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Emma
Follow my blog with Bloglovin “Those were good times, the years in Bern”, so said the legendary physicist Albert Einstein of his seven years in the Swiss capital. Einstein is not the only famous or noteworthy person connected to this Swiss canton (others include the Nobel Prize winner, Emil Kocher, and the Bond actress Ursula...
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“Shall I pick one?” I thought as the open window of the train moved slowly past a dense copse of orange trees.  They were within arm’s reach, the trees buckling under the weight of the brightly coloured fruit.  We were on the second leg of the Soller railway, a 32 km train journey from Palma,...
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Tallinn’s old town is simply stunning.  I can’t imagine anyone visiting it and not being a little bit overawed by its beauty – the atmospheric main square, the maze of medieval cobbled streets that wind around the city and the old city walls with its imposing watch towers. It’s an amazingly photogenic city, and you’re...
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Gerald Durrell reminisced about his five years living on the Greek island of Corfu by saying “Each day had a tranquillity, a timelessness about it so that you wished it would never end.  But then the dark skin of the night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us, glossy...
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It might seem obvious to write about Romania’s Palace of the Parliament after a trip to Bucharest but it’s hard to leave without acknowledging that this is one of the most significant things I saw: it’s the second largest administrative building in the world, only top trumped by The Pentagon in the United States.  It...
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While on the face of it, a visit to Brazil may seem an impractical choice for travel on a time budget, as part of a short trip to South America, that’s what this was for me.  I’d wanted to go for a long time, but didn’t have the time for an extensive, multi-week trip around...
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Varenna is one of the picture postcard villages that straddles Lake Como’s shores.  To say it is breathtaking is an understatement; as we reached the ferry port after a short walk from the train station and caught our first glimpse of the lake with its small boats bobbing up and down and the mountains towering...
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I love France.  It was the first place abroad that my parents took me and from then on we holidayed there every year. On one such holiday, we took a day trip to La Rochelle and so almost 30 years later I decided to go back for a night. Located on the west coast of...
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Monte is a small village set high up in the mountains above Funchal, a magical place that was originally designed as a retreat for the Madeiran wealthy to escape the heat of summer.  It is a must on a short trip to Madeira and easy to do in a day, with time still left in...
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Lausanne is probably not the number one destination of choice for tourists visiting Switzerland, being overshadowed by the three main cities, Zurich, Geneva and Bern. However, as I found out recently, a short trip to this picturesque lakeside city is definitely worth the effort. Lausanne sits on the shores of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) and...
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