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Emma
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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As I sat under an umbrella trying to shelter from the icy February rain, I started to wonder whether this was all worth it.  Sitting on a wet plastic chair at the side of the road, huddling a cup of tea that had long ago lost its warmth, is not really my idea of fun. ...
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If you’re looking for a spa break with a difference, then look no further than Bath.  A beautiful Georgian city in the South West of England, you can visit a traditional spa and also learn some history about the waters.  So, with this in mind, my one night break took in a visit to the...
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If you love trains, mountains, or both, then this is the ideal trip for you.  The Bernina Express, a 122 km train journey through some of Switzerland’s most breath-taking and picturesque scenery, is an unforgettable experience and a great way to savour the diverse Swiss landscape on a short trip away. We had been on...
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Corsica is famed for its outstanding scenery: towering, rugged mountains, emerald green forests which sweep across the island, wide stretches of golden sand beaches, and imposing fortresses that overlook its charming towns and cities. However, the sheer fact that two-thirds of this French island is mountainous and a fifth is forested means that exploring this...
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If Estonia’s capital Tallinn has that instant wow factor, its Latvian neighbour Riga is a slow burner. Arriving for a one night break, I did what most tourists do and immediately headed for the old town, a charming warren of medieval streets which are great for pottering around and soaking in the fine buildings, such as...
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