• Amsterdam

    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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    Whisky, Barbie, Tulips and Titanic – Amsterdam’s unusual offerings

    by  • January 13, 2014 • Amsterdam, Art, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Fashion, Festivals, Food & Drink, Nature

    About to embark on a short break to Amsterdam? Here’s a few quirky and cultural happenings taking place in the city over the coming few weeks should you feel short of entertainment or need that certain extra incentive to travel to the delectable Dutch capital! As always, Amsterdam never fails to deliver on the...

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    Motivation for a Marathon

    by  • January 6, 2014 • Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, City Breaks, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Malta, Milan, Moscow, Naples, Nice, Oslo, Palma, Paris, Porto, Prague, Reykjavik, Riga, Rome, Salzburg, Seville, Sport, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw

    If your Christmas indulgences have left you entering 2014 full of well-intentioned resolutions to get fit, then you’re not alone! No matter how dedicated you start your year, it’s often difficult to keep the training motivation levels high when the cold and dreary January weather offers little of an incentive to get outside and...

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    Europe’s Great City Parks

    by  • November 11, 2013 • Amsterdam, Barcelona, City Breaks, Munich, Nature

    Many European cities can boast wonderful public open spaces. Here are just three of Europe’s best city parks. Parc Guell – Barcelona Parc Guell is one of the most important sights in Barcelona and one of Gaudi’s masterpieces.  Gaudi planned and directed the construction of the park from 1900 to 1914 for Eusebi Guell...

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    Amsterdam – A Feast of Music, Film and Festive Fun

    by  • October 20, 2013 • Amsterdam, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Festivals, Film, Music

    There’s always something going on in Amsterdam, and this weekend sees the close of the Amsterdam Dance Event, or (ADE).   As the world’s biggest club festival and Europe’s leading electronic music conference, it’s a true dance lovers’ Mecca. ADE brings in large crowds with world-famous established names on the line-up alongside a long list...

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    The Hermitage Museum: French Art from St Petersburg to Amsterdam

    by  • September 16, 2013 • Amsterdam, Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, St Petersburg • 0 Comments

    I recently blogged about the must-see sights on a St Petersburg city break, top of which was the State Hermitage Museum, unquestionably one of the finest global art institutions with a formidable collection of over three million artworks in its midst. Yet with such a massive portfolio in its possession, it does rather beg...

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    The Best City Break Destinations in Europe

    by  • June 11, 2013 • Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Boston, Bruges, Budapest, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Florence, Istanbul, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Naples, New York, Paris, Prague, Riga, Rome, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Venice, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw • 0 Comments

    Ubiquitous amongst travel professionals and holiday makers alike, Trip Advisor has just published the long-awaited resulted of the Travellers’ Choice survey for 2013 with some perennial favourites and a couple of surprise additions topping the polls amongst those who took part. How many have you been lucky enough to visit and which still sit...

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    Amsterdam – Pixar comes to Town!

    by  • May 30, 2013 • Amsterdam, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Film • 0 Comments

    Think of a short break in Amsterdam and the mind immediately conjures up myriad images of a city renowned for its liberal, tolerant and laid-back reputation, where modernity is embraced with as much passion as tradition. From the cosmopolitan café culture amongst the cobbles to gentle cruises along charismatic canals, from the red light...

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