• Europe’s Glorious Gardens

    by  • July 24, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Some of the most famous gardens in the world are located in major European cities.  Here I’ll take a look at three of the most impressive gardens:- The Palace of Versailles needs little introduction to most people.  Located on the outskirts of Paris, the garden of Versailles has been described as “the most famous...

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    Congratulations, Chris!

    by  • July 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    For the second consecutive year, a British rider has secured the coveted yellow jersey and won worldwide acclaim for taking the Tour de France crown. Following Bradley Wiggin’s phenomenal win in 2012, Chris Froome has retained the maillot jaune not only for Team Sky, but for Britain too, cementing our status as a veritable...

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    Glorious Ghent

    by  • July 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Today witnesses the dawning of a new era in Belgian history as Crown Prince Philippe officially becomes the new King of Belgium. Playing our own part in marking this momentous occasion, we take a look at another of Belgium’s glorious gems, Ghent. Reminiscent of Bruges, Ghent is a most attractive and vibrant city, thanks to the...

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    Munich – city of contrasts

    by  • July 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Music is famous for its beer festival  – The Oktoberfest – which is held every September and October and features parades, music concerts and other festivities. The first festival took place in 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich...

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    A Gastronome’s Delight – The Best Cities in Europe for Food Buffs

    by  • July 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Be it authentic paella in Valencia, a traditional Neapolitan pizza or mouth-watering meze in a tempting Greek taverna, there’s a seemingly-endless variety of tempting cuisine on offer throughout Europe. And yet, whether you opt for Michelin-starred fine dining, a hearty local speciality or a simple snack, there’s a common and consistent thread running through...

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    Madrid and Toledo

    by  • July 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A veritable treasure chest of architectural masterpieces, intriguing history and unstoppable culture a twin centre break to Madrid and Toledo will take your breath away. Saunter along the Gran Via, unwind in the extensive gardens of the Retiro Park or simply meander through a menu of tapas as you wait for dusk to fall...

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    Delirious about Dalí? A Retrospective in Madrid

    by  • July 17, 2013 • 0 Comments

    If you’re lucky enough to be in Madrid this summer, then you’ll be positively spoilt for choice if art appreciation is something of a passion. Not only do you have an absolute wealth of wonders in the Prado Museum, not only do you have the delightful Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza with its Pissarro exhibition (running until...

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    Helsinki & Riga – The 2013 Tall Ships Races

    by  • July 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

    This summer sees the 2013 Tall Ships Races arrive in the Baltic Sea, a most arresting sight for all those fortunate to witness over 100 magnificent seafaring vessels brought together in the ports of Helsinki and Riga over the coming days. The Tall Ships Races was first organised in 1956, in part as a...

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    Nice – a superb base for a longer break

    by  • July 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The beautiful city of Nice has plenty to offer the tourist who is visiting for a few days.  Just wandering along the Promenade des Anglais under the palm trees or mooching around the little shops and cafes of the old town can fill a day or two. For those keen on art Nice can...

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    The Weird and Wonderful Architecture of Europe

    by  • July 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A short while ago, we took a look at some of Europe’s most famous examples of modernist architecture, from Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to the colourful pipes adorning the exterior of Paris’ Centre Pompidou. And yet, our research threw up so many striking, original and simply fabulous pieces of architectural genius, we...

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