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Emma
Anyone who knows me will vouch that I absolutely adore Switzerland.  And other than the fact that it’s a tad expensive, why wouldn’t you? But it’s not just the highly liveable cities, breathtaking scenery and fantastic food, it’s also a favourite for the sheer fact that’s it’s a perfect country to explore if you’re on...
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You won’t be in Hannover long before realising it’s an incredibly green city – there are parks and lakes galore as well as a 1,600 acre forest to amble around.  And although it’s true that the rebuilding of large swathes of the city centre after the World War II Allied bombings focused more on functionality...
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My guide book said that Angra do Heroismo was one of the most beautiful cities in the Azores and a must-see for any visitor to the archipelago which lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 kilometres west from the Portuguese coast.  Having spent a couple of days exploring this delightful town this summer, I was...
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Guest post by Monica Castenetto You’ve always wanted to see Hadrian’s Wall, but thought you can’t do it on a time budget? Think again. Granted, in a weekend you won’t walk its 117.5 kilometres in their entirety, but you’ll certainly take in its unbelievable scale, connect with its intriguing history and experience the breath-taking landscape...
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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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