The destruction and delight of Dubrovnik
Jun22

The destruction and delight of Dubrovnik

Few cities can have gone through the same trauma as Dubrovnik and come out glowing as if little had occurred. This magnificent city has endured destruction by earthquake and conflict, yet glows with all its original majesty to be one of the must-visit destinations of the Mediterranean – or more precisely, the Adriatic. This Croatian city dates back to the 7th century and steadily grew as a multicultural seafaring and trading...

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Corfu – charmingly more Greek than Greece.
Jun01

Corfu – charmingly more Greek than Greece.

Corfu wakes up from its slumbers from between May and September each year when the locals exert themselves to earn a few Euros to see them through the winter sojourn. Olive groves rest unattended – it’s too much like work (a convenient practice attributed to local patron saint Spyridon who forbade these labours in a vision) – and the narrow rutted roads inland from the coast deter tourists from overcrowding them...

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Thinking Helsinki?
May25

Thinking Helsinki?

Shedding some light in the darkness… Helsinki is among the world’s northernmost capitals and the lengthy winter, from November all the way up to March, is dark and freezing and must discourage all but those committed to business or depression. The summer, however, is pleasant but extremely short, lasting from early June until late August, which gives the opportunity for a short weekend break. You can see the sights in a...

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Existential Olympia
May18

Existential Olympia

This birthplace of purity in thought, word and deed leaves us breathless. Compared with some of the magnificently monumental architectural edifices that exist around the world, walking around Olympia, on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, on a baking hot airless afternoon can seem like nothing more than struggling around an archaic, rather derelict building site. In many ways it is but little could be further from the truth, either...

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Malaga – so Moorish!
Apr06

Malaga – so Moorish!

There’s so much Moor – and more – to Malaga than meets the eye! As well as being birthplace of Picasso, Málaga in Adalucia, whilst notable as the main economic and financial centre of southern Spain, is rapidly becoming worthy cultural competition for Cordoba and Seville. The city is cloaked in an aura of dignity and style that elevates it above the pressing impact of tourism; to the extent that tourists...

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Take time in Tallinn
Mar23

Take time in Tallinn

Whilst you can see Tallinn in a day, it’s really worth spending a little more time to get to know Estonia’s capital. Estonia might not be your first choice when booking a weekend break but think again; its capital, Tallinn, offers a broad range of attractions, cultural distractions and historic diversions that can keep you fully occupied. Once the home of wealthy merchants who settled from across Europe, Estonia’s...

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