spas, cities and countries that have hit the high notes in the 2014 holiday season. I recently blogged...

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    James Bond Hits Rome in 2015

    by  • November 27, 2014 • City Breaks, Film, Rome

    The Italian Capital is set to provide a stunning backdrop to the new James Bond film If you’re planning to be city breaking in Rome early next year, you could be in with the chance of catching some cinematic action happening right before your eyes, for it has been announced that several key scenes...

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    Perusing Paris’ Portfolio of Exhibitions this Winter

    by  • November 26, 2014 • City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Paris

    From the Mayas to Medieval Morocco, a Round-the-World Round-Up of Paris’ Temporary Treasures Paris must undoubtedly lay claim to one of the finest and most diverse collection of temporary exhibitions across Europe, if not the world. With its wealth of museums and grand exhibition halls, there’s always a fascinating and eclectic mix of subject...

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    Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2015

    by  • November 25, 2014 • City Breaks, Malta, Milan, Plovdiv, Top 10, Vienna, Zermatt

    Milan, Valletta, Zermatt, Plovdiv and Vienna Fly the Flag for Europe in 2015 Having just published their ‘Best in Travel’ series for 2015, the Lonely Planet’s travel recommendations for the year ahead make for some interesting reading. Of particular appeal to us at Cities Direct is, perhaps unsurprisingly, their top 10 cities list for...

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    Try Malaga for Winter Warmth

    by  • November 23, 2014 • City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Malaga

    Malaga has much to offer the city break tourist Malaga is the starting point for many visitors to the south of Spain but most head to other destinations.  The city  is often overlooked as a destination in its own right although it has much to offer the city-break tourist. Malaga can offer a welcome dose...

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    Venice – Ever the Unusual!

    by  • November 21, 2014 • City Breaks, Venice

    If you’re planning a city break in Venice, it might be time to add a new case to the Christmas list! I’m always on the lookout for a quirky angle when it comes to blogging about one of our many city break destinations and today’s standout story of interest comes in the form of...

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    The Best of Bergen

    by  • November 20, 2014 • Architecture, Bergen, City Breaks, Culture Breaks

    Bergen – a city with small town charm and atmosphere The city of Bergen on Norway’s west coast is often called the “Gateway to the Fjords” and it is certainly possible to use the city as a base for exploring much of Norway’s dramatically beautiful fjord country. A short break in Bergen can be...

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