• Culture and Carnival in Cologne

    by  • August 12, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Cologne (or Köln in German) is probably best known to the British for its famous cathedral and also for the perfume, “Eau de Cologne”, whose origins date back to the 18th Century.  This Rhineland city is also an art and cultural centre of international renown.  Cologne has a very animated theatre scene, 120 galleries...

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    Edinburgh – Festival Frivolity Beyond the Fringe

    by  • August 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Edinburgh Festival may be in full swing but the Scottish capital is currently making headlines for altogether very different reasons. Edinburgh Zoo reports that its female giant panda, Tian Tian, one of only two in the UK, is showing ‘strong indications’ that she is pregnant which if is the case, would make it...

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    See Naples – and much more besides….

    by  • August 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The phrase “See Naples and die”  has been attributed to the writer Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe of Faust fame, meaning that once you had seen Naples there was nothing  left to achieve! Naples is certainly a city of great contrasts. The city has a stunning location, lying on the northern coast of the Bay...

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    Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona

    by  • August 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Asked to name a famous ‘Antoni’ associated with the city of Barcelona, chances are that Gaudí would be the first person to spring to mind, after all his iconic and thoroughly surreal architectural creations, best exemplified through the Sagrada Família, Parc Guell, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, are as synonymous with the Catalan capital...

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    Europe’s Best Marathons

    by  • August 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Whether you’re a seasoned marathon pro or simply planning to make your 26-mile debut, Europe plays host to some of the most exhilarating, challenging and picturesque marathon courses in the world. Of course the marathons of London, New York, Chicago and Boston are renowned, but why not consider one of Europe’s capitals for a...

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    To Paris by Rail or Air?

    by  • August 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Paris is one of the best loved and most visited cities by British tourists, but which is the best way of travelling to the French capital?  For those travellers who live in the south-east of England it would seem an obvious choice to opt for the Eurostar service from London St. Pancras.  Eurostar is...

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    Istanbul – a Blockbuster Backdrop

    by  • August 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    One of my favourite films this year has to be Argo, Ben Affleck’s multi-award-winning thriller telling the story of the rescue of six US diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. And yet given Iran’s fractured relationship with the western world, it probably comes as no surprise to learn that much of...

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    Flamenco, Tapas and Spectacular Architecture in Seville

    by  • August 6, 2013 • 0 Comments

    One of the most attractive and historically interesting cities in Spain, Seville is a perfect destination for a short break.  However the Andalucian capital it is not particularly well served by airlines from the UK so its potential as a destination for British tourists remains more limited than it deserves.  Direct flights to Seville...

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    Frankfurt – where Business & Finance meets Culture & Heritage

    by  • August 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Best known as a centre for business and capital of finance for Continental Europe, Frankfurt-am-Main is often overlooked as a city break destination. Perhaps more famous for its futuristic skyline, home to some five million inhabitants and 400 financial institutions including the European Central Bank and the German Stock Exchange, Frankfurt also maintains an...

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    A Stroll in the Park

    by  • August 2, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Many of Europe’s finest cities are proud of their public open spaces –  green lungs where residents and visitors can go to appreciate nature, play sports and games or just relax and contemplate.  We’ll take a look here at a few of the best examples of beautiful parks right in the heart of major...

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