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Emma
Before arriving in Tirana, I have to confess I knew very little about the city, other than that it was the capital of a former communist country that, until relatively recently, rarely, if ever, featured on a “must-see” list of places to visit.  But it’s increasingly appearing in travel blogs as a place to consider,...
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The Azores, an archipelago comprising nine islands, is a relatively undiscovered destination as far as tourism is concerned. Although the number of visitors is gradually increasing, far fewer people venture here than any other destination in Portugal, with only just over a quarter of a million tourists annually (compared to almost 4.5 million for Lisbon...
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“Blink and you could miss it” was my partner’s observation of Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz, after we’d spent an afternoon there. In some respects, this is true – with less than 5,500 inhabitants, it covers an area of less than 7 square miles and is even smaller than the tiny country town I grew up in.  But...
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By definition, travel on a time budget means that you have a limited period of time in one place, so you need to be selective about the things you do.  But this doesn’t mean that you can’t cover a lot in a short amount of time, even if you’re visiting a large city. This was...
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We drove into the Albanian coastal resort of Vlore in the middle of a fierce storm – the town was deserted, waves were whipping the seafront and everything was grey.  As the car wound its way out of the town to our hotel above Vlora Bay, I wondered if this was really the beautiful Albanian...
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Do you remember some of the stories of your childhood: The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and the Ugly Duckling? I do, but I hadn’t realised that they were all written by Hans Christian Andersen, back in the 1800s. But this was only one of the many fascinating facts that I learned during my...
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I decided to visit the Republic of San Marino out of curiosity: what would the world’s fifth smallest country be like?  Just how small is it and is it as pretty as I’d seen in pictures? Entirely surrounded by Italy, does it have a real Italianate feel to it? We started our trip with an...
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Located on Corsica’s rugged west coast, the island’s capital city, Ajaccio is a beguiling port city full of pleasant surprises. The centre is compact and easy to wander around. The small maze of narrow, and sometimes cobbled streets in the old town, is definitely worth exploring, particularly for its great restaurants. There’s also a vibrant...
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I discovered when I booked my trip to the Ukraine’s seventh largest city, Lviv, that it’s really not well known at all. No-one that I mentioned it to had visited and Ukraine itself didn’t seem to be on many people’s wish list; in contrast to the almost 10 million visitors annually to Warsaw, just a short...
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I deliberately chose to visit Nuremberg because I wanted to see the Palace of Justice.  Over the years, I’d visited enough museums to have learnt a little about the Second World War trials of the Nazi war criminals – known as the “Trial of the Main War Criminals” – that took place in the city...
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