• Architecture

    Cordoba is one of the highlights of any trip to Andalucia

    by  • October 19, 2015 • Architecture, City Breaks, Multi Centre Breaks, Religious Sites

    Cordoba combines very well with other Andalucian cities to make a superb multi-centre city break. One building alone is enough to put Cordoba high on any traveller’s itinerary: the mesmerising Mezquita, or Great Mosque. One of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings, it’s a symbol of the sophisticated Islamic culture that flourished here more than...

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    Europe’s Most Distinctive Bridges

    by  • October 2, 2015 • Architecture, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Dresden, Girona, Ljubljana, Venice

    Whether it’s Renaissance architecture or futuristic design, Europe boasts many of the world’s most recognisable river crossings. As a 180-metre-high, glass-bottomed suspension bridge opens to the public in China’s Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, I take a look at some of Europe’s perhaps lesser-known, but no less recognisable river crossings… Bridge of Sighs, Venice It...

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    Paris Tops the Polls as Best Overseas City

    by  • September 8, 2015 • Architecture, Art, City Breaks, Fashion, Nature, Paris, Rail, Religious Sites, Shopping

    The French Capital Reigns Supreme in the Condé Nast Traveller’s Reader Travel Awards 2015. Another day, another poll and this one is devoted to Condé Nast Traveller’s 2015 Reader Travel Awards (UK edition) and the category of best overseas city. There were no great surprises in the top 20, with eighty percent of the...

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    The Telegraph’s Short-Haul Bucket List

    by  • September 7, 2015 • Architecture, Art, Athens, Berlin, City Breaks, Moscow, Nature, Paris, Prague, Religious Sites, Rome, St Petersburg

    From Ephesus in Turkey to the Eiffel Tower, Venice to Versailles, The Telegraph selects its top 30 European places to visit before you die. Travel awards and top ten lists always greatly interest me and The Telegraph’s bucket list is no exception. Described as “the ultimate collection of places to see and things to...

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    Festival Fever Hits Salzburg

    by  • July 15, 2015 • Architecture, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Festivals, Film, Music, Salzburg

    From its Summer Festival to the 50th Anniversary of The Sound of Music, Salzburg’s Musical Heritage Comes to the Fore. This weekend sees the start of the annual Salzburg Festival, a six-week-long extravaganza of opera, drama and concerts for festival-goers of every age. Highlights of the festival include several performances of William Shakespeare’s The...

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    Get Down in Ghent

    by  • July 9, 2015 • Architecture, Art, City Breaks, Festivals, Ghent, Music, Rail

    The Season of Jazz is in Full Swing in Ghent I recently blogged about jazz festivals taking place in Brussels and Copenhagen, well here’s another one about to start! Getting underway tomorrow (Friday, 10th July) and running through until Saturday, 18th July is Gent Jazz Festival, a nine-day festival of jazz in the delightful...

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    As Slovenia prepares to celebrate its national day, why not consider a short break in Ljubljana?

    by  • June 23, 2015 • Architecture, City Breaks, Ljubljana

    The Slovenian capital offers much to tempt the city break stalwart. If you’ve done Prague and already been to Budapest, visited Vienna and taken in Krakow, chances are you’ll be thinking you’ve exhausted the classic city break destinations of Central Europe. Yet there is one stunning destination that quietly sits alongside its neighbouring city...

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