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Emma
We recently spent a long weekend in Marrakech.  This is a fascinating city with a rich history and plenty of things to keep the intrepid traveller busy.   But before I went I knew that one of the things I definitely wanted to do while I was there was experience one of the Marrakech hammams (essentially a...
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Lyon is generally recognised as being France’s gastronomic capital. But it’s not all about eating here (although that does play a big part!). There are lots of other things to see and do on a weekend in Lyon. As France’s third largest city, Lyon has a generous sprinkling of attractions to keep visitors occupied for...
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When I was looking for where to eat in Lyon and realised I was literally staying next door to Lyon’s “famous” Brasserie Georges, I had to pay it a visit.  I’d read about how sumptuous the food was, so I thought it fitting to check it out.    That way I could sample some dishes for myself...
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You don’t traditionally associate Greece with short breaks. People, understandably, tend to book longer holidays. Ones where culture vultures can combine sightseeing with sunbathing on white sandy beaches, sail among the many islands, and try out the wonderful food.   I’ve done this myself and am well aware of why Greece is such a popular destination...
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Most visitors on a short break to Zurich will find that there is more than enough to keep them amused in Switzerland’s largest city. See for example my other recent posts on spa visit and a trip to the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant).   However, if like us, you visit regularly, and fancy seeing what...
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Of all the things you can spend your time doing on a weekend in Portugal (and it’s a long list!), port tasting in Porto has to be one of the most pleasurable pursuits.  So if you like a tipple, and want to find out more about the highlights in Portugal’s second city, read on. This...
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There are several towns on Lake Como to choose for a short break to the Italian Lakes.  These include Menaggio, Bellagio, Tremezzo and Como itself. However, if you’re looking for a couple of days away in a picture postcard place that is easy to get to, then I’d say you need look no further than Varenna.   This...
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When a friend suggested meeting for brunch in Haus Hiltl, the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant in Zurich, I thought I would be eating in a small cosy room with plates full of hearty traditional Swiss Alpine fare.  Food such as fondue, raclette and potato rosti (all of which I love).  I was, after all, in a...
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I was fortunate enough to visit some amazing places in Europe during 2019.  All of them had a diverse range of interesting things to see and do, and were perfect weekends away.  So, if you’re looking for ideas for weekends away in Europe in 2020, read about some of destinations that stood out for me. This post...
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Christmas is coming!  And with less than 25 sleeps to go, you’re likely to be thinking about what you’re going to buy the loved ones in your life.   But what gifts do you get for someone going travelling?  What things are there that are small enough to take away in your luggage, but don’t cost a fortune?  Read...
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